Tuesday Afternoon News, Aug 7
Le Mars Participates in National Night Out Event
(Le Mars) -- Neighborhoods throughout Le Mars and across the nation are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. "National Night Out" is scheduled to take place this evening (Tuesday) and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and locally sponsored by the Le Mars Police Department. Le Mars Police Chief, Stewart Dekkenga says National Night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, as well as generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and finally to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. tonight, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and the police. There are four areas at Le Mars participating in the National Night Out event serving as block parties. For Luke and Stephanie Cargin of Le Mars, they chose to host a block party as a way to meet their neighbors.
Cargin says she and her husband hope to make the event an annual event. Cargin says the Le Mars Police made a stop to last year's block party as a way to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, and she expects them to do the same this year. Cargin has some advice for community neighborhoods...
Army Corps of Engineers Evaluating Missouri River Water Flow
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is again reducing its prediction for how much water will flow down the Missouri River this year because of the drought.
The corps now predicts 21 million acre-feet of runoff this year in the 2,341-mile-long river that flows from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
That forecast is about 85 percent of normal, and well below last year's record amount of 61.2 million acre-feet of runoff.
Flooding along the river last year caused massive damage, but this year the amount of snowmelt and rain flowing into the river is below normal.
Some of the extra water stored in reservoirs along the river has been used to provide enough water for navigation, power and other uses of the river.
Marshalltown Woman Given Probation On Child Neglect
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 24-year-old central Iowa woman accused of neglecting her 18-month-old child who died has been given five years of probation.
Kristen Hernandez had pleaded guilty to felony neglect of a dependent and to misdemeanor child endangerment.
Hernandez was given a deferred judgment on Monday, which means the crimes will be removed from her record if she successfully completes the probation.
Authorities say Hernandez left her daughter, Destiny, and her then-3-year-old son unattended for several hours in August 2011. The girl died later, and police say an autopsy was unable to
pinpoint the cause of death.
Hernandez's mother, Ruth Sharer, faces two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment in the case. She's pleaded not guilty, and her trial has been delayed until Sept. 13.
Accountant Involved With Iowa Film Program Scandal Has Been Acquitted
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Bettendorf accountant charged in Iowa's film program scandal has been acquitted.
A Polk County jury returned with a not guilty verdict on Monday for 39-year-old Chad Witter. He'd been charged with fraud, theft and ongoing criminal conduct.
Witter was the last of the 10 defendants to be tried on fraud or other charges. The film incentives program was shut down in 2009 after an audit showed millions of dollars were awarded improperly.
Witter denied lying on state documents and says he never conspired with filmmakers to submit false expense paperwork as part of the state's tax credit program.