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Thursday Afternoon News, September 7th


Chamber of Commerce Mystery Dinner Theater Scheduled For Tonight At the Le Mars Convention Center

(Le Mars) — Get ready to go back to your elementary school days when you attend the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Mystery Dinner Theater which is scheduled for this evening at the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  18 people from the general community are cast in the play to determine “What happened to the lunch lady?”  A few seats remain for the show which will begin with a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. and social hour will start at 6:00 p.m.  Danna Schuster serves as the director for the Chamber’s Mystery Dinner.

Schuster says the premise of the play is to figure out what happened to the lunch lady?  Schuster says the lunch lady has won a baking contest for several years, but then disappears.

Schuster says the performers all have a wonderful time preparing for the show, and the fun translates into the performance which makes it enjoyable for the
audience members.

The director says often times the actors will go off the written script, and contribute some of their own ad-lib lines.

There are still a few tickets remaining for tonight’s show, and they are selling for $40 a piece.  Contact the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce at 546-8821 to reserve your seats.



Six People Arrested In Sioux County For Drug Possession

(Orange City) — Six people have recently been arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Sioux County. The arrests were made Saturday evening following an investigation that occurred in Granville. A sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area suspected people at the 829 Ash Street residence were using illegal drugs. The six people included: 27 year old Nickolas Johnson of Granville, 19 year old Jonathan Davis of Orange City, 23 year old Alexander Nielson of Granville, 18 year old Amber Nyblom of Rock Rapids, 19 year old Blake
Ullrich of Orange City, and 19 year old Riley De Weeerd of Alton. Each were charged with the possession of marijuana.



University of Iowa And Prison Officials Testing For Certification At Coralville Facility

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa and state prison officials are testing a certificate program that includes sessions at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

The series is the first official academic cooperation between the Iowa City-based university and the prison facility. It builds on the institutional relationship developed by music professor Mary Cohen, who leads a choir composed of community members and
The center’s programs coordinator, Kat Litchfield, says the long-term goal remains to develop a program through which inmates could earn college credit for courses taken in the prison. She says she’d like the university eventually offer something similar to the Liberal Arts in Prison Program already in place at Grinnell College.



Clear Lake Dock May Need To Be Shorten

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa state agency says the longest dock in a northern Iowa city may need to be shortened, raising concerns that a shortage of dock space will hurt tourism.
The Department of Natural Resources says the dock at Sunset Bay Marina in Clear Lake could be cut down from its current length of almost 500 feet to less than 300 feet in order to comply with a 2008 state regulation on private docks.
The dock’s late owner, Dale Entner, had a contract waiver with the department that allowed the dock to remain at the longer length. The department says Entner’s contract can’t continue once dock ownership transfers to a new owner.
Shortening the dock could displace up to 70 boats.



Updated Information Regarding Rest Stop Shooting

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The trucker found shot to death inside his semi at a rest stop early Wednesday has been identified as 60-year-old Ernest D. Kummer of Monroe, Iowa.
Authorities say Kummer was shot and killed by 43-year-old Mariana Lesnic at the westbound Interstate 80 rest area near Victor.
Kummer was an employee of Fridley, Minnesota-based Copeland Trucking, where he had worked since 2010. A company official said it wouldn’t comment on the “horrific event” at the request of Kummer’s family.
Iowa County Sheriff Rob Rotter said Thursday his office and the Division of Criminal Investigation are continuing to search for answers in the case, including a possible motive.
Lesnic has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Iowa County jail in Marengo on a $1 million cash-only bond.



Woman Hit By Train

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 67-year-old woman was badly injured when she tried to climb through a parked train on her way home in Waterloo and the train lurched forward.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Oneida Cosby has been taken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment.
Police say Cosby left a convenience store around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday and then tried to get through the train, which dragged her after it lurched. Officials say one of her legs was severed and the other severely injured.
The accident is being investigated.



A Second Drug Charge Against School Teacher Is Dropped

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A second drug charge against a former Dubuque teacher has been dropped.
The Telegraph Herald reports that a drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed last week for 46-year-old Douglas Spahn.
In dismissing a marijuana possession charge last month, a prosecutor said Spahn had successfully completed a deferral period without additional criminal offenses. The judge’s dismissal of the paraphernalia charge said it was based on
a plea agreement.
Spahn was a wellness teacher and coach at Hempstead High School. He resigned Aug. 14.
Spahn had pleaded not guilty to both charges. Court documents say Spahn told a Dubuque police officer that he used marijuana to treat his back pain.