Wednesday News, April 1
A Rash Of Grass Field Fires Reported In Northwest Iowa
(Le Mars) -- Fire fighters from several northwest Iowa communities were busy battling numerous grass and field fires on Tuesday. Plymouth County fire fighters had a total of four field fires. A grass fire that got out of control destroyed a home near Sioux City, Authorities say the home contained an exotic bird store and was destroyed in an afternoon grass fire.
The Sioux City Fire Rescue department says five adults lived in the residence and that only the homeowner was there when the structure caught fire Tuesday. The homeowner escaped safely, and no other injuries were reported. The fire started in Woodbury County but had spread into Plymouth County. Besides the Sioux City grass fire, Woodbury County authorities reported five grass fires near Cushing, Hornick, and Lawton, and yet another grass fire near Jefferson, South Dakota. Sioux County authorities report there were nine grass fires on Tuesday, near Hospers, Hull, Alton, and Maurice. In many instances, local farmers assisted fire fighters efforts by tilling the burning fields. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says rains are needed.
The Le Mars Fire Chief says field fires can spread quickly even on a calm day.
Le Mars Police Arrest Man Following Warrant
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department executed an arrest warrant on Monday evening following a complaint into allegations of domestic assault occurring at 98 Broadview Drive in Le Mars. Officers also had been informed there was convicted felon living at the address who was in possession of firearms. Several items were seized from the residence during the search warrant including a semi-automatic handgun, three rifles, assorted ammunition, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, numerous bottles of inject-able steroids, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. Arrested was 38 year old Angel Arturo Matamoros of 98 Broadview Drive. He was taken into custody without incident and jailed at the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center. Matamoros is currently being held on a $25,000 bond. The possession of cocaine, marijuana, and steroid charges were all enhanced to felonies and aggravated misdemeanor due to Matamoros having previous drug convictions.
Log Cabin Information Meeting Tonight At Museum
(Le Mars) -- An informational meeting open to the public regarding the Joy Hollow log cabin is scheduled for this afternoon beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Central gym at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Two cabin preservationists will address questions regarding the structural stability of the log cabin that is presently at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, but advocates hope to save the cabin from demolition. Efforts are under way to raise enough funds to not only move the historical cabin to the Plymouth County Historical Museum, but to renovate the cabin. The log cabin at one time served the Joy Hollow Girl Scouts camp before being moved to the fairgrounds.
Woman Sentenced To Prison For Posing As Nurse To Access Prescription Drugs
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 30-year-old northwest Iowa woman who posed as a nurse so she could get prescription drugs has been sentenced to prison.
Kayleen Stallman, formerly Kayleen Leedahl, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison. She'd pleaded guilty to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. She also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of the same charge.
Police and court documents state she posed as a nurse over nearly four months in 2013 and used a doctor's information to get the medications from a Storm lake pharmacy.
Police Officer Testifies In Trial Of Sac City Man Accused Of Killing Roommate
BOONE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa police chief testified Tuesday that a man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009 admitted to the crime during an interview.
The second trial of 55-year-old John Green began with opening statements from attorneys and testimony from Sac City Police Chief John Thompsen. Green is charged with first-degree murder in 58-year-old Mark Koster's death in Sac City.
Green's first trial was held in Webster County because his attorney argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac City. The same argument was used against holding the second trial in Fort Dodge. The first ended in a mistrial.
Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were found in the basement of his home in 2012.
State Legislature May Be Stalled On Gun Legislation
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation that would have made sweeping changes to Iowa's gun laws appears to be dead this session, after Senate lawmakers focused on a separate bill with more limited scope.
The Senate voted 46-4 Tuesday for a bill that would allow the use of suppressors to silence weapons. It now heads to the House, where lawmakers have a small window to advance it before a procedural deadline Friday.
The House passed a bill recently that would have made several changes to Iowa's gun laws. It included a proposal to allow children of any age to use a handgun under a parent's supervision.
Attempts to add changes to the bill on suppressors failed Tuesday. Senate Republicans criticized Democrats for not taking up the House bill. Democrats say they wanted to find compromise.