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4 arrests in Montgomery County – juvenile arrested for alleged assault of school staffer


May 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports four separate arrests took place over the past few days. At around 3:25-p.m. Friday, Deputies in Montgomery County arrested a juvenile male at the Southwest Valley Middle School in Villisca, for simple assault of a staff member. The youth was booked into the jail and then released to the custody of a parent.

Early Saturday morning, deputies arrested 27-year old Skylar Grant Winterstien, of Avoca, for OWI/1st offense. Winterstien was booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 47-year old Dale Lee McMurray, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 11:30-a.m. Saturday for Driving While Suspended, with seven withdrawals in effect. McMurray posted a $435 bond and was released from custody.

And, just before 11:30-p.m., Saturday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 45-year old Darin David Dyke, of Red Oak, for Driving While Revoked for OWI test failure. Dyke was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on bond.


Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, 5/14/17


May 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:30 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who was convicted of killing an Iowa City landlord but later saw the ruling overturned has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the case. The Press-Citizen reports 26-year-old Justin Marshall was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison. Marshall admitted that he fatally shot 64-year-old John Versypt in a stairway in 2009. Marshall says he was trying to steal Versypt’s wallet, but didn’t intend to kill him.

CRESCO, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of driving a 30-ton (30.48-metric ton) grain truck over a small county bridge with a 3-ton (3.05-metric ton) weight limit, leading to its collapse, has been cited. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the truck’s driver was cited for violating a weight embargo. The collapse happened early the morning of May 5 on Cattle Creek Road over the Upper Iowa River east of Cresco. No one was injured.

RIDGEWAY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two northeastern Iowa sheriff’s deputies were injured when a man under arrest tried to escape. The incident happened Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after two western Iowa sheriff’s deputies were shot, one fatally, during a jail break there. Authorities say on Friday, a Winneshiek County deputy suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital while chasing a suspect on foot. A Howard County deputy also suffered injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the cost to renovate Des Moines’ City Hall has grown by more than $2 million as the city continues to expand the scope of the project. The Des Moines Register reports that the cost is now projected at $8.6 million _ up from initial plans that called for a $6.3 million upgrade to the mechanical systems and fire sprinklers in the historic downtown building.

Fire heavily damages welding shop in Cumberland


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A fire late Saturday morning in Cumberland has heavily damaged a welding business that was closed for the day. According to reports, the fire happened at Dan’s Welding (215 Main Street), at around 11-a.m. It was called-in by a neighbor. Cumberland and Massena Fire responded to the scene. Officials said the flames were under control in about 20-minutes but the building was a total loss, along with some ag equipment parked outside the structure.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Grain truck driver who caused Iowa bridge collapse cited

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CRESCO, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of driving a 30-ton (30.48-metric ton) grain truck over a small county bridge with a 3-ton weight limit, leading to its collapse, has been cited. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the truck’s driver was cited for violating a weight embargo.

The collapse happened early the morning of May 5 on Cattle Creek Road over the Upper Iowa River east of Cresco. Officials say the bridge was designed to hold no more than the weight of an average pickup truck, and a sign warning of the span’s limit was clearly posted. Officials say the loaded grain truck caused it to buckle and collapse. No one was injured.

Officials say the river is back open to canoers, kayakers and other rafters.

66 students take top honors at National History Day in Iowa contest


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – More than 60 students from across the state took top honors at the National History Day in Iowa contest this past week, earning a trip to the NHD National Finals at the University of Maryland to compete for scholarships and prizes. Among them was: Mia Kawamitsu, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln School – Senior Individual Documentary, “A Ray of Hope”; Isabel Solivan, Clarinda Community School – Senior Individual Performance, “Audrey Hepburn: Taking a Stand with UNICEF”, and Anna Boes, Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln – Senior Individual Website, “Wokiksuye.”

National History Day is a year-long academic enrichment program that challenges students to research, develop and present papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances about historical issues, ideas, people and events related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”

This year’s 66 national qualifiers included students from 21 different schools – a new record – plus two home-school students from Spencer. For more information, go to: www.iowaculture.gov/history/education/national-history-day/contests/state-contest/awards

Montgomery County Extension is Hosting a Babysitter Workshop


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak, IA – On June 2, 2017 Montgomery County Extension and Outreach will be
partnering with the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital to host a babysitter workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the lower level conference center of the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Youth in grades 5 through 11 are welcomed to participate in the workshop to gain the proper child care skills.

Join the Montgomery County Extension staff in a busy day of hands-on activities while learning to be a responsible, trustworthy, safe and fun babysitter. The objective of the babysitter workshop is to teach the skills and techniques required to be competent babysitters and develop the confidence needed to handle situations that may occur when caring for a child.

Registration is required for the workshop. Registration forms can be found on the Montgomery County Extension website or at the extension office. All forms must be to the extension office by May 26. There is a $10 charge due at time of registration for each participant. Financial assistance is available through the extension office.

If you have any questions or for more information, contact Rachel Bergren, County Youth Coordinator at Montgomery County ISU Extension and Outreach, at 712-623-2592 or rbergren@iastate.edu.

Vintage truck show slated this month at Iowa fairgrounds


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – What’s being billed as the world’s largest vintage truck show will be held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines later this month. American Truck Historical Society director Jim Poage says more than 1,000 vintage trucks will be on display and will include “some of the first trucks ever produced in the world.” The trucks will range from early 1900’s high wheelers to large, vintage 18-wheeler-type trucks. The show will run from May 25 through May 27.

The show, along with the national convention of the society, is an annual event that moves to different locations each year. In addition to the trucks, there will be almost 100 different craft and food vendors, a swap meet, and a competition truck pull.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/13/2017

News, Podcasts

May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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


Teen injured during motorcycle accident S. of Wiota, Friday evening


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A 14-year male suffered from a possible broken shoulder and clavicle, following an dirt-bike accident Friday evening on Lansing Road, between Wiota and Cumberland. The unidentified teen, who was wearing a helmet, was exiting his rural driveway to head west on Lansing Road at around 4:50-p.m., when he struck his dog and was thrown off the motorcycle into a ditch.

The teen was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Authorities say the dog suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Man arrested in Stanton for obstructing emergency communications


May 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report a man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning in the 300 block of HillTop Avenue in Stanton, on a charge of Obstruction of Emergency Communications. 41-year old Duane Alan Sundberg was taken into custody at around 12:45-a.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where his bond was set at $300.