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Thursday News, December 5th


Firefighters Respond To Skid Loader Fire

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were called to 14614 Meadowlark Avenue Wednesday afternoon for a skid loader that had caught on fire. The fire was reported at around 4:25 p.m. Chief Dave Schipper says the skid loader was totally destroyed in the blaze. The fire was confined to only the skid loader and did not affect any nearby buildings. Schipper
says the engine of the skid loader had gotten too hot which started the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately a half an hour.

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Akron Pharmacy Is Robbed

(Akron) — Akron Police Department is investigating a burglary of the town’s pharmacy, and are asking for the public’s assistance. The burglary happened at Thorson’s Pharmacy on Reed Street Wednesday morning at around 4:00 a.m.
Surveillance cameras were able to capture an image of the suspect, and he is described as a white man between 6-feet and 6-feet, 2-inches tall. He wore a coat described as similar to a Carhart brand and a light-colored ski mask.
Anyone with information, or who may know who the suspect is, is asked to call the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 546-8191 or the Akron Police at (712) 552-7016.



Traffic Stop Turns Into Drug Arrest

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Monday evening at approximately 10:20 p.m. As a result of the investigation, the sheriff’s office arrested 61-year old Cheryl Ann Nelson of Fargo, North Dakota, for possession of a controlled substance, that being marijuana. Also arrested was 36-year old Jennifer Lynn Nelson of Le Mars for possession of a controlled substance of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the Plymouth County Jail and held on bond.



Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary To Hold Holiday Goodie Sale

(Le Mars) — Volunteers with the Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary have been busy making cookies, candies, and other goodies for their annual Goodie Sale which is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 11th between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Ruth Farley serves as the chair for the Floyd Valley Goodie Sale,
and says there will be a great variety of holiday goodies for people to choose.

Farley explains the proceeds from the goodie sale will help benefit Floyd Valley Healthcare.

Farley says this year, instead of enjoying the delicious sticky rolls as prepared by the hospital cafeteria staff, homemade pies will be served during the Floyd Valley Healthcare Goodie Sale.

Farley says as many as 200 volunteers assist with the preparing of the goodies.  She says volunteers will need to bring their baked items, and other holiday trays to the hospital conference room between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m the day of the sale.
She says many people are too busy during the holiday season to make their own cookies and other holiday treats which is why they purchase the hospital auxiliary’s goodies.

Farley reminds people that the hospital gift shop, supervised by the Floyd Valley Auxiliary offers a wide array of Christmas gifts.



Prosecutor Clears Officers In Shooting

STUART, Iowa (AP) – A prosecutor in central Iowa has cleared two officers involved in an October shootout that injured two Guthrie County deputies and a suspect. Station KCCI says Adair County Attorney Melissa Larson issued a four-page report Wednesday saying deputies Kent Gries and Steven Henry, as
well as Stuart Police Officer Tyler DeFrancisco, were justified in firing their weapons at 52-year-old Randall Comly during the Oct. 17 incident.
Comly is accused of firing a handgun at Gries and DeFrancisco as they tried to arrest him inside a Stuart apartment complex. The uninjured officers returned fire, wounding Comly. Their shots also injured two other deputies posted outside the apartment complex.



Female Bank Employee Shot And Killed At LuVerne, Iowa

LU VERNE, Iowa (AP) – Investigators say they have a suspect in custody after a shooting during a bank robbery left one woman dead in a small northern Iowa town. Mitch Mortvedt of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a suspect was detained Wednesday, hours after the robbery and shooting at the Security State Bank, the only bank in Lu Verne. Video
surveillance and witnesses provided deputies with a description of the possible shooter. A person matching the description was stopped on Interstate 80 and is in custody. That person’s name has not been released.He says a female employee was “just walking into the bank” when she was shot and killed. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 43-year-old Jessica Weishaar, of Algona.



State Supreme Court Orders Animals To Be Removed From Roadside Zoo

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to delay the removal of bears, mountain lions and hundreds of other animals from an eastern Iowa roadside zoo. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the court denied a request from zoo owners Pam and Tom Sellner to
delay removal of the animals while they appeal a judge’s ruling last week that the zoo is a nuisance. The judge said the animals must be placed at accredited sanctuaries or zoos. Attorney Jessica Blome said the supreme court’s decision effectively guarantees all the roughly 300 animals will be removed from the Cricket Hollow Animal Park, near Manchester.



DNR Detects Positive CWD From Deer In Woodbury County

(Des Moines) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a tissue sample from a road killed deer collected on the south side of Sioux City shows a high likelihood that the deer was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease or C-W-D. The D-N-R’s Tyler Harms says that first test is enough for them to take additional action.

He says the D-N-R has established a priority zone for tissue collection in Woodbury County extending 10 miles around where the positive sample was collected and is working to have a map available online

The first shotgun deer season opens Saturday. Harms says it is easy for hunters to provide a tissue sample.

Harms says Woodbury is among the counties that had already been getting some extra attention.

Woodbury County becomes the fifth of 99 counties in Iowa where a wild deer has tested positive for the always fatal disease. Most of the other counties are in eastern Iowa and the common link between all of them is they border states where deer have tested positive for C-W-D. Harms says it is possible the Woodbury County deer that tested positive may have taken a swim
across the Missouri River from Nebraska.

The Iowa D-N-R says it has already confirmed positive C-W-D in samples from deer in Allamakee and Wayne counties in the 2019 testing season. Chronic wasting disease. There are a few things hunters can do to stop or slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, including not leaving the deer carcass on the landscape and not using feed or salt-mineral to attract deer. Sioux City
banned feeding deer within city limits in 2012.