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Monday News, July 14

Fire Leaves Motorcycle Totalted

(LeMars)- The LeMars Fire Department was called out at around 7:40 pm yesterday to a motorcycle on fire at the junction of K22 and highway 3. The fire was reported by Adam Koopman after he started to smell gas coming from the 2004 Susukie he was riding. He pulled to the side of the road and the motorcycle caught on fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be a fuel line rupture that sprayed gas onto the motor. The bike was a total lose. The fire department was on scene for approximently 30 minutes.  

School Board To Meet Tonight

(LeMars)- The LeMars Community School Board will meet tonight at 7:30 pm with some of the agenda items being Goal Attainment Report, Iowa School Board Managment Conference and resignations and new contracts will all be discussed.

Armstrong to Participate In RAGBRAI

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lance Armstrong is again planning to join in on the 418-mile, 15-county bike ride across Iowa later this month.
     The Des Moines Register reports Armstrong plans to participate in his sixth RAGBRAI and even work as a guest bartender this Saturday in Rock Valley to help raise money for the northwest Iowa town of 3,400 hit by flooding.
     Armstrong says he enjoys the Iowa ride because it gives him a chance to participate in cycling in a friendly environment. And he says the organizers of the Iowa event were the first to welcome him after he admitted he doped for all seven of his Tour de France wins from 1999-2005.
     Up to 10,000 riders and another 10,000 followers are expected for the July 20-26 ride.


Two People Killed In ATV Accident

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Patrol says a man and woman from Fort Dodge were killed when a tree fell and hit their all-terrain vehicle.
     District Commander Lieutenant Kelly Hindman said in a press release that the two were riding on the ATV south of Fort Dodge in Webster County around 5 p.m. Sunday.
     The statement says 21-year-old Jordan Michal Ulicki and 20-year-old and Sadie Rae Foreman were pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster County Medical Examiner. Neither was wearing a helmet.
     It was not immediately known what caused the tree to fall. The statement says it appears to be an "unavoidable accident."
     An investigation by the State Patrol is ongoing.


Woman Killed After Falling Into Lake

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 43-year-old Ottumwa woman has died after falling into southern Iowa's Rathbun Lake.
     The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office says emergency workers were dispatched a little before 1 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses say the woman fell into the water at the Rathbun Marina and didn't resurface. She was found and pulled from the water around 1:50 a.m. She was pronounced dead later at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
     The woman was identified as Kathy Lukehart. 
     An autopsy has been ordered.


Pork Producers Concerned Over New Reporting Requierments

(Des Moines)-Some Iowa hog producers and lawmakers are raising concerns about the mandatory reporting requirement being announced by U-S-D-A on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or P-E-D virus. Iowa Pork Producers Association president Jamie Schmidt of Garner says he's worried about the confidentiality of those reports. Schmidt says using I-D numbers instead of names in reporting can help keep producer data confidential.


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Iowa Congressman Steve King says he worries if confidentiality is breached, animal activists will use that information to hurt pork producers. The disease is widespread and Schmidt says it makes sense to keep close tabs on it, wherever it may appear.

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The current submission requirements for reporting the P-E-D virus includes the herd's premise I-D number, the date the sample was collected, the type of farm, the test method used for diagnosis and the diagnostic test results. That applies only if the herd has tested positive for the virus.


Blueprints For New Grain Elevator Are In

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - Rebuilding plans for the northeast Nebraska town ravaged by a tornado last month got a boost when the Farmers Co-operative committed to restore its Pilger grain elevator.
     Co-op manager Aaron Becker tells The Norfolk Daily News he never questioned whether the grain elevator would be rebuilt after the June 16 tornado. That's welcome because the co-op was Pilger's largest employer.
     Blueprints for the new co-op have already been completed, and new grain bins are on the way. Becker says he hopes to have the elevator operational before harvest.
     Becker says he knows Pilger will be much different after rebuilding because roughly three-quarters of the town was damaged, but he's optimistic about the future.


