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Friday News, July 26

Friday Fair Events

(Le Mars) -- It may have rained on the Plymouth County Fair last evening, but that certainly did not dampened the spirits of those exhibiting and attending the fair.  Fair officials report the attendance numbered 17,100.  The tuff truck competition was rained out last evening, and fair board members are deciding if, and when, that competition will be made up.  Today, is Farm Bureau Day at the fair.  The 4-H and FFA dog show starts off the day at 8:30 a.m.  At the same time is the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef and Market Beef Show which will take place at the Covered Arena.  Exhibit Building opens at 9:00 a.m. with the Open Class exhibits to open at 10:00 a.m.  Today those 4-H members enrolled in the working exhibits will begin at 2:30 in the Pioneer Village, the back up location will be the south end of the Open Class building.  At 5:00 p.m. is the dairy cow and goat show in the covered arena.  The antique tractor parade will start at 5:00 p.m. this evening, and the tractor pull, if conditions warrant, will be at the grandstand beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A relatively new event that has become popular is the cooking school that will be featured at Century Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. Following the cooking school, get ready to kick up your heals as a line and swing dancing occurs in Century Hall at 9:00 p.m.  The entertainment at the Pioneer Village includes the hypnotist, Michael Johns and Savannah Jack Country Band.

 

Dreckman Again Sews Quilts For Fair Exhibit

(Le Mars) -- Visitors to the Plymouth County Fair will want to stop by the Open Class Exhibit Hall to view the many different quilts on display.  Geri Dreckman has been making quilts that go on sale on Sunday during the Fair Auction for a number of years.  Again, this year Dreckman has put needle and thread together to create two different quilts.  When entering the open class building from the east doorway, People will notice a brown king-size bed quilt hanging on the north wall.  Dreckman says this year's quilt was inspired by a midwest newspaper.

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Dreckman says she invested 180 hours of work to complete the quilt.  Dreckman says she started working on the quilt around Christmas time.  If one quilt wasn't enough to occupy Dreckman's time, she also created a second quilt.  The second quilt honors the 100th Anniversary of Wells Blue Bunny.

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Dreckman says the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor made a fabric contribution for the quilt.

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When viewing the Wells quilt, you will notice that Dreckman placed the blue bunny logo from the tie into the center of a flower that is featured on the quilt.  Both quilts will be on sale at the fair board auction scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

 

Remsen Fire Department Responds To Structure Fire

(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a structure fire last evening at about 6:15 p.m.  The fire was located at 23274 Highway 140.  Fire officials were at the scene for nearly an hour and a half.  Two small outbuildings were a part of a control burn.

 

Jamal Dean Changes Plea - Admits To Shooting Police Officer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of a Sioux City police officer.
Jamal Dean changed his plea to guilty at a hearing Thursday and will be sentenced Aug. 9.
Dean earlier had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and four other charges related to the shooting of officer Kevin McCormick on April 29.
Although his patrol car was riddled with bullets and he was shot in the head, McCormick wasn't seriously injured and has returned to work.
Dean faces up to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder charge. He must serve 70 percent, or 17 1/2 years, before becoming eligible for parole.
He faced up to 85 years in prison if convicted of all five charges.
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Investigation Continues For Death Of Arizona Man

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The investigation into what caused the death of an Arizona man after his arrest in Coralville could take weeks.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Thursday that investigators need to find out more about 40-year-old Thomas Martinez Jr. He died at an Iowa City hospital on Tuesday.
Coralville police have said officers went to a business on Monday afternoon to handle a man who reportedly was destroying property. Officers say Martinez wasn't coherent and appeared to be
having "miniseizures." They suspected he'd used drugs.
They used electronic stun guns on him twice as he flailed about while resisting arrest and injuring one officer.
Police have turned over the investigation to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
An autopsy and toxicology tests were ordered. They could take weeks to complete.

 

Congressman Pearse Upset With King's Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Representative Steve Pearce says an Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King comments comparing young college-age immigrants to drug mules are "unproductive" and
"divisive."
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Congressman Steve King.
King drew fire from Latino activists this week after he told a conservative news website that many immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs.
Pearce represents New Mexico's border with Mexico and is viewed by the GOP as a key figure is helping attract Latino voters to the Republican Party.

 

State Amends Lawsuit Against Grain Processing Company

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state has amended a lawsuit filed against Grain Processing Corp. in Muscatine with additional allegations the company failed to obtain certain air permits or and didn't report all air pollutants.
Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday that a trial begins in September on the lawsuit originally filed in December 2011.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks civil penalties for the alleged violations and an order to force them to stop.
The original lawsuit claims GPC emitted excessive particulates and sulfur dioxide, failed to maintain and repair emissions equipment, and failed to comply with notification and emission
reduction requirements.
Company spokeswoman Janet Sichterman says the company looks forward to addressing the issues raised in the lawsuit that relate to permits issued over the last 25 to 30 years.

 


 

   

Thursday Afternoon News, July 25

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Waste Water Department has announced effective immediately, due to a new sewer line being installed to the new waste water facility, the walking trail will have places of limited access or be blocked off completely.  The area of construction is north of the Wastewater plant to the south end of West Floyd Park.  The city urges you to use caution when using the trail in this area.




