KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 25th 2014


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Governor Terry Branstad is optimistic a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for re-election, has offered a rebooted version of his broadband proposal. Branstad calls it the “Connect Every Acre” plan.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. The Sioux City Journal reports Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe. Sales manager Paul Schumacher says the company has developed ways to make the concrete barriers more attractive. And in recent years, there has been renewed interest in the company’s livestock waterers.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge increased a Marshalltown man’s bond to $1 million after he was charged with killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports the new bond amount for Branden Collins was set Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment on Friday.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The man killed outside a Waterloo night club this weekend has been identified as a 35-year-old Twin Cities man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Sanders Funeral Service identified the victim of Saturday’s shooting as Celio Antonio Posada of Minneapolis. The shooting outside El Senior Tequila Nightclub was reported around 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities issue alert about alleged roofing contractor’s scam


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police, city officials and a former employer are warning the public about an alleged scam artist in Council Bluffs. According to the Daily NonPareil, 39-year old James Urso, also known as “James Fetter,” has left a trail of unhappy customers throughout the country, often times taking money up front for work he fails to complete.

James Urso, AKA "James Fetter."

James Urso, AKA “James Fetter.”

Officials in Council Bluffs say he’s likely doing the work there, to pay restitution to victims allegedly scammed elsewhere. In April, Ohio’s Attorney General announced the indictment of James Urso on felony theft charges relating to his home improvement businesses.

Urso, of Mt. Gilead, OH, operated companies under the names Help Point Restoration LLC and ZunCare Restoration LLC. The indictment alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Urso took nearly $22,000 from four homeowners for roof replacement and other repairs but failed to perform the work, deliver the materials, or provide a refund.

In December 2012, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section filed a civil lawsuit against Urso and his companies, for violations of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act. As a result of the lawsuit, Urso was ordered to pay more than $52,800 in consumer restitution and civil penalties to the state of Ohio.  On April 29th, a warrant was issued for Urso’s arrest in Ohio. The felony warrant charged him with 5th degree theft and 4th degree Theft/Theft from an Elderly person.

Urso plead guilty to the charges earlier this month. He’s scheduled to appear in an Ohio court on Oct. 2nd for a disposition hearing. He’s also been charged in Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Anyone in the area who’s had money stolen by a contractor is asked to call police at (712) 328-5737.


Man from Ohio injured in Pott. County crash Sun. night


August 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says one person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Sunday night on Interstate 29, in Pottawattamie County. 45-year old Bruce Allen Cornwall, of St. Clairsville, OH, was transported by Lewis Township Fire and Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, after the pickup he was driving went out of control and hit a bridge guardrail.

Officials say Cornwall’s 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup was traveling north on I-29 just after 10-p.m., when the truck crossed into the left lane. Cornwall over-corrected, sending the vehicle spinning clockwise into the right lane. When the driver’s side of the vehicle hit a bridge guardrail at the 45-mile marker, Cornwall was ejected out the left side window of the pickup and landed in the east ditch. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol was found at the scene and is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

ACSD Board of Ed. to meet Monday night


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday night (8/25), at the high school. During the work session, which begins at 7:30, the Board will discuss several matters. Among them: School Improvement plans; A review of programs at the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center (CCEOC) and the Link Center; A review of the SAM (School Administration Management) Program, and, Board and Superintendent goals.

The meeting takes place in the High School Media Center.

Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Mon. evening


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board is set to meet Monday evening (Aug. 25), at City Hall. During their 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the Summer Rec Program, Capital Projects, and Boy Scout Cabin. Old business includes a policy on donors and/or sponsors placing names on park buildings.

In his report to the Board, Director Roger Herring will talk about graffiti on the playground equipment at Pellett Park, and, this coming weekend’s two-day Disc Golf Tournament at Sunnyside Park. Herring says last year, people from five states were in Atlantic for the tournament, which was spearheaded by Frank Saddlemire.

Iowa firm thrives with concrete security barriers


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. The Sioux City Journal reports Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe.

