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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/15/2015

News, Podcasts

July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Bluffs woman dies in NE crash


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in Nebraska say two people, including a woman from Pottawattamie County, have died in a rollover accident near Beaver Lake in Cass County, NE.  22-year-old Jeremiah Ferguson, of Omaha and 21-year-old Kelsey Leclaire, of Council Bluffs, died Tuesday.

Authorities say a 2006 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback went through a stop sign at a Highway 75 intersection and struck an embankment. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle went over a fence before it landed upside down in a bean field.

Cass County (NE) Sheriff William Brueggemann said a local lawn care service noticed tracks and debris and found the vehicle, which was not visible from the highway. Brueggemann said speed was likely a factor in the crash.

Red Oak man arrested Tuesday night on escape warrant


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on an Iowa Dept. Of Corrections warrant for Escape From Custody, was arrested Tuesday night, in Red Oak. Authorities say 33-year old George Allen Alfred Westbrook III was taken into custody at around 10:35-p.m. in the 300 block of 8th Street, in Red Oak. Westbrook, who was also wanted on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Escape From Custody, was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 cash bond.

Tips from the public lead to Red Oak man’s arrest Wed. morning


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Tips from the public led to the arrest early this (Wednesday) morning, of a man wanted on numerous felony and other charges, in Red Oak. According to Red Oak Police, 33-year old Jacob Allen Cochran, of Red Oak, was taken into custody without incident, thanks to assistance of Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested at around 12:15-a.m. at a residence in the 500 block of S. 6th Street. Cochran was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

He faces felony charges that include:  Assault on a Peace Office and Eluding, associated with a vehicle pursuit on June 22nd; Theft in the 2nd Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver, in connection with the theft of an ATV from Stanton, on July 5th; and a felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine charge, associated with a raid at two houses in Red Oak early Tuesday morning, during which two other people were arrested, but Cochran managed to escape.

In addition to the felony charges, Cochran was charged with Interference with Official Acts (in connection with the pursuit), and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana (with regard to the ATV theft incident).

Thieves grab almost $10k worth of valuables during car break-ins


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Nearly $10,000 worth of goods has been reported stolen in a cluster of car break-ins over the last week in Council Bluffs – including one at a hotel – but police don’t believe the incidents are related. According to the Daily NonPareil, a Louisiana man lost an estimated $3,100 worth of items during a stay this past weekend in Council Bluffs. He reported Sunday that $200 in cash, $1,400 in computer equipment and $1,500 in clothing was taken from his vehicle while it was parked at AmericInn Hotel, 1000 Woodbury Ave.

The Council Bluffs Police Department does not have any suspects at this time. Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said thieves would often check vehicles in hotel parking lots, because people often leave their expensive items in their vehicles. While many people who stay at hotels and experience theft are residents of another community, so they don’t remain in town long, Meyers said police will keep looking for the items. If they relocate the stolen objects, they will do their best to get them back to the original owners, he said.

Other reports were from local residents, including a Council Bluffs woman who told police $2,000 worth of items were taken from her car while it was parked on the 2600 block of South 24th Street. Myers said the break-ins vary by method and location, so it’s possible more than one person is responsible for the thefts.

Jeb Bush slams Donald Trump for ‘rhetoric of divisiveness’


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Jeb Bush is criticizing fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for his “rhetoric of divisiveness.” During a campaign stop in Council Bluffs Tuesday, the former Florida governor and 2016 candidate said that the Republican party cannot win elections as a “grievance party” and must focus on giving people hope for a better life.

The reality television star has been critical of Bush recently. Last week Trump called Bush “a joke” for suggesting that Mexican immigrants cross the border illegally as “an act of love.” Bush said that Republicans must focus on hope and optimism. He said that Trump has a right to hold his beliefs, but said he does not want to be associated with the “vitriol that he’s spewing out these days.”

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 15th 2015


July 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years. The report says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. More than $170,000 was spent on excess vacation and sick leave for some employees.

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have identified the person killed in an apparent fall from a train in northwest Iowa as a 29-year-old man. The Department of Public Safety says a pedestrian found the body of Brandon Joseph Sage Gould on Monday near Sibley, just south of the Minnesota border. Investigators believe Gould fell and then was run over by the train. It’s unclear how or why he fell. Authorities haven’t determined Gould’s hometown.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A re-trial has begun for the former mayor of Oelwein, who is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a girl. The trial of Jason Manus got underway Tuesday in Bremer County District Court. In May, a Chickasaw County jury found Manus not guilty of one count of third-degree sexual abuse involving a 14-year-old girl, but the jury deadlocked on a charge involving a younger girl. Judge Richard Stochl declared a mistrial and later agreed to move the trial to Bremer County.

Atlantic Police Department phone problems


July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports they are experiencing phone problems this (Tuesday) evening with their administrative, or Non-Emergency, line. All Calls after business hours normally route to the Cass County Communications Center. However, they are not switching over. Authorities are asking anyone needing to contact the Police Department to do so by calling (712) 243-2204.

Any 911 calls will be answered as normal. The issues only have to do with the non-emergency line. Please use 243-2204 until at least 8-a.m. Wednesday. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Atlantic City Council to meet Wednesday


July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening, at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Among the few, scheduled action items on their agenda, is a Resolution “Approving [the] contract and bonds for [the] Pedestrian Bridge and Connector Trail” project.

The Council is also expected to approve a Change Order for the “Loop Detector for [the] Highway Six Project.” The system includes four Video Trak IQ traffic control cameras, for installation at the intersection of 7th and Olive and 7th and Plum Streets. The system costs $48,850, with the State’s share amounting to $18,800.

YPA to serve as guest Chefs Thursday at PiP

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) organization have announced the members will be guest chefs this Thursday (July 16th) at Produce in the Park, in the Atlantic City Park.

YPA logo

The YPA will be serving tasty double chocolate zucchini muffins. Zucchini is just coming into season at area farmers markets. Zucchini is low in calories, contains Potassium and Vitamin A.

YPA will also use this opportunity to share information about the organization and upcoming volunteer opportunities. Young Professionals of Atlantic are an Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce program and supported by Cass County Health System and McCurdy Investments.

YPA connects, engages, and attracts young leaders into our community while promoting Atlantic and the surrounding area. Visit the Young Professionals of Atlantic at Produce in the Park to learn more, and to get involved.