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Wednesday News, May 1, 2013

Le Mars Woman Dies In Auto Accident

(Wellsburg) -- A Le Mars woman has died in an auto accident in Grundy County.  21 year old Kelby Klein was east-bound on Highway 20 early Tuesday morning when the Ford Escape she was driving dropped off the roadway on the inside shoulder. Klein over corrected, according to the sheriff’s office report. The vehicle then went onto the other shoulder, entered the ditch and went through a fence before rolling.  The accident happened about three miles northwest of Wellsburg and was discovered at 2:20 a.m.,  Klein was pronounced dead at the scene.  The incident remains under investigation by the Grundy County Sheriff's office.


Banks Warn Customers Of Phone Scam

(Le Mars) -- Local bank officials are  warning their customers and others of a phishing phone scam that has been detected within the area.  Apparently, customers are receiving  automatic telephone calls or voice messages informing them their debit card has been deactivated and in order to reactivate the card, customers are asked to touch the "1" button or call the number given.  American Bank, Primebank, Great Southern, First National, Kingsley State Bank, and Northwest Iowa Credit Union have all reported that some of their customers have been contacted by the phishing scam today.   Bank officials say they are not the ones making the calls, and are urging their customers not to offer any personal information to an automated system or to someone they do not know. 
Le Mars Police Chief Stewart Dekkenga says unfortunately scams are becoming a common occurrence.  Dekkenga echoes the sentiment of the banks and that is not to offer any personal information.

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The Le Mars Police Chief suggest people to check with their own local bank if they have questions.  Dekkenga says its frustrating that many times the local police can't do much to prevent the scam.
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Dekkenga says in many times if a person makes the call, it could be costly in many ways.

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Bank officials have said that personal information has not been compromised and there is nothing wrong with the customers' debit cards.   Bank officials say this is not a new scam, but the perpetrators have acquired a list or group of cell phone numbers from this area.  Customers are asked if they are the victim of such phone calls to contact their bank immediately.

 

Le Mars Mainstreet Organization Receives Accreditation

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Mainstreet organization has been given some good news.  The Le Mars Mainstreet organization has met all ten performance standards and criteria required to be named an accredited Mainstreet program.  The news was delivered via a letter from the National Mainstreet Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The ten performance standards include: having a broadbase level of community support for the commercial district revitalization process, develop a vision and mission statements relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program's organizational stage, have a comprehensive Main Street work plan, possess and exhibit an historic preservation ethic, have an active board of directors and committees, have an adequate operating budget, have a paid professional program manager, conduct a program of ongoing training for staff and volunteers, report key statistics and have a current membership in the National Main Street Network membership program.  Le Mars Mainstreet organization will receive a certificate from the National Main Street program.


Family Members Urge Jamal Dean To Turn Himself In

(Sioux City) -- Family members of the suspected police shooter in Sioux City are urging that he turn himself in to authorities.  Levon Dean, the father of Jamal Dean, appeared before the media on Tuesday afternoon.  Jamal Dean is currently on the run.  He is suspected of shooting Sioux City Police officer Kevin McCormick in the head.  Jamal Dean is a known gang member and has an extensive criminal record dating back to grade school.

 

Viet Nam Veteran Remains Go To Arlington Cemetery

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - The remains of an Iowa native will rest with those of his crewmates who also died when their helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War.
The U.S. Defense Department says additional remains of aviation anti-submarine warfare technician Donald McGrane, of Waverly, have been identified. Also killed in the crash were Lt. Dennis Peterson,
of Huntington Park, Calif.; Ensign Donald Frye, of Los Angeles; and aviation anti-submarine warfare technician William Jackson, of Stockdale, Texas.
The remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.
Partial remains of McGrane, Frye and Jackson were recovered by the Vietnamese government and turned over to the U.S. government in October 1982. Peterson's remains were recovered in March 2012.
Navy records say the carrier-based helicopter was shot down on July 19, 1967.

 

Northbound I-35 Closed Due To Truck Hitting Over Pass

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Several quiet Iowa communities are suddenly much busier because of the closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Warren County.
The Iowa State Patrol began rerouting northbound traffic Monday night after a truck hauling construction equipment hit and severely damage a bridge that passed above I-35. Until it's repaired, the bridge is too precarious to drive beneath.
That meant on Tuesday, residents in Martensdale, Prole and Norwalk dealt with big changes
in their communities.
For elementary principal Tom Wood, Martensdale has changed from a place where the only noise was children playing or birds singing to "semis humming by every few seconds."
The detour veers onto Highway 92, then Highway 28 and north to Highway 5, where traffic returns to I-35 near West Des Moines.
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Indian Hills Community College President To Retire

