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Friday Afternoon News, August 2nd


Project K To Raise Money For First Responders

(Le Mars) — Last November, tragedy struck this community when four people from the Le Mars area had died as a result of a plane crash in Guthrie County. This Saturday, August 3rd, a fund raising activity will be held at the Kellen Ponderosa, located two miles south of Le Mars at county road K-49 and C-38. Mckenzie Brady, says the day will be filled with activities at the
swimming beach facility to raise money for the first responders of Guthrie Center. She talks about how Project K first got started.

Brady says the day’s events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through the evening.

Brady says proceeds from the Project K event will be directed to Guthrie Center emergency personnel.

Admission to Project K is ten dollars a person.



Davenport Woman Charged With Neglect Of Daughter

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Davenport woman has been given a year of probation for the neglect of her intellectually disabled adult daughter.
The Quad-City Times reports that Kimberly Williams was sentenced earlier this week. She’d pleaded guilty on June 12 to recklessly committing dependent adult abuse resulting in physical injury. She denied in the plea document allegations that her daughter had been locked in a bedroom for 11 months.
Williams’ husband, Eugene Harris, was convicted of neglect of a
dependent person and sentenced in November to 10 years in prison.
Authorities say officers sent to the home May 22 last year to check a report about a domestic disturbance were led by Harris to a bedroom locked from the outside. That’s where they found Williams’ daughter. Nearby were soiled adult diapers, a mattress on the floor and a few other items.



Bettendorf Man Given Probation After Causing Overdose

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Bettendorf man charged in connection with the overdose death of another man has been given three years of probation.
The Quad-City Times reports that Michael Spencer also was granted a deferred judgment. A deferred judgment allows Spencer’s conviction to be removed from court records if he fulfills his probation terms. He’d pleaded guilty to delivery of heroin. Prosecutors dismissed a conspiracy charge in
Prosecutors say Spencer prepared two syringes of heroin on April 7 last year that he’d bought with money given him by 23-year-old Tyler Ekstrand. A court document says Ekstrand overdosed and died on the floor of Spencer’s apartment.



Highway 2 In Southwest Iowa Is Again Open

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) – Highway travel has been restored between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River near Percival in southwest Iowa.
The Iowa Transportation Department said Thursday that a contractor has laid down temporary pavement in damaged areas of the westbound lanes of Iowa Highway 2. The two lanes will be divided for now into eastbound and westbound traffic.
The repairs will let vehicles use the bridge that connects Iowa and Nebraska at Nebraska City.
The highway was closed in mid-March after levees gave way during the flooding. The area was flooded again in late May, following heavy rains and the upstream water releases by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The temporary fix is expected to continue during reconstruction and further repairs.



Iowa State School Board Association Delays Rules On Seclusion Rooms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Board of Education has delayed final action on new rules that would limit districts from using seclusion rooms to discipline students.
On Thursday the board rejected the proposed changes in a section of the Iowa Code that governs how schools restrain and seclude students. The board decided to seek more feedback in the fall and reconsider the proposals.
The rooms have come under scrutiny in recent years. The state
Department of Education determined in 2017 that the Iowa City Community School District improperly used the rooms for minor infractions.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Disability Rights Iowa helped draft the proposed rule changes, citing concerns that districts have used the rooms too frequently, particularly with students with disabilities and black students.