Saturday News, July 12

Neunaber To Return To Plymouth County Within Next Few Days

(Le Mars) -- Jon Neunaber, the man wanted as a material witness of the deaths of his parents, Donald and Ester Neunaber, was picked up for a traffic violation in La Crosse, Wisconsin and was detained by the La Cross Police Department. He will be coming back to Iowa and Plymouth County within the next few days, according to Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo.

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Van Otterloo says Plymouth County authorities will escort Neunaber back to Plymouth County.  The sheriff says the state medical examiner's office has completed the autopsies on both Donald and Esther Neunaber.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says his office, the county attorney, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working together on the case.
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Van Otterloo says this is the fifth murder his office has investigated during his 25 year tenure.


Two Women Charged With Stealing Lottery Tickets

     WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - Two northern Iowa women have been accused of stealing lottery tickets from a gas station where they were former employees.
     The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Julie Dietz and 45-year-old Julie Alford face one felony count each of lottery theft. Court records do not list attorneys.
     Authorities say an investigation into possible theft at the former Al Gas Station in Waverly led to the arrests of Dietz and Alford, both of Shell Rock. Additional information was not released.
     The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Dietz and Alford have been released from the county jail. They have pending appearances in Bremer County District Court.

Task Force Submits Reccomendation Of Future Veishea Celebrations

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A task force has submitted recommendations on the future of an annual celebration at Iowa State University that was marred by violence earlier this year.
     The school confirmed Friday that the task force has submitted its report on the future of Veishea to President Steven Leath. He will make a final decision on the matter by early August.
     The group was created shortly after a late-night crowd disturbance in early April. People are accused of overturning cars and toppling light poles. One student was injured.
     The disturbance led to Veishea's suspension this school year. The group has been meeting since then to figure out how the celebration should be carried out in the future.


Judge Sets $1 Million Bond For Waterloo Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend

  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A judge has set a $1 million bond for a Waterloo man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.
     The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 36-year-old Shaun Michael Hogan appeared Friday via a closed-circuit monitor at the Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids on a charge of first-degree murder.
     Authorities say Hogan killed 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, also of Waterloo. She is the mother of Hogan's infant daughter.
     Hogan was found Wednesday morning in the middle of a road near Walker. An autopsy determined she died of head trauma. Hogan was arrested Thursday.


Iowa Man Faces Firearms Charges Involving Accidental Shooting

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa man faces a firearms charge in connection to a May shooting that injured one person.
     The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Joshua Scott Casey, of Hudson, was placed into custody Wednesday. He faces a charge of reckless use of a firearm causing injury.
     Casey is accused of shooting a shotgun at the person while the pair and two others were at a residence southeast of Hudson at the end of May. The injured person was taken to a hospital after being hit in the right shoulder. The wound was not life-threatening.
     Deputies and local police were told the four people had been hunting earlier in the day.
     Casey was sent to the Black Hawk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.


Women Confront Sexual Preditor

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Dubuque police say a group of women confronted a man accused of trying to meet a 9-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.
     Police say 22-year-old Lonnie E. Burns arrived at an apartment June 30 after communicating on Facebook with a person he thought was a young girl. Instead it was the girl's mother.
     The woman told police she pretended to be her daughter after noticing a private message between the girl and a man.
     The Telegraph Herald reports the woman said she set up a time with the man to meet at an apartment, and Burns showed up. Police say the mother and two other women appeared. At least two physically assaulted Burns.
     Burns faces a felony charge of enticing a minor. Court records do not list an attorney.


Iowa City Police Officer Receives Commendation

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City police officer has received a commendation for his actions, while off duty, to help subdue a suspect who was trying to take the service gun of another officer.
     Officials say the incident happened May 1, while off-duty Officer Kevin Bailey was driving his personal vehicle to an appointment. Reports show Bailey spotted a University of Iowa police officer struggling with a man along the roadside. Bailey jumped out of this car and helped the other officer subdue the man. It was only afterward that Bailey learned the suspect had been trying to grab the other officer's firearm.
     Baily was honored Friday morning at a commendation ceremony at the Iowa City Civic Center.









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