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Tuesday Afternoon News, October 23

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder of Spencer Man

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - The second person charged with beating to death a northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty.
21-year-old Cody Millard, of Spencer, entered the plea to a charge of first-degree murder.
Millard and 21-year-old Christopher Fitzpatrick, also of Spencer, have been charged with killing Edward Kitto. The 59-year-old Kitto was found beaten and unresponsive in the backyard of his Spencer home on Aug. 27. He died at a hospital on Sept. 8.
Fitzpatrick has pleaded not guilty to the murder and two other charges.

 

Authorities Identify Lake Drowning Victim

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man who apparently drowned in West Lake Okoboji in northern Iowa over the weekend.
The Dickinson County sheriff's office says a relative found 30-year-old Andrew Goll, of Des Moines, in the water Saturday afternoon.
Officials say Goll had been working on a dock in the area. His death is under investigation.


Romney Coming Back To Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Mitt Romney plans to campaign Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, making it a busy day for presidential candidates in the state.
Romney, the Republican nominee, will speak at a rally Wednesday night at a Cedar Rapids airport hangar. On Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama will speak at a rally at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.
Their appearances will follow Monday's night's final debate and come less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
Most polls show a tight race nationally. Iowa is among nine battleground states that are expected to decide who wins the presidential race.

 

Man Awaits Sentencing For Slaying of Landlord

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the slaying of an Iowa City landlord won't be sentenced until next year.
Charles Thompson's sentencing has been rescheduled because a co-defendant's trial has been postponed.
Thompson was charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of 64-year-old John Versypt, of Cordova, Ill., A judge declared a mistrial in his case a year ago. Thompson then pleaded guilty to
accessory after the fact and agreed to testify in the murder trial of Justin Marshall.
Marshall's trial has been delayed until Jan. 22. Thompson's sentencing hearing is now set for Feb. 11.
A third man, Courtney White, is scheduled to go to trial for first-degree murder on Jan. 8.


Farmers Are Nearly Done With Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are very close to wrapping up this year's harvest, but work was delayed by some much-needed rain.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 93 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule.  Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop is in, almost three weeks ahead of normal.
The USDA says in Monday's weekly report that widespread rain helped Iowa's pasture and range land, but 73 percent is in very poor or poor condition. Hay supplies are running about 42 percent
short.
A slow-moving storm system brought rain to the state on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The statewide average was a-half inch, just shy of the weekly normal of 0.56 inches.

 

Deputy Cleared Of Charges For Shooting Man

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says no charges will be filed against a Van Buren County deputy who shot and killed a man last week.
Authorities say Deputy Jon Tharp fired one shot that killed 59-year-old Robert Dooley, of Brighton, on Oct. 16. Dooley was shot on Iowa Highway 2 near Cantril. Deputies were investigating reports
of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle walking along the highway and making obscene gestures.
The agency says deputies ordered Dooley to drop the rifle. Dooley raised the rifle toward the deputies, and Tharp shot him.  The agency says Dooley's weapon was an air rifle that looked like a
Winchester lever action rifle.
The DCI says Monday that Tharp's actions were justified and no charges will be filed.

   

Tuesday News, October 23

Fire Reported at Amber Inn Motel

(Le Mars) -- Motel guests at Amber Inn were surprised when they smelled smoke last evening. 
The Le Mars Fire Department was called to investigate the scene at about 8:20 p.m. and found
a recessed ceiling lamp had started a fire and began to burn the ceiling insulation.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper describes the scene.
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The fire was contained in room 86 and Schipper says the fire damaged the wood frame joist.  He says the another few minutes and the fire would have burn through the roof.  Fortunately, there were no injuries associated with that fire, and Schipper says all motel guests were able to evacuate the premises, and later they were able to return to their rooms.
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Schipper believes the cause of the fire may be contributed to the recessed ceiling can light perhaps had a bulb that was of greater wattage than what the fixture was capable of handling, and due to the fact the light was on for an extended period of time causing heat to build, is what started that fire.

 

Kingsley House Fire

(Kingsley) -- The Kingsley Fire Department responded to a house fire located on Brookview Drive in Kingsley.  The alarm came in at about 4:50 p.m. and fire fighters were on the scene for more than three hours. Kingsley Fire Chief Scott Bohle says they believe the fire was started as a result of an electrical problem, but they are still conducting an investigation.  Bohle says the ranch-style home will probably be listed as a total loss.  Pierson fire department offered assistance to Kingsley with that fire.

 

Akron Fire Department Responds To A Fire

(Akron) -- Akron's Fire Department was called to a fire last evening at about 9:50 p.m.  That fire was located on Railroad Drive.  At this time we are not certain as to what was on fire, but officials were on the scene for an hour and a half.

 

Grass, Leaf, and Tree Disposal Site Open Again

(Le Mars) -- Clean up on the city leaf, grass, and tree site is near completion.  Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole says the site will be open and manned from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  In addition, the city will have the site open today, October 23rd as a way for people to catch up.  The grass, leaf and tree disposal site will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


Supervisors To Meet With Nieman To Discuss Mental Health Funding

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to meet again today at the County Courthouse.  They will hear from Sharon Nieman the county CPC director and review and approve state mental health transition fund application.

 

Kindergarten Teachers Adapting New Teaching Styles

(Le Mars) -- Teaching Kindergarten students has advanced beyond the "See Spot...See Spot Run". Pam Reeves and Kim Rohrs, both Kindergarten teachers for the Le Mars Community Schools met with the local school board last evening to share with the board how they are teaching students the concept of words, phrases, and sentences based on sound.  Rohrs says they are teaching students about Phonemic Awareness with young children.  Before the teachers informed the board as to what is phonemic awareness, they first explained what it is not.
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Rohrs told the school board that children who learn Phonemic Awareness know that sounds are the building blocks to our language, they can hear that sounds can make up a word, they can see the relationship between sounds, and they can change or re-arrange sounds to make new words.  Rohrs says research has indicated that phonemic awareness is an important indicator in the child's ability to read and spell.
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Rohrs continued to express the success of teaching phonemic awareness.

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The teachers have been using the new teaching style for two years.

 

 

 

   

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