KLEM News - August 16, 2011
(Le Mars) -- Akron city officials met with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors advising the county of the city's intentions to build a new 45-bed care center facility. Akron City Councilman Chad Ericson says the city of Akron is seeking a $4.5 million loan from the U-S Department of Agriculture's Rural Development. He says Akron should know within a few weeks as to whether the loan will be granted, but in the mean time, city officials believed a backup plan was needed.
Ericson says Akron will provide a general obligation community bond for $1.25 million dollars for the new project. He says the private sector sees the need for a new 32,000 square foot facility and have responded in a generous manner.
(Akron) -- Akron fire fighters were on the scene of a house fire last evening for nearly three hours. Fire broke out at about 10:00 p.m. at the Denny Port home located at 441 Sargent St. No additional information is known at this time. KLEM will pass along additional details of that fire when they become known.
(LeMars) -- LeMars may be known at the "Ice Cream Capital of the World" but The LeMars City Council will decide today whether or not to allow an ice cream truck to roam the streets selling ice cream to the city's children during its regular scheduled meeting. Chris Pippet has asked the council to approve such a measure, however, several provisions of the city code prohibit such activity. Another topic for discussion will be whether to allow Quality Truck Wash an industrial tax rebate on a proposed addition to the facility located at 1465 Industrial Road.
(LeMars) -- The public has the first of three opportunities today to voice it's opinion regarding the new proposed voting precincts and supervisor districts. The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public comment period during its regular meeting. The County Supervisors have set aside some time for today's meeting to meet with the Plymouth County Conservation Board.
(Orange City) -- An Orange City man has been sentenced to ten years for burglary and assault with intent to inflict serious injury. Jorge Agustin Segoviano, age 27, pleaded guilty of the crimes and was sentenced on Monday, in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, and Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa.
Segoviano was sentenced to ten years in prison on the burglary charge and to two years in prison on the assault charge, with the sentences to run concurrently. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a hold on Segoviano and, upon the expiration of his ten year prison term, ICE will take custody of him and begin deportation proceedings.
(LeMars) -- If you are a fan of classic cars from the '50s and '60s, as well as the music from that era,than you'll want to attend the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce's "Scoop the Loop" scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th at the Olson Cultural Event Center. The car cruise begins at 6:30 p.m. at the LeMars Convention Center parking lot. Live music from "The Jammers" will be heard from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mary Reynolds of the LeMars Chamber offers a glimse of what may appear.
The chamber is expecting more than 200 different classic vehicles from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa to be on display. Reynolds says it an evening of fun for anyone.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials are investigating
what caused a water main break that led to the formation of a
sinkhole that swallowed a car.
The driver was able to escape from the 10-foot-deep watery hole,
and his car was lifted from the sinkhole on Sunday.
Sioux City officials say the 12-inch main broke around 9 p.m.
City officials say water has been restored water to the area and
the hole is being filled in.
(LeMars) -- The Northwest Area Education Agency board of directors met last evening. During their meeting, they approved the various transfer requests made by the school districts within the agency's region. Tim Greives serves as the administrator for the education agency. He says the various schools within the area are gearing up for the upcoming school year. He says more and more schools are sharing information on how to best achieve better educational standards for the students.
Obama says he hopes Congress gets 'wake-up call'
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama says he hopes
members of Congress have a "wake-up call" and come back to
Washington ready to work for the American people in September.
Speaking at a farm in northeast Iowa, the Democratic president
said voters never intended to have a broken government when they
put Republicans in charge of the House and created a divided
government last November. He challenged Republican lawmakers to
hear the frustration of voters and to be willing to compromise on
an economic agenda.
Obama told his audience to hold him and Congress accountable for
He spoke during a campaign-style event on the first stage of his
three-day bus tour across the Midwest.
He was ending his day in Iowa, the state where his original
presidential run for office took flight.
Funeral set for Navy SEAL from Iowa
(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines
ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) - Funeral services will be on Friday for a
Navy SEAL from Iowa who was among the Americans who died aboard a
downed helicopter in Afghanistan.
The Des Moines Register reports that services for 35-year-old
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, of Rockford, are scheduled
for 10 a.m. at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School in
Rockford. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.
Thirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed Aug. 6 when a
rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their
Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission.
Tumilson joined the Navy after graduating from high school in
Rockford in 1995.
Memorial arrangements are being handled by the Hauser Funeral
Home in Charles City.
Authorities ID plane crash victims in Iowa
(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the names of
two people who died in the crash of a small plane near the Des
Moines River in central Iowa.
The Des Moines Register reports that the state medical
examiner's office on Monday says 67-year-old Timothy Griffith, of
West Des Moines, and 52-year-old Kendall Belz, of Johnston, died in
Saturday's crash near Madrid (MAD'-rid). Officials say they died of
multiple blunt force injuries.
The vintage World War II plane went down in a remote area that
was only accessible by boat or helicopter. The plane took down some
high-power transmission lines when it crashed.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
2 people stuck on ride at Iowa State Fair
(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV,
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two people have been rescued from a ride
at the Iowa State Fair after being stuck in the air for about two
KCCI-TV reports the brother and sister, ages 17 and 23, are from
the Algona area. They weren't hurt when they became stuck on "The
Ejection Seat" Monday afternoon.
Riders are strapped into a seat, which is attached to two large
pillars with elastic bands. They are shot into the air before being
lowered to the ground.
State Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell says when the ride was
over, the seat began to lower but the safety systems engaged
preventing it from returning to the ground.
A crane was brought in to help with the rescue.
The ride is not operating. The malfunction is under
Dubuque mother pleads guilty in daughter's death
(Information in the following story is from: Telegraph Herald,
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque woman charged in the death of her
toddler daughter has pleaded guilty to six charges, including child
endangerment resulting in death and desecration of a corpse.
The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque says
Tamelia Harris pleaded guilty on Monday at the Delaware County
Courthouse in Manchester. She was sentenced to 78 years in prison.
Harris had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of
her 20-month-old daughter, Cecelia. Harris had been jailed since
July 2010 when police began looking for the child. Police later
found the remains of a small child in Harris' backyard.
Monday's hearing was held in Manchester because the judge
presiding over the case was previously scheduled to hold court in
Iowa DNR: River pipeline leak poses little threat
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources
says a natural gasoline leak near the Missouri River does not
appear to pose any health or environmental risk.
Department spokeswoman Kathy Lee said Monday that any product
leaked into the flooded river appears to have dispersed.
The leak was discovered when pressure in the 8-inch-wide pipe
dropped early Sunday. The affected section runs from Decatur, Neb.,
to just west of Onawa, Ia.
Lee says the Missouri River flood could easily have caused the
leak, although it's too early for officials to know for sure. She
says the fast-flowing current helps disperse the product, but makes
it dangerous for cleanup crews to enter the water.
Natural gasoline is not natural gas. It is a clear to
light-amber colored unrefined liquid that floats on water.
Linn County considers bridge diving ban
(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette,
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Linn County is considering banning
diving from some bridges as videos of thrill seekers show up
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that county supervisors
agreed Monday to review a proposal from Sheriff Brian Gardner to
prohibit jumping or diving from publicly-owned bridges or culverts
or swimming in posted no-swimming areas. Gardner says interest may
be spurred by videos being posted on YouTube and other sites.
The sheriff says the water is murky, the current is strong and
it's just dangerous.
A new ordinance would give deputies and conservation officers
legal authority to arrest those diving or swimming in areas were
bans are posted. Violators could face a $625 fine and up to 30 days
in jail, or $100 and community service for those under 18.
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