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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hop describes the procedure the police department uses to properly dispose of the expired medications.

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Captain Hop discusses the potential dangers that may occur from failure to properly dispose expired and unused medications.

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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.
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Thursday News, January 28

Gun Permits On The Rise In Nationally And In Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- Gun permits have been on the rise nationally and locally.  Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says ever since the Iowa legislature modified the laws in 2011, people have been requesting a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  Van Otterloo says more than 4000 permits have been granted in Plymouth County.

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Van Otterloo says the fee to obtain a gun permit for five years is $50, plus for an additional five dollars, Plymouth County will issue a copy of the permit and have it laminated.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says gun permit applicants need to pass a background check, plus they need to fill out a questionnaire.

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Van Otterloo says following the application process, you then need to complete some hand gun training.

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Van Otterloo says for Veterans, often times the training they received while serving this nation is sufficient for the application process.  He says only the county sheriff of your residing county can approve the gun permit.

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Once you have your hand gun permit, Van Otterloo says there are some restrictions as to where you can carry your hand gun.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says of the more than 4000 permits issued in Plymouth County the ratio would be close to 60 percent males and 40 percent females have the gun permits.

 

 

 

Northwest Iowa Pork Producers Honored As "Master Pork Producers"

(Des Moines) -- Three pork producers from northwest Iowa have been honored as a Iowa "Master Pork Producer".  Tom and Kathy Langel of Le Mars, Leon Puhrmann of Paullina, and Marv and Helene Rietema of Sioux Center were all honored last evening at a banquet held in Des Moines.

 

 

 

 

New Privatization Medicaid Program May Not Offer A Venue For Complaints

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A report that makes recommendations on how Iowa should handle its Medicaid program under private care also highlights confusion over how recipients will be able to voice complaints.
Deanna Clingan-Fischer is state long-term care ombudsman, a position designed to help respond to complaints from people who receive long-term care in Iowa. Clingan-Fischer spoke to lawmakers Wednesday about a report released in December that recommends an independent system for overseeing such complaints from Medicaid recipients.
Iowa is scheduled to turn over its $4.2 billion Medicaid program to three private companies on March 1st. The report makes recommendations like adding representatives who assist Medicaid recipients with challenges to claims or service.
Lawmakers in the Senate Human Resources Committee expressed concern that such an independent system won't be in place by March 1.

 

 

 

State Lawmakers Considering A Bill That Would End The Lives Of The Terminally Ill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would allow terminally ill people to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.
Bills in the Senate and the House would allow a terminally ill but mentally capable person to self-administer medication that ends his or her life. Supporters of the legislation spoke Wednesday at the Capitol.
The legislation mirrors a law in Oregon, and a handful of other states have passed similar measures. It would allow doctors and health care institutions to opt out.
It's unclear how much support the bill would get in the Republican-controlled House. Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City who helped sponsor one of the bills, says the legislation focuses on the dying individual and not on family or a medical insurer.

 

 

 

Caucus Night Weather Forecast

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Snow appears headed toward Iowa early next week, but people gathering for the presidential caucuses likely won't be hindered as the wintry weather is expected to hit following the event.
Mindy Beerends, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines, says there could be rain and a little snow during the caucuses, set to begin at 7 p.m. Monday, but early projections show no accumulating snow until early Tuesday.
Weather is always an unpredictable factor of the caucuses, which typically draw hundreds of thousands of Iowa voters to precinct gatherings to choose presidential candidates and conduct political party business.
The bigger problem could be for the many campaign staffers and reporters in Iowa who want to leave after the caucuses. They could find their exit complicated by steadier snow Tuesday.

 

 

 

Man Throws Tomatoes At Trump

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man has been arrested on charges that he threw tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa.
Hayley Bruce, a University of Iowa spokeswoman, says 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Alemao was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after officers say they saw him throwing two tomatoes toward Trump during a speech. It wasn't clear whether the tomatoes hit anyone.
Secret Service and University of Iowa police officers arrested Alemao, and he was booked into the Johnson County Jail.
Court records don't indicate whether Alemao has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Johnson County Jail officials say Alemao was released Wednesday morning without bond.




   

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