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KLEM NEWS PM Update July 22, 2010

(Sioux Falls)--The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls reports 80 to 100 mile an hour winds caused damage in Maurice and Cherokee and early today (Thursday).

A National Weather Storm Survey determined the wind speeds. A squall line with damaging winds went through northwest Iowa between 12:30 and 1:30 this (Thursday) morning.

The wind damage began about one mile west of Maurice and moved through the town before the winds continued for another six miles east of Maurice. Trees were knocked down damaging several homes.

The weather service also reports winds of 50 to 70 miles an hour affected portions of southern SIoux County. There was a measured wind gust of 59 miles an hour in Orange City about 12:38 this (Thursday) morning.

Storm damage in Cherokee includes buildings and trees. No one was injured. The damaging winds continued northeast snapping power poles and downing trees around Peterson.

Storm downs trees, power lines and damages homes in Maurice

(MAURICE)--A storm damaged homes and business buildings in a northwest Iowa town early today .

Sioux County Emergency Management coordinator Nate Huizenga says the damage in Maurice occurred about 12:30 this (Thursday) morning.

(as said) "We're not sure if it was just a severe straight-line wind or if it was a tornado but approximately 15 to 20 houses have been damaged to some extent; two or three houses have been damaged severely and one has been destroyed," Huizenga says.

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One person had  minor injuries.

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Some areas in the town of 261 have heavy damage.

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All the entrances to Maurice are blocked by Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputies.

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The National Weather Service has a staff member in Maurice investigating whether the storm damage was from a tornado.

Huizenga says the cleanup effort will really start when crews from MidAmerican Energy have restored power.

 The storm also damaged crops in the area.

Courthouse office area has water from roof

(LE MARS)--Water entered the third floor addition at the Plymouth County courthouse again.

More than four inches of rain was recorded at KLEM early this (Thursday) morning.

The roof leak was in the state Clerk of Court's office which is on the south side of the courthouse. Insurance and roofing representatives and some members of the Board of Supervisors have inspected the downed ceiling tiles and wet areas today (Thursday).

The clerk of court's office remained open for business while cleanup was underway.

Since the problem occurred about a month ago, county officials have been exploring the amount of water that drains from the original Courthouse building roof onto the addition roof

Red Cross responds to flooding in George

(GEORGE)--Heavy rains flooded homes in the Lyon County town of George overnight.

According to the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross, about 500 homes have been flooded in the George area.

Local volunteers went to George today (Thursday) with the Siouxland Chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle to assist with food, clean-up kits, and Disaster Assessment

Arson may be tied to Lyon County death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Authorities say a man found dead near Larchwood on Tuesday may have a connection to an arson in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Police Capt. Greg VandeKamp says authorities in Lyon County believe the man is from Sioux Falls. His name and details about his death have not been released.

VandeKamp says authorities say the death may be linked to an arson case that happened on Monday in Sioux Falls.

VandeKamp says no one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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Tubing accident victim found

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) Police in northwest Iowa say they've found the body of a man who died on the Raccoon River.

Sac City police say the body of 23-year-old James Greenlee, of Carroll, was discovered Wednesday.

A man who had been tubing with Greenlee told authorities Tuesday night that Greenlee had gone missing.

Justin Baker told police Greenlee had been injured while the two were tubing. Baker left the water so he could retrieve his vehicle and pick Greenlee up, but Greenlee wasn't in that spot when Baker came back.

Authorities began searching for Greenlee Tuesday night but didn't locate his body until the next day.


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Victims rights group asks for cancellation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A victims right group is asking Iowa school choir directors to cancel a performance directed by a man accused of sexually abusing a high school student nearly 20 years ago.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says it's asked the Iowa Choir Directors Association to cancel a show by Cedar Rapids-based Chorale Midwest planned for their annual convention. It's set to be directed by Bradley Barrett.

Thirty-one-year-old Adam Walker of Springfield, Mo., claimed last year that Barrett repeatedly abused him from 1992 through 1995. Criminal charges were never filed.

Barrett was an assistant music professor at the University of Northern Iowa before being placed on paid leave and later fired last December.

David Dutton, a Waterloo lawyer representing Barrett, called the victims rights group's actions ``scary and disgusting.''

Police seek man who twice eluded officers

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) Authorities are searching for a northeast Iowa man they say assaulted a police officer and has led several law enforcement agencies on a manhunt.

Officers in Oelwein responded to a report Tuesday of a disturbance and found Jeffrey Gries.

Police say Gries hit an officer in the head, resisted arrest and took off on foot. Authorities caught up with Gries again, but after struggling with officers he was able to escape.

Oelwein police say they got a tip on Gries was Wednesday but couldn't find him.

The unidentified officer injured in the scuffle has been treated and released from a local hospital. He will go on medical leave.

Police are asking anyone with information about Gries whereabouts to contact them.

