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Wednesday Afternoon News June 26

Floyd Valley Hospital Delays Start of Construction On Loading Dock

(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees met on Tuesday morning with the hopes of approving the start of the loading dock project as part of the over-all expansion.  However, as hospital administrator, Mike Donlin explains something unexpected happen.

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Donlin explains the next move for the trustees.

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The hospital official offers his opinion as to why only one contractor submitted a bid for the loading dock project.

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Plymouth County Entities To Be Honored For Environmental Stewardship

(Des Moines) -- Governor Branstad will honor twenty Iowa businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the environment during Thursday's "Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Award ceremony. The awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s natural resources. A delegation from Le Mars and Plymouth County will be recognized during the ceremony.  The Plymouth County Pheasants Forever chapter will be honored for its work involving water quality.  Meanwhile, special recognition in waste management will go to the city of Le Mars, Van's Sanitation and Recycling and the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency.  Emily Bainter, information specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the awards are recognizing the best efforts in the state with environmental stewardship.

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Wastewater Accidentally Discharged Into Big Spirit Lake

ORLEANS, Iowa (AP) - Officials say more than 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has accidentally been discharged into a part of Big Spirit Lake in northern Iowa.
The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District inspected an overflowing manhole Wednesday morning near Orleans on the southeast side of the lake. It was then discovered that untreated wastewater had
discharged to a storm sewer, flowing into the lake about 1,400 feet northeast of the Orleans beach.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a pipeline below the manhole had collapsed. The district stopped the discharge and is working to repair the pipeline.
State officials are taking water samples Wednesday and telling residents to stay away from the area.

 

Woodbury County Sheriff Wants To Install More Cameras In Jail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Woodbury County sheriff wants to install more than 75 cameras in the downtown jail to prevent future accusations of inmates being mistreated.
Sheriff Dave Drew told the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the cameras would help with credibility issues following a lawsuit over alleged improper strip searches.
The cameras would cost an estimated $207,000. County Board Chairman Larry Clausen says the cameras need to be funded within a $1.2 million jail modernization budget being used to renovate the
downtown jail. The Law Enforcement Center building already has 36 cameras, and the addition would make that more than 100.
The sheriff's office is working with an Alabama firm to figure out if the cameras can be added within the budget.

 

Des Moines Woman Accused Of Leaving 5 Year Old Son In Park

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 34-year-old woman has been accused of leaving her 5-year-old son at a Des Moines park for hours.
Danille Clinton, of Clive, is charged with felony neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.
Police say Clinton's boy eventually joined some strangers who were having a birthday party at Union Park on Sunday afternoon. The family fed the boy, and he played with young family members. Adults
in the family eventually called police after several hours to report that they couldn't find the boy's parents or others he had accompanied to the park.
Polk County Jail records say Clinton remained in custody on Wednesday, pending $10,000 bail. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.

 

Same Sex Couples Can Benefit From Supreme Court's Ruling

DES MOINES , Iowa (AP) - Same-sex married couples in Iowa could benefit from the Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The court announced the decision Wednesday morning. A 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage in the state. But the Defense of Marriage Act - or DOMA - meant that those couples didn't have the same federal benefits as other married people.
Those benefits include filing joint taxes, receiving breaks on estate taxes and receiving Social Security survivor benefits.
Jennifer Harvey, who lives in West Des Moines with her partner and two children, says overturning the law would save her money and time but also means respect for her family.
If DOMA was overturned, Harvey says they would be treated like "first class" citizens.

 

Father Of  Missing Iowa Cousins Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The father of one of two slain Iowa cousins has pleaded guilty to more drug-related charges.
Dan Morrissey made his pleas Monday in a Waterloo courtroom. The charges included conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to two of the charges and entered an Alford plea on the other two. Under the Alford plea, Morrissey didn't admit guilt but acknowledged the prosecution likely could prove the charges.
In March he pleaded guilty to several drug-related charges in Davenport.
The 37-year-old Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared while riding bikes with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, in Evansdale in July. Their bodies were found in a wooded area in
December, and no one has been charged.

