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Iowa AP Saturday Morning News Headlines


May 19th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad says he’s headed to China later this month at the invitation of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (shee jeen ping). Branstad will travel with a group of Iowans from May 29th to June 5th. They’ll participate in a reunion banquet with Xi, who came to Iowa in February as part of his first U.S. trip as the presumed next president of China. February’s trip was a reunion 27 years after Xi first visited Iowa for a diplomatic exchange to Muscatine.
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a 46-year-old Ames man had died after he was caught in the hydraulic loading door of a water tanker truck. The Ames Tribune reports that the man died yesterday morning at Manatts Construction in Ames. His name hasn’t been released.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A 61-year-old former high school teacher in Waterloo has pleaded guilty to having inappropriate conduct with a student. Former Waterloo West High School social studies teacher Michael Lyons pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and two misdemeanor counts. Lyons was arrested in November.
TAMA, Iowa (AP) – Tama County authorities have arrested a second volunteer firefighter in connection with a string of recent fires they believe were set intentionally. Eighteen-year-old Joshua Weiermann of Chelsea, Iowa, faces charges of aiding and abetting arson and being an accessory after the fact. He was being held yesterday morning in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Property Theft Reported in Stanton


May 19th, 2012 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Friday afternoon shortly after 4:00 of stolen property in the 400 block of Broad Ave in Stanton. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Reggie Dean Resh of Stanton reported that sometime earlier in the week between Tuesday and Thursday someone had stolen two I-Pods, two Ford F-250 center caps, one Ford F-250 lock out hub, and one 20 pound propane tank from his vehicle that was parked on Broad Ave.  He estimates his loss at about $1,200.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.

Stanton Man Arrested on Theft Charge


May 19th, 2012 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Stanton man Friday afternoon.  Just before 3:00 Friday, 18-year-old Drew Dale Goodrich of Stanton was arrested for 3rd degree theft.  He was transported to the Montgomery Count Jail where he was being held on $2,000 cash bond.

VA health care facilities put out urgent call for volunteers


May 19th, 2012 by admin

There’s a dire need for volunteers to help out at several Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Will Ackerman, spokesman for the V-A’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, says the vital corps of hundreds of volunteers absolutely help to keep the system running.

“We’re seeing a lot of our volunteers aging and certainly some of them are retiring or even passing away,” Ackerman says. “We’re really trying to encourage people of all ages, but especially some of our younger population, to get involved.” He says volunteers are needed for a number of services throughout the V-A health care system.

“We have about 800 volunteers throughout our Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System,” he says. “They do so many things that we just don’t have staff to do, such as doing coffee rounds in the lobby or around the floors, we have a transportation network and just greeters at our front door.” Ackerman says it isn’t just the V-A Hospital in Omaha that needs volunteers, but there are veterans’ clinics, community living centers and other facilities in many cities around the region, including Shenandoah.

“Volunteers do a lot of very important things and certainly there’s an opportunity for them to volunteer at a location that’s even closer to where they might live,” he says. Volunteer orientation classes are being held frequently in various facilities, often twice a month. An orientation class for teens, between 13 and 18, is planned at the Omaha V-A Medical Center for June 1st. Contact your nearest V-A facility for details on volunteering opportunities.

Job Opening: Marketing Consultant


May 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

KJAN Radio in Atlantic, Iowa is currently accepting applications for the position of Marketing Consultant.  If you are tired of someone else telling how much you can make,  this opportunity might be for you.  Radio sales professionals are motivated self-starters who enjoy working directly with business owners and managers on their marketing needs.  Duties include selling radio advertising time, developing successful marketing campaigns for local and agency clients, minimal on-air work and production.  This is a full-time, commissioned sales position allowing you to dictate your income potential with an established account list.  Training will be on-going and a full benefits package is included.  If you feel you are the right person to fit our locally-driven radio organization and have the tools to succeed, submit a resume or application to Rod Christensen, Sales Manager, KJAN Radio, PO Box 389, Atlantic, IA 50022 or e-mail it to kjan@metc.net.  Deadline for applications is May 25, 2012.  KJAN is an equal opportunity employer.

Students charged in AHST bomb threat


May 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Avoca Police Department reports two A-H-S-T high school students were charged with filing a false police report in connection with the bomb scare at the high school in Avoca on May 1st. The pair would see jail time if convicted of the class “D” felony. 

Officials say the unnamed high school junior and senior conspired to create the first ever bomb scare at the school district. An eleventh grade male student allegedly wrote the note indicating a bomb would go off at a specific time, and left it in the boy’s bathroom. 

A male senior student phoned 911 reporting the alleged threat from his cell phone. According to A-H-S-T Superintendent Mark Hopkins, the administration is currently reviewing internal procedures and polices for the incident.

Aftermath pictures of Atlantic house fire


May 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KJAN News Director Ric Hanson returned to the scene of this (Friday) morning’s house fire in Atlantic, and took these pictures of the smoldering remains. More on this story can be found on an earlier posting. There were no injuries.North side view of 600 Oak St. (Ric Hanson photo)

NW corner of the home at 600 Oak St. (Ric Hanson photo)

Southeast side of the home at 600 Oak St. (Ric Hanson photo)

600 Oak St. - view from SW side of the home (Ric Hanson photo)

Horse and bikes collide in Pott. County:2 injured


May 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured when a horse and a bicycle collided Thursday night south of Council Bluffs,in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News the incident happened just before 9:30-p.m., on the Wabash Trail, about six-to seven-miles south of Council Bluffs. The injured were identified as 25-year old Elizabeth Cleveland, from Kansas, and 46-year old David Duscher, from Nebraska. Riche said there was an event leading up to the incident, which occurred during the ”Thursday Night Taco Ride,” on the trail. He said deputies were patrolling the trail near an area known as “Margaritaville,” when they observed two females consuming alcohol while riding on horses, in the heavily populated cycling area. The women were allegedly acting in a “Careless manner,” by riding their horses among the throngs of bicycle riders.

The women were repeatedly told to move the horses or ride in a less populated area, for safety reasons, or as the deputy advised “Somebody was going to get hurt.” The women left, but then returned. At 9:25-p.m. deputies were dispatched to the vicinity of Wabash Trail and Dumphries Road, where an overpass and trestle are located. Riche says it was reported that woman had fallen from her horse and suffered a broken leg. When officials arrived on the scene a few minutes later, they found a woman laying on the south side of the trail with an injury to her leg. A medical student on a bike was passing by and rendered aide to the female. 

The woman was identified as Elizabeth Cleveland. Her riding partner, 25-year old Lauren Heightman, from Iowa, told deputies they had been thrown from the horses. Heightman was not injured. She told deputies a bicyclist had hit her, causing the horses to buck and throw the women off. A bicyclist, later identified as Duscher, told authorities he was he and a friend were riding west on the trail. Both had lights on their bikes front and rear. They saw the women and their horses on the north side of the trail, and as they were passing them, one horse was spooked, and jumped into the path of the riders, causing the collision. Cleveland was transported by Lewis Township Fire and Rescue to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, for treatment. No charges have been filed in connection with the incident, at this time. 

Duscher suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.  He said the horses didn’t have any lights or reflectors on their saddlebags, and were very difficult to see. No charges have been filed at this time.

8AM Newscast 05-18-2012

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May 18th, 2012 by admin

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Video of House Fire in Atlantic


May 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Click on the link below to view a :30 clip of the fire.


600 Oak Street. May 18th, 2012 at 3:30-a.m. (Ric Hanson video)