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Thursday News, December 27

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a special meeting slated for Thursday, December 27th.  The meeting will take place at the city council chambers and will begin at 12:00 noon.  The council will award the bids for the new wastewater treatment facility improvements.  The city council is also expected to introduce plans for whitetopping 4th Avenue SE.  A public hearing on the matter will be set for the next council meeting on January 8th.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Light snow is expected to hit most of
Iowa and parts of Nebraska as both states recover from a powerful
storm last week.
The National Weather Service says up to 3 inches of snow is
possible in Iowa between Thursday night and Friday morning. The
snow is expected especially along and north of Interstate 80.
Between 2 and 4 inches of snow could hit northeast Nebraska
between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The snow is
expected mainly along and north of Highway 30. Less than an inch of
snow is expected south of Lincoln and Plattsmouth.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s in both states on
Thursday.
A powerful snow storm last week dumped several inches of snow
across parts of Iowa and Nebraska.

(Undated) -- With the New Year's Holiday still yet to arrive, the number of fatal accidents from Iowa roadways is nearly the same as last year.  A year ago, there were 360 fatalities reported.  As of Wednesday, 357 people have lost their lives on IOwa roads.  The trend has been declining.  In 2010 there were 390 deaths reported on Iowa roadways, and the year before the number was 371 deaths.  Motorcycle fatalities were on the increase in 2012 over the numbers reported from a year ago.  There were 56 motorcycle related fatalities in 2012 while in 2011, Iowa had 34 fatalities.  Authorities believe the nice weather from this past spring allowed motorcyclists a jump on riding their bikes which may have led to the higher number of motorcycle accident fatalities.  The month of May had the highest number of automobile road fatalities with 48, and May and August tied with 12 motorcycle fatalities in 2012. 


(Sioux City) -- What were the most popular names given to babies in 2012?  Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City says Charlotte and Mason topped the list of most popular names for new babies.  Among the list of other most chosen names for newborn boys were Cleb, Maxwell, Noah, and William.  Other favorite names for newborn girls were Angel, Isabella, Piper and Sophia.  Some of the more unique names for girls were Abrianna, Adilene, Brisa, Lorelei, Raylee and Sincerity.  Among the more original names for boys were Kade, Benedict, Cashton, Easton, Layton and Ryder. 


(Washington) -- December 31st is the deadline for the pending automatic tax increases and budget cuts unless President Obama and Congress are able to make some type of agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff". Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley believes that some type of agreement may occur at the last hour, but he says if there isn't any agreement, then Iowans will suffer particularly with medicare.
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The new session will begin in mid-January and Grassley believes some sort of gun control legislation will again be introduced because of the tragic events in Connecticut.
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The Iowa Republican Senator expands on his comments about what bills he anticipates will be in the next legislative session of Congress.

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AMES, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa woman has been accused of
working alongside her three juvenile children to shoplift from a
clothing store.
The Ames Tribune (http://bit.ly/UtP3VP ) reports Melissa Rose
Sego of Boone has been charged with aggravated theft and
contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sego was arrested over the weekend at a J.C. Penney after staff
reported she and her three daughters tried to leave the store with
merchandise hidden in purses. Court documents show Sego attempted
to physically force her way past staff.
Police say Sego and her three daughters, all juveniles, acted
together to steal the items. The girls have been charged with
fifth-degree theft and referred to juvenile court.
Sego posted bond after her arrest. She is scheduled to appear in
court on Jan. 7.
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs couple with a
limousine business says they want to offer services every year to
homeless people in the area.
The Council Bluffs Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/YhveyX ) reports Jim
Kelley and his wife, Christine, offered party buses to nearly 70
homeless people this month as part of a holiday present. Many of
the participants were children.
Other local businesses provided dinner and dessert before the
buses and a limousine took the participants to a train museum.
Guests were then taken on a city tour to view holiday lights.
The couple says it was their first time organizing the service,
and they plan to make it an annual event.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal authorities say the number of
cattle and calves in large Iowa feedlots is unchanged from last
year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of cattle and
calves in Iowa feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head
totaled about 1.2 million on Dec. 1. That means inventory is
unchanged from the same period last year.
Cattle and calves for slaughter in the United States for
feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million
on Dec. 1. That's six percent below inventory from the same period
last year.
Another USDA report shows the number of cattle in Nebraska
feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 2.53
million on Dec. 1.

   

Wednesday News, December 26

Le Mars Fire Department Respond To Christmas Calls

(Le Mars) -- Local fire officials were not able to enjoy the holiday without responding to a couple of calls.  The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to 35947 220th Street southeast of Le Mars at 7:36am for a reported natural gas main leak.   It was determined that this was a vent pipe that was venting properly, however it was venting more pressure than usual and was a concern by neighbors.   Fire officials contacted Northern Natural Gas and the situation was remedied.  There was no action needed by firefighters at this incident.  The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was assisted at the scene by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
At 7:42 am while en-route to the gas leak, the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to a fire alarm activation at 524 Sunset Drive.   This is the Sunrise Apartments.   Firefighters located a smoke detector that had activated in Apartment #9.   There was no smoke or fire.   It was determined that this was a faulty detector and it was taken out of service.   The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was assisted at the scene by the Le Mars Police Department and building management.


