Break-in’s/theft reported in Creston

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say two people reported recent break-in’s and/or thefts. On Tuesday, a resident on New York Avenue told police someone broke into her vehicle that was parked behind a building in the 500 block of west Adams Street. The incident happened sometime between Sept. 23rd and Oct. 7th. The loss was estimated at $300.

And on Monday, a woman from Red Wing, MN, reported that someone had broken into two properties belonging to her grandmother in Creston. The incidents in the 400 block of north Pine and north Walnut Streets happened sometime between Oct. 3rd and 6th. It’s not clear if anything was stolen. Damage to the properties was estimated at $40.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports, 10/8/2014

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.

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(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, Wed., 10/8/2014

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Cass County Extension Report 10-08-2014

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October 8th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., 10/8/2014

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic.

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Mark Becker’s mother: death of Ed Thomas might have been avoided if her son could have gotten help he needed

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The mother of a man convicted of killing a popular northeast Iowa coach and teacher says families struggling with mental illness should not stay silent any longer. Five years ago, Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas. Since Becker’s trial and conviction of first degree murder in 2010, Joan Becker has spoken out about the dangers of dealing with an undiagnosed mental illness. Becker told KCRG-TV that her son backs her efforts to speak out — with hopes that his story may help someone else.

“He really supports what I’m doing. He said if we can help by sharing our story, if that helps one person, then it’s worth it,” Becker said. In a presentation before a crowd in Cedar Rapids this week, Joan Becker started with snapshots of an average young Iowa boy. But, around the age of 16, Mark Becker began to change into a troubled young man who heard voices and went through psychotic episodes that included threats of violence toward his family. Joan Becker encourages families to heed the warning signs, be persistent in seeking professional help for a loved one who is struggling, and don’t be embarrassed because the issue is mental illness. Becker noted no one would be embarrassed if the diagnosis was cancer.

“That is wrong, we should be able to talk about this and get support from our community, from our church family, and everybody out there,” Becker said. When someone in the audience asked how much has changed since the shooting, Becker said things have gotten a bit better but getting timely care for mental illness, especially for a family seeking help for an adult child, remains a struggle.

Following his conviction, Mark Becker was formally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. His mother said that the death of Thomas might have been avoided if her son could have gotten the help he needed in time. Joan Becker said Mark gets excellent care in prison and if she calls correctional officials saying her son seems to be slipping backward a bit, they’ll adjust medication or provide more counseling. That reaction was missing when the family sought help before the shooting death of the coach.

Joan Becker finished a book this year about her son’s struggles with undiagnosed mental illness and the family’s attempts to get help at the time. Her agent still is seeking a publisher. Becker has hopes her message will eventually find a wider audience.

(KCRG/Radio Iowa)

Tuesday Volleyball Results

Sports

October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • (3-0) Denison 25-25-25, Atlantic 22-9-13
  • (3-0) Creston 25-25-25, Shenandoah 17-16-23
  • (3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Glenwood 8-12-12
  • (3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, St. Albert 17-13-14
  • (3-0) St. Albert 25-25-25, Glenwood 18-17-15
  • (3-1) Lewis Central 25-21-27-28, Kuemper Catholic 23-25-25-26
  • (3-0) Red Oak 25-25-25, Clarinda 12-9-11

Western Iowa:

  • (3-0) Griswold 25-25-25, Logan-Magnolia 19-14-19
  • (3-0) Missouri Valley 25-25-25, A-H-S-T-W 9-14-7
  • (3-1) Treynor 12-25-25-25, Tri-Center 25-17-22-20

Rolling Valley:

  • (3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, Paton-Churdan 20-9-9
  • (3-0) Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-25-25, West Harrison 14-11-13
  • (3-0) Exira/EHK 25-25-25, Charter Oak-Ute 10-17-19

Others:

