Fire Department Responds To Two Calls Monday Morning
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had a busy morning. They were first called to the intersection next to Hy-Vee this morning at about 8:37 a.m. for what was reported as the street was on fire. As it turned out, the expansion foam located between the street paving and the railroad plate
caught on fire as a result of a discarded cigarette. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says he has never seen anything like that before. Fire officials were at the scene for approximately 15 minutes.
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire Department was also called to Willow Creek Retirement Home this morning for a report of smoke inside the facility.
Apparently a plastic popcorn popper was placed on top of a stove with the burner on, and melted the plastic popcorn popper. Fire officials used fans to help ventilate the smoke out of the facility. There were no injuries with the incident.
Man Dies From Fireworks Malfunction
WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an 18-year-old man died after a fireworks accident in northeast Iowa.
The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and medics were sent around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to the man’s home about 2 miles northeast (3 kilometers) of Waverly. Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Ellison said Monday that Coltin Carolus was lighting off fireworks with friends when he got too close to a device that may have malfunctioned. It exploded on the ground instead of
being shot into the air and then exploding. Ellison says no one else was injured.
He would not describe Carolus’ injuries. The sheriff’s office news
release says Carolus was taken to Waverly Hospital and then transferred to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. The release says he was taken office life support around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Car Chase And Other Charges
SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) – A man who led officers on a chase from eastern Nebraska into western Iowa has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on several Iowa charges.
Fremont County District Court records show 28-year-old William Stanfill III pleaded guilty July 2 to two counts of assault on an officer, eluding, criminal mischief and two weapons charges. Prosecutors dropped two counts of attempted murder in exchange for Stanfill’s pleas.
Authorities say Stanfill fired at officers while he and 37-year-old
Jacqueline Streich were being chased April 25 in connection with a road rage shooting the day before in Bellevue, Nebraska. The chase ended with a crash near the Iowa-Missouri state line.
Streich’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.
Two Small Boys Seen Driving Car In Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officers who followed a car zig-zagging down a Des Moines street before it crashed were surprised to find a 10-year-old boy at the wheel with his 7-year-old brother riding shotgun.
A 911 caller alerted police to a reckless driver a little before 8:30 a.m. Monday. Officers who spotted the car turned on their flashing lights while following it, but the curb-to-curb excursion didn’t end until the minor crash. Police say neither of the boys was hurt.
Sgt. Paul Parizek (puh-REE’-zihk) says the boys apparently were just out on a joy ride, and were heading nowhere in particular.
Parizek says they won’t be referred to juvenile authorities, telling The Des Moines Register that “the punishment to fit the crime is probably going to be in the home.”
Nurse Accused Of Stealing Medications
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A nurse has been accused of stealing medications from patients at a nursing home in Dubuque.
Dubuque County Court records say 37-year-old Jenny Tjaden has pleaded not guilty to unlawfully obtaining prescription drugs and to records tampering. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.
Her trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 13.
Court records say Tjaden was working as a nurse at Stonehill
Franciscan Services in October when she stole prescription drugs from three patients.