Monday News, October 15
Plymouth County 4-H Council To Hold Fund Raiser
(Kingsley) -- The Plymouth County Youth 4-H Council is giving back to the community by organizing a fund raiser for a Kingsley family. Sam Pratt, a 4-H Youth Council member says the organization will hold a fundraiser on Sunday, October 21 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, beginning at 1 p.m. The money raised will help the Vondrak Family who has three young daughters, all suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II and are confined to wheelchairs.
Pratt explains why the 4-H Council decided to hold the fund raiser for the Vondrak family.
Kennedy Vondrak, the oldest of the three daughters is in second grade and is a member of the Kingsley Clover Kids group. Clover Kids is an organized effort that teaches young people about 4-H before they are old enough to join 4-H. Pratt says her fellow 4-H Council Members were eager to help with the fund raiser. For additional information, or for registration forms, you can contact the Plymouth County Extension office at 546-7835.
Gehlen Catholic To Make Important Announcement
(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic High School is planning a news conference for this (Monday) afternoon at the Reardon Family Gym. The announcement will take place at 2:20 p.m. and it has to deal with Gehlen Catholic and its affinity with Opportunities Unlimited.
School Officials Able To Track Bullying Incidents
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - School administrators in Sioux City say a new state bullying database helped them stop harassment.
The Sioux City Journal reports that school officials have used the system to track where instances of bullying have taken place.
The database required by the Iowa Department of Education has been in use for the past month. The system collects detailed reports about where bullying has occurred, who was involved and why
the victim was targeted.
Sioux City schools administrator Marilyn Charging says the database has helped administrators identify where bullying has occurred, allowing them to increase staff in problem areas.
The Iowa Department of Education says districts filed nearly 11,000 reports of bullying in the 2011 to 2012 school year.
16 Year Old Dies After Car-Train Accident
LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa (AP) - A 16-year-old girl has died after her vehicle was struck by a train in western Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says Cailey Berndt, of Little Sioux, didn't yield to a train at a crossing around noon on Sunday in Harrison County. The train struck her vehicle, which ended up in a
Berndt was flown to a hospital in Omaha, Neb. Authorities say she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at the hospital.
The Iowa State Patrol and Union Pacific officials are investigating the accident.
Weekend Storm Produces Three Fires
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say three house fires in the Des Moines area were all caused by weekend thunderstorms.
The Des Moines Register reports that lightning strikes triggered fires at two homes in Johnston and one in Clive.
The Johnston fires were triggered at houses across the street from one another. Johnston Fire Chief Jim Krohse says both involved ruptured gas lines, but no one was injured.
In Clive, a lightning strike was blamed for an attic fire that caused damage estimated at $20,000. No injuries were reported.
The blazes were reported as the weekend threat of tornadoes subsided. Storms that moved through Iowa late Friday and early Saturday shed up to 2 inches of rain in the southern part of the
Teenager Shot in Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines teenager is dead and another is in jail after an accidental shooting that may have begun with horseplay.
Sixteen-year-old Corey Hamilton Junior died of a single gunshot wound to the head shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police have charged 15-year-old Dontavius Sharkey with involuntary manslaughter
and reckless use of a firearm.
Des Moines Police Sergeant Chris Scott says the boys "may have been horsing around" with the gun before it went off. Scott says Sharkey told police that he thought it was unloaded when he pulled
The shooting happened in a Des Moines apartment complex. Hamilton was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Two Girls Gone Missing
SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in eastern Iowa are searching for two missing 15-year-old girls.
KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek both last made contact with family members on Saturday afternoon.
Family members say they left in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no license plates. The girls are both from the Shellsburg area.
Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth says the girls may be with two runaways from the Atlantic area, 16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs.
Jet Makes Emergency Landing
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say mechanical problems forced a twin-engine corporate jet to make an emergency landing in eastern Iowa.
KWQC-TV in Davenport reports that the plane landed safely at the Quad City International Airport on Sunday morning. Six people were on board, and no one was hurt.
The station reports that the plane had a hydraulic failure at high altitude, and was forced to land shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday.
Woman Conducts Drug Deal With Daughter in Back Seat
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport woman is accused of smoking marijuana while driving to a drug deal with her 6-week-old child in the back seat.
The Quad-City Times in Davenport reports that 19-year-old Cassandra Davis was charged with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.
Davenport police say they spotted Davis smoking a pipe as she drove past an unmarked squad car shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Officers pulled her over and found two baggies of
Police say 18-year-old Joshua Gosselin of Davenport was sitting in the backseat with 13 grams of marijuana, along with prescription painkillers and other pills.
The child endangerment charge is a felony because the infant was exposed to a controlled substance. Davis faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Iowa Had Few Tornadoes This Summer
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Iowa is on pace to see the quietest tornado season in nearly 50 years, thanks to the drought.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says this summer's extreme dry conditions have helped keep tornadoes at bay. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that Iowa has recorded just 16 twisters this
Hillaker says that total is the lowest since 1963. Iowa has seen an average of 47 tornadoes annually over the last 33 years. There were 49 reported during another drought year in 1988.
Hillaker says the tornadoes that have hit Iowa this year were fairly weak.