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(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 11/26/2014

News, Podcasts

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Man convicted of murder in Pottawattamie County, dies in prison


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Corrections said Tuesday, that a man who began serving a life sentence for a 1976 murder in Pottawattamie County, has died in prison. 65-year old Kenneth Boyd died Monday at the hospice care unit at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. Boyd’s death was due to complications from renal failure.

Boyd was serving a life sentence for the 1976 Pott. County slaying of Omaha resident Charles Sallis. Boyd was convicted along with Charles Reese and Sallis’ wife, Katherine. Another man, Isaiah Jerry Jones, initially was charged with murder, too, but the charge was dropped when he agreed to testify for the prosecution. Boyd and Reese were from Gary, Indiana. Jones was from Omaha.

SW IA man gets 25-years in prison for his father’s murder


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man has agreed to plea guilty to the murder of his father. The Omaha World-Herald reports 25-year old Zachary Malson, of Bedford, agreed to be found guilty of two counts of willful injury and one count each of assault while participating in a felony and going armed with intent, in connection with the April 23rd death of his father, 56-year old Steven Malson. The older Malson died at a St. Joseph, MO., hospital, after suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

The Taylor County Attorney’s Office said in a press release that a 1st degree murder charge against Zachary Malson will be dismissed after the time for Malson to appeal these convictions has passed. District Court Judge Gary Kimes last week sentenced Malson to a prison term not to exceed 25 years.

A first-degree murder charge against Steven Malson’s wife Cindy, was dismissed in August.


Rollover accident near Cass/Adair County line


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Snow-packed roads led to numerous property-damage traffic accidents early this (Wednesday) morning, in western Iowa. According to scanner traffic, a rollover accident on Interstate 80 near the 73-mile marker, happened near the Cass-Adair County line at around 12:53-a.m. Three people were out of the vehicle. No injuries were reported. An Iowa State Patrol dispatcher said at least six to eight accidents were reported by 4 a.m. in both Cass and Adair Counties, none of which resulted in injuries.

Roads slushy and slippery this morning

News, Weather

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Travel with caution this morning. Roads in western Iowa are partially to mostly covered with snow and/or slush. The far western part of the state has the best road conditions (“Normal”), according to 511ia.org  For the latest road condition reports, call 5-1-1 or surf to the Iowa DOT’s website (511ia.org). roads

Many Iowa farmers are donating a portion of their produce to food banks

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As the harvest is nearly complete across Iowa, many food banks in the state are reaping the benefits of what farmers have grown. With commodity prices so low, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says he’s encouraged so many farmers are choosing to donate some of their bounty to those in need. “They’re able to donate that to qualified food receiving agencies, food banks, and be able to get a tax credit of 15% of the value of that food they produced,” Northey says. “It’s a great way to encourage that connection, certainly to encourage the use of that locally-produced food.” It translates to a double benefit, Northey says, as farmers get a credit on their state taxes while local food banks get home-grown food.

“You do need to find one of these qualified food banks to be able to do that,” he says. “There’s an evaluation worksheet at the state of Iowa tax website.” That address is tax-dot-iowa-dot-gov and then click on the link for “Farm To Food Donation Tax Credit.” Northey notes, farmers get a credit equal to 15 percent of the value of the commodities donated or five-thousand dollars, whichever is less. Producers will get a receipt from the registered food bank or emergency feeding organization. All receipts need to be sent to the Iowa Department of Revenue by January 15th.

(Radio Iowa)

Early morning arrest in Red Oak, Wednesday


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning. According to the Red Oak P-D, 26-year old Jason Rolfe Aherns was taken into custody at around 2:45-a.m. in the 1700 block of Crestline Drive. Aherns was picked up on a valid warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 cash bond.

