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Thursday News, January 10

Police To Sell Honor Coins

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Association is once again offering for sale Commemorative Honor Coins to the public.  This program began in 2011 with the issuance of the first coin honoring Le Mars Night Watchman Samuel Hamilton who died in the line of duty November 24, 1888. The 2012 Honor Coin recognizes the Le Mars Ambulance Service and their members who over the years have responded with Courage, Honor, and Professionalism in serving the citizens of the City of Le Mars and Plymouth County.  Many lives have been touched, changed and saved by these brave selfless men and women who answer the call day and night.  The Honor coins can be purchased at the Le Mars Police Department during normal business hours.

 

Deputies Arrest Clarey

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County deputies conducted a search warrant on Tuesday at 26656 K-49,
of rural Le Mars in an attempt to locate John Clarey, who lives at that residence.  Clarey, age 37, had Plymouth County warrants for Willful Injury resulting in a serious injury and Kidnapping 3rd degree, both Class C Felonies and Serious Domestic Assault an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  After a search of the residence, Clarey was found hiding at the residence.  Sara Ann Stock, was also found at the residence.  There is a protection order prohibiting Clarey to have any contact with Stock.  Clarey was arrested on the Plymouth County warrants and was also charged with Violating a Protection Order.  Clarey is being held on a $25,000.00 bond.

Sara Ann Stock, age 35, was charged with Interference with Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor and Accessory After the Fact, an Aggravated Misdemeanor after she attempted to prohibit Clarey from being arrested. Stock was held on $2,000.00 bond.



Gehlen Back To School Following Water Line Break

(Le Mars) -- Following the water line break that flooded some of Gehlen Catholic's facilities on Wednesday, Gehlen officials have released the schedule for today and Friday.  Gehlen Catholic’s TK through 12th grade students will have classes as scheduled today and tomorrow (this Thursday & Friday,) January 10th and 11th.  School will start at 8:25am.  Gehlen Catholic’s preschoolers will not meet this Thursday or Friday.  Preschool will meet again on Monday, January 14th at 8:25 am.  That water line that broke poured four feet of water in the old convent building, then followed a steam pipe down to the elementary building where water was seeping through the block walls.  City officials from the fire, street, and water departments assisted with the clean up of the water.

 

Orange City To Host STEM Conference

(Orange City) -- Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be in Orange City on Friday to address CEO’s and HR Directors from the area’s major employers and industries. The group will gather for a luncheon to kick off the STEM-Career & College Academy in Northwest Iowa.

This new entity is a collaboration between the MOC/FV School District, Unity Christian High School, and Northwest Iowa Community College. It's purpose is to address the shortage of high school graduates seeking 4-year college degrees in the fields of science (S), technology (T), engineering (E) and mathematics (M).

Orange City Assistant City Administrator Gary Blythe, works daily on the economic growth of the city.  He says that aside from all the work being done in the classroom, direct business involvement will be a huge part of Northwest Iowa's STEM-Career & College Academy.

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Around 80 people from area businesses are planning to attend tomorrows program to learn more about connecting with the Orange City schools and Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. 

The Governor's STEM Advisory Council has been working since 2011 to join business, policy and education leaders from across the state.  Their overall goal is to bolster STEM education and innovation and better position Iowa's young people and the state's economy for the future.  The new Northwest Iowa group is an extension of that program.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who co-chairs the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, will be the featured speaker at Friday's 11am luncheon at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City.

 

Accused Murderer Had Graphic Notebooks Showing Interest In Rape While In Prison

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Documents show Iowa prison officials had confiscated a notebook with drawings depicting rape made by an inmate charged with fatally stabbing his mother and kidnapping a
female acquaintance hours after being released.
A search warrant affidavit made public Wednesday shows Iowa Department of Corrections officials told the Sac County sheriff about Kirk Levin's troubling writings and drawings shortly before
his release from prison January 1st.
The document says the 21-year-old's notebook contained explicit writings "and drawings depicting the sexual assault and rape of a female."
Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed his mother at her farmhouse in Early on Jan. 3. They say he then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman who he tied up and put in the trunk of a car. The
woman eventually escaped after he drove into a ditch.


Des Moines Developer Expected To Plead Guilty In Fraud Case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines area developer is expected to change his plea to guilty in his federal wire and bank fraud case.
John Kline's hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.
Kline and Randy Walters, former partners in Oaks Development Co., were indicted in 2011 on nine counts of bank and wire fraud.  The charges stem from loans obtained for two development projects.
The indictment says the scheme cost 13 banks a total of $2.9 million from November 2004 through January 2007.
Walters pleaded guilty in September to a single charge and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Kline had been scheduled for trial later this month.
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University of Phoenix Locates In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The University of Phoenix is commemorating the grand opening of its new campus in downtown Des Moines.
School officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning with Gov. Terry Branstad. The facility will include three classrooms and a large student resource center.
The campus replaces another nearby location. Degrees offered at the Des Moines campus include business and information technology.
The University of Phoenix offers various degree programs available around the country. But the school's owner, Apollo Group Inc., said in October that it was closing 115 of its smaller
locations to cope with a sharp decline in fall enrollment.

