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Tuesday News, December 4

City Council Expected To Take Action On New Waste Water Treatment Facility

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council is scheduled to meet at noon today at the city council chambers.  The city council will hold two public hearings regarding the rezoning requests for Hy Vee and the North Greenview Estates.  The council is expected to discuss and take action on the financing of the new waste water treatment facility, along with pass the new sewer rate ordinance.


Supervisors To Hear About Iowa Healthy Living

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation of the 2013 Healthy Living Iowa by Outreach Coordinator, John Stevens.  The supervisors will also review the 2013-14 budget request for the Plymouth County libraries.  Assistant to the County Engineer, Terry Marienau will update the supervisors on the title 6 plan, as well as discuss the motor grader operation position based at Kingsley.


Sioux City Man Sentenced For 10 Years in Prison For Burglarizing Orange City Radio Shack

(Orange City) -- A Sioux City man has been sentenced for ten years after burglarizing the Radio Shack of Orange City.  19 year old Luis Antonio Giron was sentenced on Monday for the crime of burglary in the third degree, a class D felony.  The case arose in the early morning hours of March 13, 2012, when the Radio Shack in Orange City was broken into.  The following morning, employees discovered that the back door of the business had been kicked in and the surveillance system had been stolen.  The amount of stolen merchandise and damage to the business totaled $10,488.  The Orange City Police Department, Sioux County Sheriff's Office, and the Sioux City Police Department conducted a joint investigation which resulted in Giron's arrest in Sioux City.  At the time of the arrest, the defendant was on probation  in Woodbury County for the offenses of willful injury and criminal gang participation.  As a result of his guilty plea to Burglary in the third degree in Sioux County, the defendant's probation in Woodbury County was revoked and a five-year prison term was imposed in the Woodbury County matter.

Sioux City Man Uses GPS System To Track His Wife

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Sioux City man who'd been tracking his estranged wife has been convicted of interstate stalking and a weapons charge.
Federal prosecutors say Ralph Rogers was convicted last week. The jury acquitted Rogers of kidnapping and another weapons charge. Rogers pleaded guilty in September to another weapons charge.
His sentencing has not been scheduled.
Prosecutors say Rogers had secretly placed a GPS device on his estranged wife's car. Investigators say that when the tracking device showed that she'd stopped at a residence in South Sioux
City, Neb., Rogers got a handgun and drove there.
Prosecutors say Rogers entered the home without permission and assaulted one of the people inside. Prosecutors say Rogers then took his estranged wife back to his home in Sioux City.


Fire Officials Battle Barn Fire

(Le Mars) -- Fire fighters from Le Mars, Merrill, and Hinton were on the scene over the noon hour of a barn fire located about 4 miles south of Le Mars on 220th Street and near County Road K-49.  The alarm was sounded at about 11:20 a.m.  Upon arrival, heavy black smoke was seen coming from the structure, and within minutes the barn was totally engulfed in flames.  The barn is a total loss, along with hay bales that was inside the structure, the building was also housing some construction insulation.  A few chickens were lost inside the barn at the time of the fire.  Strong northwest winds helped fan the flames, making it that much more difficult for fire officials to extinguish the fire.  Le Mars Fire Chief, Dave Schipper says he had concerns about the other out buildings as well as a newly constructed house that sits within close proximity and was downwind of the barn fire.
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The Le Mars Fire Chief says he was worried when fire crews first arrived on the scene.

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Schipper says the cause of the fire was a burn pile that was ignited early Monday morning.
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Fire crews were on the scene of that barn fire for three and a half hours.
In addition to the Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Merrill Fire Department and Hinton Fire Department, as well as the Le Mars Ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Merrill Police, and the Le Mars Police Department offered additional assistance.


