Wednesday News, October 3
Auto Accident Victim Identified
(Le Mars) -- Authorities have identified the victim from Tuesday morning's roll over vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, south of Le Mars. 36 year old, Scott Jacobsen of Sergeant Bluff was pronounced dead at the scene. He had apparently lost control of his vehicle when he entered the east ditch and rolled his car several times. His body was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital for further examination by Dr. Sheila Holcomb, Plymouth County Medical Examiner.
Le Mars Fall Clean Up Collected Less Waste
(Le Mars) -- Assistant City Administrator, Bill Cole, reported to the city council that the Fall Clean Up produced less waste than from previous designated city clean ups. During the week of September 10th through the 15th, the city offered amnesty for city residents to throw away construction material, metal, and white goods.
A year ago, Le Mars citizens threw away more than 107 tons of waste. The spring clean up was also less than previous year's clean up periods. City officials believe the program has been productive.
Timmerman Tells Le Mars Students To Stay Away From Drugs
(Le Mars) -- Former N-F-L football player, now farm equipment owner, Adam Timmerman of Cherokee spoke before nearly 600 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic schools during the Le Mars Optimist Club rally. Students were given their new T-shirt promoting to stay away from drugs and to "Just Say No." The T-shirts were designed by Alex Burnett, a 6th grader from Le Mars Community. The T-shirt design featured a text message as it might appear on the social media facebook page. Timmerman, who played 12 years with the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams, told the group of students to use "positive" peer pressure and to look out for one another. Timmerman used the analogy of a performance car with the students, saying that your body is like a performance car.
Timmerman and the local Optimist club distributed an autographed color 5 x 7 photo of Timmerman while he played with the Packers. On the reverse side is a biography of Timmerman.
Iowa Lawmaker Challenges Secretary of Schultz Voter Fraud Investigation
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker is questioning Secretary of State Matt Schultz's use of federal money to investigate allege voter fraud in Iowa.
Sen. Tom Courtney, a Burlington Democrat, says he has requested state and federal audits of Schultz's use of funds from the Help America Vote Act to hire an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
Courtney says the money is supposed to be used to help educate voters.
Schultz, a Republican, issued a statement Tuesday accusing Courtney of trying to block criminal investigations into voter fraud and election misconduct.
Three people were charged last month with voter fraud in Pottawattamie County as a result of the DCI probe. A Polk County judge also stopped Schultz's efforts to change some aspects of the state's voter laws that were challenged in court.
Ryan Campaigns In Iowa
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the way to help the middle class recover from the past four years is to elect Mitt Romney president in November.
Ryan was responding to a comment Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden said during a campaign stop in North Carolina that the middle class "has been buried the last four years." And he asked how Republicans could justify raising their taxes as a result.
At his own campaign appearance in Iowa, Ryan said he and Romney agree that Obama has been bad for the middle class.
Said Ryan: "We agree. That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States."
Cedar Rapids Police Want To Bar "Troublemakers" From City Council Meetings
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department has recommended that the Cedar Rapids City Council pass an ordinance that would let the city bar from its meetings people who've created previous disturbances at City Hall or other city buildings.
The Gazette says acting Police Chief Bernie Walther proposed the idea to the council's public safety committee on Monday.
The proposal comes just two weeks after City Hall critic Robert Bates yelled at Mayor Ron Corbett and others after a special council meeting.
Walther says current law already lets police arrest someone who disrupts a public meeting. Police are proposing an ordinance that would empower city officials, after a hearing, to bar someone from
Walther says some cities in Michigan, Massachusetts and other states have adopted similar ordinances.