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - The president of Iowa's Indian Hills Community College says he intends to retire this year.
The Ottumwa Courier says (http://bit.ly/1035JCF ) a college news release didn't give a retirement date for Dr. Jim Lindenmayer. But it did say he planned to remain at least until his successor is
selected.
Lindenmayer is the fourth top college this year to accept an early retirement package offered by the school.
Lindenmayer has worked at the college for 33 years and has been president since 2011, when he was named to succeed Dr. Lyle Hellyer.
Indian Hills Community College is one of 15 community colleges in the state. The district spans 10 counties in southeast Iowa.
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Senate Debates DNA Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate plans to debate a bill that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples for a federal databank.
Lawmakers are set to debate the measure Wednesday.
Under the proposal, adults convicted of crimes like aggravated assault and theft would submit a DNA sample. Under current Iowa law, only convicted felons and sexual offenders are required to
submit samples.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is supporting the bill, saying it will help police solve more cases. The American Civil Liberties Union is campaigning against the measure, calling it invasive and
excessive.
Republican senators stalled the measure from being debated Tuesday in order to file amendments to the bill.


 

 

 

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, April 30

Banks  Warns Customers of Phishing Phone Scam

(Le Mars) -- Local bank officials are  warning their customers and others of a phishing phone scam that has been detected within the area.  Apparently, customers are receiving  automatic telephone calls or voice messages informing them their debit card has been deactivated and in order to reactivate the card, customers are asked to touch the "1" button or call the number given.  American Bank, Primebank, Great Southern, First National, Kingsley State Bank, and Northwest Iowa Credit Union have all reported that some of their customers have been contacted by the phishing scam today.   Bank officials say they are not the ones making the calls, and are urging their customers not to offer any personal information to an automated system or to someone they do not know. 
Le Mars Police Chief Stewart Dekkenga says unfortunately scams are becoming a common occurrence.  Dekkenga echoes the sentiment of the banks and that is not to offer any personal information.

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The Le Mars Police Chief suggest people to check with their own local bank if they have questions.  Dekkenga says its frustrating that many times the local police can't do much to prevent the scam.
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Dekkenga says in many times if a person makes the call, it could be costly in many ways.

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Kelley Pick, Marketing Coordinator with American Bank says personal information has not been compromised and there is nothing wrong with the customers' debit cards.   Bank officials say this is not a new scam, but the perpetrators have acquired a list or group of cell phone numbers from this area.  Customers are asked if they are the victim of such phone calls to contact their bank immediately.


 

Sioux City Police Identify Shot Officer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the officer shot during a traffic stop in Sioux City, as a search continues for the man suspected of shooting him.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young on Tuesday said Kevin McCormick was shot in the forehead after stopping a vehicle in an alley on the west side of town. He's expected to make a full recovery.
Police say McCormick, who joined the department last year, was still sitting in his cruiser during the Monday afternoon traffic stop when 22-year-old Jamal Dean got out of his vehicle and shot
eight rounds from a rifle. The bullets went through the cruiser's windshield, and one hit McCormick.
Officers from several agencies are searching throughout Sioux City for Dean. Young says he is armed and dangerous.

 

House Committee Approves Health Services Budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Iowa House have given committee-level approval to a budget for the Health and Human Services agency that would bar the use of Medicaid funds for abortion.
In a 14-11 vote split along party lines, the House appropriations committee approved the roughly $1.7 billion spending plan Tuesday. The House budget for state departments of Health and Human Services and Public Health offers less money that the version approved by the Democratic-majority Senate.
Medicaid covers abortions in Iowa in rare cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity and to protect a mother's life. The Iowa Department of Human Resources reported 22 abortions funded by Medicaid dollars in the last fiscal year.
The bill will now move to the full House for consideration.


Attorney Asks Texas Turkey Company To Compensate Mentally Handicapped Employees

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A government attorney is asking jurors to award damages to 32 mentally disabled workers who he says were subjected to around-the-clock discrimination by a Texas company
that profited from their work at an Iowa turkey plant.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney Robert Canino told jurors Tuesday the former workers for Henry's Turkey Service suffered "broken lives" because of conditions they endured while
living at a run-down bunkhouse and working at West Liberty Foods.
In closing arguments, he told jurors they should award compensatory and punitive damages to each worker.
The EEOC sued Henry's, based in Goldthwaite, Texas, over allegations the company discriminated against the men.
Company attorney David Scieszinski says any isolated problems weren't the company's fault.
Jurors have started deliberations. The federal court trial started last week in Davenport.

 

Ackley Is Without Water

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) - A ruptured water main has forced officials in the central Iowa city of Ackley to shut off water service to the community while workers make repairs.
The Department of Natural Resources says in a news release Tuesday that an 8-inch line ruptured, prompting a halt of service in the Hardin County city of 1,500.
The DNR says the public school was closed and administrators of a nursing home were notified. Police officers plan to go door-to-door to notify residents.
Water is stored in a water tower and can be used in case of a fire.
After repairs are made, residents will be advised to boil water while the system is brought back online.


   

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