Tuesday Afternoon News, October 1
Authorities Find Missing Child
(Le Mars) -- For a period of nearly three and a half hours last evening, local authorities were searching for a missing 12 year old boy. Le Mars Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga says the parents of the child reported to police at nearly 6:30 p.m. that their special needs child was gone.
The boy was found hiding in a dog house at about 9:00 p.m. at a friend's home, nearly two miles away from his home. He was safe without injuries. However, Dekkenga says it is always a difficult issue to determine if a missing child is a run-a-way, or if an abduction has occurred.
The police chief says last evening's search turned up evidence that led police to believe they were dealing with a run-a-way child.
Dekkenga says he was only minutes away from contacting the media to ask for the public's assistance with the search of the missing child. Some may wonder if an Amber Alert should have been issued. Dekkenga says an Amber Alert requires specific criteria.
Again, we want to emphasize the boy was found safe, and he was returned to his parents.
City Reports Fall Clean Up Data
(Le Mars) -- During the recent Le Mars Fall Clean Up Week, more than 108,550 pounds of waste products were disposed at the Plymouth County Landfill facilities. Bill Cole, Assistant City Administrator, says the amount equaling to slightly more than 54 tons was about 15,000 pounds less than the spring clean up days. The Fall Clean up is a time when the city offers amnesty on disposal fees. 190 residents participated in the fall clean up, which is 74 fewer people than the spring clean up days. A year ago, 234 people disposed more than 109,200 pounds of waste products. Fall Clean Up allowed
people to dispose white goods appliances, construction and demolition, furniture, and fencing. Weekly garbage and trash were not allowed to be included in the special waste disposal.
Fire Department Issues Monthly Report
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued both its monthly and quarterly reports. During the month of September, the fire department responded to a total of 35 calls, of which 8 were fires, 7 rescue calls, 5 officer investigations, and 15 requests for services. During September, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was awarded a 2012 Life Safety Achievement Award. The fire department wishes to remind Le Mars residents and businesses that October 6th through October 12th is National Fire Prevention Week. The annual pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th at Fire Station #1 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Members of the Le Mars Fire Department will also be serving ice cream at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor on Wednesday, October 9th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Fire Department
will have a fire truck parked outside of the ice cream parlor during the time they are serving ice cream.
Trial Set For Shooter Of Rockwell City Police Officer
ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - A December trial has been scheduled for a 32-year-old Iowa man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer.
Corey Trott pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of first-degree murder. He's suspected of shooting 37-year-old Jamie Buenting on Sept. 13, during an hours-long standoff with police at Trott's house.
Trott's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 3. He's being held in Webster County Jail.
Buenting was married and had two children.
Iowans Find It Difficult To Obtain New Health Care Insurance Information
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Getting information from the online insurance marketplace the first day of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul hasn't been easy for some Iowans.
Logging onto the computer system to compare insurance policies proved difficult for Ken Ridge, a 62-year-old retiree from Clive. He says he wanted to compare his insurance policy with those offered through the insurance exchange Tuesday morning, but the computer system wouldn't let him create an account. He'll try later in the day.
Violet Menke, of Ankeny, says she tried to call the toll-free Affordable Care Act information line but was told her wait would be 30 minutes.
Visiting Nurses of Iowa, one of the few groups in Iowa receiving a grant to help people buy insurance in the marketplace, reports receiving just one call so far.
Branstad Selects New Chief-Of-Staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has named a new chief who previously worked as an aide to Republicans in the state Legislature and Congress.
Branstad announced Tuesday he had hired Matt Hinch as his chief of staff. The 33-year-old Hinch takes the place of Jeff Boeyink, who resigned last month.
Hinch has most recently worked as senior vice president of public policy for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which represents central Iowa businesses and chambers of commerce.
He previously worked as chief of staff to Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and as campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Tom Latham.
Hinch is a University of Iowa graduate. He and his wife, Ali, live in West Des Moines.
Grassley Deeply Disappointed With Government Shutdown
(Washington) -- For the first time since the mid-1990s, the federal government is essentially closed as Congress wrangles over funding for the federal health care program. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, in his weekly conference call with reporters in Iowa this (Tuesday) morning, says he's upset the partisan bickering has led to this point.
Grassley, a Republican, says his offices have been ordered to trim back to only "accepted" employees who are essential to the operations. Beginning this afternoon and for the duration of the shutdown, he anticipates having only about 15-percent of his staff on duty.
The Republican-controlled House passed a budget that would fund the federal government
only if so-called Obamacare was defunded, a plan the Democrat-run Senate rejected. Given the impasse, Grassley was asked how long the shutdown may last.
The last time the federal government experienced a shutdown was under the Clinton Administration -- twice during late 1995 and early 1996. Those shutdowns lasted six days and 21 days, the longest in history. There have been 17 federal government shutdowns since 1977.