Monday News, October 1
Authorities Investigate Roll-Over Accident
(Merrill) -- On Saturday evening, at about 9:00 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single vehicle roll over accident near the intersection of Highway 75 and Jade Avenue. Upon arrival, authorities were unable to locate a driver, or any occupants of the vehicle. After a search was conducted, the driver of the vehicle was located in Merrill on Main Street. The subject was identified as Darwin Arriaga-Smith, age 32, of Le Mars. Arriaga-Smith was arrested and taken to the Plymouth County jail. He was charged with public intoxication and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle. After additional investigation, it was determined that Arriage-Smith was in the United States illegally. A hold has been placed on him by Immigration. The vehicle was totaled in the accident. Assisting at the scene were the Hinton Ambulance, Hinton Fire and Rescue, Merrill Ambulance, Hinton Police, Merrill Police and the Iowa State Patrol.
Fire Claims Life of Sioux City Man
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters in Sioux City say they have found the body of a man in the basement of burning home.
Fire crews were called to the house on the city's north side around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. Upon arriving, firefighters discovered flames and smoke coming from the home.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames quickly, but discovered the body of a man in the basement.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Police and the state fire marshal's office are investigating.
Authorities have not yet released the name of the man killed.
It is Sioux City's second fatal fire this year. Police say a man found dead inside a burning home in July died of smoke inhalation.
Motorcycle Accident Claims Life In Northeast Iowa
CALMAR, Iowa (AP) - One person is dead and another injured in a motorcycle crash in northeast Iowa.
The crash happened Friday afternoon on Highway 52 near Calmar.
Police have not identified the person killed in the crash. The Iowa State Patrol says the person injured was a 45-year-old Decorah man who was driving the motorcycle.
Investigators say the crash happened in a construction zone where the road surface is uneven. The accident remains under investigation.
Mom Drives Over 20 month old Daughter
MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - Lee County Sheriff's officials say a 20-month-old girl is dead after her mother accidentally backed over her with the family car.
Sheriff Jim Sholl tells the Burlington Hawk Eye that Meyah James was pronounced dead at the scene of the Friday accident at the child's home.
The newspaper says the child's 24-year-old mother was backing the car out of the home's driveway while Meyah and her 5-year-old sibling were playing outside. Investigators believe the toddler saw
her mother's car and walked behind it, unbeknownst to the mother.
Sholl says the child's death is "a tragic accident."
Democrats Lead With Absentee Ballots
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The election of 2012 is well under way though election day is still more than a month away.
Democrats have the absentee ballot lead, with voters already returning 8,800 ballots to Republicans' 2,600 as of Friday. However, Republicans have a voter registration advantage and say
they'll have a strong turnout on Election Day.
Early voting began Thursday.
Republicans took the voter registration lead in April, in part due to the 2010 primary for governor and the January caucuses that drew record GOP participation.
Part of the change also is due to a standard cleanup of voter registration rolls that involved confirming current addresses of voters by mailing notices.
The state had 89,000 fewer active voters in August than in January.
Anaylists Believe Obama Will Win The Electoral Vote
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Five weeks to Election Day, President Barack Obama seems within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term.
Republican Mitt Romney's path to that magic number is narrowing.
To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing hardest.
Polls show the president with a steady lead in many of them. But several Republicans say many presidential opinion polls sample Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents at 2008 levels.
Romney is intent on shifting the dynamics of the race, starting with the first presidential debate on Wednesday.
If the election were held today, an Associated Press analysis shows Obama would win at least 271 electoral votes, with Ohio and Iowa now among the states he would carry.
Ryan To Campaign In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Dubuque as he begins a two-day trip to eastern Iowa.
Ryan will hold a rally Monday evening at Loras College, then remain in Iowa on Tuesday for events in Clinton, Muscatine and Burlington.
Ryan's visit comes amid polls that show Democratic President Barack Obama with a small lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Iowa.
On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden also will be in Iowa. The Obama campaign hasn't released details of that visit.