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KLEM News - August 13, 2011

Heather Blom, age 40, and her husband, Donald Blom, age 42 were charged with possession of products to manufacture a controlled substance, a class D felony; possession of a controlled substance,--methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor; unlawful purchase of pseudoe-phed-rine, a serious midemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, simple midemeanor; and child endangerment.

(LeMars) -- Schools will soon be starting across the region and the Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency has scheduled a meeting for Monday at LeMars.  The NWAEA wants to make certain all the schools within the region are prepared for the start of the new school year. School transportation agreements, as well as a review of new superintendants for schools will be discussed.

Branstad wants more time to appeal flood aid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has asked for
more time to appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency to reject flood aid to five counties along the Missouri
Branstad requested an extension on Friday.
FEMA notified the state on Aug. 5 that activation of the Federal
Individual Assistance Program for Fremont, Harrison, Monona,
Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties was denied. The program helps
owners, renters and businesses, providing grants and loans to help
them recover.
Iowa has 30 days to appeal. Since the Missouri River is slowly
receding, Branstad has asked FEMA for an extension until Nov. 15 so
it can include damages that surface after the 30-day deadline.

Flooding undermines I-29 bridge in Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials say flooding
along the Missouri River is threatening a bridge on Interstate 29
in Fremont County and could delay efforts to reopen the highway
once the water recedes.
The Department of Transportation says Friday that the rushing
water has undermined the south bridge approaches of the dual bridge
near Hamburg. The bridge is over a stream, which grew to a river
this summer.
Officials say the full extent of the damage isn't known because
the water is still rushing under the bridge. The agency says,
however, pavement has collapsed and piling that supports the bridge
is partially exposed, which means it's no longer embedded in the
river bottom.

No injuries in Omaha bank robbery

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police are searching for a man who robbed a
bank in Omaha.
The holdup at the Wells Fargo Bank happened about 2 p.m. on
Friday. No weapon was seen by witnesses and no injuries were
Police say the man fled the scene in a white Kia Optima with
Iowa license plate tags 772 TFF.

Man commits suicide at Cherokee County jail

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man being held on
assault charges committed suicide at the Cherokee County jail in
According to the Sioux City Journal, the
sheriff's office says 20-year-old Daniel Beener died Thursday.
Officials released no details about his death.
Beener was being held on aggravated assault charges. The
newspaper says courts records show Beener was accused of shoving a
table into two health care providers at the Cherokee Mental Health
Institute on July 31. He also allegedly stuck an employee and bit
another one.
Beener was placed in the facility in early July after a Polk
County judge ordered him to enroll in a program to help restore his
competency to stand trial on assault and arson charges.

(Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com)

Iowa City teen killed in mo-ped accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say a teenager died
after she lost control of her mo-ped and hit a tree.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://bit.ly/nkEIon) says
17-year-old Caroline Found, of Iowa City, died Thursday night.
Police believe Found lost control of her mo-ped on a city street
when she failed to negotiate a curve. She struck a curb and then
hit a tree in the median.
Found would have been a senior at West High School this year.

(Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/)


Des Moines police placing speed cameras on I-235

- Des Moines police say they will install
speed cameras along Interstate 235 that after a month's grace
period will issue citations to motorists traveling more than 10
miles per hour over the limit.
The cameras will be installed Aug. 22 on the freeway between
56th Street and Polk Boulevard. They will track motorists in the
four eastbound lanes, where the speed limit is 60 miles per hour.
For 30 days the system will send out warnings, then police will
issue fines of $65 for those traveling 71 to 75 mph and $75 for
those going 76 to 80 miles per hour. Fines will increase for those
who travel even faster.

Romney defends corporation comment in NH

- Mitt Romney says his recent comment in
Iowa that "corporations are people" was not a mistake.
Speaking to reporters after a New Hampshire reception Friday
night, the former Massachusetts governor said it was astonishing
that President Barack Obama doesn't feel the same way.
Romney repeated several times that "businesses are people." He
asked whether Democrats believed they were perhaps little men from
The comments came at Romney's first public appearance since
Thursday's Iowa debate. Earlier that day, he first made the comment
about corporations to a heckler at a state fair.
Asked about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race,
Romney said he could make it a more interesting contest. He vowed
to work for Perry, or any other Republican, should he not win the
nomination himself.

Cedar Rapids man found guilty on heroin charge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A federal jury has found a Cedar
Rapids man guilty of distributing heroin that led to an overdose
Prosecutors say a jury found 35-year-old Samuel Ford guilty on
two counts of distribution of controlled substances on Thursday. He
had previously been convicted on 10 felony drug offenses in Cook
County, Illinois.
Prosecutors say in February he gave someone heroin who died
after injecting it. He was arrested in March after distributing
heroin and crack cocaine to an undercover agent.
Prosecutors say Ford also distributed heroin and crack cocaine
within 1,000 feet of a local elementary school and Coe College in
Cedar Rapids.

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

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