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Saturday News, June 15

Ice Cream Days Enters Final Day

(Le Mars) -- Ice Cream Days enters its final day, and besides the parade which will begin at 9:00 a.m., Other highlights include the Art in the Park held at Foster Park immediately following the parade.  All day long, from the Olson Cultural Arts Center, is the Grill 'n chill rib rally with the judging to take place at 5:00 p.m.  The ice cream flavor creation contest also to be held at the Olson Cultural Arts Center is scheduled to start at 2:00 with the judging at 2:30 p.m. and the kids can go fishing at the Municipal Park at 5:00 p.m. for the fishing derby.   Besides, the parade, the day's other highlight will occur with the finale with fireworks at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  Le Mars Chamber of Commerce President, Brad Banks explains what we can expect with the "light Up the sky" show.

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Pick says Ice Cream Days offers entertainment for the entire family.

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Smiles Prevail At Good Samaritan Center

(Le Mars) -- As part of the Ice Cream Days festivities, the annual Smile Contest was held Friday at Good Samaritan Living Center. The contest is comprised of three categories: Silliest, Toothless, and Cutest smiles with participants ranging from ages four to seven. The judges, Martha Toben, Jan Wagner, and dental hygenists Amanda Goodburn, and Tanya Gaswint, had a tough time selecting winners having to choose from the fourty-five children.
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Good Samaritan Living Center's Communications Director, Amy Harnack says the residents also enjoy the child contest.

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The winner with the silliest smile was seven-year old Gavin Clarey. Emma Sitzmann, also seven, won the toothless division, and six-year old Jack Foster, was awarded the cutest smile. This marks the sixth year Good Samaritan has held the smile contest with hopes of hosting it again.


Search Continues For Man Presumed Drowned In Missouri River

(South Sioux City) -- Authorities are continuing their search for a man who is missing and presumed drowned in the Missouri River.  South Sioux City police say 25-year old Anthony J. Campbell, who authorities say is a transient, disappeared in the river around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Police Chief Scot Ford says Campbell and a female companion had waded out onto a sandbar.

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The woman's screams for help alerted the manager at Scenic Park who called 9-1-1.  Chief Ford says two emergency boats were launched, but they failed to locate Campbell.  Divers and a boat with sonar were later put on the river but were removed when thunderstorms with lightning moved through town. Ford says Campbell is presumed drowned.  His companion was not injured.


Power Is Restored To Hundreds Of MidAmerican Customers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy says thousands of customers have their power back following severe weather in the area.
The company says about 500 customers remain without power as of Friday night, down from more than 3,000.
Company spokesman Tim Grabinski says the power went out Friday afternoon due to the weather. Additional information was not available.
The National Weather Service says a strong thunderstorm has moved through Des Moines and surrounding areas. It included lightning, heavy downpours and low visibility.


Johnson County Residents Allowed To Return To Homes

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Residents in low-lying Johnson County neighborhoods are being allowed to return to their homes after they were ordered to evacuate during flooding.
The county on Friday afternoon lifted mandatory evacuation orders for neighborhoods located south and north of Iowa City along the Iowa River.
In all, county officials have estimated that a few dozen homes were affected by the evacuation orders issued May 30 as the river rose well above flood stage. They have also said that a few
residents refused to leave, even though their homes were inundated with water and their utilities had been shut off. The county warned they may not be rescued in an emergency.
County officials said that power may not be restored until Monday, and that residents should exercise caution when entering flooded properties.


Newton Doctor Faces Trial For Unlawfully Distribution Of Controlled Substances

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A trial date has been pushed back for a former Newton doctor charged with unlawfully prescribing controlled substances to addicted patients.
The trial for Lafayette Twyner Jr. was scheduled to start in September. But U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose granted a request by Twyner's attorney for more time to prepare, and it's now set to
begin in January.
Twyner has been charged with 114 counts of health care fraud and unlawfully disseminating controlled substances. An indictment says he prescribed controlled substances in a manner that caused dependence, addiction and death. He's accused of prescribing drugs that resulted in a man's overdose death.
Twyner has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He surrendered his medical license in July 2012 under a settlement with regulators.


Runnels Sinkhole Is Old Septic Tank

RUNNELS, Iowa (AP) - Officials have determined a sinkhole in the Polk County town of Runnells was caused by an old septic tank, not an abandoned mine as some suspected.
A state environmental engineer, Mike Bourland, says there were coal mines in the area.
The sinkhole made its debut about two weeks ago in Bob Borg's front yard. It was nearly 10 feet deep and 10 feet wide, gaping a few yards away from his house. The soil had eroded around a power
pole, which was taken out.
Environmental engineers dug into the sinkhole on Friday and decide it wasn't an entrance to a mine.
Runnells Mayor Ron Tate says several sinkholes have appeared over the past 20 years in a field on the east side of town.


Fayette Man Accused Of Assaulting Retirement Residents

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) - A man has been accused of assaulting people at a rural retirement home in northeast Iowa.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrested 21-year-old Matthew Saul, of Waterloo, after responding Wednesday night to a report about an out of control man at Prairie View Residential Care
Facility in Fayette.
Saul faces three counts of misdemeanor assault with a weapon and felony second-degree criminal mischief. He's also accused of damaging property at the facility.
Authorities did not release additional information about the case. Court records do not list an attorney for Saul.


