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Fatal house fire in Casey, Friday afternoon


July 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Fire claimed the life of a resident of a home located in the 200 block of West 1st Street, in Casey. Another person was said to have been injured. Firefighters from Casey, Adair, Menlo, as well as rescue crews from Stuart and Casey, responded to the blaze that was reported a little before 3:30-p.m. The names of the victims had not been released as of late Friday evening. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate. Additional information is currently not available.

(Update) Garage destroyed by fire in Griswold


July 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Firefighters in Griswold were called to the scene of a garage fire Friday evening. The call went out at 7:17-p.m. for the blaze behind 906 Main Street. Griswold Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wyman lives nearby. He said he could see lots of smoke before crews arrived on the scene. He said when they got there just minutes later, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. Many construction tools were stored inside the garage, including air compressors, and propane tanks.

A power line (on the left near the tree) burns moments before showering sparks. (Ric Hanson/photos)

A power line (on the left near the tree) burns moments before showering sparks. (Ric Hanson/photos)

firegrz 001 firegrz 002Power lines nearby fell to the ground and produced some fireworks when as they burned and popped numerous times, showering sparks for several feet each time. Wyman said they have no idea what started the blaze, the flames of which scorched nearby, vacant homes and other structures.

He said the building was fully engulfed long before firefighters arrived, and he was surprised no one called it in before hand, especially since it was so close to the Griswold Casey’s Store. A VW Bug from the 1970’s parked near the structure was also damaged by the flames. No injuries were reported. Crews were on the scene for over an hour.

Garage fire in Griswold


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Griswold were called to the scene of a garage fire Friday evening. The call went out at 7:17-p.m. for the blaze at 906 Main Street. The structure was fully engulfed in flames at 7:27-p.m., and power lines were said to be down behind the garage, in the alley.

Additional information is currently unavailable.

Photo Released: Bluffs convenience store robbed Friday morning


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating the robbery early this (Friday) morning of a convenience store at 1839 Madison Avenue. Authorities say at around 12:35-a.m., two black men entered the Bucky’s Express on Madison Avenue. One of the suspects pointed a black semi- automatic pistol at the clerk and demanded the money from the register. The suspect was handed an undetermined amount of cash. As the suspects exited the store the suspect fired one shot toward the clerk.The suspects then ran from the store.

The first suspect was described as being a black male about 5-feet 6-inches tall, wearing a tan canvas jacket with a black scarf wrapped around his face and armed with a semi-automatic pistol. The second suspect was thin black male, about 6-feet tall. He wore a blue hooded sweatshirt with a black scarf wrapped around his face.


Surveillance photo of suspects

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Exira man arrested on assault & child endangerment charges


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office today (Friday), said a man from Exira was arrested Thursday, following an investigation into an incident that occurred earlier, in the 500 block of Hill Haven, in Exira. 56-year-old Roger Thomas Waters, Jr. was arrested at around 8-p.m. on two counts of Domestic Abuse Assault and two counts of Child Endangerment. Waters was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before the Magistrate.

Farragut Community School District has dissolved


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

FARRAGUT, Iowa (AP) – The Farragut Community School District has involuntarily dissolved. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the district’s dissolution went into effect Friday after being placed into the Green Hills Area Education Agency’ receivership. The Iowa State Board of Education voted to revoke the district’s accreditation in November 2015, primarily because of years of spending more than what was allowed by the state.

The district’s superintendent, Tom Hinrichs, resigned a month after the district was put on the path to dissolution. Students have gone to the Shenandoah, Sidney, Hamburg and Fremont-Mills community school districts. Green Hills chief administrator Lane Plugge says the district’s buildings are now the property of the Shenandoah school district. Shenandoah now owns about 65 percent of the property.

(Update) Stuart woman arrested in connection with fugitive incident


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An escapee from the Ft. Madison Correctional Facility was captured Thursday afternoon, in Stuart, and a woman from Stuart was arrested as an accessory in harboring him. Stuart Police said a Stuart Police Officer was investigating the reported sighting of an escaped fugitive, 31-year old Joseph Leclair, Jr., at around noon Thursday, in the 300 block of N. Main Street.  Lora Sue Baudler, of Stuart, answered the door when the officer knocked but refused to cooperate with the officer.

Baudler then left the property and allegedly made a false 911 call reporting LeClair to be at a different location. The officer called in assistance from Guthrie and Adair County Sheriff’s Offices and the State Patrol to surround the house, while he prepared a search warrant. At approximately 3:30-pm officers entered the house with a search warrant and found LeClair hiding inside.

LeClaire was arrested and transported to the Guthrie County Jail. Baudler was arrested on charges that include False Reports to, or Communications with, Public Safety entities, and Accessory after the Fact.

You may recall LeClaire was involved in a similar incident last year when he escaped from work release for over a two month period from May-July. He was subsequently arrested in Polk County following that incident.

