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Cass County Supervisors approve 28-E ULED and abatements

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors, today (Wedndesday), approved an amended 28-E Unified Law Enforcement District (ULED) agreement. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reminded the Board the agreement adds the City of Marne to four other communities in the County. Voters in November approved the agreement.

Sunderman said the Board must approve the agreement because the public measure passed by the voter approved the use of funds for Marne’s share of the service. Other communities who pay a share of the cost include Cumberland, Lewis, Massena and Wiota.

The Board also approved the annual abatement of taxes on certain properties owned by the City of Atlantic (including the airport and related buildings and land), along with a parcel near the Schildberg Recreation Area. They also heard from Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Director Ouida Hargens and Iowa Western Community College Corporate Training Coordinator Shalimar Mazetis, who asked the Board to attend a special meeting this Friday on workforce issues affecting the County.

Hargens said local employers, especially those in manufacturing, realized from past meetings on economic development, that they need to work together to bring in, educate and train workers, instead of fighting for those employees. The meeting set to take place from 11:30-a.m. until 1-p.m. Friday, at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce office, will include about 20 members of the Community, in addition to any members of the Supervisors who might attend.

Hargens said the purpose of the meeting is to expand on previous sessions and take action on creating a strategic plan to identify workforce issues and how to address them. Mary Warren, former Director of Workforce Development at Iowa Western, will facilitate the meeting.

Villisca man arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Montgomery County was arrested Monday on drug and other charges. 60-year old Rodolfo Morales, Jr., of Villisca, faces charges that include felony Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd/Subsequent, Prohibited Acts/Prescription Drug Violation 2nd Offense, and Driving While Revoked. Morales was taken to the Cass County Jail and released Tuesday on $8000 bond.

Also arrested Dec. 7th, was 32-year old Bryan Matthew Kirby, of Plattsmouth, NE. Kirby was taken into custody on two district court warrants for Failure to Appear. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and released later that same day on his own recognizance.

Sheriff’s officials said also, a collision between a pickup and a cow early this (Wednesday) morning caused $6,500 damage, but the driver of the vehicle was not injured. The accident happened just before 7-a.m. on 750th Street near Pella Road, or about two-miles north of Massena. A 2007 GMC Sierra driven by 69-year old Earl Hafner, of Panora, was traveling southbound on 750th Street when the vehicle struck a cow standing in the roadway.

Moore reacts to House District 21 seat victory

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Retired Griswold teacher, former coach and current Griswold School Board member Tom Moore won his party’s nomination in November as candidate for the Special House District 21 Election held Tuesday in four area counties, and he got the nod from a majority of the voters in all but one of those counties during Tuesday’s election. The exception was Adams County, the home of Democrat candidate Tim Ennis, from Corning. Moore received a total of 1,409 votes. Tim Ennis received 853 votes.

Tom Moore

Tom Moore

Moore told KJAN News he was honored to have received the support he got, especially from those in the Griswold area. Moore says he thanks all the citizens who took the time to get out and exercised their Constitutional right to vote, especially the residents of Griswold, who “Gave me an outstanding vote and voter turnout.” He said those from Griswold, Noble and Pleasant Townships that “Led the way as far as the number of voters” who cast ballots. He says “I’m proud to say Griswold backed me.”

Moore has lived in Griswold for 34 years. In addition to his more than 33 years of teaching and coaching experience, both at the Grinnell and Griswold Community School Districts, he served as the Assistant Manager at Southwest Iowa Egg near Massena for seven-years.

Moore says that kind of experience will give him talking points and credibility with farm organizations. He says his work at SW IA Egg, especially on the manure management side of the business, gives him the insight needed to deal with several issues, including those affecting Iowa’s waterways

Before he’s sworn-in to office, Moore will have to resign from the Griswold School Board, where he was serving his second term. House District 21 covers all of Adams and Union counties, a small section of eastern Pottawattamie County and a large part of Cass County.

