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Griswold man arrested on Pott. County warrant

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say a Griswold man was arrested this (Tuesday) morning on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court. 28-year old Eric Richard Brandt was turned over to a Pott. County Deputy at the Wings Truck Stop in Avoca by Shelby County Deputies. Brandt was transported from the truck stop at around 1-a.m. to the Pottawattamie County Jail and booked-in.

And, a man from Carson was arrested Monday afternoon following an investigation into the alleged assault of a parent. 30-year old Matthew Scott Thompson was located in Oakland and taken into custody for Domestic Assault with Injury and Obstruction of Emergency Communications. His arrest followed an incident at a home in Carson, where a 54-year old female victim suffered a possible, minor internal injury, and a cell phone valued at $400 was destroyed or damaged.

Mills County accidents – No injuries reported

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following two recent, separate accidents. An accident Friday morning in Mills County occurred as 29-year old Randall Hager, of Glenwood, was driving a 2005 Jeep southbound on 221st Street, north of Deacon Road. Officials say Hager was looking at geese at around 7:40-a.m., when his vehicle began to leave the traveled portion of the road to the right. Hager over-corrected, causing the Jeep to roll over before coming to rest on its wheels next to the bank on the east side of the road.

The other accident happened at around 10-a.m. Saturday at 195th Street and Highway 34. Authorities say a 2006 Pontiac driven by 36-year old Renne Adams, of Hastings, was traveling north on 195th and had crossed the eastbound lanes of Highway 34. She was in the median crossover and then attempted to cross the westbound lanes of the highway, but failed to yield to westbound traffic. Her car collided with a 2001 Ford driven by 30-year old Stephen Hollinger, of Glenwood, which was westbound on Highway 34. Both vehicles were disabled as a result of the collision.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/4/2016

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston woman arrested on a drug charge Monday night

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Creston was arrested late Monday night on a drug charge. Creston Police say 33-year old Krystal Smith was taken into custody in the 800 block of W. Jefferson Street on a Possession of drug paraphernalia charge.  Smith was later released from the Union County Jail on a $300 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/4/2016

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Ringgold County man arrested following drug investigation

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An ongoing investigation into drug activity following a traffic stop last spring in Ringgold County has resulted in charges. The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office reports 49-year-old Harvey Ray Roach, Jr. was charged with felony distribution and selling of methamphetamine.

Roach, whose last reported address was listed as Tingley, was arrested following a search of a vehicle in March by the Ringgold County K9 Unit. The investigation into Roach’s alleged narcotics involvement was conducted by the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force.

Young pressing to get VA Crisis Line fixed

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman David Young’s bill calling for the Veterans Administration to fix problems with its suicide hotline has cleared the U.S. House and awaits action in the Senate.

Young’s bill calls on the Veterans Administration to come up with a way to ensure all calls to the crisis line are answered.

Young says it means if calls continue to slip through the cracks, the V-A must tell congress they need more staff, more training for the staff already there or even better technology to deal with call volume. The crisis line fielded half a million calls last year. Young had hoped his bill would clear the Senate last week, but it didn’t. He expects the bill will pass when congress convenes AFTER the November election. About 20 veterans commit suicide in America every day, but a recent report found few of those veterans had gotten services from the V-A in the year before their death.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., 10/4/16

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October 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy will remain weak in nine Midwest and Plains states. Weakness in agriculture and energy continue to weigh on the region’s economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the region’s economy will continue to lag behind the nation as a whole.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of killing a woman in Keokuk was found dead in the basement of his home. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says officers investigating the weekend shooting death of Carrissa River obtained a search warrant and went to the Keokuk home of Russell J. Tallman on Sunday afternoon. A state tactical team entered the home, where officers found the 39-year-old Tallman dead in the basement with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prison officials say a man serving a life sentence for a 1974 first-degree murder conviction has died of natural causes. Atwell Conner, Jr., was 71. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says Conner died of colon cancer Sunday morning while in hospice care. He was convicted along with George Nowlin of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Maureen Connolly in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Harvest is underway with 10 percent of the corn crop and 21 percent of soybeans already completed in Iowa while Nebraska farmers reported 15 percent of corn harvested, behind the five-year average and 27 percent of soybeans in bins, right at average.

METC and Walnut Communications merger complete

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October 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Marne and Elk Horn Telephone Company and Walnut Communications, who announced their plan to merge in July, have completed the transaction, according to General Manager Janell Hansen. Hansen said Monday, “We have finalized the paperwork, made the necessary filings and have received the necessary approvals from the FCC, so now we continue on with the best part of the merger – the people, which include all our employees and all our customers.”

metc walnut-communicationsWhile the merger keeps the brands for both companies, it still allows the company the opportunity to share staff resources, reduce combined operating expenses, and provide customers with the excellent products and services they deserve, according to Hansen.

She said “Transitions take time to do well and we plan to do this right. I formed a transition team in July and they have been meeting to do all the things you’d expect. Together, we’re continuing to learn about each other’s processes, procedures, vendor relationships and technology platforms. Soon we can decide on how to use our combined resources to best serve customers and make plans for the future. We have great people and we plan to use our collective expertise to benefit customers.”

Both Marne Elk Horn and Walnut Communications have served customers in western Iowa for more than 100 years. Today, each company provides Internet, digital TV, and voice services to residential and business customers in the areas they serve. The companies serve customers in Avoca, Brayton, Elk Horn, Exira, Kimballton, Marne, Minden, Neola, Persia, Shelby, Underwood and Walnut with Internet, TV and phone.

They are in several cellular partnerships in western Iowa, and serve Atlantic with wireless Internet.

Nondisclosure may help Iowa sex offenders avoid jail

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October 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some prosecutors say a loophole in Iowa law can allow educators convicted of sexually abusing students to avoid prison time. An investigation the Des Moines Register conducted last month identified seven cases in the past five years in which teachers convicted of sexual abuse avoided prison time or could seek to have their public record expunged.

Under the law, mandatory reporters, such as teachers and social workers, are required to report child abuse cases to law enforcement. Convicted mandatory reporters aren’t eligible for sentences that don’t include jail time if the victim is under the age of 18.

Cherokee County attorney Ryan Kolpin says the law doesn’t apply if prosecutors forget or decide not to include information showing the defendant is a mandatory reporter in a criminal complaint. Some prosecutors say the law also doesn’t apply if a convicted reporter doesn’t acknowledge their status as a mandatory reporter.