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SD man arrested for theft in Pott. County; Adams Co. woman arrested on Pott. County warrant


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest at around 12:50-a.m. today (Friday), of 41-year old Dustin Hoffman Stevens, of Grand Forks, SD. Stevens was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree, after a Deputy saw a 2006 Nissan Sentra on 430th Street, just south of Highway 92. The vehicle had its hazard lights on. A check of the license plate revealed the plate had been reported stolen from Council Bluffs.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 33-year old Mescha Jackson, of Prescott (IA), was arrested at around 12:45-a.m. today (Friday), for Contempt of Court. Authorities say at around 11:30-p.m. Thursday, Pott. County Dispatch advised a deputy that Taylor County had a woman in their custody on a warrant out of Pott. County, and that the woman was the breast feeding mother of an infant.

Taylor County officials had tried to get bond for the woman taken care of, but the judge ruled she needed to be transported to Pott. County. A Contempt of Court warrant does not have a bond associated with it until the defendant is seen by a magistrate. A Deputy from Taylor County and a Pott. County Deputy arranged to meet each other in Red Oak, so the woman could be further transported to the Pott. County Jail. Jackson was read the warrant and turned over to jail staff.

Suspicious activity leads to an arrest in Pott. County


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An observant Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a man Thursday morning, after he learned the man had a warrant for domestic abuse assault. Deputy Stewart was on patrol at around 8-a.m. Thursday in the rural, southeast side of Council Bluffs, when he noticed two men standing in front of a residence in the 1200 block of N. Larchmont Drive. His report said there were no vehicles in the area, and the men appeared to be watching for someone or something.

Knowing that multiple theft reports had been received from the area, the Deputy made contact with the two men, who said they were construction workers, waiting for their boss to arrive. Deputy Stewart noticed the men were not dressed for construction work. Instead, they wore athletic clothing, and one of the men was wearing sandals.

An identity check determined the men to be 26-year old Joel Main and James Urso. When a records check was conducted, the deputy learned Main was wanted on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault by impeding airflow. The man was taken into custody and transported to the Pott. County Jail where he was booked-in.

2 incidents of theft in Creston


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department says two residents have reported incidents of theft, Thursday. A 1987 camouflage-style Ford F-150 pickup was stolen from a residence off of High and Dry Road within the past few days. The vehicle was valued at $1,000.

And a woman from Creston said that sometime on Aug. 12th, someone got into her purse while it was on a table in the basement of the 3 Mile Lake lodge. The thief took cash, and prescription medication. The loss was estimated at $800.

Parent company of former Iowa casino owner added to lawsuit


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The parent company of a former Iowa riverboat casino has been added to a lawsuit seeking nearly $2 million in unpaid revenue-sharing funds. The Sioux City Journal reports that attorneys for Community Action Agency of Siouxland added Penn National Gaming Inc. to its lawsuit against the Belle of Sioux City, which operated the former Argosy Sioux City.

Doing so serves to debunk arguments made by the former casino’s lawyers that the Belle of Sioux City and Iowa Gaming Company do not have the money to make payments.

Attorney Terry Giebelstein, who represents Community Action Agency of Siouxland, argues in a court filing that Belle transferred nearly $13 million to its parent company, Pennyslvania-based Penn National Gaming, in 2013 and 2014.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/18/2017

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August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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Creston woman arrested on warrants


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston, Thursday afternoon, arrested 40-year old Teresa Joan Earley, of Creston, on two Union County warrants. The warrants charge Earley with Violation of Probation. The woman was being held for Union County in the Ringgold County Jail, on two, $5,000 cash only bonds.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/18/2017

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August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Iowa company helps Brazil open new ethanol plant

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August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa businessman has returned from Brazil where his company helped the country open its first large-scale corn ethanol production plant. Summit Agricultural Group C-E-O Bruce Rastetter, of Alden, says Brazil has previously made most of its ethanol from sugar cane. But the country now has gone to a two-season crop system that has increased the amount of corn available.

“Because of the weather and the rainfall they have been able to move to produce a crop of soybeans, and plant the corn the next day in January and February when harvest the corn in May and June,” Rastetter explains. “So that ability has allowed them to grow to significant corn production on second crop — which allows the opportunity for corn ethanol.”