  • (3-1) Bedford 25-25-20-25, Southwest Valley 19-18-25-17
  • (3-1) Fremont-Mills 20-25-25-25, Sidney 25-20-17-18
  • (3-1) Guthrie Center 27-25-16-25, Earlham 25-21-25-19
  • (3-1) Mount Ayr 22-25-25-25, East Union 25-14-10-17
  • (3-1) Nodaway Valley 24-25-25-25, Lenox 26-22-19-9
  • (3-2) Stanton 25-25-22-27-15, East Mills 16-15-25-29-12
  • (3-0) Woodward-Granger 25-25-25, Panorama 14-10-12

NWS/KJAN listening area forecast: 10/8/14

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

358 AM CDT WED OCT 8 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. LOW AROUND 50. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S.

Iowans encouraged to get out and walk today (Wednesday)

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October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The effort to get people in the state moving to make them healthier continues today (Wednesday) with a fourth annual group walk. Delta Dental is one of the sponsors of the Healthiest State Initiative walk. Delta C-E-O Jeff Russell talked about the walk at the governor’s weekly meeting with reporters. “We believe the walk is a great way for Iowans to stay active and show their continuing support for the Healthiest State Initiative,” Russell says. “When you combine physical activity and good dental health, we believe Iowa can maintain momentum towards becoming the healthiest state in the nation.” Russell says they encourage Iowans to see a dentist and to do more walking.

“A visit to the dentist not only helps protect your dental health, but it can be used to detect more than 120 disease states throughout your body,” Russell says. Iowa Lottery C-E-O, Terry Rich, is the chairman of this year’s walk, and says there will be a wide variety of participants across the state. “The governor, legislators, staff, universities, businesses, churches, some political candidates and their supporters — heck we’ve even called out the National Guard in an effort to get everyone active,” Rich says.

The Iowa National Guard is mobilizing soldiers to lead families and residents in 1-K walks at 52 armories across the state. Rich says they’re asking everyone to log onto the Iowa-Healthiest-State-dot-com (www.IowaHealthiestState.com) website to sign up for the walk. “We believe we’ve probably already passed our goal of a half-million folks who will be walking Wednesday, but we’d love to have people register to kind of officially say that we did it,” Rich says. “So, if you will go to the website, we’d appreciate that obviously helping us out.”

Iowa has moved up from 19th to 10th on the health index that ranks the states. Governor Terry Branstad says obesity is the thing that’s keeping the state from moving higher. “It is one of our biggest challenges, and one of the real concerns is the increase in obesity among young people. So, this is one of the important challenges we are facing,” Branstad says. The governor says other states face the same problem with increasing obesity rates among children. “So, we’re trying to reverse that long-standing trend by getting people more active, by getting people not only to exercise, but also looking at their choices in terms of what they eat,” Branstad says, “encouraging more fruits and vegetables, protein, maybe reduce the amount of carbohydrates, things they can do. Got to get people to take ownership of their own health.”

The governor and lieutenant governor will lead a walk at the State Capitol. In addition, the Iowa Department of Public Health and County Health officials will be leading walks throughout Iowa and schools around the state are gathering students to walk as part of the “National Walk to School Day.”

(Radio Iowa)

UNI prepares for South Dakota

Sports

October 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

UNI coach Mark Farley says the Panthers need to do a better job of finishing drives and that was a factor in their loss at Indiana State in their Missouri Valley Football Conference opener. The Panthers dropped their conference opener a year ago and that began a five game losing skid. Farley does not think Saturday’s loss will linger. Farley says the Panthers need to be more consistent in the games. They fell behind 14-0 in the opening quarter at Indiana State.

UNI visits South Dakota on Saturday and the Coyotes are expected to regain the services of junior quarterback Kevin Earl. He passed for 370 yards in South Dakota’s overtime win in Cedar Falls last year. South Dakota coach Joe Glenn expects the game to go down to the wire.

The last two years have feature close games, including a South Dakota overtime victory in 2013. Like UNI, the Coyotes are 2-3 overall. South Dakota lost at Southern Illinois 41-10 last week.

(Learfield Sports)