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Supreme Court rules in Waterloo case: your front porch is not a public place

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the front porch of a private residence is not a public place. The ruling comes in the case of a Patience Paye of Waterloo who was charged in 2013 with public intoxication after coming out onto her front porch to talk with police about a fight she had with her boyfriend. Paye appealed the conviction, saying her front steps were not a public place.

The Supreme Court had ruled 12 years ago that the front steps and common hallway of an apartment house are public places because access is required by everyone. In this ruling the justices say while people can use Paye’s front stairs to approach her home for limited purposes — like selling a product or to borrow a cup of sugar — allowing them to do so is not a general invitation to the public to use the steps.

The ruling also says if the front stairs of a single-family residence are always a public place, “it would be a crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito, celebrate a professional achievement with a mixed drink of choice, or even baste meat on the grill with a bourbon-infused barbeque sauce.” The court reversed Paye’s public intoxication conviction.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican leaders in Iowa have agreed to end the state’s straw poll because of waning interest from presidential hopefuls and questions about its relevancy. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman says state party officials voted during a Friday morning conference call to end the straw poll, which began in 1979 and has been held every summer before a contested presidential caucus.

For years, the poll has been considered an early but unreliable test of campaigns’ strength. Critics say it has become a costly sideshow, and many candidates fear the humiliation of a poor showing. Some 2016 GOP hopefuls recently said they would skip the event altogether.

Volunteers needed for tomorrow’s Missouri River clean-up effort

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Volunteers from Iowa and Nebraska will spend tomorrow (Saturday) morning picking up trash along the Missouri River south of Omaha. Individuals, families and groups are invited to take part and Missouri River Relief director Jeff Barrow is hoping that upwards of 250 people show up.  “You get several hundred people out on the river, everyone’s working but nobody has to work very hard, everyone’s putting in their two bits,” Barrow says. “Everyone can contribute, but at the end of the day, we’ll have seven to ten tons of trash and the feeling of satisfaction is just incredible.”

Barrow says once every two years they organize a big clean up of the river’s banks.  “With all the flood debris, I expect we’ll get about ten tons of trash,” Barrow says. “There’s lots of old docks that got ripped out in the floods, big chunks of styrofoam, plastic 55-gallon barrels that people use for docks. When we were scouting, I actually found a complete boat trailer including wheels and tires.”

While the most common items found will be plastic pop bottles — by the thousands — there may be some heavy lifting involved. “Oh, it’s incredible what we find in the river,” Barrow says. “The range and the variety is unbelievable. We find everything from toilets to full-on boats, houseboats, lots of appliances, refrigerators float really well with their insulation. We’ll probably find a hundred tires.”

Volunteers should meet at the Lake Manawa State Park boat ramps by 8:30 Saturday morning. The clean-up is from 9 until noon. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and bring sunscreen and bug spray. Those wanting to pre-register can log on to riverrelief.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Property/Appraiser group recognizes Atlantic man

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Inc., has recognized an Atlantic man for his 30-years of membership with the organization.

Glen Smith

Glen Smith

Glen R. Smith, Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) with Smith Land Service Company, in Atlantic, was honored for his years of service to the organization at the ASFRMRA’s meeting in Denver. The organization he’s been a member of for the past three decades, is the largest and oldest professional association that provides opportunities for development through high quality educational and meeting offerings, and a strict standard of Code of Conduct and ethics to its members.

The ASFRMA represents nearly 2,000 agribusiness professionals across the U-S and Canada, who provide farm or ranch management, rural appraisal and appraisal review, or agricultural consulting services. The organization was founded in 1929.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/12/2015

News, Podcasts

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston man arrested on drug charge, Thursday

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested on a drug-related charge Thursday afternoon, at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. Creston Police say 19-year old Sergio Ibarra was taken into custody on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear, on an original Possession of Controlled Substance/1st Offense – Marijuana, charge. Ibarra was being held in the jail on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/12/2015

News, Podcasts

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Rivers rising past flood stage following heavy Iowa rainfall

News, Weather

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Flood warnings have been issued for several Iowa rivers following heavy rainfall in many parts of the state.

East Nish near Atlantic (Cass County EMA photo)

East Nish near Atlantic (Cass County EMA photo)

The National Weather Service says a flood warning continues for the Nishnabotna River near Hamburg, in Fremont County, where the river was expected to crest at 25.3-feet early Saturday morning. Flood stage is 25-feet. Minor flooding is forecast.

The Cass County Emergency Management Agency reports the East Nishnabotna River near Atlantic will not approach its 19-foot flood stage. At 7:45-a.m. today (Friday), the river was at 12.56-feet. It is expected to crest at 13.6-feet before falling to just above 10-feet Saturday morning.

A Flood Warning is in effect as well for the Iowa River at Marengo, where the water was nearly 2 feet over flood stage on Friday morning. And warnings have been continued or extended for the Des Moines, Raccoon and North Raccoon rivers. The Des Moines River was expected to reach 2.5 feet above flood stage by Friday evening in Des Moines.

Police in Cedar Rapids report that officers and other emergency workers responded to more than 20 vehicles stranded on flooded streets. For a time Thursday night the rain fell at a rate of 2 inches an hour in Cedar Rapids.

Villisca man arrested on an assault charge Fri. morning

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man early this (Friday) morning, for Serious Domestic Abuse Assault. 29-year old Ryan Joseph Pullen, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 3-a.m., at the Red Coach Inn, in Red Oak. Pullen was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center.

Deer causes rollover accident in Montgomery County

News

June 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A pickup truck that struck a deer late Thursday night in Montgomery County, ended-up sustaining damage that caused the vehicle to go out of control and roll into a ditch. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the 1997 GMC pickup driven by 50-year old Colleen Marie Terry, of Red Oak, was traveling north on L Avenue at around 10:30-p.m., when it hit a deer. The impact caused a tie rod on the suspension to break.

The pickup veered into the east ditch, hit a fence, and rolled over. No injuries were reported. The vehicle sustained $1,000 damage, while damage to a barbed wire fence was estimated at $500. Terry was cited for having no insurance (Accident related).

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from Stanton Fire and Rescue.