Sioux County Authorities Investigate Two Separate Incidents Involving Dead Hogs

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - Northwest Iowa authorities haven't found any links between the fire deaths of several hundred pigs and the deaths of several hundred hogs after someone changed settings on a climate control system.
The fire was reported around 9:50 p.m. on Saturday at a confinement facility four miles southeast of Rock Valley. About 650 30-pound pigs were killed.
Authorities say an estimated 475 hogs died last week at a confinement facility five miles south of Rock Valley. The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says someone entered the building and
tampered with the climate control system between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff's spokesman Nate Huizenga (huh'-ZENG'-uh) said Monday that the investigations are continuing, but "at this point it looks like the incidents are not related."

 

Linn Grove House Fire

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County Authorities report a house fire that occurred on Sunday evening at about 6:30 p.m.  The Linn Grove, Sioux Rapids, Petersen, and Marathon Fire Departments battled the blaze at Linn Grove.  The cause of the house fire was determined to  be from a juvenile that was playing with matches in the upstairs bedroom.  No injuries occurred during the fire.  But the house was listed as a total loss.

 

City Council To Hold Special Meeting

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council will hold a special meeting slated for Thursday, December 27th.  The meeting will take place at the city council chambers and will begin at 12:00 noon.  The council will award the bids for the new wastewater treatment facility improvements.  The city council is also expected to introduce plans for whitetopping 4th Avenue SE.  A public hearing on the matter will be set for the next council meeting on January 8th.

 

Marne Man Charged After Shooting Dog

MARNE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a western Iowa man was cited after fatally shooting a dog that had been playing near his house.
Collins Cutler, of Marne, was charged with firing a gun inside city limits.
The year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Wrigley had been traveling from Denver with owner Stacey Ernat. Ernat told officers that Wrigley and another dog were playing in a yard on Monday when Cutler fired a shotgun at Wrigley from about 40 feet away.
Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren says Cutler told a deputy that he thought he had a right to shoot Wrigley because the dog had gone onto Cutler's property.
A phone listed for Cutler rang busy during several Associated Press calls on Monday. Online court records don't list the name of Cutler's attorney.

 

Two People Are Dead After Head-on Collision Near Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of two people killed in a head-on collision in Fort Dodge.
The deceased are 23-year-old Joseph Reigelsberger of Rolfe and 57-year-old Debra Lundt of Pocahontas.
The Fort Dodge Messenger (http://bit.ly/WEF2DU ) reported that the Friday accident happened when a 2002 GMC pickup driven by Austin Brown, 20, of Fort Dodge lost control, crossed the center
line and struck a 2002 Ford station wagon being driven by Reigelsberger.
Another passenger in the station wagon, 23-year-old Anastashia Lundt, was injured. Austin Brown was injured as well.
The State Patrol continues to investigate.


Trial Is Set For Two Men Accused of Attempted Murder

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A February trial has been scheduled for two Cedar Rapids men accused of attempted murder in a drug-related shooting.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/Ukinx6) that 20-year-old Peter Thullen and 19-year-old Andrew Meyer have pleaded not guilty to several charges stemming from the shooting on
Nov. 18. Police say Thullen and Meyer went to an Iowa City man's home to collect a drug debt and that Thullen shot the man.
If they were convicted of all the charges, the men could face 50 years or more in prison.
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Snowmobile Accident Injures Coggon Man

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 42-year-old man has been injured while driving a snowmobile through a farm field in eastern Iowa.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office says Shawn Vandivier, of Coggon, lost control of the snowmobile around 5 p.m. Monday on the south side of Central City.
Vandivier was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
The accident is being investigated.

 

Authorities Release Name of Council Bluffs Burn Victim

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a 90-year-old man who was injured in a fire at his Council Bluffs home.
He was identified as Robert Kissel Sr.
The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters found Kissel in his bedroom, and his daughter, 59-year-old Robin Krause, escaped to safety through a basement window.
Krause told firefighters she'd tried to reach her father but couldn't because the staircase was in flames.
Kissel was taken to a burn center in Lincoln, Neb., about 55 miles west-southwest of Council Bluffs.

 

Former Wapello City Clerk Wins Court Battle

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - The city of Wapello's former city clerk has been awarded $25,000 in a wrongful termination case.
The Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/134mFS ) reports the Louisa County jury award to Celia Drayfahl, who had filed a complaint after being fired in August 2011.
Drayfahl will not receive any back pay in addition to the $25,000 award, but she'll receive a public apology from the city of Wapello that must be placed in a local newspaper.
Drayfahl was seeking damages for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, wage payment claim and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The city's order for Drayfahl's firing said she failed to close accounting books in a timely manner and failed to keep balanced books. City officials have said there was no illegal activity.

 

Des Moines Man Found Dead In Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Investigators suspect the Des Moines man who was found dead on the front porch of a Waterloo house knew the people involved in his slaying.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/RQkRoM ) that no arrests have been reported since Saturday's shooting death of 26-year-old Anthony Gardner. Gardner was found lying on the porch of a home on the city's east side.
Police Lt. Michael McNamee says Gardner lived in Des Moines but had acquaintances and maybe a girlfriend in the Waterloo area.  McNamee says Gardner apparently knew people at the Albany Street
address where he was found.
McNamee says investigators don't think the slaying was a random act. He says the people involved knew each other.
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