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Break-in and burglary reported in Bayard


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Guthrie County are investigating a break-in that occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Authorities received a report at around 12:15-a.m. Sunday, that glass had been broken on the east door of Sparky’s One Stop, in Bayard. An investigation determined a burglary had occurred, the safe inside the business had been accessed and money was missing. Also missing was several carton of cigarettes. The loss was estimated at $4,000.

The incident happened sometime between 10:15-p.m. Saturday and 12:10-a.m. Sunday. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/12/2016

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Iowa State plans events as substitutes for defunct Veishea


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University is planning two events to replace what was the annual Veishea festival. University President Steven Leath said Monday that a February celebration will feature the sale of cherry pies as part of Valentine’s Day activities. A celebration of the arts will be held in April.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that plans for the next academic year include a community service project, a parade and college showcase and an event to welcome students back to campus for the start of spring semester. Leath ended the Veishea festival in August 2014, saying the alcohol-fueled party placed students at risk.

Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a winter shortage


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause donors to be temporarily unable to give. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Adair County
Jan. 13: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orient-Macksburg High School, 201 School St.

Audubon County
Jan. 18: noon to 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N. Jefferson

Carroll County
Jan. 21: noon to 6 p.m., Community Center, 105 W. Second St.

Cass County
Jan. 14: noon to 6 p.m., Atlantic Catholic Parish Center, 105 W. 5th St.
Jan. 19: noon to 4 p.m., MAHLE, 60428 Marne Road

Jan. 28: noon to 5:30 p.m., Lewis Community Center, 400 W. Main St.

Harrison County
Jan. 21: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Logan Magnolia High School, 1200 N. 2nd Ave.

Jan. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., W. Harrison High School, 410 Pine St.

Ida County
Jan. 22: 1 – 6 p.m., Methodist Church, 300 Crawford

Mills County
Jan. 20: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Glenwood High School, 504 E. Sharp St.
Jan. 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Glenwood Resource Visitor’s Center, 711 S. Vine

Jan. 27: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., E. Mills High School, 1505 E. 15th St.

Monona County
Jan. 30: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Moorhead Community Center, 100 Oak St.

Montgomery County
Red Oak
Jan. 25: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Faith Community Church, 2701 N. 8th St.

Jan. 20: noon to 6 p.m., Community Center, 201 S. 3rd Ave.

Page County
Jan. 15: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Clarinda Academy, 1820 N. 16th St.
Jan. 19: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 322 N. 16th

Jan. 29: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Shenandoah Medical Center, 300 Pershing Ave.

Pottawattamie County
Council Bluffs
Jan. 11: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 12: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 17: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Community of Christ, 140 Kanesville Blvd.
Jan. 18: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 25: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 26: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., ConAgra Foods, 1023 S. 4th St.
Jan. 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.

Ringgold County
Mount Ayr
Jan. 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 201 W. Monroe

Shelby County
Elk Horn
Jan. 12: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elk Horn Lutheran Church, 4313 Main St.

Jan. 14: noon to 6 p.m., St. Boniface Parish Center, 305 Duren St.

Taylor County
Jan. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Bedford High School, 1006 Illinois St.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/12/2016

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Atlantic School Board to hear about Certified Budget, Wednesday


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will hold its regular, monthly meeting Wednesday evening in the Media Center at the High School, beginning at 5:30. During their session, the Board will hear a presentation from Larry Sigel, with the Iowa School Finance Information Services, with regard to the Certified Budget.

Afterward, the Board will act on various contracts and/or Letters of Assignment, and on accepting the resignations of several individuals. They include: Drew Duff, High School PE/Health teacher; Margo Magill, Junior Kindergarten teacher; Paulette Hansen, 4th Grade teacher; Rita McLaren, 1st Grade teacher; Rebecca Osborne, Early Childhood Special Education teacher; 6th Grade teacher Catherine Larsen; 5th Grade teacher Kathi Hansen; High School Science teacher Nancy Jenkins; High School Math/Science teacher Steve Baier; LmB Reading teacher Pam Tibken, and Head 7th Grade Football Coach, Mike McDermott.

