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Pott. County Sheriff’s report (6/21)

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports man from Minden was arrested at around 2:45-a.m. today (Thursday),on a warrant for two counts of Child Endangerment. A Pott. County Deputy observed 39-year old Michael Hillis‘ vehicle outside 211 Park in Minden, with the lights and TV on inside the residence. After about 10 minutes of knocking to serve a warrant, Hillis finally came to the door and was subsequently arrested once the warrant was confirmed. Hillis repeatedly said he didn’t understand the warrant and thinks the courts have it out for him. At jail he was given a hard copy of the warrant to read himself to better understand it. Hillis was booked into the jail and held on $5,000 bond.

32-year old Jeremy  Bo Ariel Gil, of Council Bluffs, who was serving time in the Pott. County Jail, was served with a warrant, Wednesday afternoon, for Felony Theft in the 2nd Degree (Pick pocketing).  Gil was returned to the custody of jail staff. A woman from Nebraska was arrested on drug charges in Pottawattamie County. 34 year old Alicia Faye Rogers, of Fremont, NE, faces charges that include Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In her possession authorities found .6 gram of methamphetamine, 29 1/2 Gabapentin, and 27 Chlopromazine pills, as well as drug paraphernalia. Rogers’s bond was set at 1,000.

 

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/21/2018

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Diocese plans review of public grants for parochial schools

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines intends to conduct a legal review of $844,000 in Polk County grants that aided nine area Catholic schools. On Wednesday Bishop Richard Pates told The Des Moines Register there is “a legitimate question of legality” regarding the publicly financed grants used to buy equipment for the nine Catholic schools and one Christian academy in 2012 and 2013. Iowa state officials say they won’t challenge Polk County’s decision to provide the grants.

Several Catholic school supporters formed a new Iowa corporation called Education for the 21st Century to apply for and receive the county grants. The county Board of Supervisors awarded the corporation a $400,000 grant in 2012 and a $444,000 grant in 2013. The group is now defunct.

At least seven tornadoes and four funnel clouds reported during Wednesday’s storms

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said a storm survey team may be sent to the Perry area, today (Thursday), where a tornado reportedly touched down three-miles north of town at around 2:30-p.m., Wednesday. Large trees were uprooted. The twister was one of seven reported across the State. One tornado was confirmed to have taken place two-miles northwest of Scranton, in Greene County. The rope-like twister was caught on video by employees of Scranton Manufacturing, and professional storm chasers. Other, unconfirmed tornadoes were observed near: New Providence and Hubbard, in Hardin County; near Paton, in Greene County; and two separate instances happened west and southwest of Chillicothe, in Wapello County.

In other areas, funnel clouds were observed near: Steamboat Rock, in Hardin County; 3 miles west of Adel, in Dallas County; near Harcourt,in Webster County, and near Gilbert, in Story County. There were no reports of injuries. The Weather Service said a preliminary assessment indicates the tornadoes were a weak EF-0, with wind speeds less than 73-miles per hour. The storms also brought heavy rain to parts of the area. 1.25-inches was reported to have fallen three-miles west of Oakland, at around 4-p.m., Wednesday.

Greenfield man arrested on warrants for assault

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Dept. reports a man from Adair County was arrested late Wednesday night on two Union County warrants for: Domestic Assault, and Violation of a Protection Order. 28-year old Spencer Leitzel, of Greenfield, was taken into custody in Creston at around 10:18-p.m. He was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/21/2018

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June 21st, 2018 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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Atlantic City Council approves streets closures for “Welcome Home” event; Mayor warns fireworks ordinance to be enforced

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, approved an order to temporarily close certain streets as necessary, for this Sunday’s “Welcome Home” event for Company K, 168th Infantry Battalion, who left from Atlantic during World War II and whose remaining members never received a proper homecoming. The streets affected would be closed from 10-a.m. Until 3-p.m. Steve Livengood, who is heading-up American Legion Post #43’s celebration of those soldiers, in memorium, spoke during the Council meeting of the streets that needed to be closed for the event.  They include Chesnut Street from the Atlantic Depot to Poplar Street, including the intersection, for eastbound traffic at the intersection of 2nd and Poplar Streets.

Poplar Street will remain open because it is a State Highway. The plan is for a walk featuring over 100 people, to start at the Rock Island Depot and move south to 2nd Street. At 2nd, the participants will turn west and move toward the intersection of 2nd and Poplar, before moving into the Atlantic Bottling Company’s parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection. From the parking lot, participants will individually cross Poplar Street and into the parking lot of the American Legion Memorial Building (The former Armory). Walkers will be carrying photos of those who served in Company K, 168th Infantry Battalion.

The Council also approved an order to temporarily restrict parking on the east side of Palm Street from 7th – to 10th, on July 28th. The restriction is necessary so driver of pickups and trailer coming to the Cass County Fair for the Tractor Pull event, have room to negotiate the turn onto the Fairground driveway. And, Mayor Dave Jones reminded residents the City is cracking down on fireworks usage in the City limits.  He says you cannot set-off fireworks on City Streets, alleys and other public property.

According to City Ordinance, it is not legal to set off fireworks within 300-feet of any public school buildings, assisted living facility, or hospital. Fireworks can only be shot-off on private property. Atlantic Police will crack down on issuing warnings and tickets to those who were warned last year about violating the ordinance. Violators will be subject to a $250 fine plus $85 in court costs. Anyone who was previously found guilty of violating the ordinance, may be subject to a $600 fine plus court costs if they are a repeat offender. The ordinance allows residents of Atlantic to set off fireworks from Noon until 10-p.m. July 2nd and 3rd. Displays are allowed on July 4th, from Noon until 11-p.m.

4 suffer minor injuries in Cedar Rapids apartment fire

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say four people suffered minor injuries in a fire at a Cedar Rapids apartment complex. Firetrucks were dispatched around 5:25 p.m. Wednesday to the 12-unit complex. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says firefighters used a ladder to rescue one person. The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes of firefighters’ arrival. The department says two of the injured were sent to a hospital and two declined hospitalization. The fire cause is being investigated.

Audubon’s “Music in the Park” cancelled for today (Thu., 6/21)

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Library Director Gail Richardson reports the library’s “Music in the Park” scheduled for today (Thursday), has been cancelled due to the illness of performer Michael Moncada. Next week’s performer (June 28th) is Chad Elliott.

Dems unleash kitchen-sink strategy on immigration

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June 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — As the White House struggles to move past another self-imposed crisis, Democrats are fighting to ensure this one isn’t quickly forgotten. Fiery Democratic leaders from Vermont to New Jersey to Texas met President Donald Trump’s executive order to stop dividing immigrant families with deep skepticism, promising waves of protests, border visits and congressional oversight to shine new light on the Republican administration’s immigration tactics.

Iowa voters learned that another 2020 prospect, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, was canceling a weekend appearance in the leadoff presidential caucus state to attend a demonstration at a refugee tent city along the U.S-Mexico border.

In an interview, Castro said Trump’s new order is a valid remedy only if children are immediately and humanely reunited with their parents. Republicans have no hope of retaining the congressional majority this fall, Castro predicted, should they continue to adopt restrictive immigration measures. “The president may be signing an executive order backing down, which he never does, because he’s offended our sense of morality,” Castro said. “He’s crossed a line, whether he realizes he’s crossed it or not.”

Yet for all the outrage, the fallout from Trump’s policy to separate children from their parents at the border — and his subsequent reversal on Wednesday — highlighted a scattershot strategy from a Democratic Party still searching for new leadership and a consistent message as the Trump presidency stretches deeper into its second year.