Teen arrested for theft of motor vehicle from Clarinda Treatment Center

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports a 17-year old male from Corning was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of motor vehicle theft. The theft had taken place Monday morning on the grounds of the Clarinda Treatment Center. The vehicle, a 2007 Chevy Uplander mini-van owned by the Southwest Valley Community School District, was recovered in Edina, Minnesota. The unidentified juvenile was processed and released to the custody of his mother pending action in Page County Juvenile Court.

And, early this (Wednesday) morning, Clarinda Police arrested 24-year old Tera Dawn Lutz, of Clarinda, on an outstanding felony warrant from Page County District Court for violation of conditions of probation. Lutz was arrested following a traffic stop in the area of 13th & Lincoln. She was booked into the Page County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash only bond. A short time later, officers arrested 19-year old Kenneth Lynn Lee Turner Jr., of Skidmore, Missouri, on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense. Turner Jr. was processed and posted a $2,000 bond before being released.

And, as the result of an investigation into a report of an intruder at 608 S. 14th Street in Clarinda this (Wednesday) morning, officers arrested 35-year old Bryan Scott Casey, of Clarinda, on suspicion of misdemeanor trespass. Casey was booked into the Page County Jail and held on $300 bond. The Clarinda Police Department was assisted by on call department personnel and the Page County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of some the arrests.

Wallace Foundation Announces Opportunity for Participation on a Research/Education Team

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development, located at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, say they intend to establish teams to identify research/education needs in southwest Iowa, and propose projects to be
conducted at the Armstrong Research Farm, the Neely-Kinyon Research
Farm, or on private farms in the Wallace Foundation southwest Iowa area.

Eligible projects must be consistent with the Wallace Foundation mission:To provide a framework for local people to accelerate agricultural research, technology transfer, and rural development in southwest Iowa.

Proposed team focal areas include: fruits and vegetables; crops and soils; livestock; niche markets, farm business management, and local foods; and, resources, membership and youth involvement in the Wallace Foundation.

Applications for participation on a team will be received through calendar year 2016.

If interested, contact the Wallace Foundation, 53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, IA 51544.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/09/2015

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/9/2015

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Boil Order issued for Macedonia

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Macedonia in Pottawattamie County, is under a Boil Water Order until at least 3-p.m. Friday. While the specifics as to why the order was issued are currently not available, according to the Macedonia City Clerk,  a Boil Order is usually placed in effect during periods of water line repairs or construction.

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US brings fugitive from Cuba after stolen boat journey

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have brought back to the United States a man whom they identified as the first U.S. fugitive turned over by the Cuban government since its recent thaw in relations with the U.S. The Marshals said in a news release Tuesday that Shawn Wegmann, of Muscatine, is wanted in Iowa on federal firearms charges.

Investigators say Wegmann arrived in Havana on Oct. 31 aboard a 13-foot Boston Whaler that he stole from a Key West marina. He was arrested by Cuban border guards.

Wegmann is scheduled for a court hearing in Miami on Wednesday. Authorities say he is from Kirklin, Indiana. He is likely to be returned to Iowa to face weapons charges. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 12/9/15

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December 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEOLA, Iowa (AP) — A small western Iowa city will need help with emergency services from neighboring communities after 12 members of its volunteer fire department resigned. A consultant for the city of Neola says the firefighters quit and four remain. Clint Fichter says Neola will be covered temporarily by fire departments in Minden and Underwood. Fichter says he expects the city to hire new firefighters over several months.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats want to have a “tele-caucus” at the same time people across the state gather for the leadoff presidential caucus on February 1. Their idea is to expand access by allowing out-of-state military members and Iowa residents living abroad to join by calling in or using Skype.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines city hall workers will soon relocate to temporary quarters and they will be there until 2018. City leaders have approved a nearly $1 million budget for the move as they prepare for a $5 million overhaul of the building.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man who was shot by Cedar Rapids police officers. Kyle Orth will serve two 90-day stretches with a 30-day break in-between and three years of probation. Orth was shot in March after police say he aimed his vehicle at officers who’d been chasing him.