(Le Mars) -- Traffic congestion over the lunch hour on Hwy 75 near the Bob's Drive-In led to a three-car chain reaction accident that happened Wednesday afternoon at about 12:20 p.m.  The Le Mars POlice, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, and the Le Mars Ambulance all responded to the scene of the accident.  28 year old Brandon Sherlock of Craig was the driver of the second vehicle.  Sherlock suffered some injuries and was transported to the Floyd Valley Hospital.  The driver of the third vehicle, 83 year old, Ruth Peters of Le Mars became distracted and subsequently hit the Sherlock vehicle, and the Sherlock vehicle then hit the first vehicle being driven by Dineshehai Shakta of Glendale, Arizona.   Sherlock was the only victim to suffer injuries.  The Le Mars POlice Department is investigating the
accident.



SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A plea and sentencing hearing has been
scheduled for a 22-year-old man charged with shooting a Sioux City
police officer.
Thursday's hearing is for Jamal Dean, who's already pleaded not
guilty to accusations that he shot Officer Kevin McCormick on April
29. McCormick has returned to duty.
The shooting trial date is Aug. 6. Dean also is accused of
helping his brother Levon Dean Jr. rob a man on April 24. A
mistrial was declared in Levon Dean Jr.'s trial on Wednesday.
The hearing order doesn't say whether Jamal Dean will be
pleading to charges in both cases. Prosecuting and defense
attorneys declined to say.



WASHINGTON
(AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says it was
"deeply offensive and wrong" for fellow Republican Rep. Steve
King to suggest many younger unauthorized immigrants are drug
runners.
Boehner already had issued a written statement earlier in the
week condemning King's comments, but at his weekly news conference
Thursday he elevated his criticism and took the unusual step of
calling King out by name.
Boehner said the Iowa Republican's comments don't reflect the
values of the American people or the GOP.
King told a conservative news website that with respect to
immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids, "for every one
who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130
pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because
they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."



ALBUQUERQUE
, N.M. (AP) - Congressman Steve Pearce says a fellow
Republican congressman's comment comparing young college-age
immigrants to drug mules are "unproductive" and "divisive."
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15hnjHQ) that the
New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Rep. Steve
King and said he disagreed with Iowa congressman.
King drew fire from Latino activists this week after he told a
conservative news website that many immigrants brought illegally to
the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs.
Pearce represents New Mexico's border with Mexico and is viewed
by the GOP as a key figure is helping attract Latino voters to the
Republican Party.




OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted a 26-year-old man of
murder and robbery in the death of the manager of an adult theater
in Ottumwa.
The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1bmfJSh ) the jury
deliberated an hour Tuesday before finding Bruce Pollard guilty of
first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the March 2012
killing of Cinema X manager Kenneth McDaniel.
Pollard didn't react when the verdict was read. His girlfriend
cried and the victim's family sobbed and hugged each other.
Pollard acknowledged killing the 70-year-old Kenneth McDaniel,
hitting him in the head with a pry bar and choking him. He then
stole cash and pornographic material.
First -degree murder requires a sentence of life imprisonment in
Iowa.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that
hitting someone repeatedly with a hammer is enough to merit an
attempted murder charge.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/15il4UK
) the court Wednesday upheld the conviction of Ramon Demetrius
"A.T.L." Harper, who argued that there was no evidence he tried
to kill a man in a Waterloo convenience store.
The 2009 attack left victim Domonique Turner with severe head
injuries. He was in a coma for about a week.
In the ruling, Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer wrote a reasonable
jury could find Harper intended to kill Turner by hitting him
"numerous times with the force required to cause the critical
injuries Turner sustained."
Harper argued the mallet he wielded was less dangerous than a
claw hammer he could have used.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An arbitrator has refused to allow
reporters to attend a hearing in which an Iowa State Patrol trooper
is fighting to get his job back after being fired for an alleged
hazing incident at a police training academy in 2008.
The hearing before arbitrator Harvey Nathan, a Chicago attorney,
is being held Thursday at the Iowa Department of Public Safety
headquarters in Des Moines.
In the hearing, trooper Joshua Guhl is challenging his firing as
part of a union grievance process. He contends his dismissal was
not justified.
The DPS accuses Guhl and former Division of Criminal
Investigation agent Andrew Harrelson of hazing and verbally
intimidating a 21-year-old fellow recruit, who is now a state
trooper.
Harrelson denies involvement in the incident and also is
challenging his firing.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's economic development director
says it will be hard to meet Gov. Terry Branstad's goal of 200,000
new jobs unless the state gains more workers.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/15MNmpn ) that
economic development director Debi Durham noted the state can't
meet the 200,000 goal simply by putting unemployed people to work.
Iowa's unemployment rolls now stand at about 76,500 workers.
Durham says, "We'll have to grow Iowa's population to get
there."
She made her comments at time when the state has regained the
number of jobs lost during the recession.
Iowa State University economist Peter Orazem says Iowa is seeing
stronger job growth than in the 1990s, but he's skeptical the state
can reach Branstad's goal. He says jobs creation comes first and
will lead to population growth.






   

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