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Monday News, July 1st


16 Month Old Infant Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

(Sioux City) — Sioux City Police say a 16-month old infant girl has died after being left alone in a car Sunday afternoon on a day where temperatures had reached the mid-90’s.  Police were dispatched to the west side of town at the 1400 block of Rebecca Street at around 4:00 p.m.  The infant girl was taken to Unity Point – St. Luke’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  No other information has been released by the police at this time.



Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office Responds To Big Sioux River Water Rescue

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend. On Saturday evening at about 8:26 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was alerted of an individual in the Big Sioux River, just north of the Jefferson Bridge. Upon arrival, deputies and the Akron Fire Department found 68 year old Steven Sands, from Chatsworth about chest deep in the Big Sioux River. Officials believe he had been in the water for up to
8 hours. A passer-by saw Sands in the water and was able to get a rope to him. More people began to stop and help and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted. Agencies responding included the Akron Fire Department, Akron Ambulance, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Water Rescue
Team. The Akron Fire Department was able to safely remove Sands from the Big Sioux River, and he was taken to Mercy One in Sioux City. His condition is unknown. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people in an emergency situation, please activate the 9-1-1 system immediately.



Two ATV Accidents Happened Over The Weekend

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received a call Saturday evening at about 7:15 p.m. of a four-wheeler ATV accident at 130th Street and Dogwood Avenue, near Akron. Upon arrival, it was determined that Michael Harvey, age 59 of Akron had been operating the ATV on 130th Street. The
investigation has determined that Harvey tried to turn left, or south, onto Dogwood Avenue at which time he lost control of the ATV. The all-terrain vehicle then rolled at least once throwing Harvey from the machine. Harvey was located on the side of the road by a passer-by. Harvey was taken by the Akron Ambulance to a helicopter landing zone, and then flown to Mercy One.
His injuries are considered serious, but not life-threatening. Agencies responding to the accident or assisting included the Akron Fire Department, Akron Ambulance, Akron Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.



Bull Charges After ATV Causing Accident

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an ATV accident that happened Friday evening, June 28th at about 4:43 p.m. This accident was located at 30615 Harness Road of rural Hinton. Upon arrival, deputies and Hinton Fire Department officials learned that the victim was approximately one-quarter of a mile from the nearest road. Mercy Aircare was
contacted to help remove the victim. It was learned the operator, Joseph Eickholt had been in the pasture checking cattle, when a bull charged towards the ATV. In an effort to avoid the bull, the ATV rolled 6 to 8 feet into a washout. Eickholt was thrown from the machine. Eickholt was able to place a
cell phone call for help, and was located by his family. Family members then contacted 9-1-1. Eickholt’s condition is not known, but is not believed to be life-threatening. Responding to the ATV accident included the Hinton Fire Department, Hinton Ambulance, Plymouth County Conservation, and the Iowa
State Patrol, along with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.



Rescue Units Respond To Saturday Afternoon Roll-over Accident

(Le Mars) — At approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, first responders were called to a one-vehicle accident reported on Lynx Avenue, about two miles south of Le Mars. Officials at the scene say the accident left two teenagers with minor injuries consisting of lacerations. It was determined that a 2006 Chevy Cobalt was being driven south on Lynx Ave when the driver,
18 year old, Breanna Konz of Remsen and her passenger, 19 year old Curtis Kunkle also of Remsen had over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle.
The vehicle entered the ditch backwards and rolled on to its top. The victims were transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare by the Le Mars Ambulance. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department also had responded to that accident.



Excessive Heat Caused Highway Pavement To Buckle

(Le Mars) — The excessive heat from the weekend created problems for the Iowa Department of Transportation as several instances have been reported of the highway pavement buckling. Troy Clouse says he and his crews were working into Saturday evening in attempts to catch up on the damaged pavement.

Clouse says at least five areas within his district of northwest Iowa stretching from Sioux County to Woodbury County had the pavement buckle Saturday afternoon. The Iowa Department of Transportation official says crews were working late to make short-term repairs.

Clouse says the high heat causes the pavement to expand looking for an opportunity to relieve the pressure under the pavement.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reported vehicles having their tires punctured as a result of driving over the sharp concrete pieces. Clouse suggest, if possible, motorists should try to avoid driving directly over the fractured highway.

The Iowa Department of Transportation official expects to see additional instances of pavement buckling, as long as the heat wave continues.



Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department Begins Fund Raising Campaign

(Le Mars) — You may have recently received a letter in your mailbox from the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department asking for a donation. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the fire and rescue department has kicked off its annual fund drive. He explains the purpose for the fund raising campaign.

Chief Schipper says the money is used to help off-set any budget shortfalls.

Schipper explains how people can respond if interested in making a donation to the local fire and rescue department.

The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department consists of 31 members with three full-time employees, the others are volunteers that are paid for on-call services.



Three Cases Of A Dog Disease Found In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Three additional cases of a dog disease that can be passed to humans have been linked to an Iowa breeder.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says three additional cases of canine brucellosis have been confirmed in dogs linked to a commercial breeding facility for small dogs in Marion County.
Anyone who obtained dogs from the breeder Double G Kennels, which is also known as IowaPuppies.com, is encouraged to have their dogs tested.
Of 200 small dogs sold during a sale at the kennel in May, nine have tested positive for the disease.
Signs of the disease in a dog include infertility, spontaneous
abortions and stillbirths. State health officials say symptoms for humans include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness.
The department says the threat to most pet owners is very low.



Des Moines Police Identify Fatal Shooting Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a man shot to death this week in the Kirkwood Glen neighborhood of Des Moines.
Police say in a news release that the victim is 41-year-old Earl
Marcello Caldwell, of Des Moines.
The shooting happened Friday afternoon, when officers and medics were called to the area for a report of a shooting and found Caldwell suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died.
Police say they found two assault rifles, a handgun, cocaine and
marijuana at the scene and arrested 62-year-old Larry Perry on several gun and drug counts.
Shortly after the shooting, another man, identified as 39-year-old Littleton William Clark, showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound not believed to be life-threatening. He remained hospitalized Saturday. Police have said they believe the shootings are connected.
No arrests in the shootings have been announced.