Chain Reaction Accident Happens On Highway 75 Off Ramp
(Le Mars) — Just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a chain reaction accident happened on the north bound off-ramp Exit 16 from Highway 75, near the Wells Corporate offices. The accident involved four different vehicles, and injuring three people. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance
Services, and the Le Mars Police Department battled the frigid cold temperatures while responding to the accident. The exit was closed during the time the accident was being cleaned up, and traffic was diverted to the Highway 3 exit into Le Mars. At this time, we don’t know the names of the victims, but officials indicate there were no life threatening injuries. All of the accident
victims were transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars. The Le Mars Police Department is investigating that accident.
Bibler Trial Is Delayed, Again
(Le Mars) — The trial for Thomas Bibler, the Le Mars man accused of stabbing to death his sister, Shannon Bogh, has again been delayed. According to a court order issued Tuesday, a key witness for the defense has been stricken to testify. The defense revealed at the hearing that Dr. Gillette will no longer be identifiedas an expert witness, and his designation has now been withdrawn. The defense attorney, Billy Oyadare is seeking a substitute witness in place of Dr. Gillette. No reason was given for the replacement of Dr. Gillette. Judge Jeff Neary has now established the date of January 30th as the start for the trial.
Maurice Man Arrested For Domestic Assault
(Orange City) — A Maurice man has been arrested by Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies for charges relating to domestic assault. 49 year old Glenn Van Horssen was arrested on Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence two miles north of Maurice. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that Van Horssen assaulted two victims at the residence. Van Horssen was charged with domestic assault and assault.
Sioux County Authorities Looking For Stolen Traffic Lights
(Orange City) — Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of two traffic lights from the Rock River Bridge. The theft is thought to have occurred sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday, December 21st. The Sioux County Sheriff’s office investigated the theft that occurred on 360th Street,
about nine miles southwest of Rock Valley. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
Onawa Man Dies From Home Fire
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say firefighters have found the body of a man inside a smoke-filled home in western Iowa.
The Onawa Police Department says in a news release that fire crews were dispatched around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday to the blazing home, which was full of smoke. The department says firefighters found the body of 37-year-old Garrett Brown, who lived there alone.
State authorities have joined the fire investigation.
Preparations Being Made For Dakota Farm Show
(Le Mars) — In another week, farmers will gather at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion for the 35th annual Dakota Indoor Farm Show. The farm show will begin on Wednesday, January 3rd and continue through Friday, January 5th. Show manager Penny Swank says the arena will be filled with exhibitors.
Swank says the farm show offers free parking and free admission. She says the Dakota Farm Show is working with South Dakota State University and Sanford Health Medical Center to feature seminars and health screenings for attendees.
Swank says based on previous farm shows, both exhibitors and attendees have had a positive attitude regarding the agriculture outlook for 2018. She expects to see that same upbeat attitude with the Dakota Farm Show.
The Dakota Farm Show manager says farmers are constantly looking for ways to improve their crop yields, and to make their work easier and more efficient.
The hours for the Dakota Farm Show are Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dead Pilot Identified
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a pilot whose body was found in the wreckage of his small plane in south-central Iowa.
The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office identified him as 70-year-old Bruce Devick, who lived in Marshalltown.
Authorities say the single-engine aircraft crashed Saturday afternoon after striking a power line about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Oskaloosa.
First responders found the wrecked plane upside down in a farm field. Devick had been flying alone. It remains unclear why he was flying low enough to strike the line.
Federal authorities have joined the crash investigation.
Seized Drugs From Traffic Stop Will Not Be Admitted As Evidence
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A judge has tossed out drugs found in a vehicle as evidence in a pending trial because the Lincoln police officer who pulled over the vehicle on Interstate 80 didn’t have probable cause for the traffic stop.
Court records say 42-year-old Andrea Plummer and 35-year-old Phillip Plummer, both of Sioux City, Iowa, are charged with possession for sale and related crimes.
Phillip Plummer was driving on Sept. 16, 2016, when his vehicle was stopped for what the officer said was following too closely. A subsequent vehicle search turned up more than 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) of marijuana, 2 ounces (27 grams) of cocaine and nearly $16,000 in cash.
The judge agreed with the defense that the officer’s car video showed the Plummers’ SUV had been boxed in by traffic.