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Friday News, November 23

Sioux City Traffic Engineers Suggest Shoppers Use Alternate Routes

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City traffic engineers are recommending shoppers use alternate routes to ease traffic congestion around Lakeport Commons and Southern Hills Mall during Black Friday Holiday shopping.  City spokesperson Brittany Anderson says drivers will find traffic slow moving around that area.

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You may also use Lincoln Way and Sunnybrook Drive as a back way into the Lakeport Commons and Target Retail area to circumvent much of the traffic.


Le Mars Fire Department Respond To Thanksgiving Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had to interrupt their Thanksgiving turkey and contend with the strong winds yesterday as they battled a blaze that caught hay bales on fire.  The alarm came in at about 10:42 a.m.  The fire was located at 21415 Marble Avenue. No indication as to how much damage was caused by that fire, or how long fire officials were on the scene.


Sioux City Apartments Catch Fire

(Sioux City) -- An early morning fire caused a Sioux City apartment building to be evacuated Wednesday morning.  Firefighters responded to smoke coming from a third floor window at the Argonaut Apartments at 1103 Nebraska Street around 4:00 a.m.  Fire officials went door to door to awaken residents and get them out of the building.  No injuries were reported and damage was confined mainly to the third floor apartment.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Montezuma Apartment Fire Leaves Many Homeless

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) - Several people in south-central Iowa have been left homeless by a fire that destroyed their apartment building.
Authorities say a firefighter who was outside on Thursday, deep-frying a turkey, noticed smoke at the nearby building in Montezuma. He ran inside the apartment building to ensure everyone
had evacuated.
Other firefighters who responded with their equipment soon realized that nothing much could be done.
Dave Arendt with the Montezuma Fire Department says the fire started in the building's basement, shot up inside the walls and quickly reached the second floor.
The fire cause is being investigated. No injuries have been reported.


Economist Says Black Friday Shopping Has Lost Its Lure

(Omaha) -- While today is what's become known as Black Friday for the frenzied kick-off of the holiday
shopping season, one financial expert says it's not the buying bonanza it once was. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says many Iowa malls will still be a madhouse, but the allure of bargain-hunting has faded for many shoppers.
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A Creighton survey projects holiday shopping may only be up two or three-percent from last year, while online buying may rise as much as 20-percent. Goss says many people already have their gift purchases complete.

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Several major retailers, including Target, Sears, Toys-R-Us and Walmart, were opened yesterday on Thanksgiving. It used to be considered forbidden to interfere with the "family" day of Thanksgiving, Goss says, but no more.

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That applies especially to big T-Vs and other electronics, as well as a list of hot-selling toys.


Carroll County Farmers Sue State Over Electrical Inspections

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lawsuit filed by three farmers is aimed at ending electrical inspections at Iowa farm facilities.
The Gazette reports ( that the Carroll County farmers are challenging the state Electrical Examining Board's authority to require inspections and permits for electrical
installations on farm property. The lawsuit says farm property is immune from board regulations and those issued the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding the permits or inspections.
In defending the state, the Iowa Attorney General's Office says the board did not err in determining that electrical installations at farm buildings were regulated commercial applications that
weren't exempt.
Court records don't show a trial date.


Marion Girl Avoids Being Kidnapped

MARION, Iowa (AP) - Police in Marion say a 15-year girl narrowly avoided being kidnapped on Wednesday.
Marion police officer Bill Pechman says the girl was approached by three men in a vehicle. KGAN-TV reports that Pechman says the group made contact with her.
Pechman says the girl fought back by kicking and screaming at the group and was able to escape.
Police say the suspects they're seeking are three black males in their early 20s.




Thursday News, November 22

Le Mars Fire Department Battles Grass Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to a grass fire at about 10:35 p.m. last evening.  That call was at 120th Lake Avenue.  Fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour.


