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Friday News, February 19th


Sheriff’s Office Releases Information On C-38 Accident

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has released information relating to a multi vehicle crash with an entrapment and fire. The crash happened Thursday morning at about 9:04 a.m. and was located in the 3100 blk of C-38, near the Anthony Truck Wash, approximately two miles south of Le Mars. At the time of the accident, dense fog with low visibility was present. Le Mars Fire/Rescue and Ambulance were dispatched along with
Plymouth County Deputies.

Upon arrival it was determined that a 2015 Peterbilt semi pulling a grain trailer owned by Visser Elevator INC. had pulled out of 31835 C-38 and was west bound on C-38. This vehicle was operated by Jordan Mulder age 33 of Sioux Center. Mulder was not injured in the crash.

A 2001 white GMC pickup owned by Plymouth Dairy Farms Inc. was west bound on C-38. This vehicle rear-ended the trailer of the semi. The driver of this vehicle was trapped and this vehicle caught fire. The driver of this vehicle has what are believed to be life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Sioux City Hospital.

A 2013 Ram pickup owned by Michael Wolf and operated by Alec Wolf age 26 of Remsen was traveling west of C-38. This vehicle then rear-ended the GMC truck. Wolf was not injured in the crash.

Le Mars Fire/Rescue was able to extinguish the fire and extricate the driver within 15 minutes of the time of call.

The semi-trailer has approximately $30,000 in damage both pickups are listed as totaled.

The Iowa State Patrol is the lead investigating agency on this crash. Assisting are the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Hinton Police, Le Mars Fire/Rescue, Ambulance and Police, Plymouth County Roads, Iowa DOT motor vehicle enforcement, and Stockton Towing.

This crash remains under investigation but it is believed that weather conditions played a role. No other information will be released at this time.




Dreckman Honored With “Boss Of The Quarter” Award

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Chamber of Commece presented the “Boss of the Quarter” honor Thursday morning to Mike Dreckman of Iowa State Bank. The nomination was submitted by Ashley Schuttpelz. She writes: “In the short time that Mike Dreckman has worked for Iowa State Bank, he has made a significant impact, not only on the business, but also with his staff. I
have worked for several managers at several different places of employment and have never had a manager quite like him. Since Mike began at ISB, he has continually set our team up for success. He gives his staff empowerment by treating us with respect and appreciation. He consistently shows us empathy,
humility, and vulnerability. Mike is always extremely positive and
enthusiastic whih makes our working atmosphere a place we want to be. His vision for our bank has always been communicated and he takes great strides and great pride in making that vision a reality. He manages the workplace
with trust and motivation, and our successes are made known and appreciated.
Mike has always inspired me to be a better employee, to take charge and show leadership where I can. He takes time to listen to our ideas and keep the environment an open one, where we feel safe and encouraged to make decisions and contribute to the success of our bank. I believe Mike deserves this award because to me, even though he has not been with us for very long, it
will not be long enough. He has made our staff more of a family and I have a lot to thank him for, especially for helping me realize my importance in the bank and many abilities I have. He has helped me realize my potential and I am most grateful for having him as a boss. Our congratulations go to Mike
Dreckman of Iowa State Bank for being honored with the Chamber of Commerce 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter Award.

Above photo has Kevin Eekhoff presenting the “Boss of the Quarter” Award To Mike Dreckman.  Lower photo has the employees of Iowa State Bank surround Dreckman.  Pictured from left to right are Mary Kay Dreckman, Terri Schroeder, Mike Dreckman, Steve Albert, Julia Deiterman, Jerry Schmitz, Jenna McDougall, and Ashley Schuttpelz.




Jeneary And Carlin To Hold Legislative Town Hall Meetings On Saturday

(Le Mars) — State lawmakers Dr. Tom Jeneary and Jim Carlin will hold a series of town hall meetings scheduled for Saturday, February 20th. The legislators will be at four different communities to discuss current legislative bills and actions, as well as to gather input from their constituents. Representative Jeneary and Senator Carlin will be at Moville City Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. then on to Correctionville City Hall at 10:30 a.m. The two legislators are scheduled to be at the Kingsley Community Center at 1:00 p.m. and finish the town hall meetings with a gathering at the Pierson Community Center at 2:30 p.m.