Bomb found during demolition

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Workers demolishing a former munitions plant in Waterloo found a bomb left on a water heater.

Workers discovered the device Wednesday afternoon. Waterloo police say it's unclear if the bomb is live.

Authorities are standing guard until a military crew can reach Iowa to inspect the bomb, and they've contacted military officials to dismantle it.

The plant closed 16 years ago and is currently is being torn down.

Workers found an old rifle popular during the Korean War while removing asbestos in 2008.

Police find body of ISU student

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa State student set to stand trial on child pornography charges has been found dead.

The body of 22-year-old Lucas Farlinger was found by police Tuesday night inside his locked, on-campus apartment.

Farlinger was scheduled to stand trial Monday in federal court. An indictment says he allegedly received child pornography between July of 2008 and January of last year.

A cause of death had not been determined. Police do not suspect foul play.

Farlinger was a senior from St. Ansgar. He is the fifth Iowa State student to die this year.

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KLEM News AM Update July 22, 2010

 

(UNDATED)---Storm damage in Sioux County led to searches of damaged buildings overnight.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper reports the heavy rescue truck with a crew of six firefighters and the Le Mars Ambulance crew  responded to a request for help from Sioux County.

They searched farms around the Maurice area to assist with victim rescue and debris removal for about two hours--until around 3:15 this morning.

Schipper reports no trapped victims were found. However, he says several areas had structure, crop and tree damage. 

In Le Mars, rainfall through 7:30 a-m was 3.9 inches.

Buena Vista COunty Emergency Management is reporting power poles snapped off 10 feet above ground and in fields due to thunderstorm wind damage three miles south-southwest of Peterson. Trees are also reported down.

Flash flooding reported in Siouxland

(UNDATED)--A Flash Flood warning was in effect in Siouxland until 6:30 this (Thursday) morning.

National Weather Service radar indicated flash flooding was occurring from around Yankton to near Vermillion to Hawarden, Akron, Sioux Center and Le Mars.

Between two and four inches of rain fell in two to three hours beginning  at around 12:30 this morning.

The Flash Flood Warning was for Plymouth and Sioux Counties as well as the nearby South Dakota Counties of Clay, Union, Yankton, southeastern Turner, southern Lincoln, and in Nebraska , northern Dixon County.

 

Body found west of Larchwood

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) Police from several jurisdictions are investigating the discovery of a body in a rural area of Lyon County.

Authorities say the body was found Wednesday morning by a West Lyon high school freshman while he was four-wheeling on his family's farm.

The farm is west of  Larchwood, near the Big Sioux River.

Local and county law enforcement  were called in, as well as the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Lyon County Sheriff's office could not comment on the case Wednesday afternoon because more than one jurisdiction is involved. A press conference is expected today (Thursday).


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Concrete worker is injured by electrical shock

(SIOUX CITY)--A construction worker is hospitalized after an accident at a building site in Sioux City just before noon Wednesday.

The Woodbury County Sheriff's office reports 30-year-old James Carroll was working with a cement pumping boom truck. The boom came into contact with overhead electrical wires.

Carroll, an employee of Siouxland Concrete Pumping of Sioux City, received a life threatening electrical shock and was unconscious. He was given C-P-R by bystanders and deputies from the sheriff's office used an automatic external defibrillator. Two off-duty Woodbury County Disaster and Emergency Services employees also provided assistance.

Carroll was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Siouxland Paramedics. He is hospitalized in critical condition.

Divers train with weather cleanup at the Lakes

(ORANGE CITY)--A weather event is a training opportunity that returned missing property to West Lake Okoboji homeowners and their guests.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office Dive Team Tuesday combined their training session with recovery from strong thunderstorms on West Lake Okoboji July 17th.

Working in the Terrace Park area on the south side of West Lake Okoboji, divers brought up trolling motors, tackle boxes, sunglasses and many other personal items.

Divers reported finding a large amount of debris from docks and boat lifts on the bottom of the lake. They were tied off and brought to the surface during the three hours of training and recovery of items Tuesday.

Woodbury Central grad's remains returned to Iowa

(UNDATED)--The body of an Iowa Air Force Captain who died in the Middle East arrived back in Iowa Wednesday. Captain David Wisniewski  was piloting a helicopter that was shot down in southern Afghanistan on June 9. He died from his injuries on July 2nd. Four other U.S. airmen were killed in the crash. Wisniewski, 31, grew up in Moville near Sioux City. The Defense Department said during his eight-year career, David Wisniewski had logged more than 1,500 flight hours and saved numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at St. Patrick's Church in Iowa City. Wisniewski will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary on August 23. Wisniewski is the son of Iowa City Regina Activities Director Chet Wisniewski. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Sioux City welcomes RAGBRAI XXXVIII

