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Wednesday Afternoon News, August 7th


Two Vehicles Collide On Central Avenue

(Le Mars) — A two vehicle collision happened Wednesday afternoon at the 300 Block of Central Avenue south. The Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident that happened at about 1:20 p.m. According to
officials at the scene, a preliminary investigation shows a Ford Mustang convertible had crossed over the center line and collided with a Subaru Outback. Both vehicles sustained front-end damage, and it appeared as though the victims suffered from only minor injuries.

Minnesota Senator To Unveil Rural Development Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is continuing her outreach to rural voters with the Wednesday release of a plan for revitalizing less-populated areas of the nation.
The plan is largely an outline of principles and goals, and it
includes a broad focus on agriculture reform and investments in rural health care, childcare and small rural businesses. It encompasses some of Klobuchar’s policies or bills she’s worked on as senator – including her proposal to expand student loan forgiveness to farmers and other in-demand occupations, and her plan to invest in rural broadband.
Klobuchar will pitch her policy to Iowans on Wednesday, when she kicks off four days of campaigning with a visit to a family farm.



Council Bluffs Police Involved In Shooting Incident

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a western Iowa officer fatally shot a driver who was pointing a handgun at officers and another at his passenger.
The Council Bluffs Police Department said in a news release
Wednesday that shots had been fired from the man’s pickup truck as officers pursued it after a thwarted traffic stop around 2:15 a.m. Police say one police vehicle was struck, but no one was injured.
Police say officers surrounded the pickup when it crashed onto its
side. They saw the man point one handgun at them and the other at a woman inside the cab. Police say he refused to put down his weapons and give up.
That’s when one officer fired and struck the man in his head.
The woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The names of those involved haven’t been released.



Ames Man Accused Of Showing Pornography To Minors

AMES, Iowa (AP) – An Ames resident has been accused of showing pornography to girls under the age of 13 while he worked at the Ames Boys and Girls Club.
Story County court records say 18-year-old Bobby Chase is charged with two misdemeanor counts of showing obscene materials to minors. Jail records show he remained in custody Wednesday. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment for him.
The court documents say Chase used his phone Monday to show two girls at the club a few seconds of a naked female on a porn website. Erika Peterson is chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Story County, and she says Chase has been fired. He was hired in June as a youth development professional.
Police say Peterson shared the allegations against Chase after a
parent of one of the girls reported the incident to Peterson.



Army Corps Of Engineers Plans To Continue To ReleaseĀ  Same Amounts Of Water At Gavins Point Dam

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – As predicted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep water releases into the lower Missouri River elevated, as runoff continues to keep upstream reservoirs full.
The Corps said in a news release Tuesday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at current levels, which – at 70,000 cubic feet per second – are more than double the average amount for this time of year.
The Corps says areas of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska received two to three times the normal amount of rain in July.
July runoff in the upper basin was 7 million acre feet, more than
twice the average. The Corps says this year’s upper basin total runoff is forecast at nearly 53 million acre feet, which would be the second highest total runoff in 121 years of record-keeping. Only the 61 million acre feet seen in 2011 would be more.



Winnabago Tribal Member Given Probation

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A former Winnebago Tribal Council member has been given probation for his role in the theft of funds from the Nebraska-based tribe’s casino in Iowa.
The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reports that Travis Mallory was
sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to three years of probation. He’d pleaded guilty in March to one count of theft of funds belonging to an Indian gaming establishment.
Mallory is one of nine former council members who were accused of a conspiracy to siphon more than $327,000 from the WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Charges against two of them were dismissed.
An FBI investigation determined that while on the tribal council,
the members had given themselves raises and bonuses totaling $327,500 directly from the casino without approving them at council meetings.



State Settles Lawsuit With Cedar Rapids Woman And Son

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The state has settled a complaint with a Cedar Rapids woman and her son who threatened to file an excessive force lawsuit over a May 2018 incident in which officers in pursuit of a suspect entered a home and restrained several people.
The State Appeal Board on Tuesday approved a $100,000 settlement with Shashona Wright, the mother of Lamonte O’Neal, after they threatened to file a federal lawsuit claiming O’Neal was injured.
O’Neal, who was a juvenile at the time, was restrained by one of
three troopers who entered a Cedar Rapids home while assisting Cedar Rapids police in pursuit of a suspect with outstanding arrest warrants.
The state denies injuries occurred.
Assistant Attorney General Jeff Peterzalek says the suspect ran into a house and officers followed, encountering several individuals in a chaotic situation.
Peterzalek says the state believes the amount is a fair settlement
to avoid costly litigation.