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Monday News, November 26

Le Mars School Board To Meet Monday Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening and on their agenda is a report delivered by the three activities directors.  The board will also discuss the recent State School Board Convention, and they will discuss the upcoming Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon and the AEA legislative forum.


ATV Accident Kills West Bend Man

WEST BEND, Iowa (AP) - One man has died and another has been seriously injured after an all-terrain vehicle hit a tree in northern Iowa's West Bend.
The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Department says that the crash happened Wednesday night. Killed in the crash was 51-year-old Glenn Gearhart, of West Bend.
The injured person, identified only as a 28-year-old, was initially treated at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, then flown to an unidentified hospital.
Sheriff deputies report that the accident occurred on private property.

Council Bluffs Man Dies In Auto Accident

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 42-year-old Nebraska man has died after his pickup crashed into a light pole and rolled in western Iowa.
Christopher Thacker, of Bellevue, Neb., crashed early Saturday at the intersection of Interstates 29 and 80 in Council Bluffs.
Police says Thacker was thrown from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Thacker was the only person in the truck, and no one else was injured.


Tractor Roll Over Kills Cambridge Man

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified a man killed and a 9-year-old girl injured when a tractor they were on rolled in central Iowa this weekend.
The accident happened Saturday morning near Cambridge.
Story County Sheriff's Capt. Barry Thomas says 42-year-old Noel Shepley was pronounced dead at the scene. Shepley's 9-year-old daughter, who was also riding the older-model tractor, was pinned
and had to be freed when deputies arrived.
Thomas says an autopsy has been scheduled for Shepley.
Thomas says Shepley's daughter was conscious and alert as the tractor was pulled off. She was flown to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Preliminary reports show the tractor's tires may have dropped off the road, causing it to roll.

Motorcycle Accident Claims Cedar Rapids Life

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A motorcyclist is dead after his bike collided with a car this week in eastern Iowa.
That crash happened Thursday afternoon in Cedar Rapids.
Investigators say the motorcycle was traveling south when it collided with a car traveling north.
The driver of the motorcycle was flown to St. Luke's Hospital, where he later died.
Police have not yet released the motorcyclist's name.


Thanksgiving Weekend The Time To Select A Christmas Tree

(Hawarden) -- In addition to purchasing Christmas gifts following the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, many people get into the Holiday mood by selecting a Christmas tree.   Robin Miller of the T & S Christmas Tree farm of Hawarden says this past weekend is the busiest weekend for Christmas tree sales.
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Miller says firs seem to be the most popular tree for Christmas, but they are also the most expensive.
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Miller says caring for Christmas trees is a year-round project and she says due to this summer's drought she spent a good deal of time watering her Christmas trees.

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The Christmas Tree grower says consumers can cut their own tree, or pick one that has already been cut.


Fort Madison Hotel Burns in Fire

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - An historic Fort Madison hotel building has burned to the ground, and the flames claimed two businesses housed in the building.
Davenport television station KWQC reports (http://bit.ly/Tex4yJ) that the fire broke out around 4 a.m. Saturday, and flames quickly engulfed the old Metropolitan Hotel, which housed a book store and
a computer repair company.
It took two hours for nearly 40 firefighters from four fire departments to get the fire under control. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.
Investigators expect to begin searching for the cause of the fire on Monday.


Fire Destroys Mason City Home

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - No injuries have been reported from a fire in Mason City.
Authorities say firetrucks were dispatched to a house about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. Arriving firefighters say a garage there was engulfed by flames that had spread to part of the house. Backyard
items also were aflame.
The fire cause is being investigated. It's unclear whether anyone was at the home when the fire broke out.


Salvation Army Reports Stolen Kettle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Salvation Army in Des Moines says someone stole one of the Red Kettles it uses to collect donations.
The Red Kettle and its stand were taken from a Walmart Supercenter in West Des Moines sometime after 6 p.m. Friday, during a shift when the kettle wasn't staffed with a bell ringer. They
kettle contained an unknown amount of money.
Another Red Kettle and stand were taken from a HyVee store in southern Des Moines about a week ago, but in that incident the kettle was empty.
The Salvation Army says the replacement and shipping costs for one Red Kettle is nearly $300.
Anyone who may have witnessed the Friday theft is asked to call West Des Moines police.
The Red Kettle campaign runs from November 9th through December 24th.


