Monday Afternoon News, Sept. 16
Floyd Valley Hospital Ready To Accept Contractor Bids
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital is getting closer to accepting contractor bids for the new expansion project. Mike Donlin, hospital administrator, says the board of trustees were given an update during their last meeting.
Donlin says based upon advisers' comments, the hospital administrator is confident several general contractors will show an interest in the hospital expansion project.
Donlin says the board of trustees gave their approval for the purchase of a new generator. The hospital official says the generator was able to be purchased at a considerable discount.
Brandstad Orders Flags To Be Half Staff On Tuesday
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flags at the state Capitol and at other public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday to honor a Rockwell City police officer shot and killed last week.
Gov. Terry Branstad issued the order Monday.
Jamie Buenting, a married father of two, was shot during a standoff early Friday in
Rockwell City. Police arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with murder.
Flags will be at half-staff at state facilities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The funeral service for Buenting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Central
Calhoun Middle School in Rockwell City.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will represent the administration at the funeral.
Rockwell City Police Officer Killed With By A High Powered Rifle
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A criminal complaint says a Rockwell City police officer killed during a standoff was shot once in the neck with a high-powered rifle.
Jamie Buenting was shot early Friday as he and other law enforcement officers attempted to go inside a house to arrest 32-year-old Corey Trott on an outstanding warrant.
The complaint says Buenting was within a few feet of the house when Trott fired a single shot from a .233 caliber rifle. Trott surrendered to authorities a few hours later.
The complaint says Trott told authorities he knowingly fired the rifle at a police officer.
Trott is currently at the Sac County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. A phone number for his attorney went unanswered Monday.
Marshalltown Police Investigate Shooting
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body was found in home.
Police says in a news release that officers responded to a report of gunshots before 5 a.m. Sunday but couldn't find any problems.
At about 6:30 a.m., a woman called police to say a shooting victim was in a home. Officers responded and found a man dead, apparently of a gunshot wound.
Police say they're still investigating but that no suspects are being sought and there's no risk to public safety.
The name of the shooting victim isn't being released until relatives are notified.
Escaped Convict Back In Custody
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A man serving prison time for robbery and escape who walked away from a work release program more than a week ago is back in custody after a police chase
35-year-old Bryan Keller led police on a chase in downtown Waterloo early Sunday morning before he was stopped and apprehended.
Keller had failed to return to an Iowa Department of Corrections work facility in West Union on Sept 8.
He was serving a 60-year sentence for robbery and escape. He now faces charges of eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and stealing a vehicle.
Police report a fence near the Cedar Valley SportsPlex site was damaged but no injuries were reported.
Iowa Soldier Given Silver Star Medal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier has received the Silver Star medal, one of the nation's top combat decorations, for his actions in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp, who is 26 and from Johnston, was awarded the honor Aug. 28.
The award is recognition of his leadership in combat on April 17, 2012, when his squad was tasked with clearing insurgents from a village in Afghanistan. They fought against fortified enemy
positions, cleared more than 50 compounds and managed to avoid civilian casualties.
The U.S. Department of Defense says only 127 Marines have been awarded the Silver Star for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.
Steinkamp is scheduled to be discharged from the Marines in December.
Council Bluffs Business To Add More Jobs
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs manufacturer of truck bodies and related equipment is expanding and expects to hire a dozen welders and additional information technology workers.
Omaha Standard Palfinger is building a logistical center south of its headquarters to move materials and products more efficiently
A company spokesman says the expansion will involve the construction of five additional loading docks to improve shipping capabilities as it prepares for future growth.
The company acquired nearly five acres for the expansion, which should be completed in mid-October.
Established in 1926, Omaha Standard is a manufacturer of an extensive line of truck bodies and truck equipment. Two years later, it was acquired by the Salzburg, Austria-based company Palfinger.
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