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(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 9/14/15

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Afton woman arrested on assault charge

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested a woman from Afton, Saturday morning. Officials say 40-year old Robbin Creveling was taken into custody at around 4:30-a.m. for Domestic Abuse Assault. She was later released from the Ringgold County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Also arrested early Saturday morning, was 22-year old Marshall Keate, of Creston. Keate was charged with Public Intoxication – 2nd offense. And, 20-year old Clinton Bird, of Creston, was arrested Friday morning for Public Intoxication. Both men were later released on bond.

Creston Police report also, 17-year old Kane Farlow, of Creston, was referred to Juvenile Authorities at the Creston Alternative School, Friday, on charges of Interference With Official Acts, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, and Probation Violation. Farlow was released to the custody of Juvenile Services.

Atlantic Fire Chief named President of IFA

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees was named President of the Iowa Firefighters Association during the Association’s 137th Annual meeting that began last Wednesday and ended Sunday, in Story City. McNees is the 10th Atlantic Firemen to be honored as IFA President. His term runs through 2016. Mark McNees was elected Fire Chief in Atlantic, in 2007.

In addition to McNees’ accomplishment, Atlantic Fire Department personnel who attended the meeting helped to win two awards, including those for “Best Fire Prevention” and “Best Motor Vehicle 1961-70,” both of which were including in the Firemen’s Parade at Story City.

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees

Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees

Nineteen of the department’s 38 members attended the 2015 convention. The Iowa Firefighters Association is dedicated to the improvement of Iowa’s Fire Service and protection of the general public through legislation, better training, minimum standards for apparatus and equipment, fire prevention, public relations and information.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/14/2015

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Bluffs man dies in motorcycle crash Mon. morning

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Council Bluffs is dead following a motorcycle accident early this (Monday) morning. Council Bluffs Police say 29-year old Jeffery Crane died in the crash that happened at around 2-a.m. on the Nebraska Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 29.

An investigation determined Crane’s motorcycle was northbound on the I-29 on ramp when he apparently lost control, causing the cycle to leave the road on the curve. Crane, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries when he was thrown from machine the during the accident. Authorities say at this time it is unknown if speed or alcohol played a part in the accident.

Another Round of Bird Flu Possible This Fall

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the poultry industry in Iowa and across the Midwest works to rebound from the spring outbreak of avian influenza, there are predictions that another round of the disease will hit this fall.

Dale Wiehoff, director of communications for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says while it’s still unclear how the disease became so widespread, he notes that avian influenza will likely become a permanent part of industrial poultry production. “The model of industrial poultry production that we have confines thousands of birds together that have the same genetic makeup, getting the same food and the same water,” he explains. “So it is really ripe for the spread of disease once it gets inside a facility.”

Nearly 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. were lost in the spring outbreak of the H5N2 strain of avian influenza, including around 32 million in Iowa alone. With that unprecedented number of dead birds, Wiehoff says there needs to be a serious review of the safety of the methods of disposal, including incineration, burial and composting.

“The risk is if all of the virus isn’t killed in the compost process, it could be just spread out on the field and contaminating and infecting other birds,” he points out. “And worse, the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading to humans and other animals.”

Wiehoff says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service just launched a review of how to handle the carcasses from any future outbreaks, which could include prearranged disposal sites.

(Iowa News Service)

Adair County Sheriff’s report

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports seven arrests over the past week. Late Saturday night, Deputies arrested 71-year old Corvis Mark Cooper, of Orient, for OWI/1st Offense. Cooper was released Sunday on $1,000 bond.

On Friday, Greenfield Police arrested 68-year old James Eugene Bakerink, of Fontanelle, for Violation of a No Contact Order. He was released Saturday on a Recognizance bond. Also arrested Friday, was 38-year old Joseph Eric Funke, of Fontanelle. Deputies took Funke into custody to serve a court-ordered sentence.

On Thursday, 38-year old Robin Korey Brazelton, of Des Moines, was arrested by the Iowa State Patrol on Interstate 80 in Adair County. Brazelton was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and released later that day on a Recognizance bond.

And, the Adair County Sheriff’s Department reports three arrests took place last Wednesday. 23-year old Francisco J. Bermudez, of Des Moines, was arrested by the Iowa State Patrol on I-80 in Adair County, for Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was released the following day on his own recognizance. 25-year old Matthew David Alluisi, of Greenfield, was arrested Wednesday on two warrants. He was released Friday on a $2,000 cash bond. And, 46-year old Lawrence Stanley Henry, of Salt Lake City, UT, was arrested Wednesday by the Iowa State Patrol in Adair County. Henry was picked up at the Rest Area near mile marker 80, on a Prescription Drug Violation charge. He was later released on $1,000 bond.

Stabbing incident in Red Oak, Sunday

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested two men in connection with a stabbing incident, Sunday. Officials say54-year old Reggie Lynn Lukehart faces a felony Willful Injury charge. 51-year old Rodney Gene Lukehart was charged with being an Accessory after the Fact. Both men are from Red Oak.

The pair were taken into custody after officers in Red Oak were called to the 300 block of 1st Avenue, following a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, they spoke with an unidentified victim, who said he had been stabbed. Red Oak Rescue transported the man to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries consistent with a stab wound.

Reggie Lukehart was located a short time later at his home and taken into custody. Further investigation determined Rodney Lukehart took the weapon Reggie Lukehart allegedly used to commit the stabbing, and hid it in his home.

Reggie Lukehart was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond, while Rodney Lukehart’s bond was set at $2,000.

Glenwood man arrested in Montgomery Co., Sunday

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Sunday of a Glenwood man. 36-year old Robert Matthew Justice was arrested at around 6:50-p.m. in the 2300 block of Highway 34, for Driving While Suspended, with 17 withdrawals in effect. Justice was being held Sunday night in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Mayor: Carter Lake’s lake is useless & DNR is to blame

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September 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The lake for which the southwest Iowa town of Carter Lake is named has become a useless body of water, according to the town’s mayor and he blames the Iowa D-N-R for the mess. Several years back, the agency spent almost six-million dollars to remove algae from the lake but the newly-clear water allowed plants to grow on the lake bottom, plants that now clog boat propellors. Mayor Gerald Waltrip is upset.

“My complaint is, you can’t use the lake, most people can’t use it,” Mayor Waltrip says. “Where I live, I have not had my boat in the water for…this is the fifth summer because of the seaweed around my dock area.” He says those who attempt to take their boats out on the lake do so at the risk of burning up their motors by getting the props tangled in the lake’s forest of weeds.

“Fishermen don’t even use it,” Waltrip says. “I used to have ten boats every day from 3:30 in the afternoon until dark with fishermen all the time. They loved it and they can’t do it anymore.” In trying to wipe out the algae — and a bad stench — he says the D-N-R may have done its job too well. Visitors can now see the bottom of the lake and the sun shines through the water, which caused the abundance of plants to grow.

“I’m not going to disagree that they didn’t make it cleaner or more clear,” Waltrip says, “but now, you’re to a point where 90% of the people that used to use the lake can’t use it.” Carter Lake, a town of about 38-hundred people, has two underwater vegetation harvesters but operating them is expensive. The situation is impacting the Carter Lake Ski Club, which is losing members and spending more money on weed control by its docks.

D-N-R officials say the lake is now good for fish and the main concern is water quality. The D-N-R says Carter Lake is evolving and the problem will eventually solve itself.

(Radio Iowa)