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Police arrest man accused of escaping Iowa work release site


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say they have arrested a man accused of failing to return to a residential work release facility in Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reports 28-year-old Andrew Eugene Maybee was arrested Monday in Omaha.Maybee

The Iowa Department of Corrections says it placed Maybee on escape status Saturday after he failed to return to the work release facility from a job. Maybee is serving a 25-year sentence for several convictions, including willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent. He was transferred to work release on June 4.


CCHS to hold educational session on school sports issues this Sunday


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System are inviting all parents, coaches and athletes to attend an educational session called “Back to School, Back to Play” on Sunday, August 16th, from 4 until 5 p.m. Laura Hickman, DPT, ATC, and Erin Johnson, PTA, will cover topics including concussions, warm-up exercises, mobility drills, stretches, and preventing overuse injuries.

Hickman says “We really want these messages to get to our student athletes before they’re already dealing with a concussion or an overuse injury. If we can better prepare them at the start of the season, then they’ll perform to their best ability while reducing their risk of injury.”

(Left to right) Erin Johnson, PTA and Laura Hickman, DPT and Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer, will be presenting together at the "Back to School, Back to Play" session on Sunday at Cass County Health System.

(Left to right) Erin Johnson, PTA and Laura Hickman, DPT and Licensed
Certified Athletic Trainer, will be presenting together at the “Back to School, Back
to Play” session on Sunday at Cass County Health System.

This is a free event, and there is no registration necessary. The session will be held in Cass County Health System Conference Room 2. Attendees are asked to park in Parking Lot C and enter through Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, call Laura Hickman or Erin Johnson, at 712-243-7564.

Pedestrian Bridge Dedication & Splash In Movie in Avoca this Friday


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Avoca City Manager Clint Fichter invites the public to two events scheduled to take place this Friday, Aug, 14th, beginning at 7-p.m., at Edgington Memorial Park, in Avoca. The park is located at 800 East Street. The first event is the Pedestrian Bridge Dedication and Luau. The bridge connects the Nishnabotna Trail to Edgington Memorial Park.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and listen to island tunes.. Wear your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts. The City will provide the leis. Refreshments will also be served.

The second event is a screening of the movie “Big Hero 6,” at the Splash Aquatic Center, beginning at dusk on Friday. The Splash Aquatic Center is also located in Edgington Memorial Park. The pool will have extended hours on the day of the movie and will be open for free from 7:30 PM until the movie starts. Hot dogs and popcorn will be available for $1. All other normal concessions will be available.

The rain date for both event will be this Saturday.

2 arrested in Cass County


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Friday of a Nebraska man on a drug charge. 28-year old Donte Lee Plunkett, of Omaha, was taken into custody for  OWI 1st Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Plunkett was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On Sunday, deputies in Cass County Sheriff’s arrested 24-year old Callyn Scott Vincent Pollock, of Anita, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear and a charge of Driving While Revoked. Pollock was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

2 arrests in Glenwood


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend, in Glenwood. Authorities say 23-year old Nicholas Argetsinger, of Glenwood, was arrested Sunday for Violation of no contact order. He was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond until seen by a Magistrate judge. And on Saturday, Glenwood Police arrested 33-year old Joshua Morrison, of Glenwood, for Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $300.

Panels detailing Mormon trek replaced with new ones


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Several organizations have collaborated in replacing a handful of outdoor informational panels that detail a journey of Mormons in the mid-1800s across Iowa to settle in Utah. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the panels were installed by organizers at several eastern Iowa sites in 1996 during the 150th anniversary of the trek.

Bob Schulze with the Pottawattamie County Mormon Trails Association says the signs appeared worn due to age and weather. He and others, including representatives from the Pottawattamie County Conservation and the National Park Service, recently worked together to replace most of them with new ones.

Schulze says an Iowa Living Roadway Trust grant helped establish the native prairie that surrounds the panels. Organizers worked to make the area resemble what settlers encountered on their travels.

Turkey Federation spokesperson says don’t worry about Thanksgiving bird


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

State and local officials are holding a news conference this morning (Monday) near Manson at the first turkey farm to get back into operation after the bird flu outbreak. A little more than one-point-one million turkeys were destroyed in Iowa after the outbreak. There has been a lot speculation about the impact of the bird flu on the availability of turkeys this Thanksgiving. Gretta Irwin with the Iowa Turkey Federation says she doesn’t expect any impact.

“Here in Iowa, all the turkeys we raise are further processed — meaning they go into deli meats for Subway or Jimmy Johns or into the deli cases at our grocery stores. So, these birds never would have gone into producing Thanksgiving birds anyway,” Irwin explains. So, I do not anticipate that there will be a shortage of turkeys.” Irwin says producers outside Iowa are working to get birds ready for the holiday.

“Turkeys for Thanksgiving are being raised right now, so they would not be impacted by the High Place A-I virus,” Irwin says. There will be no bird displays at the Iowa State Fair when it opens later this week. Irwin says the Turkey Federation doesn’t plan any special displays. “We are not doing anything specifically related to high path avian influenza, but we sure encourage people to stop by our turkey stand west of the Bill Riley stage and enjoy some wonderful Iowa turkey in supporting our turkey industry and our turkey farmers who have really had a tough year this year,” Irwin says. The state has some 130 turkey farms and 35 were infected with the avian flu.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic 1 of 25 cities to receive “Branching Out” grants from Alliant Energy

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic, Massena, Clarinda and Creston are among 25 communities from across Iowa to be awarded “Branching Out” grants for tree planting this fall. The grants from Alliant Energy amount to $132,000 altogether, and is in collaboration with Trees Forever. The funds will allow for the purchase of trees and their planting by volunteers. Experts from Trees Forever make sure the projects improve energy efficiency, as well as teach volunteers to plant and care for trees correctly.

Atlantic received a $2,800 grant to plant trees near the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center. Massena received $1,000 for planting on donated, vacated land from the City of Massena. Clarinda will use its $4,600 in funds to plant trees along a new trail in the main city park, and Creston received $10,000 for planting of trees on the campus of Southwestern Community College, Highlakes Gun Club, Graceland Cemetery, a walking and biking trail, and Crowmell City Park.

2 arrests reported in Audubon


August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer reports two, recent arrests. Last Thursday, 16-year old Dakota Rain Toepfer, of Audubon, was arrested for Domestic Assault Causing Injury and Domestic Assault With Intent to Inflict Serious Injury. Toepfer was transferred to the Juvenile Detention Center.

And on Aug. 1st, 30-year old Benjamin Daniel Jobe, of Audubon, was arrested for Driving While Revoked, Failure to File SR-22 and No Interlock Ignition Device. Jobe was being held in the Audubon County Jail awaiting to appear before a magistrate.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/10/2015

News, Podcasts

August 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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