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Friday Afternoon News, Sept 13

Plymouth County Authorities Identify Gunshot Victim

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office has identified the female gunshot victim in yesterday's incident near Hinton.  She is 53 year old Sandrea Stearns of Knoxville, Iowa.  Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo says the investigation is non-criminal and has been completed.  Stearns remains hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

 

Le Mars Man Dies From South Dakota Truck Accident

CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a 2002 International truck. Tom Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries.  No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.

 

City Council Discusses Community Block Development Grant

(Le Mars) -- At the last Le Mars City Council meeting, council members discussed the Community Development Block Grant which has been approved for Le Mars.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the grant has been given  approval at all regulatory levels.  Langel says it could mean a million dollars being devoted to the renovation of Le Mars buildings.

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Langel offers an explanation for the criteria of restoration from the federal grant.

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The city administrator anticipates the restoration project to begin in the spring of 2014.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Shooting

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small northern Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder. He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

 

Department Of Corrections Must Pay For Credit Monitoring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections must pay for three years of
credit monitoring for prison employees whose names and Social Security numbers were found
on a document left in a prison barber shop.
The state paid for a year of credit monitoring for 23 workers when the document was
found in 2011, in a file drawer where inmates could have seen it at the Fort Dodge prison.
But when the workers' union insisted on extended protection, the state refused,
noting that no employee had reported problems. An arbitrator eventually sided with the workers in June.
The arbitration report was obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The arbitrator found the state negligent, noting that many of the prison's inmates had committed identity fraud.


Fewer Tornadoes Reported In Iowa This Year

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Barring a surprise storm this fall, 2013 will be a record low year for tornadoes in Iowa, with the fewest storms since comprehensive tracking began 33 years ago.
15 tornadoes tore through Iowa this year. The National Weather Service says that's
one less than the previous low of 16 set in 2012.
The weather service says Iowa's tornado season also was the shortest on record,
stretching over 38 days from a May 19 storm near Adel to a June 26 twister near Vincent.
Since comprehensive tracking began in 1980, a report by meteorologist Craig Cogil says Iowa has averaged 47 tornadoes a year.
Tornadoes in the fall are unlikely but possible. Since 1980, there have been 92 tornadoes in September, October, November and December.

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Friday News, September 13

Le Mars Man Killed In South Dakota Truck Accident

CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Allan Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a
2002 International truck. Tom Franklin Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries.  No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.



Janine Athay Named School Employee Of The Month

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has named a librarian from Franklin school as its September "Employee of the Month."  Janine Athay was given the honor yesterday afternoon.  She was nominated by all Franklin teachers.  In the nomination, it says Janine is always willing to help as needed at Franklin Elementary.  She works hard to make birthday breakfast and the annual book fair a success, earning new books for the library.  She re-schedules any missed library classes and allows daily check-out of books.
Mrs. Athay coordinates all AEA materials for the staff.  She helps kindergarteners during computer time and supervises in the lunch room.  In the summer, Janine can be found painting the walls of Franklin to help make our school look great. Our congratulations to Janine Athay for being named the Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month."

 

Body Recovered From Lewis And Clark State Park's Blue Lake

(Onawa) -- Police have identified the man who drowned in a lake at Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa on Wednesday.  Monona County sheriff Jeff Pratt said the body of Garrett L. Grant, age 43, of Macy, Nebraska was found Thursday morning.  Crews were called to a possible drowning in Blue Lake just before noon on Wednesday.  The search was called off later in the day, but crews returned on Thursday.  Pratt says Grant went into the water in the middle of the lake.  His body was recovered near a boat ramp.

 

Body Found At Saylorville Lake

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A body has been found at Saylorville Lake, where authorities have
been searching for a man who jumped off a boat.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says identification of the body hasn't been
completed. It was discovered a little before 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the base of the dam.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
Authorities had been searching for the body of 22-year-old Luis Cuadra, of Perry.
Witnesses say he leaped into the water off a pontoon boat near the Cherry Glen boat ramp
on Tuesday evening and didn't surface.

 

Giffords To Help Braley On Fundraiser

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will headline a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's Senate campaign.
According to a news release provided to The Associated Press, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will appear at Braley's annual "Bruce, Blues, and BBQ" fundraiser. The event will be held Oct. 27 in Des Moines.
Braley, of Waterloo, is the only Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.
Giffords was wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz. supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later.
Braley and Giffords were both elected to Congress in 2006. They became friends and collaborated on several issues.

 

Iowa's Insurance Rates Should Be Lower Than Most States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says premium prices on the state's new health care marketplace will be lower in Iowa than many other states.
In a news release Thursday, Gerhart says that for similar plans "Iowa's rates will continue to compare favorably."
The Insurance Division did not release complete pricing estimates, but offered a few examples. A 40-year-old non-smoker seeking a mid-range - or silver - plan in central Iowa would spend about $219 each month. That's lower than the projected prices in most of the 17 states listed in a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting October 1st and coverage on January 1st. Iowa is partnering with the federal government for the exchange.

 

Public Comment Welcome On Nuclear Plant Start-Up

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The public will have another chance to learn more about the status of the troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant later this month.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold another meeting on about the idle plant on Sept. 24.
Fort Calhoun, which sits across from Iowa on the Missouri River about 20 miles north
of Omaha, has been offline since April 2011.
Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed. 
Regulators will provide an update on Omaha Public Power District's efforts to repair Fort Calhoun.
The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Comfort Inn and Suites near 72nd Street and Interstate 80 in Omaha.

 

 

   

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