Saturday News, November 24

SRT Team Called To Resolve Incident

(Orange City) --  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call yesterday at about 11:15 a.m. from a Shannon Mennon, age 38. Mennon said he had been living in numerous different areas of northwest Iowa, using different identities, for several years. He advised the dispatcher he was wanted in several States on felony warrants and wanted to turn himself in. He informed the dispatcher he was in a car located two mile southwest of Matlock, IA, at the Matlock Cemetery.  When officers arrived they became suspicious of the situation. They were unable to communicate or get a response from Mennon. The Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars Special Response Team (SRT) was called to assist.
At 2:30 p.m., Mennon was taken into custody by the SRT, without incident. It was determined he may have taken an overdose of medication; consequently, he was transported to the Sheldon hospital by the Boyden Ambulance, under the escort of Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies. Mennon was later transferred from the Sheldon hospital to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be held at the Sioux County Jail pursuant a warrant of arrest issued by Ohio for Theft. There were also warrants issued for Mennon in New Mexico and Missouri.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Plymouth-Sioux- Le Mars SRT, Iowa State Patrol and the Boyden Ambulance squad.


Two People Charged With Drug Possession

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office filed drug charges on two individuals.  The arrest took place this past Sunday when Brianna Petrick, age 18 of Sioux City, was stopped at Hwy 12 and K18S for an equipment violation.  Petrick was found to be under the influence of marijuana and was arrested (serious misdemeanor).  The passenger Krystopher Dallas Underwood, age 22 of Sioux City, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).  Underwood was given a court date and released.  Petrick was booked into the Plymouth County Jail with a bond of $1,000.


Fatal Accident In Crawford County

VAIL, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa man has died and three others were injured after a two-vehicle crash in Crawford County.
50-year-old Jeffery Studt of Vail was killed in a crash around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities are still investigating the accident. The Iowa State Patrol reports that two vehicles in opposite lanes collided at the top of a hill on 330th Street.
Studt was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A passenger in that vehicle, 42-year-old Christina Studt of Vail, was injured. Her condition was not immediately available.
Also hurt were the driver and passenger in the other vehicle. They were identified as 30-year-old Matthew Johnson and 27-year-old Becky Weller, both of Manilla. Their conditions were not
immediately available.

Teenager Dies In Accident Near Prescott

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager is dead and another was hospitalized after a rollover crash in southwest Iowa.
Atlantic radio station KJAN-AM reports that an unidentified 16-year-old was killed Friday in a crash northeast of Prescott. The teenager was a passenger in a van driven by a 17-year-old. Both teens are from Creston.
The Iowa State Patrol says neither teen was wearing a seatbelt.  They were traveling west on a gravel road in a 2002 Honda van.  Authorities say the driver lost control after cresting a hill and
over-corrected. The van went partially into a north ditch, and a second over-correction sent the van into a south ditch, where it rolled.
The 16-year-old was ejected, and died at the scene. The driver was taken to Adams County Hospital in Corning.

Strawberry Point Man Attacks Family on Thanksgiving

STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly attacked his nephew and two other family members on Thanksgiving Day.
KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that 40-year-old Glen Bradford Henke of Strawberry Point was arrested Thursday night. The Clayton County Sheriff's office says Henke sliced his nephew's forehead with a knife, pushed his mother to the ground twice, and punched his sister in the face.
Henke was charged with domestic abuse assault, child endangerment, going armed with intent and two counts of willful injury. He was taken to the Clayton County Jail and held, pending a hearing before a magistrate.


Man Robs Cedar Rapids Bank

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Police have been looking for a man who robbed a bank branch in northeast Cedar Rapids.
The Gazette reports the robbery occurred at a Wells Fargo branch around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Police Lieutenant Cody Estling says the man walked into the bank and passed a note to a teller. It was unclear whether he showed the teller a weapon or was even armed.
The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

Math Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Exploitation

PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) - A former math teacher in north-central Iowa has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she had sexual contact with four teenage students.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 24-year-old Ashley Anderson of Ackley could face trial as soon as January 15th.  Anderson has been charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Each carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Anderson has resigned from her job as a math teacher at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.
A criminal complaint in Butler County says Anderson sent nude photographs of herself to the students and had sexual contact with them, including intercourse with one. The boys ranged in age from 16 to 18.
Court records say the alleged incidents occurred during the 2011 to 2012 school year.


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