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Friday Afternoon News, Sept 13

Plymouth County Authorities Identify Gunshot Victim

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office has identified the female gunshot victim in yesterday's incident near Hinton.  She is 53 year old Sandrea Stearns of Knoxville, Iowa.  Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo says the investigation is non-criminal and has been completed.  Stearns remains hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.


Le Mars Man Dies From South Dakota Truck Accident

CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a 2002 International truck. Tom Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries.  No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.


City Council Discusses Community Block Development Grant

(Le Mars) -- At the last Le Mars City Council meeting, council members discussed the Community Development Block Grant which has been approved for Le Mars.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the grant has been given  approval at all regulatory levels.  Langel says it could mean a million dollars being devoted to the renovation of Le Mars buildings.

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Langel offers an explanation for the criteria of restoration from the federal grant.

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The city administrator anticipates the restoration project to begin in the spring of 2014.


Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Shooting

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small northern Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder. He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.


Department Of Corrections Must Pay For Credit Monitoring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections must pay for three years of
credit monitoring for prison employees whose names and Social Security numbers were found
on a document left in a prison barber shop.
The state paid for a year of credit monitoring for 23 workers when the document was
found in 2011, in a file drawer where inmates could have seen it at the Fort Dodge prison.
But when the workers' union insisted on extended protection, the state refused,
noting that no employee had reported problems. An arbitrator eventually sided with the workers in June.
The arbitration report was obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The arbitrator found the state negligent, noting that many of the prison's inmates had committed identity fraud.

Fewer Tornadoes Reported In Iowa This Year

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Barring a surprise storm this fall, 2013 will be a record low year for tornadoes in Iowa, with the fewest storms since comprehensive tracking began 33 years ago.
15 tornadoes tore through Iowa this year. The National Weather Service says that's
one less than the previous low of 16 set in 2012.
The weather service says Iowa's tornado season also was the shortest on record,
stretching over 38 days from a May 19 storm near Adel to a June 26 twister near Vincent.
Since comprehensive tracking began in 1980, a report by meteorologist Craig Cogil says Iowa has averaged 47 tornadoes a year.
Tornadoes in the fall are unlikely but possible. Since 1980, there have been 92 tornadoes in September, October, November and December.


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