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Monday News, December 4th


Le Mars Teen Killed In Auto Accident

(Rock Rapids) — The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Friday afternoon on Highway 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 driven by 18 year old Caleb Semple of
Le Mars. Semple was traveling southbound on Highway 75 with the Kenworth semi truck heading northbound. Apparently, the Semple car had crossed over the center line and hit the semi truck head on. Semple was pronounced dead at the scene by
the Lyon County Medical Examiner. The semi truck was being driven by 33 year old Alyce Widrig of Sioux Falls.




Woodbury County Fatal Accident

(Sioux City) — Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with investigating a fatal accident that happened Sunday morning. A semi truck and trailer rolled over at the 2300 block of Deer Run Trail. The driver of the semi truck was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger in the vehicle was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with non-life threatening injuries. The Iowa State Patrol is conducting the technical investigation into the crash. The names of the occupants of the vehicle are not being released pending
notification of family members. Bronson Fire and Ambulance, Woodbury Countiy Emergency Services, Iowa DOT, Mercy Air Care, and Siouxland Paramedics all responded to the accident scene.



Driver Identified From Merrill Accident Hitting Lampe Auto Sales

(Merrill) — The name of the driver that struck the Lampe Auto Sales building last Thursday is now being released. 18-year old Adrian Ford of Cherokee was the driver of the Chevy Impala that first hit a parked cargo van that was for sale, and consequently both vehicles struck the Lampe Auto Sales building causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to the building. Both vehicles were listed as being totaled.



Briar Cliff Interviews Finalists For President’s Position

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Briar Cliff University leaders have interviewed the three finalists to become president of the Sioux City school.
The three include an executive vice president of the university, Rachelle Karstens. The two others are Thomas Knothe, dean of business and leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse,
Wisconsin, and Timothy Laurent, vice president of academic affairs at Providence University in Great Falls, Montana.
It’s unclear when one of them will be offered the post vacated by Hamid Shirvani. He announced his resignation July 26, saying it was “a result of a combination of family, personal and professional considerations.”
Shirvani began his Briar Cliff stay on June 1 last year, replacing Bev Wharton, who led the private Sioux City college for 15 years.



Senate Republicans Announce Actions From Sexual Harassment Accusations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Senate Republicans have announced a series of actions in recent weeks to respond to allegations of workplace sexual misconduct within the caucus.
But questions remain, including on the details of an in-house investigation into allegations, the scope of work to be done by a former state senator and the nature of an ex-staffer’s departure.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix’s office declined to comment on incidents referenced in a report released last month that summarized an internal investigation into alleged misconduct within the caucus centering on inappropriate comments.
Dix had indicated there were no new incidents of alleged misconduct that went beyond a lawsuit involving a former staffer who said she was fired after reporting harassment. The report highlighted an incident during the 2017 legislative session.



Reynolds Appoints Judges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced appointments to fill two vacant district court judge seats.
Reynolds on Friday announced the appointment of Samantha Gronewald, of Urbandale, as district court judge in the Judicial District 5C, which covers Polk County. Gronewald will fill the seat formerly held by Judge Mary Pat Gunderson.
Gronewald currently serves as an attorney at Sullivan & Ward, P.C.Reynolds also appointed Patrick McElyea, of Davenport, as district court judge in the Seventh Judicial District, which includes Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine and Cedar counties. McElyea will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge Paul L. Macek.
McElyea currently serves as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa.