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Clarinda P-D to hold Memorial Svc. during Peace Officers’ Memorial Week

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The President of the United States and the United States Congress has declared the week of May 15-21, 2016 as National Police Officers’ Memorial Week. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says on Friday, May 13th, at 2:00 p.m. the Clarinda Police Department will conduct a memorial service at the Clarinda Cemetery Armed Services Flag Stand/ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15th.

Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15th.

Clarinda Police Department Chaplain Dr. Richard F. Iske will provide the invocation. American Legion Sergy Post 98 will provide a three volley salute and taps at the service. Chief Brothers and his staff invites the public to attend the memorial service and pay tribute to those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. In the event of inclement weather the memorial service will be cancelled.

One hundred and twenty-eight federal, state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States and its territories in 2015 according to the United States Department of Justice.

Harlan Police report (4/26) – Oakland man arrested on drug charges

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested on drug charges last week, in Harlan. In the Harlan Police Department’s weekly report issued today (Tuesday), authorities said 38-year old Clinton Gardner, of Oakland, was arrested April 20th, when officers were called to a disturbance in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Gardner was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On April 22nd, 41-year old Jeremano Mock, of Des Moines, was arrested in Harlan, when officers responded to a possible intoxicated subject in the area of HyVee.  Mock was located and taken into custody on charges that include public consumption and intoxication in public.  At the time of his arrest Mock had several items on him, each containing different names on them.  Officers then received several phone calls reporting break-ins to vehicles and several items of value missing. As a result of the ensuing investigation, Mock was also charged with possession of stolen property and six counts of burglary in the 3rd degree.

On Sunday, Harlan Police arrested 32-year old Oscar Garcia-Vega, of Denison, for driving while suspended and violating a one-way traffic designation. Monday, officers with the H-PD arrested 48-year old Brian Sorensen, of Harlan. He was cited for driving while suspended, given a court date and released from custody.

And, on April 18th, 42-year old Joe Betances, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop.  Betances was cited for driving while suspended and failure to prove security against liability, given a court date and released from custody.

Motorists urged to be on the lookout for farmer, motorcycles and bikes

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Warmer temperatures are leading to more things for motorists to watch out for as they travel the state’s roadways. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says many farmers are on the road taking their planting equipment from field to field. He says motorists need to be aware of the big difference in speed from their car to the slower moving tractors pulling farm equipment.

ISP patch“The closing distance and the closing speed is very hard to judge. That gap closes very quickly,” Kurtz explains. “And if you add to that any type of distraction — whether that’s a cellphone call, or you are reaching down to pick up something that is dropped on the floor — that distance can close very quickly.” Kurtz says there are accidents every year between cars and farm equipment simply caused by distracted drivers who are not prepared to see slower moving farm equipment.

“Or on the other side of that, that implement may not be marked properly. That’s a great reminder for our farmers as well that every piece of equipment needs that is out on the roadway to be marked properly, ” Kurtz says. He says the farm equipment needs a slow-moving vehicle triangle on it, they need lights if they are out at night, and red light at the back that is visible to the traffic coming up behind. Warmer temperatures also lead to motorcycles and bicycles out on the roads. He says it’s important for drivers to be looking for motorcycles.

Kurtz says motorcycles are a low profile vehicle that can easily be missed, and drivers should watch especially close to avoid any accidents. Although Iowa does not have a helmet law, Kurtz reminds motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet and to wear bright colored clothing to make themselves as visible as possible. He officers the same advice for bicyclists.

“You need to be visible, you need to make sure you are following the rules of the road when you are riding your bicycle. Make sure that you have that red light and a headlight after dark,” Kurtz says. Kurtz says the same rules apply for drivers in not being distracted to avoid any accidents with motorcycles or bicycles.

(Radio Iowa)

Fatal accident in Carroll County Monday afternoon

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman died during a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, in Carroll County. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Carol Jane Roetker, of Carroll, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene of the head-on crash that took place just before 2-p.m., on the northwest side of Carroll.

