Wednesday Afternoon News, November 18
Burnt Turkey Responsible For Fire Call
(Le Mars) -- A burnt turkey cooking in an oven is responsible for the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responding to an alarm at about 11:15 a.m. this morning. Smoke was emitting from a residence at 230 11th Street southwest. Fire chief Dave Schipper says fire fighters entered the home and disposed the burnt turkey in the backyard, and then used high pressure fans to help ventilate the smoke from the home. There were no injuries associated with the call, and fire fighters were on the scene for only a half an hour.
City Council Discusses ATV's And Snowmobiles On City Streets
(Le Mars) -- Should all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles be allowed on the streets of Le Mars? That question was debated by the Le Mars city council during their Tuesday meeting. The issue was first brought to the attention of the city council at their last meeting. City staff researched the issue and contacted other cities of similar size of Le Mars to inquire how they handle ATV's and snowmobiles. City code officer Jason Vacera modified the existing ordinance in an effort to make the language simpler. At one point, city leaders were contemplating whether owners of ATV's and snowmobiles should register their recreational vehicles with the city. However, city councilman Rex Knapp said he would be opposed to another registration process, saying the city didn't have the staff, or the resources, to conduct such registrations, and adding the city didn't need the money generated from registration fees. It was noted that all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles currently need to register through the county. The city council decided to allow ATV's and snowmobiles the opportunity to operate on city streets with the exception of Highway 3 and Business Highway 75. Other areas where ATV's and snowmobiles are not allowed would be public parks, sidewalks or parking right of ways, and recreational trails. Vacera says the vehicle must be equipped with both head and tail lights, a muffler, and brakes, along with brake lights.
Lawton School Superintendent Under Scrutiny For Expenses Without Receipts
LAWTON, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa school district is facing scrutiny after an administrator purchased thousands of dollars' worth of food and alcohol, and reimbursed staff members without receipts.
The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1OQkRS4 ) reports it made an inquiry into nearly $300 Superintendent Jeff Thelander charged to the Lawton-Bronson School District credit card for a meal for several teachers, a medical researcher and his friends at a Sioux City steakhouse.
Thelander said the meal was a "thank you" for the researcher's participation in a school event.
After the inquiry, Thelander repaid the school district for $2,800 for reimbursed food and alcohol purchases for which he had no receipts. The superintendent said he had lost many of his receipts for purchases made with the district card.
According to district expenses, administrators would also often purchase lunches as a thank you for staff members.
Casey City Clerk To Face Federal Charges
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The former city clerk for the small western Iowa city of Casey will face federal charges that she used city funds for personal use and burned down City Hall the night before state auditors were to arrive to investigate missing money last year.
Federal prosecutors in Des Moines said Wednesday that Dorothy Dillinger has been indicted on charges of mail fraud and malicious use of fire.
Federal court records don't list an attorney for her. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30.
She has no apparent listed home telephone number.
State auditors say Dillinger cost the city $300,000 over six years by charging personal expenses to city credit cards and failing to deposit utility payments.
Dillinger apologized and asked for forgiveness in a written statement last year.