Monday News, October 20
Tragic Combine Accident Claims Life Of Le Mars Farmer
(Le Mars) -- A deadly accident happened Friday evening when a combine harvester was traveling on 220th Street near Impala Avenue southwest of Le Mars, towing a soybean head on a trailer, when apparently, the trailer broke loose and struck the left rear of the combine. The impact forced the combine into a ditch and caused the farmer to be thrown from the cab. The operator of the combine was 55 year old Gene Sitzmann of Le Mars. Sitzmann was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where he died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.
Friends Help With Fallen Farmer's Harvest
(Le Mars) -- Within hours of that tragic and deadly accident involving Plymouth County farmer, Gene Sitzmann, nearly 40 fellow farmers, neighbors, and friends appeared at a soybean field about a mile east of Merrill to organize a harvest bee. Chuck Kellen of Le Mars helped organize the harvest bee.
The gathering was able to harvest 200 acres of soybeans within three hours. Kellen explains how the harvest bee was able to be organized in such a short time period following Friday night's accident.
Kellen says the soybeans were delivered to the Le Mars Agri Center. Kellen says everyone was a friend to the fatally wounded farmer, Gene Sitzmann.
The harvest bee organizer says a similar effort may occur within the next few weeks when the gathering of friends help the family with the corn harvest.
Le Mars Water Department To Flush Water Mains
(Le Mars) -- The City of Le Mars water department will be flushing the SE part of town starting today at 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Flushing will continue the rest of the week from 8:00 AM – 3:30. If customers experience discolored water please refrain from using hot water and washing cloths until cleared. Check the outside hose bib or cold hard water tap to monitor for clarity.
Depending on progress and startup of the new booster station, flushing will happen in the booster area after the new booster station is put on line. Notice will be given after this date is known. This area consists mainly of homes south of 12th street and east of 1st Ave. SE.
Secondary Roads Department To Close 260th Street
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced they will be closing 260th Streert from Noble Avenue to Omega Avenue beginning today and continuing through November 17th. The purpose of the road closure is to replace an old bridge with a culvert pipe.
Woodbury County Fugitive Re-captured
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa fugitive has been apprehended in northeast Nebraska's Dakota County.
Iowa prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta said Monday that 42-year-old Cletus Armell already has been transferred to Woodbury County Jail in northwest Iowa.
Armell was listed as escaped on July 14 after he didn't return to the Sioux City work release facility from an appointment.
Records show Armell escaped from a residential work release center in Sioux City in 2012. He was captured a short time later and was returned to prison.
In November 2013 he was again transferred to work release. His original sentence was 15 years for armed robbery.
Iowa Hospitals Prepare For Ebola
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hospitals and doctors' offices in Iowa are preparing for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state.
The Des Moines Register reports clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based West Africa.
And area hospitals are practicing using protective equipment that would be needed to treat an Ebola patient.
Doctor Daniel Gervich with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines says the risk of an Ebola patient here is extremely low, but it's important to have a plan in place.
Hospitals will have to be ready to isolate patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola - such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea - while testing is done.
Senator Warren Campaigns For Braley In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Senator Elizabeth Warren focused on stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a campaign stop in Iowa Sunday, but some liberal activists in the state that holds the first presidential caucus of 2016 made it clear they want her to run for the White House.
Warren, a popular Democratic campaign surrogate who focuses on economic inequality, campaigned for Braley in Iowa City and Des Moines. Her vigorous speech drew huge applause from several hundred supporters gathered at the Hotel Fort Des Moines Sunday afternoon.
Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. The seat is viewed as crucial as Republicans seek to gain six seats and achieve a Senate majority.
Efforts Underway To Have Unified Stun Gun Policies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate.
The Des Moines Register obtained a new report that identifies several deficiencies in the stun gun policies.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic conducted the study after questions were raised about stun gun use in lawsuits and previous stories.
Last year, two people died after being stunned by officers during confrontations.
State lawmakers considered requiring stun gun training and policies on their use but failed to pass a law.
Des Moines Woman Charged For Hit-And-Run Accident
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines police sergeant says a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run panicked when she left the scene of the accident.
Sgt. Jason Halifax says that 20-year-old Ashley Brown is remorseful about the Saturday death of 55-year-old Kenneth Wallace. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance.
Wallace had been walking and was found dead in the road.
Halifax says Brown turned herself in after a witness identified her to police. Authorities are examining surveillance videos from businesses near the scene of the crash.