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Saturday News, December 2nd


Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department Issues Monthly Report

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its November monthly report. During November, the local fire department responded to a total of 47 calls, of which 13 were fire calls, seven rescues, 11 investigations, seven mutual aid calls with four times assisting Merrill Fire Department, Remsen twice, and Oyens once. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to nine requests for services.



Plymouth County Communications Issues Monthly Statistics

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Communications has also released the monthly statistics for the month of November. The town of Akron had 16 ambulance calls, and 8 fire calls. Hinton Ambulance responded to ten calls, while the fire department responded to six calls. Kingsley also had ten calls for its ambulance, and the fire department had only one call during November. The Le Mars ambulance was called a total of 82 times in November. Merrill’s fire department was notified five times, while the EMT staff were called four times. Oyens had to respond to two fires, and its ambulance remained idle in November. Remsen ambulance were called eleven times, and the fire department was notified a total of seven times. The Plymouth County Communications Office says year-to-date there have been 1,407 ambulance calls and 397 fire calls.



Fatal Auto Accident Occurs In Lyon County

(Undated) — The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Friday afternoon on Highwy 75 in Lyon county, involving a car hitting a semi truck. According to the traffic report, the accident happened at about 1:44 p.m. The car, a Buick LeSabre, was traveling southbound on Highway 75 with the Kenworth semi truck heading northbound. Apparently, the Buick LeSabre car had crossed over the center line and hit the semi truck head on. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Medical Examiner. The name of the driver of the car has been withheld pending family notification. The semi truck was being driven by 33 year old Alyce Widrig of Sioux Falls.



U-S Marshal Office Make Arrest In Iowa For Chicago Fugitive

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service says a Chicago homicide suspect has been arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 380 in eastern Iowa.
The agency says the 31-year-old man was identified as a suspect in a November 2016 homicide in Chicago.
The U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force was activated to help find the suspect after officials learned he had left Illinois.
After hours of surveillance, law enforcement officials saw the man leave a home in Cedar Rapids and stopped his vehicle Friday afternoon on I-380 south, just a mile north of I-80. The Iowa State Patrol and the Cedar Rapids Police Department assisted in the stop.
The suspect in now in the Linn County Jail awaiting extradition to Illinois.



Trial To Begin For Woman Accused Of Killing Daughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A trial for a West Des Moines woman charged with murder in the death of her adopted teenager daughter has begun with a prosecutor arguing her home was ruled by “fear and confinement.”
Lawyers gave opening statements Friday in the trial of Nicole Finn. She’s pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in the October 2016 starvation death of 16-year-old Natalie Finn.
Polk County prosecutor Bret Lucas says Nicole Finn created an intolerable home, calling it “a place of fear and confinement.” He says Natalie and her siblings would sneak out to beg for food.
Defense lawyer Jennifer Larson countered that “things aren’t always as they appear.”
The girl’s adoptive father, Joseph Finn II, has pleaded not guilty to related charges. His trial is set for Jan. 8.



Development In Council Bluffs Could Benefit Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Work is underway on a mixed-use development in Council Bluffs, Iowa, that could benefit the city’s neighbor across the Missouri River in Nebraska. The River’s Edge is a mixed-use development that will include offices, apartments, retail space and condominiums. The Omaha World-Herald reports that co-developers Noddle Cos. and the Iowa West Foundation expect the riverfront development to attract $170 million in investment along the Missouri River’s eastern side. A Noddle Cos. official says River’s Edge could also spark development in Omaha, Nebraska, and strengthen ties between businesses and communities on both sides of the river. The Riverfront Revitalization Planning Committee is continuing to plan for ways to improve the riverfront corridor. The group includes representatives from both Omaha and Council Bluffs. —