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Body of man found in Le Mars home; police investigating

News

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating after the body of a Le Mars man was found in his home. Investigators say the death appears to be suspicious. The Sioux City Journal reports that the body of the 57-year-old John Peter Koley was found Wednesday afternoon on his kitchen floor. Officials believe Koley had been dead for several days before his body was found by his son.

Police were unable to immediately determine the manner of death. The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, for an autopsy Friday morning.

Farmhouse for free in southwest IA, but buyer must move it off owners’ land

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) — Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners’ land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck say in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer.

The Des Moines Register reports that the Dolechecks have been trying for years for sell the house where they raised their four children. The two-and-a-half-floor farmhouse is assessed at $52,700, even after the Dolechecks invested $150,000 in repairs. It also has historic value as the home to landmark hybrid corn innovation in Depression-era Iowa.

Roger Dolecheck says he just needs to find somebody who would like to live in an old house with character.

Hamburg man arrested Thursday as part of a narcotics investigation

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December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Deputies with the Fremont County K9 Unit, Thursday, arrested 45-year old James Leroy Clark, of Hamburg, as part of an ongoing investigation into narcotics distribution in Fremont County. Clark was arrested for distribution of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine within Fremont County. Clark is being held at the Fremont County Jail, pending initial appearance with a magistrate.

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Glenwood Police report, 12/15/17

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December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Glenwood Police Department report 38-year old Matthew Tyson, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Thursday, for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry. Tyson was being held in the Mills County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. And, 21-year old Kayla Richardson, of Glenwood, was arrested today (Friday), for Gathering where controlled substances are used and for a Controlled Substance Violation. Her total cash bond or surety was set at $30,000.

Record number of Iowans expected to hit the road for the holidays

News

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who don’t have travel plans over the next few weeks are in the minority. Triple-A is predicting record travel, both in Iowa and nationwide, for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Gail Weinholzer, at Triple-A-Iowa, says more than 107-million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home between December 23rd and January 1st. “There’s going to be a lot of people traveling and there’s been a lot people traveling all year,” Weinholzer says. “We’ve seen year-over-year increases for every major holiday this year, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and now Christmas/New Year’s. Clearly, Americans are traveling in robust numbers and we expect that to continue into 2018.”

This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end travel. Iowa’s interstates and highways will be busy, so Weinholzer says to plan accordingly. “Actually, we are seeing increases across the board, personal automobiles, planes, trains, buses, everything,” Weinholzer says. “We’re seeing a significant increase and overall, the increase is 3.1% over last year.”

Winter officially arrives next Thursday, the 21st, but Iowa’s already had a few minor bouts with wintry weather in recent weeks. Still, Weinholzer says most Iowans don’t let a little ice or snow get in the way of their vacation plans. “When it comes to something like the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, weather does tend to have a little bit of an impact as far as causing people to leave perhaps a day earlier or a day later, but it rarely cancels travel plans,” Weinholzer says. “People are pretty committed to visiting family and friends.”

Higher gasoline prices won’t keep people home either. The average price for a gallon of gas in Iowa is two-42, about three cents below the national average and 23-cents higher than a year ago. Iowa City has the state’s most expensive gas at $2.47 a gallon while Council Bluffs is the cheapest at $2.36.

(Radio Iowa)

Fatal accident in Dallas County Friday morning

News

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A man from Polk County died in a rollover crash early this (Friday) morning, in Dallas County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the accident took place east of Redfield on Highway 6 near G Avenue at around  2:15-a.m. Officials say a 2014 Lexus LS 250 driven by 26-year old Ali Saquib, of West Des Moines, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6, when the car failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle left the road and rolled several times, ejecting Saquib, who died at the scene. The man was not wearing a seat belt. The accident remains under investigation. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the accident scene.

2018 licenses on sale today

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say beginning today (Friday), you can purchase your Iowa 2018 hunting and fishing licenses! Find a nearby Iowa license vendor, or get your license on the DNR’s online sales site.  A hunting or fishing license also makes a great gift for the holidays. You’ll just need the recipient’s social security number AND birthdate. Or you can call the DNR customer service desk at (515) 725-8200 for assistance looking up a person’s license information to make the purchase.

Here’s a list of popular licenses from which to choose:

Angler’s Special 3-Year License: $53.00 — save $4.00 compared to the price of three annual licenses
Hunter’s Special 3-Year License: $86.00 – save $10.00, and includes hunting with habitat fee
Outdoor Combo: $47.00 — annual hunting, fishing and habitat fee included
Annual Resident Fishing License: $19.00
Annual Resident Hunting License: $19.00 plus $13.00 habitat fee required
Visit the DNR’s license page for a complete list of licenses available. We hope you enjoy Iowa’s outdoors in 2018!

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/15/2017

News, Podcasts

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/15/2017

News, Podcasts

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston man arrested for DWR

News

December 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston, today (Friday), arrested 26-year old Dale Lee Anson, II, of Creston. Anson was pulled over and taken into custody for Driving While Revoked. He was later released on a $1,000 bond.