Be Safe on the Farm
At Dickens, Iowa, the accident resulted in a fatality, and fortunately, at Ankeny, the victim was able to be rescued and survived. Today is the start of National Farm Safety Week, and LaVonne Galles of Agri-Safe of Plymouth County, a part of the Floyd Valley Hospital, reminds farmers that agriculture ranks as one of the most dangerous occupations. She says it doesn't take long before you may be trapped in flowing grain.
Galles recommends farmers and grain elevator employees to stay out of the bin, but if you must go in, take the necessary safety precautions, and always have somebody there to watch.
COLWELL, Iowa (AP) - A 60-year-old Charles City man was fatally injured at an excavation site near Colwell in northeast Iowa. The Floyd County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Dennis Knecht. Rescuers were sent to the site about 4:20 p.m. Saturday. They found Knecht trapped under a skid loader. They attempted to revive him, and Knecht was taken to Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City, The sheriff's office says Knecht died at the hospital. The accident cause is being investigated.
(LeMars) -- LeMars city council has scheduled a public hearing for tomorrow during their regularly held meeting regarding the proposed new automated water meters. The new water meters are the first phase in updating and expanding the city's water system. That public hearing is scheduled for 12:00 noon at the city council chambers.
(LeMars) -- LeMars Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff's office have made four arrests as a result of a traffic stop that turned into a methamphetamine drug bust. A deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 3 and noticed inside the car were items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. An investigation was conducted and search warrants were then issued. As a result of the investigation, arrests were made to Theodore Recker of LeMars for the possession of methamphetamine, third offense which is a class D felony, and for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony. Also arrested were Rebecca Lopez of LeMars, Henry Groendyk of Sioux City, and Stephanie Wadell of LeMars. Each were charged with the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony. All four were taken into custody at the Plymouth County jail.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's taking longer to solve some crimes and prosecute some criminals in Iowa because of a backlog at the state crime lab. The staffing has dropped more than 10 percent since 2006, to 49 lab staffers and criminalists. But over the same time period, the workload has increased. The case assignments rose to nearly 15,500 by June 30, this year compared with nearly 13,900 by June 30, 2006. Bruce Reeve is the laboratory administrator. He says the staffing is just the reality his agency must deal with, like any other state agency. Des Moines Police Detective David Smith says evidence in crimes against people, such as murder or robbery, often take precedence over property crimes, such as burglary.
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