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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/19/19

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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

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Judge dismisses company’s lawsuit over city’s odor ordinance

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa company that’s been fined thousands of dollars for the stink coming from its plant has lost its lawsuit targeting the city’s odor ordinance.
The Sioux City Journal reports that Judge Leonard Strand of the U.S. District Court in Sioux City granted the city of Sibley’s motion for a summary judgment. Strand disagreed with Iowa Drying & Processing’s contention that the ordinance was unconstitutionally vague.
Iowa Drying & Processing had said the city’s enforcement unfairly targeted the company and interfered with its efforts to sell the plant, which had drawn residents’ complaints for years.
One resident, Josh Harms, sued Sibley after city officials threatened legal action against him for saying on a website that Sibley smelled like “rancid dog food.” Strand ruled against the city in Harms’ case, barring officials from making more threats and ordering the city to pay him $6,500 in damages and $20,000 in legal fees.

Shelby County Sheriff’s report (6/19)

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office report numerous arrests took place over the past couple of weeks. Most recently: On Tuesday (6/18), Deputies arrested 42-year-old Ryan Nicholas Schwery, of Harlan, after a search warrant was executed at his place of residence.  Schwery was charged with Controlled Substance Violation – delivery of Methamphetamine, failure to affix drug tax stamp, possession of controlled substance meth 3rd or subsequent offense, prohibited acts, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to jail without incident and is currently being held on a $10,300 cash or surety bond.

On Sunday, Crawford County authorities arrested 30-year-old Jonathan Wayne Sparks, of Woodbine, as a result of a traffic incident. Sparks was turned over to Shelby County Deputies and transported to the jail, on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation.  His bond cash or surety bond was set at $1,000. Last Saturday, a Shelby County Deputy arrested 29-year-old Angela Michelle Williams, of Manilla, on a violation of a contact order charge.  Williams was released on her own recognizance the follow morning after appearing before the magistrate, and given a future court date.

Last Friday, authorities arrested 38-year-old Tabbatha Christine Collier, of Missouri Valley, on outstanding warrant for violation of probation charge.   Collier was transported to the Jail without incident and then released the following morning after posting the required $1,000 cash bond and given a future court date for the charge. On June 13th, a Shelby County Deputy arrested 33-year-old Jason Paul Crouse, of Council Bluffs as a result of a traffic stop.   After further investigation, it was determined that Crouse had a suspended license, therefore was arrested for driving under suspension.  He was transported to the Jail without incident and released the following afternoon on his own recognizance.

June 9th, authorities arrested 18-year-old Kaitlin Janet Polzin, of Elliott, for being a minor in possession of alcohol, and violation of no contact order.  Authorities were called to a disturbance on Umbrella Road where it was determined upon further investigation, that Polzin was in possession of alcohol and in violation of a previously set no contact order. She was transported to the Jail without incident and held without bond until appearing before a magistrate, and then released on her own recognizance the follow morning with a future court date set.

On June 6th, Pottawattamie County authorities arrested 21-year-old Morgan Earl Cox on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for original charges stemming back from April 2019. Cox was transferred to Shelby County Jail without incident and initially held under a $5,000 cash or surety bond.  As a result of a plea agreement, Cox was sentenced to 10 days in jail and given credit for time previously served. He was released on June 11th. And, 50-year-old Mark Allen Boardman, of Tennant, was arrested June 6th, on charges of Theft 2nd-Motor vehicle parts/accessories and Altering or changing VIN numbers.  His arrested was the result of an investigation stemming from a complaint filed within the Sheriff’s Office. Boardman was transported to the Jail without incident and is currently being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

Sequel planned for Sioux City movie about Zenith closing

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A sequel is in the works for an Iowa film made in late 1977 after Zenith announced that they were closing their electronics manufacturing plant in Sioux City. Local filmmaker George Lindblade shot the movie called “We Didn’t Want it to Happen This Way” in association with the local Machinist’s Union to chronicle how the 15-hundred Zenith jobs went overseas and to Mexico. “We followed about seven families who had worked at Zenith through their course of the day and what on their lives,” Lindblade says. “I then eventually wound up going to Taiwan, Hong Kong and then to Mexico to visit plants where our jobs were taken to,” Lindblade says.

