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Friday Afternoon News, July 4

Woman Hit By Car

WALFORD, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a Wisconsin woman was fatally struck by a car after walking in the middle of a highway in eastern Iowa.
     The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Rochelle E. Ihander, of Marinette, Wisconsin, was walking in the center of the southbound lane of Highway 151 near Walford early Thursday when she was hit by an SUV traveling in the same direction. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 53-year-old Kevin W. Tjaden, of Walford, was not injured.
     The case remains under investigation.

 

June Rains Erase Drought Concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture says near-record-setting rainfall last month has nearly eradicated residual drought from much of the Midwest including Iowa.
     All that remains of the drought in Iowa are two small areas of abnormally dry conditions, one in the southeast corner of the state, and one in the southwest corner. Some areas now have too much water. 
     Meteorolgist Brad Rippey says in a Wednesday report drought covers just 5 percent of the U.S. soybean area and 8 percent of the nation's corn.
     Corn, rated 75 percent good to excellent, has not been rated as highly at this time of year since 2003. Soybeans, at 72 percent good to excellent, have not been rated as highly at this time of year in the last two decades.

 

Council Bluffs Police Report Thieves Stealing Gasoline From Cars

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in Council Bluffs say a thief or thieves is drilling holes into cars to take gasoline inside.
     Council Bluffs police say a person or group may be linked to at least 18 cases since April. There were 10 cases alone in June.
     Sgt. David Dawson tells the Council Bluffs Nonpareil that the crimes involve the drilling of a hole into a car's fuel tank. Both old and new cars have been targeted.
     Dawson encouraged residents to contact authorities if they notice anything suspicious in their neighborhood.
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Newton Man Sent To Prison For Videotaping Tanning Clients

 NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa man who recorded teenagers using a tanning bed in his home has been sent to federal prison.
    James Brock, of Newton, on Wednesday was sentenced to eight years.
    Prosecutors say Brock admitted possessing child pornography on or about July 2, 2013. Prosecutors say Brock produced the porn by using hidden cameras to record teenagers using the tanning bed.
     In addition to the prison sentence, Brock also was ordered to forfeit his home and all equipment used to commit the crime.
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Mason City Man Convicted Of Distributing Child Pornography

  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A 41-year-old Mason City man has been convicted of distributing child pornography.
     Federal prosecutors say Jamison Miller pleaded guilty to one count on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
     Miller admitted at the hearing that he distributed child porn between September 2012 and April 2013. 
     Miller faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when he's sentenced.

 

Otho Mayor Resigns

OTHO, Iowa (AP) - The mayor of the small central Iowa city of Otho has abruptly resigned without giving a reason for his decision.
     Mayor Joe Hayes resigned Tuesday from his position in the city of about 500 people. He was elected mayor in 2013.
     Asked why he had quit, Hayes said "I'm in no position to talk about that right now."
     His departure came soon after City Council member Gary Fox's resignation on June 13, also without explanation.
     Asked his resignation, Fox would only say, "I'd just as soon at this time not say anything."
     Otho is six miles southeast of Fort Dodge.
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Friday News, July 4

Le Mars To Host Several 4th Of July Festivities

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars will again hold several festivities to celebrate the Independence Day beginning with a parade scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.  Judy Bowman is a member of the Friends of the Fourth and explains the scheduled events.

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Bowman says anyone can be in the parade, and the Friends of the Fourth are encouraging children of all ages to dress in a patriotic themed costume and participate.  Bowman says children will be judged with the top winners awarded prizes.  Parade entries should be lined up on the 8th Street Blvd at 10:30 a.m. Following the parade, people are invited to the Plymouth county historical museum to enjoy a free-will donation picnic lunch catered by Timmy's.
 
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At 3:00 p.m., the museum will share free watermelon with everyone in the front yard.  Bowman says while people are visiting the museum they may want to look at some of the new exhibits, including the new township and county fair display.

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The museum administrator invites people to stop at the Miller's lunch room and enjoy a cool root beer float.  She says during the parade several coupons for a free root beer float will be distributed to the parade viewers.

 

Remain Safe When Igniting Fireworks

(Le Mars) -- Although the use of fireworks is illegal in Iowa, they will never-the-less be used, and emergency officials want to make certain your holiday is safe.  Each year, fireworks are responsible for numerous burns and structures catching fire.  The advice is to be in an open area away from crowds and buildings before igniting any fireworks.  Dave Schipper, the Le Mars Fire Chief, says even those fireworks that are legal in Iowa can still be dangerous.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says advises to have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher, or a garden hose handy for your 4th of July fireworks celebrations.

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Although we have had an abundance of rain in June, Schipper has noticed some grass drying, which could create potential fires from the fallout of roman candles and bottle rockets.

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Schipper encourages people to watch and enjoy the fireworks featured at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds Friday evening that are conducted by professional pyrotechicans.  

 

Remsen Celebrates DayTwo Of Quasquicentennial Celebration

(Remsen) -- Its day two for the Remsen Quasquicentennial Celebration. Karen Harnack serves as a co-chair for the German-Luxemborg heritage town and explains the list of events scheduled for today.

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Harnack says there are several people who are "brothers of the brush" and when the judging takes place later this afternoon, there will be several categories.

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The Quasquicentennial chair says for many of the Remsen men, it has been somewhat difficult to recognize who they are because of the beards.

 

Sioux City Man Charged With Leaving The Scene Of Fatal Accident

 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of leaving the scene of a fatal car crash faces a felony charge in the case.
      22-year-old Mark Beltran was charged Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court in connection with the death of 70-year-old Robert Ibsgaard.
     Beltran is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Authorities say Ibsgaard, also of Sioux City, was on a crosswalk in late May when he was struck by a car driven by Beltran. Ibsgaard died several days later.
     Beltran is accused of driving to a parking lot after the crash and running off. He was arrested a short time later.
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