Roetker was a passenger in a 2009 Honda Civic driven by 39-year old Debra Kay Clausen, of Carroll. The Civic was northbound on Highway 71 just south of 180th Street, when it was struck in the northbound lane by a southbound 2010 Chevy Malibu, driven by 23-year old Kera Ann Shriver, of Jefferson. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Authorities say Shriver and Clausen were transported by Carroll EMS to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Atlantic man arrested on drug charges Sunday; Atlantic man arrested for use of a minor in drug trade

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two, drug-related arrests. On Monday, 21-year old Aaron Robert Gerald Cole, of Atlantic, turned himself-in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Sheriff’s Office felony warrant for Use of a Minor in Drug Trade, and a felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge. Cole was booked into the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On Sunday, deputies in Cass County arrested 28-year old Casey Charles Sampson, Jr., of Atlantic, on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense, Driving while Revoked, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sampson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,300 bond.

30-year old Joseph Duane Tye, of Griswold, was arrested Monday in Cass County, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Tye was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On April 23rd, 48-year old Kenneth Lee Klindt, of Griswold, was arrested by Cass County deputies on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, a serious misdemeanor. Klindt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And, on April 21st, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year old Christopher Leon Bomer, of Atlantic, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Bomer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.

Corn planting moves to 40 percent

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Wet weather slowed progress, but Iowa farmers were able to get some planting done last week. The latest crop report from the U-S-D-A shows 40 percent of the corn acres have been planted. That’s up from 13 percent reported last week. The planting is already six days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the five-year average.

The report says farmers in the north central, central, and southeast portions of Iowa have made the most progress — with half their corn crop now in the ground. The U-S-D-A report did not mention any soybean planting, but Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says he’s heard some reports of farmers already starting to plant their beans.

(Radio Iowa)

Council Bluffs City Council supports new police headquarters

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The Council Bluffs City Council has unanimously supported construction of a new police headquarters.  The Daily Nonpareil reports all five City Council members announced their support of the new facility on Monday. The council also encouraged residents to head to the polls on May 3 to vote for a request for $20 million in general obligation bonds for the new headquarters.

At least 60 percent of voters must choose in favor of the bond issue in order for it to pass. The location and design of the potential new headquarters has not been decided, but Councilwoman Melissa Head says several sites are under consideration. The current 19,000-square-foot facility was built in 1977. Police Chief Tim Carmody says at least 58,000 square feet is needed for current and future needs.

Griswold and Lenox School Boards meet – a sort of “1st date” on Superintendent sharing

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold and Lenox School District Boards of Education held a joint meeting Monday night in Lenox, to discuss the subject of Superintendent sharing between the districts. Griswold School Board President Scott Hansen told KJAN News the meeting was kind of like the early stages of dating….having coffee to see if you want to continue seeing the other person.

He said both boards will take about a week to mull over what they discussed, and meet again to decide if they want to continue with talks about a sharing arrangement. Hansen said also, they don’t want to rush it, and there’s a lot of work still to do before details are even hashed out.

After that, if both districts are still on the same page, public forums will be held for patrons of both districts, to gauge input and answer questions.

(Update) Omaha man’s car drives into Lake Manawa

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April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our 7-a.m. report)

Police in Council Bluffs say a vehicle driven by a Nebraska man ended-up in Lake Manawa this (Tuesday) morning, after the man took evasive action to avoid hitting an animal. 38-year old Enrique Iglesias, of Omaha, was traveling north on Northshore drive at around 5:30-a.m., when he saw an animal on the road and swerved to avoid hitting it.

His 2012 Kia Rio went out of control and drove into the lake near the intersection of Westlake Road and Northshore Drive. The car has since been removed from the lake.

Iglesias, who was standing on the road when officers arrived, was not hurt. Authorities say alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the mishap.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/26/2016

News, Podcasts

April 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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