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KLEM PM News Update March 11, 2011

Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo reports Brodie Spink of Kingsley was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with life threatening injuries.

Authorities determined Spink was driving southwest on county road K-42 when he lost control and the S-U-V went into the ditch . The vehicle rolled several times and Spink was ejected. Information on his condition is not yet available from the Sioux City hospital.

Two passengers, Austin Lohse of Pierson and Zoey Puhl of Kingsley, were taken to Mercy to be treated for minor injuries.

According to Van Otterloo, alcohol and seat belt use are suspected to be factors in the accident reported around 12:45 this morning.

The accident is still being investigated.

(LE MARS)---A maize of lanes may be less confusing for drivers in southwest Le Mars.

Bids will be opened by the Iowa Department of Transportation on April 19th for improvements to intersections on Lincoln and Lake from Fourth Street Southwest to 24th Street. City administrator Scott Langel says there will be paving changes at the intersections.

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In discussing the project, Council members asked city staff to pursue changes that would help drivers through the intersection of 12th Street Southwest and Business Highway 75.

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Public works staff and the city administrator are reviewing signage or traffic signal computer chip changes needed for the cycling of the traffic signals to make traffic flow easier. The Council concerns are separate from the intersection project and will not delay the project.

(LE MARS)--A citywide mission for Lent is beginning in Le Mars.

Jason Larson chairs the Le Mars Ministerial Association which is coordinating the Soles4Souls shoe collection. The effort by the ministerial association is designed to get soles from closets to the souls around the world who are barefoot.

Larson says throughout city churches and businesses, boxes are being placed to collect all types of shoes--both pairs and singles. The collection continues until April 25th.

The ministerial association effort will help Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon which is gathering shoes from northwest Iowa for the national ministry of Soles4Souls.

(SIOUX CITY)--The sounds of the stars of the '60s are a tribute performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City next month.

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"The Rat Pack is Back!" features singer/actors portraying show business legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, Joey Bishop and Dean Martin.The swing music is completed with a 12-piece live orchestra . Tickets for the April 28th performance are available now.

The presentation is part of the Jam Theatricals' series at the Orpheum.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A new trial to determine damages has been ordered for a Nebraska woman who had sued over a strip search at the Woodbury County Jail in Iowa.

A federal jury had awarded Maureen Rattray more than $250,000. Rattray, of South Sioux City, had alleged the search violated her rights. It occurred in August 2006 after a drunken-driving arrest.

In an appeal, the defendants asked the judge to reduce the award or order a new trial to determine the amount.

Judge Mark Bennett said his ruling doesn't mean he thinks the award should be cut. He says the jury initially issued their verdict in an incorrect format. Bennett says the jury's second verdict a few minutes later dramatically increased the amount for emotional distress.

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

(Sioux Falls/National Weather Service)-- AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH...WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE WEST AND BECOME STRONG AVERAGING 25 TO 40 MPH. THERE IS A WIND ADVISORY IN AFFECT FOR EXTREME SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA...EXTREME NORTHEAST NEBRASKA...AND THE SIOUX CITY AREA BEGINNING AT 3 PM TODAY. HOWEVER THE STRONG WINDS WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT THIS AREA THROUGH
THE EARLY AFTERNOON. THE WIND ADVISORY CONTINUES UNTIL THREE TOMORROW MORNING.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa House has approved a bill that overhauls the state's collective bargaining law and reduces workers' negotiating rights.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is not expected to pass. Republicans who support the bill control the House, while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

The measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward the cost of their health care and would not allow them to negotiate layoff procedures.

Backers say the measure is needed to cut costs, while critics say it's part of a national assault on public employee unions.

The House voted along party lines to approve the bill 56 to 39. Democrats in the Senate say they have no intention of allowing debate on it.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Sherrill woman accused of trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband has made a plea to a lesser charge.

Elizabeth Behnke  was charged with attempted murder. On Thursday, Behnke made an Alford plea to a charge of solicitation to commit murder.

Under an Alford plea, the 45-year-old Behnke didn't admit guilt but agreed that evidence likely existed for a conviction.

Last month Behnke was ruled competent to stand trial, which was to begin on Monday. Her sentencing is set for April 25.

Authorities say Behnke had been wrangling with her ex-husband over a child-custody issue. She was accused of trying to hire someone to break into his home and pour homemade poison into a jug of his milk.

The ``hit man'' was an undercover officer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines business college dormitory director faces a federal child pornography charge.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kent Oman (OH'-muhn) has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. He's accused of using a hidden camera to shoot photographs and videos of girls and boys using a bathroom in his dorm apartment.

AIB College of Business lists Oman on its website as director of Fenton Hall. Oman has been placed on unpaid leave.

Federal officials had been tipped to an online alias ``thegamereaper'' who was sharing child pornography. Court documents say the alias was traced to Oman in December.

Documents say Oman had pornographic videos involving children recorded between January 2001 and July 2010.

Oman remains in custody. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) A Washington County jury has acquitted a 19-year-old Washington man charged with of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash that left three people dead in 2009.

The Washington Evening Journal says the verdict was returned Thursday for Andrew Brock.

Prosecutors say Brock was driving too fast on a gravel road and failed to halt at a stop sign on May 23, 2009. His pickup slammed into a sport utility vehicle, pushing it into the path of a semitrailer.

The SUV burst into flames. Two people in the SUV died. A passenger in Brock's pickup died later of his injuries.

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities are accusing a 38-year-old northeast Iowa woman of child endangerment, saying she didn't seek immediate medical help for her daughter who overdosed on prescription medication.

Fayette County sheriff's deputies arrested Terra Rupright, of Arlington. Officials say Rupright knew her 14-year-old had overdosed but waited more than an hour to get medical help. The girl is in critical condition at University of Iowa Hospitals.

A jailer said Rupright remained in custody on Friday. Online court records don't list the case. Rupright's attorney from a 2010 case did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

New damages trial ordered over Iowa strip search

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A new trial to determine damages has been ordered for a Nebraska woman who had sued over a strip search at the Woodbury County Jail in Iowa.

A federal jury had awarded Maureen Rattray (RAT'-tray) more than $250,000. The South Sioux City woman had alleged the search violated her rights. It occurred in August 2006 after a drunken-driving arrest.

In an appeal, the defendants asked the judge to reduce the award or order a new trial to determine the amount.

Sioux City television station KTIV reported that Judge Mark Bennett said his ruling doesn't mean he thinks the award should be cut. He says the jury initially issued their verdict in an incorrect format. Bennett says the jury's second verdict a few minutes later dramatically increased the amount for emotional distress.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is ready to demolish a nearly 100-year-old building that was originally built by the state as a place to isolate tuberculosis patients.

Officials say Oakdale Hall on the UI Research Park campus will be hit with a wrecking ball Friday morning, weather permitting. The total demolition will take two to three weeks.

The state built Oakdale Hall as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients in 1917. The university took over the property in 1965 and has used it for a variety of programs.

The building housed the State Hygienic Laboratory until December. University officials say they can save millions in maintenance and energy costs by tearing it down and relocating occupants elsewhere.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A traveling museum exhibit about Iowans and the Civil War will make a stop in Des Moines next month.

The exhibit, ``The Fiery Trial: Iowa and the Civil War'' will be housed in a 32-foot trailer and will be part of the State Historical Museum's ``History on the Move'' program that serves Iowa residents in their communities. It will open April 12 in conjunction with activities commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The State Historical Museum launched the ``History on the Move'' program two years ago with a traveling exhibit about Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Iowa. That exhibit served nearly 25,000 Iowa residents last year.

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

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