Adair County pair sentenced to probation in misconduct investigation


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two former Adair County roads workers who sold county scrap metal to fund Christmas parties and retirement gifts have been sentenced to probation. According to the Omaha World-Herald, both Duane Jameson, the former roads supervisor, and Cindy Butcher, the former shop clerk, also received suspended two-year prison sentences Tuesday. Jameson received three years of probation, Butcher two. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says if they successfully complete probation, Jameson and Butcher will not go to prison. A judge still must decide how much restitution the pair owe the county.

The state is seeking a total of $26,150 in damages from the two, with $19,734 of proceeds related to the sale of scrap metal and other county property, just over 5-thousand dollars for the cost of an audit and a little more than 14-hundred dollars in attorneys’ fees related to the audit, according to court documents.
The misconduct came to light after the results of a special investigation by the State Auditor’s Office were announced on Feb. 1st, 2013. Both Jameson and Butcher pleaded guilty in March to third-degree fraud, an aggravated misdemeanor; and misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor. Both were originally charged with misconduct and first-degree theft — a felony.

The 2013 Auditor’s Office report said Jameson and Butcher sold scrap metal, some of it material from old Adair County bridges, to at least one local salvage yard. Jameson told investigators that the money was going to fund employee Christmas parties and retirement gifts, according to the report. Officials placed Jameson and Butcher on administrative leave on Jan. 23, 2013. They resigned two days later, according to the county. Criminal charges were later filed against the pair, who were arrested last July.

Audubon teenager dies in tractor accident


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 16-year-old from Audubon has died in a tractor accident.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident was discovered a little before 5:15 p.m. Wednesday about three miles southeast of Lake City.

The patrol says Austin Gosch was driving west on 390th Street when the tractor drifted left and entered the south roadside ditch. The tractor then rolled over and pinned the boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is being investigated.

The patrol says Gosch had just finished his sophomore year at Audubon High School.

Area Softball & baseball scores from Wed., 6/11/14


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Softball Scores:
Ar-We-Va 11, CAM 8
Charter Oak-Ute 13, Coon Rapids-Bayard 3
C.Bluffs/T.J. 16, C.Bluffs/St. Albert 6
Denison-Schleswig 7, Harlan 4
Earlham 11, West Central Valley, Stuart 0
Exira-EHK 12, Adair-Casey 0
IKM-Manning 9, A-H-S-T, Avoca 0
Lenox 13, East Union 7
Missouri Valley 8, Logan-Magnolia 6
Oakland-Riverside 9, Audubon 2
Sioux City, East 7, Glenwood 3
Southwest Valley 12, Red Oak 0
Stanton 21, Orient-Macksburg 0
Tri-Center 6, Underwood 4
West Harrison 17, Glidden-Ralston 3
Winterset 3, Ballard 1

Baseball Scores:
Ar-We-Va 7, CAM 6
Audubon 5, Riverside, Oakland 3
Carroll 3, Boone 1
Clarke, Osceola 17, Southwest Valley 7
Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, Guthrie Center 2
Denison-Schleswig 10, Treynor 9 (9 innings)
Exira-EHK 17, Adair-Casey 6
IKM-Manning 6, A-H-S-T, Avoca 4
Lenox 12, East Union 2 (6 innings)
Lewis Central 12, C. Bluffs/Abe Lincoln 11
Madrid 8, West Central Valley, Stuart 1
Missouri Valley 5, Logan-Magnolia 3
OA-BCIG 15, West Monona, Onawa 4
Orient-Macksburg 16, Stanton 0
SE Polk 15, Creston 1
Underwood 12, Tri-Center, Neola 5
Van Meter 17, Earlham 1

Branstad speaks at Shelby County Town Hall meeting, Wednesday


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed a crowd of about 40 people to a Town Hall meeting in Harlan, Wednesday morning. When Branstad took questions from the audience, Shelby County Supervisor Board Chair Steve Kenkel asked about the secondary roads funding in the county and how the state was going to help. Kenkel told Branstad Shelby County currently does not have any bond debt, due to bonding for roads but he said if funding wasn’t made available in the near future, that will likely change. Branstad noted Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino has laid out plans in several forms to help with the road funding for hall pic

” “I asked him (Trombino) then, okay, we know we have a challenge, the gas tax is very unpopular and brings in less money because people are going to more fuel efficient cars. So we need to come up with a new way to provide financing. He put together a whole series of options. And, one of those was to replace the gas tax or a portion of it with an excise tax on gasoline, like a sales tax does. So that would go up when the price of gas goes up. Some of the other ideas would be to give a local option tax and raising the fees for excessive weight loads.”

