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South Central IA man arrested in Union County warrant

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from south central Iowa was arrested Thursday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 25-year old Trevor Jack Dillon Loudon, of Bevington, was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Branstad orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Walnut native

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, today (Friday) ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday, May 26th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of 29-year old Omaha, Neb., Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was a Walnut, Iowa, native and resident of Council Bluffs. Orozco was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while attempting to arrest Marcus D. Wheeler on a felony warrant for first-degree assault.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

For more information please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/22/2015

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Creston man arrested on assault & false imprisonment charges

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested 52-year old Kirby Konkler, of Creston, Thursday afternoon. Konkler was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault Impeding Air Flow, and False Imprisonment. He was later released on a $3,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/22/2015

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

Banks grow cautious about lending as farm incomes slide

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Farm income is falling for many growers in Iowa and across the region as credit conditions weaken. Nathan Kauffman, the Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says lower crop prices and high input costs have cut profit margins and raised concerns about the ability of farmers to repay loans down the road. “In the last several years, profits have been so good in agriculture that a lot of people have been making pretty good money,” Kauffman says. “Now, a lot of bankers and other lenders are looking at where the risks are, wanting to understand what level of working capital do their borrowers have, is it sufficient to get them through these times?”

Recent years have brought many producers across the Midwest severe droughts and flooding while commodity prices rebounded only slightly after dramatic drops, while facing higher costs for seed, fertilizer and chemicals. It’s left many farmers short on cash. “Operating loans have picked up because of lower incomes,” Kauffman says. “There has been a need for more financing of some of those short-term expenditures and I think we’re seeing more lenders that just want to be cautious and recognizing things are still pretty good overall and they have been very good, but being cautious about what that means for the next year or so.”

Kauffman says cropland values edged down in the first quarter this year while pastureland values held firm. “The land that’s very high quality still does seem to be selling quite well,” Kauffman says. “The land that is maybe not quite as good, we do see some variation there. There are stories of no sales at auctions, we see other weaknesses in that side of the land market but overall, there has been a bit of downward pressure because of the lower incomes.”

Profit margins in the livestock industry have remained stable, but he says most bankers don’t think farm income or credit conditions will improve in the next three months.

(Radio Iowa)

Petitioners object to Branstad plan to shut down MHIs in Clarinda, Mt Pleasant

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Opponents of Governor Branstad’s push to close the two state-run Mental Health Institutes in southern Iowa delivered 25-hundred petitions signatures to the governor’s office Thursday morning. Matt Sinovic is executive director of Progress Iowa, the group that organized the online petition drive. “This happened over the last week or so, so it’s been a very quick turn-around for these signers and we expect more to sign,” Sinovic told reporters. “But we saw Governor Branstad was signing this proclamation today and thought this would be an appropriate time to make these voices heard.”

Branstad held a brief midday ceremony to sign a “Mental Health Month” proclamation. “Frankly, the governor signing this proclamation is laughable,” Sinovic says. “He’s putting these policies in place that hurts Iowans and now he’s taking a curtain call, pretending to be in favor of quality mental health care. I mean, it’s ridiculous.” Sinovic says there is currently no plan in place to care for the acutely ill Iowans who depend upon the state-run Mental Health Institutes for care they cannot get elsewhere at privately-run facilities.

Branstad says his critics just want to “protect the status quo.” “What we’re doing in Iowa is really long overdue,” Branstad says. “Many other states have done it before.” Branstad’s state budget plan released in January did not include any operating funds to keep the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open past June 30th.

Legislators are still wrangling over budget details, but it’s unlikely Branstad will accept any plan that keeps the two facilities open indefinitely.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested Thu. in Red Oak on burglary warrant

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a man from Pottawattamie County was arrested Thursday on a Red Oak P-D warrant for Burglary, stemming from an incident that took place in Sept., 2013. 22-year old Timothy Gene Humphrey, of Council Bluffs, at a residential correctional facility in Council Bluffs. Humphrey was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 cash bond.

 

Villisca man arrested on a moving violation Thu. evening

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Thursday evening in Villisca, resulted in the driver of the vehicle being arrested for Driving While Revoked. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports 39-year old Jason William McCollum, of Villisca, was pulled over at around 7:30-p.m. and following an investigation, was taken into custody. McCollum was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Villisca woman arrested for slashing tires

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation into tires slashed Wednesday afternoon on a vehicle at the Southwest Valley High School in Corning, has resulted in an arrest. 18-year old Jaden Deanna Lynn Baker, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m. Thursday, and charged with Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree. Baker was arrested after security camera video showed her allegedly punching holes in all four tires of a vehicle. Her bond was set at $1,000.