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Vehicle break-in in Creston


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Creston, Iowa) – Officials with the Creston Police Department say a woman residing in the 1000 block of S. Sumner Street reported Wednesday, that someone had broken into her 2007 Kia Spectra. The victim said $25 in cash and her debit card was missing. The loss was estimated at $25, as of the latest report.

(8-a.m. News)

Open House Tonight for LaVon Eblen at Produce in the Park

Ag/Outdoor, Backyard and Beyond, News

June 30th, 2022 by Jim Field

Tomorrow, July 1, 2022 at 9:45 am, LaVon Eblen will air her final Backyard & Beyond program on KJAN.  To honor Lavon, we will be holding an open house event tonight, Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Produce in the Park from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Atlantic City Park.  Stop by and greet LaVon and pick up some free goodies.  In addition to her contributions at KJAN, LaVon has been a tireless volunteer in the community.  We wish her well and hope you stop by this evening!

Red Oak woman arrested on an Assault charge


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Red Oak, Iowa) – Police in Red Oak, Wednesday evening, arrested a woman on an assault charge. 40-year-old Shannon Elisa Lecinski, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 200 block of S. 2nd Street at around 6:52-p.m. She was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense. Lecinski was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Accident in Pott. County leads to 3-hours manhunt & 2 arrests


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) – A collision Wednesday evening near Council Bluffs resulted in two people fleeing the scene and their arrest three-hours later, after a manhunt. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2019 Chevy Corvette driven by 52-year-old Stephen Hakes of Erie, Colorado, was traveling in the right lane at interstate speeds on I-80 near mile marker 9.85.

A 2019 Dodge Durango, driven by 49-year-old William Burch, III, of Hernando, Florida, was traveling at excessive speed and rear-ended that Corvette.The Durango came to rest in front of the car.

When Hakes approached Burch and his passenger in the SUV, both fled the scene. Authorities say the Durango was confirmed stolen. After an extensive search for the occupants of the SUV, the passenger, 45-year-old Shyla Solar, of Hernado, FL, and Hakes, were transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, in Council Bluffs, with Solar being transported by Underwood Rescue, and Hakes transported by Council Bluffs Police.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies assisted in handling the incident.


2 separate fatal accidents in southern Iowa: 1 man and 1 child died


June 30th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Decatur County, Iowa) – Two separate incidents in southern Iowa have claimed two lives. The Iowa State Patrol on Tuesday, released the name of a man who died in a UTV accident at around 6:15-p.m., Tuesday. Authorities say 46-year-old Brian C. Kitt, of Ankeny, died after the 20111 Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicle he was operating overturned when it went out of control in a hay field. Kitt was ejected and died from his injuries at the Decatur County Hospital.

The second accident happened at around 6:52-p.m. Wednesday. The State Patrol says 41-year-old Justin Andrew Miller, of Leon, was operating a front-end loader that had just retrieved a round hay bale from the east ditch of Lineville Road. The bale had fallen off a truck and trailer. When the loader the loader turned into a private drive on Lineville Road, it struck a 6-year-old child, who died at the Decatur County Hospital. The child’s name was not immediately released.

Des Moines Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Criminal HIPAA Violations


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Des Moines, Iowa – A Des Moines man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison following his pleas of guilty to two counts of a federal indictment charging conspiracy to  wrongfully obtain and disclose individually identifiable health information, and wrongfully  obtaining individually identifiable health information.

According to court documents, Dustin James Ortiz, 49, conspired with a then employee of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Des Moines to obtain individually identifiable health information of an individual which were maintained by the VAMC. The records Ortiz sought to and did obtain pertained to the victim’s mental health conditions and medications. Ortiz obtained this information without authorization required by law. Ortiz then disclosed the records to a third party. Because the conduct involved the intent to transfer and use the health information for personal gain and malicious harm, it was a felony under federal law.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that requires standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.

In addition to the 27-month term of imprisonment, the Court ordered the payment of $2,000 in restitution, and a 3-year term of supervised release to follow the prison sentence. “Our office is committed to giving real meaning to HIPAA’s right-to-privacy protections,” said United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal. “HIPAA-covered entities should continue to
remind everyone that the privacy provisions of HIPAA are important and have significant consequences if violated.”

“Unlawfully obtaining and releasing veterans’ health records will not be tolerated,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory Billingsley with Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s Central Field Office. “This breaches the integrity of the VA healthcare system and is an egregious violation of privacy.”

