Sheriff’s Office Updates Information Regarding Accidental Shooting
(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update regarding an accidental shooting incident that was reported on November 1st.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shooting that occurred between family members at 13184 Evergreen Ave in rural Plymouth County. An investigation was conducted and it was determined that two (2) juvenile male family members
mishandled a firearm causing the firearm to discharge striking one in the neck.
The juvenile was transported to the hospital and released with minor injuries. There is no criminal charges. No names will be released since both parties involved are under 18.
Orange City Man Arrested For Sexual Assault On A Minor
(Orange City) — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest on Sunday regarding a sexual abuse case that was under investigation since August. 32-year old Luis Mateo-Jose of Orange City was placed in authorities custody when deputies received a report that Mateo-Jose had illegal sexual contact
with a child. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that the sexual assault occurred approximately two years prior to the August report at a location south of Rock Valley. Mateo-Jose was charged with 2nd degree sexual abuse.
Reynolds Holds News Conference Following State-wide Address
(Des Moines) — Following last evening’s address to Iowans, Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference this morning. Reynolds re-iterated her recent measures including the wearing of masks while inside, reducing elective surgeries at Iowa hospitals to 50 percent, and requiring restaurants
and bars to close at 10 p.m. Reynolds remains optimistic that a vaccine to the virus will be introduced to the public within a few weeks.
Today, Reynolds talked about the need for those people that have recovered from having the COVID-19 virus to donate plasma.
Reynolds also discussed the COVID-19 virus outbreaks at our state’s correction facilities.
The Iowa Governor says the state’s correction facilities have been able to reduce the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
Reynolds publicly thanked Corrections Director Beth Skinner and her staff for the work they conducted to coordinate testing of the inmates, and helping to mitigate the outbreak within the corrections facilities.
Senator Chuck Grassley In Quarantine For COVID-19 Exposure
(Washington, DC) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s been exposed to the coronavirus. The Iowa Republican said in a statement that he will follow his doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as he awaits his test results.
Eighty-seven-year-old Grassley says he’s feeling well and not experience any COVID-19 symptoms. He plans continue working virtually from home.
Iowa State Education Association President Criticizes Reynolds’ New COVID Order
(Des Moines, IA) — The head of the Iowa State Education Association says he’s disappointed in Governor Kim Reynolds’ attempt to fight COVID-19 with “half measures” and “more requests for personal responsibility.” I-S-E-A president Mike Beranek said in a statement, “we need a clear and simple mask
mandate for our schools. We are in a crisis and we need a leader.” Beranek says more than one-third of Iowa school districts do not require students and school employees to wear masks even though almost every county has surpassed
15 percent positivity.
Iowa Ranks #44 in US For Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
(Urbandale, IA) — A new report says Iowa has one of the nation’s worst rates for early diagnosis of lung cancer. Alyssa DePhillips of the American Lung Association in Iowa says the state ranks 44th in the country for people getting potentially-life-saving screenings for lung cancer, as only about one in five Iowans get tested early. The state’s incidence rate is also poor.
DePhillips says “the national lung cancer incidence rate is 58-point-seven and Iowa has the 31st highest lung cancer incidence rate in the nation at a rate of 63-point-seven people out of 100-thousand.” It’s estimated about 24-hundred Iowans will be diagnosed with the disease this year. DePhillips says the main risk factors for lung cancer include tobacco use, radon gas,
air pollution and second-hand smoke.
7-Year-Old Killed By Vehicle in Woodward Granger High School Parking Lot
(Woodward, IA) — A seven-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a vehicle outside a southwest Iowa school. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were called to Woodward Granger High School Monday afternoon.
Deputies say the child was struck and run over by an S-U-V in the school parking lot. The boy from Bouton died at the scene. The S-U-V driver is a 47-year-old from Perry. Investigators say they are still talking to witnesses and the Iowa State Patrol is assisting with the case.