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9AM Newscast 08-16-2011

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August 16th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 08-16-2011

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August 16th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/Ric Hanson

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24-hour rainfall totals in & near Atlantic…(updated 10:30-a.m.)

News, Weather

August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Thanks to all who reported their rainfall to us here at KJAN, via the phone and thru Facebook! We appreciate the information 🙂

As of 7-a.m. (the 24-hour reporting cycle)…..

In Atlantic, at the KJAN studios (official NWS reporting site) = 3.00-inches

In Lewis, nearly 2.oo-inches (listener report)

Near Hamlin, 1.5-inches (listener Facebook report)

N. of Marne, 3.9-inches (listener report)

In Massena (official spotter) = 3.6-inches

Near I-80/Hwy 71 = 4.1-inches (reported by a resident)

Harlan = 1.8-inches

Audubon = 1.7-inches (Mayor Sam Kauffman reporting)

Heavy rain early this morning (8-16-11)

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Heavy rain has fallen here in Atlantic, this morning,. The heaviest shower and thunderstorm activity occurred between 2:30- and 5-a.m.  As of 6-a.m, here at the KJAN studios, we had received 2.8-inches of rain. Light to moderate rain continues to fall.

Arthritis water class cancelled in Atlantic

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Today’s (Tuesday’s) 10-a.m. Arthritis water class at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic, has been cancelled.

Northey: state needs rain for Iowa crops

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says much of the state is dry and in need of rain as the quality of the corn crop dipped slightly. Northey released his weekly crop report Monday saying corn was in 67 percent good to excellent condition, down slightly from last week and 1 percentage point behind the average. Soybeans were in 70 percent good to excellent condition.

Northey says the big issue for Iowa is the need for rain. Topsoil moisture was 46 percent short or very short with 52 percent adequate and 2 percent at a surplus. Subsoil moisture was 36 percent short or very short, 62 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Northey August is a critical month for soybean development and some timely rain would be beneficial.

Fire destroys Bluffs school’s properties

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August 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A fire over the weekend at an office trailer and separate storage facility owned by the Council Bluffs Community School District has been deemed “suspicious” in nature.

The fire on the property located near the Wilson Middle School and the City of Council Bluffs-owned Pirate Cove Water Park was reported at around 3:30-a.m., Sunday.

Council Bluffs Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Dan Busch said the fire started in the office trailer. The flames also damaged equipment and supplies in the nearby storage shed, including two John Deere mowers, a front-end loader, a Gator utility vehicle, a walk-behind mower and a number of blowers and weed eaters, as well as painting equipment and supplies. School district officials estimated the damages at more than $100,000.

Busch told the Omaha World-Herald that, while the cause of the fire was still under investigation, it appeared suspicious in nature. He said they’re asking the community for any information they may have with regard to the blaze. A $15,000 reward is available through the Arson Hotline at 800-532-1459.

Friday’s football game between Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson will go on as scheduled at the stadium. Buildings and grounds foreman Joseph Smith said anything damaged in the storage shed that will be needed for the game — number markers and pylons — have already been ordered and should be received by tomorrow (Wednesday).

Authorities ID plane crash victims in Iowa

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August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died in the crash of a small plane near the Des Moines River in central Iowa.

The state medical examiner’s office on Monday said 67-year-old Timothy Griffith, of West Des Moines, and 52-year-old Kendall Belz, of Johnston, died in Saturday’s crash near Madrid . Officials say they died of multiple blunt force injuries.

The vintage World War II plane went down in a remote area that was only accessible by boat or helicopter. The plane took down some high-power transmission lines when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Corning man arrested on OWI charge

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August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports a Corning man was arrested Saturday on a couple of charges. 56-year old Jeff E. Mendenhall was taken into custody at around 11:40-p.m., on charges of Speeding/79-in a 55-mile per hour zone, and OWI/2nd offense.

Mendenhall was transported to the Taylor County Jail, and held pending a court appearance.

Atlantic Police report: 3 arrests & 2 accidents

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August 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report two Atlantic residents were arrested Sunday. 37-year old Christopher Brown was charged with OWI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 22-year old Brittiny Sampson was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Willful Injury causing Serious Injury. Brown and Sampson were booked into the Cass County Jail. And, 27-year old Travis Sandbothe, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday, on a Cass County warrant for Willful Injury causing Serious Injury. He was also booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, the A-PD recently investigated two accidents. Officials say Robert Mailander, of Anita, was cited Friday for Failure to Maintain Control, failure to reduce speed, and for striking an unattended vehicle. Officials say a Semi tractor-trailer driven by David Sanders, of Carroll, was traveling west in the 600 block of 7th Street and had signaled to make a right turn into alley. A vehicle driven by Mailander was traveling west behind the semi, and proceeded to swing out into the center lane to make the turn, when he failed to stop for the turning semi. The P-D says Mailander’s vehicle hit the semi before hitting a legally parked vehicle registered to Joseph Wilder, of Little River, South Carolina. Damage from the accident, which happened at around 8-a.m. Friday, amounted to $20,000.

The other accident happened at around 4:30-p.m Saturday, at 6th and Cedar Streets. Officials say Linda Kelly, of Atlantic, was cited for striking an unattended vehicle, after the vehicle she was driving collided with a legally parked vehicle registered to Don Christensen, of Atlantic. The mishap occurred as Kelly was backing out of a private driveway. Damage from the collision amounted to $3,000.