Monday Afternoon News October 15
More than 2000 customers of MidAmerican Energy Without Power Monday Morning
(Le Mars) -- For an hour and a half this morning, parts of Le Mars, Oyens, and Plymouth County lost power. MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Tina Potthoff says more than 2000 customers were affected by the outage.
Potthoff says the outage affected 1765 customers in Le Mars, 281 customers within rural Plymouth County and 66 customers in Oyens. Potthoff says the reason for the outage was a mobile transformer overheated. She says the outage is connected to the last power outage that occurred on the morning of Saturday, September 29th.
Potthoff says MidAmerican Energy crews will continue to make improvements to the substation for the next three weeks.
Fire Fighters Still On the Scene Of Friday's Fire
(Le Mars) -- Fire fighters are still at the scene of the city's tree, leaf, and grass disposal site after a fire was started on Friday evening. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the scene is still smoldering with several hot spots. He says fire officials are at the scene to make certain there are no flare ups. Next to the site is a mobile home trailer court, and a cornfield with round bales.
Escaped Inmate Captured
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 22-year-old inmate who escaped from a Sioux City work release facility has been arrested.
The Sioux City Journal reports that U.S. marshals arrested Nikolas Saul on Friday night and has since been taken to the Woodbury County Jail.
The Iowa Corrections Department says Saul, of Sioux City, escaped from the facility on Oct. 6. He'd been transferred there on Sept. 18.
Saul originally was sentenced to 15 years for assault, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon for a February 2008 incident in Sioux City.
Iowa Veterans Home Fined, Again
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - The state-run Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown has been fined again for not meeting care standards.
The Des Moines Register reports that a fine of $250 a day stems from the death of a resident last month and was the third time in four months that the home had been fined.
Federal officials also extended restrictions on new admissions until the home demonstrates that problems have been corrected.
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says workers at the home didn't set an alarm that would have alerted them that a frail, 91-year-old woman was trying to get out of bed. She fell and suffered leg fractures that were blamed for her death.
The home's top administrator, David Worley, says the home is working to improve resident care.
Missing Teenage Girls And Teen Boys May Be Headed To Florida
SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Eastern Iowa authorities say two missing 15-year-old girls apparently have gone on a planned trip with two boys from the western Iowa town of Atlantic.
Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth says the teenagers aren't believed to be in any danger.
Forsyth says a call from one boy's cellphone went to a Pennsylvania number, but investigators aren't sure whether that's the teens' destination.
Missing are 16-year-old Corey Sunderman, 13-year-old Austin Boggs, both of Atlantic, and 15-year-old Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek, from the Shellsburg area.
Crystal Sunderman, the mother of Corey Sunderman, says Skie Floyd and her son had been dating and that the trip was planned.
She told Atlantic radio station KJAN that the four may be on their way to Florida for a skateboarding event.
YMCA Lifeguard Accused Of Sexual Abuse
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A YMCA employee faces a third-degree sexual abuse charge after a 14-year-old girl accused him of inappropriately touching her.
The Des Moines Register reports that 20-year-old Steven Arens of Windsor Heights allegedly met his accuser while working as a life guard at a local pool. Arens was charged Friday, and was being held
without bond Friday at the Polk County Jail.
YMCA spokesman Dave Gieseke says Arens worked part-time in the aquatics department at the Walnut Creek Family YMCA in Windsor Heights. He also worked as a volunteer coach at Roosevelt High
School, coaching ninth-grade baseball for about a year. But a Des Moines schools spokesman he says he is no longer affiliated with the school.
Urbandale police Sergeant Gary Lang would not say where the alleged abuse occurred.