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Sunday News, March 23

Fire Destroys Storm Lake Turkey Processing Plant

(Storm Lake) -- The Storm Lake Fire Department responded to the Hillshire Brands Turkey Processing Plant on the evening of Saturday, March 22, 2014, at approximately 7:15pm,  in reference to an automated fire alarm.  Upon arrival of fire fighters they observed heavy black smoke and flames coming from the roof of the production area near the south side of the plant.  An approximately 50’ by 50’ section of the roof burnt and collapsed into the plant. 

The Storm Lake Fire Department requested assistance from three additional fire departments and over 50 fire fighters fought the fire and brought it under control in about three hours.  Small spot fires continue to flare up and as of 8:00am Sunday morning crews from the Storm Lake Fire Department remain on scene overhauling the scene and putting out the small reoccurring fires.  The assisting fire departments have all cleared from the scene.

Fire, smoke, and heat have extensively damaged the facility.  No damage estimate is available at this time.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office will be joining the Storm Lake Fire Department in investigating the cause of the fire. It’s anticipated the investigation will require several days.  One Storm Lake Fire Fighter sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident.  He was treated and released at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

The Storm Lake Fire Department was assisted by the Alta Fire Department, Newell Fire Department, Sioux Rapids Fire Department, Storm Lake Police Department, Buena Vista County Sheriffs Department, Buena Vista County Paramedics, and Hillshire administration and staff.

 

Lawmakers Discuss Human Trafficing Bill

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - While the Obama Administration establishes national efforts to expand research and increase awareness on child sexual exploitation, lawmakers in Iowa are taking action to crack down on sex trafficking involving minors across the state.
     Legislation on the topic has won unanimous support in both chambers. Most recently, a measure that Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Melcher-Dallas, calls a "hybrid" of House and Senate versions overwhelmingly passed Wednesday in the House, 97-0.
     Democratic lawmakers worry that changes made to the bill, like the removal of reporting requirements and a victim support fund, take away from making the victim the priority.
     But Heartsill says programs and efforts have already been established to address these provisions.
     Both parties have agreed to work together to nail down finer points of the legislation.

 

No Fishing Proposal

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has asked Des Moines officials to delay any measures to restrict fishing on the Des Moines river downtown.
     The request followed plans for the city's Parks and Recreation board to vote next week on a proposal that would limit where people can fish along the river downtown.
     Under the measure, fishing anywhere along the banks of the river within the city's Riverwalk would be prohibited, as would fishing from the Union Pacific Bridge and the new MLK Junior Bridge. Fishing would still be allowed on the four downtown bridges at Grand, Locust, Walnut and Court.
     Department of Natural Resources officials say they want enhance fishing opportunities, not remove them.

 

Iowa City To Remove Dead Fish From Ponds

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say hundreds of dead fish will need to be removed from two ponds in an Iowa City neighborhood.
     The fish were recently discovered in two ponds in the Idyllwild neighborhood.
     Kurt Kimmerling, president of the neighborhood's homeowners association, says he sent an email to residents on Friday to notify them of the situation.
     Kimmerling says some of the dead fish weigh up to 30 pounds. They started to surface as the ice melted.
     The state Department of Natural Resources has been contacted. The agency says it expects similar cases in other Iowa cities.

 

Teen Killed In Car Accident

 GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A Glenwood teenager has died after losing control of his pickup in southwest Iowa.
     17-year-old Tanner Porter died Thursday night after the 8:15 p.m. crash on a county road.
     The Iowa State Patrol says the teen, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he died.
     Investigators say Porter was southbound when he lost control of the pickup truck, veered off the road and rolled several times, hitting a power pole.

 


 Paraplegic Tumbling Teacher 

  GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Gina Giaffoglione's lifelong love of tumbling could have ended with the car crash six years ago that left her in a wheelchair. But the 27-year-old woman has kept that love alive by teaching tumbling classes in Iowa and Nebraska.
     Giaffoglione was a student at Wayne State University in Wayne, Nebraska when the speeding car she was in went out of control and rolled. Giaffoglione was thrown and left paralyzed from the waist down.
     A tumbling enthusiast since grade school, Giaffoglione's first question to emergency workers at the crash scene was, "Am I ever going to tumble again?"
     She returned to Wayne State, completed her human services degree and opened her own tumbling studio in Laurel, Neb., in 2007. Last year, she took over as director of Gary's Tumbling in Glenwood.
 
 
 


 

   

Saturday News, March 22

Sioux City Police Arrest Juveniles For Shooting Out Car Windows

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are reporting they have arrested four juveniles thought to be responsible for damaging car windows of 45 vehicles.  The incidents happened during the overnight and early morning hours of March 7th and March 8th.  The suspects, all from South Sioux City, Nebraska, were identified as being involved using a BB gun to shoot out the windows of vehicles.  The juvenile suspects, two are 15, and the other two are 16 years of age.  Police say witnesses saw the suspects shoot out a car window and reported it to the Sioux City Police Department.  Officers located the suspects a short time later and arrested them on traffic charges at that time.  Investigators interviewed the suspects and determined that they were involved in shooting out multiple windows throughout Sioux City's north and west side.  All four have been charged with Criminal Mischief in the first degree which is a Class C felony for causing over $10,000 in damage.  Due to the fact the suspects are juveniles, the police are withholding their names.

