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Domestic disturbance leads to the arrest of an Underwood man on 3 warrants

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A verbal, domestic disturbance early this (Tuesday) morning, in Underwood, resulted in the arrest of a man on three warrants. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy on uniformed patrol was called to an apartment in the 300 block of 3rd Street at around 1:40-a.m., for a reported verbal disturbance.

Upon arrival, he spoke with a woman who said she and her husband had been arguing and there was no physical contact. The deputy located the husband in a bedroom, hiding behind the door. Following a records check, 28-year old Jordan Cannon Moore, of Underwood, was taken into custody without incident, on two California warrants, and one out of Nebraska. Each of the warrants charge Moore with being a Fugitive from Justice.

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

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Arson trials scheduled in Madison County bridge fire

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Trials have been scheduled for three people charged with arson, accused of burning a covered Iowa bridge featured in the novel “The Bridges of Madison County.” The bridge destroyed April 15 near Winterset also was featured in the 1995 movie adaptation.

Court records said Tuesday that 19-year-old Alivia Bergmann is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 29 in Winterset. Eighteen-year-old Joel Davis is scheduled to begin trial Sept. 26.

The records also say 17-year-old Alexander Michael Hoff is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 29, but he’s trying to move his trial out of Madison County, citing pretrial publicity. His attorney has filed notice the boy will use intoxication and diminished capacity in his defense arguments.

Creston man arrested for Public Intox. & PCS

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports 55-year old Rodney Earl Bell, of Creston, was arrested late Monday evening at Mills and Oak Streets. Bell was taken into custody on charges of Public Intoxication 2nd Offense and possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in the Union County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/08/2017

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Hot Lotto game will end in October

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Hot Lotto game is heading into retirement this fall after a run that started back in April of 2002. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says Iowa and the 13 other lotteries that sell the game decided to make the move after a performance review. “Any game has a life span and through the years Hot Lotto has been updated just like some of our other lotto games like Powerball and Mega Millions have, to incorporated new features and give players new things to look for in the game. But over time, the sales have simply fallen off,” Neubauer says.

She says it’s a bit ironic as Hot Lotto was developed after players told the Iowa Lottery they weren’t as interested in chasing the mega jackpots generated by some of the other games. The Hot Lotto game was at the center of one of the most convoluted stories and mysteries in Iowa that eventually led to a guilty plea in a multi-state lottery rigging scheme. Neubauer says that case had not impact on the decision to end the game.

She expects something to replace the Hot Lotto game. The last Hot Lotto drawing is scheduled for October 28th. There is the possibility that no one has the winning numbers for that jackpot. “Just like other unclaimed prize money, here in Iowa, we will use that money for prizes in future games and promotions,”Neubauer says.

And if you win some sort of prize in that last drawing, you can still collect it. “Prizes in Hot Lotto are valid here in Iowa for up to 365 days from the date of the drawing in which they are won. And that would still be applicable even after the game ends,” Neubauer explains. “So, if you won a prize in the final drawing of Hot Lotto, you would still have another year to claim that prize.”

Iowa Lottery players have won eight jackpots in Hot Lotto since it began. That includes the largest prize ever in the game — a nearly 20 million dollar jackpot (19.97) — won in January 2007 by John Hall of Indianola.

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ISU researcher studies benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A concert scheduled for this weekend in Ames will showcase the talents of people with Parkinson’s disease who’ve found singing serves as a form of therapy. Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, has been researching how singing benefits those suffering with the disease. “Singing did significantly improve muscle activity associated with swallowing and also improved respiratory control, which is pretty phenomenal,” Stegemöller said.

Complications of swallowing is one the main causes of death for people with Parkinson’s disease. Stegemöller has also found singing has improved her clients overall quality of life. “They’re smiling, they’re happy, and less stressed,” Stegemöller said.

Elizabeth Stegemöller and her music therapy class

Jackie Manatt, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 13 years ago, is in one of Stegemöller’s classes. She’s found singing helps her project, as voice loss and difficulty speaking are common with Parkinson’s patients. “I just keep thinking I would probably have even less volume by now if I hadn’t taken this singing class,” Manatt said.

In addition to Ames, Stegemöller hosts singing classes in Waverly, Des Moines, and Storm Lake. Some students from those classes will be featured in the concert scheduled for this Saturday (August 12) at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Ames (200 Lynn Ave.). Results of Stegemöller’s initial studies are published in the journals Disability and Rehabilitation and Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Her current research is funded through a GRAMMY Foundation grant.

(Radio Iowa)

Woman admits falsifying invoices on Iowa highway project

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An officer for a contractor has admitted falsifying and submitting invoices that resulted in nearly $808,000 in overcharges to the Iowa Transportation Department. Federal prosecutors say Jenna Wilson, of Sergeant Bluff, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Her sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Court records say Wilson raised the per-unit price on expanded polystyrene fill used in the 2016 reconstruction of the Interstate 29 interchange at Salix. The polystyrene fill was properly invoiced by its original supplier.

Boil Advisory in effect for Avoca

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency reported late Monday evening, that a WATER BOIL ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY OF AVOCA, due to a water main break. Impacted areas are generally all residential properties south of the Caseys General Store area.

Citizens are encourage to use bottled water OR boil water before consuming, cooking use or personal hygiene such as brushing teeth. The advisory is for 24-to 48-hours or until test results confirm there is no risk to public health.

Update alerts will be distributed via Alert Iowa. Residents can register free at www.pottcounty-ia.gov. Updates will also be posted on the emergency management facebook page and twitter feed. Contact Avoca City Hall for further inquiries.

Stuart Police arrest a man on felony burglary & other charges, Monday

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August 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Stuart Police Department conducted a search warrant Monday, in the 400 block of NW 10th Street, as part of an ongoing investigation into several recent burglaries and thefts in the Stuart area. Authorities searched about 16 acres of land, and have recovered several items believed to be stolen property.  Stephen Dennis Kunkle, of Stuart, was arrested as part of the investigation.

Kunkle faces multiple charges, including a felony charge of Burglary in the 3rd degree. He was also charged with: 2 counts of Possession of Stolen Property; Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2nd offense; Possession of Burglary Tools; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Stuart P-D Facebook photo

The burglaries and thefts occurred between July 20th and August 4th in Stuart. The stolen items included money, tools and several kayaks. Some of the stolen property was identified and will be returned to the rightful owners. If you have been the victim of a recent theft, please contact Stuart Police as soon as possible, as they have also located several suspected stolen items. If you have any further information the Stuart Police dispatch center at 641-747-2214, or private message them through Facebook.