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Thursday Afternoon News, July 25

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Waste Water Department has announced effective immediately, due to a new sewer line being installed to the new waste water facility, the walking trail will have places of limited access or be blocked off completely.  The area of construction is north of the Wastewater plant to the south end of West Floyd Park.  The city urges you to use caution when using the trail in this area.




(Le Mars) -- Traffic congestion over the lunch hour on Hwy 75 near the Bob's Drive-In led to a three-car chain reaction accident that happened Wednesday afternoon at about 12:20 p.m.  The Le Mars POlice, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, and the Le Mars Ambulance all responded to the scene of the accident.  28 year old Brandon Sherlock of Craig was the driver of the second vehicle.  Sherlock suffered some injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  The driver of the third vehicle, 83 year old, Ruth Peters of Le Mars became distracted and subsequently hit the Sherlock vehicle, and the Sherlock vehicle then hit the first vehicle being driven by Dineshehai Shakta of Glendale, Arizona.   Sherlock was the only victim to suffer injuries.  The Le Mars POlice Department is investigating the
accident.



SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A plea and sentencing hearing has been
scheduled for a 22-year-old man charged with shooting a Sioux City
police officer.
Thursday's hearing is for Jamal Dean, who's already pleaded not
guilty to accusations that he shot Officer Kevin McCormick on April
29. McCormick has returned to duty.
The shooting trial date is Aug. 6. Dean also is accused of
helping his brother Levon Dean Jr. rob a man on April 24. A
mistrial was declared in Levon Dean Jr.'s trial on Wednesday.
The hearing order doesn't say whether Jamal Dean will be
pleading to charges in both cases. Prosecuting and defense
attorneys declined to say.



WASHINGTON
(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says it was
"deeply offensive and wrong" for fellow Republican Rep. Steve
King to suggest many younger unauthorized immigrants are drug
runners.
Boehner already had issued a written statement earlier in the
week condemning King's comments, but at his weekly news conference
Thursday he elevated his criticism and took the unusual step of
calling King out by name.
Boehner said the Iowa Republican's comments don't reflect the
values of the American people or the GOP.
King told a conservative news website that with respect to
immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids, "for every one
who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130
pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because
they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."



ALBUQUERQUE
, N.M. (AP) - Congressman Steve Pearce says a fellow
Republican congressman's comment comparing young college-age
immigrants to drug mules are "unproductive" and "divisive."
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15hnjHQ) that the
New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Rep. Steve
King and said he disagreed with Iowa congressman.
King drew fire from Latino activists this week after he told a
conservative news website that many immigrants brought illegally to
the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs.
Pearce represents New Mexico's border with Mexico and is viewed
by the GOP as a key figure is helping attract Latino voters to the
Republican Party.




OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of
murder and robbery in the death of the manager of an adult theater
in Ottumwa.
The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1bmfJSh ) the jury
deliberated an hour Tuesday before finding Bruce Pollard guilty of
first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 2012
killing of Cinema X manager Kenneth McDaniel.
Pollard didn't react when the verdict was read. His girlfriend
cried and the victim's family sobbed and hugged each other.
Pollard acknowledged killing the 70-year-old Kenneth McDaniel,
hitting him in the head with a pry bar and choking him. He then
stole cash and pornographic material.
First -degree murder requires a sentence of life imprisonment in
Iowa.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that
hitting someone repeatedly with a hammer is enough to merit an
attempted murder charge.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/15il4UK
) the court Wednesday upheld the conviction of Ramon Demetrius
"A.T.L." Harper, who argued that there was no evidence he tried
to kill a man in a Waterloo convenience store.
The 2009 attack left victim Domonique Turner with severe head
injuries. He was in a coma for about a week.
In the ruling, Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer wrote a reasonable
jury could find Harper intended to kill Turner by hitting him
"numerous times with the force required to cause the critical
injuries Turner sustained."
Harper argued the mallet he wielded was less dangerous than a
claw hammer he could have used.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An arbitrator has refused to allow
reporters to attend a hearing in which an Iowa State Patrol trooper
is fighting to get his job back after being fired for an alleged
hazing incident at a police training academy in 2008.
The hearing before arbitrator Harvey Nathan, a Chicago attorney,
is being held Thursday at the Iowa Department of Public Safety
headquarters in Des Moines.
In the hearing, trooper Joshua Guhl is challenging his firing as
part of a union grievance process. He contends his dismissal was
not justified.
The DPS accuses Guhl and former Division of Criminal
Investigation agent Andrew Harrelson of hazing and verbally
intimidating a 21-year-old fellow recruit, who is now a state
trooper.
Harrelson denies involvement in the incident and also is
challenging his firing.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's economic development director
says it will be hard to meet Gov. Terry Branstad's goal of 200,000
new jobs unless the state gains more workers.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/15MNmpn ) that
economic development director Debi Durham noted the state can't
meet the 200,000 goal simply by putting unemployed people to work.
Iowa's unemployment rolls now stand at about 76,500 workers.
Durham says, "We'll have to grow Iowa's population to get
there."
She made her comments at time when the state has regained the
number of jobs lost during the recession.
Iowa State University economist Peter Orazem says Iowa is seeing
stronger job growth than in the 1990s, but he's skeptical the state
can reach Branstad's goal. He says jobs creation comes first and
will lead to population growth.






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