Two Hinton High School Students Killed During Vehicle Accident
(Hinton) — Two high school students from Hinton High School were killed during an early Tuesday morning vehicle accident located in rural Plymouth County. The accident happened at about 8:00 a.m. near the intersection of county road K-22 and Granite Avenue. According to Hinton High School Superintendent, Todd Meyer, the two students were siblings, a senior girl, and a freshman boy. Plymouth County Sheriff’s Officials are investigating the fatal accident. Authorities say that icy roads may have played a factor in the head-on collision. The fatal victims were driving a 2010 Honda Civic heading northbound on county road K-22 when it entered a curve in the road and began to slide. The pickup was going southbound on K-22 when the Honda entered into its path and was struck on the passenger’s side. The two victims were transported to a Sioux City hospital, where they died. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. The names of the students have not been released. School officials say school remains in session for Tuesday, however, all school related activities scheduled for this evening are now cancelled. There have been four vehicle
accident fatalities in Plymouth County during the last three weeks.
Reynolds Ask Legislators For More Funding For Flood Victims During “Condition of the State” Address
(Des Moines) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her third “Condition of the State” address to the state legislature this morning. The governor began by recognizing those civil servants that had a public office that passed away, beginning with the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice, Mark
Reynolds continued to honor those people that held public office that are no longer with us today.
The first topic Reynolds brought up was the flooding from last year, which for many Iowans living in southwest corner of the state still remains a problem.
We will have more of the governor’s comments in future news updates.
(Audio courtesy of Iowa Public Television)
Buttigieg Cancels Scheduled Le Mars Political Rally
(Le Mars) — Democratic party officials have announced that South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg has cancelled his scheduled appearance in Le Mars. Buttigieg was originally scheduled to hold a political rally at the Plymouth County Historical Museum on Friday morning, but that appearance has now been cancelled. No word was given for the reason the event was cancelled.
Legislators Deny Blogger’s Request For Credentials
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has again denied press access to a liberal journalist whose blog is often critical of its policies, despite warnings from state and national groups that the restriction appears to be unconstitutional. The Iowa House and Senate informed Laura Belin, author of the Bleeding Heartland blog, that her applications for access during the session that began Monday have been rejected. The Iowa House told Belin that it does not credential journalists who are nontraditional while the Iowa Senate said it doesn’t consider Belin a member of the media. Belin says she’s considering her next steps, including an appeal or a lawsuit.
Flood Meetings Scheduled
VALLEY, Neb. (AP) – The National Weather Service is scheduling meetings to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The two areas were socked with record flooding late last winter and early spring. Weather service hydrologist David Pearson says warnings issued last year didn’t seem to
reach people. He says this year the service is trying to reach more people with the best information and make personal connections. The Nebraska meetings are scheduled for Feb. 4 in Fremont, Feb. 13 in Columbus, Feb. 27 in Norfolk and March 5 in Sidney, Iowa.
Body Recovered After Stand-off And Fire
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have recovered from a fire-damaged home the body of a man involved in a standoff with officers in southeast Iowa. Police said Tuesday the body of 62-year-old Michael Kartel was found in his West Des Moines basement around 8 p.m. Monday. Officers were sent to
Kartel’s home early Monday to check on his welfare say Kartel brandished a shotgun when they arrived. Police say officers didn’t fire back when Kartel shot in their direction. A fire believed to have been set by Kartel burned unabated for nearly three hours until police were certain he no longer posed a danger to firefighters.
Trial Is Scheduled For Western Iowa Woman Charged With Attempted Murder Of Law Enforcement Officers
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Feb. 18 trial start has been scheduled for a woman charged with the shooting deaths of two men and the attempted murders of two law officers in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County court records say April Montello-Roberts, of Shenandoah, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder of an officer, burglary and robbery.
Prosecutors say Montello-Roberts helped her boyfriend, Troy Petersen in the Aug. 4 killing of Jerrot Clark and the Aug. 7 slaying of Steven Carlson. An officer fatally shot Petersen after the pair’s pickup crashed during a chase.