 

Former U of I Student Faces New Charges

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former University of Iowa student accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was showing him an apartment now faces new charges in a separate incident.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 22-year-old Peng Tang is accused of stealing a laptop and multiple bras and underwear from his former residence in March. He faces second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.
Police say it was days before he attacked a woman showing her apartment for a possible sublet. Tang is accused of locking the woman in her apartment, sexually assaulting her and taking explicit
photos of her.
He is awaiting a February trial on a kidnapping charge related to the case. He faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
Tang's attorney did not immediately return a message Wednesday.
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Wednesday Afternoon News, Jan 9

Water Line Breaks...Floods Gehlen Catholic

(Le Mars) -- Officials with Gehlen Catholic School arrived at work this morning, only to be greeted with several gallons of water seeping into the elementary classrooms.  A water line had broken sometime during the evening hours spilling water into the old convent.  Gehlen principal, Jeff Alesch describes the situation.
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The flooding forced school officials to dismiss classes early.  Staff, faculty, and some students then grabbed shop vacs and squeegees and started the clean up process.  Cabinets and computers and other educational materials were moved to areas not affected by the flooding.  Alesch doesn't know how much damage has been sustained, but he did say that some carpeting would need to be replaced.  Gayle Sitzmann, Superintendent for the Le Mars Water Department says it was not a city water line that broke.
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Sitzmann says only Gehlen Catholic School was affected by the flooding, and none of the homes near Gehlen sustained any water problems.  Sitzmann says several city departments helped with the clean up.
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Gehlen school officials did say that classes would resume on Thursday.

 

City Council Discuss Meeting Start Times

(Le Mars) -- City Council members are wanting the public's input as to the time they should hold their council meetings. Councilman John Leonard brought the idea to the attention of the council during their meeting held Tuesday.  Leonard prefers a later start time. 
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Leonard says the people that have to punch a timeclock are not allowed the opportunity to attend city council meetings.  Rex Knapp, a 20-year veteran of the city council, says he remembers when council meetings began in the late afternoon, as well as early evening.  Knapp says people wouldn't necessarily attend at those times, and often were upset because the meetings may run long.  He says it doesn't matter when the council has its meetings, if an issue deeply affects the city's residents, they will show up.
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The council did not take any action on the issue.  Currently, the city council meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon at the city council chambers.


More Buildings Constructed Adding To County's Tax Revenues

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Residents built more buildings and homes in 2012 than the previous year, and as a result, the county was able to have more tax revenues.  Plymouth County Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken divides the structures into two categories: non-farm and farm.
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Lucken says a year ago, Plymouth County awarded 54 building permits, with 11 homes at a total tax valuation of over $3 million.  As for farm buildings, the Zoning Administrator says this year also saw an increase in building permits.
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Lucken says there were several farm machinery storage facilities that were constructed in Plymouth County during the past year.

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A change in depreciation schedules may have influenced new construction.A year ago, tax revenues from newly constructed buildings was at 14 million dollars.  In 2012, tax revenues from new buildings exceeded $20 million.


Court To Decide If Allergy Is A Disability

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa appeals court says a child's tree nut allergy is a disability, a ruling that sets up a legal challenge over whether a daycare discriminated when it refused to accept her.
The ruling Wednesday says the allergy is a protected disability under the Iowa Civil Rights Act. It overturns an earlier decision by a Polk County district court.
Shannon Knudson sued the Tiger Tots Community Care Center in Madrid after officials told her staffing and liability issues prevented them from watching her daughter.
The appeals court says the child's allergy is an impairment defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court now seeks further proceedings on whether the allergy would substantially limit a major life activity when active.

 

Appeals Court Tells U of I To Turn Over Records

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals says the University of Iowa must release a settlement with a former medical school employee who left after a personnel dispute.
The court Wednesday rejected the former employee's lawsuit, which argued the document shouldn't be released in response to a records request by The Associated Press filed two years ago.
Rather than divulge the record, the university gave the employee time to challenge its release. The employee did so under the pseudonym, John Doe. The AP intervened in the case.
A judge last year ordered the record's release. Doe appealed.
The court says the agreement changed Doe's duties but maintained his salary for a year before his 2011 resignation. It says the public has a right to know how money's spent to settle university
disputes.


Immigrant Driver's Licenses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative committee is hearing arguments on an Iowa Department of Transportation policy that prohibits driver's licenses for certain young immigrants allowed by
a new federal rule to live here.
The Administrative Rules Review Committee is considering Wednesday the DOT rule which doesn't allow driver's licenses or identification cards to be issued to immigrants brought into the
U.S. as children by parents who were not legal residents.
President Barack Obama has enacted a policy that lets these immigrants seek a renewable, two-year reprieve from deportation if they meet specific age, residency and education requirements.
The Iowa DOT says the policy doesn't make the immigrants legal citizens so it can't issue licenses.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups are fighting the DOT saying licenses should be granted.

 

 

 

   

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