Thursday Afternoon News, January 28
Three Illinois Men Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department have arrested three people from Illinois for drug charges following a call from management of the Econolodge motel in Le Mars. At around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a complaint from personnel at the Econolodge of an odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. As a result of a search warrant that was issued and subsequent investigation, police arrested 32 year old Corneilius Humphries of Chicago, 28 year old Antwaun Smith of Crete, Illinois, and 19 year old David Davy of Evanston, Illinois. Humphries was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a class D felony; failure to have a drug tax stamp, a class D felony; and possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor. Smith and Davy were both charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor. All three subjects were transported to the Plymouth County Jail where they were booked on all the charges. Plymouth County Sheriff's Department assisted the Le Mars Police Department with the investigation and arrests.
Police Collect Expired And Unused Prescription Medications
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department wants the public to know that if you have expired, or unused medications, you can dispose of those old medications at any time during regular business hours to the Le Mars Police Department. Captain Tim Hop says many people are unaware the police collects the medications on a regular basis, and not just during certain special events.
A common medication found in medicine cabinets are pain killers, and Hop says the police would like to see those removed from homes, as soon as possible.
The Le Mars police officer says they are considering installing a secure drop-off box in the police headquarters lobby so people can dispose of the old medications at any time, day or night.
Hop says he can't estimate the number of, or weight of, disposed medications, but he adds that several people have taken advantage of the disposal program.
Hop describes the procedure the police department uses to properly dispose of the expired medications.
Captain Hop discusses the potential dangers that may occur from failure to properly dispose expired and unused medications.
Carson Visits State Capitol Building
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson got a standing ovation from Iowa lawmakers during a visit to the state Capitol.
Carson spent time in the House chamber Thursday morning. He sat alongside Rep. Rob Taylor, a Republican from West Des Moines who is co-chair of Carson's campaign in Iowa.
Carson did not make public remarks but received a standing ovation from lawmakers in the chamber when Taylor introduced him. He later met privately with Republican lawmakers.
Carson is one of several presidential candidates traveling around Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday. He will participate in a GOP debate Thursday night in Des Moines.
Fast Food Workers Walk Away From Jobs - Seeking Higher Wages
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa fast food workers have walked off the job in Des Moines to demand $15-an-hour wages, and they are planning other protests that include a demonstration outside the venue of a Republican presidential debate.
Workers held a strike at 6 a.m. Thursday at a McDonald's in northeast Des Moines. Other events are planned Thursday, ending with a short march through downtown and then rally at the Iowa Events Center, site of a GOP debate.
Wiley King, a Wendy's worker who walked off the job Thursday, says the strike included workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Long John Silver's. King says they hope media attention during the Iowa caucuses will help them draw attention to the needs of low-wage workers.
Organizers hope to draw 1,000 people to the rally.
Volunteers Get Drunk To Help Train Law Enforcement Officers
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers have taken part in an exercise to help Iowa law enforcement learn how to detect drunk drivers.
Six volunteers began drinking around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Iowa State Patrol's District 7 headquarters in Fort Dodge as part of the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement exercise. The training exercises have been held for the past six years.
Officers from Webster County and surrounding areas used the volunteers, who had blood-alcohol contents between .08 and .12, to work on skills needed to conduct field sobriety tests.
All volunteers were driven back to their homes.
Trooper Bryan Beckman says that the training is a great tool to help law enforcement reduce impaired driving and prevent serious injury and death.