Monday Afternoon News, March 23
Le Mars Woman Charged With Domestic Assault
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Woman was arrested by Plymouth County Authorities on Saturday for a charge of domestic assault. 27 year old Morgan Stille was charged with assault after deputies investigated a complaint. The incident occurred near Titan Machine, just north of Le Mars.
Deputies Execute Arrest Warrant For Le Mars Man
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man was placed under arrest on Friday by Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies for a warrant on possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdeameanor. 29 year old Robert Call of Le Mars was taken into custody and faces a 1,000 dollar bond.
Orange City House Burns Saturday Evening
(Orange City) -- The Orange City Fire Department, Alton Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance responded to a report of a structure fire that occurred Saturday evening at about 10:30 p.m. at 303 Kentucky Avenue Northwest in Orange City, IA.
When emergency responders arrived they found a ranch style house on fire with flames showing on the back of the residence burning up to the attic area.
The fire was extinguished and considered under control at 11:39 p.m. The residence sustained extensive heat and smoke damage. Orange City Fire units remained until 1:48 a.m. No injuries were reported.
The property sustained an estimated $100,000 in damages.
City Twig, Branch, Leaf, and Grass Disposal Site To Open Wednesday
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials have announced the twig, branch, and grass drop-off site behind the Riverview Ball Complex will open starting this Wednesday, March 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November, with weather permitting.
Man Injured By Forklift Released From Hospital
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an Iowa man injured after being run over by a forklift at a Storm Lake business has been released from the hospital.
The Storm Lake Police Department says 54-year-old Douglas Knoke was airlifted Friday to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City after being struck by the forklift in the Meridian Manufacturing parking lot. Knoke, of Storm lake, was released from the hospital on Monday.
Police say Knoke was walking near the large forklift when it hit him and knocked him to the ground. They say the vehicle then ran over him. Information on the extent of Knoke's injuries has not been released.
No charges were filed following police investigation.
Late Snow Fall Delays City Spring Cleaning
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning.
City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent bout of pleasant weather. A snowstorm that moved across the upper Midwest Sunday night into early Monday morning and dumped about two inches of heavy snow in Mason City, however, left officials questioning their decision to switch their original April 6 start date.
The National Weather Service says about 15 inches of snow accumulated in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, and about 11 1/2 inches fell in Decorah, Iowa.
Despite the weather, City Administrator Brent Trout says the city did anticipate some yard waste to be picked up.
Ames Fire Leaves Fatality
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say one man was killed and two others were hurt after a house fire ravaged an Ames home late Sunday night.
Ames firefighters responded to reports of the house fire just after 11 p.m. The man killed in the fire is being withheld pending identification by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.
Two men, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Lin Yang, escaped the flames by jumping from second-floor windows. They were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. Information on their conditions hasn't been released.
Authorities say it took several hours to contain the flames that engulfed the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Legislature Hears From Gun Control Proponents Regarding Allowing Children To Use Handguns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gun control advocates are reiterating their opposition to legislation that would allow a child of any age in Iowa to use a handgun with a parent's supervision.
The Rev. Cheryl Thomas with Iowans for Gun Safety said Monday at a press conference that the legislation, which passed recently in the House, would increase gun violence in Iowa. The Senate is considering a similar bill but leaders have indicated it would require some changes to advance.
The bill would allow children under 14 to use a handgun with a parent's supervision. It would also remove mandatory background checks on some handgun purchases, removing a de facto three-day waiting period, among other things.
Supporters say the legislation will create uniformity across the state for people seeking gun permits and renewing them.