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KLEM News PM Update June 1, 2010

(LE MARS)–A Le Mars woman is free on bond after her arrest following a U-S Postal Inspector’s and Le Mars Police investigation.

Police report cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and a scale were seized in southwest Le Mars at 61 Highland Drive last Wednesday afternoon (May 26).

A resident, 33-year-old Rebecca Isabel Matamoros, was arrested on charges of felony possession with intent to deliver more than 100 grams of cocaine within one-thousand feet of a park; failing to have a drug tax stamp; and child endangerment.

A 16-year-old, Larry Matamoros, who also lives at 61 Highland Drive, was cited into juvenile court for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rebecca Matamoros was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and posted bond Wednesday night.

(LE MARS)–Eleven-hundred twenty-seven men and women who served their country were remembered in Le Mars Monday during Wasmer Post 241’s annual Avenue of Flags.

The Legion Post’s Memorial Day programs through 2009 included 1106 flags dedicated to service members , including 40 who died during wartime. The Post tells the story of one of those who died in service to their country each year.

Monday, Post Adjutant Tom Baack traced the history of Private Dale Kunkel of Le Mars who died June 4, 1945 after being wounded in May.


Twenty-one new flags were dedicated by friends, family or Legion members Monday.

Melvin Ahrendsen

David W. Albert

Edward “Red” Bergin Jr.

Wallace Brabander

Steve D. Brodie

Ronald D. Cronin

Joseph Delashmutt

Donald W. Ellensohn

Francis “Fritz” Grothe

Donald M. Harms

Lorn R. Harrison

Duane A. Herman

Phyllis Freymann Koopman

Norman D. Lang

Nick Manning

John A. Mayrose

Doyle D. Nielsen

Wendell A. Rhodes

Albert J. “Pete” Stoos

Donald J. Watson

Ronald R. Williams

(Roster Courtesy Wasmer Post 241 Adjutant Tom Baack)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Civil War veteran now has a headstone on his grave in Sioux City, about 85 years after his death.

After finding an old newspaper clipping, Evelyn Beckmann says she realized her great-grandfather Daniel Houser didn’t have a headstone on his grave. She says the family apparently couldn’t afford one.

Houser had served as a corporal in Iowa’s seventh cavalry during the Civil War and died in 1925. After Beckmann’s discovery his family contacted the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, which recognizes forgotten soldiers.

Norm Webes, a member of the group, said the government will pay for headstones of veterans.

Houser’s grave now has a stone, and after a ceremony last week Beckmann says she’s been overwhelmed by the effort to recognize her great-grandfather.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(STORM LAKE)–A Denison man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident northwest of Storm Lake Monday afternoon.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s office reports two people were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated without the use of mechanical means.

The 13-year-old drive, Jasmin Mellin of Storm Lake had minor injuries and was treated at the hospital in Storm Lake and released.

Mellin’s passenger, 24-year-old Carlos Borjes of Denison, was treated at the hospital in Storm lake and later life flighted to a Sioux City hospital.

Charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.

VICTOR, Iowa (AP) A maintenance worker killed at an Interstate 80 rest area near Victor had begun his job at the stop about a month ago and was in line for a promotion.

Jeffrey D. McAdam was killed Saturday night at the westbound stop about 70 miles east of Des Moines. The Iowa County sheriff’s office says 31-year-old Peter Riggs of Columbus, Neb., is charged with first-degree murder.

Maintenance Supervisor Ned Minehart says the 46-year-old McAdam began working part-time a month ago, and supervisors planned to promote him to full-time.

McAdam was found in a restroom Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the stop.

The Iowa County sheriff hasn’t released details about the death.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday whether Riggs has an attorney or when he’ll first appear in court.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states continues to signal go for the regional economy.

In a report released Tuesday, the May Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose for the sixth month in a row, to 64.2 in May from 61.7 in April.

The index, which ranges from zero to 100, is overseen by Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss. Goss says scores above 50 suggest economic growth in the next three to six months, while scores below 50 suggest a contracting economy in the coming months.

The survey was compiled from supply managers and business leaders in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Leaders of a downtown Burlington church nearly destroyed by a 2007 arson fire say higher-than-expected construction bids have forced them to postpone work to restore the historic building.

The Rev. Mike Orthel says leaders of the First United Methodist Church had hoped an $8.3 million insurance settlement would be enough to pay for most restoration of the church and improvements to an adjacent building. But bids came in high, so the church has scaled back some plans and rebid the project.

A committee has chosen a construction company, but Orthel decline to name the business.

Orthel hopes work can begin on the 121-year-old church in June. MISSING WALKER FOUND

N. Iowa man found after long walk to Waterloo

MANLY, Iowa (AP) A 50-year-old man reported missing last week after telling his wife he was going for a walk in the northern Iowa community of Manly has been found about 90 miles away in Waterloo.

Jerry Dean Whitney Jr.’s wife says he walked there.

Julie Witney says her husband told her he was taking a walk on May 23. She didn’t hear from him until Sunday night, when he called her to request a ride home.

She says he was dehydrated and tired but otherwise OK. Waterloo police responded, and he was taken to a Waterloo hospital.

He plans to return to Manly on Wednesday.

It wasn’t clear why he walked so far or how he made his weeklong journey.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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