Tabor man arrested on Pot and Meth charges


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports five people were arrested last week, including a man from Tabor, who was arrested on drug charges. 19-year old Ozzy Ray Hunter was taken into custody August 20th following a traffic stop at around 8:50-p.m.. Hunter was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and PCS/Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $2,325.

On Wednesday, Mills County Deputies arrested 49-year old John Casey Davis, of Pacific Junction, on a charge of Public Intoxication His bond was set at $300. And, 36-year old Willard Edward Frazier, of Red Oak, was arrested that same day in Emerson, on warrants for Failure to Appear. His bond was set at $12,000.

Last Thursday, deputies arrested 31-year old Kale Garrett Hardman, of Glenwood, for Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender. Hardman was being held in the Mills County Jail on $2,000 bond. And, on Friday, 55-year old William Joseph Wilcoxson, of Clarinda, was arrested in Silver City, on a warrant for Harassment in the 3rd degree. His bond was set at $3,000.

Guthrie Center man arrested following a brief chase in Cass County


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a Guthrie County man was arrested Saturday night following a brief chase. 25-year old Simon Lee McAlister, of Guthrie Center, was arrested after his vehicle went out of control and ended-up against an embankment. McAlister was arrested on  Felony Eluding and OWI 1st Offense charges. He was also arrested for Failure to Have SR-22 Insurance, and he was cited for Excessive Speed, Failure to Maintain Control, and Violation of a Restricted License. McAlister was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $7500 bond.

The Sheriff’s Department reports also 46-year old Philip Reed Thompson, of Lewis, was arrested Sunday, on charges of Public Intox and Criminal Mischief 5th Degree. Thompson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty later that day and was released.

And, on Friday, 33-year old Timothy James Kroening, of St. Paul, MN, was arrested on a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge, after a deputy investigated a report of a possibly unconscious man in a vehicle on a gravel road north of Atlantic. Kroening was also cited for Open Container. He was brought to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $1500 bond.

Judge allows expanded media coverage of Lewis mans’ sex abuse trial


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The judge in the case of a Lewis man charged with the sexual abuse of a 14-year old girl has approved expanded media coverage of the trial. Fourth District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski this (Monday) morning granted permission for KJAN News and other media outlets to record certain segments of the trial as allowed by law, and take still pictures without the use of flash, despite objections by witnesses, and the attorney for 52-year old Roger Allen Ericksen.

Ericksen faces two Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Assault with the intent to commit Sexual Abuse, two counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor (A Serious Misdemeanor), and 46 Class-C felony counts of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree. Jury selection in his trial is slated to begin at 9:30-a.m. Tuesday, with opening statements at around 1-p.m.

Ericksen was arrested in December 2011, following an on-going investigation into allegations he had sexual contact with a teenaged girl over a two-month period of time in May of 2011. He’s plead not guilty to the charges.

The trial is expected to last about three-days.

Iowan admits selling meth he obtained in Nebraska


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 27-year-old man has admitted distributing methamphetamine in the western Iowa city of Denison.  Prosecutors say Antonio Lara-Pantoja, of Denison, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux City to a drug conspiracy charge. He was arrested on March 26, 2011, after officers found nearly 4 grams of meth in his vehicle.

Investigators say Lara-Pantoja sold meth in Denison from January through March last year after obtaining it in Omaha, Neb. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Sioux City leaders to look at suspending nude dancing rules


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The city council will look at suspending the rules covering nude dancing in Sioux City at their meeting tonight. Mayor Bob Scott says the action is related to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling. “Which basically says that cities can’t license dancers and dance establishments, and so what we’re doing is just putting a hold on our ordinance, we’re not going to enforce. And all the cities are going together and asking the legislature to clarify what the law should be and to allow us to continue to license those facilities,” Scott says.

Last month, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the city of Hamburg that it cannot enforce an ordinance that prohibits a local business from allowing semi-nude lap dances because state law pre-empts the ordinance. The city in 2008 had passed a local ordinance that requires semi-nude dancers to remain more than six feet away from customers. The owners of a property that leases space to a place known as “Shotgun Geniez” sued the city. They claimed the ordinance eliminates lap dances — one of the major reasons patrons go to the club. The court found Iowa law pre-empts local obscenity ordinances and that nude dancing falls within the state’s obscene materials statute, which prohibits cities from regulating obscenity.

