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I-80 eastbound left lane blocked in western IA

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident this morning on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of Walnut, has traffic reduced to one-lane this morning. The Iowa DOT reports the left lane is blocked between Exit 40 (U-S Hwy 59) and Exit 46 (County Road M-47) , near Walnut. (update 9:16-a.m.)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 2/4/2015

News, Podcasts

February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area news from Ric Hanson.

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Car theft and break-in in Creston

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(update 8:58-a.m.)

Police in Creston report a car that was stolen in the community Tuesday afternoon was recovered this (Wednesday) morning at 8:30-a.m. in an alley located in the 400 block of south Cherry Street. A resident had reported to authorities his 2006 Chevy Malibu was stolen from 406 Union Street sometime between 4-pm and 8:20-p.m., Tuesday. The keys were in the car and the tank was full of gas.

And, a resident at 315 south Walnut Street in Creston told police that “The Can Place” at 202 Russell Street had been broken into sometime between 5-p.m. Monday and 10-a.m. Tuesday. Quarters and dimes were stolen. The loss was estimated at $25.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, Wed. 2/4/2015

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Snowfall of 1-3 inches expected south of I-80 in IA today (Wednesday)

News, Weather

February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Snow is  moving across southern Iowa this morning. The National Weather Service in Johnston says snow fall totals will range from 1 to 3 inches south of Interstate 80 with the highest totals near the Missouri border.Winter Weather Advisories for snow and blowing snow have been posted for all counties along and south in I-80 thru the mid-day hours. Roads have become snow covered and with winds gusting up to 20 miles per hour, visibilities will fall below one-mile, especially in areas of heavier snowfall. Use caution while driving today.10629614_777828378962026_6288061018055993812_n

High Pressure will arrive tonight and will bring very cold temperatures to the state. Overnight lows will be 5 to 15 degrees below zero. Warmer temperatures arrive Friday into Saturday. Highs in the 30s and 40s are possible during this period.

Fremont County murder trial gets underway

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The first-degree murder trial of Brian Heath Davis got underway before a judge in Fremont County District Court, Tuesday. The 34-year-old Davis is charged with murder in the death of Holly Rae Durben in July of 2009. Davis waived his right to a jury trial and today marked the beginning of a bench trial presided over by 4th District Judge Timothy O’Grady.

Following opening statements the prosecution began by calling witnesses and playing the 9-1-1 call made on the day of Durben’s death. The trial is expected to last until at least Friday when a key medical witness is expected to testify. The defendant claims Durben committed suicide, however the prosecution told Judge O’Grady they are prepared to show evidence that her death was a homicide.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs District officials accept 2 T.J. teachers’ resignations

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Council Bluffs Community School District have accepted the resignations of two Thomas Jefferson High School teachers, although one will remain on the district’s payroll for three months. According to The Daily NonPareil, the school board accepted the resignation, effective Monday, of Jeffrey Daugherty, a former math teacher who faces criminal charges after an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old female student at the school.

Dan Liggett, a physical education teacher, also resigned effective April 30th. Liggett was named in an affidavit about the Daugherty case as being aware of the alleged relationship prior to being approached by the school’s principal. It is uncertain why he was placed on administrative leave by the district.

Both men’s resignations were accepted during a special school board meeting held Tuesday afternoon that lasted just over two minutes. Diane Ostrowski, the district’s chief communications officer, said the reason Liggett resigned and any stipulations are confidential. Superintendent Martha Bruckner said Liggett negotiated the resignation date with the district’s lawyer.

Liggett will remain on paid administrative leave. He’ll earn $11,252 in salary for the months of February, March and April. Daugherty faces two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, five counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee, one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of lascivious conduct with a minor, according to court records.

He is set to be arraigned Feb. 9. A jury trial is currently scheduled to start March 24. He is currently free after posting a $10,000 bond.

East Mills PPEL approved Tues. night

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The second time was the charm for voters in the East Mills Community School District, Tuesday, as they passed by a slim margin, a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), during a special election. Unofficial results from the Mills County Auditor’s Office show the PPEL of $1.34 per thousand dollars valuation passing by a vote of 478 “Yes” to 410 “No” votes The referendum received almost 54% of the vote–a simple majority was necessary in order to pass. Voters rejected a similar PPEL referendum in September.

Monies raised through the 10-year levy will be used to complete geothermal upgrades in each of the district’s buildings. District officials have said the PPEL is key part of the district’s long-range building plans, which call for converting East Mills Junior-Senior High School in Malvern into a K-12 facility.

School Bond referendum fails in Nodaway Valley District

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A bond referendum that would have been used to build and equip a new elementary building and improve the site in the Nodaway Valley School District has failed by a slim margin. Unofficial results from the Adair County Auditor’s Office show that while there were 397 “Yes” votes to 283 “No” votes for the $8.8-million dollar referendum, the measure needed 60-percent approval in order to pass. It received 58.4-percent. There were a total of 680 votes cast out of the 3,004 registered voters in the district.

At least two informational meetings were held prior to the vote. The current building is nearly 60-years old. Officials have said it would cost $6.5-million to renovate the existing facility, which is not currently energy efficient, is difficult to maintain, and not ADA compliant.

Nodaway Valley Superintendent Casey Berlau has stated that the new structure would have included a safe room/storm shelter, and met all energy efficiency and ADA requirements.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Cass & area Counties, 2/4/15

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February 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CASS-ADAIR-MADISON COUNTIES…335 AM CST WED FEB 4 2015

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON

POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY COUNTIES: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY.

ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6-AM TODAY UNTIL 1-P.M.

FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1-P.M.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN BY SUNRISE IN SOUTHWEST IOWA AND MOVE ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA BEFORE NOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 4 INCHES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTH WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS BY LATE MORNING. VISIBILITY WILL FALL BELOW A MILE DURING HEAVIER SNOWFALL.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.