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Saturday News, September 30th


Police Investigate Pick-up Truck and Bicycle Accident

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is investigating an accident involving a pick-up that hit a nine-year old girl riding a bicycle. The accident happened Friday at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of 12th Street and Central Avenue. According to the police accident report, 40 year old Travis Miller of Moville had stopped at the stop sign at the 12th Street and Central Avenue intersection heading westbound. As he pulled away and entered
the 10 block oof 12th Street southwest, he failed to see the young girl pedestrian on a bicycle who was in the crosswalk. As a result, the vehicle collided with the young girl. The nine-year old girl suffered minor injuries and was transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance Service.



Sheriff’s Office Arrest Three Tied To Walmart Theft

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Performed a Traffic Stop Thursday Morning at about 3:30 a.m. on a vehicle near the intersection of county road K-22 and 250th Street. As a result of the stop, 21-year old Annastasia Luesenbrink of Sioux City, was placed under arrest on a Dakota County Warrant
for failure to appear.  33 year old Lacey Crandall, of South Sioux City was placed under arrest on Dakota County Warrants for possession of a controlled substance and false reporting.
Luesenbrink, Crandall, and a third occupant, 18-year old Paige Treadway of Sioux City were also identified as suspects that had
performed a theft from the Le Mars Walmart store, earlier that morning, resulting in additional charges from the Le Mars Police Department for theft in the 4th Degree.  All three individuals were booked into the Plymouth County Jail.



Iowa Treasurer Tells Reynolds She Can’t Transfer Funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s treasurer says Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to tap an emergency fund to address a budget shortfall is not compliant with state law.
Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald sent a letter to Reynolds on Friday that says revenue tied to the state budget that ended in June did not drop below a certain legal threshold. Since revenue didn’t meet that threshold, Fitzgerald says funds can’t legally be transferred from the state’s economic emergency fund.
Reynolds announced recently that a shortfall to last year’s $7.2 billion budget wouldn’t trigger a special legislative session. She said she would instead transfer $13 million from the fund.
Multiple messages left with the Republican governor were not immediately returned Friday.
Fitzgerald says he wants Reynolds to carefully review the budget numbers before she formally taps the fund.



Des Moines Woman Dies After Being Hit By SUV

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a 60-year-old woman has died after being hit by a sport utility vehicle as she walked across a Des Moines street.
Police tell The Des Moines Register that the woman was hit Friday afternoon as she crossed University Avenue on Des Moines’ west side. Investigators say she was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy, and police believe the SUV was speeding at the time of the crash.
Officials have not released the name of the woman or the teenage driver.
The was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where she died. Police had not announced any charges by late afternoon Friday.



Williamsburg Woman Dies From House Fire

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) – Officials in eastern Iowa say a rural Williamsburg woman has died in a house fire.
The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that the body of 52-year-old Barbara McCune was found inside the home after firefighters were sent there Thursday afternoon.
Officials say firefighters and deputies arrived at the house about three miles south of Williamsburg after a passerby called 911. Officials say the house was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived.
McCune’s body has been taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy.
The sheriff’s department and state fire marshal are investigating to find the cause of the fire.



Emergency Radio Dispatcher Retires After 31 Year Career

(Sioux City) — A northwest Iowa woman ended a 31-year career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher on Thursday — a career highlighted by a plane crash with nearly 300 people on board. Louise Keleher (KELL-eh-her) says she’ll remember many calls, but none more vividly than the emergency summon she answered 28 years ago.

The crash of United Flight 232 in Sioux City on July 19, 1989 killed 111 people. Another 185 survived. The plane’s crew and emergency responders were praised for their actions in the incident that most thought would be unsurvivable. Keleher landed the dispatcher’s job after answering a newspaper
ad. She noted the technology to dispatch emergency crews has changed dramatically since her first day on the job.

While Keleher’s calm demeanor has helped many people in need over the years, the job is often stressful and isn’t ideal for just anyone.

Keleher’s son is a lieutenant with Sioux City Fire Rescue and has been dispatched on calls by his mother. A reception for Keleher was held Thursday at Sioux City Police and Fire headquarters.