Gehlen Students Prepare Advent Gift Bags

(Le Mars) -- Advent is a time for reflection and hope in the Catholic Church.  The students of Gehlen Catholic are celebrating the start of Advent with reconciliation and Advent gift bags preparation on Wednesday, December 5th.  Director of campus ministries, Lisa Sitzmann, says that pre-school, elementary, junior high, and high school students will work together as one to create 382 personalized Advent gift bags.  Throughout the remainder of December, students, staff, and moderators will distribute the Advent gift bags to area shut-ins and nursing home residents.  Each Advent gift bag includes a pair of socks, lotion or hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer, a package of crackers, and a personalized note, all donated by the students.  Sitzmann says Advent gift bags is a special time for the students and staff at Gehlen Catholic.


Iowa Had Record Turnout For Voting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A record number of Iowans cast their
vote this year in the presidential election.
More than 1.5 million people in Iowa voted in the 2012 election for president and vice
president. That includes another record for early or absentee voting, which brought in more than 688,000 votes.
The data shows more people voted on Election Day for Republican challenger Mitt Romney's ticket, but President Barack Obama had an early voting edge over the former Massachusetts governor.
Fayette County had the highest turnout in the state with more than 84 percent of registered voters casting a ballot. Fremont County had the lowest with just over 61 percent.


Cedar Rapids Police Shoot Driver

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Police say a car driver has been fatally shot after a traffic stop by officers in Cedar Rapids.
A news release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department says officers had followed a car that didn't pull over for a traffic stop a little before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The chase continued down several streets until the car stopped on the northwest side of the city.
Police say the driver was shot after displaying a handgun as officers approached. Police say the driver was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital.
The names of the driver and the officers and other details about the shooting haven't been released.
The case has been turned over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.


Study Shows Iowa Needs Female Supreme Court Justices

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A study says Iowa should make changes to improve gender diversity in the judiciary after becoming one of three states with an all-male Supreme Court.
The study authored by University of Iowa law student Gina Messamer is published in the Iowa Law Review.
Messamer said in a press release Monday that Iowa's lack of female representation among its 7 justices is striking, when 31 percent of members of state high courts overall are female. Only Indiana and Idaho also feature all-male courts.
Messamer says Iowa's Judicial Nominating Commission should address what she calls subtle biases that work against female candidates.
When there were three openings on the high court last year, 8 of 9 finalists recommended by the commission to Gov. Terry Branstad were male. Branstad then appointed three men.

Des Moines Gets Ready For Bacon Festival

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bacon festival in Des Moines that sold out all of its 4,000 tickets in minutes last year, has doubled in size to accommodate more than 8,000 bacon lovers on Feb. 9 at the
Iowa State Fairgrounds.
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival celebrates its sixth annual event by using more than 10,000 pounds of bacon from around the nation.
Last year festival participants ate 6,000 pounds, about 96,000 strips of bacon.
In addition to more food vendors, bacon-related lectures and entertainment also is planned.
This year the festival is selling the $35 tickets through flat-fee ticket vendor Tikly, a technology company started in 2011 in Des Moines.
Tickets go on sale on Dec. 12 at 12:12 p.m.


Monday News, December 3

Plane Crashes Near Correctionville, Killing Two

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A small airplane, crashed Saturday evening in northwest Iowa killing two people and severly injuring the pilot.
Woodbury County Sheriff's chief deputy Doug Boetger says that the plane crashed Saturday night about 2 1/2 miles south of Correctionville, near highway 31. The crash was reported about 8 p.m.
Boetger says two passengers died and the pilot was taken by ambulance to a Sioux City hospital, then later transferred to a Lincoln, Nebraska burn unit.
The passengers have been identified as Lee Schroeder, 53 of Oto, and 55 year old James Smith of Correctionville.  The pilot, 70 year old Gaylen Knaack of Correctionville was listed as being in serious condition.  The plane crash is being investigated by both F-A-A and NTSB officials.  Further details of the crash will be released as they become available.
There was dense fog in the area, but Boetger says it's unclear whether the weather conditions played a role in the crash.
During the response, an ambulance and law enforcement vehicle collided but Boetger says there were no injuries.

