Thursday News, June 14
Fire Departments Battle Grass Fires
(Le Mars) -- Despite some recent rains, it is still relatively dry. On Wednesday, the Kingsley, Oyens, and the Remsen Fire Departments all responded to three separate grass fires. All three fires were able to be extinguished fairly quickly.
Day Two for Ice Cream Days
(Le Mars) -- It's day two for Ice Cream Days. One of the highlights for today is a tour of the Plymouth County Courthouse. Brad Pick serves as the Chamber of Commerce vice president and chairman of events. He says the tour will offer attendees an unique perspective and more than what they may imagine.
Later this evening is another ice cream social and people will have the opportunity to view a movie at the Olson Cultural Arts Center.
Sioux City Couple Beaten -- Suspect Arrested
(Sioux City) -- A Sioux City man is in custody facing charges after a home invasion early Wednesday morning that left one man dead and one woman severly injured. Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says officers responded to a call at 504 39th Street Place around 3:00 a.m.
The man and woman, who are each 54 years old, were severly beaten with a crowbar and were transported to Mercy Medical Center where the male victim later died from his injuries. Their names have not been released. Yong says the suspect, 23 year old James Kroll, surrendered without a struggle after officers located him in the Leeds area.
Young says the victims were acquainted with Kroll and that a crowbar was recovered at the crime scene. Another woman, who lives in the home, was inside the residence at the time of the attack, but was not injured. Kroll remains in custody in the Woodbury County Jail pending charges from the county attorney.
Highway Patrol Wants Bridges Named For Fallen Troopers
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol wants Johnson County's support in naming two interstate bridges after troopers who died while serving the state.
The effort is part of a statewide drive to honor the 10 troopers who have died on duty in
the patrol's 77-year history.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the request at an informal meeting on Thursday.
The patrol wants to name the Interstate 380 bridge over the Iowa River in northern Johnson County after Trooper Harold DeGear. He was struck and killed by a vehicle in 1954 while writing a ticket.
A bridge over the Iowa River on I-80 in Coralville would be named for Trooper Allen Nieland. He died in the crash of a search airplane in 1990.
U of I To Hold Hearing On Professor
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - After months of delay, the University of Iowa has called a hearing to consider whether a suspended radiology professor should be terminated for a pattern of abusive behavior toward colleagues.
The university administration is expected to lay out its case against Malik Juweid during a two-day hearing that begins Thursday. Just like a trial, the university is expected to make arguments,
call witnesses and present evidence.
Afterward, a hearing officer will determine whether Juweid violated school policies and recommend to President Sally Mason what level of discipline he should face. Mason will have the final
Juweid has been suspended from his $241,000-per-year job since January 2011 for what the school called "disruptive behaviors." The university says he sent dozens of e-mails attacking colleagues
that were "prejudiced, insulting and inflammatory."
Hospitals To Share Helicopter
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hospitals in Clarinda and Des Moines and an air ambulance service are teaming up to bring a helicopter to southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.
The partners are Clarinda Regional Health Center, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and Air Methods Lifenet. The companies say the new service will be based in Clarinda and will serve an area within 40 miles of the city. It will also transport patients to hospitals in Des Moines, Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska and St. Joseph, Mo.
Mercy Medical Center, which has two helicopters, will staff the helicopter's medical crew, and will be hiring flight paramedics and flight nurses who will be based in Clarinda. Air Methods will hire
pilots and a mechanic.
The Clarinda program is to start in September.
Emmetsburg Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Charge
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 51-year-old northern Iowa man has been given 10 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine operation.
Prosecutors say Michael Kesterson, of Emmetsburg, had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.
Kesterson was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. He must serve five years of supervised release after he leaves prison.
Prosecutors say that at his plea hearing in March, Kesterson admitted his involvement in meth sales from 2009 through April 2011.
Prosecutors also say Kesterson was convicted on an Iowa meth charge in Emmet County in November 2009.
California Man Sentenced for Illegal Immigrant Trafficing
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge in Sioux City has sentenced a Californian for hauling illegal immigrants across the country.
24-year-old Maurelio Diaz-Alfonso, of Riverside, Calif., had pleaded guilty in March. He was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months in prison.
Diaz-Alfonso was arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 29 near Onawa in western Iowa. A state trooper who pulled over the sport utility vehicle Diaz-Alfonso was driving searched it and
found 12 people inside. They were illegal immigrants.
Diaz-Alfonso later told federal agents that he was paid to drive his passengers from Mesa, Ariz., to Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York.