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2 injured in Montgomery County collision


October 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two people were injured when the pickups they were driving collided Sunday evening, just north of Stanton. 39-year old Robin Michelle Sanders, of Corning, was taken to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Stanton Rescue, while 42-year old Anthony James Clark, of Red Oak, was transported by private vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department says Sanders was traveling east on Highway 34, approaching the intersection with O Avenue (County Road M-63), at about the same time Clark was traveling south on O Avenue. Clark told authorities he stopped at the intersection, looked both ways and thought it was clear. As he proceeded south, his 1999 Chevy 1500 pickup was hit in the middle of the intersection, by the 2005 Chevy 1500, driven by Sanders. The accident happened at around 5:45-p.m., Sunday.

The truck driven by Sanders, and registered to Greg Fort, of Corning, sustained $8,000 damage while Clark’s truck was considered a total loss. Officials say Clark was cited for Failing to Yield, upon entering a through highway.

Sheriff advises drivers use caution on gravel roads after 2 weekend crashes


October 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer is asking for motorists to be extremely cautious when traveling the roads, especially the gravel and dirt roads due to the dusty conditions, and for slow moving,  and sometimes over-sized vehicles used during this harvest season.  The advice follows two separate accidents that happened over the weekend, during which four people were injured. Palmer says the dust from the roads and harvest equipment can make it extremely hard to see traffic in any direction at times, especially during dusk and at night.

Palmer says the first accident happened Saturday,when 49-year old Kimberly Walker, of Essex, lost control of her vehicle about four-miles northwest of Red Oak. The Sheriff says Walker was traveling east on 150th Street at around 10:15-a.m., when, as she rounded a curve and started down a hill, she came upon a large cloud of dust. Walker came up on a grain wagon being pulled by a tractor, and was unable to stop in time. Her 2011 Chevy Suburban hit the back of the trailer, but the driver of the 1992 John Deere tractor, 50-year old Harve Johnson, of Essex never felt the impact, and continued on, to Essex. Walker, and her six- and four-year old grandsons, Jacob and Caden Robinette, of Essex, were not injured. Her suburban sustained $60,000 damage, and was considered a total loss. No Citations were issued.

The second accident in Page County, happened at around 12:30-a.m. Sunday, near Clarinda, when 16-year old Joshua Sickels, of Clarinda, lost control of the SUV he was driving. Sheriff Palmer says Sickels was traveling westbound on 200th Street when he looked over to the passengers and failed to keep his eyes on the road. The 2003 Chevy Suburban he was driving came to rest against some trees, on the south side of 200th Street in the 2700 block.

Sickels, who was wearing his seatbelt, was not hurt. Four passengers in the vehicle, 15-year olds Natalie Donahue, Halle Goude, and Christie Ross, along with 16-year old Samantha Swanson, all of Clarinda, suffered possible, unknown injuries. They were transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Hospital. Deputies were not immediately able to determine if the teens were wearing their seatbelts.

Sickels was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The SUV sustained $12,000 damage, and was considered a total loss.

1 injured in Pott County Crash, Sunday


October 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Nevada man was injured Sunday afternoon, during a single vehicle accident on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 48-year old Duane Morgan, of Fallon, NV, was eastbound on I-80 near the Underwood exit, when he lost control of his pickup. The 2001 Dodge Ram crossed the median and continued across the westbound lanes into a ditch, where it hit several trees and traveled through a fence before coming to rest in a cornfield.

Morgan was transported by Underwoood Rescue to Mercy Hospital, in Council Bluffs. The accident happened at around 12:10-p.m.

Attorneys want dismissal in Iowa intruder shooting


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys for a Nebraska woman charged with shooting a man in her western Iowa home in 2001 have asked a judge to thrown out the case. The judge overseeing the case against 45-year-old Tracey Richter-Roberts is weighing the request. Richter-Roberts, of Omaha, Neb., is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde at her former home in Early, Iowa. She’s pleaded not guilty.  A trial is set for Oct. 25.

Richter-Roberts told police that Wehde and another man broke into the home and attacked her and that the shooting was in self-defense. No charges were filed at the time, but the investigation was reopened in 2009 and Richter-Roberts was arrested in July.

FBI seeks suspect in 2 Iowa bank robberies


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The FBI is seeking a suspect in the robberies of two Council Bluffs bank branches. A statement from the FBI says a man held up two Peoples National Bank locations within a 15 minute period Friday.

Bank surveillance video captures image of Peoples Natl Bank robber

At both bank branches, the FBI says, the man displayed a handgun. The FBI says the man should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Omaha, Neb., office at 402-493-8688 or Council Bluffs police at 712-328-4727.



Governors return to Neb. for Missouri River talks


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governors and senior aides from seven Missouri River states will meet again in Omaha to tackle flood-related concerns. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will host the group Monday. The private meeting will also include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and senior staff for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will join by phone and send a senior staff member to Omaha.

The governors will receive an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on how the Corps will be changing its operation plan for next year to help prevent the extreme flooding experienced in 2011. FEMA representatives will outline emergency preparations. A news conference will follow the meeting. The first gathering was held in August.

Schildberg Recreation Area to be discussed Monday evening in Atlantic

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October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Numerous matters pertaining to the Schildberg Recreation area will be discussed during Monday evening’s meeting of the City of Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board. The Board will discuss and/or act on: a bike trail easement; the Summer Recreation Program with the Nishna Valley YMCA; and, the Campground Phase 1 project and related fundraising. They’ll also discuss the results of a meeting with Skate Park representatives.

The Parks and Rec Board meeting takes place at the City Hall in Atlantic, beginning at 5:15-p.m, Monday.

Area School Boards to meet Monday


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

At least three school district Boards of Education will meet Monday evening, here in the KJAN listening area. At 5:30-p.m., the Griswold School Board will hear an update on the district’s improvement projects, and discuss the results of last month’s Public Ballot Measure. The board will also discuss and act on a Special Education Deficit, Redistricting Board of Director Districts, and, Guidance on Donations. Their meeting takes place in the Central Office Board Room.

At 7-p.m., the CAM Community School District’s Board of Education will meet at the High School in Anita. Among their discussion and action items, are those pertaining to: Fitness equipment; an Energy Audit; the Bleacher Project; Wellness Center; School Property, and approval of the Washington, D.C. trip.

And, the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet 7-p.m. Monday, in the Family and Consumer Science room at the High School, in Elk Horn. The board will act on approving a third-grade teaching contract with Rachael King, and: requesting allowable growth and supplemental aid for a negative special education balance from 2010-2011; approval of a Special Education contract with Ogden; and, early graduation requests.

Page County woman arrested on drug charges


October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A tip to authorities led to the arrest in Shenendoah Friday, of one person on drug charges. Authorities say a search executed by a K-9 unit at 610 Northwest Road #42 in Shenandoah, resulted in the recovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officials say 34-year old Rae Ann Huntley was taken into custody on Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges.

Huntley was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

SW IA News, Sat., Oct. 15th (podcast)

News, Podcasts

October 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the latest area news, from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….