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Monday Afternoon News, April 20

City Will Continue Flushing Hydrants On Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Water Dept. will start flushing the southeast part of town on Tuesday beginning at 8:00 AM. Flushing will continue each day until 3:00 p.m., or when they finish flushing the hydrant at that time.  City water crews plan to flush through the week until done. If discolored water is noticed please refrain from using hot water and flush the outside hose bib periodically till the water clears.

 

 

 

Sioux City Police Investigate Hit-And-Run Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in which two juvenile girls were struck as they were crossing West 3rd Street. The accident happened Saturday morning, shortly before 12:00 noon.  Both girls, ages 10 and 11 were injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. The vehicle involved left the scene of the accident.  With the assistance of witness accounts, police have identified what they believe to be the vehicle involved in that hit-and-run accident.  It is a maroon colored 2007 four-door Kia.  Police are still investigating the accident.

 

 

 

Nebraska Man Charged With Strangling His Wife

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska man has been charged with strangling his estranged wife in Sioux City.

Sioux City officers who were sent to an Iowa Street address around 12:40 a.m. Sunday found the woman and her husband. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there.

Police say 27-year-old Rogelio Pablo-Morales is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of 21-year-old Margarita Morales and is being held in the Woodbury County Jail. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Pablo-Morales' behalf.

Relatives of Pablo-Morales live at the address, and they'd called police.

Pablo-Morales was charged earlier this month in Dakota County, Nebraska, with beating his wife at the home they'd shared in Emerson. She reported that he punched and choked her.

 

 

 

 

Iowa DOT Plans To Spend $700 Million On Road Repairs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Transportation says it plans to spend a record $700 million on construction on state and interstate highway projects this year.

The department spent $656 million on road projects in 2014. A 10-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase, which took effect March 1, will provide about $200 million annually to cities and counties across the state. There are statewide plans to fill potholes, repair aging bridges and install new concrete and asphalt pavement.

Officials say that up to 500 work zones will be set up statewide from now until the end of the road construction season in November.

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Branstad Tells Clinton Officials Gas Tax Should Be Used For Salaries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says it would be a "mistake" for an eastern Iowa city to use additional fuel tax revenue to hire staff instead of spending directly on road and bridge work.

Branstad says Monday the proposal from Clinton city officials "violates" the spirit of the fuel tax increase, approved by lawmakers this session. The move raised Iowa's fuel tax by 10 cents to finance infrastructure work.

The Clinton City Council is considering using more than half of $470,000 in additional money to hire three employees, whose work would include street repairs.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Andrea Henry says the agency encourages local governments to use the money for infrastructure needs, but it's a local decision.

Messages left for Clinton officials were not immediately returned Monday.

 

 

 

Bodies Found In Urbandale Involve Former Police Officer

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Urbandale police say a former Des Moines police officer and a woman whose bodies were found at an apartment complex had been strangled in an apparent homicide and suicide.

Sgt. Gary Lang announced Monday an autopsy confirmed the bodies were ex-officer Mersed Dautovic and Mevlida Dzananovic.

An autopsy showed she'd been strangled and he died of self-inflicted strangulation.

Officers checked on the couple Sunday morning and found their bodies in an attached garage.

Des Moines police fired Dautovic after a 2008 incident in which he and another officer beat a man during a traffic stop.

Dautovic was convicted of using excessive force and obstructing justice. He was released after serving a 20-month sentence, but an appeals court ruled the sentence was too lenient.

He was scheduled to be resentenced Monday.

 

 

 

 

Louisiana Governor Finds Presidential Bid Not Popular At Home

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's focus on states important in the presidential campaign is drawing criticism at home in Louisiana and doing little apparent good for his 2016 prospects.

Lost at least for now in a pack of better-known White House contenders, Jindal is taking heat in Louisiana for a budget shortfall that threatens colleges and health care services with deep cuts. Lawmakers from both parties see his national political ambitions as a distraction.

