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Ericksen pleads not guilty to sex abuse charge

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The attorney for a Pottawattamie County man arrested by authorities in Cass County on 10 felony counts of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree, has entered a written plea for his client, of Not Guilty. Online court records show Jay Mez filed a written arraignment and Not Guilty plea on Monday, for 55-year old Roger Allen Ericksen, of Underwood.

Ericksen was arrested in connection with acts that allegedly happened with a minor child in 2011. He remains in the Cass County Jail on $25,000 cash bond. The next step in the process is a Pre-Trial Conference on April 6th, with Trial set for May 27th.

In December 2012, Ericksen pled guilty in a prior case in Cass County District Court to Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.

CAM School Board passed Budget Guarantee Resolution

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School Board Monday evening, passed the district’s budget guarantee resolution, during the Board’s regular meeting. CAM Business Manager Linda Edwards says “Our tentative budget is set at 0% allowable growth (state supplemental aid) because the legislature hasn’t acted on this yet. At 0% we are eligible for the budget guarantee and our property tax rate is higher.” Edwards said a statement was added to the resolution in reference to the situation.

The levy (tax asking) for the CAM District is $9.26 per thousand dollars taxable valuation, which is about a penny less than last year’s rate. The FY 2016 Budget for CAM amounts to $11.75-million. A public hearing on the budget will take place 6:30-p.m. Tuesday, April 14th, just before the Board’s regular meeting.

In other news, Edwards said the Board accepted the retirement resignation of Becky Pelzer, who has been with the district for 38-years. She currently serves as the North Elementary Resource Room Instructor. And, the CAM Board approved a tennis sharing agreement with the Atlantic School District for two Foreign Exchange students, who wanted to become involved in the sport. The teens will be required to provide their own transportation, but a person with the Atlantic School District has offered to handle those arrangements.

Frederickson Fund donates to ANRC Easter Egg Hunt

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated to the ANRC’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fund spokesperson and Trevor’s mom, Melanie Petty, says “We are thankful for all of the hard work that the staff and residents of Atlantic Nursing and Rehab provide for this wonderful event for our community.”

Ann Smith with ANRC and Darrin Petty of the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund. (Photo submitted by Melanie Petty)

Ann Smith with ANRC and Darrin Petty of the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund. (Photo submitted by Melanie Petty)

(Podcast) KJAN News, 3/17/2015

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Home sales activity picks up across Iowa

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Home prices and the number of homes sold across the state both rose last month compared to February of 2014, according to the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR). A total of 1,971 homes were sold in February. That’s up from 1,877 homes in the same month one year ago. IAR president Jon Yocum, of Dubuque, says homes are selling quickly. “Our inventory is still very much behind where we would like it to be, but the sales prices are up and days on the market are down, so that means there are a lot of active buyers looking to make it good for an active seller to consider putting their home on the market,” Yocum says.

The median sale price last month was $128,916 compared to $119,900 last year. “The sellers are getting the price they’re asking for their home,” Yocum says. “For anybody thinking of selling their home right now, the market isn’t going to be any better than it is today.”

In February of last year, the average days on market was 103 days. Homes sold last month were on the market for an average of only 94 days. Yocum expects sales activity will continue to climb over the next few months. “The first two weeks of March have been very busy. A lot of agents and realtors across the state have been very busy marketing properties,” Yocum says.

A relatively new federal program — requiring a down payment of just three-percent for qualified buyers — is helping spur home sale activity in the state, according to Yocum.

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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/17/2015

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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NE man arrested in Creston on drug charges

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report a Nebraska man was arrested Monday morning, on drug charges. 26-year old Justin William Miller, of South Sioux City, NE., was arrested at around 11-a.m. for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Miller was later released on $1,000 bond.

Iowa dad no longer charged with injuring baby son

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors have dismissed their case against a Sioux City father of a 5-month-old who suffered a skull fracture, but the boy’s mother is still charged. The Sioux City Journal reports that Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings said Friday in his motion to dismiss the case that it was unclear whether Aaron Tucker was at fault. Jennings says the case can be refiled if more evidence surfaces.

The boy’s mother, 25-year-old Kara Jackson is charged with child endangerment resulting in serious injury. Her arraignment is set for Monday. According to court documents, Tucker and Jackson accused one another of dropping the child on several occasions.

Atlantic School Board approves fees and contracts

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board, Monday, approved a handful of contracts and/or Letters of Assignment, and one resignation. The Board approved: Emily Brown as the Support Instructional Coach at Washington Elementary, Lisa Munsey as Support Instructional Coach at Schuler and the Middle School, and Jarrod O’Donnell as the Support Instructional Coach at the High School; Mike McDermott was approved as the Assistant/JV baseball coach beginning with the 2015 season. He has been serving as the freshman baseball coach; Paul Dudley was approved as the 9th grade baseball coach; Bradley Schwenke was approved as the Assistant Soccer Coach. And, the Board approved the resignation of Chelsea Ross as 8th grade girl’s basketball coach. Ross is leaving to pursue further education.

And, the Atlantic School Board approved the 2015-16 Fee Schedule. Superintendent Mike Amstein said there were basically few changes to the fees for the upcoming school year, with the exception of School Breakfast and Lunch fees, the information for which was not available at the meeting, but will be presented before the board for approval at their meeting in April.

The Fee schedule is as follow:
High School (9-12):                                                                             Middle School:
All Students – Text book rental $55.00                                         Textbook rental $45.00
Music – Band uniform fee $25.00                                                     Music (Band) $30.00
Varsity Show Choir $75.00                                                                  Activity Ticket (optional) $35.00
JV/Freshman Show Choir $50.00
Towel Fee $10.00                                                                                    Schuler Elementary (grades 4-5)
Activity Fee (optional) $35.00                                                          Textbook rental $45.000
Activity Ticket (optional) $20.00
Washington Elementary (grades K-3)
Textbook rental $45.00
Activity ticket (optional $20.00

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care, are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may also be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. The waiver does not carry over from year-to-year, and an application must be completed annually.

Injury accident on 770th Street Tue. morning

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Anita and Wiota Fire and Rescue personnel were paged out to a single-vehicle injury accident  under the 770th Street bridge for Interstate 80, between the 71-and 72 mile markers, on the north side of the road. The page went out at 6:08-a.m. Two people were said to have been injured. The accident reportedly took place several hours ago and the victims have been trying to flag down help. The vehicle was said to be resting on its nose on the guardrail.

No other details currently available.