Wenesday Afternoon News, April 9
Floyd Valley Hospital Honors Volunteers
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital of Le Mars honored its many volunteers and auxillary members during a morning luncheon. One of those honored, was Delores Wenzl of Kingsley. Over the course of 20 years, Wenzl has volunteered more than 2500 hours of service to Floyd Valley Hospital. She says she is able to volunteer without coming to the hospital.
Wenzl explains she enjoys helping others, and that is why she volunteers her time for Floyd Valley Hospital.
Wenzl has volunteered her services for more than 20 years, but she recalls her first volunteer project of making hand towels for the hospital.
The Kingsley resident concluded the interview with a rhyme as to why she volunteers, and why she encourages others to volunteer their time for Floyd Valley Hospital.
The top honored volunteer is Marilyn Neyens who has accumulated more than 5000 hours of volunteer time. Neyens, however was unable to attend the volunteer luncheon due to a broken foot.
Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary President Terry Pauling and Floyd Valley Hospital Communications Manager, Ann Cole-Nelson stand beside Delores Wenzl of Kingsley. Wenzl was honored during the Floyd Valley Hospital Volunteer Luncheon. Wenzl has offered more than 2500 hours of service time to Floyd Valley Hospital.
Two People Arrested On Drug Charges And False Identification
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office has arrested two out-of-state residents on various charges, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Anthony Russo, age 23, of Wilmington, DE and 25 year old Amber VanBoening of Grand Island, NE were arrested on Sunday afternoon, April 2nd. Initially, the vehicle being driven by Russo was stopped for not having license plates on the vehicle. Deputies found seven individuals selling magazines door to door. Russo was not using his correct name at the time of the traffic stop. As a result of the traffic investigation, Russo was arrested possession of a controlled substance. VanBoening was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Once at the Plymouth County jail, it was found that Russo had provided a false name. He provided a second name which was also found to be false information. It was determined Russo had a traffic warrant in New Mexico with a bond of $1,000 and also a warrant for forgery in Texas with a $10,000 bond. Russo was charged with possession of a controlled substance, first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and two counts of identity theft, a class D felony. Bond was set at $5,000. Texas placed a detainer on Russo and will pick him up on their warrant when his Iowa charges are done. VanBoening knowingly concealed marijuana when she was booked into jail. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and possessionof contraband in a correctional facilitiy. Bond was set at $5,000.
Branstad Confident New IDAS Interim Director Will Follow The Law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he's confident his interim Iowa Department of Administrative Services director will protect records and will thoroughly review the staff to ensure the agency functions properly.
Branstad says he sent his chief of staff and a staff lawyer to the office of DAS Director Mike Carroll Tuesday to tell him he's been fired.
Branstad says Carroll led him to believe no confidential payments were made to laid-off employees. When he found out Tuesday documents clearly showed secret settlement payments were made he fired Carroll.
He named Janet Phipps interim director and says she will review staff at the agency and ensure documents are preserved.
Senate Oversight Chairwoman Janet Petersen says two other DAS executives should be put on leave and documents should be preserved by officers.
Former UNI Employee To Receive $125,000 In Settlement Suit
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's executive branch has agreed to pay $125,000 to a former University of Northern Iowa employee who claimed she suffered discrimination and retaliation.
The State Appeal Board approved a settlement Monday between the state and Dianne Bascom, a former account clerk for the university's fundraising foundation.
In exchange for the payment, Bascom agreed to drop a lawsuit in which she claimed school officials discriminated against her due to her disabilities and retaliated against her for opposing discrimination and taking medical leave.
Bascom also agreed that she will be barred from working again for any of the state's three public universities or their sponsored programs.
The money for the settlement will come from the state's general fund. Lawyers for the Iowa Attorney General's Office and Bascom negotiated the deal through mediation.
Revised Iowa Broadband Bill Offers Local Control On Tower Placement
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - City officials and local governments in Iowa would maintain their control over where cell towers are placed within city limits under a broadband-expansion proposal adopted by a legislative panel.
A Senate Appropriations subcommittee unanimously approved changes Wednesday to a bill intended to expand broadband access to rural Iowans. The legislation, which now includes language about cell tower placement, is now subject to full committee review as early as Thursday.
The Senate's proposal strays from a draft in the House, which local officials have said could strip their authority in tower placement decisions. Lawmakers in the Senate have vowed to maintain this authority while still adhering to cellular companies' concerns.
Democratic Sen. Steve Sodders, of State Center, says the language in the bill has been considered and approved by local officials.