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Monday Afternoon News, November 11th


Burned Fire Victim Dies From Injuries

(Le Mars) — The man who got burnt from spilled gasoline while pouring the fuel into a power-washer while it was operating, has succumbed to his injuries. 38-year old Jorge Orozoco died from his burn injuries on November 9th at the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. The incident happened on the afternoon of September 30th when the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report of a fire at 28279 130th Street, north of
Le Mars. Upon arrival, fire fighters found a trailer fully engulfed next to a hog confinement building. A male subject was burned in the fire and was transported by private vehicle to Floyd Valley Heathcare. The subject was then airlifted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska with burn injuries. Orozoco had burns covering most of his body. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.

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Gehlen Catholic Hosts Veterans Day Program

(Le Mars) — Today is Veteran’s Day and Gehlen Catholic held a special program honoring all Veterans. The program was this morning at the Deb Campbell Memorial Gymnasium. Chief Master Sgt., Iowa Air National Guard, and Gehlen Catholic 1969 graduate, Gary Rohmiller, and his wife, Pearl (Boyle), (Senior Master Sgt. Retired) were the featured speakers for today’s
Gehlen Catholic’s annual Veteran’s Day Prayer in the Deb Campbell Gym. Gary was with the Iowa National Guard for 36 years, and Pearl served in the National Guard for 30 years.

The Rohmillers talked about how this year’s Gehlen Catholic Gospel Value, “We Belong to You,” is epitomized by our country’s service men and women.
Pearl told the gathering how the United States military serve as ambassadors of the U-S when deployed around the world.

Gary Rohmiller says he was impressed with the Veteran’s Day program put on by Gehlen Catholic.

Gary Rohmiller talks about his duties and responsibilities while serving at the 185th Air National Guard at Sioux City.

Pearl Rohmiller also was at the 185th in Sioux City, and started as a computer communications data analyst.

During the Gehlen Catholic Veterans Day program, a slide show, entitled the “Wall of Honor” was featured showing those men and women that have a Gehlen or Le Mars connection that served in the military. The American Legion also acknowledged the top three winning entries of fifth graders that wrote an
essay on what the American Flag means to them. Halley Waldenbach submitted the winning essay.

Also during the ceremony, The Amercian Legion Auxillary honored 7th grader Emerson Schmidt with the winning Poppy Poster Contest. The slogan on the winning poster read: “Wear a memorial poppy…A small symbol of a large sacrifice.



Regulators Find Safety Violations At State Psych Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Regulators have found serious safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Iowa where several combative patients have assaulted employees.

An inspection found that employees at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency plans, low staffing, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that staffers haven’t been trained to use.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation in June after a series of attacks against staff members. A union representing employees said the hospital faced an urgent safety crisis.

Inspectors found seven serious and three minor safety violations. They proposed a $72,770 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services, which operates the facility, and ordered it to fix the problems.

The hospital treats patients with severe and complex psychiatric needs.



Two Dead Bodies Found Near Webster City

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) – State and county officers are helping investigate the deaths of two people in the central Iowa community of Webster City.
Webster City police say officers and medics sent to check a report about two dead people found the bodies around 8:15 a.m. Sunday.
Their names and details about their deaths have not been released.
Police Chief Shiloh Mork says there’s nothing to suggest the public is in any danger.



Mother Victimized

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque man and his wife accused of stealing more than $200,000 from his disabled mother have pleaded guilty to federal charges.
The Telegraph Herald reports that Howard Derby and Patti Derby recently entered the pleas to charges of wire fraud. The state charges were dropped after the federal charges were filed.
Federal records don’t list a sentencing date.
State court documents say his disabled mother moved in with the couple and that he had been given power of attorney for her finances and medical needs. The documents say the Derbys took money from her accounts and used it to buy cars and pay for vacations, among other things.