The co-defendant, a former employee of the VAMC, is set for sentencing on August 4, 2022. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General investigated the case

Former Dubuque Catholic schools employee sentenced to prison for theft


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The former technology director at a private Catholic school in eastern Iowa is sentenced to more than three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars. Fifty-year-old Todd Wessels of Dubuque pleaded guilty in November to one once of wire fraud. He admitted that when he was the technology director for the Holy Family Catholic Schools he purchased prepaid debit cards. Wessels then transferred the balances on the cards to his personal account.

He admitted he used more than 500-thousand dollars for things like food and travel expenses for himself and his family. The school district was experiencing financial difficulties and closing a number of schools as a result. Wessels was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay more than 503-thousand dollars in restitution and nearly four-thousand dollars in the district’s legal expenses.

Governor plans to reassess after Iowa courts rule on two abortion-related matters


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Governor Kim Reynolds says she has to pursue legal options on two abortion-related laws that were challenged in court before deciding whether to call legislators back in special session to pass abortion restrictions.

“Right now it wouldn’t do any good to call a special session,” Reynolds said late this morning. “This is the route that we need to take. We’ve got two laws in place and so we’re going to move forward with that. We’ll wait to see what the ruling is…and then we’ll reassess after that point.”

Reynolds signed a bill into law in 2018 that would forbid abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually the sixth week of a pregnancy, but it never took effect due to a court injunction. She’s asking the courts to remove that block.

“We have the ‘heartbeat bill’ on the books and so let’s lift the injunction and let’s make that, you know, a law that it is and so we’re going to start with that,” Reynolds said. “We’re going to ask the Supreme Court to rehear the case and we’re also going to ask the district court to lift the injunction and we’ll take it from there.”

Reynolds faced a Friday deadline to file her requests with the court.
She’s asking the Iowa Supreme Court to revise its recent ruling that upheld a 24-week waiting period for abortions. Reynolds is making the legal argument that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v Wade should make it more difficult to challenge Iowa laws that restrict abortion in the future.

“We’ll see what happens,” Reynolds said. “We’ll go through the system and, based on what the outcomes are from that, we’ll take our next steps.”

Reynolds, who spoke with reporters in Belmond before a meeting in th community’s hospital, said the timeline for resolving her legal requests on abortion policy is up to the court.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has declined to represent the state in these matters. The governor has hired former Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren to argue the cases. Ostergren most recently represented Republicans challenging Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s nominating petitions.

One of the Midwest’s largest car shows is coming to Iowa


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – For Iowans who love glistening paint, shiny chrome and loud engines, one of the Midwest’s largest car shows will take over the Iowa State Fairgrounds this holiday weekend. Stephanie Schoennagel, spokeswoman for the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, says this will mark the 31st annual Heartland Nationals in Des Moines.

“We’re expecting over 5,000 cars to come from about 15 different states,” Schoennagel says. “This is one of our biggest shows that we put on throughout the year and right now we’re pacing to beat last year, and last year was a record-breaking year for us so we’re really excited to come back to Iowa State Fairgrounds.” The event will feature custom hot rods, muscle cars, restored classics and trucks from way back in the 1920s up through 1997 — as 1997-model cars are now considered “classics”.

“That is new for this year. It’s a way for us to open our gates to a new generation of vehicle and then hopefully a new generation of automotive enthusiast,” Schoennagel says. “It’s a 25-year rolling cut-off so that’s going continue to change. So next year, we’ll open our gates to 1998, but yeah, it is kind of hard and crazy to think that 25 years is considered classic.” In addition to the thousands of stunning vehicles on display, other attractions include a remote-control car demo, the Central Iowa Railroad Club miniature train museum, and a “twilight cruise” down historic Grand Avenue.

“We’ll have live autocross racing action all weekend long. We’ll have the Burnout Competition on Saturday, Nitro Thunder Fest lighting off all weekend long. We’ll have the fireworks display taking place Saturday night. We’ll have fun stuff for the kids, the Good Gals Gallery, it’s really a fun, family-friendly event.”

The event runs Friday through Sunday.

Griswold man faces OWI & weapon charges


June 29th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – A call for service Tuesday evening in Griswold resulted in a brief pursuit and an arrest. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says Deputies arrested 48-year-old Christopher Putnam, of Griswold, on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Carrying a Weapon While Intoxicated, Eluding and Interference with Official Acts.

During an investigation resulting from the call for service, Putnam entered a vehicle and drove away from Deputies.  A short, normal speed pursuit ensued.  Eventually, Putnam complied, was detained and transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked and held.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Atlantic Police Department.