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Friday News, June 22

Drug Sting in Buena Vista County Results in 10 Arrests

(Storm Lake) -- A drug sting in Buena Vista County resulted in the arrest of ten people.  Buena Vista County sheriff Gary Launderville says investigations into numerous drug cases led to the various arrests.  The arrests were made on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Those arrested include: Fabian Luna, age 19, of Storm Lake charged with possession of methamphetamine. 29 year old, Josuha Schwartz of Alta was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Rebecca Schwartz, age 25, of Alta, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia. 20 year old Christopher Summers of Marathon, charged with possession of controlled substance. Morgan Davis, age 22, of Alta charged with possession of controlled substance.  Russell Long II, age 22 of Albert City, charged with delivery of controlled substance, class C felony.  28 year old Josuha Anderson of Alta, charged with possession of controlled  substance.  James Mitchell, age 23, of Alta, charged with possession of controlled  substance.  Larry Boyd, age 41 of Alta, charged with obtaining precursor's to manufacture methamphetamine. and Trent Kay, age 48 of Rembrandt, charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. 

All of the individuals were taken into custody and booked into the Buena Vista County jail and either held on bond or released following posting of bond.  The arrests stem from several separate drug investigations that are ongoing with several more arrests anticipated.

 

Flight 232 Memorial Vandalized

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two men face felony charges for allegedly vandalizing a memorial to the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City.
    Scott Coleson, of Lehigh, and Felipe Sebastian, of South Sioux City, Neb., are suspected of pushing over a boulder at the memorial at a park early Wednesday. Both are charged with criminal mischief.
     The city says it will cost $3,000 to replace the cracked boulder. It's one of eight leading up to a statue commemorating the accident.
     United Flight 232 was en route from Denver to Chicago when it crashed at the Sioux City airport, killing 112 people.

Drowned Police Officer Tried To Rescue Daughter  

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Ames police officer who drowned in Geode State Park in southeast Iowa was trying to reach a boat and his daughter when he went under the water.
     Fifty-one-year-old Sgt. Howard Snider, of Nevada, drowned on Sunday.
     Snider, with his family, had been on a fishing boat. The boat was pulled to a dock and most of the occupants had gotten out, but Snider's daughter was still on board when the wind pushed it away from the dock.
     The Henry County sheriff's office says Snider's daughter was unable to get out of the boat by herself, so Snider went into the water to get both the boat and his daughter.
     Officials say Snider was reportedly unable to continue swimming and drowned.

 

Iowa Denied Waiver on No Child Left Behind Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has denied Iowa's request for a waiver from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind rules.
     Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass says the state's application was denied because in a bill passed this year requires any changes in teacher evaluations to be first approved by the Legislature.
     Glass says he warned lawmakers that such a requirement would mean rejection. He says it's a missed opportunity for Iowa schools to find relief from the 2002 law. Glass says the law holds schools
to unrealistic measures and then blames them for failure.
     Gov. Terry Branstad says responsibility for the denial lies squarely at the feet of the Iowa Legislature, which did too little to improve schools despite repeated warnings.

Iowa Spending On School Education Ranks Low

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Census data show Iowa has been spending less than the national average on students in its public schools.
     Iowa's per-pupil expenditure was nearly $9,800 per student, compared with the U.S. average of just over $10,600.
     District of Columbia public schools spent the most money: nearly $18,700 per pupil. Utah spent the least, at just over $6,060 per student.
     Iowa spending has increased over the years, however. Iowa Department of Education data shows the state spent more than $5,100 per student in the 1997-98 school year.
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Terms of Agreement Between U of I and Anheuser-Busch Announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - As part of a sponsorship agreement with the University of Iowa, beer brewer Anheuser-Busch will pay about $185,000 over four years to support the university's anti-binge-drinking programs.
     The payments will start at $43,000 and rise to $50,000 the final year.
     The university's sponsorship deal with Anheuser-Busch lets the beer giant use Iowa's Tigerhawk logo on its posters, flags, beer cups and T-shirts. Some critics say the deal conflicts with the university's efforts to curb students' binge drinking.
     Any items using the logo require the athletic department's approval and must include the message "Responsibility Matters."
     The agreement replaces a three-year sponsorship agreement with Anheuser-Busch that expired this year.
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Rust Western Shed Is "Mobbed"

(Le Mars) --The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce held its first ever "cash mob" earlier today, and the selected business chosen from a drawing Le Mars mayor Dick Kirchoff was the Rust Western Shop.  Within minutes of the announcement, approximately 55 people converged upon the Rust Western Shed and started purchasing items.  Store owner Bob Rust says he was skeptical about the idea when first approached, saying he didn't really understand how the program  would work.

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Rust recalls the events prior to the mob of people entering his store.

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Rust says he's appreciative of the people's support, but he adds that it's more important that and the people show their support for all downtown businesses.

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Le Mars Main Street Coordinator Mary Reynolds says she was pleased with the turnout, especially since this was the first "cash mob" for the Chamber and since the idea is still new.

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Many of the people that participated in the cash mob were women, and Reynolds says she spoke with some shoppers that were surprised at the selection of items at the Rust Western Shed.

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The Chamber's Promotion Committee has yet to set the date for the next cash mob, but Reynolds says future "cash mobs" will focus on a business outside the downtown business district and with the town's restaurants.

 

   

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