Home News Monday Afternoon News, September 16th

Monday Afternoon News, September 16th


City Officials To Close 12th Street Southwest For Repairs

(Le Mars) — The City of Le Mars has hired a contractor to start Oct. 1st, 2019 on tearing out the existing asphalt in the turn lane and the West bound lane on 12th St. S.W. at 1130 12th St. S.W. going West to Lincoln St. S.W. and replacing it with concrete. This will be done in three phases and planning that each phase takes about two weeks or less and that is weather permitting. The street will be closed to all traffic during each phase. We
have attached images of each phase to show how it will it will affect the daily traffic.



Sheriff’s Deputies Make Arrests Over The Weekend

(Le Mars) –Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest Friday evening on a domestic assault charge. The incident happened at about 7:40 p.m. at the Holton Drive Apartment complex. Deputies arrived on scene and following the investigation, Cristobal Garcia Flores, age 36 of Le Mars was
arrested on domestic abuse assault charges, which is a simple misdemeanor.

(Le Mars) — During the early morning hours of Sunday, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible intoxicated driver on county road K22 in Plymouth County, Iowa. Plymouth County deputies conducted a traffic stop on the suspected vehicle on Granite Avenue just north of Highway 3. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kimberly M.
Melliger, age 36 of Omaha, Nebraska. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Shelby William Milton Schmitt, age 35 of Hawarden, Iowa.
Melliger showed several signs of impairment and was given field sobriety tests.

Upon further investigation, Melliger was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. During the traffic stop, a large bag containing approximately 55 grams of marijuana was discovered along with two firearms.
The passenger, Shelby William Milton Schmitt, was then placed under arrest for the marijuana and firearms and transported to the Plymouth County Jail.
While at the jail, Shelby William Milton Schmitt was found to be in possession of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Melliger was booked into the Plymouth County Jail for OWI first offense.  Schmitt was booked into the Plymouth County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, carrying weapons, introducing contraband into a correctional facility, drug tax stamp violations, and felon in control of a firearm.



(Le Mars) — In the early morning hours of Saturday, September 14th, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office made contact with two individuals in the parking lot of 1127 4th Avenue SE in Le Mars, Iowa. The two parties in question had a no contact/protective order between the two. Upon further
investigation, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clarence Calvin Harris, age 43 of Lincoln, Nebraska for violation of a no contact/protective order. Harris was then transported to the Plymouth County Jail and held on $300 bond. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Le Mars Police Department.



Sioux City Council To Decide To Remove Chapel From Airport Grounds

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City City Council is expected to consider a proposal today for removal of a World War II chapel and airmen’s housing project on Sioux City airport land.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the chapel anchors the entrance to Sioux Gateway Airport and is one of the last standing remnants of the wartime air base built for B-17 bomber training.
City documents say the two parcels containing the chapel and housing were developed with uses not compatible with operations of the airport.
The chapel would be moved off airport property, and a nonprofit group would take ownership and maintain it at a new location as a memorial and make it available for event rentals. However, the nonprofit group has not been fully formed and would need to raise funds to take over ownership of the chapel.
The group interested in the chapel is not financially able to accept the housing project, which could face demolition.



Father of 12 Year Old Boy Who Hit A Small Child While Driving, Is Sentenced To Prison

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa father whose 12-year-old son struck a 4-year-old boy while driving the man’s car has been sent to prison.
Black Hawk County District Court records say 34-year-old Jesse
Azbill pleaded guilty Friday to child endangerment and aiding and abetting serious injury by auto. He was sentenced to seven years.
Police say Azbill had given his son permission to drive the vehicle, and Azbill was in it when the little boy was struck Aug. 6 while riding a bicycle in Waterloo. The boy was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City for treatment. His name hasn’t been released.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Azbill told the court
Friday that he was sorry and said: “I will never let a kid get behind the wheel again.”



Trial To Begin On Monday For Man Accused Of Killing Wife With A Corn Rake

EARLVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a man accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife in eastern Iowa.
Court records say 43-year-old Todd Mullis has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. Authorities say he fatally attacked 39-year-old Amy Mullis in November at her farm northwest of Earlville.
Authorities initially believed she’d been fatally injured in a fall. An autopsy showed she died after receiving injuries that included multiple stab wounds to her back with a corn rake.
The trial has been moved to Dubuque County from Delaware County.
Mullis’ lawyer sought a new location, saying Mullis couldn’t get a fair trial in Delaware County, where his wife worked closely with law enforcement as a nurse.



James River Flooding Has Closed 5 Of 6 Bridges

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Only one of six bridges across the James River in Yankton County is open because of flooding in the area.
County emergency manager Paul Scherschligt says only the Highway 50 bridge remains open to traffic Monday. The river rose to its highest level in recorded history this past weekend and is now beginning to fall.
Yankton County chairman Dan Klimisch tells the Press and Dakotan he’s worried about the condition of the county’s four bridges over the James River because they weren’t in very good shape to begin with and they may have sustained significant damage. The other two are state crossings.
He says there are probably 50 homes that are surrounded by water or impacted by flooding that resulted from heavy rain in the Mitchell area last week.