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Atlantic man arrested on drug and other charges, Tuesday


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Tuesday, of 19-year old Tyler Ray Osborn, of Atlantic. Osborn was taken into custody on charges of Driving While Revoked (Serious) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). He was brought to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $1,300 bond.

And on Monday, deputies in Cass County arrested 19-year old Sarah Jo Porter, of Atlantic. Porter was taken into custody on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. She was brought to the Cass County Jail, and later released on $5,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office also wants the public to remain aware that phone scams are an ongoing problem. Authorities say you should Never give your personal information or bank account information to anyone via telephone on calls you did not initiate!

(12-p.m. News)

Wood Chipper stolen from Adair


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adair County are asking for your help in finding a wood chipper stolen from the Adair business, Cornerstone Landscaping. The theft took place sometime in the late hours of Sunday night or early hours of Monday morning. 

If you know or have heard of the whereabouts of the machine, or who may have been involved in the theft, please call the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 641-743-2148. chipperYou can also contact Chief Heinz at the Adair Police Department, at 641-742-3615. Or, send the Sheriff’s Office a message on FB. You can always request to remain anonymous.

Authorities are also looking for information on a stolen trailer from another business owner in Adair, Caliber Concrete.

Iowa Community Kitchen and First Baptist Church of Harlan Create Partnership to Meet the Growing Demand for Iowa Community Kitchen’s Meal Services


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Community Kitchen (ICK), which has served over 5,900 meals to the Shelby County community since October 2014, has partnered with First Baptist Church of Harlan. Through this new partnership, both ICK and First Baptist Church look forward to expanding the services available through ICK starting October 6, 2015.

Pastor Dan Hawn, First Baptist Church of Harlan, says “We are very excited to get involved with Iowa Community Kitchen and the strong mission they have established serving the Shelby County community. Their work pairs very well with our efforts to strengthen our community from the inside out, meeting the needs of those less fortunate or those who may have lost their way along life’s path.”

Vickie Kuhn, Director, Iowa Community Kitchen, says “As we close out our first year this October, we anticipate we will have served over 6,900 meals to the Shelby County community. The community’s needs continue to grow and we look forward to meeting those needs through this new partnership.”

Iowa Community Kitchen provides “free will donation” meals on Wednesday evenings to anyone in the community who walks through their doors. The service has met the needs of many segments of Shelby County including low income families, busy families who do not have time to prepare a meal on Wednesday, community members who have trouble leaving their place of residence for a meal, and community members who are looking for an opportunity to socialize with their neighbors and friends.

Starting October 6th, ICK will be providing their meal service using the recently renovated kitchen and dining facilities available at First Baptist Church. Kuhn says “This will be a little bit of a change, as we move from providing meals on Wednesday’s to Tuesday’s starting October 6th. We have already started communicating this change to our patrons and believe the transition to a new serving night will be very smooth, especially with all the help and support First Baptist Church is providing.”

For additional information, please visit the Iowa Community Kitchen Facebook page and First Baptist Church of Harlan’s website.

Moped traffic stop results in drug arrest


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man riding a moped in Harlan was arrested on drug charges, Monday, following a traffic stop. According to Harlan Police, 47-year old Timothy Nevel, of Harlan, was pulled over for driving a moped with no license plates displayed. As a result of the stop Nevel was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nevel was also cited for failure to have a valid license, failure to prove security against liability and operating a non-registered vehicle.

Harlan Police report also:

Four juveniles were cited into juvenile court Aug. 24th, after officers were notified that they had allegedly broken into an apartment owned by Jeron and Melissa Henscheid. Missing from the apartment were several knives, scissors and flashlights.

On Aug. 26th, officers in Harlan arrested 36-year old Philip Dau, of Harlan, after they responded to a report of a subject who might be in need of assistance. The subject (Dau) was located in the 2600 block of 12th Street. Due to his condition and his BAC over 3 ½ times the legal limit, Dau was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with intoxication in public.

On Aug. 27th, 29-year old Hanna Harding, of Harlan, was arrested on an active warrant for her arrest. Harding was transported to the Shelby County Jail.

Exira man arrested Tuesday evening on assault charge


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies in Audubon County arrested a man following an incident Tuesday, at his home. 18-year old Tyler John Eugene Weitzel, of Exira, was arrested at around 7-p.m. for Serious Domestic Abuse Assault. He was brought to the Audubon County Jail and held until making an appearance before the magistrate, and then released.

NE Iowa cyclist takes motorist to court for passing too closely


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa cycling community will be closely watching a court case in Benton County today (Wednesday). Cyclist Matt Phippen claims a pickup truck passed him in an aggressively close manner on a country road back in March. Matt Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, says this may be the first time a motorist will go to trial for violating the Iowa law the demands vehicles give bikes more space.

“We’re seeing incidences that this happens,” Wyatt says, “and it’s really hard to say ‘the motorist buzzed me’ without any evidence to prove it.” The cyclist in the case -does- have evidence, video of the incident shot from a pair of bike-mounted cameras facing both directions. Phippen says the video shows there was plenty of room on left side of the road, but the driver drove down the center, then hit his truck’s diesel to create a plume of smoke to “make a point.”

The pickup driver, Steven Payne, is contesting the $270 in fines and fees. Wyatt made his comments on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa.”

(Radio Iowa)

Resident, 88, dies after pickup rams into Iowa nursing home


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an 88-year-old resident has died after a pickup crashed through a wall into a nursing home in northwest Iowa. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says Anna Dykstra was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. The pickup driver, 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl, was taken to a Sioux Center hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported.

The Sheriff’s Office says Sohl was driving behind his wife when he ran into the rear of her minivan before ramming into the nursing home.

Hay bale fire in a building near Kirkman


September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects time frame of fire to Tuesday evening…not Monday)

Five area fire departments battled a fire involving hay bales Tuesday evening, southeast of Kirkman. According to Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen, Kirkman fire was dispatched to the scene near a dairy farm at around 5-p.m. Crews from Harlan, Westphalia, Irwin, Defiance and Kimballton provided mutual aid to help fight the blaze.

The fire was located inside a steel constructed, open hay barn full of hay bales. Approximately 400 – 1000 pound square bales were lost in the blaze.  Firefighters were able to save about half of the bales in the barn, and Bissen says the structure is still usable. The extra departments were on the scene for a little over four hours, Tuesday. The Kirkman Fire Department was also on the scene until 3-am today (Wednesday), putting out hot spots.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/2/2015

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September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


West Central Cooperative Finalizes Sale of Massena, Iowa Property

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with West Central had announced back in May it would close its agronomy business operations in Massena. Now, the cooperative has finalized the sale of its property, officially ending business in Massena. West Central regional manager, Brad Woodard said “We appreciate our customers’ and cooperative members’ business in the Massena area over the last five years.”  West Central purchased the Massena location from Pelgrow in 2010.

Woodard added “Closing a cooperative location is never an easy decision, however, our assessment of the location determined it no longer offered the efficiencies our customers’ businesses deserve. We thank our West Central Massena employees, who are now serving customers at other West Central locations, for their commitment to our growers through this transition.”West Central CoOp logo

West Central’s regional agronomy field marketers remain available to work with area growers. They include:

· Scott Small in Atlantic at (712) 243-3582

· Nick Richter in Adair at (712) 250-9200

· Brett Westergaard in Exira at (641) 740-0421

· Sid Skank in Oakland at (712) 741-3200

Assets from the site were relocated to other West Central locations or sold. The property, including the office, dry fertilizer facility and NH3 plant were sold to Massena Livestock Sales.