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KLEM News PM Update August 2, 2010



Rainfall varies from 0.2 of an inch in Le Mars to nearly two inches at Sioux Center.

Sheriff’s office squad car swept into flooded creek

(BOYDEN)–Flooding from heavy rain swept a Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy and his patrol car into a flood creek early Friday morning.

Written information about the flooding accident was released by the Sioux County Sheriff’s office.

Three to six inches of rain fell in about three hours, beginning at three Friday morning, with the heaviest amount in the Boyden area.

Several rural roads were affected by flash flooding causing some road closures and delays on Highway 18. The deputy was patrolling Highway 18

When the patrol car left the highway, the car was submerged, but the deputy was not hurt. The vehicle had extensive damage.

Traffic returned to normal on Highway 18 about seven Friday morning.

Law enforcement issues a caution about continued flooding reminding drivers not to travel through moving water. If a road becomes impassible and it is not barricaded, drivers are asked to contact the Sioux County Communications Center.

Northwest Iowa colleges and universities welcome future students

(SIOUX CITY)–Private colleges and universities in northwest Iowa are rolling out a red-carpet welcome to prospective students and their parents.

Sue Pyburn of Morningside College says Iowa Private College week through Friday is a wonderful opportunity try to visit as many schools as the students and their families can. Pyburn describes the week as a fun way to start a college search.

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Pyburn chairs Iowa Private College Week. Information about the 12th annual week is available from Morningside, Northwestern, or, Buena Vista, St. Luke’s, or Dordt Colleges and Universities. www.ThinkIndependently.com

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Mount Marty College at Yankton is starting a coed club program for students to compete in archery target shooting at a regional and national level.

College officials say it’s the first of its kind in South Dakota and one of about 70 such programs nationwide. It will be affiliated with the National Field Archery Association that has its national headquarters in Yankton.

Mount Marty has offered archery classes as part of a recreational degree program. Archery coach M.J. Rogers said he expects those students to form the nucleus of the team.

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

Ottumwa man charged with attempted murder

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) An Ottumwa man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after a pair of stabbings at a motel.

Ottumwa police say they responded to a reported disturbance early Sunday and found two men with stab wounds.

Twenty-one-year-old Christian Deeter of Ottumwa was treated for a stab wound to the face and released from a local hospital. Alexander Collins, also 21, was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and was treated for multiple stab wounds.

Police arrested 45-year-old Darryl Johnson following an initial investigation.

Johnson is charged with one count of attempted murder for stabbing Collins and willful injury in the stabbing of Deeter.

Johnson is being held in the Wapello County Jail. Bond is set at $60,000.

DNR says 31 Iowa dams have structural issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State records say that 31 dams in Iowa have structural issues or other deficiencies that could cause them to fail unless they’re fixed.

A copyright story in the Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has labeled six of those dams “high hazard.” The classification means their failure could result in a loss of life to people downstream.

The agency says 14 dams pose a moderate hazard. Financial losses and environmental damage could result if any of those dams failed.

Jon Garton, a dam safety engineer with the department, says none of the 31 dams face imminent failure. Garton says state officials are working with each of the dam owners to either bring them into compliance or to remove the dam.

Lawyer says no charges to be filed in Boesen case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A lawyer for Ed Boesen’s estate says a criminal investigation into the late Des Moines businessman has been closed without charges being filed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into how Boesen obtained millions of dollars in loans using a false stock account statement.

Attorney James Monroe says FBI agents told him last week they’re not filing criminal charges.

The move indicates that no sufficient evidence was found to implicate anyone had helped Boesen get the loans.

Six banks alleged that Boesen used a fraudulent stock brokerage account statement to obtain almost $16 million starting in November 2007.

Boesen died the following July of an intentional overdose of over-the-counter drugs.

Polk County tightens inmate bus security

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Security measures for transporting inmates in Polk County have been tightened after a man facing murder charges escaped from a jail bus last May.

Polk County Jail deputy Jana Rooker says inmates being shuttled between the jail and the courthouse are now fully restrained with waist chains, handcuffs and leg restraints.

The added security measures came after Richard Mutchler briefly escaped from a sheriff’s transport bus on a busy street in Des Moines.

Mutchler was found guilty of first-degree robbery last week while awaiting trial on murder charges for the stabbing deaths of Des Moines women.

Mutchler is also charged with escape and assault on a police officer.

Police arrest pair in gun shop theft

Dueling marriage rallies staged in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate have staged rallies in Des Moines.

The National Organization for Marriage is on a tour of 19 states to show support for traditional marriage. The group rallied at the state capitol Sunday.

One Iowa, an organization supporting same-sex marriage, staged a counter event just down the road.

The National Organization for Marriage is hoping to garner support for a public vote on whether states should sanction gay and lesbian marriages. About 75 people attended the event at the capitol.

One Iowa’s event drew roughly 250 people to a downtown park.

Davenport may park free meters

DAVEPORT, Iowa (AP) Davenport might soon start charging people to park downtown again.

The city stopped charging drivers to park downtown eight months ago, and the number of cars visiting the city center jumped eight percent in that time.

Officials say the free passes might have to stop, though, because of an ongoing debt of over $10 million from parking ramps built several years ago.

The city is now debating whether to go back to some paid parking spots or use tax dollars to pay off the debt.

Mayor Bill Gluba prefers using taxes, but several aldermen say they don’t want to use tax dollars instead of parking revenue to retire the debt.

Gluba says a final decision won’t come until next spring at the earliest.

Clarke College become Clarke University

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Clarke College in Dubuque has changed its name to Clarke University.

The school will celebrate its first day as a university on Monday with the unveiling of a banner displaying its new moniker.

The school’s board of trustees voted unanimously in May to change its name to Clarke University.

The school was founded in 1843 and named Clarke College in 1928 to honor founder Mary Frances Clarke.

Clarke president Joanne M. Burrows says the change marks the start of a new era.

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

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