Wednesday Afternoon News June 26
Floyd Valley Hospital Delays Start of Construction On Loading Dock
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees met on Tuesday morning with the hopes of approving the start of the loading dock project as part of the over-all expansion. However, as hospital administrator, Mike Donlin explains something unexpected happen.
Donlin explains the next move for the trustees.
The hospital official offers his opinion as to why only one contractor submitted a bid for the loading dock project.
Plymouth County Entities To Be Honored For Environmental Stewardship
(Des Moines) -- Governor Branstad will honor twenty Iowa businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the environment during Thursday's "Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Award ceremony. The awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s natural resources. A delegation from Le Mars and Plymouth County will be recognized during the ceremony. The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever chapter will be honored for its work involving water quality. Meanwhile, special recognition in waste management will go to the city of Le Mars, Van's Sanitation and Recycling and the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency. Emily Bainter, information specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the awards are recognizing the best efforts in the state with environmental stewardship.
Wastewater Accidentally Discharged Into Big Spirit Lake
ORLEANS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say more than 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has accidentally been discharged into a part of Big Spirit Lake in northern Iowa.
The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District inspected an overflowing manhole Wednesday morning near Orleans on the southeast side of the lake. It was then discovered that untreated wastewater had
discharged to a storm sewer, flowing into the lake about 1,400 feet northeast of the Orleans beach.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a pipeline below the manhole had collapsed. The district stopped the discharge and is working to repair the pipeline.
State officials are taking water samples Wednesday and telling residents to stay away from the area.
Woodbury County Sheriff Wants To Install More Cameras In Jail
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Woodbury County sheriff wants to install more than 75 cameras in the downtown jail to prevent future accusations of inmates being mistreated.
Sheriff Dave Drew told the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the cameras would help with credibility issues following a lawsuit over alleged improper strip searches.
The cameras would cost an estimated $207,000. County Board Chairman Larry Clausen says the cameras need to be funded within a $1.2 million jail modernization budget being used to renovate the
downtown jail. The Law Enforcement Center building already has 36 cameras, and the addition would make that more than 100.
The sheriff's office is working with an Alabama firm to figure out if the cameras can be added within the budget.
Des Moines Woman Accused Of Leaving 5 Year Old Son In Park
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 34-year-old woman has been accused of leaving her 5-year-old son at a Des Moines park for hours.
Danille Clinton, of Clive, is charged with felony neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.
Police say Clinton's boy eventually joined some strangers who were having a birthday party at Union Park on Sunday afternoon. The family fed the boy, and he played with young family members. Adults
in the family eventually called police after several hours to report that they couldn't find the boy's parents or others he had accompanied to the park.
Polk County Jail records say Clinton remained in custody on Wednesday, pending $10,000 bail. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.
Same Sex Couples Can Benefit From Supreme Court's Ruling
DES MOINES , Iowa (AP) - Same-sex married couples in Iowa could benefit from the Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The court announced the decision Wednesday morning. A 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage in the state. But the Defense of Marriage Act - or DOMA - meant that those couples didn't have the same federal benefits as other married people.
Those benefits include filing joint taxes, receiving breaks on estate taxes and receiving Social Security survivor benefits.
Jennifer Harvey, who lives in West Des Moines with her partner and two children, says overturning the law would save her money and time but also means respect for her family.
If DOMA was overturned, Harvey says they would be treated like "first class" citizens.
Father Of Missing Iowa Cousins Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The father of one of two slain Iowa cousins has pleaded guilty to more drug-related charges.
Dan Morrissey made his pleas Monday in a Waterloo courtroom. The charges included conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to two of the charges and entered an Alford plea on the other two. Under the Alford plea, Morrissey didn't admit guilt but acknowledged the prosecution likely could prove the charges.
In March he pleaded guilty to several drug-related charges in Davenport.
The 37-year-old Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared while riding bikes with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, in Evansdale in July. Their bodies were found in a wooded area in
December, and no one has been charged.