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Thursday News, October 12th


Semi Truck Collides With Volkswagen Beetle At Merrill

(Merrill) — Another semi truck and car accident has been reported in Plymouth County.  This time a semi truck collided with a car causing an accident with injuries at Merrill at about 4:05 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 75 and county road C-44, near the Perra’s Mexican Restaurant. The semi truck was hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with steel, although the cargo remained on the trailer following the accident. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper told reporters what had happened.

According to the Merrill Police Department the semi trailer was heading northbound on Highway 75. The Volkswagen Beetle was heading westbound on C-44 and was attempting to make a left-hand turn to go southbound on Highway 75. The vehicles collided at the intersection. The Le Mars Ambulance transported the female driver of the Volkswagen Beetle to a Sioux City hospital.

 The driver of the semi truck and trailer did not sustain any injuries.  Traffic on Highway 75 was detoured while emergency crews cleaned up the accident scene.  Assisting at the scene were the Merrill Fire Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue
Department, Le Mars Ambulance, Merrill Police Department, Hinton Police Department, Iowa Motor Vehicles Enforcement, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.



Former Westfield City Clerk Arrested For Theft

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the former city clerk of Westfield following an investigation. On September 7th, the mayor of Westfield contacted the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office to inform them of a possible theft of city funds. Westfield’s Mayor, Michael Tadlock, advised the
Sheriff’s Office that they believed that a fund raiser account for the public park and the T-Ball complex was missing funds. An investigation was done, and with that investigation a warrant of arrest was issued for Angela Sorensen of Westfield. Sorensen was the former city clerk of the the city of Westfield.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sorensen on Wednesday, October 11th in Le Mars. Bond was set at $5,000. The charge against Sorensen was theft in the 2nd Degree, a Class D felony. Sorensen appeared before the judge of
Plymouth County and was released on her own signature.




Packaged Meals Leave Le Mars For Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

(Le Mars) — An effort to provide meals to the hurricane-stricken victims of Puerto Rico has gotten under way.  On Tuesday, 30,000 packaged meals consisting of rice, dried vegetables, soy textured protein, powdered chicken with vitamins
and minerals left a Le Mars warehouse to go to Des Moines, where they will then be transported to Puerto Rico.  Dick Sievert and Carolyn Bickford both of Le Mars, known for leading Mission Honduras and the “Then Feed Just One” feeding program organization stepped up to offer relief assistance.  Sievert says he was contacted by friends and asked if could help.

Carolyn Bickford helped transport the meals to a Des Moines warehouse.

Sievert says the meals will be combined in a container, and due to leave Iowa, and destined to Puerto Rico sometime later this month.

Sievert and Bickford says its nice to be able to help people who are in need.  Even though they have traditionally focused on Honduras, both Bickford and Sievert say their organizations have, and are ready to help others.

The two were asked if they thought about leading a delegation of volunteers and missionaries to the Gulf region this year, to assist with recovery efforts, instead of going to Honduras?  Sievert and Bickford both say they would like to help the hurricane victims, but it would require additional time, and contacts, to properly organize a meaningful and successful mission.

Sievert echoed and expanded on Bickford’s comments why Honduras is better suited for their mission trip.

Sievert says it is a good feeling to know they have contributed in a small way to the recovery efforts for the people in Puerto Rico.



Le Mars Rotary To Hold District Convention

(Le Mars) — Several members of the civic organization of Rotary International will be in Le Mars for the weekend, as the Le Mars Rotary chapter hosts the District Rotary Convention.  Le Mars Rotarian John Schneider says Le Mars could see up to around 125 members of Rotary from northwest Iowa, northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota and the entire state of South Dakota.

Schneider talks about the popular civic organization and its service to communities.

Schneider says the Le Mars Rotary Club will showcase Le Mars to their fellow Rotarians, by offering tours to the Veteran’s Park, Ice Cream Parlor, the Round Barn at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, and the Plymouth County Historical Museum.



Red Oak Police Arrest Man For Murder

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) – Red Oak police have charged a man in the death of another man whose body was found near a street in the southwest Iowa city.
Police found the body of 27-year-old Devin Alexander Davis about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday near a street. They later determined he’d been killed by a single gunshot.
Red Oak police say in a news release that investigators determined 39-year-old Kevin Duane Staley and Davis had a confrontation earlier Wednesday, leading to the shooting.
Police charged Staley with voluntary manslaughter. He was held at the Montgomery County jail on a $100,000 bond.