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2 arrested following accident in Elk Horn

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Shelby County report a man and woman were arrested following an accident early this (Friday) morning, in Elk Horn. A Shelby County Deputy arrested 34 year old Stephanie Ann Carrier, of Carter Lake, for Public Intoxication. Her arrest was the result of an investigation into an accident in Elk Horn along Highway 173. Carrier was transported to the Shelby County Jail and later released by the magistrate, on her own recognizance.

34 year old Michael Richard Carrier, also of Carter Lake, was transported by Elk Horn Rescue to Myrtue Memorial Hospital. After being cleared by medical professionals, Carrier was transferred at around 2:20-a.m., to the Pottawattamie County Jail for outstanding warrants charging him with Theft in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree (for Destruction/damage or vandalism of property).

Iowa economy adds 5,500 jobs in May

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa businesses boosted their employment last month and Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson Cory Kelly says the jobs improvement in May is the first for the state since February. “The state added 5,500 jobs, so the economy is showing signs of optimism,” Kelly said.

The 55-hundred jobs added in May helped offset losses of 35-hundred jobs over the previous two months. The unemployment rate in May stayed at 3.1 percent for the third straight month. Iowa has one of the lowest jobless rates in the country. “We are seventh nationally, tied with Vermont and Wisconsin,” Kelly said.

Iowa’s unemployment rate one year ago was 3.8 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in May dropped to 4.3 percent. In Iowa, the trade and transportation sector led private industries in job gains last month. Kelly says trade and transportation added 2,400 jobs due to hiring in both retail and wholesale trade.

Manufacturing was a close second in May job gains. “Manufacturing added 2,300 jobs this month to help ease some of the recent losses plaguing this sector,” Kelly said. Meanwhile, Iowa’s leisure and hospitality sector shed 1,200 jobs in May. “Leisure and hospitality led job losses this month, down for the fourth straight month,” Kelly said. “Those declines are almost entirely focused in accommodations and food services.”

The new Workforce Development report shows the number of unemployed Iowans increased to 52,900 in May. The current estimate is 11,200 lower than one year ago. The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,636,400 in May. That’s 3,400 lower than April and 100 higher than one year ago.

(Radio Iowa)

State Representative from Fairfield has died

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A 73-year-old state legislator from southeast Iowa died at his home this (Friday) morning. State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield had served in the Iowa House since 2009, shortly after retiring as a teacher. He taught drivers ed at Fairfield High School for 43 years and was nationally recognized for his work. House Minority Leader Mark Smith called his fellow Democrat “an exceptional public servant” who was a model of “thoughtful” and “diplomatic” representation for his constituents. Hanson was born in 1943 and grew up on a farm near Swea City in northern Iowa’s Kossuth County. He had lived in Fairfield for 52 years and is survived by his wife, Diane, two adult children and five grandchildren.

The governor will set a date for a special election in the southeast Iowa district to select Hanson’s replacement. A special election will be held in southwest Iowa on June 27th to fill a House seat that had been held by Greg Forristall, of Macedonia. Forristall died of cancer in May.

(Radio Iowa)

IA Supreme Court vacates sentencing of a man convicted of attempted murder while he was a juvenile

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa man who was 17-years old when he committed a serious crime 15-years ago and was sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of incarceration without the possibility of parole, had his Taylor County District Court sentence vacated today (Friday) by the Iowa Supreme Court – meaning the previous judgement is legally void. The High Court ordered the case of Jarrod Dale Majors be remanded back to the District Court with specific instructions.

Majors broke into the Bedford home of his neighbors, Jamie and Holly Peckham on May 31st, 2002, while the couple was attending a church meeting. He laid in wait, hidden in a bedroom closet wearing a ski mask and gloves, and armed with a large knife. Majors also had a .22 caliber rifle with a plastic pop bottle attached to the barrel, to act as a silencer.

When the couple came home and Holly entered the bedroom, Majors emerged from the closet and attacked her. While she fought him off, her husband ran into the room and took the rifle away from Majors before tackling him to the floor. Majors attempted to use the machete on Jamie Peckham. Holly Peckham escaped and ran to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor, Gene Ehlers, helped to wrestle the machete away from Majors.

