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Monday News, August 6

Bicyclers Shot At Sunday Morning

(Le Mars) -- Two bicyclers were shot at during their early morning Sunday ride in Plymouth County on Highway 12. The 9-1-1 call was received at about 7:30 a.m. when Tony Pierce and John Pecaut (Pea-cull) both of rural Sioux City reported they were riding their bikes when a red Ford Explorer approached them from the south, slowed down, and while passing them presented a firearm out the driver side of the vehicle and discharged several rounds at them. The two bicyclers took cover in the ditch and called 9-1-1. The Sioux City Police, Iowa State Patrol, and Plymouth county Sheriff's Office responded to the area and found the Ford explorer about four miles north of where the shots were fired. When officers arrived, two subjects fled the vehicle and ran into a wooded area along the Big Sioux River. Officers pursued the subjects and they were arrested without incident. The two arrested are Terry Oliver, age 22 of Sioux City, and Cesar Ganzales, age 20 also of Sioux City. No injuries were reported, and the weapon, a .45 caliber semi-automatic was recovered in a wooded area by a Woodbury County Canine.


County Fire Departments Fight Grass Fires

(Le Mars) -- Several of the county fire departments were busy over the weekend, fighting fires, many of which were either grass or field fires. Akron and Le Mars Fire Departments had grass fires reported on Saturday, and the Merrill Fire Department responded to a field fire on Sunday. Akron's fire was located at 24835 county road K-18. The Le Mars Fire Department had to extinguish a blaze at 32547 county road C-38, and the Merrill Fire Department was called to 23661 Fir Avenue for a field fire.


School Registration Today and Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- Summer is winding down as today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) are the days designated for registration at the Le Mars Community Schools and also at Remsen St. Mary's. Registration for Le Mars Community will occur at the Middle School. Monday the hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and for Tuesday, registration hours are set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Remsen St. Mary's, registration is between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Parents of students between TK-8th grade should register at St. Mary's grade school, and parents with students between 9th and 12th grades should register at the St. Mary's High School. At Le Mars Community, the Code of Conduct meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Students interested in participating in extra cirricular activities need to attend a Code of Conduct meeting along with their parent or guardian.


Motorcycle Accident At Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police are investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday evening at about 6:45 p.m. The accident happened at South Lakeport and Morningside Avenue. A motorcycle and a passenger car were determined to be involved. The motorcycle was driving straight through the intersection on Morningside Avenue going west. The car was maneuvering a left hand turn from Morningside Avenue to go north on South Palmeto. The car collided with the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Rogelio Lozano, age 46 of Sioux City was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The two occupants in the car were uninjured.


220th Street Closed For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that 220th Street between Otter Avenue and County Road K-64 will be closed, starting today, and continuing through August 27th. Work crews are replacing an old wooden bridge with a box culvert.


Iowa: Political Battleground

NEW YORK (AP) - If television ad spending is any guide, Iowa is one of the nine battleground states that will decide the White House race this November. While the rest of the country is virtually ad-free, the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with independent groups, are going at it in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Nevada and Florida.


Plane Forced To Land In Soybeam Field

ELKHART, Iowa (AP) - A small plane landed safely in an Iowa soybean field yesterday after reportedly running out of gas. The Polk County Sheriff's office says the plan landed just before noon Sunday in a field west of Elkhart, Iowa. The pilot was OK and was the only person on board.


Iowa Soldier Killed In Iraq Has Clinic Named In His Honor

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A new family medical clinic at a U.S. Army post in Colorado has been named in honor of an Iowa native who was killed in Iraq.  The name of Pfc. Eric Woods is gracing the Soldier Family Care Center at Fort Carson, Colo.  The 26-year-old Woods, a medic, was killed on July 9, 2005. He died when a bomb went off as he was helping evacuate a wounded soldier.

Woods graduated from Urbandale High School, where he played football, baseball and wrestled.  About two dozen friends and relatives of Woods attended a dedication ceremony at the clinic last month. They included his wife, Jamie, and their son, Eric Scott Woods, who live in Omaha.  His parents, Chuck and Jan Woods, live in Urbandale.


Police Receiving Several Tips On Cousins' Disappearance

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - The high-profile case of two missing Iowa cousins has inspired a flood of tips to law enforcement. But the girls have not been found.  Law enforcement agencies encourage the tips because they could prove valuable, but many of the tips received so far have been vague.  Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins have been missing since July 13th. They were last seen riding their bikes in Evansdale.

