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Wednesday Afternoon News, July 26th


Le Mars Police Release Information On Moped Accident

(Le Mars) — On Sunday, July 23rd at approximately 5:36 p.m., the Le Mars Police Department responded to a moped accident that occurred at 6th Ave SW and 8th St. SW.
Colby Jennings, age 14 of Le Mars was traveling northbound in the 800 block of 6th Ave SW on a 2017 Taiz Moped. Matthew Hicks, age 14 of Le Mars was traveling in the same direction; ahead of Colby on a 2015 Tao Moped. Jackson Sudtelgte,
age 14 of Le Mars was traveling behind Jennings and Hicks on a 2011 Massimo Moped. Colby failed to see Matthew slow down to make a turn onto 8th. Hicks was not able to keep his moped up right after the contact causing him to lose control. Hicks then slid in front of Sudtelgte, causing Sudtelgte to strike Hicks.
Jenning’s moped sustained approximately $500.00 in damages.
Hick’s moped sustained approximately $300.00 in damages.
Sudtelgte’s moped had no damage.  Jennings was transported to Floyd Valley Health Care for injuries.
Hicks had some injuries but was not transported to the hospital.
Sudtelgte was uninjured.



Sioux City School Board To Purchase Museum Space For Classrooms

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City School Board has approved an agreement to buy unused space for classrooms in the downtown Sioux City Public Museum.
The second-floor space would be converted into 19 classrooms so the district could hold Life Academy and Career Academy courses there. Those courses now are spread out at all three high schools, Wester Iowa Tech Community College and the Ho-Chunk Centre downtown.
The district plans still face reviews from city officials.
Before becoming a museum, the building held a Delta Air Lines call center that closed in 2012. The building was built as a J.C. Penney retail store more than three decades ago.



Cedar Rapids Man Pleas Guilty To Scam Charges

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors say a northeast Iowa businessman already convicted of failing to pay employment taxes has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an ethanol plant scam.
Darrell Smith, of Forest City, entered the pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to charges of wire fraud and identity theft. Smith was sentenced in December to 13 months for payroll tax fraud.
Federal officials say the fraud and ID theft charges are related to Smith’s investment of clients’ money into a now-defunct ethanol plant in Hopkinton.
Officials say that on several occasions, Smith transferred money from clients’ accounts – against their will and without their knowledge – into his bioenergy fund. Investigators say he used either pre-signed, blank authorization forms or forged his clients’ signatures.
His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.



Salmonella Outbreak Traced To Papayas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to papayas from Mexico that has killed a person in New York City and sickened another 46 people in 12 states.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that 12 people had been hospitalized.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA are investigating and believe the cause to be salmonella contamination from Maradol papayas. The FDA says consumers should avoid all Caribena brand Maradol papayas.
New York has reported 13 cases and New Jersey has had 12. Another six have been registered in Virginia, five in Maryland and four in Pennsylvania. Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas and Utah each have had one reported case.