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Creston teen charged with Possession of Marijuana


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Creston was charged Monday afternoon, with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Creston Police say 16-year old Jami Graham was referred to Juvenile authorities, and then released to the custody of her grandmother.

And, the Creston P-D says a resident in Corning reported that someone took a Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone out of a locker at his place of employment in Creston, at 500 Industrial Parkway (Farley and Sanders Candy Company). The theft, which took place sometime between 3:30-a.m. 7:30-a.m. Tuesday, resulted in a loss estimated at $220.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/6/2015

News, Podcasts

May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Woodbury County borrows $865,000 for technology projects


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors in Iowa has borrowed $865,000 to pay for high-tech equipment and building improvements. The Sioux City Journal reports the board approved issuing a capital loan note on Tuesday for money to be spent in the current fiscal year. The money will be used to pay for several projects including a new roof at the Prairie Hills jail annex east of Sioux City.

Funds will also be used to upgrade technology for the county’s Information and Communications Commission and computer equipment for the Climbing Hill building used for emergency services. Officials say the loan will be repaid over five years.

Iowa bird flu cases increase by 3 to 28

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May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10. A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm the disease. The farms experienced an unusual number of bird deaths, prompting an initial test which indicated presence of the H5N2 virus.

The new cases raise Iowa’s total number to 28 cases in 11 counties. More than 20 million of Iowa’s chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

Red Oak Board opts for permanent Superintendent


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Community School District should have a new superintendent in place this summer.The Daily NonPareil reports at a special meeting held Monday, the school board opted to seek a permanent replacement for Terry Schmidt, who is stepping down June 30th. Lee Fellers, the school board president, said about 14 to 15 candidates have applied so far, with a few others indicating an intent to apply. The quality of candidates was good enough the board decided to continue with its search, which got started late in the season for hiring new administrators.

A “Head-hunting” firm is assisting Red Oak with the search after recently organizing Shenandoah’s search for its new superintendent, Kerri Nelson. Its application deadline was Friday, and the firm is now conducting background checks and initial screenings. The top applicants, from a pool of around four to seven names, will be reviewed by the school board in detail May 18th.

The process will be conducted in closed session, with four to six semifinalists selected for interviews May 20 with board members. Two finalists will be identified at that point. The school board and focus groups of district stakeholders will hold additional interviews, with a goal of making a selection May 27th.

The district wants to have a new superintendent in place on July 1st, the start of the new fiscal year, or as soon as possible thereafter. Schmidt announced his resignation April 9. In his resignation letter, he did not give an explanation about why he is resigning. He has also declined to comment about his decision.

Ernst joins fellow Senators in call to keep A-10 flying


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, joined colleagues from the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday in calling for the Air Force to delay plans to take the A-10 Warthog out of service.

A-10 "WartHog"

A-10 “WartHog”

Fellow Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire led the news conference that included Ernst and says the Air Force has given conflicting stories about why it wants to retire the A-10. Ernst, a member of the Iowa National Guard who has served in Iraq, says the plane is a key support tool for troops on the ground.

“My colleagues and I are not here today to fight for a piece of equipment, what we are doing today is fighting for the very lives of our men and women that are serving on the ground in these dangerous areas,” Ernst says. The Air Force says newer planes can do the job of the A-10, but Ernst and the other senators disagree.

“I have heard over and over and over again from many colleagues that they would not be here today, with us, if it weren’t for the A-10,” Ernst says. “We do not have a comparable platform at this time. And bottom line again, we’re not fighting for a piece of equipment, we’re fighting for the lives of our American men and women.” Ernst was asked about the need to modernize the equipment used by the military. She says is interested in modernizing the equipment, but that’s not needed in the case of the A-10.

“Like many folks will say ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’ We have a platform that works and is relied upon by so many of our fighters on the ground. So, if it’s working, it’s something we need to support,” according to Ernst. Ernst and others say the A-10 is key in the fight against ISIS. Arizona Senator John McCain, the chair of the committee, also spoke at the news conference.

Public measure passes in Griswold


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Of the less than three-dozen votes cast during a special election held Tuesday, in Griswold, a majority of those who took the time to cast their ballot, voted in favor of a public measure that reduces the Mayor’s term from four-years, to two.

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports 32 ballots were cast during the election, with 28 of the 32 approving the measure. The results of Tuesday’s election will become official when the votes are canvassed by the Cass County Board of Supervisors.

Iowa early News Headlines; Wed., May 6th 2015


May 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.

MOSCOW, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a southeast Iowa man and the horse he was riding were killed by a lightning strike. The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old William J. “Billy” Clevenger and his horse died when they were struck by lightning near Moscow in rural Muscatine County.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Turkey farmer Greg Langmo says he knew right away when the flock that usually clustered around him turned lethargic that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry. Langmo lost more than 30,000 turkeys at his farm near Litchfield, and expects to lose well over $100,000 even after partial government compensation. The bird flu has affected nearly 28 million chickens and turkeys at over 100 Midwest farms, mostly in Minnesota and Iowa. Langmo plans to cut expenses until he can start raising and marketing turkeys again. But he says if his bank account runs dry first, he’s finished.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad wants to end to a perplexing abortion restriction adopted in Iowa two years ago. The Republican governor’s proposed Health and Human Services budget doesn’t renew a requirement that he sign off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. Lawmakers adopted that policy, which effectively halted state reimbursements for abortion under Medicaid because providers stopped submitting the claims.

Jury convicts 2nd suspect in western Iowa slayings


May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Chapman testified Monday in his own defense, saying he shot Huisenga because another man, 27-year-old Michael Schenk, gave him the gun. Chapman said Schenk threatened to kill him if he didn’t shoot. Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair in March 2014 at a trailer home in Deloit and then set it on fire. Schenk was sentenced in March to two life terms for his role in the slayings.

Sioux City man accused of sex with teen gets 10 years


May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of having sex multiple times with a teenage girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Sioux City Journal reports 32-year-old Joshua Case was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Case’s sentence also requires him to register as a sexual offender.

Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex with Case about 20 times over a nine-month period. Case was also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl, who was 14 or 15 years old. Authorities say they knew each other through their involvement in community theatrical productions in Sioux City.

An attorney for Case couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.