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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 9th


City To Close Central Avenue North For Overlay Paving Project

(Le Mars) — Le Mars city officials have announced the Steve Harris Construction Company, the contractor hired to perform the overlay paving project on Central Avenue, is planning on closing phase 3 & 4 Thursday morning May 10th. Those two phases start at Plymouth St. /Hwy 3 and go North on Central Avenue all the way up to 3rd St. N.W./N.E. . The intersection of Central Ave. & 1st St. N.E./N.W. will be closed to thru traffic as will the intersection of Central Ave. and 2nd St. N.E./N.W. . The Intersection at 3rd St. N.E./N.W. will allow traffic to cross Central Ave. going East and West . Please see attached file for picture of where Central Ave. will be closed.  This phase of the project should be open to traffic within 20 days.



Holz Wishes Veterinary Diagnostics Lab Would Have Passed State Legislature

(Le Mars) — Continuing today with our discussion with State Representative Chuck Holz of Le Mars as he reflects on the recently concluded 2018 legislative session, the Republican lawmaker and retired veterinarian, admits
there was one bill he wished would have made it through the chambers.

Holz says because of his veterinary background, he had a personal interest in seeing funding allocated to the new facility. Holz says the present diagnostic laboratory is no longer able to keep up the with the demands.

The entire interview with Representative Chuck Holz can be heard by going to the KLEM website at www.klem1410.com



Oskaloosa Police Officer Charged With Assault On Girl Friend

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) – A police officer in southeastern Iowa has been charged with domestic abuse assault after being accused of attacking her girlfriend with a knife.
The Des Moines Register reports that that 25-year-old Oskaloosa
Officer Janay Pritchett was charged last week. Officials say police were called to her home the night of May 3. Pritchett’s girlfriend told police that they had been arguing when Pritchett kicked her in the chest, pulled a small pocketknife and cut her on the left side of her neck. The girlfriend said Pritchett then threatened to shoot her with a shotgun.
Pritchett declined to comment when reached by the newspaper.
Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee says Pritchett has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Pritchett’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.



Priest Charged

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A defense attorney says Iowa prosecutors have decided not to challenge a court decision overturning the conviction of a retired Catholic priest accused of invading the privacy of students in a bathroom.
The Iowa Appeals Court last week overturned the Rev. Paul Monahan’s conviction on five counts of invasion of privacy. Monahan’s attorney, Dan McGinn, told The Daily Nonpareil that he was informed Friday that the Iowa attorney general’s office wouldn’t pursue a further review. The office spokesman, Lynn Hicks, said Wednesday that the case didn’t meet criteria for
an appeal.
The Iowa Sex Offender Registry no longer lists Monahan, who’d been ordered to register as part of his sentence.
The Appeals Court said in its decision that the students had no
reasonable expectation of privacy in a public bathroom at Treynor High School.



Firefighters Find Body In House After Fire

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – State and local officers are investigating the death of man whose body was found by firefighters in southern Iowa’s Appanoose County.
A Centerville Police Department news release sent Tuesday night says the body of 51-year-old Timothy Pasa was found Saturday in a fire-damaged Centerville house.
One firefighter was injured battling the blaze but was released from a hospital Sunday morning.
The cause of Pasa’s death hasn’t been released. Investigators also are trying to determine how the fire started.