AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 2/13/2017


February 13th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 12, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (60) 26-0 1620 1
2. Villanova (5) 24-2 1564 2
3. Kansas 22-3 1493 3
4. Baylor 22-3 1394 6
5. Arizona 23-3 1301 9
6. UCLA 23-3 1276 10
7. Oregon 22-4 1229 5
8. Louisville 20-5 1204 4
9. West Virginia 20-5 1012 13
10. North Carolina 21-5 1005 8
11. Wisconsin 21-4 868 7
12. Duke 20-5 857 18
13. Kentucky 20-5 854 15
14. Virginia 18-6 825 12
15. Florida 20-5 717 17
16. Purdue 20-5 682 16
17. Florida State 21-5 665 14
18. Cincinnati 22-3 634 11
19. SMU 22-4 415 25
20. Creighton 21-4 298 23
21. South Carolina 20-5 296 19
22. Saint Mary’s 22-3 269 20
23. Maryland 21-4 136 21
24. Butler 19-6 129 22
25. Notre Dame 19-7 122

Others receiving votes: Wichita State 87, Xavier 72, Northwestern 60,Southern Cal 16, VCU 14, Dayton 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Monmouth 2, Oklahoma State 1, Vermont 1.


Griswold travels to East Mills for playoff game


February 13th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Griswold boys basketball team will head to Malvern tonight to face the East Mills Wolverines and we’ll have coverage on KJAN.  The Tigers and Wolverines met once in the regular season back on January 12th with the Wolverines prevailing 40-28.  Tonight will be win or go home in the first round of Class 1A District 14 play.  The game is one of two pig-tail games in the bracket that will be played at East Mills High tonight. The first game will have Essex taking on Clarinda Academy at 6:30pm with a chance to face top seed Fremont-Mills on the line.  The winner of the Griswold-East Mills game will play second-seeded Stanton on Thursday in Stanton.

Griswold (0-21) has been led on the season by Clay Amos and Morgan Mundorf who are both averaging 8 points per game. East Mills (11-7) has two players averaging 10 points per game: Weston Copperstone and Noah Hillyer.

Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the call of the game tonight on KJAN with pre-game about 7:50pm and tip-off scheduled for 8:00pm.

(UPDATE) DM Police: Woman is killed by husband who kills himself in stabbing & crash


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say a Des Moines woman was murdered early this (Monday) morning by her estranged husband who was also killed during a police chase. Police and first responders were called to a home at 2:30 A-M on a report of a stabbing and found the body of 51-year-old Rasema Keco. The suspect was identified as her husband, 58-year-old Ekrem Keco. They no longer lived together and there was a no contact order on Mr. Keco for a child who lived at the house.

Within minutes, police in Altoona spotted the man’s vehicle but he refused to stop. During the chase, police say it appears Keco stabbed himself in the neck, then rammed the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 80 near Mitchellville and was killed. The woman’s death is the seventh homicide in Des Moines this year.

2 Atlantic men arrested on meth/marijuana charges


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two Atlantic men were arrested on drug charges, Sunday. 35-year old Aaron Lee Latus was arrested for felony Possession of Meth 3rd/Subsequent Offense. Latus was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond. And, 26-year old Troy David Garrison-Romick, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense. Garrison-Romick was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $3,000 bond.

On Saturday, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 42-year old Matthew Paul Hardick, of Council Bluffs, on a charge of OWI/2nd Offense. Hardick was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $2,000 bond.

Like watching storms? Severe weather spotter training courses start soon

News, Weather

February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

We’re all impacted by the weather, one way or another, but Iowans who have a keen interest in the actions of Mother Nature should consider becoming an official spotter. Kelsey Angle, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says spotter training classes start next week at locations all across the state. “Storm spotter training is training people to identify when severe weather does occur and then how to report that information to the National Weather Service,” Angle says. “These people are extremely important in the verification process in regards to severe weather and also putting that information into the warnings and statements that we distribute to the public.”

Over the years, more than 45-hundred weather spotters have been trained in central Iowa alone and Angle says they’re an exceptionally valuable resource. “The training is free and open to the public,” Angle says. “Participants will go through an hour-and-a-half of training which will include identification of tornadoes, how to measure hail, as well as describe wind damage and how to report that information back to the National Weather Service.”

Sometimes, young people become especially fascinated by the weather and they can make excellent spotters — for life. “There is no age limit associated with the training,” Angle says. “Anybody that has an interest in weather and reporting information to the National Weather Service is welcome to attend.”

Even if you’ve gone through the training before, he suggests taking the course every year as a refresher. Thirty-three spotter training sessions are planned just in central Iowa through April, with the first course scheduled for February 21st in Webster County.