   

Wednesday News, June 26

Plymouth County Supervisors Discuss Cutting and Baling Of Grass Ditches

(Le Mars) -- The cutting of road side grass and baling that grass for hay purposes was the topic of discussion for the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors during their weekly meeting held Tuesday.  At issue, is who's entitled to cutting and making hay from the roadside ditches?    The Supervisors learned from County Engineer Tom Rohe that some haying of right-of-way ditches along the old highway 60 near Seney has occurred. The supervisors heard from various party's with interest in the issue.  The supervisors agreed to review current policy and have scheduled to address the issue again in mid-July for possible
revision.

 

Police Department Submits Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has issued its quarterly report.  During this past quarter, Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga says the local police had 1047 calls for service, 261 complaints that was investigated by officers, 542 trafic citations with 372 warnings.  The police handled 49 traffic accidents, and made 119 arrests.  Among the many duties and highlights included the night shift apprehended three suspects after a Verizon store break-in.

 

Wastewater Goes Into Storm Lake

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says a mechanical failure at a meatpacking plant caused thousands of gallons of wastewater to pour into Storm Lake in northwest Iowa.
The DNR says Tuesday the problem was noticed Monday night when employees of Tyson Fresh Meats discovered wastewater coming out of the ground outside a lift station. Workers determined a joint on the piping had failed.
The wastewater reached a storm sewer that empties into the lake near Awaysis Beach.
The city of Storm Lake posted warnings, discouraging swimming until Friday.
After discovering the discharge, Tyson and city officials worked to divert other wastewater to the city's sanitary sewer system.

 

Congressman King Opposes Immigration Bill

(Washington) -- As the U-S Senate is about to decide upon an important immigration bill, Iowa 4th District Republican Congressman, Steve King says he is concerned border security will be lost to amnesty.  King, has been vocal about immigration issues since he first entered Congress says he believes some Republican Senators may vote for the promise of the bill, which King says those promises will never be kept.

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King is critical of the Obama administration's handling of immigration, saying the president has not lived up to his duties as spelled in the Constitution, to enforce immigration laws.

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The Iowa Congressman says the issue is so important to him that he cancelled some Iowa appearances earlier in the week so he could be in the nation's capital to urge fellow lawmakers to vote against the bill.

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The U-S Senate may take up the immigration vote either today, or perhaps tomorrow.

 

Muscatine Man Dies As A Result Of Monday's Storms

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - An auto repair shop in Muscatine says an employee has died from injuries sustained during severe weather that damaged his work area.
The Krieger Auto Group, which houses the Krieger Collision Center, posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that the male employee died Monday from injuries caused by severe weather that moved
through the area Monday.
The Muscatine Journal says the roof of the Krieger Collision Center collapsed and fell on the employee. He was transported to a hospital and later died.
The newspaper reports Gov. Terry Branstad also mentioned the employee Tuesday during a visit to survey the affected area, which included a nearby Calvary Church and extensive debris.

 

State Park Closed Due To Flooding

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a state park and campground in northeast Iowa have been closed because of flooding.
The state Department of Natural Resources says George Wyth State Park closed Tuesday afternoon because of flooding from the nearby Cedar River. It is expected to reopen July 1 if there is no additional rainfall in the Cedar River watershed, and reservations for the days affected will be offered full refunds.
The campground at Yellow River Forest in Allamakee County also has been closed after extensive flood damage during the past weekend.
DNR officials say they're still evaluating damage and it's unknown when the campground will be reopened. No reservations will be taken until at least the end of July.

 

Computers, Blue Prints, and Other Items Stolen From New Prison Construction Site

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - A Corrections Department spokesman say a break-in at a prison construction site in Fort Madison resulted in the theft of computers and software that detail facility
drawings.
Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says in a news release Tuesday the theft occurred June 19 at the construction site for the new Iowa State Penitentiary. Items stolen from a trailer adjacent to the fenced-off construction area included laptop computers and tools
Danny Homan, president of the local council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee, calls the theft of prison plans a "major security breach."
Homan also says staffing levels need to be raised to prevent contraband from entering the prison.
Scaletta says prison officials welcome ideas from staff and that staffing levels haven't cause contraband to increase.


 



   

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