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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.






Saturday News, September 29

Hinton Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident

(Hinton) -- An early morning motorcycle accident left a Hinton man in serious condition.  59-year old Darrel Hansen of Hinton was riding his motorcycle on County road K-22 at about 6:10 a.m. Friday, when he came upon a deer carcass lying in the middle of the road.  The deer had been hit by a previous passing vehicle, but was not removed from the roadway.  Hansen tried braking, but could not avoid hitting the carcass and rode over the deer causing him to lose control of his motorcycle.  The Hinton Ambulance and the Hinton Fire Department responded to the accident. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department and the Hinton Police assisted with the accident.  Hansen was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with was was referred to as incapacitating injuries.

Three Vehicle Accident On Highway 75 Near Hull

(Hull) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating a three vehicle accident that happened Thursday morning on U-S Highway 75, about four miles northwest of Hull.  Jacob Bickett, age 21, of Beresford, SD was driving a utility truck southbound on Highway 75. Bickett reported he fell asleep and drifted into the northbound lane. John Fogo, age 58, of Clay Center, NE was driving a semi tractor pulling a flatbed trailer northbound on Highway 75 when Bickett entered the northbound lane and the two collided. Following the collision, Fogo lost control of the semi tractor and entered the west ditch. Kathy Van Essen, age 63, of Sioux Center, IA was driving northbound on Highway 75 behind Fogo. In an attempt to avoid the collision between Bickett and Fogo, Van Essen entered the west ditch where the vehicle rolled onto its top.  Van Essen and a passenger, Orlan Van Essen, were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Fogo was transported to the Rock Valley Hospital by the Hull Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.
The utility truck owned by Cummins Central Power of Sioux Falls, SD sustained approximately $40,000 in damages.  The semi truck, owned by WN Morehouse Transportation of Omaha, NE sustained approximately $70,000 in damages. The cargo on the flatbed trailer, consisting of cement cattle feed
troughs, sustained approximately $15,000 in damages. The Ford Explorer driven by Van Essen sustained approximately $15,000 in damages.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire and Hull Ambulance.


Sioux County Authorities Investigates Rural Burglary

(Sioux Center) -- The Sioux County sheriff's department is investigating a rural burglary that occurred sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning.  The incident took place at a residence four miles west of Sioux Center.  Reported missing are power drills, saws, battery packs, hand tools, Dale Earnhardt Jr.and Sr. 1/16th and 1/64th scale Nascar die cast race cars and Nascar memorabilia, sports trading cards, CB radios, stereo equipment, speakers, an amplifier and a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson


Casino Omaha To Re-Open

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Nebraska's Omaha Tribe says it plans to reopen its flood-damaged Iowa casino by the end of the year.
CasinOmaha was shut down by flooding in June 2011.
The tribe says the casino will have a new look when it reopens and a new name, Blackbird Bend Casino.

Construction is expected to start next week with doors opening in late December.  The casino is situated near Onawa, between Omaha, Neb., and Sioux City.


First Lady Michele Obama Visits Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - First lady Michele Obama noted early voting had begun in Iowa as she encouraged University of Northern Iowa students to cast their ballots before Election Day.
Michelle Obama spoke to about 2,500 people on the Cedar Falls campus.
Referring to early voting, which began Thursday in Iowa, Obama told the crowd, "here in this state it is already Election Day."
Iowa is among nine states where Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are spending the vast majority of their campaign travel time and money. Obama, Romney and groups supporting them have spent more than $50 million on Iowa advertising.
Iowa is the first of the battleground states to begin voting, accepting absentee ballots and allowing in-person voting at elections offices and satellite sites.


Vice President Biden To Campaign In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The campaign for Democratic President Barack Obama says Vice President Joe Biden will return to Iowa next week.
Obama's campaign announced Friday that Biden will speak at an event Thursday but didn't give specifics.
The announcement came on a day that first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Next week, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan also will travel to Iowa. Ryan will speak in Dubuque on Monday and then hold events Tuesday in Clinton, Muscatine and Burlington.
The visits come as thousands of Iowans already have begun casting ballots thanks to the state's early voting laws.


Boswell Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Fallon

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell has filed a defamation lawsuit against Iowa activist Ed Fallon, after Fallon alleged that he was offered an $80,000-a-year job to not run
against the congressman in 2008.
The Des Moines Register newspaper reports that the lawsuit was filed Friday in Polk County District Court. Fallon, a former state lawmaker, challenged Boswell in the 2008 Democratic primary but
Fallon made the allegation earlier this week in an email to friends and on his website. He alleged that Boswell sent an aide to offer him the job, and claimed that the aide described Boswell as
Boswell denied the allegations on Friday. The eight-term congressman is in a tough campaign against Republican and fellow incumbent Representative Tom Latham.


Train - Vehicle Collision Results in Fatality

LISBON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a train crash that killed an eastern Iowa motorist.
KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports that authorities were called to the crash scene in Lisbon just after 8:30 a.m. Friday. Officials say an SUV driven by a rural Lisbon woman was headed southbound on
Gillette Lane, when she struck a Union Pacific Train that was traveling westbound.
Lisbon Police Chief Rick Scott confirms that the woman died, but she was not identified. No one else was injured.
The crash prevented drivers from traveling north and southbound through Mt. Vernon on Highway 1.
Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the train would move once the on-scene investigation was completed.




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