The company began nearly 101 years ago when founder L.T. Petersen invented an automatic livestock watering appliance that was popular with farmers and feedlots. During the farm crisis of the 1980s, the company developed more picnic tables, benches and planters. Those products helped make the company a preferred supplier of concrete security products after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Sales manager Paul Schumacher says the company has developed ways to make the concrete barriers more attractive. And in recent years, there has been renewed interest in the company’s livestock waterers.

Clive Suspicious Death Investigation


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Sunday, issued a statement on the discovery of a central Iowa man’s body Saturday morning. Authorities say on August 23rd,, at 10:07am, Clive Police and EMS were dispatched to an unresponsive male lying on the ground on the south side of 7930 University Avenue adjacent to the Greenbelt Recreational Trail. Responding emergency personnel determined that the male was deceased. The first responding officers noted suspicious circumstances around the body and called in investigators.

The Clive Police Department requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to assist with the investigation. The victim is identified as 21-year old Zachary Michael Paulsen,  of Clive. Paulsen was found near a business owned by his family. An autopsy will be performed by the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, August 2th5, to determine the cause and manner of his death.

A joint investigative effort between the Clive Police Department and the DCI is ongoing. Anyone with any information on the activities of Zachary Paulsen on August 22 to 23, or any other information in this case, is asked to contact the Clive Police Department at 515-278-1312 (business hours) or at 515-222-3321 (Westcom Dispatch 24/7).

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac are feeling a bit smug after correctly predicting the past nasty winter, which featured relentless snowstorms and a polar vortex. Editors of the 198-year-old publication in Maine are projecting more of the same in a few months. The latest edition officially goes on sale this week. It forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.

The publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, bases its long-range forecasts on a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles. Modern science doesn’t put much stock in the formula, but modern meteorologists sometimes struggle with long-range forecasts. The national Climate Prediction Center projected milder weather last winter.

2 arrests Saturday night


August 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on separate charges Saturday night. Deputies in Montgomery County arrested 41-year old Jason Eugene Steiner, of Villisca, at around 9-p.m.   Steiner was taken into custody on an Adams County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. The warrant was the result of an incident that happened on August 17th. Steiner was turned over to Adams County authorities and held on $2,000 bond in the Adams County Jail.

And, at around 7-p.m. Saturday, Red Oak Police arrested 31-year old Joseph Aaron Nelson, of Red Oak. His arrest followed a call about an alleged violation of a No Trespass order. When officers arrived, they found Nelson inside the residence, and determined there was a valid No Trespass order filed against Nelson by the owner of the residence last April.

Nelson was transported to the Montgomery County Jail on the Trespass charge, and held on $300 cash bond.

NW IA teens killed in 2 vehicle crash on Carroll/Sac County line


August 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two teenaged girls died and a male teenager was injured during a collision early Saturday morning on the Sac/Carroll County line. The Iowa State Patrol identified the fatalities as 16-year old’s Bailey Jacobsen and Lindsey Quick, both of Wall Lake.  Both teens were pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say Jacobsen was driving a 2009 Chevy Impala was hit by a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 17-year old Trevor Feauto, of Lake View. Feauto was injured and transported to a local hospital.

The accident happened at around 1:15-a.m. at the intersection of 100th Street and Birch Avenue (in Carroll County) and 400th Street & Otter Avenue (In Sac County). Officers arriving on the scene found the pickup on its side in the north ditch, while the Impala, which was occupied by the two females, came to rest in a soybean field on the northwest side of the intersection.

An investigation determined the Impala, driven by Jacobsen, was traveling north on Birch Avenue, while the pickup was traveling west on 400th St/100th Steet. The pickup struck the passenger side of the Impala, causing the vehicles to skid into the opposite ditches.

The accident remains under investigation by the State Patrol, Sac and Carroll County Sheriff’s Departments. Assisting at the scene, were personnel from Breda Fire & Rescue, Wall Lake Ambulance, The Carroll County Medical Examiner’s Office, and others.