The 115 million-dollar ethanol plant will annually process 22 million bushels of corn and produce more than 60 million gallons of corn ethanol along with 62-hundred tons of corn oil and 170-thousand tons of feed rations for Brazil’s growing livestock industry. Rastetter says the plant keeps the additional corn production in Brazil — which is good news for Iowa. “For them to produce value in their country — producing energy with it and also then the high-quality livestock feed alongside of it — is probably pretty important to the American farmer when we see large grain surpluses here in the U-S,” according to Rastetter.

He says Brazil already uses more ethanol than the United States, as their minimum ethanol blend with gasoline is 27-and-half percent compared to 10 percent in the U-S. And he doesn’t expect the increased ethanol production to hurt the U-S. He says the U-S exported about 500 million gallons of ethanol to Brazil last year and the number is increasing. And while their home produced ethanol might cut into that, he says other countries like China, Europe and those in Southeast Asia will use more ethanol in the future.

Rastetter says exporting ethanol is not the problem here, he says it needs to be offered in more blends at the pumps like Brazil.”The U-S needs to move form 10 percent to 15 to 20 percent ethanol blends. That’s the problem for the industry, it’s part of the problem for agriculture,”Rastetter says. “Over the last eight years we haven’t seen ethanol use increase in the U-S, production go from 12 billion to 15 billion gallons.”

Rastetter says the new plant used some parts that are only made in the U-S along with some production expertise from a company called I-C-M Incorporated of Colwich, Kansas. He doesn’t think this will be the only modern ethanol plant built there. “We have terrific support from the government..the president of the country as at the inauguration as were a number of ag businesses, farmers and governors. So, we are excited about the opportunity,” Rastetter says.

Rastetter’s company partnered with a Brazilian firm known as Fiagril (Fee-uh-Grill) to build the plant. They broke ground on the facility in early 2016.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, 8/18/17


August 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:50 a.m. CDT

GEORGE, Iowa (AP) — The start of the school year at one northwestern Iowa school district has been delayed five days until Aug. 28 after a colony of bats was discovered in a second-floor high school office. George-Little Rock superintendent John Eyerly tells the Sioux City Journal that an electrician installing a new phone system during the first week of August found evidence of bats while in the school’s liaison officer’s office.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety is confirming that recruits at its basic training academy were treated last month for heat-related illness. Department spokesman Alex Dinkla said Thursday that two of 20 recruits needed medical treatment following academy activities. He said he believed they are trooper candidates and remain part of the academy, which started May 30 at Camp Dodge in Johnston and remains ongoing.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old bicyclist died after she was struck by a car in eastern Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Raeanna M. Reynolds of Muscatine was riding her bicycle around 9 p.m. when a 1999 Ford Taurus hit her, throwing her bicycle into a ditch. Authorities identified the driver as 26-year-old Alexander Cortes-Wolfe, of Wapello.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa couple whose adopted baby was killed after his birth parents regained custody in 2014 has won a $3.25 million judgment in a lawsuit against their adoption lawyer. The Des Moines Register reports that Rachel and Heidi McFarland were awarded the judgment in a lawsuit against their attorney, Jason Rieper. The couple alleged that Rieper allowed them to believe he’d gotten the baby’s birth mother to sign a critical release-of-custody document when he had not done so.

Funeral services set for Carroll man who died following cement truck crash


August 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning in Carroll, for a man who died at a hospital in Des Moines following a cement truck rollover accident Monday afternoon in Guthrie County. According to reports, 56-year old Randy Dean Barker, of Carroll, was driving a 2016 Mack cement truck southbound on Chestnut Road, south of Coon Rapids, when he came upon a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the road.

When Barker applied the brakes and swerved left, the truck, which was fully loaded with cement, entered the shoulder/ditch area and came back onto the roadway. The vehicle went out of control and overturned onto the driver’s side. It skidded down the road before coming to rest. The accident happened at around 1:23-p.m., Monday.The cement truck, owned by Moorhouse Ready Mix, of Breda, sustained about $160,000 damage.

Barker was flown to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, where he succumbed to his injuries. His funeral will be held 10:30-a.m. Saturday, at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, in Carroll.