Two People Arrested In Buena Vista County For Illegal Drug Trade

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities have arrested two people involved in an illegal drug trade.  Arrested were 22 year old Kayla Rae Wadsley of Albert City and 21 year old Kailab Hendrickson of Cherokee.  Wadsley was charged with delivery of marijuana, a class D felony.  She is being held on a $5000 bond.  Hendrickson was arrested on a warrant for aiding and abetting delivery of marijuana, also a class D felony.  He is also being held on a $5000 bond.  The charges are a result of an investigation of illegal drug sales held at Alta.  Buena Vista County authorities were assisted in the investigation by the Storm Lake Police Department.


Jandreau Sentencing Date Scheduled

(Le Mars) -- A date of December 17th is scheduled for the sentence of Matthew Jandreau.  You'll recall earlier this week when a jury found Jandreau guilty on seven charges, including burglary, kidnapping, sexual assault, attempted burglary, operating a vehicle without permission, criminal mischief, and an OWI.

Felon With Criminal History Sentenced To 17 Years In Prison

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man with an extensive criminal record will spend more than 17 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun.
Acting U.S. Attorney Sean Berry says 38-year-old Scott Slauter was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on charges of possessing a stolen gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Slauter had pleaded guilty to the charges in August.
Berry says Slauter had previously been convicted of three violent felonies, and he has a history of dangerous behavior. For instance, Slauter once robbed a store and shot a clerk in the face.
Last January, Slauter was videotaped burglarizing a home in Sioux City, and he brandished a handgun during the burglary. He took jewelry and a pistol from the home.


Deer-Car Accident Results In Fatality

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old driver has been killed and her passenger injured in a rollover crash caused by a collision with a deer in southwest Iowa.
Atlantic radio station KJAN reports ( ) that the accident occurred around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 34, west of Red Oak.
The Iowa State Patrol says Shawna Curtis was driving east with 9-year-old Lydia Powell, both of Creston, when the SUV struck a deer that was crossing the roadway. The patrol says the deer was
flipped up, and it came through the vehicle windshield, striking Curtis.
Curtis lost control of the SUV. It ran off the highway into a ditch and rolled twice.
The patrol says Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl was flown to a hospital in Omaha, Neb.

Citation Given After Motorcycle Accident

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 42-year-old man has been given a traffic citation for his actions in a fatal Des Moines collision.
Matthew Rodine, of Des Moines, was given a citation for failure to yield. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
Police say Rodine was driving a sport utility vehicle on the afternoon of Nov. 10 when he attempted to turn left but collided with an oncoming motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was 38-year-old Bradford Clikeman. Authorities say Clikeman died two days later at a hospital.


Des Moines Man Charged With Faking Emergency Calls

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been accused of faking emergency calls and jamming or otherwise disrupting the Des Moines Police Department's radio frequency.
Kevin Grimes, of Webster Township, has been charged with 28 counts of obstructing emergency communications and eight counts of impersonating public officials.
Police say he made calls this month that forced the dispatch of officers, vehicles and equipment to the scenes of nonexistent incidents.
Police also say Grimes would leave his radio set on the police frequency without talking on it, tying up the channel.
Online records say Grimes remained in Polk County Jail on Thursday. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.


Republicans May Drop "Straw Poll"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover.
For Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll.
Branstad and other critics contend the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled far more candidates than it has propelled to the White House.
Last year, the poll effectively ended former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's campaign after a disappointing third-place finish.
Instead, Branstad's allies are urging the party to substitute the straw poll with a summer fundraiser, without a vote.

Three People Charged With Election Fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A citizen of Bosnia and two Canadian citizens have been charged with election fraud and fraudulent practices for allegedly registering and voting in Iowa without U.S.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it issued a citation to appear in court for 28-year-old Tehvedin Murgic of Clive. The DCI says he is a citizen of Bosnia and registered and voted on November 2nd, 2010.
Murgic's attorney did not immediately return a call.
Arrest warrants were issued for 66-year-old Laurie McCarroll and 53-year-old Leonard Blower, both of Shenandoah. The DCI says they are Canadian citizens who registered and voted in a school election
in September 2011. The DCI says it believes they are no longer living in the United States.
Their cases were not listed on Iowa online court records.


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