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2 arrests in Glenwood, Tuesday

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report two people were arrested, Tuesday. 40-year old Ricardorey Salas, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While revoked. His bond was set at $1000. And, 21-year old Logan Lingle, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Page County warrant for Theft 5th degree and Interference with  Official acts. His bond was set at $300.

2 injured during Harrison County crash, Tuesday

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were hurt when two vehicles collided Tuesday night, in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year old Arianna Thacker and 34-year old Roseann McCarty, both of Logan, were transported by Missouri Valley Rescue to the hospital in Missouri Valley, after McCarty’s 2014 Sonic rear-ended a 2009 Chevy Impala driven by Thacker. Both women were wearing their seat belts.

The accident happened at around 8:15-p.m. on Interstate 29 northbound, near the 75 mile marker. Following the collision, the Impala ended-up in the east ditch, while the other vehicle came to rest on the east shoulder of the Interstate.

The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Valley Rescue.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 4/22/2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 4/22/2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Earth Day 2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Today is the 45th Anniversary of “Earth Day,” a day set aside each year to perform acts to clean-up our environment by picking up trash in parks, along roadsides and elsewhere, plant trees, and participate in various programs for recycling and conservation. In some areas, citizens will sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.

Here in Atlantic, Earth Day will be marked by clean-up of the Schildberg Recreation Area. Jolene Smith, Secretary of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors, says the activities begin this afternoon.

Anyone who wants help clean-up the park, should show-up in the west parking beginning at 2-p.m., wearing old clothes, old shoes and gloves. The Parks and Rec Dept. will furnish the trash bags and trailer to throw full bags in, for disposal. Various local civic organizations and local students will be participating in the effort. The clean-up effort will run as long as volunteers are willing to stay, or until around 8-p.m. You can show up anytime throughout the afternoon. You don’t have to be there at 2-p.m.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said they removed a lot of trash from the area last year. For more information about Earth Day, go to www.earthday.org.

2 cars totaled in Red Oak crash

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two vehicles that collided Tuesday afternoon in Red Oak were totaled, but no injuries were reported. Red Oak Police say a 1996 Chevy Lumina driven by 16-year old Sabrina Robb, of Red Oak, was struck at the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 34 at around 4:15-p.m., after Robb stopped, but then proceeded into, the intersection, heading south on 8th Street.

Her vehicle was hit by a 1999 Ford Contour, driven by 45-year old Glen Meyer, of Red Oak, who was traveling east on Highway 34. Damage from the crash amounted to $17,000. Red Oak Police cited Robb for Failure to Obey a Stop or Yield Sign.

Former western IA teacher pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A former Underwood Middle School teacher has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges. According a report in the Daily NonPareil, court records show 46-year old Barret Glasnapp pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and seven counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Glasnapp, a middle school social studies teacher, was employed by the Underwood district from September 1994 until his resignation on Nov. 6th, 2014.

The alleged victim, a female student, reported that she and Glasnapp had been exchanging text messages since she was in the seventh grade and that her last contact with Glasnapp was on Oct. 29th, 2014. The victim told investigators that the messages turned sexual in nature when she was 13 years old and a student in the eighth grade.

The victim alleges that Glasnapp touched her inappropriately and kissed her for the first time in his classroom during her ninth-grade year when she was 15 years old. Cellphone records subpoenaed by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office indicated there were more than 2,600 text messages between Glasnapp and the victim between June 15, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. Records indicated an additional 120 text messages exchanged between Glasnapp and the victim in 2014.

Glasnapp is currently free on a $10,000 bond pending trial, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on June 2nd.

Bluffs man arrested on arson charge

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man faces arson charges after an alleged attempt to burn down his former residence. The Daily NonPareil reports Council Bluffs Police Department records show 56-year old Donnie E. Snipes was arrested at around 3:15-p.m., Friday, on a warrant for first-degree arson. He’s also charged with fourth-degree theft and making threats. Snipes remains at the Pottawattamie County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Officials said on April 12th, Snipes returned to an apartment he had been evicted from in 800 block of Sixth Avenue to retrieve personal belongings. Snipes then allegedly turned the thermostat to a high temperature and turned on the burners on the stove with paper across the top. Investigators say Snipes also allegedly threatened to burn the place down.