Now 42 years later, Lindblade says there’s interest in updating the story. “I got a call about a month and a half ago from a production company in New York — saying that they had reviewed several films of closing plants — and they had arrived at the Zenith one in Sioux City Iowa that they said they wanted to do the follow up on,” Lindblade explains. The rights to the original film have been obtained from the machinists union and next month a crew will come to Sioux City to begin the process of talking surviving Zenith workers or their family members. “They are proceeding to come to Sioux City sometime later in July. It will be originally a scouting party to find out who is alive and who would be willing to be interviewed as to how it impacted their life,” according to Lindblade.

Lindblade has begun reaching out to some of those former Zenith workers — as he also tries to see how many are left to tell their story in a new film. He says that will be a concern as some were close to retirement when they were first interviewed. Lindblade says they know of at least two people who have died and they are reaching out to anyone who was in the first film or knows someone who was. If you worked at Zenith in Sioux City or know someone who did, you may contact Lindblade at 712-255-4346.

Creston Police report for 6/18

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports two separate arrests occurred Tuesday. A little after 5-p.m., 54-year old Craig Allen Hauser, of Creston, was arrested for Public Intoxication, 3rd or subsequent offense. His bond was set at $2,000. At around 1:20-p.m. Tuesday, 53-year old Andrea Kay Pace, of Creston, was arrested at a residence in the 400 block of S. Elm Street, on a Simple Assault charge. Pace was released from custody on a Promise to Appear in court.

At around 9-a.m., Tuesday, a man residing in the 400 block of N. Division Street, reported to Creston Police that sometime overnight Monday-Tuesday, someone entered his car, which was parked outside his residence. A pair of safety glasses and a backpack were reported to have been stolen. The loss was estimated at $450.

Female shot in Creston early today (6/19)

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Creston Police Department say the Union County Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1- call at 2:05-a.m. today (Wednesday), with regard to a shooting in the city limits of Creston. Creston Police responded to an apartment at 1204 N. Pine St. where a female was discovered suffering from a gun shot wound. The woman was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Des Moines.

All parties involved have been identified and authorities say the public is not in danger.  The Iowa DCI is assisting the Creston Police Department in the investigation.

(Update 6/19) – Severe weather remains in the outlook for Thu., Fri., Sat. & Sunday

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Severe weather will likely be returning to Iowa over the course of the next few days. The National Weather Service says beginning Thursday afternoon, warm, humid air will head into Iowa… bringing with it a potential return of strong to severe showers and thunderstorms. At this time, the greatest risk for severe weather in Iowa appears to be Friday afternoon and evening. However, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon and evenings as well. All modes of severe weather- large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes- appear possible with any storms that become strong to severe.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast the next several days in Iowa… especially if you have outdoor activities planned. If you have outdoor activities planned, make sure you have a place to shelter should it be necessary.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 6/19/19

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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

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Ag Adventure to be at Jesse James Chuckwagon Days in Adair

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Ag 4 All, the non-profit ag literacy group based in Adair County, shares that their popular Ag Adventure experience will be part of 64th Annual Jesse James Chuckwagon Days at Adair this weekend. The interactive exhibit will be set up in the Adair City Park on Saturday, June 22nd from 1-3 p.m.

The exhibit provides fun and learning for the entire family. There is Ag BINGO for the kids with prizes for everyone and a special Farm Input game for the adults with a chance to win a $25 ethanol certificate. It is a great opportunity to meet farm animals and the people that raise them. For the younger set there is a corn pool and pedal tractors to be fueled up at a renewable fuel station.

There is even free food. Grab an egg-on-a-stick, meat snack sample, and bottle of water while supplies last. Look for the red Ag Adventure tent and the volunteers in blue to find Ag Adventure on Saturday.

Axne visited Atlantic area farm, Monday

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June 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle reports Iowa Democrat Congresswoman Cindy Axne met with political activists and agricultural community members at Rolling Acres Farm, Monday, Her visit was hosted by Larry Harris and Denise O’Brien. Toelle says Axne talked about the hundred plus bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives, most of which have stalled in the US Senate. One bill that has passed both Houses, is the House Emergency Disaster Fund Bill. Toelle says Axne successfully fought to add $3 billion dollars specifically for “Midwest flooding”. Axne and the attendees talked about issues facing small farms and how they are helping preserve the environment.

Congresswoman Axne with Denise O Brien (Photo submitted)

Axne and a group of invited guests went on a short tour of the hosts’ organic produce farm. The Congresswoman serves on two committees in the House: Financial Services and Agriculture; the Agriculture Committee includes membership on subcommittees on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, & Credit, and Conservation and Forestry.