Iowa City Man Slips Out Of Handcuffs

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City man who police say eluded arrest after slipping out of his handcuffs has turned himself in.
Authorities say 22-year-old Pedro Gemartino showed up Wednesday at the Johnson County Jail to face several charges stemming from an incident on May 30.
Gemartino had been pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. He's accused of slipping out of his handcuffs as police transported him from a squad car to the county jail.
Authorities failed to locate Gemartino after he fled on foot, and they issued a warrant for his arrest.
Gemartino is charged with driving while barred, along with two felony charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and escape of a felon.







Friday Afternoon News, June 14

Newell Fatal Accident

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities are reporting a fatal traffic accident occurred Thursday evening at about 6:00 p.m. The accident involved a semi truck and trailer and a pickup truck and it happened on Highway 7, south of Newell.  82 year old Robert Schraeder of Woodbine was the driver of the pickup.  The investigation shows that Schraeder pulled out onto Highway 7 in front of the semi truck being driven by 25 year old David Iehl of Lakeside. Schraeder was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, 78 year old Lois Schraeder reported suffering minor injuries. Iehl also had minor injuries.


Sgt. Bluff Man Pleads Guilty To Conterfeiting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old Sergeant Bluff man has pleaded guilty in his counterfeiting and chase case.
Brandon Miller pleaded guilty on Thursday to forgery, eluding police and assaulting an officer. Miller faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced July 22.
Authorities say Miller was driving a pickup while fleeing officers in Sioux City and North Sioux City, S.D., in March. Authorities say Miller crashed the truck into a parked car and two police cars, injuring a deputy.
Police say Miller, Alison Daugherty and Shaun Wakefield had used counterfeit bills before the chase began. Police say Daugherty and Wakefield tossed counterfeit cash out the truck window during the

chase. The pair are scheduled to begin trial later this month. They live in Sioux City.


Five Tornadoes Hit Iowa On Wednesday

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Assessment teams have confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in north-central Iowa.
Officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported from Wednesday's storms, which damaged homes, businesses and farm buildings.
One that hit within a mile of Belmond rated EF3 on the tornado scale, with winds of 155 mph. Meteorologists say its 200-yard-wide path ran for eight miles.
Another that came down near Belmond was rated EF0, which on the scale means the winds ranged from 65 to 85 mph.
A third tornado struck the ground about a mile north of Alexander, carrying winds estimated at 112 mph, damaging some farm buildings.
Two tornadoes reported near Hampton were rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds, and an EF0, with winds up to 70 mph.

Court Decision Affects Minority Shareholders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Supreme Court decision in a dispute over the value of shares in a farm business two cousins inherited from their fathers gives additional clout to minority shareholders in closely held family businesses and could have wide-sweeping effect on inherited family business operations.
The court's decision released Friday centers on cousins Jack and Bob Baur who have argued over the value of Jack's shares in Baur Farms Inc. since the early 1990s.
Jack Baur sued alleging Bob and the farm corporation engaged in oppressive conduct by refusing to buy Jack's shares at a fair market value.
The high court says minority shareholders may reasonably expect to share proportionally in a corporation's gains, setting a new standard in disputes over the value of shares in family corporations.


Lawyers Suspended For Excessive Fees

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended two lawyers for charging excessive fees to a mentally ill Vietnam veteran whose affairs they helped manage for three decades.
The court said Keota law partners Donald Laing and Scott Railsback claimed too many hours for managing the conservatorship of John Klein and charged excessive rates for performing services that didn't require legal training. Justices suspended the licenses of Laing and Railsback for 18 months.
Laing was appointed Klein's conservator in 1974 after Klein inherited farmland and other property from his mother's death. He didn't have a legal guardian, and Laing and Railsback helped care
for him.
The court says the attorneys "sincerely attempted to make Klein's life better" but went wrong in applying for excessive fees, even if a judge approved them annually.


More Iowa Flooding Expected

GREENE, Iowa (AP) - Northern Iowa cities are bracing for another possible round of flooding over the weekend as a storm system is expected to dump additional rain on already full rivers and streams.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for about 28 counties stretching from Spencer to the northeast corner of the state.
A flood warning was issued Friday for the Cedar and Shell Rock rivers in areas including Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and Shell Rock.
Some business owners in Greene are moving merchandise and equipment to higher ground.
Greene River Days, the annual town festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, is being held at the town's community center because the original location at Perrin Park is under water.


Chester Releases Sewage Into River

CHESTER, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says sewage is being sent into the Upper Iowa River as crews work to repair a broken sewer main in the small northern Iowa city of Chester.
The DNR says sewage began flowing into the river Friday morning but that the flow of wastewater would likely end later in the day when workers complete repairs on a 6-inch main.
It's unclear how much sewage was entering the river.
The DNR says people and pets should avoid the Upper Iowa River near Chester for at least the next 24 hours, though the agency notes the river is running very high, and it's unlikely many people
would enter it this weekend.





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