Friday Afternoon News, May 25th
Accident on Business 75
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department is investigating an auto accident that occurred at about 1:10 this afternoon. The accident, involving two cars, happened on Business Highway 75 in front of the Le Mars Truck Stop and Taco John's restaurant. Initial reports indicate a car was leaving the Taco John's parking lot and turned in front of the northbound car when the collision occurred. Airbags had deployed in both vehicles. Drivers of both vehicles were transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital with what was thought to be minor injuries.
Sioux City Police Searching for Sexual Assault Subject
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police received three separate reports of a male subject either entering or attempting to enter residences and attempting to sexually assault two juvenile females. The report occured in the 1100 block of west 4th street. The suspect was seen performing a lewd act on the front porch of a residence. Shortly thereafter, a report came from the 2000 block of Wall Street. The suspect entered an unlocked door and assaulted a juvenile female. The third incident occured a short time later in the 2600 block of South Alice Street. The suspect attempted to assault a juvenile female. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect is described as a very tall and slender African-American male. He is believed to be taller than 6 foot four inches. He was dressed in all dark clothing with his face partially covered. The Police is asking for the public's assistance with this case.
Northey Believes A Gas Tax Hike is Needed
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is in agreement with Governor Terry Branstad regarding now is the time for an increase in fuel taxes to help with road and bridge repairs. Northey says "it would seem" its time for an increase. Iowa's fuel tax has not witnessed an increase since 1989. Northey says he is afraid that we're seeing our infrastructure go backwards right now, at least with the current rates. Northey says folks, ten or twenty years from now are not going to thank us if we don't do our share. Some Republicans says they're not interested in raising any taxes, including the gas tax.
Hospital Stops Delivering Babies
IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa hospital says it's getting out of the baby business.
Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove says it will close its obstetrical unit on June 1. Patients expecting to deliver after that date are being given a list of nearby facilities.
The hospital board of trustees says the number of births at the hospital has been declining. Only one doctor at the hospital has been delivering babies.
Ida Grove is a city of about 2,100 residents in western Iowa's Ida County, which has around 7,100 residents. Floyd Valley Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin says the Le Mars hospital O-B unit is in good shape, but he understands how it is a struggle for some rural hospitals to maintain all of its services.
Donlin says the Floyd Valley Hospital has a goal to have at least 100 births each year. Donlin says once a hospital makes the decision to abandon the service, it may be difficult to re-introduce that service.
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