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S.W. IA man injured in pickup vs. bicycle accident

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Sidney was injured during an accident involving his bicycle and a pickup Monday afternoon, in Fremont County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 27-year old Brett Kissel, of Sidney, was transported by LifeNet Helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha, following a collision that happened at around 4:10-p.m., Monday.

Authorities say a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by 55-year old Arlene Smith, of Hamburg, was traveling east on Fillmore Street, in Sidney, when Kissel, who was riding a mountain bike northbound on Walnut Street, failed to stop at the posted intersection. His bike hit Smith’s pickup on the right front passenger fender and passenger door.

The accident remains under investigation. The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Fire and Rescue, and LifeNet Medical Helicopter.

Hancock man arrested Mon. night on assault/obstruction/alcohol charges

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Hancock man was arrested Monday evening on Domestic Assault with Injury, Obstruction of Emergency Communications, and Public Intoxication, charges. 36-year old Eric John Rehfeldt was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m., following an incident involving his girlfriend, that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of N. Scott Street, in Hancock. The victim suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 63-year old Bradley Robert Hunt, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Monday afternoon, following a traffic stop near the intersection of Garner Avenue and Railroad. Hunt was arrested on a valid felony warrant issued by Council Bluffs Police, for Ongoing Criminal Conduct and Theft in the 1st degree.

And, a Nebraska man was arrested Monday morning in Pottawattamie County, on charges of Theft in the 2nd Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. A Deputy found 28-year old John C. Thirtle the 3rd, of Omaha, passed out in a pickup with a camper, near River Road and 130th Street. A check of the camper indicated it had been stolen from Omaha.

Fontanelle man arrested on a Theft charge

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports an Adair County man was arrested on a Theft charge Monday afternoon. 27-year old Larry Warrior, of Fontanelle, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on the charge of Theft in the 3rd Degree. Warrior was later released from the Union County Jail on a $2000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/23/2016

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Iowa among States w/surge in traffic fatalities in 1st 1/2 of 2016

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – Preliminary data show traffic deaths were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up. The National Safety Council, which gets its information from state authorities, estimates that 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads from January through June. That’s 18 percent more than two years ago at the six-month mark. About 2.2 million people were seriously injured.

U.S. drivers have also put in a record number of miles on the road in the first half of this year.  States with the biggest increases since the upward trend began in 2014 include Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, Idaho, Florida, Iowa, Georgia, and Indiana.

Drop in Iowa State Fair attendance blamed on bad weather

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Weather is being blamed for a drop in attendance at this year’s Iowa State Fair. Some days were rainy, some extra hot and humid and some apparently were just right for going to the fair, which ended Sunday. The attendance for the 11-day fair was 1,031,278. Attendance dropped about 86,000 this year from last year’s record-breaking 1,117,398.

Fair CEO Gary Slater told The Des Moines Register that “the numbers weren’t down because of any other reason other than weather.”

NW Iowa city clerk get probation after theft conviction

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – The former city clerk of Boyden in northwest Iowa has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to stealing money from the city. The Sioux City Journal reports former city clerk Beth Sipma, of Sheldon, was placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty in Sioux County District Court to one count of first-degree theft.

She was ordered to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and nearly $55,000 in restitution to Boyden to cover the lost money and the city’s costs of reviewing and correcting its finances. Police arrested Sipma in June after a state audit showed she made more than $36,000 in improper spending between 2013 and 2015.

Boyden is a city of about 700 people, about 10 miles north of Orange City.

Sioux City police identify man pulled from Missouri River

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City police have identified a man who was pulled from the Missouri River and died later at a hospital. The Sioux City Journal reports  police Monday identified the man as 42-year-old Conrad Parker, of Sioux City.

Witnesses told police the man walked into the river Friday afternoon and began floating downstream. They called 911 after losing sight of him, and he was unconscious when rescuers pulled him from the river. They rushed him to a hospital, where he died. Based on testimony from the witnesses and a medical examination, his death was determined to be accidental drowning.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., 8/23/16

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August 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former city clerk of Boyden in northwest Iowa has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to stealing money from the city. The Sioux City Journal reports former city clerk Beth Sipma, of Sheldon, was placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty in Sioux County District Court to one count of first-degree theft. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 civil penalty and nearly $55,000 in restitution to Boyden.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence is doubling down on running mate Donald Trump’s new public push for Hillary Clinton to shut down her long-time charitable foundation. Pence told a crowd Monday at a manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids that Clinton must shut down the Clinton Foundation immediately. Trump issued the same call earlier in the day through social media.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Wright County supervisors have approved a development agreement with a North Carolina-based company that plans to build a $240 million pork processing plant in northern Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the supervisors approved the deal Monday with Prestage Foods, of Clinton, North Carolina. The agreement includes building wastewater treatment facilities and improving roads near the plant, south of Eagle Grove. Prestage officials say they eventually plan to employ about 1,750 people.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police have identified a man who was pulled from the Missouri River and died later at a hospital. The Sioux City Journal reports Monday that police identified the man as 42-year-old Conrad Parker, of Sioux City. Witnesses told police the man walked into the river Friday and began floating downstream. They called 911 after losing sight of him, and he was unconscious when rescuers pulled him from the river. His death was determined to be accidental drowning.

John Deere says it’s laying off 145 at eastern Iowa plants

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August 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — John Deere has announced more layoffs at two eastern Iowa plants. Company spokesman Ken Golden said Monday that 115 workers in Waterloo will be laid off effective Sept 23 and 30 in Davenport effective Sept. 30.

UAW Local 838 shop chairman Tim Niedert told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that the layoffs came as no surprise. On Friday the Moline, Illinois-based company announced its 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings declines, citing continuing downturns in the agriculture sector.

Golden says about 870 people are working at the Davenport plant and about 2,930 at the Waterloo plant. Those figures don’t reflect the layoffs. He says the Waterloo plant makes larger farm tractors. The Davenport plant makes construction and forestry equipment,