Monday News, October 29
Remsen Man Killed During A Skid Loader Accident
(Remsen) -- A skid loader accident on Saturday cost the life of a Remsen man. 19 year old Alex Renken was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation of the accident shows Renken was assisting Andrew Vaske, who was operating the skid loader. The two were putting fence posts into the ground. Renken was holding the posts while Vaske would push the posts into the ground with the skid loader. Vaske had put dirt into the bucket for added weight in pushing the posts. As Renken was holding a post, the skid loader began to tip forward, the weight in the bucket causing the skid loader to tip all the way forward. The skid loader bucket struck and pinned Renken. Renken's body was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital for examination. The investigation was conducted by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office. Assisting at the scene were the Remsen Fire Department, Remsen Ambulance, Mercy Air Care, and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity To Sell "Mittens" To Help Needy
(Remsen) -- Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is hosting their fourth annual mitten fundraiser by partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families. Proceeds go towards meeting the needs of families in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee and Ida Counties. All of the funds raised will be used for direct services to families. The public can help by purchasing a mitten at any of the participating businesses for one dollar. Assistance may be in the form of clothing items, food, rental assistance, or utility assistance. In Le Mars, mittens can be purchased at the Pizza Ranch. Mittens at Remsen can be purchased at Mrs B's convenience store, American Bank, Iowa State Bank and at Mid-Sioux Opportunity. The Sioux-Per Center is selling the mittens at Sioux Center, and at Granville, mittens can be obtained at the Granville Short Stop. Mid-Sioux Opportunity is a community action agency that fights poverty on the local level serving five counties within northwest Iowa.
Assistance Available For Low Income Families To Pay Heating Bills
(Des Moines) -- The return of cold weather to the state is a reminder that you won't be able to keep your heater turned off all winter. Iowa Utilities Board spokesman, Rob Hillesland says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available to those who may struggle to pay that heating bill.
Another benefit of being eligible for LIHEAP , is you are then protected on the utility shut off moratorium.
He says you should check as soon as possible to see if you might be eligible for the program. Hillesland says the best thing to do is to contact your local community action agency, and if you don't know how to reach that agency, you can get information from the Iowa Department of Human Rights. The Human Rights Department has information available on its website at: www.dcaa.iowa.gov, or by calling 5-1-5-2-8-1-0-8-5-9. Applications for LIHEAP and the westernization program are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Hospers Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault
(Hospers) -- Sioux County law enforcement officers have arrested a Hospers man following an incident that occurred on Sunday at about 3:22 a.m. 23 year old Gary Hovey was taken into custody after he allegedly had assaulted a person at the residence while a two year old child was present. The child was unharmed. When people came to the aid of the assaulted victim to assist her in leaving the residence, Hovey displayed a shotgun to threaten the people outside in attempt to make them leave. Hovey was arrested for domestic assault, a serious misdemeanor, assault with a firearm, an aggravated misdemeanor and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Fire Damages Sioux City Home
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the residents weren't home when a fire broke out at a house in Sioux City.
Fire crews were dispatched to the house around 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the front door of the two-store house.
No injuries to firefighters were reported.
The fire cause is being investigated.
Grinnell Man Suffers Wounds From A Hunting Accident
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 78-year-old Iowa man suffered minor wounds when he was struck in the face by two shotgun pellets.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Darrell Lamb, of Grinnell, was wounded Saturday morning while hunting pheasants in Poweshiek (POW'-shihk) County.
The department says a pheasant flushed between Lamb and three other members of his hunting party. They couldn't see him because of the topography and the height of the vegetation.
Lamb was treated at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and released.
Nursing Home Fined $8,000
CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - State regulators have fined a nursing home in Centerville $8,000 after a woman who couldn't breathe died in front of family members.
Regulators were concerned about the circumstances of Barbara Logsdon's death on June 22nd.
The 64-year-old woman was under a doctor's order to have her airway suctioned periodically to clear phlegm, but regulators say the Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to do that
before her death.
And because two of Logsdon's family members work at the home, they were present for her death.
Michael Hamm, who runs the nursing home company that owns the Centerville facility, declined to comment on Logsdon's death.
Two Men Hope To Clear Their Name in Trial
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two men wrongly convicted in the 1977 murder of a retired Iowa police officer hope to prove that detectives framed them to solve a high-profile case.
During a trial that starts Wednesday in Des Moines, Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee will argue that Council Bluffs officers coerced witnesses into fabricating testimony that framed
them for killing John Schweer.
Schweer was shot while working as night watchman at a car dealership. Harrington and McGhee were black teenagers from neighboring Omaha. They were convicted based on testimony from
witnesses, who later said they were coerced into lying.
Harrington and McGhee were in prison until 2003, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors committed misconduct in concealing reports about a troubled white suspect seen near the
crime scene with a shotgun.
Romeny To Visit Iowa Again
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio today. But his aides are predicting some scheduling changes for the GOP
nominee. Romney canceled three Virginia events yesterday as Hurricane Sandy pushed toward the East Coast.
Biden To Return To Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The campaign for Democratic President Barack Obama says Vice President Joe Biden will visit Iowa again later this week.
The campaign said Sunday that Biden will visit Fort Dodge, Iowa on Thursday, but details of his visit weren't immediately available.
Biden also plans to campaign in Florida on Wednesday and in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Iowa is one of nine key states that Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are focusing on in the closing days of the campaign.
In addition to Biden's visit, first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to campaign in Iowa City and Sioux City on Monday.