Iowa State Patrol Cautions Motorists To Be Careful During the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
(Le Mars) — The upcoming Memorial Day Holiday weekend is sure to see increased traffic on Iowa’s highways, and the Iowa State Patrol wants motorists to be paying attention.
That’s Iowa State Patrol trooper John Farley. Farley says during this holiday weekend, the Iowa State Patrol wants to be on your SIDE.
The Iowa State Patrol trooper says Memorial Day weekend has historically been a bad weekend for traffic accidents.
Farley reminds motorists to always use defensive driving, and be aware of the other drivers on the road, as well as your surroundings. Farley reminds motorists that schools are now dismissing for the summer, which means more children may be seen around city streets.
Farley says law enforcement officials are emphasizing for all people within a vehicle to buckle up whenever they travel.
Sesquicentennial History Book Features Stories and Photos About Le Mars History
(Le Mars) — We continue to devote our attention to the History of Le Mars Sesquicentennial book that will be released just prior to the town’s 150th celebration. Steve Collins, Iris Hemmingson, Linda Mayrose, Richard Ziettlow, Wayne Marty and Mary Reynolds collaborated on the more than 600-page, eight-pound book, featuring stories and photos of Le Mars’ history. The book is divided into several chapters, one of which focuses attention on Le Mars transportation. Steve Collins says one of his favorite stories found in the book describes Le Mars’ roads during the late 1800’s and into the turn of the 20th century, by an amateur photographer who also was a physician, by the name of William T. Shepard.
From time to time, from now leading up to the city’s Sesquicentennial celebration, we will feature different stories as found in the Le Mars History Book.
Sioux City Man Arrested In Mexico
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a man in Mexico on charges related to the July 2018 death of a man in Sioux City.
The Sioux City Journal reports police in Mexico arrested Ray Avila on Monday in Jalisco, Mexico. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury in the death of 31-year-old Peter Johnson.
Sioux City police say authorities in Mexico acted on information from the U.S. Marshals Service, which believed Avila had been staying in the small town of Jalisco, where he had relatives.
Police accuse the 24-year-old Avila of being involved in the July 29, 2018, fatal assault of Johnson in downtown Sioux City.
Avila will be transported to Woodbury County to face charges.
Trump Administration Releases Second Trade Assistance Payment To Farmers
(Des Moines) — The Trump Administration has announced another round of payments for farmers, to compensate for lower commodity prices amid trade tensions with China. IOWA Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig (NEGG) says it’s needed, because corn and soybean prices are below the cost of producing a crop.
The first payments are scheduled to be made in late July or early August, but the final calculations aren’t set. The payments to individual farmers will be based on the impact trade has had on corn and soybean prices in their COUNTY. The assistance will not be determined by what farmers plant THIS YEAR, but a farmer MUST have put some seeds in the ground this year to qualify for these payments. Naig says farmers would prefer to trade rather than get aid, but the unresolved trade dispute with China, along with a pending U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, have created havoc in the markets.
Naig says farmers understand what’s at stake as the Trump Administration presses China to make trade concessions.
While U.S. soybean sales to China have been healthy over the last several years, Naig says China has been blocking imports of U.S. beef, poultry, ethanol and corn. The Trump Administration plans to make nearly 15 billion dollars in payments to farmers in three waves, this summer, again in November and then in January.
And Naig says China’s marketplace has been the opposite of fair. Naig made his comments during taping of this week’s “Iowa Press” program that airs Friday night at 7:30 on Iowa Public Television.
U-S Senate Passes Disaster Relief Bill
(Washington) — The U-S Senate has finally passed a disaster relief bill that will assist flood victims. Twice before, Senate Democrats had stopped the bill. Republican U-S Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa says “This spring has brought devastation and difficult times for so many Iowans across our state. Our families, farmers, and small business owners have waited a long time for Congress to get its act together. But, at long last, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan disaster relief package that will deliver desperately-needed aid to folks across the country. I’m extremely pleased this bipartisan disaster aid package includes a provision to extend aid for Iowans who are facing losses from the destruction of their stored grain in the floods. As Iowans continue down the road to recovery, I stand ready to work across the aisle in providing help and assistance to those in need.”
Jasper County Man Convicted For Murder Of Des Moines Man
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) – One of two people charged in the slaying of a Des Moines man has been convicted of murder.
Jasper County court records say 25-year-old Jaycie Sheeder, of Coon Rapids, also was found guilty Tuesday of robbery and being an accessory after the fact to murder. Prosecutors say Sheeder helped 50-year-old Jeffrey Stendrup, of Clive, find and assault 36-year-old Jeremy McDowell. McDowell was found dead June 22 in Newton in the back of a vehicle Sheeder had been driving. Authorities say Sheeder kept silent about Stendrup’s involvement in the attack and never tried to stop it.
Sheeder’s sentencing is set for July 1.
Authorities think Stendrup suspected McDowell of stealing items from him and beat McDowell with a baseball bat in an effort to get the items back.
Stendrup has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other crimes. He’s scheduled to begin trial Oct. 23.
Giraffe Dies At Des Moines Zoo
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials at a zoo in Des Moines say one of its elderly giraffes has been euthanized after suffering deteriorating health.
The Blank Park Zoo said in a news release Thursday that 21-year-old Zuri was euthanized. The female giraffe was born in captivity at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas, in August 1997. In May 1998, she was moved to Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.
Television station KCCI reports that veterinarians and keepers at the zoo had been successfully treating some of Zuri’s conditions for years with laser and stem cell therapy and a special shoe she wore.
According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a female giraffe has a median life expectancy of about 19 years.
Four other giraffes remain at the zoo.