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Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report (3/23/18)

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports wanted on warrants out of Council Bluffs turned himself-in, Thursday. 26-year old Ty Lasher Ethington, of Council Bluffs, was wanted on a General Penalty warrant and a warrant for Interference with Official Acts. He was brought to the Pott. County Jail and turned over to Corrections Staff. A man from Logan already being held in the Pott. County Jail, was served with a warrant, Thursday. 39-year old Kirk Thomas Ring was wanted on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He was read the warrant and then returned to the custody of Jail Staff.

A traffic stop Thursday evening in Pott. County resulted in the arrest of 22-year old Taylor James Christensen, of Council Bluffs. Christensen was taken into custody for Driving while Barred, and brought to the Pott. County Jail. And, Pott. County Deputies arrested 30-year old Matthew Richard Ryan, of Dallas, TX., early this (Friday) morning, after an uncooperative and intoxicated visitor was reported to be at the Risen Sun Christian Village, in Council Bluffs. Ryan was arrested at around 2-a.m., for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts. He was booked into the Pott. County Jail.

Creston family missing in Mexico – friends and family concerned

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A family from Creston on vacation in Mexico haven’t been heard from since March 15th. A social media post from other family members and circulated by friends, indicates Kevin, Amy, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp left the United States on March 15th, destined for Tulum, Mexico. The family was scheduled to depart Cancun, Mexico at 2:45-p.m. Wednesday, March 21st, and had been scheduled to arrive in St. Louis at around 6-p.m. that same day. They had plans to attend the Southwestern Community College basketball game Thursday, in Danville, IL.

Sharp family

Family and friends say there has been no contact with the family since March 15th, when the arrived at their condo in Tulum. Cell phone pings indicated they were still in Mexico, but with no movement recorded. There’s also been no activity on their social media pages. A missing persons report has been filed through the U-S Embassy in Mexico, in an attempt to located the Sharp family. If you have any information about their location, contact law enforcement.

In an ironic twist, it was 17-years ago, on March 8th 2001, that a Des Moines environmentalist disappeared from his Cabo San Lucas ranch. According to reports at the time, 62-year old Alan H. Blank was reported missing a day after he was scheduled to meet Mexican government officials for approval to construct the zoo.  Blank met that same day with a restaurateur who was hoping to win a food concession contract for the zoo Blank was building in the area.

Blank disappeared after meeting Jimmy Presley, who had reportedly suffered some financial setbacks and was frustrated the government review process was delaying the project in Mexico. The Blank family believes Presley attacked Alan Blank and may have killed him. Presley himself died March 9th, 2001 in what Mexican authorities said was a suicide by driving his van, head-on into a large bus. Blank’s family declared him dead in April, 2001, after an extensive search failed to locate him.

The Blank family founded the Blank Park Zoo and Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/23/2018

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Heavy snow, strong winds expected in parts of Iowa

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Forecasters say a major winter storm is expected to power through northeast and eastern Iowa. The National Weather Service’s winter storm warning issued Friday morning calls for snow and sleet accumulations of up to 10 inches or more (25-plus centimeters) through Saturday afternoon as the system moves east. The service says winds running from 15 to 25 mph will reduce visibility, imperiling people on the roadways.

5 people arrested in Atlantic this week

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Dave Erickson reports five people were arrested this past week. Early this (Friday) morning, 41-year old Ezra Sedina, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Assault causing Bodily Injury. On Thursday, 19-year old Kaitlyn Geib, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense. On Tuesday, 18-year old Brayton Waldron, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Assault while Displaying a Dangerous Weapon. And, two people were arrested Monday: 37-year old Mangus Welch, of Creston, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree, and 30-year old Casey Sampson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation.

All five subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Flagpole & flag stolen from Creston residence

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department say a woman who resides in the 800 block of W. Jefferson Street reported Thursday, that someone had stolen a flagpole and flag sometime overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Those items were valued at $75. No arrests were reported.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 3/23/2018

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Clinton power plant to close 6 years earlier than scheduled

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say an eastern Iowa power plant will be closed six years earlier than scheduled. Alliant Energy said in a news release its M.L. Kapp Generating Station in Clinton will stop operation June 1. The plant was converted from a coal facility to natural gas in 2015. Its 2024 closing date was announced at that time.

Company spokesman Mike Wagner says the plant was being used only during peak energy demand. Last year it generated power for just 11 days. He says two reviews showed it was in the customers’ best interest to move up the closing date. Wagner says the plant’s 21 workers were informed Wednesday of Alliant’s decision.

Suspect says he was defending himself from player he stabbed

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of killing a college basketball player in Oskaloosa says he was defending himself. Twenty-three-year-old Luke VanHemert is charged with second-degree murder, accused of stabbing to death 22-year-old Marquis Todd earlier this month. Todd played for William Penn University.

The Des Moines Register reports that VanHemert says in court documents that the stabbing of Todd “was an act of self-defense” but doesn’t provide more details.
Authorities think a car carrying Todd and two friends returned to the scene of a car crash outside VanHemert’s Oskaloosa house three times on the night of March 1, and that a fight broke out on the third trip back.

Red Oak man arrested Thursday evening

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March 23rd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man at around 7:25-p.m. Thursday, for Public Intoxication and Urinating in Public. 56-year old Tony Joe Christensen, of Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 1300 block of N. Broadway, in Red Oak, and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $300.