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Monday News, October 26

Additional Information Released Involving Highway 75 Roll-over Accident

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have released additional information regarding that roll-over accident that happened Friday morning on Highway 75 between Hinton and Merrill.  The accident occurred at about 10:40 a.m. and involved a pick up truck.  Plymouth County sheriff's deputies who investigated the accident scene say 24 year old Michael Camacho of Boone, Iowa was traveling south on Highway 75 when his pick up truck started to hydro plane due to the excessive water on the roadway from the heavy rains.  The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled one and a half times, ending on its top, and ejecting Camacho through the side window.  Camacho was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Hinton Ambulance.  Both the Hinton and the Merrill Fire Departments responded to the accident scene.




Le Mars Community School Board To Hear Annual Audit Report

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community Board of Education are scheduled to meet this evening.  They will hear a report presented by Jeff Peters of Williams and Company regarding the annual audit report.  In addition, the school board will listen to Eric Peterson and Tracy Wingert, both Technology Instructional Coaches, as they present a report on the professional development opportunities that have been provided for teachers.  Steve Webner, assistant school superintendent will have the official certified enrollment numbers of students attending the Le Mars Community School District this year.  Dr. Todd Wendt will present to the school board's attention a budget indicators report showing three common indicators of financial health.




Wendt To Speak At Monday's Lunch And Learn Session

(Le Mars) -- Speaking of Dr. Wendt, the school district superintendent is scheduled to be the featured speaker at today's Lunch and Learn session at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor.  The Lunch and Learn will begin at 12:00 noon.  Lunch and Learn sessions are sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street organization and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Plymouth County.




Plymouth County Historical Museum To Hold "Garage Sale And Bake Sale"

(Le Mars) -- Curiosity seekers will be able to begin searching for treasures in “Old Central” Gym at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 29, when the “Great Garage and Bake Sale” opens at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.
The sales action of opening night will continue through 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is charged for the “Sneak Preview,” with all proceeds going to the Museum.
The remaining days of the “Great Garage Sale” will offer free admission. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 31. Saturday’s offerings will be half-price.
In addition to the garage sale in the Gym, the event includes a bake sale in the Gym lobby and a concession stand. A silent auction also is planned in the Gym lobby.
Baked goods may be brought to the Museum on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning or Saturday morning.
This year, the remaining garage sale items will be in the Gym for another week through Nov. 7.
Proceeds from the sale go to help the Museum preserve the history of Plymouth County.
Julie Leaverton once again is chairing this year’s sale in cooperation with other Museum volunteers. Norma Martfeld is her assistant. Anyone wishing to help with the sale should call the Museum immediately: 539-0223.




Farmers Should Not Encounter Many Railroad Delays When Marketing This Year's Crops

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers expect fewer problems shipping their crops this year because railroads have made improvements and the market may encourage more farmers to store their grain initially.
Railroads have upgraded their networks since the problems of the last couple years. And the low grain prices may prompt more farmers to hold onto their harvests.
It also helps that the low crude oil prices have slowed the growth of hydraulic fracturing mining, which ships oil and mining materials by rail.
Mike Steenhoek with the Des Moines-based Soy Transportation Coaltion says he expects rail service to continue to be sufficient throughout harvest.


Saturday News, October 24

Tornadoes Spotted In Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Strong storms consisting of even some tornado sightings moved across northwest Iowa last evening.  Plymouth County Sheriff's office reports minimal damage from the storms.  A few homes in Hinton had some siding blow off, and a power line on Mahogany Avenue was reported to have been down, along with some tree limbs. Jennifer Hacker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services of Sioux Falls says there were a total of four tornado sightings last evening.

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Hacker says the only reported damage that the National Weather Service is aware of is a home near Larrabee that suffered some roof damage.  Hacker says it is highly unusual to have tornado activity this late in the season.

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The National Weather Service official explains what happened last evening to spur on the storm activity.

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In addition to the reported tornados, the other surprise was the amount of rain received from the system.  Here at KLEM radio offices, we received a total of 1.3 inches of rain, when the original forecast had called for only a quarter of an inch.
Hacker says there were some single day records that were set involving rainfall amounts.

