Thursday News, March 12
Restoration Of Downtown Buildings Begins
(Le Mars) -- The restoration of downtown Le Mars historical buildings is now under way. Crews from Renaissance Restoration of Galena, Illinois were seen working on the Property Pros building on Wednesday. It is all part of the one million dollar CDBG grant project to help restore the facades of downtown Le Mars. Nearly 40 downtown buildings will be having a face lift.
Museum Receives Wells Dairy Wagon For Exhibit
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Historical Museum received a new exhibit on Wednesday afternoon from Well's Enterprises and the Wells Family. Museum exhibit manager Mary Holub explains.
Holub says the dairy wagon buggy and horse were originally on loan for a display at the Sioux City museum. She says it will now forever make its home at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
The dairy wagon is on display as part of the Transportation and Power exhibit featured in the basement of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.
Sioux County Authorities Investigate Semi Truck Rollover Accident
(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a semi truck and trailer accident that occurred on Highway 60 about one mile southeast of Hospers, Tuesday evening. The accident happened at about 8:15 p.m.
Clint La Rock, age 47, of Sparta, Wisconsin was driving a 2010 Freightliner southbound on Highway 60 when he lost control of his semi on the shoulder of the road causing the semi to overturn onto its side. No injuries were reported.
The semi sustained $85,000, damage. The cargo, which was stone slab countertops, were a total loss estimated at $240,000.
La Rock was cited for failure to maintain control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Hospers Fire, Rescue and Ambulance teams along with the Iowa State Patrol.
Man Pleads Guilty To Helping Shooting Suspect Flee
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping a man flee Sioux City hours after he shot a police officer.
Ingmar Hernandez of South Sioux City was accused of driving Jamal Dean out of Sioux City after he shot officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop in 2013.
Hernandez pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing or interfering with governmental functions. He is the sixth of eight people to plead guilty in helping Dean escape Sioux City.
Twenty-three-year-old Dean was arrested in Texas and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the shooting.
Senate Passes Bill That Saves Mental Health Institutes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill that would go against Gov. Terry's Branstad's plans to close two state mental health facilities in Iowa.
The Senate voted 29-19 Wednesday to pass a bill that would require the state Department of Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan before it can close the state mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. The Senate also voted 32-18 on another bill that would ensure the facilities remain open through the end of June.
There's some Republican support for the bills, but it's unclear if it's enough to get them passed in both chambers.
Branstad's budget proposal removes funding for two of the four state mental health facilities in Iowa. Branstad calls the facilities outdated and says patients could receive more efficient treatment elsewhere.
Iowa Senate Approves Plan To Expand Medical Marijuana
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An effort to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate.
A subcommittee reviewed the proposed legislation Wednesday. The bill would make medical marijuana available to people with a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor would then purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa at state-run dispensaries.
Last year, the Legislature approved a law that allows some residents with epilepsy to use oil with an ingredient derived from marijuana for treatment. But the law did not establish an in-state program for the production and distribution of the oil. Critics say that as a result, the law is effectively useless.