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Friday News, August 2

Fire Department Issues July Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its monthly report for the month of July.  The local fire brigade responded to five fire calls, six rescues, 13 times the fire department was called upon to investigate odors, clean up after accidents, and check illegal burning.  There weren't any mutual aid calls during July, but the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department did act upon 19 service requests. All total, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to 48 calls during July. Fire chief Dave Schipper reports the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department donated a total of 120 hours cleaning buildings, grandstands, and canopy areas and covering night events for fire and rescue protection for the Plymouth County Fair.


Oyens Fire Department Responds To Lawnmower Fire

(Oyens) -- The Oyens Fire Department responded to a lawnmower that had caught fire last evening.  The alarm came in at about 6:35 p.m.  Fire officials were called to 18194 Pioneer Avenue.  Fire officials were able to bring the fire under control within a couple of minutes.


Hy-Vee and Fareway Fined By Labor Department For Child Labor Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Hy-Vee, Fareway and other grocery stores in Iowa and Nebraska nearly $130,000 for violating child labor laws.
The Labor Department announced the fines Thursday.
The department says the violations included allowing workers under 18 to perform hazardous jobs that are prohibited. That included loading or operating power-driven paper balers, meat slicers, bakery machines and motor vehicles. No underage workers were injured.
The Labor Department report says Hy-Vee was assessed $68,200 for 27 violations at
seven stores, while Fareway was assessed nearly $20,000 for 13 violations at eight stores.
The violations would have happened since October 2011.
Representatives of Hy-Vee and Fareway say the stores are committed to maintaining a
safe environment for young workers.


Senators Harkin and Durbin Host Immigration Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has invited his Democratic colleague Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois to Ames to host a forum on immigration reform.
The event, held on the eastern edge of Republican Congressman Steve King's district on
Friday, is in response to remarks King made earlier this month suggesting that many young
unauthorized immigrants are drug runners.
Durbin, one of the authors of the Senate's immigration reform bill, says King and others opposing reform should hear the stories of some of the immigrants and what they want to do with their lives.
The forum, to be held at Ames Middle School, will feature young immigrants, farmers, students and others discussing reform proposals.


ATV Accident Claims Life Of Lenox Man

LENOX, Iowa (AP) - A 41-year-old Iowa man has died and a 9-year-old child has been injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash in southwest Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says Carey Ishikawa of Lenox, Iowa, and the child were found
Wednesday afternoon in a ditch near Lenox by a volunteer firefighter under an overturned ATV. The patrol says Ishikawa was declared dead at the scene. The child was flown by a
medical helicopter to a Des Moines hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.

12 Year Old Injured After Woman Hits Gas Pedal Instead Of Brake

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old boy was hurt in Central City when a motorist pressed her car's accelerator rather than the brake.
The sheriff's office says the accident happened Thursday morning when 89-year-old Anna
May Hinton, of Central City, was trying to pull into a parking space at the post office.
She apparently hit the accelerator rather than the brake, causing her car to lurch
forward and hit the boy, who was standing in front of the post office.
He was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening
Deputies cited Hinton for driving without a license.


Man Dies After Falling From Water Tower

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) - Police say a 29-year-old man has died after falling from a water tower in Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon police say Winfred Joseph Davis, of Clinton, died when he fell just
before 2 p.m. Thursday. He was working on the eastern Iowa town's water tower on First
Davis was employed by Arndt Enterprises Inc. of DeWitte. The company handles industrial coatings of water towers.


Three Teens Charged With Making Explosives

BLAKESBURG, Iowa (AP) - Police say three teenagers have been charged with placing explosives in the Blakesburg Public Library's book drop.
Police charged one 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds with reckless use of fire or explosives. The charge is a serious misdemeanor.
Chief Deputy Don Phillips says police filed the charges after getting a citizen tip about the explosion, which was reported July 24.
The blast was caused by pressure built up by chemicals inside a bottle.
No one was injured and the book drop received only minor damage.
Phillips says police also are investigating whether the teens placed a similar bomb inside a historic cannon in Blakesburg's city park.


Inmate Escapes

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown Police are searching for an inmate who did not return from work release.
40-year-old Casey Eugene Sheriff never returned to the Marshalltown Work Release Facility on Thursday after his shift for the day was done.
Sheriff is serving five years for domestic assault. He began his sentence in July 2012.
The Iowa Department of Corrections asks that information on Sheriff's whereabouts be reported to the Marshalltown Police Department or the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.






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