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Red Oak man arrested for sexual abuse


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Red Oak man was arrested today (Thursday) on a Pottawattamie County warrant. 25-year old Ian Anthony Clark was taken into custody at around 12:10-p.m., on a warrant for Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree. Clark was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $32,000 bond.

And, at around 5:20-p.m Wednesday, Deputies in Montgomery County arrested 31-year old David Allen Shuffler, of Red Oak, on two warrants stemming out of Montgomery County, for Failure to Appear on original, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. Shuffler was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,300 bond.

Atlantic & Marne Fire called to a tractor fire in Shelby County


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Atlantic and Marne have been called to a tractor fire just across the county line in Shelby County. The tractor was on fire in the vicinity of Highway 173 and 200th Street. The call went out at around 12:28-p.m.

No other details are available.

Authorities search for subjects involved in two-state chase


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in two states are on the lookout for two subjects involved in a high-speed chase late Wednesday night. According to reports, the chase began in Nodaway County, Missouri at around 9:30-p.m. The chase crossed into Page County (IA), where authorities were set-up to lay down stop-sticks, but the vehicle being chased was abandoned beforehand. Authorities say the subjects took off on foot, and remain at large. They reportedly do not pose a threat to the public, though.

The Cass County (IA) K9 unit, Page County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Clarinda Police Department and members of the Iowa State Patrol were among the law enforcement agencies assisting in the overnight search.

No other details are currently available.

Des Moines Area First Responders Join Forces to Fight for Air


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More than one hundred firefighters and law enforcement officials from across Iowa will stair climb for a cause in Downtown Des Moines Sunday, April 10th. Among the area fire departments that will send personnel to the event, are those from: Adair; Casey; Redfield and Winterset.

Participants will climb the EMC Insurance Companies (15 floors), Financial Center (22 floors), Hub Tower (16 floors), and Ruan Center (32 floors) for a total of 85 floors combined. It’s all part of the American Lung Association in Iowa’s 2016 Fight for Air Climb.

More than a 30 firehouses and police departments in all will be represented at the event. Firefighters will climb in 80 pounds of full fire turnout gear in honor or memory of a fallen firefighter, loved one or lung disease survivor. In addition, the firehouse and police department with the best finish time will receive the coveted traveling Firehouse Fight for Air Trophy and Police Department Fight for Air Trophy, respectively. Another trophy will be presented to the department that raised the most funds for the Lung Association.

They will join more than one thousand of Des Moines area residents and Iowans from across the state. The Fight for Air Climb is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Iowa. Climbers help improve the lives of patients across the country and locally in Iowa. Almost ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

Registration is open online at www.FightForAirClimb.org or by calling (515) 309-9507. Registration is currently $25 and will increase to $45 on April 3rd. If registering on event day, the total cost is $155 which includes both registration and fundraising totals.

Iowa Lottery announces end of an instant scratch game


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Lottery is ending sales of one of its instant scratch games.  Lottery officials announced Thursday that players have until May 26 to claim their prizes in the “5X” scratch game.  Officials say the move is a standard procedure and that games that end are replaced with new games throughout the year.

Players can visit Iowa Lottery retailors or lottery offices in Clive, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Mason City or Storm Lake to claim their prizes.

Sioux City work release inmate back in custody


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Corrections Department says an inmate who’d been listed as escaped from a work release facility is back in custody. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Thursday that Jacob Petty was caught by Sioux City police and is being held in Woodbury County Jail. The department listed Petty as escaped when he didn’t return Jan. 26 from an outpatient treatment program.

In October 2008 Petty began serving a 10-year sentence for robbery in Woodbury County. He was transferred to work release on Oct. 8 last year.

Program Scheduled for Adult Children Supporting Aging Caregiving Parents


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Does your mom or dad take care of a loved one (perhaps one cares for the other)? Do you know what your parents are going through? Your parent is in a new role of caregiver when helping a spouse with things he/she cannot do because of a medical condition’s disabling effects. How do you better support your parent during this time?

Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging is a program for adult children supporting their aging caregiver parents. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6:30 – 8:45 pm at the Montgomery County Extension office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, in Red Oak.ISU Extension

Research shows that spousal caregivers are more likely to provide care with help from adult children than to accept help from community supports or nonfamily members. Kim Brantner, Human Science Specialist in Family Life, says “The program helps adult children learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships. It helps them discover their role in making decisions about their parents’ later life.” It also helps adult children build talking and listening skills and gain ideas on how to start difficult conversations.

A local coalition is working to bring resources to the county to address family caregiving issues. The next learning opportunities include The Finances of Caregiving, a series of five 2 hour classes beginning in April; and the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, a series of six 2-1/2 hour classes designed especially for family caregivers. The series will start in May in Villisca.

For more information, contact Stephanie Langner, Montgomery County Extension, 712-623-2592.

Shelby County EMA issues reminder about Spring Field Fire Season

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February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Services Association, which is comprised of all Fire, Ambulance, Emergency Management and Law Enforcement services in Shelby County, is reminding land owners and managers about the upcoming Spring Field Fire Season. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says Shelby County sees an increase in fire activity every year in the spring and fall when residents start igniting burn piles, or prescribed fires on CRP land to meet land management objectives.

Shelby Co EMAOften times he says, fires are ignited on days when weather conditions are less than favorable. When those burns are started they can cause escape fires which put lives, environment, and property in danger. Seivert says the Shelby County Emergency Services Association, in coordination with local Fire Chiefs are asking you to call the Shelby County Emergency Management Office at 712-755-2124 to report your controlled burning projects.

When you call in you will simply be asked the size of your project, a number you can be reached at, start and stop times of the planned burn. The Shelby County Emergency Management Office will also ask that you provide the local fire chief with notification.  A burn plan can be used to assess the safety of all burns. The EMA office, can assist in completing these, and will have the form posted on their web site. wwwshelbycountyema.com

Fire Danger Rating Boards located in all communities will be updated twice a week. Most of them are located at your community fire station. If you are unsure where the Fire Danger Rating sign is located, contact one of the members of your local fire department, they will be happy to let you know where it is.

An electronic copy of the Fire Danger Rating Board will be available at www.shelbycountyema.com. The purpose of the system is to visually let the public know when the conditions are safest to carry out your burning projects. The system is not a permitting process or authorization to burn it just lets you know if conditions are favorable.

Shelby County’s cooperative system will allow the authorities to dispatch Emergency Resources immediately on report of smoke when the fire danger is determined to be HIGH or EXTREME. On HIGH days fire resources will be dispatched and make a decision on whether it is safe to continue the burning. If the Fire Chief or his designee think conditions are not safe they may extinguish the fire.

On EXTREME days all fires will be extinguished unless a permit or waiver has been signed by the Chief of the local fire department.

Bill would require motorists to move into another lane when passing bicycles on highways


February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Motorists in Iowa would be required to change lanes on highways when passing a bicycle under a bill approved in the Iowa Senate. The measure was approved Wednesday on a vote of 38 to 12. It would require a vehicle passing a bike to get completely over in the adjoining lane, instead of just giving the cyclist a few feet.

Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, talked about a frightening experience while riding a bicycle in rural Butler County. “Where semis, for some reason, wouldn’t get over a foot. Several times, I was blown off the road because the vehicle came so close that I could have reached out and slapped the vehicle going by me at 65 to 70 miles an hour,” Dotzler said.

Iowa City Democrat and avid cyclist Joe Bolkcom says it’s hard to understand the danger until you’ve experienced it on two wheels. “I would guess that more than half the Senate has never been on a bike on a county road, going 10 or 15 miles an hour and being passed by a car or six or eight cars in a row going 55 or 60 miles an hour,” Bolkcom said.

Supporters say the measure would reduce the number of fatal car versus bicycle crashes. Opponents question the safety of cars lining up behind a slow-moving bicycle until it’s clear enough to pass. Backers say Iowa is one of only a few states without a law on passing bicycles.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m News, 2/25/16

News, Podcasts

February 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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