 

Police Obtain Warrent For Robbery Suspect 

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department has obtained an arrest warrent for Jose Luis Cruz-Cuilty who is suspected of armed robbery of a McDonalds on Sunnybrook Drive. Police arrested Cruz-CUilty after he stole gas from a Kum & Go convience store in Elk Point, South Dakota. He tried eluding police. Police thought he may be involved in the robbery after finding a weapon on him and recognizing he matched the description of the suspect provided by witnesses. He has been charged with First Degree robbery and is being held in the Union county jail.

  

Local K9 Units Place Third in Competition

(Le Mars) -- Police canine units from Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, and Sioux County sheriff's Office teamed up together to compete in the United States Canine Association yearly regional narcotic trials.  This year the competition was held on Wednesday at Marshalltown.  There were 46 different canine units competing from Iowa and South Dakota.  Each participating canine unit joined other canines to create a four unit team for the competition.  The Le Mars, Plymouth County, and Sioux County canine unit placed third in this year's competition.

 

Sioux County Authorities Investigate Thefts

 (Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating a burglary that happened Thursday night at a Maurice residence.  Sometime during the overnight hours of 11:30 Thursday evening and 6:00 Friday morning, someone entered an unloced residence in Maurice and stole a purse that was located on the kitchen table.  The occupants of the residence were at home sleeping at the time of the incident.  Nothing else was disturbed or reported missing.  The Sioux County sheriff's office is asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the Sioux County sheriff's office.  People can remain anonymous by using the Sheriff's "text-a-tip" program.


(Orange City) -- Sioux County Sheriff's deputies are also investigating a theft from a Boyden home.  The homeowners discovered they were missing money, which was taken from their residence.  A large amount of coins, along with cash was taken.  The theft occurred sometime in the month of March.

 

Braley Campigns On "Iowa Works Tour"

(Des Moines) -- Congressman Bruce Braley has spent part of this week visiting with people in jobs similar to those Braley held in the past, campaign events designed to highlight Braley's biography as he runs for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Tom Harkin. 

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 Braley was at Iowa State University Thursday, revisiting the campus newspaper when he had a paying job while he was an I-S-U student.

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Braley talked with I-S-U and DMACC (DEE-mack) students this week about student loans and he talked with most of the crowds about raising the minimum wage.

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 This week Braley has scheduled stops at workplaces in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Ankeny, Dougherty, Waterloo, Dubuque and Davenport.

 

SUV Tries to Run Over Des Moines Police

(DES MOINES)-- Des Moines police say an SUV driver who tried to run down some officers has been shot.A news release says officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. Thursday to check several reports of gunshots in a central Des Moines neighborhood. The officers were checking cars struck by gunfire and ooking for bullet casings when the sport utility vehicle approached thecrime scene. 
      Police say the officers tried to stop the SUV from running through the scene, but the SUV accelerated toward the officers. Three officers fired at the SUV driver, later identified as 30-year-old Shawntee Deiyane Young, before he raced away. 
     The SUV was found a few blocks away, and a wounded Young was found inside a nearby residence. He was taken to Mercy Hospital and reported in stable condition.

 

Jury Foreman Empathizes With Voting Fraud Suspect

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The foreman of a jury that acquitted a former Iowa drug offender of voter fraud says she made an honest mistake when she cast a ballot because she believed her voting rights were restored.
     Mike Hickey of Keokuk said Friday jurors unanimously agreed that Kelli Jo Griffin didn't have criminal intent when she voted in the November 5th municipal election in Montrose.
     The jury took about 40 minutes to acquit Griffin of perjury in the first trial stemming from Iowa's two-year voter fraud investigation. The 40-year-old mother of young children had faced a prison sentence if convicted.
     Hickey says jurors believed Griffin's testimony that she thought she regained her rights when she was discharged from probation last year, which had been the policy at the time of her 2008 conviction.

 

Dead Fish To Be Removed From Iowa City Ponds

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say hundreds of dead fish will need to be removed from two ponds in an Iowa City neighborhood.
      The fish were recently discovered in two ponds in the Idyllwild neighborhood.
     Kurt Kimmerling, president of the neighborhood's homeowners association, says he sent an email to residents on Friday to notify them of the situation. 
     Kimmerling says some of the dead fish weigh up to 30 pounds. They started to surface as the ice melted.
     The state Department of Natural Resources has been contacted. The agency says it expects similar cases in other Iowa cities.

   

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