Monday News, March 16
Thousands Of Fans Attend State Championship Game
(Des Moines) -- Saturday's game for the state championship was both fullfilling and disappointing for the Le Mars Community Bulldogs and their fans. Thousands of people from Le Mars traveled to Des Moines at the Wells Fargo Arena to cheer on the Bulldog team. However, as you have no doubt have heard, Le Mars came up a little short for their quest for the state championship, taking instead the Runner Up trophy. Gerald Klemme of Le Mars was one of the many thousands of fans that traveled to Des Moines. Klemme also made the three and a half hour journey back in 2000 and 1983, the last two trips for the Bulldogs to the state tournament. Klemme recaps Saturday's game, saying it was unfortunate the Bulldogs ran into a dry shooting spell during the 3rd quarter.
Klemme talks about what he will remember about this year's run to the state tournament.
Le Mars was also awarded the Class 3-A Sportmanship trophy. Like Klemme, Kent Jones also attended the 2000 state tournament. He says there are several similarities between the 2000 and 2015 Bulldog teams.
Don Butcher traveled to Des Moines for the 2015 and the 2000 state tournaments. He echos Jones' comments.
Sioux City Police Arrest Convenience Store Robbery Suspect
(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City POlice has arrested an 18 year old Sioux City man for the attempted robbery of the Kum & Go convenience store, more than a month ago. Seth Pointer is being accused of entering the Riverside Blvd convenience store on February 6 at about 2:52, displaying a weapon, and demanding money, but fled the scene without the money when two customers interrupted the robbery. Acting on tips provided by the public, officers executed a search warrant on March 14th in the early morning hours at Pointer's residence and located clothing and a BB gun that was designed to look like a real firearm used in the robbery. Pointer was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Woodbury County Jail where he was charged with Robbery in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, an assault while participating in a felony, a class D felony.
Body Found At Recreation Area Near Soldier
SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) - A body recovered from a lake in western Iowa is believed to be that of a farmer reported missing in November.
The body was pulled from a lake at Oldham Recreation Area near Soldier on Saturday. Officials say the body likely is that of 66-year-old Walter Ordway.
In December hunters found a pickup owned by Ordway near the recreation area. The Monona County Sheriff's Office says it's believed that Ordway took his dog for an outing to the recreation area on Nov. 17 and that the dog fell through lake ice into the freezing water. The Sheriff's Office says Ordway may have fallen into the water while trying to rescue his dog. The dog's body was found nearby.
The 66-year-old Ordway lived in Soldier.
Authorities Investigate Shooting In Allamakee County
POSTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A man has been hospitalized after a shooting in northeast Iowa's Allamakee County.
The Sheriff's Office says deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers responded to a call about a shooting in rural Postville just before 11 a.m. Sunday. The officers found the man outside a home, suffering from a stomach wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
A man and woman at the scene were questioned, but no arrests have been reported.
The names of those involved have not been released.
Parents Sign Waivers For Teen Driving
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An effort to improve teen drivers' road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact, because most parents are signing waivers to opt their 16- or 17-year-olds out of the requirement.
For the first six months of an intermediate license, drivers can't have more than one unrelated minor passenger when driving without adult supervision. But the 2013 law allows parents to make the decision on whether to exempt the child.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says about 90 percent of parents signed waivers in 2014.
Lawmakers approved the tougher rules in an effort to promote safety.
Democratic state Senator Tod Bowman sponsored the 2013 bill. He said he was a little disappointed, but added that "you can't go wrong allowing parents to make the decision."
Cities To Cut Down Ash Trees In Efforts To Combat Emerald Ash Borer
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Summers will be a steamier in neighborhoods across the country as crews cut down millions of trees in an effort to stay ahead of a small, shiny bug.
In cities like Waterloo, Iowa workers are in the midst of taking out 4,000 ash trees that tower over homes and shade city streets. The same is happening in big cities and small towns from Pennsylvania to Colorado as officials respond to the emerald ash borer, an insect native to Asia that is killing ash trees in at least 22 states.
Amid the roar of chain saws, there may be hope for some ash trees. New treatments are available.
Cities like Milwaukee and Chicago are treating thousands of trees with insecticides rather than removing them.