(SIOUX CITY---WITH OVER 20-THOUSAND OVERNIGHT VISITORS EXPECTED IN SIOUX CITY THIS WEEKEND FOR RAGBRAI, FINAL PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE IN THE CITY.
THE SIOUX CITY RAGBRAI HOST COMMITTEE WILL BE SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES THURSDAY AT LARSEN PARK, COOK PARK AND NEAR THE HOME DEPOT.
PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGER TERRY HOFFMAN SAYS THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY TO ENSURE VISITORS ENJOY THEIR STAY IN SIOUX CITY.
RAGBRAI WILL BEGIN IN SIOUX CITY SATURDAY, WITH A KICK-OFF PARTY ON FOURTH STREET, WHICH MEANS MANY AREA ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.
ERIKA NEWTON SAYS ADMISSION INTO THE FESTIVAL AREA WILL REQUIRE A WRISTBAND OR A SMASH MOUTH CONCERT TICKET.
FIREWORKS WILL LIGHT UP THE SKY AFTER THE CONCERT AND RIDERS WILL LEAVE SIOUX CITY SUNDAY MORNING AND MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE OF IOWA.
FOR MORE RAGBRAI INFORMATION LOG ONTO SIOUX CITY RAGBRAI 2010.COM (Josie Cooper, KSCJ/Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

Workers find possible bomb in Waterloo


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police have asked the military for advice in disposing of a suspected bomb found in a former munitions plant.

Workers with Active Thermal Concepts, which is involved in the demolition of the former Chamberlain Manufacturing compound, found the suspected bomb Wednesday afternoon.

The device was found out in the open on what appeared to be a water heater in the northern section of the plant. Authorities say the workers moved it an area by a door so they could see it better.

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Iowa airports receiving $3.1 million

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $3.1 million to improve airports across Iowa.

The Iowa Democrat announced the federal funding Wednesday.

The largest single grant for $950,000 goes to Dubuque Regional Airport for runway safety area improvements. Schenck Field in Clarinda will receive more than $460,000 for hangar construction, and Oelwin Municipal Airport is getting more than $371,000 for the construction of a a snow removal equipment building.

Smaller grants, ranging from $262,000 to $24,000, will go to airports in Creston, Clarion, Waverly, Fort Dodge, Fairfield, Osceola, Estherville, Pella, and Mason City.

Flooding could allow Asian carp into Lake Rathbun

RATHBUN, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the current flooding could allow invasive Asian carp to get into Lake Rathbun.

The department said Wednesday the big head and silver carp are in the Chariton River, and have been found below the spillway of the dam that forms the lake. Since carp seek out flowing water and swim into the current, if the water rises high enough, the fish could get into the lake through some of the smaller feeder streams or even the spillway itself.

Repeated heavy rains in and around Lake Rathbun have doubled its size to 22,000 acres.

DNR fisheries chief Joe Larscheid says carp are definitely not wanted in Lake Rathbun, which is already suffering from a zebra mussel infestation.

18 arrested in bank fraud case


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police say they have arrested 18 people in connection with a check-writing scheme that allegedly defrauded banks of about $125,000.

According to authorities, the suspects face various charges, including unlawful activity, theft and money laundering.

Authorities say members of the group opened accounts at various banks to get starter checks and debit cards. They allegedly swapped checks and used the ``float'' delay in bank transactions to make fake deposits that artificially inflated the value of the accounts.

The accused allegedly used the debit cards and checks to get cash, which was laundered through U.S. Postal money orders, and make purchases.

Authorities say they learned of the scheme when officials at Regions Bank became suspicious. According to court records, other banks affected by the scheme include Wells Fargo, Veridian Credit Union and Iowa Community Credit Union.

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Nash Finch cited for Econofoods closing

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The Nash Finch Co. has been cited by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy for failing to give timely notice of last year's closing of a Econofoods pharmacy.

About 70 people lost their jobs when Nash Finch closed its Econofoods store in Dubuque on Dec. 31.

The Board of Pharmacy says when the store was closed, Nash Finch failed to give notice to the state board or its patients.

In a decision issued Wednesday, the board ordered Minneapolis-based Nash Finch to pay a $25,000 fine within 30 days. Board of Pharmacy executive director Lloyd Jessen said the fine was the maximum the board could impose.

Telephone calls to Nash Finch for comment on the board's decision were not immediately returned.

Convention bureau sued by former director

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The executive director of the Cedar Rapids Area Convention Visitors Bureau has filed a lawsuit against her former employer.

Marilee Fowler has sued the Evansville (Ind.) Convention and Visitors Bureau for alleged fraud, breach of contract and rights violations.

The lawsuit, filed July 9 in Vanderburgh County Superior Court and transferred Tuesday to federal court, alleges Fowler was placed on administrative leave in February after she disclosed the location of a proposed sports complex.

Fowler claims she was later told if she resigned by March 29, she would receive severance as spelled out in an agreement that was to be approved by the visitors bureau board. She says the board later refused to approve a severance agreement.

Visitors bureau president Joe Vezzozo says he has no comment while the case is in the courts.


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