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Traffic stop leads to pursuit and 2 arrests in Fremont County

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September 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Saturday in Fremont County resulted in a 25-mile long pursuit that ended with the arrest of a man and woman from Nebraska. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a Fremont County K9 unit attempted to stop a sedan driven by Jerry Coleman, of Omaha, near the Iowa/Missouri border on Interstate 29.

Coleman proceeded to elude the deputy at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol and Deputies with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office joined in the chase. Authorities were able to lay down “stop sticks” near the Bartlett exit of I-29 (mile-marker 24), and disable the vehicle. Coleman, and his passenger, Tiffany Roddy, also of Omaha, were placed under arrest.

Jerry Coleman

Jerry Coleman

Coleman faces charges that include felony Eluding and drug possession, along with numerous traffic offenses. Roddy was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both were transported to the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center and held on bond.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said also, that at around 11:45-p.m., Saturday, a deputy stopped a St. Joseph, Missouri man. Upon further investigation, Jospeh Tong Dut was placed under arrest for felony OWI/6th offense, and Driving While Revoked for OWI. He was brought to the jail and held on a $6,000 cash bond.

Joseph Dut

Joseph Dut

Red Oak man arrested Sat. afternoon

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of 28-year old Erik Gomez Gonzalez, of Red Oak. Red Oak Police say Gonzales’ SUV  was pulled over for an equipment violation. A records check indicated he had a revoked Nebraska driver’s license. Gonzalez was taken into custody at around 2:30-p.m. for Driving While Revoked, and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

New trial set for ex-coach previously convicted of sex abuse

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A new trial has been set for a former western Iowa youth softball coach previously found guilty of sex abuse. The Daily Nonpareil reports  49-year-old John Osborn again faces trial on Nov. 15 on counts accusing him of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Osborn was convicted of four counts in the spring of 2015 and faced up to 40 years in prison. But the judge ordered a new trial when new evidence surfaced before Osborn could be sentenced. The new trial has been delayed as prosecutors appealed. On Tuesday, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s order granting a new trial.

Council Bluffs police say Osborn and the girl engaged in sex acts when the girl stayed at Osborn’s house for a sleepover with his daughter.

Midwest earthquake – update 11-a.m. 9/3/16

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Pawnee, OK., business owner says the 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook his house “like a rubber band” and knocked items off cabinets and broke glass. Furniture store owner Lee Wills told The Associated Press he was awake when the quake struck at 7:02 a.m. Saturday and first thought it was a thunderstorm. But then his home, which is about 2½ miles outside of town, started shaking. Wills said buildings in the downtown area are cracked and sandstone facing on some buildings fell and described the scene as “a mess.” The quake was felt as far away as Nebraska and Iowa.

The Pawnee County emergency management director says no injuries have been reported and no buildings have collapsed following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that ties a 2011 temblor for the strongest in Oklahoma history. Mark Randell said the Saturday morning quake did cause cracks and damages to city buildings, some of which date to the early 1900s.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake struck at 7:02 a.m. about nine miles northwest of Pawnee, a town of about 2,200 about 70 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The U.S.G.S. also reports a 3.6 magnitude aftershock in the same area at 7:58 a.m.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/3/2016

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/3/2016

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:05-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Earthquake in Oklahoma felt in Atlantic this morning!

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Update 8:32-a.m. Aftershock felt just before 8-a.m. 9.3 miles NW of Pawnee, OK, 3.6 magnitude, about 1.1 miles deep)

CHICAGO (AP) – An earthquake has rattled a swath of the Great Plains, from Iowa and Nebraska to as far south as northern Texas. The temblor shockwave was felt in Atlantic, Brayton, Des Moines and Omaha at around 7:05-a.m.. KJAN received several phone calls from residents saying their lights were swaying and they felt a rumble. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake happened at 7:02-a.m., and measured 5.6 on the Richter Scale and was centered about 8.5-miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma. It occurred at a depth of about 4-miles, or very shallow by most standards. It also tweeted that aftershocks may occur. (One aftershock felt just before 8-a.m. 9.3 miles NW of Pawnee, OK, 3.6 magnitude, about 1.1 miles deep)

The light blue dot on the map is the epicenter of the quake.

The light blue dot on the map is the epicenter of the initial quake that happened at 7:02-a.m. CDT 9/3/16

Sean Weide in Omaha, Nebraska, said he’d never been in an earthquake before and thought he was getting dizzy. Weide said he and one of his daughters “heard the building start creaking” and said it “was surreal.” People in Kansas City, Missouri; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Norman, Oklahoma, all reported feeling the earthquake. Dallas TV station WFAA tweeted that it felt the quake, too.

Red Oak man arrested for Driving While Revoked & OWI/2nd offense

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police early this (Saturday) morning, arrested a man for Driving While Revoked and on an OWI/2nd offense, charge. 47-year old Jeffrey Scott Blackburn, of Red Oak, was arrested following a traffic stop at the intersection of N. 1st and W. Hammond Streets, in Red Oak. Blackburn was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

Red Oak Fareway Store employee arrested on Theft charge

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested an employee of the Fareway Store in Red Oak, Friday afternoon. 30-year old Sara Sue Batten, of Red Oak, allegedly stole money from the store. She was arrested on a felony 2nd Degree Theft charge, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where her bond was set at $5,000.

Villisca man arrested for assaulting peace officer & other charges

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September 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An incident in Villisca late Friday night resulted in the arrest on a man on a trio of charges. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year old Kirk Allen Black, of Villisca, was arrested at around 10:30-p.m. following an incident in the 400 block of E. 5th Street, in Villisca. Black was charged with Assault on a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct, and Interference with Official Acts. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.