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Friday Afternoon News, January 31st


Floyd Valley Healthcare Achieves 5-Star Rating From Survey

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars recently received a five-star rating, the highest rating possible, from a hospital survey. Dustin Wright, the Chief Executive Officer for Floyd Valley says the rating by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services means good news for the local hospital.

Wright says the administration and the entire staff at Floyd Valley makes quality care as their top objective.

Floyd Valley received the highest rating among the regional health care facilities. Orange City and Sioux Center both received a four-star rating, while the hospitals in Sioux City, Unity Point-St. Luke’s and Mercy One received only a one-star and a two-star rating, respectfully.

In recent past years, Floyd Valley Healthcare has been fortunate to be recognized as a “Top Critical Care Rural Hospital” and a receiver of the “Women’s Choice Award.” Wright says having received the national honors and accolades helps with recruiting health care professionals.

This marks the first time Floyd Valley has achieved the highest five-star rating. Previously, Floyd Valley was able to accomplish a four-star rating.



Iowa Supreme Court Rules Lake Panorama Is Not A Private Lake

(Des Moines) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the water body billed as the state’s “largest private lake” isn’t really private.
Jeffrey Meyers was stopped in July of 2018 by conservation officers patrolling Lake Panorama after they notice he was illegally displaying blue lights on his pontoon boat. The officers determined Meyers was drunk and charged him with boating while intoxicated. Meyers claimed the officers did not have jurisdiction because Lake Panorama near Panora is the state’s
largest private lake. Signs around the lake make that claim The Iowa Supreme Court ruled the northwest side of the lake is accessible via the Middle Raccoon River — and that means the lake is not private. They upheld the charge against him.



Top Official Resigns From Public Safety Commission

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A top Iowa law enforcement official has resigned after an unexplained 3 1/2-month paid leave that coincided with a state human resources investigation. A state lawyer says assistant Division of Criminal Investigation director Terry Cowman resigned and left the state’s employment on Monday after a 25-year career in public safety. Cowman and a
subordinate were removed from duty in October, shortly after an annual training conference for police officers that they helped host. State officials have refused to explain why. Department of Public Safety lawyer Catherine Lucas says Cowman resigned voluntarily and not because he otherwise would have been fired.



Podcaster May Have To Pay A $13 Million Fine

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Regulators are proposing a nearly $13 million fine against a podcaster accused of hiding the origin of automated phone calls that used the slaying of an Iowa college student to promote white nationalist messages. The Federal Communications Commission says Scott Rhodes violated the Truth in Caller ID Act, which bars the manipulation of
caller ID information. The Associated Press was unable to reach Rhodes for comment. Officials say Rhodes used an autodialer to make hundreds of recorded calls to Brooklyn, Iowa, numbers, citing the killing of Mollie Tibbetts. The Mexican man charged in her death is suspected of living in the U.S. illegally.



Des Moines Police Officers Involved With Shooting Of Suspect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say a suspect was shot early Friday morning while struggling with officers trying to take him into custody. Officers were sent around 6:20 a.m. to check a report about a domestic dispute involving a threat. Police say that when the two officers tried to arrest a man at the scene, he attacked them and wouldn’t give up.
One of the officers shot the man in an arm, but he wouldn’t let medics fully assess his injuries. A wound in his torso was discovered at a hospital. He’s been listed in serious condition. The names of those involved haven’t been released.



Trial Is Scheduled For Davenport Man Accused Of Killing His Wife

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Feb. 24 trial start has been scheduled for a Davenport man accused of killing his wife. Court records say 38-year-old Casey Klemme has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and to domestic abuse assault, strangulation causing injury. Officers were to the Davenport
residence July 26 to check a report about domestic abuse. They found Tiffany Klemme lying on a floor, bruising on her left eye, a bloody nose and other injuries. Police say her husband acknowledged only grabbing and pushing her.



Des Moines Police Investigating Shooting Of Three People

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating the shooting deaths of three people found inside a duplex on the southeast side of Des Moines.
Officers and medics responding to a report about a shooting found the bodies around 11:20 p.m. Thursday. The victims’ names and other details about the shooting have not been released. No arrests have been reported.