School Board To Meet New Faculty Members
(Le Mars) — Prior to the start of this evening’s Le Mars Community Board of Education meeting, the school board members will be formally introduced to the newest faculty and staff members at the Education Service Center. Those
introductions will be held at 6:00 p.m., then at 7:00 p.m. the school board will convene for its monthly meeting. Their agenda will include hearing reports from each of the school district’s principals, as well as reviewing the annual report for the 2017-2018 school year by school superintendent, Dr. Steven Webner. The school board is scheduled to discuss various conferences
and seminars as hosted by the Iowa Association of School Boards, including the state convention scheduled for November 14-16th. The school board will act on the resignation request of Rachel Harris as she wants to resign her head softball coaching position, effective immediately. The school board will also act on five different contracts, four are for bus drivers, and the
fifth contract is for a Middle School custodian position. The school board will consider approval of specifications and bidding procedures for securing a 60 passenger bus, and a 77 passenger bus. Superintendent, Dr. Webner will present the 2018-2019 District goals and Board activities for the board’s
American Legion To Celebrate 100th Anniversary
(Le Mars) — A proclamation ceremony is scheduled for late this afternoon at the #241 Wasmer Post American Legion of Le Mars. It is expected that Le Mars
Mayor Dick Kirchoff will acknowledge the anniversary of the American Legion’s 100th year. That ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Judge Denies “Stand Your Ground” Plea For Murder Suspect
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has refused to set a pretrial hearing for a man who says Iowa’s “stand your ground” law protects him from prosecution for a fatal bar fight in a Des Moines suburb.
The Des Moines Register reports that Judge Scott Rosenberg ruled last week that Rodney Henricksen must wait until trial to show his actions were justified.
Henricksen has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Jan. 18 death of Joshua Sadlon, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Henricksen’s motion for the hearing says Henricksen was defending himself from an intoxicated and aggressive Sadlon at the Urbandale bar.
The law says a person doesn’t have to retreat before using deadly force if he or she reasonably thinks his or her life is being threatened.
Rosenberg said in his ruling that the law doesn’t provide a procedure for determining when someone is eligible for immunity.
Ames Grows Vegetables Instead Of Flowers In City’s Planters
AMES, Iowa (AP) – The city of Ames’ plantings in beds and containers not only keep downtown looking lush, they also feed the hungry.
For a second year, Ames Main Street has substituted edible
landscaping – including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumbers and okra – for the flowers it used to plant. On Friday, volunteers harvested more than 200 pounds of sweet potatoes from 25 planters along the street.
Ames Main Street spokeswoman Cindy Hicks says most of the potatoes were donated to Food at First, the local food pantry. Hicks says about 15 pounds were given to people on the street who asked for them.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker To Speak At Democratic Fund Raiser Event
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democratic presidential prospect Cory Booker is planning to headline a state Democratic banquet in Iowa next month, raising the New Jersey senator’s profile on the heels of his spotlight role in Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
A statement from the Iowa Democratic Party says Booker is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 6 event in Des Moines. Booker would be the first among the party’s better-known national figures to visit the leadoff primary state this year.
Booker gained attention this week during the Senate Judiciary
Committee’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by saying he was willing to release an email from Kavanaugh about racial profiling that had been kept confidential.
Lyon County Auto Accident Results In Fatality
(Des Moines) — A driver who ran a stop sign is blamed for a fatal accident this weekend in northwest Iowa.
The crash happened Saturday afternoon at an intersection southeast of Larchwood. A State Patrol crash report shows 74-year-old Kenneth Wulf was driving a pickup that went through a stop sign and hit another pickup driven by 31-year-old Benjamin Dieters. Both men are from Larchwood. The Dieters pickup, which was pulling a trailer, rolled in a ditch and the trailer
crushed the cab. Dieters died at the scene. Wulf suffered minor injuries.
ATV Accident Kills Eastern Iowa Woman
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A 27-year-old woman has died after a rollover crash on an all-terrain vehicle in eastern Iowa over the weekend.
The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports the crash happened early Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says Sarah Bennett was a passenger on the ATV that rolled over and struck a tree.
The 28-year-old man who was driving the ATV was also ejected.
Woodbury County Jail Installs Full Body Scanner
(Sioux City) — The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office has become the second in the state to use a full body scanner to check inmates into their jail.
Sergeant Lee Blanchard says the SecurePass systems is faster and more efficient.
When a person is brought into the jail for booking, they undergo a quick low-level radiation x-ray.
The scanner will detect metal and other foreign objects including narcotics.
Major Tony Wingert says the scanner proved its worth in its first days of use when a person turned himself in at the jail to begin serving his time.
Sheriff Dave Drew says the funding of the 190-thousand dollar unit came from inmate room and board charges. Pottawattamie County was the first to purchase this type of scanner after a prisoner being transferred hid a lock pick in his hair to free himself from handcuffs and then shot two deputies, killing
one of them.
12-Year Old Boy Points Gun At Teacher
ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) – Court documents say a 12-year-old Iowa boy pointed a gun at his teacher’s face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was on.
The Courier reports that court documents say the boy entered a North Scott Junior High classroom on Aug. 31 with a .22-caliber handgun and ordered everyone to the floor before he tried to shoot the teacher. Investigators say when the loaded gun failed to fire, the teacher wrestled it away from him.
The boy is charged with attempted murder, having a weapon on school grounds and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Associated Press doesn’t generally name juveniles charged with crimes.
Des Moines Police Shoots Dog After It Bites Owner
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say an officer had to shoot and kill a dog that had attacked its owner before turning on the officer.
The Des Moines Register reports that calls to 911 reported a 49-
year-old woman who was being attacked by her dog around noon Friday. Police say the woman was moving the dog from her garage to another location when it “turned on her” in an unprovoked and unexpected attack.
An arriving officer says the dog turned on him, and he shot it four times, killing it.
Sgt. Paul Parizek says the attack on the woman was “very vicious and violent” and that she required surgery for injuries to her arms and abdomen.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.