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Monday Afternoon News, May 3rd


City Officials To Close 6th Street Southwest For Repairs

(Le Mars) — City street officials will be closing 6th Street southwest between 2nd and 3rd Avenues southwest starting this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. City crews will be replacing some bad areas in the street where the concrete is cracked and broken. City officials expect the street to remain closed for up to ten days, weather permitting.




Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department Issues April Monthly Report

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department has issued its April monthly report. The fire and rescue department responded to a total of 52 calls in April. Of the calls, 19 were fire calls, 12 were rescues, 13 investigations, there were six requests for services, and twice the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid to the Merrill Fire Department.




One Person Reported Dead After Plane Crash

(Iowa City) — One person has died in a single-engine plane crash in rural Tiffin, just north of Iowa City.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was called to the plane crash just before four p-m. Sunday. The department received 9-1-1 calls from witnesses who saw an airplane crash into a farm field near the Green Castle Airport northwest of Iowa City. The name of the person in the airplane is not being released until relatives can be notified.




Real ID Deadline Extended Until May Of 2023

(Des Moines) — The deadline to get your driver’s license transitioned to a REAL I-D has been pushed back by the pandemic. Iowa D-O-T Customer Services Bureau director, Darcy Doty (Doh-tee) says many states had their driver’s license offices closed for several months during the height of the outbreak.

She says Iowa issues some two-point-five million licenses. The REAL I-D deadline is now May of 2023 You bring in a series of documents that are checked by the D-O-T to verify your identity and your license is then converted. Most people get their licenses converted when they are renewed — but Doty says you can come in before the license expires.

She says you can find all you need to know about the REAL I-D on the D-O-T website.

The REAL I-D has a star surrounded by a gold circle in the upper righthand corner. You will be required to have the REAL I-D to fly after the May 2023 deadline.




Emerging Technologies Mean Providing Rural Broadband Service Will Always Continue

(Des Moines, IA) — Experts say it isn’t clear how much of the state of Iowa doesn’t have access to broadband service. Lawmakers have agreed to provide 100 million dollars in state grants to companies for building out broadband networks where none exist – or, where speeds are slow. Iowa Communications Alliance C-E-O Dave Duncan says there are new needs and pretty soon what you think is good bandwidth and service is no longer adequate. The state grants are for projects that provide upload and download speeds of 100 megabits per second. Duncan says that’s as close to “future proof” as possible. He made his comments on the weekend “Iowa Press” on Iowa P-B-S.




Ankeny Woman Faces 2 Counts Of Animal Neglect

(Ankeny, IA) — A 26-year-old Ankeny woman is accused of neglecting her two dogs so severely that one of them died of starvation. Amber Robison faces two counts of animal neglect. Authorities say Robison took a dead dog into the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and a veterinarian determined it had likely been starved to death. When Ankeny police executed a search warrant at her home they found a nine-month-old German shepherd suffering from starvation and severe dehydration. Robison has a Polk County Court hearing scheduled for June 14th.




Iowa Man Charged With Delaying Call To 911 After Fatal Shooting

(Iowa City, IA) — An Iowa man is charged with delaying a call to 9-1-1 after a fatal shooting in February. Later, investigators say 20-year-old Mazin Mohamedali lied to them – and he has been charged with accessory after the fact. Iowa City police say Mohamedali knew that Sammy Hamed of Iowa City had been involved in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man, Quincy Russom. Authorities say he didn’t immediately call 9-1-1, then allegedly provided false descriptions of the people involved and lied about other aspects of the circumstances surrounding the shooting.




SW Iowa Investment Advisor Accused Of Running Ponzi Scheme

(Treynor, IA) — A longtime investment advisor in southwest Iowa is accused of running a Ponzi scheme with his clients’ money. Carley Financial Group has been registered for 28 years in Treynor. Charging documents made public last week show Jeffrey Carley had been advising his clients to move money from their traditional individual retirement accounts to so-called “self-directed” I-R-As since 2013. Carley then directed the clients toward investments he had an interest in through two other companies, but he didn’t disclose the conflict. Prosecutors say he would create fraudulent “annual statements of earnings” for the clients, but he was using the money for personal expenses and used funds invested by new clients to pay the fake returns to prior investors. Carley had been indicted on six counts of wire fraud involving at least five victims and 109-thousand dollars in total assets.