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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 15

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

(Le Mars) -- May is recognized as mental health awareness month and the Plains Area Mental Health Center located in Le Mars held a noon luncheon for city and county officials on Tuesday calling attention to the ever expanding need for mental health care.  Patrick Schmitz, the executive director of the local mental health clinic says the latest statistics indicate that one of every four Iowans need some type of mental health assistance.  He says many times people have the wrong idea when discussing mental health.
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He says efforts within the mental health industry are trying to call attention to the issue and bring about a better understanding.

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Schmitz says the need for mental health services is constantly increasing as more patients are seeking assistance.  However, the mental health official is concerned that some services may be cut or people may not be given prompt assistance due to budget cuts and regional mental health services.

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Bank Warns Customers Of Another Scam

(Le Mars) -- Local bank officials are warning their customers of yet another phishing scam.  This time  instead of a phone call or voice message telling the customer that their ATM card has been deactivated, customers are being notified via text messaging on their cell phone.  American Bank of Le Mars and Remsen have been informed that some of their customers have had such text messages sent to them.  Bank officials again emphasize that the messages are not coming from the local bank, and in fact the messages are not true.  Customers are encouraged to ignore the message and not to respond to the listed phone number.  Banks officials are telling their customers to never reveal any personal information regarding bank accounts.  Customers that have questions can contact American Bank.



Gehlen Announces 2013 Senior Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian

(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic High School has announced this year's Valedictorian and Salutatorian from the senior class.  Maggie Dickman, the daughter of Stewart and and Donna Dickman is the Valedictorian while Andrew Lipp, the son of Christopher and Linda Lipp has been selected as the Salutatorian.  Both seniors will speak at Sunday's graduation ceremonies.


Betty Shea Presents Knights of Columbus Chalice To Father Richter

(Le Mars) -- The Knights of Columbus have a special memorial program to honor fourth-degree Sir Knights, the highest honor in the Catholic men’s fraternal organization. 

Co-Chairmen of the Chalice Fund and Past Faithful Navigator for the Michael J. McGivney Assembly 3088 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in Le Mars, Jim Kestner and Jack Frus, stated, when a fourth-degree Sir Knight passes away, a chalice with his name engraved on it is presented to the family.  The family is encouraged to give the chalice to a priest of their choice.  The family also may give the chalice to a newly ordained priest, or a missionary priest to use in a third world country or the local parish to be used by visiting priest.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Betty Shea, wife of the late Sir Knight Steven Shea, had Steve’s chalice presented to St. Joseph’s-LeMars parish priest and Gehlen Catholic President, Rev. Kevin Richter.  The Sheas are members of St. Joseph’s Parish-LeMars.  Sir Knight Shea taught at Gehlen Catholic School until his unexpected death on March 26, 2013.

Faithful Navigator (FN), Jim Peters, said Betty visited with Father Richter at length as to who should receive her husband’s chalice.  When Betty learned that Father Richter’s chalice, which he received when he was ordained, was worn from the acidity of the wine, Betty selected Father Richter as the recipient. 

Father Richter uses his chalice when distributing the Eucharist to the sick and in his travels.


Remsen And Marcus Fire Departments Battles Hay Bale Fire

(Remsen) -- Remsen Fire Department along with assistance from the Marcus Fire Department was at the scene of a hay bales fire for more than two hours.  The call came in at about 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, and was located at 48135 County Road C-38. 


Branstad Says He Will Sign DNA Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is set to sign a bill into law that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.
The bill signing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
The measure would require adults convicted of crimes like aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft to submit DNA samples to the federal DNA database.
Currently, only convicted felons and sexual offenders must submit samples.
The Senate changed the bill to exempt deferred judgment cases and misdemeanors related to hazardous waste, agricultural production and gambling. Traffic offenses are also exempt unless a person has three operating while intoxicated convictions in 12 years.


Cab Driver Accused Of Stealing Jewelry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A cab driver and his wife face charges in connection with the theft of $15,000 worth of jewelry in Iowa City.
Iowa City police say 40-year-old Stacy Levell and his wife, 38-year-old Melissa Levell, each face one felony count of first-degree theft.
Police say the couple stole the jewelry from an Iowa City man in early March. The man told police the jewelry included a dozen rings that belonged to his deceased wife. They were valued at $15,000.
Authorities recovered 11 of the stolen rings from a pawn shop, where they had been exchanged for about $1,300.
Court records do not list attorneys for the couple.

Auditor Says Attorney Overcharged Clients

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - The state auditor's office says an attorney filed nearly $91,000 in overbillings to the city of Indianola, and used fake names from a phone book to beef up his
John Hoyman is accused of filing inaccurate information about prosecution services between June 2006 and the end of August 2012.  That includes filing invoices for hourly charges that were already
covered by advanced payments through the city.
The audit says Hoyman admitted to investigators that he filed the incorrect information, but he said they reflected hours he worked for the city.
Copies of the report have been filed with the Indianola Police Department, the Warren County Attorney's Office, the Attorney General's Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
A message left at Hoyman's law office was not immediately returned Wednesday.





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