Wednesday Afternoon News, October 22
Floyd Valley Hospital Releases Audit
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital officials were given the annual audit regarding the local hospital's financial condition, as composed by Denman & Company, an auditing firm from Des Moines. Daryl Friedenbach, the Chief Financial Officer for Floyd Valley says the auditors did not find anything unusual with the hospital's finances.
Friedenbach says the audit did note additional assets and expenses due to the construction of the north addition expansion project.
The Floyd Valley Hospital CFO says the audit does reflect some small trends that are developing, and may be more noticable in future years.
Friedenbach says the hospital did improve its financial situation over last year.
Woodbury County Supervisor To Serve 30 Days In Jail
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Woodbury County supervisor accused of shooting a gun into the air near his wife has been given 30 days in jail.
44-year-old David Tripp received the sentence Tuesday in district court for domestic abuse assault. He was ordered to report to jail by Friday.
Tripp, a former jailer, was accused in December of firing a gun in the air in the driveway of his home. His wife was nearby but was not hurt.
Tripp said Tuesday he had thought about aiming the gun at himself. His attorney says his client is seeing a psychiatrist after being diagnosed with depression. He is also seeing a counselor for alcohol abuse.
Tripp was elected as a county supervisor in 2010. His term will end in January.
County Attorney Says Supervisor Has Conflict Of Interest With Charitable Organization
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County's attorney says it's a conflict of interest for the county to give public money to an agency headed by the county board chairman.
In a legal opinion released on Tuesday, county attorney P.J. Jennings said no more payments should be made to the Sanford Community Center. However, county finance director Dennis Butler says money paid over previous years need not be paid back to the county.
Sanford operates after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth and coordinates numerous outreach efforts. It is headed by Woodbury County Board Chairman George Boykin.
Boykin says he will seek regulatory changes so the center can still receive money for its gang prevention program. He says that without the county's funding, he'll have to cut as many as five positions.
Storm Lake Man Charged For Abusing Wife
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 54-year-old northwest Iowa man has been accused of sexually abusing his wife and of forcing her to take pills that resulted in the termination of two pregnancies.
Records say the Storm Lake man is charged with two counts of sexual abuse; five counts of termination of pregnancy - consent by force or intimidation; and one count of domestic abuse assault. The Associated Press is not naming the man, in order to protect the woman's privacy.
The woman told police that between October 2012 and April 2014, her husband forced her to take pills on five occasions, resulting in the loss of two fetuses. She also says he threatened her with a machete during sexual assaults.
Efforts to reach his attorney were unsuccessful on Wednesday.
State Issues Emergency Alert System
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has launched a new emergency alert system to warn residents of tornadoes, chemical spills or other dangers.
It's called the Alert Iowa System, a program the Legislature approved earlier this year. According to Iowa officials, the annual cost of running the program is expected to be about $300,000.
On Tuesday, the system was used for the first time at the Iowa Homeland Security Conference with Gov. Terry Branstad sending out a practice message. A chorus of cellphones chiming was soon heard in the conference room.
About one-third of Iowa's counties will initially be served by the notification system. All counties will be later able to access the program that provides local officials control of how and when to issue emergency and public safety notifications to residents.
Construction Of New Casino On Schedule
JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the construction of a casino in Jefferson remains on schedule despite some unfavorable weather.
The Wild Rose Jefferson company says construction of a casino and resort of the same name is still set to be completed by Aug. 1 of next year.
A wind storm on Oct. 13 knocked down five concrete panels at the construction site. Replacements were poured and delivered a few days later.
Tom Timmons, president of Wild Rose Jefferson, says enclosure of the structure should be completed before Christmas.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded Wild Rose Jefferson a gambling license in June. A 71-room hotel also will be built.