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Traffic stop leads to Clarinda man’s arrest on drug charges

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Monday) morning in Clarinda resulted in the arrest of the driver, and a large quantity of what was believed to be marijuana, seized. Police Chief Keith Brothers says 24-year old Kevin Soy Ridnour, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 2-a.m. for felony possession following the traffic stop in the vicinity of 17th and Orange Streets. He was charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance believed to be marijuana, failure to have a drug tax stamp and suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.

A large quantity of what is believed to be marijuana was found in the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero Ridnour was operating. He has since posted a $5,000 bond, and was released. Ridnour is scheduled to make an initial appearance before the Page County Magistrate at a later date.

Reports have been submitted to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review and the filing of formal charges.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 2/9/2015

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston restaurant damaged by vandalism

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The owners of a restaurant in Creston reported the business was damaged by vandalism over the weekend. Creston Police say a window at The Windrow Restaurant was broken sometime between Feb. 6th and 7th while the business was closed. The loss was estimated at $700.

In other news, 24-year old Trevor Forrest Kinkade, of Creston, was arrested just before 2-a.m. today (Monday), on a charge of OWI/1st offense. He was later released on $1,000 bond. Sunday morning, 46-year old Susan Rae Lemon, of Creston, was arrested on two Union County warrants for Theft in the 3rd Degree, and OWI/1st offense. Lemon was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Saturday, Creston Police arrested 50-year old Pablo Martinez, of Creston, for OWI/1st offense. He was later released on $1,000 bond. And on Friday afternoon, 21-year old Dakota Wesley Farris, of Creston, was arrested on two Marshall County warrants for Failure to Appear. He was later released on $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 2/9/15

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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2 injured in Red Oak collision

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A two-vehicle crash in Red Oak Sunday afternoon caused both drivers to be transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. According to Red Oak Police, 22-year old Amanda Huebner, of Red Oak, failed to yield to a 1993 GMC pickup driven by 43-year old Michael King, of Red Oak, as Huebner was leaving the intersection of 4th and Joy Streets, at around 3:40-p.m.

Huebner’s westbound 2003 Ford Windstar van was struck by King’s pickup on the driver’s side, causing $8,000 damage. Red Oak Rescue transported both drivers to the hospital. Huebner was cited for Failure to Yield, Operating a vehicle without registration, and Failure to provide proof of insurance.

Ticketing drivers who poke along in passing lane

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A state representative from north central Iowa has proposed a one-hundred dollar fine for drivers caught dawdling in the left-hand lanes of Iowa’s highways and interstates. Representative Josh Byrnes, a Republican from Osage, says truckers tell him poky drivers in the passing lane are causing bottlenecks and that’s why he introduced the bill. “Really, just to raise awareness,” Byrnes says. But once word of his legislation got out on social media, Byrnes has been inundated with Facebook email on the subject.

“You know, one person comes forward and says, ‘This happened to me,'” Byrnes says. “It almost turns into a support group.” The bill Byrnes has proposed would require drivers in the passing lane on the highway to go no more than 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. That means vehicles going less than 60 miles an hour in the left lane on Iowa’s interstates could be pulled over and ticketed, because the posted speed limit is 70. Byrnes isn’t hearing from people who are opposed to the concept to ticketing drivers who dillydally in the passing lane.

“I’ve got nothing but all these emails from people telling me their horror stories of the left-lane experiences they’ve had,” Byrnes says. Byrnes says this really isn’t an issue in rural Iowa, but it is a safety concern in congested areas of the state where there are more drivers using multi-lane highways. The bill isn’t likely to bcome law. The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says distracted driving is a bigger issue, as more motorists talk and text on their cell phones while driving. Under current Iowa law drivers are to maintain a “reasonable and proper” speed and can be fined for “impeding traffic.”

However, police and state troopers are allowed to use their own judgment as to what is the proper speed for driving in the passing lane. Vehicles and implements that are incapable of going at least 40 miles an hour are not allowed on the interstate.

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Special Election in House District 23, Tuesday

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A special election will take place Tuesday for residents in three southwest Iowa Counties. The election is being held in Iowa House District 23 to fill the legislative seat formerly held by Mark Costello, who won a special election Dec. 30th for Iowa Senate District 12, which was held by now U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. David Sieck, a Republican from Glenwood, and Steve Adams, a Democrat from Red Oak, are also in the race for the 23rd District.

The District includes Mills and Fremont counties, plus two-thirds of Montgomery County. Cities include Pacific Junction, Hamburg, Glenwood, Tabor, Sidney, Red Oak and Malvern. Adams and Sieck won their respective party nomination conventions last month.

Polls close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 9, 2015

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February 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the election of Senator Joni Ernst last year, the state of Iowa finally shed its status for having never selected a female governor or member of Congress. On Friday the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University will kick off its fifth “Ready to Run” campaign training for women.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The amount Iowa counties borrow to repair their roads and bridges may be a key factor in the debate over whether to increase the state fuel tax. The Des Moines Register reports Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell and Howard counties all carry large road construction debts. Worth County carries the highest debt at $25.4 million. That translates into $3,366 per resident of the county.

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in a serious fall while decorating Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City for Christmas. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Mark Newcom fell roughly 35 feet when a lift he was using to hand garland and replace light bulbs tipped over on December 5th. Newcom is easing back into his daily routine of teaching at Waldorf College, and says he’s grateful for all the support he has received.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say no jackpot winner was selected in the latest $380 million Powerball drawing. The next drawing will be Wednesday after no one matched Saturday’s winning numbers.

Atlantic Parks Board to act on Kiddie Korral site plan Mon. evening

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February 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, beginning at 5:15. On their agenda is information about and possible action on the preliminary site plan from Snyder and Associates, for the replacement of the Kiddie Korral at Sunnyside Park.

The Board will also hear updates on: the Bull Creek Reconstruction Project; the Buck Creek Dog Park; an Urban Forestry Grant; and a T-A-P (Transportation Alternatives Program) Grant application due Feb. 26th, with regard to the Schildberg Quarry Lake #2 Trail, and, the Boat Ramp project.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring reminds area residents Sunnyside Park is still open to anyone wanting to use it for lunch, or other recreational activities, even though the gates to the park were closed January 5th for the Winter season.

Program provides political training to women in Iowa

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February 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the election of Sen. Joni Ernst last year, the state of Iowa finally shed its status for having never selected a female governor or member of Congress. But advocates say there is still plenty of work to do to get more women involved in politics.

On Friday the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University will kick off its fifth “Ready to Run” campaign training for women. The program, which will be held over three days between February and April, includes seminars on how to organize a campaign, raise money and deal with the media.

Dianne Bystrom, the center’s director, said women in the state need encouragement to enter the political arena.