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Rainfall report: Sept. 1st 2013

News, Weather

September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As of 6-a.m. in Atlantic, the rain/thunderstorms that began at around 3-a.m., had ended. We received .35″ of precipitation here at the KJAN studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic). The last time measurable rain fell in Atlantic was August 15th, when we received .29″.

Precipitation for August in Atlantic was 1.57-inches, which is 2.31-inches below average. Precipitation year-to-date (Jan.-Aug.) amounts to 20.38-inches, which is slightly over 5-inches BELOW normal.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 1st 2013


September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power utility is warning residents not to fall for a phone scam that has targeted power customers around the country. The Des Moines Register reports that MidAmerican Energy has received reports from its customers complaining of suspicious callers seeking personal data.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an accident led to an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in western Iowa’s Denison. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that the fire occurred Friday and took only 20 minutes for firefighters to get under control. But Denison residents say the explosion rattled windows in the area.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A swimming advisory has been issued for Clear Lake and McIntosh Woods state parks in north-central Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the advisories were issued after a water sample showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the sampling was taken earlier this week.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — David Johnson ran for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns and caught passes for two more scores to lead Northern Iowa past Iowa State 28-20 Saturday night. Northern Iowa, seeking a return to the FCS playoffs after a rare losing record in 2012, jumped to a 21-7 lead on a steamy evening in Ames. The Panthers handed the Cyclones their first season-opening loss in five seasons under ISU coach Paul Rhoads.

NE man dies in Pottawattamie County crash, Saturday


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man died as the result of rollover accident this (Saturday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 57-year old Thomas Vogtman, of Omaha, was flown by LifeNet to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha where he was pronounced dead. The Patrol says Vogtman was driving a 2004 Toyota RAV 4 eastbound on Interstate 80 about 5-miles northeast of Council Bluffs at around 11:10-a.m., when for reasons unknown, the vehicle veered left into the median and came back out before rolling across I-80 and coming to rest in the northeast ditch. Vogtman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Iowa power utility warns of scam


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power utility is warning residents not to fall for a phone scam that has targeted power customers around the country. The Des Moines Register reports that MidAmerican Energy has received reports from its customers complaining of suspicious calls. People posing as electric company employees tell customers they are behind on their bills and must purchase a prepaid debit card, load it with money and hand over the serial number, or else face having their electricity shut off.

The utility is warning customers not to give credit card numbers, account information and personal information.

1 killed in Iowa motorcycle crash; man arrested


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man has died after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a pickup, and a woman riding as a passenger on the bike has been seriously injured. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that a man driving the truck has been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and running a stop sign.

Sioux City police say the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in Sioux City. Investigators say a woman who witnessed the crash performed CPR on the man driving the motorcycle until help arrived, but the man died at the scene.

The names of those on the motorcycle have not yet been released.

Sign up now for chance to rappel off one of Iowa’s tallest buildings AND raise money for charity

News, Sports

August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One of the primary annual fundraisers for the Iowa chapter of Special Olympics is next month and it involves overcoming one’s fear of heights. The event is called Over The Edge, according to Hal Pittman, president and C-E-O of Special Olympics Iowa. Participants can sign up now to rappel down the side of the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines, about 345 feet from the top, to raise money for the charity.

The unusual event will be held all day on Wednesday, September 18th, at one of the tallest buildings in the state. You can sign up through the website and then raise money for Special Olympics Iowa. The first 100 people to raise $1,000 get to take the leap. If you’re not interested in doing the deed yourself but would still like to help out the charity, Pittman says there are certainly options. Employees can get a team together at work to raise money to “toss the boss,” or you can “fling a friend” by signing up a buddy and raising the funds to get them to go over the edge.

Money raised will benefit the 11-thousand Iowans with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics. The event raised more than 35-thousand dollars last year. Learn more about Over the Edge at: www.soiowa.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak woman arrested on Dallas County warrant


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest on Friday of a woman wanted on a warrant out of Dallas County. Chrystal Rush Stewart, of Red Oak, was taken into custody for Contempt of Court/Failure to Appear on an original charge of 3rd offense OWI.

Stewart was brought to the Montgomery County Jail where she will serve a 30 day sentence before being eligible for release on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News, Sat. 8/31/13

News, Podcasts

August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest area News from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….


Open Burning Ban in Audubon County effective 8/31/13

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

State Fire Marshal Raymond Reynolds has ordered a ban on open burning in Audubon County, effective at Noon today (Sat., Aug. 31st).burn ban No one is allowed to engage in open burning in Audubon County, except as specifically permitted by Iowa Code, or until Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou (who represents each fire department in the County), notifies the Fire Marshal that conditions have improved, and no longer threatens life or property.

The burn ban was requested by Ballou, after consulting with fire chiefs in the County, and was made due to the extremely dry nature of brush, grass and timber in the County. If fires start, they can spread rapidly and become out of control.





Omaha man arrested in Montgomery County


August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Nebraska man was arrested Friday evening on a charge of Public Intoxication. 37-year old Joe Lewis Welch, of Omaha, was taken into custody at around 7:40-p.m., and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $300 bond.