Friday News, August 21
Another Serious Accident Involving Teen Driver
(Le Mars) -- Another auto accident involving a teen driver occurred Thursday afternoon at about 3:45 p.m. The accident happened near 160th Street and Marble Avenue, just northeast of the city limits of Le Mars. 17 year old Tyler Kennett was driving his Ford Ranger pick up truck heading east on 160th street and tried to make a right hand turn on to Marble Avenue. Kennett stated he lost control of the vehicle an rolled into the east ditch. Kennett was flown to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care helicopter with what is believed to be serious injuries. 19 year old Troy Recker of Le Mars was a passenger with Kennett, and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital by the Le Mars Ambulance with unknown injuries. The accident is being investigated by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Police, Le Mars Ambulance, and Mercy Air Care all assisted at the scene.
Orange City Hospital Nationally Recognized
(Orange City) -- Orange City Area Health System has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's first-ever list of "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" in the United States. This list features Critical Access Hospitals that "have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities." According to Becker's Hospital Review, "Providing quality healthcare in a rural setting presents its own set of specific challenges, but these organizations are rising above to meet the needs of their patients.” The editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on recognitions they have received, specifically the iVantage list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association's list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals. Orange City Area Health System has been on both of these lists the past two years.
The Browns Hope To Have Musical Theater Located In Le Mars
(Le Mars) -- In the famous baseball movie "Field of Dreams", which was filmed in Iowa, there was a famous quotation that said, "If you build it, they will come." A local musical group is hoping for the same reaction. Shelly Brown of the family musical group "The Browns" of Merrill has confirmed the group has purchased a downtown building with the hopes of converting it to an musical theater auditorium.
Brown says the music group doesn't think that Le Mars will become a second Branson, but she says they do hope to tap into the tourism interest of the ice cream parlor.
Brown says she hopes the renovation and conversion of the old bank building into a musical theater will be completed by November.
The matriarch of the The Browns says the new theater will provide for an intimate setting with just 150 seats. She says part of the plan is to offer some dinner theater shows.
Brown says the building's architectural features will have a separate appeal to visitors.
Brown says the local family musical group will still continue to tour across the country.
Long Time Judge Passes Away
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A longtime federal judge in Iowa known for rulings that improved jail and prison conditions has died at age 91.
A statement released by the federal court for the Northern District of Iowa says Donald E. O'Brien died Tuesday at his home in Sioux City after an illness. O'Brien had continued working up until his death.
The statement released by O'Brien's colleagues calls him an extraordinary judge "known far and wide for his unsurpassed compassion, fairness and commitment to doing justice." President Jimmy Carter appointed O'Brien to the bench in 1978.
One of O'Brien's most significant rulings came in 1997, when he declared the conditions at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to be shameful. In response, the state took steps to improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.
Bank Employee Charged With Conspiring To Rob Bank
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An employee at a bank in northwest Iowa has been accused of conspiring with an acquaintance to stage a robbery at the bank.
18-year-old Heaven Zevenbergen is charged with second-degree theft in connection with the robbery Saturday at a Security National Bank branch at a Hy-Vee supermarket.
Court documents say Zevenbergen knew 18-year-old Angelica Perez, who is accused of entering the bank in a disguise and warning Zevenbergen via a note that she was armed. Zevenbergen, then a teller at the bank, gave Perez $10,000.
Perez was arrested Wednesday and posted bail Thursday for release from the Woodbury County Jail. She faces a theft charge. Zevenbergen remains at the jail.