Community Theater To Hold Auditions For “Orient Express”
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Community Theater will hold auditions for their next production of “The Orient Express” scheduled for Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. Performance dates are tentatively scheduled for February, 2020. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the
Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. The play has a cast of five men and five women.
Danna Schuster will direct the play.
Accident Results From Vehicle Traveling The Wrong Direction On Interstate 29
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested a Nebraska man who allegedly drove the wrong-way on Interstate 29 in Iowa and crashed into a sports utility vehicle. Authorities say 32-year-old Nickolas Kevin Diediker, of Concord, is accused of driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-29 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Sioux City Journal. Authorities
say Diediker collided with an SUV and continued driving in the wrong direction. The SUV driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A Sioux City police officer reportedly spotted the pickup running into a concrete barrier before turning back northbound with its headlights off.
185th Wing Commander Becomes A General
(Sioux City) — The former Wing Commander of the 185th Air National Guard Refueling Wing has been promoted to Brigadier General and given new duties.
Former Colonel Larry Christensen received his star in ceremonies at the 185th Sunday afternoon.
Christensen was presented his promotion by Major General Moe Sauley, a longtime friend.
Christensen talks about his new duties.
Christensen is a Sergeant Bluff native who began his military career as a fighter pilot. He has flown the U.S. Air Force A-7 Corsair, the F-16 Falcon and the KC-135 Stratotanker.
Central Iowa Man Faces Fines For Shooting Swans
(Des Moines) — A central Iowa man may face stiff fines after killing six trumpeter swans.
Acting on a tip, the Iowa DNR sent a conservation officer to Paul Errington Marsh, near Ankeny, on Friday where the officer witnessed a man shooting a trumpeter swan. As the officer approached, the man shot a second swan and had several others dead nearby. The DNR says 28-year-old Loai Abdulal (LO-eye ahb-do-LOL) of Ankeny says he mistook the swans for geese. Abdulal’s shotgun was seized and if convicted, he’ll face a $1,500 civil penalty for each of the six birds.
Eastern Iowa Man Charged With Murdering Nephew
RIVERDALE, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder for a shooting that killed his nephew. The Quad-City Times reports that 51-year-old Brian Francisco Duque, of Riverdale, was being held without bond at Scott County Jail. Authorities say they were called to a
house shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to revive 32-year-old Terry Warner, but he had already died from his wounds.
According to an arrest affidavit, Duque was arguing with Warner, his nephew who also lived at the house. Duque allegedly grabbed a 9-millimeter handgun from his bedroom and shot Warner once.
Marion To Get New Library
MARION, Iowa (AP) – Officials in Marion are moving forward with plans to build a new city library with public funding. The Gazette reports that city council members authorized city staff Thursday to work with a bond lawyer and start a public notice process for issuing up to $7 million in debt to help finance the project. Advocates say the expanded space is badly needed to meet growing demand. The city’s action comes after years of debate and false starts.