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Harlan Casey’s store struck by a vehicle

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say the Casey’s General Store at 1006 Chatburn Avenue sustained  minor damage when it was hit by a vehicle, Monday. Authorities say Damien Bissen, of Harlan, was pulling into a parking stall in the Casey’s parking lot and when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.  His 2008 GMC jumped the curb and struck the left corner of the Casey’s building. The vehicle sustained $3,000 damage during the mishap. Police cited Bissen for failure to maintain control.

Harlan Police arrest 2 on drug charges

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan, Monday, arrested two men on drug charges at the Harlan High School. Officers responding to a report of a student possibly under the influence of drugs arrested 18-year old’s Yance Jones and Toan Huynh, both from Harlan. They were brought to the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested Monday, in connection with a domestic disturbance in Harlan, was 30-year old Eugene Cardine, and 28-year old Kimberlee Green, both of Harlan. Cardine and Green were transported to the Shelby County Jail, where they were both charged with the violation of a no contact order.

CAM School Board sets budget hearing date & time

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The CAM Community School District’s Board of Education, Monday, evening, set April 12th at 6:30-p.m., as the date and time for a public hearing on the 2016-17 district budget and school calendar. Superintendent Casey Berlau told KJAN News the budget, if approved, will result in a tax rate of $10.84 per thousand dollars taxable property valuation.  He says the budget presented to the Board Monday night is based on the district receiving 4% State Supplemental Aid [SSA], which, Berlau says he doubts will happen.

The budget reflects an increase of 67-cents to the maximum of $1.34 per thousand dollars allowed by a physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) that was approved by voters in the CAM District, last month. Berlau said the other part of the increase is due to the fact the District hasn’t been levying much in terms of cash reserve. Their cash balances are not in trouble, according to Berlau, but the trend has been down, so they did levy some in cash reserves that they hadn’t done in the past.

The budget will be published in the local paper within the next week. In other business, the CAM School Board approved the hiring of Snyder and Associates Engineers in Atlantic, for the District’s summer capitol projects, which have been prioritized to includes a roof project in Massena, a parking lot project at the Anita High School, fixing the bus driveway at Massena, as well as exterior wall work. Snyder’s will assist the District in obtaining sealed bids for the projects, because they exceed the $25,000 thresh-hold policy for purchasing and bidding the district has in-place.

(Update) 14-year old from Neola dies in Monday evening crash

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims of a fatal rollover accident that took place Monday evening, near Neola. Authorities say 14-year old Gage Williams, of Neola, died from his injuries at Mercy CHI Hospital. The driver of the vehicle, 18-year old Kael Karagianis, of Neola, and a passenger, 16-year old Jordan Macias, also Neola, both suffered non-incapacitating injuries, and were also transported to Mercy CHI. 16-year old Kaden Karagianis, (the brother of Kael), was transported to Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs for treatment of incapacitating injuries.

An investigation determined that at around 5:40-p.m. a 1998 Ford F‐150 pickup that had been south bound on Rail Road Highway, went out of control. The driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to cross the centerline of the road and strike a field entrance in a ditch. The pickup rolled at least one time coming to rest on its top, in a farm field.  All of the victims were transported to the hospitals by Neola Fire and Rescue. Authorities have said the teens had just left track practice at Tri-Center High School when the accident occurred

The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. No citations have been issued at this time. Crisis response and grief counselors are being made available for students of the Tri-Center School District, today, as they process the death of a classmate and the injury of three others.

Monday’s crash was eerily reminiscent of a similar accident that took place a little more than six-years ago a few miles north of the Tri-Center/Neola High School campus. During the March 17th, 2010 crash, 14-year old Katie Dyer, of Honey Creek, died. That accident, which involved a car that rolled over numerous times, also resulted in injuries to the driver, 15-year old Samantha Reid, who was from Honey Creek, and her 16-year old passengers Cari Wilson and Chelsea Birtwell, both of whom at the time, were from Persia. In that crash, two of the girls, including Dyer, were wearing seat belts, the other two were not. All four were ejected from the vehicle. Reid was driving with a school license, which allowed students who are 14 ½ years of age or older, to drive to-and-from school.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/22/2016

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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3 arrested on drug charges in Creston

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report three people have been arrested on drug charges. Early this (Tuesday) morning, 25-year old Matthew Thomas, of Creston, was arrested on a Possession of a Controlled Substance, charge. Monday evening, 20-year old’s Shandi Brown and Kenneth Killen, both of Creston, were arrested at their residence for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All three suspects were later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond, each.

And, a Creston woman was arrested Monday afternoon at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. 44-year old Paula Shimer was taken into custody on an Adams County warrant for Contempt of Court. She was later released on $500 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/22/16

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m. report from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Griswold School Board accepts Superintendent & H.S. Principal’s resignations

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Board of Education, Monday night, accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dana Kunze and High School/Middle School Principal T-J Dunphy. Both men will finish-out their positions through the end of June.

The 41-year old Dunphy, who was arrested March 13th in Creston for OWI/2nd offense and Carrying a Weapon While Intoxicated, will not be allowed to attend school functions, based on the school’s Code of Conduct policy. Dunphy will receive three month’s severance pay based on his current salary and health insurance through the remainder of the 2016 calendar year, unless he secures insurance by other employment.

Villisca enters the dark side when street lights are shot out

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Some streets in Villisca were dark over the weekend, but not because of a power outage. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said personnel with the Villisca Municipal Power Plant reported that, sometime over the weekend, someone had shot out 17 different street lights, with the repair cost estimated at $3,400. The damage occurred sometime between Friday and Sunday in an area primarily on the south and southeast sides of Villisca.

Anyone with information about the crime was asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-888-434-2712.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., March 22nd, 2016

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March 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEOLA, Iowa – One male teenager died, three others were injured when a pickup rolled over Monday evening, near the Tri-Center High School, in Neola. The crash happened at around 5:40-p.m. The names of the victims have not been released. Grief counselors will be on hand at the school today to assist students and staff.

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — A Dayton man has been charged in connection with a car crash that killed two people. Twenty-year-old Colten Bills faces two counts of vehicular homicide in the May 2015 deaths of 85-year-old Velma Castenson and her son, 56-year-old David Castenson. The crash occurred on Iowa Highway 175 in Dayton. A criminal complaint says Bills, who was driving a pickup truck, failed to stop at an intersection and struck a car carrying Velma and David Castenson. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch and the Castensons died as a result of their injuries. The complaint alleges Bills was texting before the crash.

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say an Iowa woman was driving drunk when she crashed into a state police cruiser parked on the shoulder of a highway with its emergency lights flashing. Thirty-five-year-old Karen Keister of Des Moines, Iowa, was charged Saturday night after the collision on U.S. 40 near state Route 36 in Frostburg.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he won’t question Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley’s decision to not hold nomination hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. Branstad says he supports Grassley and won’t “second guess or criticize” the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee holds confirmation hearings and votes on federal court appointments.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An off-duty Iowa State Patrol trooper tried to get out of a drunken-driving arrest by repeatedly refusing to cooperate and then berating the arresting officer. Audio and video from the arresting officer’s body camera and car show Patrick Steinbach acting belligerently during the Dec. 20 arrest, which prompted his resignation from the patrol and the removal of a booking officer who gave him special treatment at the Iowa County jail.