Red Kettle campaign looks to use social media


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The drop in temperatures makes it tougher on the people ringing the bells at the Salvation Army red kettles, and it also puts a bit of a chill on donations. Lia Pontarelli, is the spokesperson for the Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids. “Having such a cold start to our kettle season is not very exciting to us, ” Pontarelli says. “Last year it got very cold, but it got cold a little later in our kettle season.” Cold weather makes people want to get in and out of stores quickly and keeps them from stopping to drop a donation into the kettles.

“We’re hoping that as the holidays come a little bit closer — with Thanksgiving this week, Christmas is a month away now– hopefully people will start getting in that spirit and despite the cold weather they will still give.” Modern economics have also hurt the kettle campaigns across Iowa and across the country as Pontarelli says people don’t carry as much money with them. She says they are trying to use technology and social media to help out with the donations.

“Encouraging people to be an on-line bell ringer. You can set up a kettle yourself and you can send an e-blast out, you can post it on your social media and you can help be a bell ringer in your pajamas, on your couch or in front of your fireplace,” Pontarelli explains. She says they’ve looked at many options to make it easier for people to chip in.

“Different locations have tried text to give at the red kettle, where you can text in your donation. Some locations tried having a credit card machine right at the kettle, but again you’re walking into as store and you really don’t want to fumble through to try to find your wallet and pull out your credit card,” Pontarelli says. “And then also with the cold weather you really have your hands bundled up with your head down and heading into the store, and that’s never going to change that. So, going to the on-line method I think is a good change for us.” Pontarelli says you can use the on-line system anywhere in the state.

“If you do a Google search for Salvation Army in your town, you should be able to find the Army that is closet to you,” Pontarelli says. “And also the same goes with the online red kettle. If you go to on-line red kettle dot o-r-g (www.redkettle.org), you should be able to find the red kettle nearest your location.” She says the red kettle campaign raises important funds for the organization. “During the Christmas campaign we raise about 40-percent of our annual operating budget, so it really helps set the pace for what we are going to be able to do throughout the entire year in the community.” according to Pontarelli. “It helps us pay people’s rent in June or provide meals in September for kids. So the money that we raise now is imperative to the help that we can provide our community year round.”

The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 26 2014


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a small electrical fire at a northwest Iowa plant owned by the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Wells Enterprises says efforts are underway to figure out the cause of the Monday night fire at one of its facilities in Le Mars. No injuries were reported.

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been given probation for stealing from an elderly man under her care. District Court Judge Michael Moon recently ordered to suspend a 10-year prison sentence for 60-year-old Pamala Hammond. She will instead be on probation for two- to five years. Hammond pleaded guilty last month to a count of theft in connection to the estate of James Curtis Ruby, of Eldora. The 88-year-old veteran died in 2012.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is back climbing trees after he fell 40 feet from one over the summer, breaking several bones. Owner Kevin Hardy of Cutting Edge Tree Services in Mason City fell from a tree in Charles City on July 20. He broke nearly everything but his will. Hardy suffered several injuries in the fall, including a broken clavicle and ribs. After several hospital stays and rehabilitation work, Hardy says he considers himself a lucky man.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school has filled more than 3,500 shoeboxes with items like toys and clothing intended for impoverished children overseas. The shoeboxes filled by Great River Christian School students were loaded into a semitrailer destined for Minneapolis, where they will eventually be flown to other countries. The shoebox delivery is by Operation Christmas Child, an organization the school has been helping for 11 years.

Council Bluffs, Iowa Resident Sentenced to 60 Months for Possession of Child Pornography


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was sentenced, Monday to spend five-years in prison on a child pornography charge. United States District Judge Stephanie Rose ordered 42-year old Anthony John Wesolowski, of Council Bluffs, to serve 60 months in prison by for possession of child pornography, plus  10-years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

An extensive investigation began when law enforcement determined that Wesolowski was using a file sharing program to obtain images containing child pornography over the internet for a period of several years. On July 8, 2014, Wesolowski pled guilty and admitted that on October 31, 2013, he had images on his home computer that depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.