The landlord found the burners, thermostat setting and that water in the tub was left running when he returned to the building, but the dwelling did not catch fire. The residence was one of several occupied apartments in a converted house. A Fire Marshal’s Office investigation led to the warrant on first-degree arson charges. The first-degree classification comes because other residents lived in the house and could’ve been in danger.

Warm weather could stop any more bird flu outbreaks

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

State and national officials held a conference all with reporters to answer questions surrounding the latest bird flu out break in northwest Iowa. Officials first clarified that the facility in Osceola County has a capacity of five-point-three million egg-laying hens, but there are were three-point-eight million hens there when the disease was discovered. It is still the largest outbreak discovered in the U-S thus far. U-S-D-A chief veterinary officer, John Clifford, says the large number of birds at the Osceola County facility raised concerns.

“A lot of people ask the question ‘well what can we do about it?’ Well, one of the things that we’re doing, we are trying to determine the pathway of introduction into these houses,” Clifford says. “My guess is — and right now there is no solid evidence as such — my guess is there are multiple pathways of entry and it doesn’t mean that people are using poor biosecurity.” The disease is believe to be carried by wild waterfowl. Clifford says other states like Minnesota have seen more cases than Iowa thus far because they have more lakes and more wild migratory birds. He says other states have also had some colder weather.

“And hopefully through the summer we would expect to stop seeing these cases because of the heat. This virus does not like the heat much at all, it prefers cooler temperatures in weather,” Clifford says. He says we could see more cases of the virus as the waterfowl move gain in the fall and spring. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey was asked about the economic impact. He says it has varied since the first outbreaks were reported in other states in January.

“In some cases we’ve lost some markets, some export markets. In that case maybe we see a negative impact to prices — we actually see lower prices because there are less place for these egg products and poultry products to move,” Northey says. “In other cases we now are starting to see some significant reductions in the supply, so we are kind of counterbalancing, so it depends on how this plays out on what the impact might be.” But Northey says while millions of birds have died in Iowa and other states, the impact has not been major in terms of prices.

“Right now it does not appear that the loss of supply in either turkey products or egg products is significant at this time to show a significant impact on prices,” Northey says. The first outbreak in Iowa was in a turkey facility in Buena Vista County. The 37-thousand turkeys there were destroyed and Northey says state and local officials are helping the Osceola County facility euthanized the birds there. Northey says the cases appear to be isolated at this point.

“We do not believe this is spreading in a way that is likely to create other problems on other farms. We believe this is coming from wild birds to these farms. That does not mean we might not see a significant number of new cases,” according to Northey. But he says this could also be the last case found in Iowa too. Northey says these two facilities are a small part of the large egg and turkey industry in the state.

“As of today, eggs are still rolling out of most of our facilities. These are good, healthy eggs,” Northey says. “Consumers need to feel very comfortable eating Iowa eggs, eating Iowa turkey and eating Iowa chicken meat as well.” Doctor Clifford with the U-S-D-A says the eggs from the facility in Osceola are cracked and pasteurized for use in egg products, so that would have killed any of the virus in those eggs. And the chickens are not being released into the market, so they do not pose any threat.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., April 22nd 2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has passed a $365.2 million transportation bill, one of several budget bills requiring floor votes before the end of the legislative session. The Republican-controlled House voted in support of the budget, which would cover the fiscal years ending in 2016 and 2017. It now heads to the Democratic-led Senate. The bill’s funding will go to the Iowa Department of Transportation, which oversees expenses for the state’s motor vehicle division and its highway division, among other things.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation’s top publisher of magazines and websites for women has announced the layoffs of about 100 employees, one-third of which are in Des Moines. Meredith Corp. officials say the job cuts are a result of the Des Moines-based company’s recent acquisition of several new businesses, including Shape and Martha Stewart Living magazines. Another third of the layoffs are in New York and the rest elsewhere in the country.

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — Jurors didn’t reach a verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberating the case of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who suffered from dementia. They will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Prosecutors say 78-year-old Henry Rayhons had sex with his wife at a nursing home May 23 after being told she was not mentally capable of consenting. He testified in his own defense, saying he and his wife did not have sex that day. His wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, died in August.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved Gov. Terry Branstad’s bill aimed at expanding broadband in the state, though some lawmakers say the legislation still needs work. The bill now heads to the Senate. The legislation would create a 10-year property tax relief program to help service providers with the cost of adding infrastructure for broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. A grant program would be funded with federal and private dollars.