Saturday News, June 16
Ice Cream Days Offers Several Events For Final Day
(Le Mars) -- This is the final day for Ice Cream Days, but there are plenty of events to attend, beginning with the big parade. Brad Pick, the Ice Cream Days committee member explains.
If you enjoy the smell of ribs being cooked, then Pick suggests you follow your nose to the Olson Cultural Events Center.
You may also want to take a stroll to the Floyd West Park and watch some golf...frisbee golf that is..
The Ice Cream Committee official rounds out the other events scheduled for today.
Hawarden Man Arrested On Drug Possession
(Le Mars) -- A 26 year old Hawarden man has been arrested and placed in the Plymouth County jail on drug charges following a traffic stop. Plymouth County sheriff's deputies stopped a vehicle at the junction of Highway 3 and county road K-22 on Thrusday evening. Jerry Langley was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance for the 3rd offense.
Sioux Center Man Charged With Identity Fraud
(Orange City) -- Sioux County officials have arrested a 53 year old Sioux Center man for identity fraud. Jose Benjamin Rivera-Diaz was arrested following a complaint received by the Sioux County Sheriff's office through its "Text-A-Tip" program. During the investigation, deputies found that Rivera-Diaz was using fradulent information to gain employment at Kooima Company in Rock Valley.
Public Safety Commissioner Retires
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Larry Noble is retiring as commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Gov. Terry Branstad accepted Noble's resignation on Friday, effective July 5. Branstad announced Noble's appointment prior to taking office in January 2011.
Noble says he's retiring so he can spend more time with his family.
Noble is a former Republican state senator from Ankeny and a retired Iowa State Patrol trooper. He also worked in the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Branstad has named the department's executive officer, Steve Ponsetto, as interim commissioner.
Iowa's Unemployment Holds Steady
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate is holding steady, despite the loss of more than 3,000 jobs.
State labor officials say May's jobless rate was at 5.1 percent, unchanged from April. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 6 percent.
The state lost 3,300 jobs in total nonfarm employment last month, primarily in professional and business services and trade and transportation. The biggest gain, at 1,200 jobs, was in the
leisure and hospitality sector.
The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 85,200 in May. That's up from 85,000 in April. A year ago, there were over 99,000 unemployed in Iowa.
The national jobless rate rose slightly in May to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.
Whooping Cough In Linn County
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Whooping cough is on the rise in Linn County.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the public health department has reported more than 50 new cases since May 1st. Most are middle school aged children.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, spreads through the air when an infected person coughs. The cough can worsen over several weeks before developing into uncontrollable coughing spells.
Whooping cough is a preventable infection through vaccination. Linn County health officials are asking residents to double check with their doctors to make sure they are up-to-date on vaccinations.