The Governor said the legislature had taken a look at the options from Trombino but nothing was finalized. He stressed they would continue to fight for those options and work with legislation to get a common ground. After the meeting, Governor Branstad said he feels confident about his chance in November’s General Election. “I feel really good about this. First of all I think we made great progress in getting the state financial house in order. We made great progress in our jobs goals and I think we have the state going in the right direction. I think people see that.”

Branstad was asked about the lack of youth in Shelby County and Iowa as a whole, and how to get them back. “Well the key is jobs and I think as we are able to grow the economy and have more job opportunities that will be the key to attracting people back to Iowa as well as keeping young people here when they finish their education. That is the reason we put such a big focus on STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. One of the areas of growth in rural Iowa has been renewable fuels and all these other products made from corn and soil beans as well as revitalizing the cattle industry.”

On the topic of student loan debt, Branstad said the three major universities in Iowa will not see an increase in tuition for Iowa students for the second consecutive year. He also mentioned students need to be frugal. “The other thing is to encourage students to be frugal and don’t borrow every dime you can borrow. There are a lot of opportunities to borrow but you have to pay it back with interest. I didn’t get all my loans paid back until after I was Governor. But I never missed a payment and it was a good investment but I only borrowed what I had too. So that’s my advice to students; be careful, don’t live high off the hog. You know be frugal and don’t incur any debt you don’t have to.”

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather Forecast: Thu., June 12th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


USDA: Drought cuts wheat crop; corn, soybeans good


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The nation’s wheat crop is smaller than earlier was predicted due to drought. But corn and soybean crop expectations have changed little in the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The monthly update released Wednesday shows farmers producing 1.38 billion bushels of winter wheat, down 2 percent from a month ago and 10 percent from last year. Hard red winter wheat, the type used to make bread, is down 3 percent from last month’s estimate to 720 million bushels.

Farmers are expected to produce a record 13.9 billion bushels of corn and 3.6 billion bushels of soybeans, both unchanged. A cool wet start to planting season improved as May progressed and the USDA says corn crop conditions are better than any time since 2007 in the Corn Belt.

2 people arrested following a pursuit Thu. morning, in Montgomery County


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were taken into custody early this (Thursday) morning, near Grant, following a pursuit and a brief foot chase. Details are sketchy but according to dispatch reports, the suspects allegedly stole a vehicle, which nearly ran over Cass County Deputy Ryan Johnson, as he was deploying stop sticks in an attempt to end the chase. The vehicle ended up in a field off of Spruce Road near Grant, and the suspects taken into custody at around 2-a.m.

Agencies involved in the pursuit and apprehension of the suspects include: the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Red Oak Police and K-9 units from the Cass County Sheriff’s and Red Oak Police Departments.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Red Oak man arrested Wed. evening on a warrant


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report the arrest Wednesday evening of a man wanted on a local warrant. 33-year old Luke Daniel Rinehart, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 6:20-p.m. on an active Red Oak warrant for Breach of Peace. Rinehart was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $300 cash bond.

Council Bluffs man arrested for Public Intox in Atlantic


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic said Wednesday that a Pottawattamie County man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of Public Intoxication. 31-year old Damian Morgan, of Council Bluffs, was arrested and booked into the Cass County Jail.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 12th, 2014


June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The nation’s wheat crop is smaller than earlier was predicted due to drought. But corn and soybean crop expectations have changed little in the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The monthly update released Wednesday shows farmers producing a record 13.9 billion bushels of corn and 3.6 billion bushels of soybeans.

SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa town is under a boil advisory after a hole in a well pipe drained the city’s water tower. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said yesterday that the hole in the pipe was repaired, and the city of Soldier’s system was running once again. But the loss of water pressure created the potential for bacteria to enter the water system.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – A state agency has begun an investigation into the death of an Illinois man at a Muscatine construction business. The Muscatine Journal reports 52-year-old David Bewley of Colona, Illinois died in an accident Monday at Heuer Construction. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Herky has returned to his spot on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the fiberglass Reflections of U Herky is back on its concrete base on campus. Last month, a vandal broke off the statue beneath the university mascot’s knees. Cedar Rapids artist Kim O’Meara repaired the shattered legs, and the statue was bolted back into place Monday.