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Atlantic man arrested on theft, drug and contraband charges

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Dave Erickson today (Wednesday), reported two people were arrested recently. 29-year old Justin Cooley, of Atlantic, was arrested Tuesday for Theft in the 3rd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Institution (Jail). He was booked in the Cass County Jail. And, this (Wednesday) morning, 42-year old Samantha Clark, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for three-counts of Supplying Alcohol to a Person Under Legal Age. Clark was also booked into the Cass County Jail.

Red Oak man arrested on warrants Wednesday morning

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January 17th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 30-year-old Shae Daniel Lewis of Red Oak on Wednesday morning. Lewis was arrested at 7:55am in the 1200 block of Summit Street on two warrants for a domestic assault incident on January 14th. The warrants were for Domestic Assault 1st Offense and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 cash bond.

Malvern man arrested Tuesday

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Tuesday afternoon, of 36-year old Justin Wayne Schomburg, of Malvern. Schomburg was taken into custody for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/17/2018

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January 17th, 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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Hundreds of animals seized from eastern Iowa home

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

VINTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have seized hundreds of animals from an eastern Iowa residence that’s also home to four children. Officials executed a search warrant around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday at the Vinton house and garage. The animals found included rabbits, rats, mice, hedgehogs, turtles, birds, guinea pigs, gerbils and a hall python. Several carcasses were scattered through the residence in various states of decomposition or stored in a freezer.

No charges have been reported. Officials say the children’s parents have been cooperating with state and local authorities. Volunteers from the Cedar Valley Humane Society and other rescue groups removed animals all day. Many of the animals were malnourished, dehydrated and living in overcrowded areas contaminated with fecal matter.

Groups call for more regulation of large hog operations

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A coalition of more than two dozen state, local, and national organizations rallied at the statehouse today (Tuesday) urging passage of a package of bills they say will strengthen regulation of large hog confinement operations known as CAFO’s. The coalition says they have diminished the quality of life in the Iowa countryside. The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture is calling for a moratorium on new large hog operations until fewer than 100 Iowa waterways remain impaired. It’s one of several bills offered by Senator David Johnson, an Independent from Ocheyedan, to strengthen regulation of hog farms. “It’s time to get tough on poor siting of hog confinements — including those being built in environmentally sensitive areas, and locating CAFO’s where the smell and sound of someone else’s money is in your bedroom every night,” Johnson says.

Johnson say more large hog operations are going up in areas of the state where the environment is sensitive. “In northwest Iowa CAFO’s are creeping into Dickinson County where the Iowa Great Lakes and other natural features draw more than a million visitors every year,” Johnson says. “Some people there wonder if CAFO’s and Iowa’s famous vacationland can co-exist.”  Under the bill, the moratorium would last until Iowa redesigns the so-called Master Matrix plan adopted in 2002 that helps to determine if a livestock operation can be built. Critics say the plan is not working to limit the locations of livestock operations.

The chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, Ken Rozenboom, a Republican from Oskaloosa, has assigned the bill for consideration — be says he has concerns. “I just don’t think that’s the right way to approach whatever problem they’re trying to address,” Rozenboom says, “we are trying to grow Iowa, not hurt Iowa.” The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there are roughly 13-thousand CAFO’s in Iowa, and the number continues to grow.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa joins lawsuit to block repeal of net neutrality rules

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules. The rules, enacted in 2015, barred Internet service providers from intentionally blocking, slowing down or charging money for specific websites and online content. “What was done three years ago was something that was fundamentally right. What is being done now is something that’s fundamentally wrong,” Miller said.

He added “The Internet service provider – companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon – shouldn’t be able to block particular services to Internet users. They shouldn’t be able to charge more for certain services as opposed to others. And they shouldn’t be able to slow down service and throttle it in other ways, in a discriminatory manner.” Miller believes the end of net neutrality rules will lead to Internet service providers charging more, primarily hurting individual consumers and small businesses. “The large companies, the established companies, are going to be able to pay more. Whereas, the startup companies are not going to be able to pay,” Miller said. “So, you have this discrimination against innovation in the area where probably innovation has thrived more so than any other part of our economy.”

Iowa and 20 other states, on Tuesday, filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government. The District of Columbia is also part of the lawsuit to block repeal of net neutrality rules.

(Radio Iowa)

Omaha man arrested on numerous charges early this (Wed.) morning in Council Bluffs

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs Police Officer on patrol a little after 3-a.m. today (Wednesday) in the area of 35th and Avenue G, saw a silver 2001 Chrysler minivan that had been reported stolen on Jan. 15th. The officer kept the vehicle in sight, and forwarded information to Nebraska Authorities, as the van got onto I-480 West. While the vehicle was westbound across the I-480 Bridge, it stalled just before it reached the IA / NE state line. The Council Bluffs officer pulled in behind the stalled vehicle and activated his emergency lights. The driver – later identified as 51-year old Brian J. Hanson, of Omaha -abandoned the vehicle. He fled on foot into the east bound lanes of I-480.

Brian J. Hanson

The officer gave chase and caught Hanson. While officers were in foot pursuit of Hanson, the abandoned stolen van rolled backwards striking the push bumpers on the stopped / parked police cruiser. The cruiser sustained minor damage. Brian J. Hanson was arrested on a Felony warrant for being a Fugitive from Justice, and new charges that include Theft in the 2nd degree, Eluding, and Interference with Official Acts.

Voters place another Republican in northwest Iowa House seat

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Voters have placed another Republican in a northwest Iowa House seat. Jacob Bossman won 59 percent of the votes to beat Democrat Rita DeJong in the District 6 special election Tuesday. He replaces Republican Jim Carlin, who vacated the post when he won a special election to the state Senate last month.

The heavily Republican district covers part of Sioux City, the cities of Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix, and some rural areas in northern and southern Woodbury County. Bossman lost his previous bid for District 6 post in 2016. It was DeJong’s first run for elective office.

2 arrested in Adams County Tue. night

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January 17th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop at around 7:18-p.m. Tuesday, near Corning, resulted in two arrests. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a passenger in the vehicle, Hayley Vandel, of Lenox, was arrested on an Adams County warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The driver, Jason Woods, of Lenox, was arrested for OWI (test refusal).