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Friday News, October 5

Worker Injured At Trench Construction Site

(Sioux Center) -- A Sioux City construction worker was injured when a trench he had been digging caved in on him.  The accident occurred Thursday morning at a construction site near Sioux Center. 20 year old Nathaniel Christiansen was extricated by the Sioux Center Fire and Rescue and the Sioux County Sheriff's Department after a dirt trench collapsed on him.  Christiansen is an employee of the L.A. Carlson Contracting Company of Merrill.  Christiansen was first transported to the Sioux Center hospital, then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Mercy Medical Center has not released the medical condition of Christiansen.

 

Chatsworth Cornfield Fire

(Chatsworth) -- The Akron Fire Department assisted the Hawarden Fire Department with a cornfield fire that occurred Thursday afternoon at about 3:15 p.m.  The fire was near the small community of Chatsworth.  Apparently, a corn stalk got caught under a pick up truck that had been traveling across the field.  The stalk was touching the engine, which ignited the fire.  No word as to how many acres were destroyed in that cornfield fire, but fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour.

 

Le Mars Fire Department Prepares For Prevention Week Breakfast

(Le Mars) -- Fire Prevention Week is next week and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will kick off the awareness with its annual pancake and sausage breakfast, scheduled for Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Fire Station #1. Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper says the fire fighters will be cooking the breakfast, and the proceeds generated from the free-will offering will help purchase new equipment.
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Schipper says the breakfast will feature some raffle items for children, including your choice of either a red or green pedal tractor, and also a barbie doll.  Schipper says the breakfast is also a time for people to view the equipment.
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Eilts Named School Employee of the Month

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has announced its October "Employee of the Month".  This time around the honor is given to high school custodian Scott Eilts.  Eilts, recently served as the grand marshall of the Le Mars Community Homecoming Parade.  Our congratulations are extended to Scott Eilts for being named the "Employee of the Month" for the Le Mars Community Schools.

 

UI Hospitals To Open New Clinic

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will open a new $73 million clinic next week in Coralville that its leaders say should be more convenient and comfortable for
patients.
The Iowa River Landing clinic is located near Interstate 80 in a commercial development that also features restaurants and a hotel.
University, business and government leaders will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and an open house on Saturday before doctors start seeing patients Monday.
The clinic is expected to eventually accommodate up to 300,000 patient visits per year in areas ranging from pediatrics to urology. University leaders say its convenitn location, free parking, spacious waiting room, and state-of-the-art technology will benefit patients.
University President Sally Mason says the clinic builds on the hospital's legacy of providing health care to Iowans.


Vice President Biden Speaks At Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney renounced his own tax cut during Wednesday's presidential debate.
While campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Biden said a $5 trillion tax cut is the "centerpiece" of Romney's campaign for president.
But Biden said that during the debate, "We found out he doesn't have a $5 trillion tax cut. I guess he outsourced that to China." Biden said President Barack Obama was "presidential" and put
forward "a clear specific plan" during the debate. But he said Obama had a hard time figuring out Romney's positions on issues: "You never know what game Gov. Romney is going to come with."
Biden said Romney "either changed his positions on some issues or he doesn't remember them."


Convicted Felons Charged With Election Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two convicted felons have been charged with election fraud for registering to vote.
The Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that 37-year-old Jason Rawlin, of Indianola, and 37-year-old Stacy Brown, of Kanawha, registered when they obtained driver's licenses
or ID cards from the Department of Transportation.
Rawlin was convicted in Wapello County on forgery charges. He told the agent he believed his right to vote was restored after his release from prison in 2001.
Brown was convicted in 2009 after pleading guilty to possession of anhydrous ammonia. She told the agent she signed a paper when getting a driver's license without reading it thoroughly.
Both have been charged with election fraud and fraudulent practices, then released.
The cases stem from information submitted to investigators by Secretary of State Matt Schultz.


High School Coach Sentenced To Prison For Sex With Student

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (AP) - A former high school coach in southeast Iowa has been given five years in prison for having sex with a student.
34-year-old Patrick "Ryan" Nicoletto, of Bloomfield, was convicted of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee. Court records say he was found guilty after a jury trial in July and was sentenced on Wednesday.
Nicoletto had been an assistant girls' basketball coach and an assistant baseball coach at Davis County High School in Bloomfield.
Court records say Nicoletto and the student had sex during the school year and in the summer of 2008. The student was a junior at the school.


Oskaloosa Man Convicted of Killing Mother's Boyfriend

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old Oskaloosa man has been convicted of killing his mother's boyfriend.
A jury found Bradley Arterburn guilty of first-degree murder after a day of deliberation on Wednesday. He was convicted of killing 58-year-old Robert "Hank" Horovitz at the home Arterburn shared with his mother.
Sentencing has not been scheduled.
Prosecutors said in opening arguments that Arterburn said Horovitz reminded him of an abusive stepfather.
Arterburn had asked to be found not guilty by reason of insanity. A battle ax and knife were used in the slaying.
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Thursday Afternoon News, October 4

Trial Delayed For Jandreau

(Le Mars) -- The trial date for Matthew Jandreau has been extended.  The new trial date is scheduled to start on November 13th.  Jandreau is accused of kidnapping, burglary, and theft resulting from incidents that occurred in Le Mars last March.  His trial was to have started on October 16.  During a pre-trial hearing, Jandreau's defense attorney Mike Williams asked for the extension stating he is waiting for the results of a psychological evaluation.  The court noted the matter has been continued several times over several months at the defendant's request to either secure an expert, obtain funds for an expert, to conduct an evaluation, or to obtain the results of the evaluation.