Other Board action includes approval of: Early Retirement participants; Early Resignation incentives, and, the first reading of Series 300 Board Policies. Discussion items near the end of the meeting will include preliminary talks about the 2016-17 Budget, and an update on the Athletic Facilities Study from Activities Director Matt Alexander.

Mount Ayr man dies in accident


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash west of Mount Ayr in Ringgold County early Sunday morning. 30-year old Nicholas Grose, of Mount Ayr, was east bound on Highway 2 west of Mount Ayr and lost control around 3 A-M Sunday. Grose left the roadway and began to slide down the embankment of the north ditch. During this action, the unit began to roll multiple times, and Grose was ejected from the vehicle. Grose was dead by the time law enforcement responded around 8 A-M Sunday.

(Radio Iowa)

Battle to contain house fire in Persia continued early Tue. morning


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Update 7:30-a.m.)

Firefighters from as many as eight communities battled a stubborn house fire late Monday night into early this (Tuesday) morning, in Harrison County. A dispatcher with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office told KJAN News there were no injuries. The blaze, at 501 2nd Street in Persia, began around 11:40-p.m., Monday. The house was a total loss. Crews remained on the scene until 6:25-a.m. today (Tuesday).

Photo courtesy Dave Archibald

Photo courtesy Dave Archibald

During the night, firefighters fought to contain the flames through stiff winds and temperatures in the upper teens.  No other details are currently available.


Bluffs man still on the run after pursuit and crash


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was still at large as of late Monday evening after Glenwood police said he was involved in a wreck during a pursuit and fled on foot from the scene. The Glenwood Police Department was asking for the public’s help in providing any information as to the location of 28-year old Rodney Kephart Jr., of Council Bluffs.

Authorities said Kephart has an active warrant out of Council Bluffs. His probation was revoked as of Dec. 30th. His bond was set at $5,000. Court records show Kephart, Jr. had plead guilty late last November, to carrying a concealed weapon, possession of burglary tools and assault on persons in certain occupations. Kephart, Jr.

According to the Iowa State Patrol and Glenwood Police, the events leading up to Kephart’s escape, began when a Glenwood Police Officer tried to stop a maroon Ford Focus at around 6:15-a.m. The car, driven by 25-year old Jennifer Neal, of Council Bluffs, took off and ended-up colliding with a semi after Neal blew through a stop sign near Highway 34 and Hilman Road. Neal was taken by ambulance to CHI Health Creighton Medical Center in Omaha. The driver of the semi was not hurt.

Police said Kephart was a passenger in the vehicle. The search for him involved Glenwood police with K-9 units from Fremont County and Council Bluffs, as well as a helicopter from the Omaha Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information on his location should contact local law enforcement or the Glenwood Police Department at (712) 527-4844.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Jan. 12th 2016


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Lottery officials say a 23-year-old man has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize, after buying the ticket in Sioux City. Joel Dominguez is a pipefitter for Performance Contractors, the firm that is building a fertilizer plant south of Sioux City. His ticket numbers matched the first five drawn Saturday night but didn’t match the Powerball number. It was bought at a Hy-Vee grocery store. His ticket was one of 25 across the country that won the $1 million prize.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — After several years of preparation and fundraising, plans to build a mosque in Dubuque have finally moved forward into the construction stage. The city has recently given the Tri-State Islamic Center the required zoning approval and building permit for the project. Center President Tauseef Khan said his group has raised about 70 percent of the $500,000 needed to construct the 4,300-square-foot mosque and school.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday’s Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant as the convenience-store kiosks offering tickets for the record-breaking jackpot. Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association say one of the most frequent complaints is that all the winners seem to be from certain states. For example, in the past two years, Missouri and Tennessee have each been home to three Powerball jackpot winners. But lottery officials, backed by mathematicians, say probabilities equal out over time.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is escalating her attacks on Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders as polls show the race for the party’s nomination for president tightening in Iowa. Clinton is criticizing the Vermont senator’s opposition to a 2005 gun control bill. She is calling Sanders proposal for single payer health care system a “risky deal,” saying it would “hurt more than help” a lot of American families.