Locally, Storm Spotter Training classes are being offered:

  • In Cass County: 7-p.m. Wed., March 8th, at the Cass County Courthouse, in Atlantic. For more information, call Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon at 712-243-1500.
  • In Adair and Guthrie Counties: 7-p.m. Wed., March 15th, at the Menlo Community Building, in Menlo. For more info., call Adair-Guthrie EMC Bob Kempf at 641-332-3030.
  • In Union County: 7-p.m. Tue., March 21st, at the Alliant Bldg. upstairs conference room (208 W. Taylor), in Creston. For more info., call Union County EMC JoAnne Duckworth at 641-782-1622.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood P-D report (2/13)


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department is reporting four recent arrests. Today (Monday), 31-year old Jacob Jones, of Glenwood, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. Jones was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail, until making an appearance before a magistrate judge.

Sunday, 18-year old Brandon Tappan, of Glenwood, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was also being held in the Mills County Jail until making an appearance before a magistrate judge.

Saturday, 25-year old Lyndsi Miner, of Glenwood, was arrested on charges that include Burglary, Serious Assault, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, and Domestic Abuse Assault. Miner was being held on a $30,000 cash bond or surety.

And on Friday, 40-year old Travis Handley, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Ongoing Criminal Mischief and Theft in the 2nd Degree. He was also being held on a $30,000 cash bond or surety.

Backyard & Beyond 2-13-2017

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

February 13th, 2017 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with children’s author and illustrator Corrine Fosnaugh about her visit to Atlantic.


4-H Judges Training set for Saturday, March 4 in Carson


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

From agriculture to communication events and visual arts, Iowa 4-H fair judges and those considering being a 4-H judge, a training will be Saturday, March 4 at the Carson Community Center in Carson, IA.

This judges training will prepare adults interested in working with young people and evaluating exhibits at county fair. The training will cover positive youth development, how to evaluate, educate and encourage during conference judging and 4-H exhibit expectations and guidelines. This training will be delivered by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Youth Program Specialists and current 4-H judges. Subject matter workshops will include clothing events, communication events, ag and natural resources, photography, Family and Consumer Sceince area and more!

“We especially welcome those who are new to 4-H judging. We need more adults who can support youth in this way,” said Jane Hayes-Johnk, ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Program Specialist. Current judges, new judges, 4-H club Leaders, and others interested in working with youth and fairs are encouraged to attend. The cost of the training is $45 for all day or $25 for half day registration with an on-line pre-registration required to reserve materials and lunch at this web location:


Pott. County Sheriff’s Office Communications recognized by NCMEC


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker is pleased to announce that on February 10th, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Division of Communications was recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for demonstrating commitment to protecting children, by completing the necessary requirements to become a Missing Kids Readiness Project Member.

The Division of Communications is now one of 259 agencies in the United States who have achieved this status and the fifth agency in the State of Iowa. The NCMEC Missing Kids Readiness Project promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.

Criteria necessary to receive the recognition and other information, is available on the website http://www.missingkids.org/MKRP

Pott. County Sheriff’s report (2/13/17)


February 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s reports reports several arrests over the past few days. Late Sunday night, 36-year old Andrew Walter Dodge, of Omaha, was arrested for Public Intoxication, following a disturbance at Fred’s Bar, in Avoca. When Dodge was asked to leave the establishment, he refused to so, and was escorted out of the business by bar patrons, who then locked the doors. When Dodge tried to get back in, he nearly broke the door. He was arrested on the Public Intox. charge at around 11:15-p.m., Sunday.

Sunday afternoon, 64-year old Roland Duane Smith, of Panama, was arrested near Minden, after a Deputy ran the license plate on Smith’s pickup truck. A records check indicated Smith had a warrant out of Panama, for Forgery. He was transported to the Pott. County Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

Early Sunday morning, 25-year old Brandon Lechaun Dinovo, of Council Bluffs, was cited into court for Interference with Official Acts, following a physical disturbance. And, 39-year old Clinton John Gardner, of Oakland, was arrested at around 1-a.m. Sunday, for OWI/3rd offense, following a traffic stop in Oakland, for having a defective muffler.

Saturday night, 41-year old Kevin Andrew Daub, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for OWI/1st offense and carrying a concealed weapon (A gun), following a traffic stop for speeding just north of Crescent. Saturday evening, 30-year old Jonathan Daniel Kunze, of Underwood, was arrested in Pottawattamie County, after he was pulled over for traveling at a high rate of speed. Kunze was arrested for OWI/1st offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance (174.5 grams of marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Early Saturday morning, 49-year old Robin Lynn Stander, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Public Intoxication, following a disturbance at a residence. And, late Friday night, 53-year old Richard Nelson Steiner, of Macedonia, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, after failing to stop at a controlled intersection at Highway 59 and Aspen Road.