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Shelby County Conservation Board announces cabin online reservations

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Conservation Board has announced persons interested in reserving cabins at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area or Manteno Park, can do so online. Two cabins are available at Nishna Bend, and one is available at Manteno Park.

You can reserve your cabin online at mycountyparks.com. On the website, there’s an interactive calendar where you can see what dates are available up to 24 months in advance. You can then reserve any open dates and pay for the cabin securely, using a credit card.

Signs will be erected on the camping cabins reminding park users of the reservation system.cabin reserve snip

Bluffs Police need help in vehicle burglary case

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for questioning in connection with a vehicle burglary. (See photo’s posted below) The incident occurred at the Ameristar Casino.

If you have information on this person, call Crimestoppers at (712)328-STOP (7867) or submit an online tip at http://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/…/Po…/Report-a-Tip-Online-33.CBPD2 CBPD1

Creston man arrested for Failure to Appear in court

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports a man wanted on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a 5th Degree Criminal Mischief charge, was arrested today (Friday), at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. 25-year old Christopher Dale Browning, of Creston, was arrested at around 12:40-a.m.  He was later released on $300 bond.

Iowans need to beware of new scam that centers on Powerball

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are being warned about a scam that’s surfaced this week, following Wednesday’s world record Powerball drawing. Jim Hegarty, at the Better Business Bureau, says crooks are always looking for new ways to separate unsuspecting folks from their money. “We’ll probably start seeing texts and emails that are going out to people saying, ‘We’re sorry you weren’t a grand prize winner but you were a secondary winner,'” Hegarty says. They’ll claim your numbers were picked and you’re eligible to collect a few hundred-thousand dollars. “You call a number and then you’ll be connected with scammers and they’re going to work you,” he says.

BBBHegarty says Iowans need to be very wary of this type of email, letter or phone call. “If you think this through, there’s no way they can know who you are, they don’t know who has bought these tickets,” he says. “It’s like the foreign lottery scam that we’ve seen for years. You get a letter in the mail saying you’re the grand prize winner of a foreign lottery that you entered because you shopped at Walmart or Target or whatever.”

Con artists have learned to make it appear that they’re legitimate, so Hegarty says you need to be on guard when answering your phone and when opening your mail and email. “The tip-off the the rip-off is that you’ve been contacted,” he says. “They’ll spoof the email to make it look like it’s coming from Powerball, they’ll spoof phone calls to make it look like that, too, so don’t trust caller I-D, don’t trust the address.” Hegarty says if one of these scammers calls you, simply hang up.

(Radio Iowa)

Hazardous weather will impact Iowa this weekend

News, Weather

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says hazardous weather will impact Iowa, this weekend. One-to three-inches of snow and blowing snow are expected across much of the state, with two-to three-inches in parts of northwest and western Iowa. The snow is forecast to impact travel Saturday night.

Roadways will likely become snow covered and slippery. Blowing snow may greatly reduce visibility at times. Travel speeds will likely be decreased. And, with cold temperatures, road treatments will not be as effective.

You should also be prepared for extremely cold wind chills of -25 to -40 degrees, especially Sunday morning through Monday morning. Northern Iowa will experience the lowest wind chill values of -35 to -45. As wind chills approach -30 degrees, Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes.

Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to frostbite. Bring pets indoors, if possible. Dress in layers and try to cover as much exposed skin as possible.

(8-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/15/2016

News, Podcasts

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Archaeologists to survey 1850s ‘party house’ in Bouton

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BOUTON, Iowa (AP) – A more than $12,000 grant will soon allow archaeologists to research a 1850s party house in rural Dallas County. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs recently gave the Dallas County Conservation Board the grant for the project on the Dayton House’s 11-acre plot in Bouton.

The building was originally a stopover for stagecoach riders, but turned into a place for dancing, drinking and horse racing. The board’s historical and cultural resources coordinator Pete Malmberg says he hopes the property gains a National Register of Historic Places nomination from the project’s findings, which could include traces of two race tracks.

Bids for the archaeological survey will go out later this year. Malmberg says the house will open for rentals this spring or summer.

Creston man cited following a collision Thursday morning

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the driver of a van was cited following an accident Thursday morning on S. Peterson Street. Officials say 23-year old Codie Cook, of Creston, was cited for Operating a motor vehicle while license suspended, and Failure to Maintain Control.

Cook had just gotten off work and was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan southbound on S. Peterson Street at around 6:30-a.m., when he fell asleep at the wheel. The van hit the left rear of a parked, 2000 Dodge Intrepid, causing a total of $2,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/15/2016

News, Podcasts

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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2 Union County teens suffer possible/unknown injuries in Thu. morning accident

News

January 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two teenage females from Union County suffered possible/unknown injuries during a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning. Authorities say a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero driven by 17-year old Breanna Ripperger, of Afton, was traveling south on Creamery Road at around 9:30-a.m., when the vehicle hit a patch of frost as it entered an “S” curve in the road. The car entered the north ditch and then went into a deep gully.

Ripperger, and her passenger, 17-year old Dalli McIntire, of Afton, were helped out of the vehicle and gully, by a fireman with a ladder. The girls complained of pain, but were not transported to the hospital.

The car was totaled during the mishap. No citations were issued.