Senate Republican Committee Approves Shortening Early Voting in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) — Republicans on a Senate committee voted to shorten Iowa’s early voting period from 29 to 18 days and make other absentee balloting changes. G-O-P Senator Roby Smith of Davenport said, “integrity and security of Iowa elections are key to our representative democracy.” The bill would
allow just one absentee ballot “drop box” per county at the county auditor’s office, and make it a crime for anyone other than the voter or the voter’s relative or guardian to mail an absentee ballot or deliver it to the auditor’s office. Republicans on a House committee have approved a similar bill. All the Democrats on both committees have voted against the bill in its
present form. Senator Pam Jochum from Dubuque said the Senate bill appears designed “to squeeze early voting out of existence.” The bill is likely to be approved by the Republican-led legislature next week.




Council Bluffs Man Charged With Homicide By Vehicle in Dallas County Crash

(Adel, IA) — A Council Bluffs man is now charged with homicide by vehicle in a drunken driving crash that killed a woman and injured her son. Dallas County authorities say 53-year-old Stephen Wink caused the February 2nd crash that left 39-year-old Danyel Hardisty of Minburn dead and seven-year-old
Javen Sorenson hospitalized with serious injuries. Deputies say Wink crossed the centerline and collided head-on with Hardisty’s vehicle. Wink was already facing charges including driving while barred and having an open container in the car. He remains jailed on a half-million dollars cash bond.




Des Moines Police Officer Placed on Leave For Non-felonious Misconduct in Office

(Des Moines, IA) — A Des Moines police officer is on paid leave following his arrest Wednesday in Altoona. The Des Moines P-D says Officer Rodney Briggs is charged with non-felonious misconduct in office which is a serious misdemeanor. The criminal complaint says Briggs exceeded his authority as a
police officer by attempting to persuade employees of the Southeast Polk School District to provide him with video evidence about an investigation involving his girlfriend. Briggs didn’t notify the school employees that he was making the request as a private citizen. He reportedly said he was doing it for a friend who is being targeted by the Altoona Police Department.




Davenport Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Woman’s Shooting

(Davenport, IA) — A Davenport man is facing attempted murder charges in connection with the shooting of a woman Wednesday morning. Thirty-nine-year-old Vincent Brocato is accused of shooting a woman who suffered life-threatening injuries and is hospitalized in Iowa City. Officers found her
wounded while doing a welfare check. Brocato is also charged with domestic assault with a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The incident is still under investigation.




West Des Moines Schools Face $3.5M In Budget Cuts For Next Year

(West Des Moines, IA) — Budget reductions are difficult for school districts to deal with and the job is a big one for West Des Moines Schools.
The school board has to find somewhere to cut two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half-million dollars from its spending plan. Three possible packages were shared with students and parents Thursday night. A lack of state aid and declining enrollment are pointed to as the major factors. The plans on the table involve eliminating some jobs and reducing or discontinuing some
programs – like tutoring, community engagement programs, and language classes.




Des Moines Woman Goes On Trial In April For 2017 Fatal Shooting

(Ames, IA) — The first-degree murder trial for a 27-year-old Des Moines woman is scheduled to start April 20th in Story County Court. Jordan Nicole Bryant is accused of being one of four people involved when 21-year-old Xavier Jordan Shepley was shot to death during a robbery in mid-November 2017
in Ames. Demario Woods entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter last June, while Anthony English was convicted of first-degree murder in September. A jury trial for the fourth suspect, Albrea Winfrey, also is set for April. Bryant is being held in the Story County Jail on a one-million-dollar bond.




Authorities Look For Thief Who Stole Firearms In Urbandale

(Urbandale, IA) — Urbandale Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have announced a reward of 10-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest in the theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Urbandale. Someone forced their way into the J-L-M Gun Shop on February 13th and took several guns. Police have a picture of
the person and their car — a 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala — on their website.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or email ATFTips@atf.gov.




Des Moines Spends 67 Straight Hours With Temperature Below Zero

(Des Moines, IA) — Meteorologists report the temperature remained below zero for 67 hours in Des Moines. It started at 6:00 p-m Saturday and finally made it back to zero Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p-m. Of course, Iowa’s Capitol City wasn’t alone in the deep-freeze. The arctic cold descended on
all of the state. Weather watchers say it was a record-breaking stretch of cold that saw new daily records for the coldest high temperature on Sunday and Monday. The bitter temperatures over those 67 hours didn’t set a new record for consecutive days below zero, though – that was 17 days in a row from December 31st, 1910 to January 16th, 1911. The record was matched in
January 1963.