Wednesday News, October 7
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(Le Mars) -- October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Cathy Van Mannen of the Council of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence presented a report to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors. Van Mannen says domestic violence not only hurts a family, but it hurts the community. She says woman is domestically assaulted every nine seconds in the United States. As Van Mannen offered her report to the supervisors, a bell can be heard in the background, indicating the time interval between assaults.
Van Mannen says domestic violence affects everyone. She reports that 13 Iowa women died in 2014 as a result of domestic violence.
Van Mannen reports the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence serves 19 counties in Iowa, as well as Union county South Dakota, and Dakota and Thurston counties in Nebraska. Each year the organization serves an average of 1800 individuals. Last year 650 women and families were sheltered by CSADV, of that number approximately 340 of them were children.
Van Mannen handed out purple ties to the board of supervisors, asking them to wear the tie in honor of the October Domestic Violence month.
Students Attend An Anti-Drug Rally
(Le Mars) -- Around 550 Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic students from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades attended an anti-drug assembly Tuesday afternoon held at the Le Mars Community Middle School auditorium. The program was sponsored by the Le Mars Optimist club. Each student was given a free t-shirt created by Gehlen 5th grader, Josie Schleiter that reads: "Staying Drug Free is the Best You Can Bee" featuring an illustration of honey bees. Dr. Gary Tilman, an anesthetists with Floyd Valley Hospital and Le Mars Police Sergeant Jay King presented a message informing the students to say no to drugs. Tilman talked about some synthetic types of drugs such as bath salts, K2, and synthetic marijuana.
Tilman says he has seen young teens involved with drug abuse, so he is hopeful the age group at the assembly will stay away from drug use.
King urged the students to set positive goals for themselves and to make good decisions.
King says he hopes the students understand that when taking drugs is not only devastating to the individual, but also to the family.
The Optimists organization has held similar drug-free assemblies for more than 20 years.
Soybean Harvest Nearing Completion
(Le Mars) -- Farmers have been making progress with this year's harvest with many reports of soybean yields higher than from previous years. Doug Schurr is the manager of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator based in Craig located in the northwest portion of Plymouth County. He says the soybean yields in his area have been very good.
Schurr says the quality of the soybean harvest has also been good.
Diagonally across Plymouth County to Kingsley at the Farmers Elevator, Chris Pedersen says the soybean harvest in his area has also been good.
Pedersen says farmers in the southeast corner of Plymouth County had a slower start to this year's harvest, but have since picked up the pace.
As for the northwest area of Plymouth County, Schurr estimates the soybean harvest will soon be wrapping up for the year.
Some farmers have had to deal with white mold found on their soybean plants in isolated areas of their fields. Chris Pedersen says the yields certainly have reflected the plant disease.
Both at Craig and at Kingsley, the corn harvest is just beginning, and the grain elevator managers say it is still too early to determine the yield potential.
Remsen And Le Mars Continue To Flush Hydrants
(Le Mars) -- Both Le Mars and Remsen will continue with flushing fire hydrants today. Here in Le Mars city water crews will finish up with the northwest portion of town. Later this afternoon, they will begin flushing the hydrants located on the northeast section of town. For both communities, people may experience some discoloration with their water.
Storm Lake Man Placed On Probation After Setting Fire To Apartment
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of setting fire to an apartment complex in Storm Lake has been placed on probation.
24-year-old Vincent Nichols was sentenced Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty last week to one count of third-degree criminal mischief.
According to authorities, Nichols set fires in the basement of the apartment complex, which caused heavy smoke to fill the building. No injuries were reported.
Developers Show Interest In Vacant Council Bluffs Building
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Leaders in Council Bluffs say developers are showing interest in a large, long-vacant brick building in western Iowa city.
Mayor Matt Walsh says plans are in the works to renovate the building located at South Sixth Street and 10th Avenue, which was part of a two-building operation by the International Harvester Company years ago.
City Community Planning Department Director Don Gross says officials have talked about the project "in a conceptual way" and that details haven't been worked out.
Neither Walsh nor Gross would reveal who is interested in revamping the building.
Prison Guards Found To Be Using Drugs
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Four former prison guards at a maximum security penitentiary in eastern Iowa face charges after authorities say they used illegal drugs while armed at work.
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa said Tuesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton, 29-year-old Ethan Darrow, 38-year-old Marques Maryland and 28-year-old Seth Vogel face different charges ranging from firearms possession to possession of controlled substances. Each man has agreed to plead guilty.
Prosecutors say the men used illegal drugs while armed with assault rifles during guard tower duty at Anamosa State Penitentiary in 2014. Barton is also accused of smuggling cellphones to inmates and trading controlled substances with correctional officers.
A fifth man accused of providing Barton with drugs faces a charge. He was not employed at the prison.