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Flash Flood Watch continues until 9-am Sunday (5/26/13)

News, Weather

May 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES:SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-

354 AM CDT SUN MAY 26 2013

…A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING…

THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ARE FORECAST TO CONTINUE THIS MORNING…ESPECIALLY NORTH AND EAST OF DES MOINES. WIDESPREAD ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN ARE FORECAST WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE. AREAS WHICH HAD HEAVY RAIN SATURDAY MORNING ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE FOR FLASH FLOODING. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL ON SATURATED SOILS WOULD CAUSE FLASH FLOODING. BEING A HOLIDAY WEEKEND…PEOPLE CAMPING SHOULD USE CAUTION AND AVOID CAMPING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

(Podcast) Area/State News: Sat., May 25, 2013

News, Podcasts

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of  some area and state news, with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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Saturday arrests in Montgomery County

News

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report two arrests early this (Saturday) morning. At around 1:45-a.m., 20-year old Dakota Eugene Brown, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. Brown was being held on full bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

And, 32-year old Gary Dean Williams, Jr., of Coin, was arrested at around 1:45-a.m., on charges that include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol as a passenger. Williams, Jr., was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, and held on full bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department was assisted in conducting the arrests, by officers with the Red Oak Police Department.

(podcast) Local/Area News: Sat., May 25th 2013

News, Podcasts

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of the 7:06-a.m. News from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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Trailer stolen from Villisca

News

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County are asking for the public’s help in finding a stolen trailer. Authorities say a 2006 aluminum Transcraft Eagle flatbed trailer carrying 34 large round hay bales was stolen from a Villisca residence. The trailer was last seen at around 7-p.m. Friday, parked on North  U Avenue in Villisca. The loss was valued at $35,000. If you have information about the crime or the location of the trailer, call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 712-623-5107 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Four-year old taken from foster care in Council Bluffs

News

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are asking for your help in locating a four-year old boy taken from Iowa Department of Human Services foster care. Nicholas Patterson was taken by his 40-year old biological mother Dana Smith, at around 12:05-p.m., Friday. The woman took her son after a court order was issued to place the child in protective custody.

Nicholas Patterson

Dana Smith

Police do not believe Nicholas is in any danger. They say Smith is likely attempting to conceal both her and the child’s whereabouts to the public and law enforcement. Nicholas Patterson, a white male, has long blonde hair and blue eyes. Dana Smith is a white female, about 5-feet 5-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who knows the where they are located urged to call Council Bluffs Police at 712-328-STOP.

Wet & stormy weekend in store for Iowa

News, Weather

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a wet and stormy Memorial Day Weekend is on tap for the area as showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast from today into next week. The best potential for thunderstorms will be during the nighttime and early morning hours each day, although storms are possible at other times as well. The threat for widespread severe weather is low, but a few severe storms with large hail and damaging winds cannot be ruled out.

Of greater concern is the potential for heavy rainfall, with widespread one to two inch accumulations expected by Monday with locally higher amounts possible. This may lead to additional river flooding and possibly flash flooding in some areas.

New $11M park opens in Council Bluffs with flurry of celebration

News

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After months of renovation and construction, a massive new city park is opening today (Saturday) along the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. Larry Foster, the city’s park and recreation director, says big crowds are expected at River’s Edge Park for the start of a three-day festival called Loessfest, after the region’s rolling Loess Hills, along with another series of celebratory events that will run through June 8th. “Every day, there’s something new that’s being done to be completely ready for the big festivals,” Foster says. “For example, we sodded the entire north grove of trees, that’s all completed.”

The legendary music act, the Beach Boys will open the event tonight (Saturday) with the Omaha Symphony and fireworks Sunday. All events during the three-day Memorial Day weekend are free. There will be many events held in the 11-million-dollar park over the summer including outdoor movies, soccer tournaments and more. Foster says there are still a few finishing touches to be done before the 90-acre park officially opens. The Great Lawn alone covers five acres. “One thing going on is getting the Grand Light Show that is going to be displayed on the Great Lawn working and functional,” he says. “We’re obviously excited about the Beach Boys and the symphony and fireworks and Memorial Day weekend.”

The new River’s Edge Park is located at the base of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge which links Council Bluffs and Omaha. Foster expects many people attending the College World Series will take the short hike over the bridge to enjoy Iowa hospitality. “If you’ve got a break between games, a nice little walk over to River’s Edge Park, go down to the river and enjoy the park and the festivities,” Foster says. “It’s going to be a real asset to the entire metro area. That’s always how we’ve seen it as we’ve been putting it together in Council Bluffs.” A permanent display at the park, entitled Rays, is a half-million dollar installation, an eight-minute light show that repeats on the hour and half-hour.

Decades ago, the area was known at Playland Park. It held an amusement park and a race track that was a hub for activity from the late 1940s through 1970.

(Radio Iowa)

Climatologist: 2013 weather pattern doesn’t bode well for crop production

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The month of May is winding down and weather-wise, it’s been marked by extremes. Elwynn Taylor is climatologist with Iowa State University Extension. He notes the state broke a record from 1947 for May snowfall and also set record high temperatures for the month. “When we get extremes like that, it is not considered a good omen for what will come with the season,” Taylor says. Taylor notes 2013 has mirrored the weather of 1947 – and that doesn’t bode well for corn and soybean production this year.

“1947 is in the category of being one of the six worst years for crop production and that includes the Dust Bowl,” Taylor says. Like this year, 1947 was marked by a very wet spring. “Then, it went hot and dry in the middle of July and August. That’s when the destruction to the corn came in,” Taylor said. With around 25-percent of Iowa’s corn yet to be planted as we approach Memorial Day, Taylor says corn yields will likely be below trend once again this year.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., May 25th 2013

News

May 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are scaling back their search for a missing Iowa teenager abducted from a rural school bus stop this week. The state Department of Public Safety says trained law enforcement will narrow their search around Dayton today for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. Authorities say they’re focusing on terrain that’s difficult to navigate and requires specialized skills and equipment, so citizen volunteers are not needed this weekend.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a suspicious package that required explosives teams to investigate was actually a cooler with food. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says officers were notified about the package yesterday morning. Authorities closed the street where the package was discovered and called in explosive ordinance device teams from Linn County and Marion police.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 49,000 gallons of ethanol leaked from railroad tanker cars after a derailment east of Charles City. The DNR said yesterday this week’s leak into the Little Cedar River was greater than had been previously estimated, but initial monitoring indicates normal oxygen levels in the river. Workers haven’t found any dead or distressed fish downstream so far.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A World War Two veteran has received his high school diploma, albeit 72 years late. North High School in Des Moines gave U.S. Navy veteran Vernon Young an honorary diploma at a graduation ceremony yesterday. He enlisted for service just months before he was scheduled to graduate.