Home News Friday News, December 6th

Friday News, December 6th


High Speed Chase Through Plymouth County

(Le Mars) — Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved with a high speed chase that occurred Thursday morning in the western section of Plymouth County. According to a Plymouth County Sheriff’s news release, the incident happened at 10:52 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a
2011 Hyundai Sonatoa Limited near county road K-22 and 280th street. The vehicle failed to obey the deputy’s lights and sirens, and continued northbound on K-22 with the pursuit ensued. The vehicle then headed westbound on county road C-43 until reaching county road K-18. It had turned and started heading south toward Sioux City on Highway 12 reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. During the pursuit, it was
learned the vehicle was stolen from Sioux City. In the 3300 block of Military Road the vehicle was finally stopped with the assistance of the Sioux City Police Department. The driver, 25 year old Megan Marie McMillin of North Sioux City was arrested for theft in the 2nd degree, felony eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating while under the influence, and speeding. Assisting agencies included the Merrill Police
Department, Hinton Police Department, Sioux City Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.



Le Mars To Hold Annual Christmas Lighted Parade On Saturday

(Le Mars) — Saturday evening, downtown Le Mars will be all lit up as the 26th annual Christmas Lighted Parade will take place. The parade, according to organizer Joel Johnson, will line up at the 8th Street Blvd at 5:00 p.m.
with the parade to begin at 6:00 p.m. heading north on Central Avenue until 2nd Street North.

Johnson ask all parade entrants to consider having a spotter walking in front of the parade entry.

Johnson says he is uncertain as to how many entries will participate in the lighted parade, but he says many of the favorite displays from past year’s will be a part of the parade.
The parade organizer tells of how the parade got its start, back 26 years ago.

People with questions about the parade can contact Joel Johnson at 540-1631.



Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland To Open This Weekend

(Le Mars) — This weekend will be the start of the annual Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland held at the Plymouth County Fair Grounds.  KLEM radio visited with organizer Benita Davison about what is to be featured at this year’s event.



Ex-convict Arrested For Bank Employee Murder

LU VERNE, Iowa (AP) – A violent Iowa convict who was on parole is charged with driving across the state in a rental car, and fatally shooting a small-town female bank employee during a robbery. Valentino Williams, 35, of Coralville, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in Wednesday’s killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr, of Algona. Williams is charged with
shooting Weisharr multiple times outside of the Security State Bank in Lu Verne, a northern Iowa town of about 250 people where she was working.
Weisharr died at the scene. Investigators said surveillance video and witnesses tied Williams to the crime.



Former Felon List Eligible For Voting Is Filled With Errors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A review by The Associated Press has found that Iowa’s list of ineligible felon voters remains riddled with errors, omissions and wrongful additions that make it an unreliable indicator of who can and cannot vote and hold public office. The Des Moines Police Department, the State of Iowa and others are mistakenly included on the list due to data entry errors, along with dozens of people who were not convicted
of felonies. Similar errors have caused dozens of lawful voters to be disenfranchised in elections since 2012. They’re resurfacing as civil rights advocates lobby lawmakers to end Iowa’s lifetime voting ban for felons.



Army Corps Of Engineers To Decrease Water Release On Missouri River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will see some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border has been reduced to 57,000 cubic feet per second, and it will be cut further to about 27,000 cubic feet per second by mid-December. The reductions will allow the river to fall below flood stage in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri by the end of this month.



Hill Re-elected As Iowa Farm Bureau President

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Craig Hill of Ackworth was re-elected president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) for a two-year term at the organization’s 101st Annual Meeting held at Des Moines this week.
Hill has served as IFBF president since 2011. His Farm Bureau
leadership began with the Warren County Farm Bureau before being elected as the District 8 representative on the state board in 1989, and he later served as IFBF vice president from 2001-2011. As IFBF president, Hill serves as chairman of the board of FBL Financial Group, Inc., and Farm Bureau Life Companies. In addition, he serves on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) board of directors. Hill and his wife, Patti, have a
daughter, Abbie, and son, Adam, who helps grow corn and soybeans and raise livestock on their Warren County farm.



Jury Finds Fort Dodge Man Guilty Of Two Murders

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) – A jury has found a Fort Dodge man guilty of murder in the 2018 shooting deaths of two Fort Dodge brothers following a three-week trial. The Messenger reports that 28-year-old Tanner King was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 34-year-old
El Dominic and 37-year-old Marion Rhodes on Oct. 22, 2018. Police say Dominic’s body was found in an alley and his older brother’s body was found in a nearby apartment parking lot. Police say King also fired a shot at another man but missed. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.



Senator Booker Hopes To Pick Up Harris Supporters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is facing the prospect of not qualifying for this month’s debate. That’s one of the reasons he was in Iowa on Thursday making a direct appeal to supporters of former rival Kamala Harris. He’s trying to make the case that he’s now
the lone contender able to appeal to the diverse group of voters who twice elected Barack Obama. Harris, a California senator, suspended her campaign this week. Harris and Booker, a New Jersey senator, are black. For now, only white candidates have met the polling and donor thresholds to participate in the Dec. 19 debate.