Wednesday Afternoon News, October 15
Beauty College Burglarized
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police are investigating a burglary and theft of the Le Mars Beauty College. Sometime during the Tuesday overnight hours, suspects entered the Beauty college through a south window. Police believe multiple suspects are involved, given the quanity of items stolen. Police say several bottles of hair products, including hair related tools, such as blow driers, curling irons, scissors, combs and brushes were stolen. Officials are conducting an inventory of items and visiting with students, as part of the investigation. Le Mars Police officials say in excess of $1000 worth of products and tools were taken during the burglary.
Two Separate Roll Over Accidents Cause Injuries
(Le Mars) -- A 17 year old Sioux City female was involved in a single vehicle accident that happened on Monday evening. According to a traffic accident report from the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Josephine Johansen was traveling westbound on county road C-38 when she lost control of her vehicle and it went airborne over a creek and struck the embankment of the westside of the creek. The vehicle rolled once and came to a rest on its wheels. Johansen suffered some injuries, but was able to get herself free from the vehicle and crawled up to the bridge. She was picked up by a passer-by and taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle.
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man suffered minor injuries after his car rolled during a one-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 1:00 this Wednesday morning. David Meylor northbound on Nature Avenue when he lost control of his car after crossing a bridge. The vehicle entered the west ditch and struck a power pole with the right front fender causing the vehicle to roll onto its top. Meylor was taken by a private party to Floyd Valley Hospital.
Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation Looking For Board Director
(Le Mars) -- The Board of Directors of the LeMars Business Initiative Corporation is looking to fill an at-large seat vacated by a retiring Board member. The LBIC Board is made up of four representatives of the City of LeMars, four representatives of the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and six or more at-large positions. All at-large positions are three year terms.
Anyone interested in serving on the LBIC Board should provide a letter stating their interest in the position and their willingness to serve a three year term. The letter should be sent to: LBIC, 50 Central Ave. SE, LeMars, IA., attn. Neal Adler. All letters must be received by November 7th. The Board of Directors will hold an election at their December meeting to fill any open seats.
Weather Director To Visit Flood Research Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The director of the National Weather Service says he's visiting the Iowa Flood Center to learn more about how its researchers are predicting and helping respond to flooding.
NWS Director Louis Uccellini said Wednesday the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa is a "tremendous asset" that is helping fill gaps in the ability to predict impacts of floods on local communities.
He said the five-year-old center's work with local officials is "a very important learning experience" as the weather service tries to partner with communities to save lives and mitigate property damage.
Iowa Flood Center officials invited Uccellini to visit as they lobby to become a nationally designated and funded center for flood research. They say they're hoping to partner with the new National Water Center in Alabama.
Residents Near Lake Manawa Concerned About Camping
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Neighbors in an area near Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs are concerned about camping and other issues near the lake.
About 80 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops to learn about two renovation projects by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Lake Manawa State Park. Under the proposed plan, 51 full hookup campsites would be made and dedicated spaces for tent camping would be eliminated, though tent camping would still be allowed.
Mike McGhee, the department's project manager for lake restoration, says the two projects are expected to total more than $10 million.
Residents who live in Lake Manawa neighborhoods were concerned about overall park and lake safety. Some wanted to reduce camping numbers or prohibit the recreational activity all together while some supported the department's plans.
Food For Liberia
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man is leading an effort to gather food to be shipped to Liberia, a west African nation that's struggling to deal with Ebola.
Walter Gwenigale Jr., who's lived in Des Moines for the past seven years, visited family in Liberia this summer. He saw that the deadly disease was not only taking a toll on Liberia's population but also on the nation's food supplies. More than 2,300 people in Liberia have died from Ebola.
According to the World Bank, labor shortages in some west African countries are limiting food production and fear of the disease abroad is hampering trade.
Once Gwenigale arrived back on U.S. soil, he contacted a nonprofit agency about sending food shipments to Liberia. On Tuesday, Outreach Inc. sent a second shipment of 300,000 meals to Liberia.