Despite frequent travel, attention to national issues and strong relationship with religious conservatives, Jindal is making little impact in the Republican race.

Even so, it's early in the contest, and the term-limited governor is expected to announce a presidential bid after the legislative session in mid-June. He's sent aides to Iowa and hired an operative for New Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday News, April 20

Gehlen Ball Raises More Than $234,000

(Le Mars) -- The Gehlen Catholic Ball was able to raise $234,362 which is $2000 more than what was raised from last year's event.  More than 800 people attended the annual social event.  Father Kevin Richter who serves as the president of Gehlen Catholic schools, and pastor of the All Saints Parish says he is extremely appreciative to all the donors and to those that attended the gala.

 

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Richter says every class, as well as every extra curricular activity benefits from the donations from the Gehlen ball.

 

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Father Richter says the evening was special for the extended Gehlen family.

 

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The evening's festivities included honoring this year's Spirit of Peter J. Gehlen award.  Richter says this year's honoree is someone that devoted much of her time to Gehlen Catholic schools for several decades, but perhaps went quietly unnoticed.  Richter says many times people may think of the Peter Gehlen award going to people who contribute large donations, but he says the committee wanted to recognize a person who made a difference to the Gehlen schools, by performing simple tasks.

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Richter says catholic education was important to McCarty and her family, as her children and grandchildren have all attended private catholic schools.

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Joan McCarty says she was shocked to learn that she was the recipient of the Spirit of Gehlen award, and spoke humbly about the honor.

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McCarty recalls the 23 years working in the Gehlen school kitchen, and says the students were respectful.

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Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary Omelet Breakfast Serves 335 People

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary hosted its annual omelet breakfast Sunday morning with various so-called celebrity cooks ranging from hospital officials, school administration officials, the town's fire chief, chamber officials, and banking executives cooking up the omelets.  The proceeds will go to help finance the new surgical units.  Kathy McCrary serves as the chairperson of the Hospital Auxiliary breakfast and she believes more than 335 people were served.

 

 

 

Secondary Road Department To Close 220th Street

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Road Department has announced that 220th Street between county road K-64 and Otter Avenue will be closed, beginning today through Wednesday.  County road crews are repairing a culvert.

 

 

 

Two Sioux City Girls Injured During Hit-And-Run Accident

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in which two juvenile girls were struck as they were crossing West 3rd Street. The accident happened Saturday morning, shortly before 12:00 noon.  Both girls, ages 10 and 11 were injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. The vehicle involved left the scene of the accident.  With the assistance of witness accounts, police have identified what they believe to be the vehicle involved in that hit-and-run accident.  It is a maroon colored 2007 four-door Kia.  Police are still investigating the accident.

 

 

 

Body Found At Lake

JEWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found in a central Iowa lake.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Zong Xiong.

Sheriff Dennis Hagenson says a dive team had been searching for a missing man in Little Wall Lake near Jewell on Friday. The body was found around 12:30 p.m.

A man says he found keys, sunglasses and a vehicle Thursday evening while walking a dog. He reported his concerns to officials when he discovered the items still at the lake Friday morning.

 

 

 

Two People Found Dead In Urbandale

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating after two bodies were discovered at an Urbandale apartment complex in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.

The identities of the bodies weren't released Sunday, but police spokesman Sgt. Gary Lang says that autopsies are scheduled for Monday. He said the department wasn't able to comment on the type of weapon used.

Police were called to conduct a welfare check at the apartment complex Sunday morning. Officers say they later found the bodies in a detached garage.

Further details weren't released.

 

 

 

Fallen Tree Destroys House

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A southwest Iowa home may have to be abandoned after a large oak tree fell on it and caused significant damage.

The tree fell across the house's living room in Glenwood during a thunderstorm Saturday.

Fortunately, no one was home at the time.

Katie Davis said she was surprised when authorities called her about the incident while she was shopping in Council Bluffs with her mother.

Friend Travis Overhue says it looks like Davis' family will have to tear down the house and rebuild because the damage is so extensive.

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