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9-1-1 Cellular service restored – faulty ICN equipment blamed

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County 9-1-1 Director Rob Koppert reports cellular 9-1-1 service to the County has been restored, as of 3-p.m. today (Saturday). Some areas saw service restored by mid-day. In Shelby County, cellular 9-1-1 was restored between 1-and 2-p.m. The service had been down since about 6:30-p.m. Friday, and wireless phone users had been asked to call their local law enforcement agency instead of dialing 911. Those who called 9-1-1 using their cell phone, ended-up getting an Iowa State Patrol call center somewhere else in the state, which could have slowed response time based on unfamiliarity with the area the call was placed from.

The Des Moines Register reports the problem was blamed on a faulty piece of equipment on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), the state-owned fiber-optic system. David Lingren, the network’s executive director, told the paper that a vendor working with the state tried to fix the problem by installing a new piece of software. That patch somehow made the problem worse, and the system failed to switch over to a backup system as it was supposed to.

Lingren’s agency worked all night on the issue, and by early Saturday afternoon, he said the network was working properly again. He said state officials would study what happened and look for ways to prevent such a problem from recurring with the 911 system. Stefanie Bond, a spokeswoman for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said she was unaware of Iowans having major difficulty gaining assistance in emergencies because of the glitch.

8-a.m. Local/State News (podcast) – 7/20/13

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of the 8-a.m. News with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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Saturday SW IA News (podcast) – 7/20/13

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A podcast of the 7-a.m. News w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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Cellular 9-1-1 outage continues in Iowa

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Cass County say the cellular 9-1-1 outage KJAN reported on Friday evening continues to disrupt service for cell customers across Iowa. Cass County 9-1-1 Director Rob Koppert notified KJAN at around 6:35-p.m Friday about the disruption of 9-1-1 service, which affects cell phone or wireless users, only. Land-line, or hard wired phone service is NOT affected. It’s not clear how the problem started, or how long it will remain in effect.

The problem occurs when someone tries to call 9-1-1 on their cell phone. When that happens, the calls are rerouted to other service areas, resulting in a delay of response from emergency crews.

If you need Emergency Service, call 9-1-1 from a land-line or wired system, or call your local law enforcement agency directly from your cell. In Cass County, that number is 712-243-2204. In Montgomery County, call 712-623-5107. In Shelby County, call 712-755-2121 if you have an emergency. In Adair County, 641-743-2148. In Audubon County, 712-563-2631. For all other counties, call your local law enforcement agency.

Again, regular landline 9-1-1 service is NOT affected by this outage.

Red Oak residents arrested following a fight

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of two people for Breach of Peace, Friday evening. 54-year old David Paul Myers, of Junction, KS, and 49-year old Candace Suzanne Johnson, of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 5:20-p.m. after officers were called to 500 East Washington Avenue, following a reported fight. Johnson and Myers were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond each.

In addition, the Red Oak P-D says 42-year old Angela Kay Shetterly, of Red Oak, was arrested Friday afternoon in the 400 block of East Market Street, on a Montgomery County warrant for Probation Revocation. Shetterly was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.

And, officers in Red Oak arrested 35-year old Timothy Orville Welch, of Red Oak, at around 6:45-p.m., Friday, following an investigation into a report of an erratic driver. Welch’s vehicle was located in the 500 block of North 6th Street, and after submitting to tests for driving under the influence, Welch was arrested on a charge of OWI/3rd offense. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., July 20th 2013

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July 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO’-gahrd) and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad joined tribal leaders and Game, Fish and Parks officials yesterday to dedicate South Dakota’s first state park in 40 years. South Dakota owns about 600 acres of land at the park, while Iowa owns several hundred acres as well.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa judge has ruled that the majority of a closed-door meeting last year about a former Des Moines superintendent’s behavior was justified, but a redacted portion must be released to a former school board member. Yesterday’s ruling by Polk County Judge Karen Romano says most of the 80-minute meeting on May 10th, 2012 about superintendent Nancy Sebring properly followed an Iowa code that allows for such a private meeting.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old girl is among several people involved in a prostitution sting in eastern Iowa. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department says the two-day, multi-agency sting involved two women making separate appointments with a law enforcement officer through a prostitution website. The women arrived in the eastern Iowa city of Hills on Wednesday with other women who were instructed to perform sex acts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say a 1-year-old boy was severely injured after falling 50 feet off an apartment balcony. The Des Moines Register reports the boy fell from the balcony Thursday evening at an apartment west of downtown. The child was hospitalized in critical condition Friday.

URGENT! 9-1-1 OUTAGE IN WIRELESS SYSTEM

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July 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Communications Center reports that as of 6:40-p.m. Friday, there is a 9-1-1 outage affecting the statewide wireless system (Cellular) in Iowa. 9-1-1 calls via cellular services are not being routed to the proper local agencies, therefore emergency services could be delayed.

In Cass County, if you need Emergency Service, call 9-1-1 from a land-line or wired system, or call directly from your cell, 712-243-2204. In Montgomery County, call 712-623-5107. In Shelby County, call 712-755-2121 if you have an emergency.

Regular landline 9-1-1 service is NOT affected by this outage.

Villisca man arrested in Red Oak

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July 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Villisca man was arrested Friday afternoon in Red Oak, on a drug charge. According to Red Oak Police, 28-year old Joshua Dean Cooney was taken into custody at around 2:15-p.m. in the 100 block of East Coolbaugh Street. Cooney was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Heartland 2050 asks for opinions on what life here should be like in 37 years

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July 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Residents of southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska are being asked to try and envision what life will be like nearly four decades into the future. Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan is co-chair of the group “Heartland 2050″ and he says surveys are underway via a website and through public meetings to gather opinions. Mayor Hanafan says, “No matter where they live in an eight-county region to talk about their community, their county, and how we can all work together to make it better for all of us.”

The population is expected to double in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area in the next 30-plus years. Hanafan says this survey will help shape a long-term vision on what the area will look like in the future.

“How do you deal with too many people and what types of jobs are going to be available? What’s the transportation, the cost of infrastructure and where are people going to want to live?” Hanafan asks. “We can’t just keep spreading out.” The surveys address a host of key issues. To participate, visit “heartland2050.org”.

(Radio Iowa)

Crazy Daze in Atlantic this weekend

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July 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shoppers in Atlantic are sure to find many bargains this weekend, during “Crazy Daze.” Megan Roberts, Director of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, says the City’s downtown sidewalks will offer “Crazy” sales, Saturday (July 20th). The event is a way to encourage people to shop local. It works in conjunction with the “Plus 5” campaign, which is an effort by the Chamber to get residents to shift 5-percent of their out-of-town spending to stores within Cass County.

As part of Crazy Daze this Saturday, the Chamber will serve a free hot dog luncheon from 11-a.m. to 1-p.m. The “Thanks with Franks” meal is sponsored by the Atlantic Animal Health Center, Hockenberry Family Care, Hy-Vee, and Wal-Mart.

During the luncheon, there will be carnival games and activities, in the area of 5th and Chestnut. For more information, visit atlanticiowa.com on the web, or check out the Chamber’s Facebook page. You can also call 712-243-3017.