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KLEM News PM Update January 10, 2011

Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper says the department was out on the call at Lally's Restaurant for a very brief amount of time and the restaurant served customers at noon as usual.

A furnace motor at the Le Mars restaurant overheated which Schipper said produced a light haze.

Fire fighters were called around 9:45 Saturday morning.

Snowfall lingers in Siouxland

(DES MOINES)--The Sioux City area already has more than seven inches of new snow on the ground from the latest winter storm, which may drop nearly a foot on parts of the state. Jim Lee, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says much of western and central Iowa is under a Winter Weather Advisory through tomorrow.
Lee says this is an unusual snowfall event as it will be very prolonged, with snow falling perhaps 36 hours straight.

He says flakes started flying in Denison around noon on Sunday and it'll keep falling through the day and into tonight. Lee says snow totals will vary from county to county across Iowa.
Forecasters say northeast Iowa may only get a few inches of snow while parts of western and southwestern Iowa may get nine to 11-inches.

Central Iowa may get six to eight inches of snow. It should taper off before reaching eastern Iowa, which may get two to four inches. On the plus side, he says there shouldn't be any ice or high winds accompanying the storm, which would have made travel conditions much more hazardous. Lee says we may have a few days to dig out before more snow falls.

After the storm clears out, perhaps by Tuesday night, much of the rest of the week should be cold and clear, with the chance of another storm on Friday that may bring more snow and even colder air. Learn more at weather-dot-gov. (Radio Iowa)

Deadly rollover in Sac County

AUBURN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a rollover crash in northwest Iowa killed a 33-year-old woman and her unborn baby and injured a passenger.

A news release from the Sac County Sheriff's Office says Angela Rae Evers of Auburn lost control of her car while driving early Sunday morning on a rural road about a mile northeast of Auburn. The car went into a ditch and rolled end over end, coming to rest on its top.

The release says a deer hunter found Evers lying in a field a little before 7:40 on Sunday morning.

Evers' passenger, 24-year-old Nathan Lee Meister, was found near her. He was flown to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. His hometown was not known.

The sheriff's office says an autopsy has been scheduled.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Jurors should call next Monday, January 17

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty on Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p-m on Monday, January 17th to find out whether to report on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Legislature convenes for session focused on budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Legislature has convened for a session likely dominated by budget cutting to close a large shortfall.

The session that began Monday morning will have a different look from last year thanks to a huge turnover in the House, where Republicans now hold a 60-seat to 40-seat majority. Republicans also made Senate gains, but Democrats still hold a narrow majority.

In another change, four-term veteran Terry Branstad will return after a 12-year break. The Republican beat one-term Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in the November elections.

Although lawmakers are expected to focus on a shortfall in the next fiscal year of $500 million to $700 million, they also will consider other issues, including whether to seek the impeachment of Iowa Supreme Court justices who backed a gay marriage ruling.

Union Pacific train hits locomotive in Iowa

RALSTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say no injuries and only minimal damage are reported after a Union Pacific freight train hit a locomotive on the main tracks near a grain elevator in Ralston in western Iowa.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday when the locomotive ``rolled'' out of the elevator onto the main line. Davis says the locomotive is owned by the grain elevator.

Davis says the freight train, which was headed from Chicago to California, was hauling 76 cars full of vehicles. It was going about 20 mph, and there was no derailment.

Davis says there are two main tracks in the area, and train traffic is still moving.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines reported the collision.

Weather hinders search for small plane in Colorado

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) Ground crews are looking for a small plane that disappeared over the southern Colorado mountains, but bad weather has forced a search plane to turn back.

The search entered its second day on Monday.

The single-engine, six seat Piper Malibu took off from the Phoenix area on Sunday bound for Pueblo, Colo. The plane disappeared at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday after sending a distress signal when it was over the Sangre de Cristo mountains about 50 miles west of Pueblo.

The single-engine, six-seat Piper Malibu is registered to a Waterloo, Iowa, address. Authorities don't know how many people were on board or release any names.

The Civil Air Patrol says three fixed-wing airplane crews and an Army helicopter are available for the search if weather permits.

Trial begins for man charged in Marengo slaying

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Jury selection is under way in Davenport in the trial of man charged in the beating death of another man in eastern Iowa.

Jacob Hilgendorf, of Belle Plaine, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Curtis Bailey, of Marengo, in July 2009.

Hilgendorf's trial was moved from Iowa County to Scott County on a change of venue. Jury selection began Monday. KCRG-TV of Cedar Rapids says the trial is expected to last two weeks.

Hilgendorf's mother, Denise Frei, of Marengo, is also charged with first-degree murder in Bailey's death. Her trial is pending.

A third defendant, Jessica Dayton, of Belle Plaine, was convicted last April of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

UIHC to counties: Don't leave inmates unguarded

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A top administrator says the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is reminding county sheriffs to guard prisoners while they receive medical treatment after an inmate's high-profile escape last month.

UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean (jahn) Robillard (RO'-bee-yard) says hospital officials are in the business of treating patients, not guarding potentially dangerous inmates. He says counties will be instructed to leave guards with inmates who are sent to UIHC for treatment, which is the same process the Iowa Department of Corrections follows when it transports state prisoners to the hospital for care.

Robillard says inmate Anthony Koehlhoeffer left the hospital after Jefferson County deputies dropped him off for court-ordered treatment. Authorities say the 20-year-old went on an 18-hour crime spree that included several carjackings.

4 men still missing from Iowa halfway house

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) An Iowa official says four inmates who escaped from a halfway house in Davenport have not returned.

Jim Wayne is director of the 7th Judicial District, Iowa Department of Corrections. He said Monday that, to his knowledge, none of the four had been recaptured

He says the four are Iowa inmates required to stay at the halfway house as part of their probation.

All four were listed as escaped on Wednesday. He says three ducked out through a fire exit and one signed out for work but had called in sick to his employer.

Wayne says Dantarrius Harris and Deven White had been convicted of theft, and Austin Mitchell and Ontario Bester had been convicted on drug charges.

Iowa man charged in deadly motorcycle crash

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A Forest City man is charged with vehicular homicide in an accident that killed a motorcyclist in Mason City last summer.

The Globe Gazette of Mason City says James Bollinger is charged in the death of Tim Wurtzel, of Hanlontown. Bollinger was driving a car that allegedly crossed the center line of a highway and went into the path of Wurtzel's motorcycle on Aug. 13.

The Cerro Gordo County sheriff's office says an arrest warrant for Bollinger was issued on Jan. 6. He was booked in the county jail Sunday night on a $25,000 cash-only bond. There is no listing for Bollinger's case on the state's online court system. Jail officials didn't know if Bollinger had an attorney.
Child dies in northern Iowa

Child's death under investigation

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of a child in Eagle Grove in northern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says emergency crews were called to a home on Friday where they found 5-year-old Mikayla Valentine unresponsive. She was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City, where she died on Saturday.

Authorities on Monday say an autopsy is pending, but an investigation into the child's death is under way by state and local authorities.

No other information was immediately released.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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