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2 arrested on Burglary/Theft charges in Cass County

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday (July 14th), of 45-year old Philip Jesse Gehling, of Atlantic. Gehling turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for (felony) Burglary in the 1st Degree, (felony) Going Armed With Intent, Domestic Abuse Assault, and Carrying Weapons. He was booked in at the Cass County Jail and later released on $20,000 bond.

That same day, 28-year old Nicole Amaris Bittner, of Avoca, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for felony Theft 1st Degree. Bittner was taken to the Cass County Jail, and released Wednesday on her own recognizance to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

NE man arrested after incident outside an Anita bar Thu. morning

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded early this (Thursday) to a reported stabbing incident and shots fired, in Anita. The call came in just before 1-a.m.  When authorities arrived on the scene outside of Huffy’s Bar in Anita, it was determined no stabbing actually occurred, but a firearm was discharged outside the bar.

31-year old Erich S. Johnson, of West Point, NE, was taken into custody on a felony charge of Possession and Control of Firearms with a (prior) Domestic Assault Conviction, an aggravated misdemeanor charge of Carrying Weapons, and Reckless Use of a Firearm (a simple misdemeanor). Johnson was brought to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5000 bond. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office assisted Cass County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

Commodity Carnival at Shelby County Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Persons attending the Shelby County Fair have a chance to partake in the Commodity Carnival. Brought to you through a partnership between CME Group and the National 4-H Council, the Commodity Carnival – now in its third year – is an interactive, educational fair experience that allows young fairgoers to play games that teach them about managing the risks and costs associated with producing and bringing animals to market. The Commodity Carnival booth will be at the Shelby County Fair from July 16th through the 18th, and fairgoers can even take the newest “Risk Ranch” game home with them on their mobile device.

To see Risk Ranch in action, you can download the game for iOS or Android, or to find out more information, go to http://www.cmegroup.com/education/4-h.html. The app launched last year and now allows you to raise both a hog and a steer while learning about commodities.

Curtains of rain fell on S.W. IA overnight

News, Weather

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Storms that pounded southwestern Iowa overnight into early this (Thursday) morning caused flash flooding in Clarinda and Shenandoah. The National Weather Service reports Clarinda had 5.27-inches of rain, with as much as two-inches of water covering the roads at times. Some locations near Clarinda reported 5.5-inches of rain.

Shenandoah also reported flash flooding on Highway 48 and other roads at around 5:15-a.m., after 4.64-inches of rain fell on the community. Bedford reported 4.22-inches, Villisca reported 3.50-inches. Three-miles west of Pacific Junction, a spotter reported 3.2-inches of rain. Three-miles northeast of Essex, 3-inches was reported. Emerson had 2.85-inches. In the Taylor County community of Blockton, 2.48-inches of rain had fallen as last report.

Treynor had 1.8-inches, Red Oak, 1.5-inches, and Massena recorded 1.69-inches of rain, while here in Atlantic at KJAN, we picked up 1.6-inches of rain. 1.25-inches of rain was reported, in Audubon.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/16/2015

News, Podcasts

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Atlantic City Council News

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, passed a Resolution approving the Contract and Bonds for the Pedestrian Bridge and Connector Trail projects. Snyder and Associates Engineer Dave Sturm said the action was needed to proceed with the project, and was merely “A formality.”

The Council also approved a change order for the Highway 6 (7th Street) project, with regard to traffic controls at 7th and Olive and 7th and Plum Streets. Mayor Dave Jones explained that the existing, and often troublesome “loop” detector system that triggers the stop lights at those intersections, will be replaced with a more modern method of controlling traffic flow.

The wireless system will include four cameras that monitor traffic flow and vehicles at the intersections. It costs $48,850, with the State’s share amounting to $18,800. They are not intended to serve as the controversial “Red Light” cameras that motorists in other cities receive tickets for in the mail, if they blow through a stop light.

In other business, City Administrator John Lund reported applications are being accepted until July 30th, for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Applications may be filed at City Hall. Lund also said work on the Highway 6/7th Street project continues. He said despite the rain, progress is being made, and he expects an update next week.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/16/2015

News, Podcasts

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Ex-Iowa doctor convicted of abuse gives up medical license

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former western Iowa physician accused of molesting young patients years ago has surrendered his state medical license. The Des Moines Register reports that 82-year-old Wing Tai Fung recently surrendered his medical license, according to documents released Wednesday by the Iowa Board of Medicine. The documents say Fung also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine.

Fung, now of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child, both misdemeanors. A criminal complaint accused Fung of molesting a 10-year-old girl in January 1999 while treating her for a knee sprain at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. He received a sentence of probation and must register as a sex offender in Iowa.

Open meetings complaint filed against Atlantic Library Board

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An anonymous complaint was lodged with a state agency about the Atlantic Public Library, which, in-turn, said the concern is a misunderstanding. According to the Daily NonPareil, the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) received a complaint about the Atlantic library’s board of trustees, declaring that its discussions should be considered confidential, an allegation based on its meeting minutes.

In the minutes of the board’s June 8th meeting, Atlantic Library Board President Linn Headlee reportedly told her board “that discussions held in the board are confidential and should be treated with discretion.” The complaint with the IPIB alleges that constitutes a violation of state open meetings law. It also raises questions of whether meeting minutes might not accurately reflect discussions.

The complaint, lodged June 28th, was filed by someone identifying themselves as “A Concerned Atlantic Library Patron” who refused to give a name or contact information because they feared “reprisal from any Library Board member or any City representative appointed to the Library Board.”  The complainant says “Public libraries, like other tax-supported agencies, must operate in the best interest of the public. Additionally, there may not be a way of knowing if Minutes from any previous board meetings have been censored at the President’s request.”

At its regular meeting Monday, the library board reviewed the open meeting law as well as the IPIB’s training materials. Library Director Natalie Struecker said she communicated that discussion with the state board’s representative as well. Struecker wasn’t at the June 8th meeting, because she was newly hired and wasn’t on the job until shortly after that meeting. She told the paper she believes the matter was a misunderstanding, and that the Library Board is aware nothing at the meeting is confidential.

The complaint will be included in today’s (Thursday’s) IPIB agenda as a new case. The agency’s Deputy Director, Margaret Johnson, said no action is planned on the case. In a separate matter, Johnson said the IPIB does not plan any new action regarding a complaint by Margaret Stoldorf against the Red Oak Community School District. That case remains under investigation, according to the agenda. The complaint challenges meetings in January following a protracted set of complaints against the school district addressed by the state agency last year.

Red Oak man arrested for felony assault

News

July 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man late Wednesday night, on an assault charge. 49-year old Russell Lee Peterson, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 10:30-p.m. at a location on E. Maple Street. Peterson faces a felony Assault Causing Serious Injury charge. He was also cited on a simple misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charge. Peterson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And at around 8:40-p.m., Wednesday, Red Oak Police arrested 21-year old Blake Mitchell Wilkinson, of Red Oak, on a Montgomery County warrant for Providing Alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Wilkinson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.