Le Mars To Conduct Sewer Cleaning

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Wastewater Treatment has announced that it is that time of year when the city sewers are to be cleaned.  Starting next Monday, the area south of Plymouth Street to 12th Street Southeast and from Central Aveune Southeast to 14th Avenue southeast.  Ron Kayser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Waste Water Treatment facility says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete.  Kayser reminds residents that you may experience some minor sewer problems and traffic congestion may occur in these areas.  If you have any questions regarding the sewer cleaning, please call the Waste Water Treatment Facility.


Le Mars College Night Scheduled For Monday

(Le Mars) -- Area high school students that are uncertain as to where they want to pursue a college education may want to attend the 36th annual Le Mars College Night 2012.  College Night is scheduled for Monday, October 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Le Mars Community Guidance Counselor Barry Borchers says the College Fair will feature more than 50 higher level educational institutions.
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Borchers says the represented colleges and universities are from the four-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Nikki Addison, another Le Mars Community guidance counselor, says students need to first go
online and pre-register to get their name and address entered in the data bank, and then
obtain a bar-code that makes it easier, and more efficient for the student on College Night.
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Addison says the event is well attended by both students and parents.  Both guidance counselors say the students and parents come prepared with several questions.

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The Le Mars College Night is open to all high school juniors and seniors and parents from the greater Plymouth County area.  The guidance counselors say they begin visiting with students about their possible career choices as early as the freshman level.

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More Cats Are Removed From Sioux City Home

(Sioux City) -- Animal rescue workers continue to bring more starving cats out of a Sioux City home.
That's as charges have been filed against the owner of the home of the home where over 50 starving or dead cats were found Monday evening.  Sioux City Police assisted animal control workers with a search warrant Monday at 1818 Grandview Blvd. and removed 46 cats and 8 carcasses from the home.  Cindy Rarrat of the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center says another 13 live cats have been found, bringing the total to 59...and there's still more in the house.
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56 year old Mark Lanning has been charged with 14 counts of animal neglect.  Neighbors says no one had lived at the home for the past couple of months.  Rarrat says conditions there were unfit for humans or animals.  She says workers are having difficulty determining the number of dead cats inside.
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Rarrat says the recovered cats are being cared for, but the large number is putting a strain on the animal shelter.


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She says a court disposition hearing will be held soon to hopefully allow the shelter to adopt out the cats when they are healthy.

UI President's Asian Trip Cost$128,000

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nine-day Asian trip led by University of Iowa President Sally Mason cost about $128,000.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says  expense reports from the July tour were provided to the newspaper.
The expenses are being paid by the University of Iowa Foundation.
The 18-person delegation included deans, professors, UI Foundation and Alumni Association officials, and Mason's husband, Ken Mason, a lecturer in biology.
The trip was designed for the delegation to meet with donors and alumni as part of an effort to increase the university's visibility in China. The itinerary included stops in Hong Kong, Taipei,
Shanghai and Beijing.
A university spokesman said in May that more than 1,700 students from China were studying at the Iowa City school.

 

Judge Says No Wrong Doing When UI Fired Its Lawyer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says University of Iowa President Sally Mason did not violate the rights of the school's top lawyer when she fired him and criticized his performance in 2008.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt on Wednesday threw out former general counsel Marc Mills' claims that he was unfairly fired after an independent investigation incorrectly blamed him for mishandling
a high-profile sexual assault case.
Pratt says Mason could fire Mills because he was an at-will employee. He says Mason also notified Mills of the reason for his pending firing and considered his rebuttal before he was terminated, which satisfied his due process rights.
University spokesman Tom Moore said the school is pleased.
Pratt will also rule soon on Mills' remaining claims against a St. Louis law firm that conducted the investigation.


Former Minister Charged With Sexual Assault

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A former minister convicted of three sexual assault charges in Council Bluffs will be resentenced on one of them, now that the Iowa Appeals Court has lowered the severity
of one of his crimes.
57-year-old Efrain Umana had been convicted in January 2011 of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Umana, who had led churches in Iowa and Nebraska, was given 35 years in prison.
He appealed the convictions, and in its ruling issued Wednesday the Appeals Court said prosecutors didn't present enough evidence of specific intent to commit sexual abuse. The court returned the
case to district court for resentencing on a reduced assault charge.


Bondurant Couple Latest Powerball Winners

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials say a central Iowa couple has won a $202 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month at a suburban Des Moines convenience store.
Mary and Brian Lohse came forward to claim the prize Thursday in Des Moines. She's a 42-year-old medical assistant at a pediatric clinic and he's a 43-year-old attorney with EMC Insurance.
The winning ticket was the only one to match all six numbers in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing.
The jackpot was the second largest won in Iowa. It ranks 28th among U.S. lottery jackpots
Mary Lohse says she bought the ticket on the day of the drawing at a convenience store-gas station in Bondurant as she was filling up her car.


   

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