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Car Collides with Train

(Le Mars) -- A car collided with an Union Pacific freight train on Saturday evening at Le Mars. Police are investigating the accident that happened at Business Highway 75 and 12th Street Southwest near the Hy Vee supermarket. The collision occurred at about 7:40 p.m.  The vehicle, driven by 17 year old Krystal Leach of Marcus, Iowa was going southbound on Business Highway 75 and the train was northbound when Leach made a left hand turn from the highway onto 12th Street Southwest cutting in front of the oncoming train.  Union Pacific personnel say they sounded their horns trying to warn the vehicle, but Leach failed to yield to the moving train. The warning lights and the bells at the railroad crossing were working at the time of the accident.  The car was struck on the passenger side, collapsing the right-hand side of the vehicle.  After hitting the train, the car spun around and was wrapped around the metal crossing light standard. Leach was alone in the car.  She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  There were two people in the train's engine, neither were injured.

Akron Fire Department Responds to Two Accidents

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department had to respond to two separate accidents with injuries on Sunday.  The first occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Highway 12 near 220th street, and the second happened last evening at about 10:20 p.m. at the address of 13029 K-22.  No other information is known at this time regarding either accident.


County Road C-60 Closed For Paving Project

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Road Department wants to remind motorists that County road C-60 from County Road K-49 to County Road K-42 will be closed beginning today and continuing through September 14th.  The six mile stretch of highway is scheduled for a re-paving project. 

Northwestern College To Celebrate Iowa Private College Week

(Orange City) -- Northwestern College invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus during Iowa Private College Week scheduled for August 6-10.  Designed to help families jump-start their college search process, Iowa Private College Week is now in its 14th year at 28 institutions that are members of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.  At Northwestern, tours and information sessions will be available each day of the Private College Week at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  All who visit Northwestern that week will receive a free T-shirt.  In addition, two students who take part in Iowa Private College Week at Northwestern and subsequently enroll will be given $500 bookstore vouchers.


Iowa National Guard Helicopter Unit Deployed

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Army National Guard helicopter unit is getting ready to deploy, but it wasn't immediately clear how many soldiers in the Waterloo-based unit will be involved.
     A send-off ceremony is being planned on July 19 for the Iowa Guard's 211th Air Ambulance unit.
     Iowa National Guard Col. Greg Hapgood says details of the deployment will be disclosed later, including the number of soldiers and their destination.
     This will be the third overseas deployment in the past decade for some members of the unit.


Iowa Soldier Remembered 

EMERSON, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month will be remembered at a funeral next weekend.
     The funeral for 25-year-old Army Sgt. James Skalberg will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak.
     Skalberg was one of two soldiers killed on June 27 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The other soldier killed was 24-year-old 1st Lt. Stephen Prasnicki, of Lexington, Va.
     Skalberg graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb. He joined the Army in 2007.
     Skalberg's wife and son live in Red Oak, Iowa.


Heat Blamed For Death of Iowa Man

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The extreme heat appears to have contributed to the death of an Iowa man shortly after an Omaha car accident last month.
     48-year-old Paul Tamayo, of Council Bluffs, had a core body temperature of 110 degrees when he
died on June 27th.
     Douglas County officials have ruled that Tamayo's high body heat was likely the cause of his death, but the ruling won't be final until toxicology tests are completed.
     Tamayo, who worked as a roofer, crashed his car into a dirt mound in an Omaha construction zone. Police found him collapsed about a half-mile away from the vehicle.
     The National Weather Service says the temperature was 101 about the time of the accident.


Army Recruiter Questioned About E-mails

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Army captain has been relieved of his command because of the sexually explicit emails he exchanged with former Des Moines school superintendent Nancy Sebring.
     The Army's recruiting division is investigating 42-year-old Captain John Hintz' conduct and whether he sent any explicit emails from his military account. Hintz had been leading the Army's recruiting efforts in the Des Moines area.
     Army spokesman John Largent says this type of conduct doesn't uphold Army values.
     Sebring had sought unsuccessfully to block the release of more of her emails that identified Hintz as her lover.
     Sebring was hired as superintendent in Omaha, Nebraska. She abruptly left her Iowa job in May. She lost the Omaha job after the emails became public.



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