“Operation Dry Water” nets 10 arrests for intoxicated boaters

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say more than 700 vessels containing more than 2,200 boaters were contacted as part of Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 25th-26th. The effort to focus on enforcement of Iowa’s boating while intoxicated law is intended to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence going into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times for vessels on Iowa waters.

In all, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources along with partner agencies issued 227 citations or warnings during the Operation Dry Water campaign. While most of the violations and warnings involved having the proper safety equipment on-board, a total of 10 boating while intoxicated arrests were made during the effort.

The waters targeted for this year’s effort were Coralville Reservoir, the Mississippi River, Brushy Creek Lake, Lake Manawa, Okoboji, Saylorville Reservoir and the Missouri River. The DNR received assistance in the effort from the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nebraska DNR, Iowa State Patrol, local sheriffs and police departments and county conservation boards.

The Operation Dry Water effort resulted in 381 boaters being contact and 161 citations or warning being issued a year ago. Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR, said Operation Dry Water is an important mission to heighten boating safety awareness prior to the busy Fourth of July holiday. “One-third of all boating fatalities nationally involved alcohol and many of those victims were innocent bystanders,” Stocker said.

Iowa fares even worse than the national average with approximately half of the boating-related fatalities involving alcohol. “The effects of alcohol can be intensified when combined with wind and wave action and an extended time spent in the sun. Operators may not think they are under the influence, but their judgment, reaction time, balance and vision indicate that they are,” Stocker said.

There are slightly less than 220,000 registered boats in Iowa.

July 4th weekend events


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Several events are planned for this Independence Day weekend around the KJAN listening area.

The City of Exira’s 151st 4th of July Celebration begins today (Friday: July 1st) with a Carnival from 5-until 10-p.m. (wristbands are available). On Saturday ( July 2nd): The 35th Annual Exira Road Run gets underway at 8-a.m, a free-will donation Pancake Feed takes place at the Old Fire Hall from 8-  to 10-a.m.  That afternoon, a Co-ed Slow Pitch Softball Tournament will be held at Legion Park, beginning at 1 o’clock with concessions & beer garden available.

On Sunday, July 3rd there’s an Ecumenical Church Service at the Rec Center beginning at 10:30, and at 2-p.m., an Exira High School Class of 1966 Alumni Coffee at the Exira- EHK Middle School. Eira’s Independence Day Rodeo starts at 3-p.m., at the Kickapoo Park, with beer garden & concessions. Sunday evening, the Exira Community Club will hold a BBQ at the City Park, with Audubon County Cattlemen grilling burgers & hot dogs with beans, chips, watermelon & drink, from 5-until 7-p.m., along with a beer garden from 5-until 9-p.m.

On Monday, the 151st Exira 4th of July Parade themed “Hats off to the 4th!” starts and ends at Legion Ball Park. The parade begins at 10:30-a.m. And, the Grand Fireworks display starts at 9:45-p.m. at the Spartan Football Field. More details are available on Facebook.

The City of Oakland’s Independence Day Celebration runs Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, there’s Worship  in the Park, beginning at 10-a.m., and Zumba near the City Park gazebo, from 5-to 6-pm. At 7-p.m. the PEO Chapter EQ presents a “Whadda Ya Know” Trivia Night at the Community Center. On Monday, the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will hold their Annual Pancake Feed from: 7-until10:30-a.m. There’s also tractor and car shows, musical entertainment, Midway games and activities, and the Independence Day Parade beginning at 5-p.m. Fireworks over Chautauqua Park begin to fly at dusk.

In Greenfield, the 4th of July Parade begins at 11-a.m. The Annual Marne July 4th Celebration will be held on July 4th at the Marne Park. The flag will be raised at 6 pm, with the meal to follow. Fireworks begin at dusk. All who attend are asked to give a free will donation to help pay for the fireworks.

In Atlantic, the Annual Jaycees Flight Breakfast at the airport takes place from 7-until 11-a.m. Monday, featuring pancakes from the “Pancake Man.”  The food is free for those who fly-in to the event. Drive-in’s will pay $6. And, the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic will hold a concession stand and DJ music, starting at 7 pm. Fireworks at the airport begin at dusk, with patriotic music being played.  See the KJAN Daily Diary page for more events and details at www.kjan.com.

Fireworks amnesty event in Council Bluffs, July 9th


July 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County report that a public fireworks amnesty program will be offered on July 9th, to provide the public with a safe place to dispose of unused fireworks following the Independence Day weekend. The fireworks amnesty program is being offered by the Council Bluffs Police and Fire Departments along with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. Bluffs Badge

The drop off location is no longer at the Family Dollar/Auto Zone parking lot. The new drop off site is in the parking lot of Pottawattamie County Sherriff’s Office at 1400 Big Lake Road. Fireworks can be dropped off between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., on July 9th.