Cedar Rapids Sergeant Christy Hamblin says some of the tips seem frivolous if they lack detail because there little for officers to follow up on.  After the FBI asked for tips about a man driving a white van, Cedar Rapids police were receiving more than 40 tips a day about white vans in someone's neighborhood.


Police Arrest Two Men Caught In School

ALLEMAN, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa men are likely to face burglary and arson charges after police found them inside an elementary school early Saturday.  The Polk County Sheriff's office says deputies went to Central Elementary in Alleman after a motion alarm was triggered around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies encountered two men leaving the school and arrested 21-year-old Christopher Kessler. The other man ran back into the school and managed to elude officers for several hours.  Around 4 a.m. Saturday, officers smelled smoke from an area of the school that's under construction and found 23-year-old Horace Cross asleep in a classroom.  Authorities say at least five buses and several classrooms were damaged in the incident.


Sizzling Heat Killing Fish

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the sizzling summer dries up rivers and raises water temperatures in some spots to nearly 100 degrees.  About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials say they've seen thousands of dead catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon.  Officials in Illinois say the drought has claimed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish and killed many of the endangered greater redhorse fish.  The fish are dying amid one of the hottest and driest summer in decades. More than 3,000 heat records were broken over the last month.



Friday afternoon news, Aug. 3

University of Northern Iowa President Announces Resignation

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Ben Allen is stepping down as president of the University of Northern Iowa, where budget cuts have outraged some faculty, students and parents.
     Allen says Friday he will retire by July 1, 2013, after six years at the helm of the Cedar Falls university.
     The Iowa Board of Regents supported Allen's decisions to close UNI's teaching lab, eliminate academic programs and offer faculty buyouts. Allen says the changes allow UNI to focus on its strongest programs, which he says will attract more students and faculty.
     Supporters of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School filed a lawsuit to keep the award-winning school open, arguing the regents didn't have to power under state law to close it.
     A judge in June rejected the lawsuit, saying the regents didn't exceed their power.


Protesters Ask For Rastetter's Ouster At Regents Meeting

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Some protesters seeking the ouster of Iowa Board of Regents member Bruce Rastetter have been removed from the board's meeting in Cedar Falls.
     The protesters were removed Friday after interrupting the meeting and alleging Rastetter committed ethics violations. Board President Craig Lang warned about 40 members of Iowa Citizens for
Community Improvement to not disrupt the meeting.
     Rastetter, a prominent businessman, worked with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa.  Environmentalists and watchdog groups say he tried to use his influence as a regent to benefit an investment group he founded and manages that is developing farmland in Tanzania. ISU withdrew from the project in February after mounting criticism.
     Iowa CCI filed an ethics complaint against Rastetter, which a state ethics board will review Aug. 23.


Northwestern College Exceeds Fundraising Goal

(Orange City) -- Northwestern College in Orange City exceeded its million-dollar goal for the Northwestern Fund by raising $1 million, 73 thousand dollars during the fiscal year of 2011 - 2012.  More than 76 percent was given by members of the college's Tower Society, made up of donors who give $1,000 or more annually to the college.  The Northwestern Fund is a component of the college's Imagine Campaign; gifts to all the campaign components-as well as other college causes such as students' short-term mission trips exceeded $4.9 million in 2011-2012. Northwestern College President, Greg Christy says, "Northwestern alumni and friends have a real heart for our students and the increasing challenges young people face as they pay for college."  The Northwestern Fund helps reduce tutition by around $900 per student.


Mapleton Man Expected To Plead Guilty To Conspiracy

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Court documents say a 33-year-old western Iowa man accused of twice arranging to have someone shoot him has made a deal with prosecutors.
     Darren Hieber, of Mapleton, will plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy and two counts of solicitation for the shootings. The other charges will be dropped.
     He is scheduled to plead guilty on Aug. 20.
     Hieber is accused of persuading Brady Chapman to shoot him in a leg on Feb. 5. Hieber also is accused of hiring Joseph Roberts and Timothy Culley, both of Omaha, to shoot at him on March 8 in
     Authorities say Hieber was trying to gain sympathy from his ex-wife.
     Roberts, Culley and Chapman have been given probation.


Rendering Truck Spills Load At Sioux City

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Workers have cleaned up after a rendering truck spilled some animal entrails and parts on a Sioux City street.
     The spill occurred about 9:45 a.m. Thursday on the east side of Sioux City.
     The Iowa Transportation Department says the truck driver apparently had to stop suddenly, which forced some of his load to slosh out.
     Traffic was diverted for about 30 minutes as workers cleaned up the mess.



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