Scott says the ruling keeps cities from regulating nude dancing, “Because as it is now, if you don’t want to serve liquor, you can have nude dancing and call it a dance theater.” He says the Iowa Legislature would have to pass a new law to allow cities to enforce restrictions on nude dancing.

GLADYS MARIE NYRUP, 101, of Harlan (Svcs. 08-29-2012)


August 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

GLADYS MARIE NYRUP, 101. of Harlan died Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan.  Graveside services for GLADYS NYRUP will be held Wednesday, August 29th at 2:00pm at the Harlan Cemetery.  Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.


There is no public visitation.

Burial in the Harlan Cemetery.

GLADYS MARIE NYRUP is survived by:

Her Special Caregiver: Connie White of Harlan

Nieces and other relatives.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index reduced to “Moderate”

News, Weather

August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rains that fell across the KJAN listening area were certainly welcome, but they were not “drought busters.”  Even so, the risk of controlled burns becoming out of control has diminished for the time being. As a result, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the Fire Danger Index from “High” to “Moderate,” through this Thursday, August 30th. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says people who had been holding off on conducting outdoor burns, may now do so, at least for the next few days. Seivert asks residents to continue to contact their Fire Chief and the Emergency Management Agency, with regard to the timing and location of any planned burns.

Shelby Bank Robbery Suspect did not display a weapon


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The man who authorities say robbed the Shelby County State Bank late last Thursday morning did not display a weapon during the robbery. Shelby County Sheriff Mark Hervey told KJAN News 48-year old Larry Tiarks did however, produce a note during the incident, which occurred at around 11:45-a.m., Thursday. The note contained specific information as to what he wanted the teller to do. Hervey says Tiarks was wearing sunglasses and a ball cap.

Hervey said Tiarks was a regular customer at the bank.  Even so, the teller on duty did not recognize him. A deputy who was on-duty and in the City of Shelby at the time of the robbery, observed a vehicle leaving the city, that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Sheriff Hervey said they had no idea at the time, that Tiarks was the suspect.  The deputy engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle, which traveled east of Shelby to the 200-block of Juniper Road. The chase ended after Tiarks left his vehicle and entered a rural residence. Sheriff Hervey says the deputies who went to the front door of the residence retreated once Tiarks appeared before them.

He says they thought they saw a weapon in his hand when Tiarks appeared at the patio doors, but that was never confirmed. Sheriff’s officials along with those from surrounding counties and the Iowa State Patrol established a perimeter around the residence. At around 4-p.m., the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Entry Team, using specialized equipment from the FBI, made entry into the home. When the entered the home, they found Tiarks inside, dead from a “Self-inflicted wound.” For the sake of the family, Hervey would not elaborate on how Tiarks died.

Hervey says its still not clear what motivated Tiarks to rob the bank. He says they’re looking at several different avenues of explanation, but right now, they are “At a loss.”

Backyard and Beyond 08-27-2012

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks about how to make musty odors disappear.


ALBERT EHRENFRIED, 99, of Fontanelle (Svcs. 8-31-12)


August 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ALBERT EHRENFRIED, 99, of Fontanelle, died Mon., Aug. 27th, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield.  Celebration of Life services for ALBERT EHRENFRIED will be held 2-p.m. Fri., Aug. 31st, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle. Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 4-8pm Thursday at the funeral home in Fontanelle, with the family greeting friends from 6-8pm. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Memorials may be directed to the Fontanelle Fire and Rescue Squad, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Burial will be in the Fontanelle Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow, at the church.

ALBERT EHRENFRIED is survived by:

His daughters – Susan (Terry) Pickrell, of Sahuarita, AZ & Tammy Kordick, of Altoona.

His sons – Gary (Margy) Ehrenfried, and Jon (Lois) Ehrenfried, all of Fontanelle.

14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, other relatives & friends.