Five Fire Departments Battle Sioux Center House Fire

(Sioux Center) -- Fire officials from five different communities battled a house fire Friday evening at Sioux Center.  Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland says the call came in at about 7:20 p.m. and fire fighters were on the scene for approximately four hours.  Van Holland says the house suffered extensive damage with estimates that exceed $100,000.
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Fire departments from Sioux Center, Ireton, Maurice, Orange City, and Hull all assisted with the fire.

Le Mars Fire Department Issues November Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its November report. The local fire brigade responded to a total 25 of calls.  Of the calls, nine were fire calls, and with only one rescue call.  Eleven times the fire department assisted with accident clean ups, or performed other investigations such as strange odors, or illegal burning.  Four times the Le Mars Fire Department had requests for services.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the department received a new jaws of life cutter with capabilities to cut the boron steel found in new vehicles.  The cost for the cutter was $5300 and was purchased with donations.

Two Orange City Men Arrested For Drug Possession

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's office arrested two people following an unrelated service of court documents.  While at the apartment attempting to serve the documents, the deputy became aware of possible illegal drug use.  Upon further investigation, 32 year old Daryl Dailey Jr. of Orange City was arrested for 3rd offense possession of a controlled substance, an aggravated misdemeanor, child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  25 year old William Donovan also of Orange City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor and child endangerment.

Several Hunting Accidents Occur In Iowa Over Weekend

MONROE COUNTY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are trying to determine how a Mississippi man was shot and wounded by a fellow
deer hunter.
The state Department of Natural Resources says 48-year-old Clint Morgan, of Saucier, Miss., was wounded around noon Sunday.
Saucier was struck in the elbow by a slug fired by another member of his seven-member hunting party.
Saucier was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.
The incident happened in Monroe County, southwest of Blakesburg.
Officials say fog was not a factor in this case. That's different than an earlier hunting accident near Indianola where 58-year-old Miles Sagen was wounded by a fellow hunter.
Both hunting incidents remain under investigation.


NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in a foot while hunting deer in northern Iowa.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Jeffrey Esser, of rural Mason City, was wounded around 4 p.m. Sunday while hunting in heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs in Floyd County.
The department says Esser's 12-gauge shotgun accidentally fired, hitting him in the right foot. He was taken to North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
The department says that so far this year it has received a total of 11 reports of personal injury hunting-related incidents.


Police Cruiser Involved In Auto Accident

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine why an Iowa driver collided with a Cedar Rapids police cruiser.
Cedar Rapids police say the crash happened around 1:40 a.m. Sunday after the other driver crossed the centerline.
The westbound driver struck the marked police car.
Both drivers were injured and taken to a hospital for treatment before being released.
Police have not released the identity of the other driver.
Investigators are waiting for toxicology test results to determine if the driver was intoxicated before deciding what charges to pursue.


Prison Barber Wants To Be Compensated For Assisting Help Free Inmates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A monthlong trial of two men seeking $100 million for their wrongful conviction in a 1977 Council Bluffs killing could end next week, but a former prison barber who is
largely responsible for their freedom wonders if she'll be compensated for her work.
Anne Danaher of Kansas City spent years researching the case against Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, two Omaha teenagers who were convicted of killing a former police officer. They had spent
decades in prison when Danaher discovered investigators withheld records from defense lawyers.
This evidence led the men to be freed, and both received large settlements. Now they're seeking more money from investigators and Council Bluffs.
Danaher says Harrington promised to share any settlement with her, but she's received no money. She's filed a lawsuit seeking compensation.


Police Investigate Waterloo Shooting

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 22-year-old Iowa man while he was riding in a moving car.
Waterloo police say the shooting happened early Sunday morning.
Shantorio Vashawn Evans was killed when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on the vehicle Evans was in. Evans was struck by gunfire multiple times.
Evans was taken to Allen Hospital where he died.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Broadway Street.







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