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KLEM News PM Update February 22, 2011

Le Mars Community took first place in Class 3A and Gehlen Catholic was the second place winner in Class 1A Monday at the Lewis and Clark Jazz Festival. The festival was on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

Outstanding soloist awards went to Gehlen Catholic's Derek Probst, Michaela Bretey and John Chung. At Le Mars Community, the outstanding soloists are Andre Kelly, Kim Orhlund and Kristen Ahlers.

Directors Curt Orhlund and Paul Niebuhr both say the competition Monday was the best performance so far for their two jazz bands.

They'll compete at the University of South Dakota Jazz festival on March 17th.

Head-on collision claims life near Salix

(Salix)  One person is dead and another was treated at a Sioux City hospital after a head-on collision near Salix last night.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a car was traveling in the south in the northbound lane of Interstate 29 around 10:30. The car collided head-on with a pickup truck being driven north on the interstate by 23-year-old Ryan Marx of Sioux City.

Because the accident is still being investigated, the name of the driver of the car was not included in the preliminary Iowa State Patrol report.

Marx was injured and was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. He was treated and released.

Autopsy planned on body of a man found dead Monday

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Police found the body of a Le Mars man when they went to a Le Mars residence Monday morning.

Police issued written information that 44-year-old Matthew Schumacher was found dead at 420 Sixth Street Southwest. Police said they were asked to check on Schumacher. Their investigation indicates he had died of a gunshot wound that was self-inflicted.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny for an autopsy. Authorities say that is standard procedure.

Industry won't locate in Yankton

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Yankton's economic development director says the city has been eliminated as a potential site for a large food processing plant.

Mike Dellinger, in an Associated Press report said that the developers wanted more infrastructure in place than the city could immediately provide.

Details of the project haven't been released. The Yankton City Commission late last year described it as a $134 million project with an estimated annual payroll of more than $11 million.

Dellinger says it isn't unusual for cities to be knocked out of the running for business projects. Mayor David Knoff also says he never got his hopes up.

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


Iowa labor activists plan Statehouse rally

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of labor activists are planning a Statehouse rally to show support for Wisconsin public workers who are fighting efforts to end collective bargaining rights.

Danny Homan, who heads the largest union representing state workers, says Iowa activists organized Tuesday's rally at the last moment and don't expect a huge turnout. Though the rally is to support Wisconsin workers, Homan says more rallies may be staged to protest anti-union legislation advancing in the Iowa Legislature.

A measure in the Iowa House would change the state's collective bargaining law to end a requirement that health insurance be an issue that's bargained. Tama Republican Rep. Lance Horbach says most of the collective bargaining law would be retained.

Davenport man convicted of kidnapping, assault

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 35-year-old Davenport man faces sentencing March 17 for kidnapping and beating another man last March.

First Assistant Scott County Attorney Jerald Feuerbach (FOHR'-bahk) said Tuesday that James Salkil (SAHL'-kil) was convicted on Monday of first-degree kidnapping, assault and assault causing serious injury.

Salkil and two other men beat Anthony McFarland and left him in a ditch. One of the men told investigators that Salkil used a baseball bat on McFarland.

In Iowa, the mandatory penalty for first-degree kidnapping is life in prison.

University of Iowa prof quits; next trial in April

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A University of Iowa assistant professor who has been on paid leave since July 2008 while being prosecuted on assault and sex-abuse charges has resigned.

The university canceled disciplinary action against Toshiki Itoh after he resigned in a letter on Jan. 3.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the agreement between Itoh and the university says a university investigation concluded there was probable cause that Itoh had violated the school policy on violence and sexual harassment.

The resignation takes effect Wednesday.

Itoh was found guilty in October of two counts of assault on a female lab assistant in 2007. The jury could not agree on a verdict for a charge of sexual abuse, and Itoh is scheduled to be retried on that charge. Trial is set for April 11.

Ottumwa woman denies ID theft, forgery charges

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) A 30-year-old Ottumwa woman says she didn't steal the identity of a man who died last year.

Court documents say Latricia Marie Stevens has pleaded not guilty to charges of ongoing criminal conduct, identity theft and two counts of forgery.

The Ottumwa Courier says Stevens knew the man, Richard Luman, from her work as an in-home caregiver.

Authorities say Stevens got a credit card in his name, used his existing credit cards and forged checks on his bank account.

Court records say the alleged crimes occurred in May 2010, the same month Luman died.

Former Cedar Rapids fire chief calls city cheap

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Former Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Stephen Reid says he resigned last week because city leaders didn't support his department.

Reid tells The Gazette that the city council and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz didn't support his efforts to increase funding for training, equipment and college tuition reimbursement for firefighters. He says the city was cheap in supporting the needs of firefighters.

The 59-year-old Reid abruptly resigned Feb. 16 after nine months on the job.

Pomeranz says Reid asked for more than the city could afford in a ``strained'' financial situation. He says the city couldn't afford some of Reid's requests, including funds for a new ladder truck.

Reid also says he was ``raked over the coals'' for his ideas.

Reid has returned to his consulting firm in Myersville, Md.

Drake Rice named Valley newcomer of the week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake freshman Rayvonte Rice has been named the Missouri Valley's newcomer of the week.

Rice averaged 19.5 points and six rebounds in two games, earning his third newcomer of the week honor this season.

Rice had 17 points and nine boards in a loss to Missouri State. He added 22 points in a win over Detroit.

Rice leads the Bulldogs will 13.9 points per game and is just 23 points shy of breaking the school record for points by a freshman.

Drake hosts Evansville Tuesday night in its regular season home finale.

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