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KLEM News Update March 12, 2011

Tuesday the City Council considers a staff recommendation for the three remaining, unused buildings. They are Kime Science Center, Charles Mock Library and Centennial Dormitory.

Centennial, the dormitory nearest to the Le Mars Convention Center was slated for demolition last year. The new staff recommendation is salvage the building and prepare it to be razed in 2012. Kime would be demolished in 2014 and the library's demise would be in 2016.

Staff is also recommending the Council schedule a walk-through of the Centennial Dorm. Also recommended is a "Last Time" notice to prospective buyers and the public of the city's plan to remove the buildings, if they are not sold.

The Council meeting is at noon Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

(ORANGE CITY)--Sioux County's Emergency Managment Coordinator is encouraging awareness about the potential for flooding next month.

Deputy Nate Huizinga  says the concern is along the Big Sioux River.

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Planning is the focus the Emergency Management Coordinator has.

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Huizenga suggests monitoring National Weather Service and Sheriff's office information.

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The current National Weather Service prediction is that the Big Sioux River will exceed flood stage around April first.

(SIOUX CITY) -- Le Mars artists will join with others from Siouxland to display their work at the Siouxland Artists 2011 Show and Competition. The show kicks off with an opening night reception Tuesday, March 15th at The Gallery, located in the atrium of Sioux City's Clarion Hotel.

Le Mars resident and watercolorist Jean Weiner, chairs The Gallery board, which is made up of 10 local artists. She says that The Gallery houses a variety of art for sale.

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For Tuesday's show and competition, similar types of art will be available, there will just be more of it. Weiner says that numerous artists will have 65 pieces on display that will be judged by nationally recognized artist Darren Mauer.

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The opening night reception of the Siouxland Artists 2011 Show is Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30 to 8pm. Jean Weiner and Glenda Drennan, both from LeMars, will displaying their work. For more information visit: (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM)

(ORANGE CITY)--Two Boyden men face felony charges are authorities received a tip that they were working illegally at a Boyden business.

Thirty-four-year-old Javier Marquez-Ortiz and 48-year-old Jose Garrido-Rodriguez are each charged with identity theft and forgery.

After information was provided to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office through the text-a-tip program, the sheriff's department investigated and said the men each gained employment at Sparboe Food Corporation using someone else's identity.

Information about their arrest Wednesday was released by the Sheriff's Office Friday.

(SPENCER)--An Arnolds Park man is accused of using someone else's name to charge fuel more than 60 times.

The Spencer Police Department charged 39-year-old Matthew Melvin Simons with felony theft and three charges of forgery.

Investigators say between January of last year and February of this year, Simons charged more than two-thousand dollars in fuel at a Spencer gas station by using another person's name. He is accused of using a business charge account without consent.

He was arrested Thursday in Fostoria by the Dickinson County Sheriff's office after a warrant for his arrest had been issued

 Iowa House passes collective bargaining bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill cleared by the Iowa House to reduce public employees' collective bargaining rights isn't likely to make it through the Senate.

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 58 to 38. Four representatives did not vote.

Senate Democrats say they have no intention of allowing debate on it.

No injuries in chemical spill in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Officials say no one was injured in a collision that caused a chemical spill in Fort Dodge, but authorities are monitoring the Des Moines River.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge says the spill happened Thursday afternoon when a tanker truck hauling an ammonia solution collided with a van at an intersection. Police say as the truck swerved, the tank hit a boom mounted on top of the van, tearing a 1-foot long gash in the tank.

Fire Department Capt. Steve Hergenreter says some of the chemical, commonly used as fertilizer, entered the storm sewers and flowed to the river before emergency crews arrived. He says state environmental officials found high levels of ammonia in the river Thursday night, creating the possibility that fish would be killed.

Information from: The Messenger,

Woman dies in tractor accident in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police have identified a woman who died in a tractor accident.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says police on Friday say 23-year-old Rochelle Perry, of Waterloo, died after she lost control of the tractor, which hit a utility pole and then rolled on its side. She was trapped and died at the scene.

Police say Perry was driving a 2010 John Deere tractor from one John Deere site to another when the accident occurred Thursday afternoon on the edge of a golf course.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

2 investment advisers charged with theft in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Two investments advisers have been charged with allegedly misappropriating money from investors in Iowa.

Noah Aulwes, the owner of Covenant Advisors in Cedar Rapids, was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft, securities fraud, money laundering and fraudulent practices. James Bernard Kayser was charged with ongoing criminal conduct and theft.

A criminal complaint obtained by The Gazette alleges that Aulwes misappropriated about $200,000 of investors' funds for his personal benefit and to make ``Ponzi-type'' payments to other investors.

Aulwes and Kayser are accused of misappropriating $20,000 received from a client for the purchase of an annuity.

They are set to be arraigned March 24. A message left at Covenant was not immediately returned, and it was not clear whether they had attorneys.

Information from: The Gazette,

Sentencing delayed in crash that injured girl

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sentencing has been delayed for a Des Moines man who pleaded guilty to running over a teenager at a city park last year.

Fifty-five-year-old Joel Simpson was charged with hitting 14-year-old Melissa Ann Robinson, of Des Moines, last June. The car then dragged Robinson, who was severely injured.

Simpson pleaded guilty last month in Polk County District Court to serious injury by vehicle by operating while under the influence of a controlled substance; a third offense of operating under the influence of alcohol or drug and two counts of driving while barred as a habitual offender.

The Des Moines Register reports that Simpson was set to be sentenced Friday. But judge Glenn Pille postponed the matter until March 29 to allow consideration of legal issues related to the sentencing.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

Davenport lawyer named to district court bench

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Davenport lawyer has been named a district court judge in the 7th Judicial District by Gov. Terry Branstad.

A news release from the governor's office on Friday says 52-year-old John Telleen (tuh-LEEN') lives in LeClaire.

Telleen received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and practices with the firm of Lane Waterman.

The 7th Judicial District covers Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Cedar and Muscatine counties in eastern Iowa.

Iowa Court reverses habitual offender sentence

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a man's prison sentence, ruling he was wrongly sentenced as a habitual offender.

David Bruce was found guilty in Black Hawk County on delivery of methamphetamine and sex abuse charges. The charges carried a sentence of no more than 30 years in prison. After the verdict, prosecutors amended the charges to include tougher sentences because of Bruce's prior criminal record and he was sentenced in 2009 to 60 years in prison as a habitual offender.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that filing the amended charges after the verdict was improper.

Bruce's attorney, Mark Smith, says the decision changes the law, which was the goal of Bruce's appeal.

Assistant Attorney General Kevin Cmelik says Friday's decision forces prosecutors to seek habitual offender status before trial begins.

Washington County man acquitted in crash deaths

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.

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

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