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Tuesday News, July 31st


Bibler Murder Trial To Resume Today

(Le Mars) — Trial is scheduled to resume today for Thomas Bibler, the Le Mars man accused of fatally stabbing his sister Shannon Bogh in June of 2016. The state is expected to call one more witness, then the defense team will begin with their witnesses.



No Meeting Scheduled For County Supervisors

(Le Mars) –– The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be holding a meeting today as there are not enough agenda items to warrant a meeting.



Secondary Roads Department Closes Key Avenue For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closure of Key Avenue between 150th Street and going south to 165th Street.
The road is being closed due to a bridge replacement project. The road is expected to remain closed until August 16th.



Floyd Valley Healthcare To Hold Ribbon-cutting Ceremony For New Courtyard

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new outdoor courtyard today. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.¬† The courtyard has a water feature with its landscape. It’s purpose is to serve as a place for reflection and meditation.



Police Release Information Regarding Vehicle Accident

(Le Mars) — On July 27th, 2018 at approximately 2257 hours, Le Mars Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Park Lane for asingle vehicle accident. Damien Ericson (18), of Akron, was operating a 2006 Chevy Malibu traveling Westbound on
Park Lane. The driver failed to maneuver around a curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle to skid into the West
ditch. The vehicle rolled, coming to rest upside down on the roof. All the occupants were able to exit the vehicle on
their own power, before officer’s arrival on scene. There were a total of six (6) occupants, including the driver. The
other five (5) occupants were all minors from the following cities: Akron (2), Glenwood (1), Le Mars (1), and
Westfield (1).They were taken to Floyd Valley Hospital with complaints of minor injuries and were released.

Here are the names of the minors:
Popken, Corbin – Le Mars (16)
Bergman, Cameron – Akron (17)
Bernard, Caleb – Akron (17)
Hecht, Shawn – Glenwood (13)
Lamp, Tyson – Westfield (15)
Bill Riley Speaks Fondly Of Iowa County Fairs
(Le Mars) — The man who helps coordinate a state-wide talent search competition was in Le Mars Sunday afternoon. Bill Riley Jr. attended the Plymouth County Fair. Riley is also the host of the Iowa State Fair Highlights Show featured on the Iowa Public Television network. Riley speaks fondly of the county fairs within Iowa.

Riley says folks outside of Iowa may not understand the special features of the county fairs.

The Iowa State Fair is world renowned, and Riley says its the county fairs that help make the Iowa State Fair so special.

Riley says the Blue Ribbon Foundation that was created in the 1980’s has helped save and preserve the Iowa State Fair. He says at one time the Iowa State Fair faced some financial troubles, but the Blue Ribbon Foundation has
helped maintain the historical buildings featured on the fairgrounds, while also upgrading and modernizing the fairgrounds. Riley says since it started, more than $100 million dollars has been raised through the Blue Ribbon Foundation for the Iowa State Fair. As mentioned earlier, Riley is the host
of the nightly program of the Iowa State Fair on the Iowa Public Television Network. Riley says this year, the program will also be featured live on Facebook.

And what is Riley’s impressions of the Plymouth County Fair?



Woman Found Guilty Of Child Endangerment Causing Death

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa woman who authorities say gave unprescribed antidepressants to her 8-year-old daughter has been found guilty of child endangerment causing death.
A judge who handed down his verdict Monday to Misty Frazier, of
Glenwood, found her not guilty of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or of a prescription drug violation. Her sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23.
Prosecutors say an autopsy showed the girl, Kathleen Tafta, died in October 2016 of an overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline, commonly sold under the brand name Elavil.
Police say the child did not have a prescription for that medication.



Des Moines Hospital’s Computer Hacked – Personal Patient Information May Be Compromised

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A major Iowa hospital and medical clinic system has notified about 1.4 million patients and former patients about a computer breach that might have exposed their personal information.
UnityPoint Health officials say hackers used broke into the company’s email system and could have obtained medical information.
UnityPoint’s privacy officer, RaeAnn Isaacson, said Monday the company isn’t aware of any misuse of patient information related to the incident. But she says the company is telling patients what UnityPoint is doing to address the situation and what patients can do to help protect their information.
The company says the hackers also might have obtained some patients’ financial information.
UnityPoint say that after the problem was discovered May 31, it hired outside experts and notified the FBI.



Director Of Iowa Medical Board Resigns 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The director of the Iowa Board of Medicine has abruptly retired following a personnel investigation in which he says he was treated unfairly by state administrators.
Mark Bowden announced his retirement on Monday morning, following the board’s decision to reinstate him to his position on Friday.
He had been on paid leave during an investigation into unspecified allegations.
Bowden says state lawyers and staff at the Department of Public
Health and Department of Administrative Services treated him in a “grossly unfair way” during the inquiry. He says the treatment “broke the trust and confidence I need” to stay at the agency, which he had led for 10 years.
The board is responsible for licensing physicians and acupuncturists and investigating claims of misconduct.



Trial Date Set For Eastern Iowa Woman Accused Of Child Endangerment

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Another trial date has been set for an eastern Iowa woman accused of letting seven children live surrounded by garbage, rotten food and feces.
Dubuque County records say 35-year-old Tiesha Martin has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of child endangerment. Her trial originally was scheduled to begin March 19 but was delayed until April 23, then June 11, June 25 and now Sept. 5.
The records say police and a social worker checking on the children at Martin’s residence Jan. 2 found the squalid conditions and say the children were sharing just one bedroom and bed.
Thirty-four-year-old Jermaine Watson is the father of Martin’s
youngest child, and he pleaded guilty to child endangerment and two drug counts. He’s been given two years of probation.



Five-year Old Girl Found Strangled To Death

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) – The state medical examiner’s office says a 5-year-old southeast Iowa girl found unresponsive in her home was strangled.
The office also said in a news release Monday that Cloe Chandler’s death was a homicide.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has said that 22-year-old Kelsie Thomas told investigators that she killed her daughter. Wapello County court records say Thomas has been charged with first-degree murder. Her bail originally was set at $100,000 but has been raised to $500,000, cash only.
Police and medics were sent July 19 to Thomas’ home in Ottumwa. The child was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Her mother was arrested Thursday.