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Fortunately, there were no injuries reported from last evening's storms.



Sioux City Police Respond To Domestic Disturbance - Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police were dispatched to a disturbance call at the 1400 block of Isabella Street last evening.  While officers were still enroute to the call, a gun was discharged at the scene.  Two people would end up going to the hospital for treatment.  One adult male involved in the disturbance was shot in the hand, and an adult female was struck in the chest by what is believed to be the same single bullet.  The woman is being treated at a local hospital.  Her injury is stabilized and is not considered life threatening at this time.  Her name is not being released.  Officers would learn that 35 year old Nadia Brody and 23 year old Mykale Johnson, both who reside at the home in question, were engaged in a mutual domestic assault, where a handgun was involved.  During the struggle between these two, the handgun was discharged.  Mykale Johnson was shot in the hand and the unnamed female was struck in the chest.  Nadia Brody was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and a Felon in Possession of a firearm.  Mykale Johnson was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and Carrying a Weapon.




Akron Man Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of A Child

(Akron) -- An Akron man has been arrested by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office and the Akron Police Department on charges of sexual abuse in the third degree, and six counts of possession of child pornography.  56 year old William VonHofsteder was taken into custody on Friday morning.  On July 9th, the Akron Police Department received a complaint of a possible sexual abuse of a 12 year old boy in Akron.  The Akron Police Department requested the assistance of the Plymouth County Sheriff's office to investigate the case.  A search warrant was issued on July 13th at VonHofsteder's residence in Akron.  During the search warrant, several items were seized along with materials that depicts minors in several stages of undress and sexual acts.  Vonhofsteder is being held on a $20,000 bond.




Sioux City School Superintendent Says Trump Can Still Come To West High

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The superintendent of Sioux City schools says he won't block plans by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to hold an event at a district high school.
Superintendent Paul Gausman announced Friday that despite complaints and a threatened protest, he won't stop Trump from using West High School on Tuesday for a campaign event.
A 2012 West High graduate organized a petition calling for the district to not allow use of the school for Trump's event. He's now planning a protest at the site.
Former student Francisco Valadez says Trump shouldn't be allowed to use the school because of his views on immigration.
Gausman says many candidates have held events at Sioux City schools, so it's not fair to exclude Trump.




Supreme Court Rules On Two Cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who entered a plea deal for a 2012 Des Moines stabbing death.
Prosecutors agreed in 2013 to drop a murder charge if Joseph Ceretti pleaded guilty to attempted murder, manslaughter and willful injury for the death of 31-year-old Eric Naylor. Ceretti was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
On appeal he said the three charges should have been merged and his sentence cut to 10 years.
The Supreme Court ruled a defendant can't be convicted of both killing someone and attempting to kill someone in a case with one victim and the same facts.
The case goes back to district court where prosecutors may reinstate the murder charge, bring other charges or attempt a new plea deal.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a Glenwood man will not face a kidnapping charge in connection with an incident in which he is accused by a girl of molesting her eight years ago.
Daniel Walden was charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child. He appealed the kidnapping charge alleging Iowa law requires it to be filed within three years.
Prosecutors say a girl complained last year Walden locked her in a bedroom of his home and molested her.
Walden denies ever touching her.
Justices said Friday they must uphold the Legislature's kidnapping filing limitation and dismissed that charge.
Walden faces trial on the remaining charges. He could have faced life in prison if convicted of kidnapping. The sexual abuse charge carries a maximum 25 years.




Iowa State University To Have Forensic Science Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has been awarded a grant to establish the only federally funded forensic sciences center in the nation.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded the university the five-year grant worth up to $20 million. The Iowa Board of Regents approved Thursday establishing the Center for Statistics in Application and Forensic Evidence.
The center's primary goal will be to build a statistical and scientific foundation under pattern evidence, such as finger prints or blood splatter, and cyber forensics, such as figuring out who put what data on computers.
Iowa State statistics professor Alicia Carriquiry will head the center and says it will do "interesting research that is directed toward solving" important social and technical problems.


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