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Thursday Afternoon News, August 8th


Plymouth County Dive Team Assisting Cherokee County To Find Man Who May Have Fallen Into Little Sioux River

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Dive Team as part of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has been called to assist with the rescue and recovery of a 65 year old man who went missing on Wednesday and is presumed to have fallen into the Little Sioux River near Quimby. The dive team was first notified
on Wednesday, and have again returned today to continue the search.



Floyd Valley Healthcare Receives Power Wheels For Pediatric Patients

(Le Mars) — Going to the hospital can be a scary experience for a child, especially if you are needing surgery. However, thanks to the generosity of the Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, the experience of having surgery for children may be a bit easier. The two entities have donated power wheels to Floyd Valley Healthcare to be used by the pediatric patients. In both cases, the fire department and the police department, officers and firefighters donated funds from their personal pocketbooks. Amy Harnack serves as the Foundation Manager for Floyd Valley.

Harnack says she approached both the police and fire departments for their participation, and both agreed to help with the purchase of the power wheels. The little cars are battery powered, and ran by remote control, so the hospital staff have full operation of the power wheels.

Both power wheels appear as the real police squad cars and fire trucks, complete with decals, lights, and even a siren. Harnack says the small cars should provide some fun for the children just prior to going into surgery.

During the presentation which was held Thursday afternoon, Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale, and Fire Chief Dave Schipper expressed how they believe donating the cars was important for the pediatric patients.  Donovan Garcia and Camila Garcia helped demonstrate the new power wheels by taking them for a cruise down the hallway to the Floyd Valley Heathcare surgical center.



Le Mars Police Department Award Its Second Junior Officer

(Le Mars) — Seven year old Grayson Schultz of Le Mars was the second person awarded the “Junior Officer of the Day” by the Le Mars Police Department.  Young Grayson was given a t-shirt with the Le Mars Police Department logo, as well as other symbolic memorabilia.

Schultz along with his parents, Brian and Shauna Schultz were given a tour of the new Le Mars Police Department headquarters offices by Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale.  Schultz was also given the opportunity to sit in a squad car and operate the lights and siren.  Assisting Daale with the tour was Sergeant Dan Plueger.  Grayson also explored the armored vehicle, as well as the van used by the Le Mars Police Department when called upon for a strategic tactical and specialized weapons.  Following the tour of the police department, Schultz accompanied the officers to Floyd Valley Healthcare for the presentation of the power wheels.  Schultz was also placed at a simulated crime scene in which he was asked to assist solving the crime.


Council Bluffs Police Say Shooting Victim Tied To Other Previous Murders

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man fatally shot by an officer during a standoff in Council Bluffs is suspected of killing two people earlier – one on Sunday, one Wednesday before he was killed.
Police also say they’ve charged a woman who’d been with the man during the slayings and when their pickup truck crashed during a police chase.
Court records say 44-year-old April Montello-Roberts is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other crimes. The records don’t list an attorney for her.
Police say she and 28-year-old Troy Petersen planned to rob and then discussed killing 52-year-old Jerrot Clark, whose body was found Sunday. A court document says Montello-Roberts was armed when she and Petersen broke into a Council Bluffs residence Wednesday to take a hostage they could use
as they were being pursued by officers. The document says Petersen fatally shot 51-year-old Stephen Carlson there.
Police say Petersen was holding a gun on Montello-Roberts in the pickup when an officer shot him in the head.



Hospital Owner Decides To Settle Lawsuits Regarding Stolen Pain Killers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The owner of a Des Moines hospital has decided to settle dozens of lawsuits filed by patients who say they suffered needlessly after a hospital worker stole their painkillers. Authorities say Victor Van Cleave had worked at Iowa Methodist Medical Center when he used a syringe to
steal fentanyl and other painkillers, replacing the liquid with sterile water. The Des Moines Register reports that a trial on the lawsuits was postponed after the judge was informed about a tentative settlement.



Voter Advocacy Groups Call For Halt To Misidentified Voter Forms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two voter advocacy groups say Iowa must stop rejecting voter ballots from people misidentified as felons. The Des Moines Register reports that the Brennan Center for Justice and the League of Women Voters of Iowa told Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate that the rejections violate federal law. Pate’s staff says he’s working on rule changes that
would require courts to provide conviction documents anytime someone is submitted for inclusion on the felon list.