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Saturday News, November 10th


(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, November

12th at the city council chambers.  The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. and council members

will continue their discussion of the 27th Street RISE Improvements.  RISE stands for

Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy, and it is governed by the Iowa Department of

Transportation.  The city council is expected to award the contract on Monday, with the

IDOT's concurrence.  Construction could begin as early as next Friday.  The RISE grant

allows for 50 percent funding to be financed by the state, and 50 percent local funding from

the Joint Urban Renewal using Tax Increment Financing or TIF dollars.  TIF allows the city

to borrow money that will be paid in the future.

 


Man and 2 Year Old Son Injured in Crash Near Akron

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Department investigated an auto accident that

ultimately lead to an arrest.  At about 9:30 Friday morning, the Plymouth County Sheriff's

Department, Akron Fire Department, and the Akron Ambulance were dispatched to a single

vehicle accident with injuries.  The accident occured on county road K-22, northwest of

Le Mars.  Upon arrival deputies found a pickup truck in a creek bed.  The driver, Victor

Casias of Hawarden and his two-year old son were out of the vehicle.  Both were transported

to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with minor injuries.  Casias says he fell asleep and

entered the ditch.  He continued across a corn field and entered the creek.  During the

investigation it was determined that Casias had a warrant for his arrest in Plymouth County.

It was also believed that Casias had been drinking and was under the influence of alcohol. 

Once released from the hospital, Casias was arrested on the warrant for contempt of court

and was also charged with a third O-W-I, which is a Class D felony.  He was also charged

with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a serious

misdemeanor; and failure to secure a child, a simple misdemeanor.  Casias was taken to the

Plymouth County jail and held on a $5000 bond.

 

Cyclocross Event in Le Mars This Weekend

(Le Mars) -- The weather may not be "frosty" today, but it sure is nice for bike riding.  For the second year in a row, Bike Central in Le Mars is hosting a cyclocross event at the Le Mars Municipal Park.  "The Frosty Cross" is today and tomorrow, with Division B races beginning at 12n and Division A at 2pm both days. There is also a kids race between to the divisions.  What is cyclocross?  It's a sport where people ride their bicycles around a track with twist, turns, jumps and, depending on the weather, mud holes, and through rain and snow.  It's a spectator sport, so if you have nothing to do on this gorgeous fall day, admission is free to go down at watch today and tomorrow at the Le Mars Municipal Park.  You can also join the ride, registration is at 11am both days.  The "Frosty Cross" is happening today and tomorrow in Le Mars.

 

City Vehicles Traded, Money Saved

(Le Mars) -- What was once old is now new...at least when it comes to the Le Mars Police

Department and the Le Mars Fire Department.  Both city departments were needing a different

vehicle. So, the Police Department gave their Ford Expedition to the fire department.  Fire

chief Dave Schipper explains the reasons behind the inter-department trade.


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The move will save the city several thousands of dollars.  Schipper says several local

businesses donated their products and services in turning the vehicle from police black and

white to fire red.

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Schipper anticipates getting a lot of use out of the vehicle.

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The Le Mars Police Department has now acquired a pick up truck for their needs.



SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 38-year-old man has been sentenced by
a federal judge in Sioux City for using a child in pornography.
Federal prosecutors say Dana Gleaves, formerly of Sioux City,
was sentenced Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in prison. He'd pleaded guilty
in August to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
Gleaves admitted that, between June 2010 and June 2011, he
persuaded a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually
explicit conduct so Gleaves could produce pornography.
Gleaves must serve supervised release for life after he leaves
custody and must register as a sex offender.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Consumer groups are increasing the
pressure on Gov. Terry Branstad to allow Iowa to begin setting up
an online health insurance marketplace now that President Barack
Obama's re-election has cleared the way for the new federal health
care plan.
Even though the state has accepted more than $35 million in
federal grants, Branstad hasn't told the government how Iowa will
set up its program.
The new health insurance system gives states until Friday to
agree to set up a new health insurance market, or have the federal
government impose one. The exchanges will enable residents to shop
for private insurance coverage. Branstad had delayed action, hoping
the system would be thrown out if Republican Mitt Romney was
elected president.




IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Internal documents suggest that a
University of Iowa athletics official who resigned this week was
accused of trading football tickets and money for sexual favors and
inappropriately touching students.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://bitly.com/VYp85h) obtained
documents from an internal investigation by the university's human
resources and employment offices.
The investigation determined that Peter Gray had a history of
inappropriate behavior during two stints at the athletics
department. The documents allege that Gray made sexual comments
during a presentation to recruits and their parents, and touched a
student's genitals.
One student told investigators Gray exchanged money and football
tickets for sex with someone unaffiliated with the university.
The documents were posted on the newspaper's website Friday
night.
Athletics Department spokesman Steve Roe declined comment. Gray
doesn't have a listed phone number.



WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The drug trial of the father of one of two
missing Iowa cousins has been delayed until next month.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/S6fvQy ) says
Black Hawk County court officials say Daniel Morrissey's trial,
which had been set for Tuesday, was delayed on Friday until Dec.
11.
The delay came as the defense renewed its efforts to have the
trial moved, citing publicity about the girls' disappearance.
Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared with her
cousin, Elizabeth Collins, while riding bikes in Evansdale on July
13. Lyric has turned 11 and Elizabeth has turned 9 since they went
missing. The FBI believes the girls were abducted.
Morrissey was set to reach a plea bargain to meth charges the
day before the girls' disappearance, but changed his mind.

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