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Monday News, November 25th


New School Board Directors To Begin This Evening

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Board of Education will meet this evening. For directors Pat Murphy and Fred Zenk it will be their last meeting, while Makenzie Lang and Kyle Plathe (plat-tee) it will be their first school board meeting as the transition occurs this evening. The school board will have election of officers. The board of education will appoint a Secretary for the Board, as well as a Treasurer, and Legal Counsel. The school board will approve a resolution approving bank deposits to Primebank, Northwest Bank, American Bank, Iowa State Bank, and Midstates Bank. The new school board will discuss the recent State Convention of the Iowa State School Board Association. Dr. Steven Webner, the school superintendent, will discuss the financial health of the school district with the school board. The school board is expected to approve the contracts for Keely Steffen as the Head Girls Softball Coach, and for Judd Kopperud as the Middle School Assistant Track Coach.



Bank Robber Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

(Sioux City) — The man accused of stealing money from the Iowa State Bank in Le Mars last December has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Phillip White, who pleaded guilty in June to two federal charges involving robbing the bank had both of his sentences to be served concurrently. White was ordered to pay restitution cost of more than $16,000 to the Iowa State Bank, and more than $5,000 to the U-Haul company. Law enforcement officials were able to apprehend White and his accomplice, Karen Merick, a short-time after the robbery. The pair used an U-Haul truck as their get-a-way vehicle. Merrick has also pleaded guilty to being an accomplice of the bank robbery. She will be sentenced at a later date.



Sioux City Man Charged With Murder Of 19 Month Old Child

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 23-year-old Sioux City man has been charged with murder 15 months after the death of his girlfriend’s child.
Woodbury County court records say Tayvon Davis is charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in death and multiple acts of child endangerment. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Davis, who is being held pending $1 million bail. He surrendered on Friday.
The records say Davis was living with his girlfriend from July 1 through Aug. 22 last year and frequently provided child care for her daughter. He took the little girl to a local hospital on Aug. 22, and she was transferred to an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital. The records say she was 19 months old when she died on Aug. 25, 2018.
An autopsy showed the girl had several blunt force injuries to her head and a kidney and had suffered fractures to her vertebrae and ribs.



Grandmother Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Killing Boyfriend

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa grandmother convicted of the 1992 killing of her former boyfriend has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, which was the maximum allowed.
The Muscatine Journal reports that 56-year-old Annette Cahill showed no emotion when she was sentenced Friday.
Following a mistrial earlier this year, Cahill was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the baseball bat beating death of 22-year-old bartender Corey Wieneke. Her attorney says she plans to appeal.
Police have said Cahill had been in an intimate relationship with Wieneke and that they had a heated argument about his involvement with another woman. Wieneke was found dead on the floor of his bedroom in rural West Liberty in October 1992.
The case against Cahill relied on testimony from a woman who said she was 9 years old when she overheard Cahill confess to killing Wieneke.



Suspect Dies After Hitting Utility Pole Following Police Chase

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man died after his car slammed into a utility pole while he was fleeing from Cedar Rapids police.
Cedar Rapids Police say the chase began around 10 p.m. Saturday when an officer tried to stop a BMW that was driving recklessly.
The suspect fled south on Rockford Road at a high speed before the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road into a utility pole.
The driver died at the scene of the crash. The driver’s name wasn’t immediately released Sunday.



Waterloo Police Investigate Shooting Leaving One Victim Dead

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating a shooting in Waterloo that left one man dead and another man injured.
Waterloo Police say the shooting was reported in an alley near an apartment complex around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Officers found the men with several gunshot wounds near a parked car with shattered windows. One man died later at the hospital. The second man remains hospitalized.
Few other details about the shooting were released. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released on Sunday.



Iowa Turkey Production On The Increase

(Ames) — Tens of thousands of Iowans will sit down to traditional turkey dinners on Thursday, and the odds are good the big birds were raised nearby — and likely within the state’s borders. Gretta Irwin, executive director of the Iowa Turkey Federation, says the state’s seen an increase in turkey producers in recent years. Iowa now has about 130 turkey farms with the majority of them comprised of second- and third-generation turkey farmers.

The southeast and central regions of Iowa are also big on turkey production. In addition, Iowa is a national leader in turkey processing, now ranking fifth in the country.

While most of us will be thinking about big turkey dinners over the next few days in particular, Irwin says turkey is big business 365 days a year.

Iowa’s turkey farms raise about 12-million birds every year. She adds, turkeys are indigenous to the continent. Fossils have proven wild turkeys have lived in North America for more than ten-million years.