Friday News, October 9
City Code Prohibits Open Burning
(Le Mars) -- Autumn is upon us and that means falling leaves, and you may be tempted to burn those leaves in your backyard, but Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper reminds city residents the city code forbids such fires.
The Le Mars Fire Chief explains what the city code does allow in terms of recreational fires.
Schipper says the fire department has had to already respond to a few illegal burning calls. He offers some suggestions as to what options residents may consider to dispose of yard waste.
Schipper says even if your are having a legal recreational burn pit, there is always a chance you may have to extinguish it.
Copies of the city code regarding recreational backyard fires are available at the Fire Station number one, and at city hall.
Le Mars Students Collecting Donations For Soldiers
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community High School Student Council plans to honor all area veterans and current soldiers during tonight's evening's football game. Fans are encouraged to dress in patriotic colors. Neil Utesch, serves as the assistant high school principal. He says both the Le Mars Student Council and the Sergeant Bluff student council will be working together accepting donations.
Utesch says this is the fourth year the Le Mars Community high school has accepted food and other donations for the Support Siouxland Soldiers.
Utesch describes some of the items that are needed for the project.
The school official says in addition to food items, the students are also collecting practical items such as baby wipes, sunglasses, tooth brushes, tooth paste, playing cards, and many other items for the care packages. Utesch says the local American Legion Wasmer Post, number 241 is also joining in on the program. Utesch says the donations will also go to military families close to home.
Food and other care packet items are being collected at the high school office from now through October 30th. Fans can also bring food items to the football game to be deposited inside a military vehicle that will be parked near the entrance.
Support Siouxland Soldiers is a non-profit organization that provides care packages for deployed troops and food for veterans. The Siouxland community has over 18,000 veterans. In addition, the Siouxland community has over 40 troops currently deployed. The student council hopes to collect enough food items to send to each soldier.
Former Remsen-Union Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Having Sex With Student
(Le Mars) -- A former Remsen-Union teacher has pleaded not guilty to having sex with a teenage student. Samantha Kohls, 24, who now lives in Cedar Falls, entered her written plea Thursday in Plymouth County District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Court documents say Kohls had sex with a 17 year old boy at the time, at her apartment in July and August of 2014. An investigation was conducted in April, and Kohls turned herself in to authorities in August.
Debate Held Over Law Enforcement Body Cameras
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement experts and state leaders in Iowa monitoring the national debate over body cameras on police say there are privacy issues and technical limitations in granting the public full access to footage.
The panelists spoke Thursday at a public forum in Des Moines. They included the city's former police chief, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the editor and publisher of The Hawk Eye newspaper in Burlington.
About 60 people attended the event, which included discussions on how body cameras might affect victims' privacy and the feasibility of authorities storing thousands of hours of footage.
Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says he expects the topic to come up during the next legislative session.
Des Moines Airport Runway Lights Go Black
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a runway blackout at the Des Moines International Airport delayed or diverted a dozen flights scheduled to arrive at the airport Thursday night.
Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/1MhYNcr ) that lights along the runway went dark around 8 p.m. Thursday. Airport officials say the problem was traced to a lightning strike last week, which weakened an electrical wire.
Officials say the problem has been fixed and that the runway lights came back on just before midnight. The station says at least two flights landed in Des Moines after 1:00 a.m. Friday.
Cruz Releases Campaign Financial Report
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period.
The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story.
Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September. Several candidates struggled to raise money over the summer months, with celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump commanding attention in what remains a 15-candidate fight for the nomination.