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Transportation Board Talks About LeMars Plane Crash

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released new details of a September plane crash near the LeMars Municipal Airport.
     A report from the board, says pilot Robert Tompkins had just taken off from the airport when a gust of wind lowered the left wing of the single-engine plane and the aircraft's ailerons, which control
some movements, were unresponsive. Tompkins tried to level the plane but it stalled and crashed into a corn field west of the runway.
     The 42-year-old Tompkins, of Le Mars, suffered minor injuries in the Sept. 24 crash.
     The plane was destroyed. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

 

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 14 year old for the shooting death of 17 year old Kyle Badgerow of Kingsley.  The teen, is a step brother of Badgerow, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a class D felony, and with willful injury, a class C felony.  The youth was taken into custody at his father's home near Royal and was transported to a youth detention center at Cherokee.  The arrest was done on Thursday evening.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo told reporters during a Friday news conference why nearly a week had passed before any charges were made.

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(Merrill) -- The Merrill City Council is scheduled to meet this evening at the Kissinger Civic Center.  The Merrill City Council is expected to address Fifth Street Improvements as well as railroad crossings.  The Merrill Council will also address the condition of a building located at 125 Main Street, and they will discuss the water problem on Jackson Street.

 

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday and they will hear budget requests from Mid-Sioux Opportunity, the Plymouth County Historical Museum, and the Plymouth County Fair Board.  They will also discuss and review new library contract county allocation of funds for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013.

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking steps to secure caucus results after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could try to disrupt the voting. A video
posted on YouTube calls on supporters to "peacefully shut down" the January 3rd caucuses. Party officials have told precincts to use paper ballots as a backup system.

(Des Moines) -- The Associated General Contractors of Iowa or AGC are pressing for a gas tax increase, saying its "now or never". AGC is supportive of any efficiencies that make sense, but they say even if Governor Branstad is able to reach his target goal of finding $50 million in administrative savings, it will still mean a short-fall of $215 million in critical needs funding identified in the Transportation 2020 report.  AGC believes the next session of the legislature must debate more than administrative savings.  The contractors organization is proposing an increase in the new registration fees from five percent to six percent.  The group says this would raise an additional $50 million annually.  The contractors would also like to see the gas tax raised an additional four cents per gallon in 2013 and another four cent increase in 2014.  The AGC has estimated an additional $194 million annually after full implementation.  One concern that has been shared by many organizations is that any revenue raised and designated for road repair should be allocated to secondary rural roads, rather than to see the large share of the allocation be used for interstates and major highways in urban areas.

 

(Des Moines) -- With less than a week before Christmas, many Iowans are doing plenty of shopping online in hopes of finding the perfect gift for a loved one. Consumer advocate Carri Grube Lybarker  says before you make a purchase over the Internet, make sure you get information up-front about the company making the sale.

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 Lybarker says you may also need to know if there is a time period in which to request a refund. Also, make sure to have the proper protection for your computer, especially if you're shopping online a lot.

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Lybarker cautions parents to make certain their kids know how to be smart shoppers online.

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Lybarker says you should shop online with businesses that are reputable and familiar, as well as those with whom you have made successful transactions in the past.


     


    

   

Plymouth Co. Sheriff Arrested Minor Involved With Kingsley Shooting

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's officials have arrested and taken into custody the minor accused of fatally shooting 17 year old Kyle Badgerow of Kingsley.  Last evening, sheriff's deputies arrested 14 year old William "Billy" Noll.  Noll was taken into custody at his father's residence near Royal, Iowa. 

Noll has been charged with Involuntary manslaughter, a class D Felony, and Willful Injury, a Class C Felony.  He has been transported to the Youth Emergency Services Detention Center at Cherokee.  The shooting occured last Friday afternoon at a rural residence near Kingsley.  Badgerow had sustained a fatal gun shot wound to the chest from a fired .45 caliber pistol.  Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo told reporters at a news conference Friday, that at the time of the shooting, there were four minors inside the residence, but no adults. 

Authorities issued three search warrants: one for the residence, a second for the Kingsley-Pierson school, and a third for the residence of Noll's father.  Noll is a step brother to Badgerow.  Van Otterloo wouldn't explain any details that lead to the shooting, but only to say that Noll and all the family members and people present during the shooting have been cooperative during the investigation, and that there wasn't any alcohol involved.

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Van Otterloo said several guns were found in the residence, but only one bullet from one gun was fired.  The Plymouth County Sheriff explains why charges and the arrest were not filed until now.

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Van Otterloo says additional charges may be filed.  He called the shooting and the week following as a sad situation for everyone and an emotional week.  Dennis Morrice - KLEM news.

 

   

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