During his court case, Majors pled guilty to attempted murder and burglary in the second-degree. He was sentenced to 25-years in prison with a minimum of 21-years. He was also sentenced to 10-years in prison for the burglary charge. The sentences ran consecutively. Majors sought and received a re-sentencing hearing in Sept., 2015.

Following the hearing, the District Court again sentenced Majors to 25-years in prison for attempted murder, with 70% to be served prior to being eligible for parole. He was also re-sentenced to 10 years on the Burglary charge. After reviewing his appeal and the court records, the Iowa Supreme Court concluded the District Court abused its discretion by imposing a minimum period of incarceration without eligibility for parole, and remanded the case for re-sentencing.

Carter Lake man arrested in Shelby County on warrants

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on two warrants out of Council Bluffs for Theft in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree (for Destruction/damage or vandalism of property), was arrested in Shelby  early this (Friday) morning. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Pott. County Deputy was dispatched to the Subway Store in Avoca, to meet with Shelby County Deputies and take into custody, 34-year old Michael Richard Carrier, of Carter Lake. The man was transported to the Pott. County Jail at around 2:20-a.m.

Thursday afternoon, 19-year old Kenneth August Block, of Council Bluffs, turned himself-in to the Pott. County Jail, on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County. Block was booked-into the jail for Probation Violation.

International farmers group arrives in IA for week of tours, w/stops in Anita & Bridgewater

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An international delegation of ten farmers and ag industry leaders from as far away as Australia and New Zealand is arriving in Iowa today (Friday) to spend a week studying the Iowa way of life. Ed Kee, Delaware’s former Secretary of Agriculture, is now president of Nuffield American. “Nuffield International is a group that sponsors significant travel for young farmers from different countries to go around the world and learn about agriculture in those countries,” Kee says. “They travel 16 weeks divided over a year’s time to do that work.”

That work includes compiling an in-depth report on their experiences. Kee is no stranger to Iowa as he’s had a long working relationship with Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. “It’s a real treat for me to help these people from these different countries to visit Iowa,” Kee says. “Secretary Northey and his department have been a big help in arranging it but as we did that, the Iowa farmers, the Iowa agribusiness people are so welcoming and encouraging.”

Members of the delegation were expected tol begin their tour meeting with Secretary Northey today. “The group is interacting with the different farm organizations and commodity leaders to really start off trying to understand Iowa agriculture,” Kee says. “The most exciting thing is just getting out on the farms, interacting with different agribusinesses, different farmers.”

The tour will include stops on farms and tours of agricultural industries in the Des Moines area as well as Ames, Anita, Bridgewater, Sigourney, Nevada and Ellsworth. They’ll also take in an Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines, the first baseball game for many of them. Ag officials participating in the tour are from Australia, Brazil, England, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon Police report (6/16)

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Corrected arrest dates) Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer reports three people were arrested recently. Thursday, 18-year old Travis Theodore Wolff, and 31-year old Spencer Gordon Heuton, both of Audubon, were arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

And, on Tuesday, 49-year old Jeffrey Robert Albert, of Kimballton, was arrested for Driving While Suspended.

All three individuals were subsequently released on a promise to appear (later) in court.

Iowa hospital hit by computer hacker using ‘ransomware’

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Waverly, IA (Radio Iowa) — Hackers hit the Waverly Health Center Wednesday night. Hospital computers began showing signs of irregularities about 5:00 p.m. Heather Solheim, the hospital’s director of community relations, says by early evening it was clear a cyberattack was underway. “By seven o’clock we had disconnected all of our systems, recognizing that we had a significant virus within our entire information systems,” Solheim says.

Solheim says the hospital’s “incident reaction team” was activated. “All of our incident command positions started really just taking care of the projects that we needed to do, making sure that patient safety was our number one priority,” Solheim says, “and determining what types of services we were able to continue offering.”

The ransomware hacker demanded money in order to free up the hospital’s computers. Solheim says fortunately, the hospital’s data is encrypted so the hacker did NOT have access to patient information. “This issue was unsual in that Microsoft had not recognized this virus before,” Solheim says, “so there really were no safeguards to prevent it from getting in our system.”

Healthcare has become a particularly attractive target for ransomware hackers. A group of free standing cancer treatment centers in Florida was subject to a ransomware attack in 2016. The computers at the Waverly Health Center are expected to be virus free sometime today (Friday).

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/16/2017

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/16/2017

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June 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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