Saturday News, October 3
Akron Man Arrested For Soliciting A Minor
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office reported an Akron man was arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a minor in September. 42 year old Kevin Essington was arrested after a complaint from a parent of a 14 year old Akron girl said the girl received text messages from Essington on September 11th soliciting her to engage in sexual acts. Essington was arrested and charged with lascivious acts with a child which is a felony. Essington was taken to the Plymouth County jail with bond set at $5,000.
Fire Department Responds To Gas Leak And Vehicle Fire
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department had a busy Friday, responding to three calls, two of which were simultaneous. A gas leak was reported at about 4:45 p.m. near 3rd Street Northwest and 3rd Avenue Northwest. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says a flange from the gas line had ruptured underground. The fire department was on the scene for nearly an hour and a half. MidAmerican Energy also responded to repair the ruptured gas line. There were no injuries or fire associated with that gas leak. At about five minutes before 7:00 p.m. the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department were call to a fire alarm at the Floyd Valley apartments.
At the same time, a call came in regarding a vehicle that was on fire. Fire officials responded to both calls. The vehicle fire turned out to be a pick up truck that had items in the cargo area that ignited as a result of discarded cigarette butts. Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the plastic liner in the pickup box had melted as a result of the fire. Fire officials report the driver of the pick up truck was able to toss the items that was on fire into a nearby ditch. Fire officials then extinguished the grass fire. As for the alarm at the Floyd Valley apartments, it turned out there was no fire, but there was a faulty alarm.
Flu Season Is Coming, Now Is The Time For A Flu Vaccine
(Le Mars) -- Now that autumn is upon us, it won't be long before we'll hear about an outbreak of influenza. Tara Geddes, Community Health Director for Plymouth County reminds us this is the time to consider getting a flu vaccination. She says nearly everyone should be vaccinated.
Geddes says the flu vaccine should prevent four different types of strains.
The community health official says for most people they can choose either the injection or a nasal mist vaccine is also available.
Geddes says flu vaccines will be distributed at various locations through out the county during the month of October.
Flu vaccinations will cost $25 unless you are eligible for Medicare part B. Geddes says, the flu, at times can be quite serious.
County Conservation Board To Auction Elk
(Hinton) -- Plymouth County Conservation Board will hold its annual elk auction at Hillview Recreational Park on this morning. Nick Beeck (Beck) serves as the county conservation director. He says the county conservation board has a few elk on hand for educational purposes.
The county conservation board was hoping to offer two yearling elk; a yearling bull along with a yearling heifer for the auction, but unfortunately the bull elk will not be sold.
Beeck explains the terms that buyers must agree to in order to purchase the elk.
DNR Investigates Fish Kill
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - State environmental officials say an egg farm in northwest Iowa dumped egg washing liquid onto a cornfield and it flowed into a creek killing 160,000 fish over 18 miles.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Friday it considering appropriate enforcement actions against Sunrise Farms south of Harris.
The DNR says high levels of ammonia were found in Stony Creek after a local resident reported dead fish on Monday. The dead fish are valued at about $25,000.
Sunrise Farms is preparing to restock after the bird flu destroyed its 3.8 million hens.
A DNR spokesman said the egg wash was in tanks left over from before the bird flu outbreak and contained a disinfectant so it couldn't carry virus.
A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a message.