Sunday News, July 7
Body Recovered In Storm Lake
(Storm Lake) -- The body of Jaime Adan Jamie-Vazquez of Ireton was recovered from Storm Lake at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Vazquez had been missing since Thursday when his boat had capsized. The victim's body was located along the North Shore of Storm Lake, east of Kings Pointe. The victim's body was then transported by the Buena Vista County medical examiner's office to the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny for an autopsy. Assisting at the scene were the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and the Storm Lake Police Department.
December Plane Crash Due To Pilot Error
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is to blame for a December plane crash in northwest Iowa that killed three people.
The recently-released report faults pilot Gaylen Knaack for not aborting his attempt to land the plane
when he encountered thick fog.
The 70-year-old Knaack's 1961 single-engine Beech 235 struck trees about a quarter-mile northeast of a private grass airstrip where he was going to land on December 1st, 2012.
Two passengers died in the crash. They were 53-year-old Lee Schroeder of Oto and 55-year-old James Smith of Correctionville.
Knaack suffered severe burns in the crash and died from his injuries in February.
Council Bluffs Accident Claims Teen Life
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A teenage girl who survived a crash that killed one of her friends and injured two others says she took the keys from the other driver before he could flee the scene.
Police say 17-year-old Chrishaun Moten of Council Bluffs was a back seat passenger in a car that was hit early Friday on Veterans Memorial Highway by a van going the wrong way.
Two other teens were hospitalized for their injuries. One passenger, 16-year-old Jessilyn Eisman, suffered minor injuries. She tells Omaha television station that she crawled out of the wreckage to see the driver of the van trying to leave, so she took his keys.
Police arrested 31-year-old Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez, whose last known address was in Nashville, Tennessee on suspicion of drunken driving and other counts.
Woman Dies In Trench Collapse
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A woman has died after a trench collapsed at a construction site near Waterloo.
Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that the trench collapsed Friday afternoon, killing a construction worker.
Authorities raced to help the woman, but it was too late by the time rescue crews arrived.
Waterloo fire Chief Pat Treloar says authorities are not releasing the woman's name pending notification of her family members.
Day Care Meth Lab
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The suspended sentence of a man convicted of running a meth lab at a home child day care has some parents upset.
Dale Blumer recently pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth, child endangerment and other charges and received a suspended 25-year sentence.
Fawn Waack tells the Quad-City Times that Blumer's suspended sentence has her seething. She says her 4-year-old son, who attended the day care when police discovered the meth lab in late
December, tested positive for high amounts of meth. She says Blumer ought to be in prison.
Blumer's live-in girlfriend at the time of his arrest and the day care's operator, 34-year-old Amanda Taylor, is set to be sentenced Thursday on similar charges. Waack says she'll be at Taylor's sentencing, and has already written her victim-impact statement.