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Thursday Afternoon News, May 27th


Law Enforcement Officials Will Be Watching Motorists During Memorial Day Weekend

(Le Mars) — Memorial Day Holiday Weekend traffic is expected to be heavy with many people taking the opportunity to visit their favorite lake, park, amusement center, or any other summer destination. Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says law enforcement agencies from across the state will be
watching the highways for violators. Vande Vegte says the Governor’s Safety Traffic Bureau is again launching the campaign of “Click-it or Ticket” reminding motorists to always buckle their seat belts.

Vande Vegte says law enforcement officers have noticed an increase of motorists that have been speeding, and not just a few miles per hour over the posted limit, but rather excessive speeds above 100 miles per hour.

The Le Mars Police Chief says officers will watch for distracted driving, as well as for intoxicated or impaired drivers.

Vande Vegte suggests motorists to take their time, slow down, buckle up, put away the cell phone, and be aware of other drivers and conditions on the highway.




County Conservation Parks Prepare For Busy Holiday Weekend

(Hinton) — Memorial Day weekend is often thought of as the start to summer, and many people utilize the opportunity to take their recreational vehicle or camping trailer to a weekend excursion at a campground. Nick Beeck is the Plymouth County Conservation Board Executive Director, and he says all of the county parks are expected to be full for the holiday weekend.

A year ago, campgrounds, like everyone had to implement some distancing requirements due to the COVID virus. However, Beeck says for this year it is close to being back to normal conditions.

Beeck says the cabins are a popular weekend get-a-way and they are reserved for the weekend.

Beeck talks about the county parks’ many amenities.




Closing Arguments Underway In Tibbetts Murder Trial

(Davenport, IA) Closing arguments are underway in the first-degree murder trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera in Davenport. He is accused of stabbing Mollie Tibbetts to death while she was out on a run in her hometown of Brooklyn. The prosecution called one rebuttal witness this (Thursday) morning, the boss of Tibbetts’ boyfriend. He provided an alibi for the boyfriend,
saying he was working in Dubuque at the time the 20-year-old Tibbetts was killed.




Woman Hit and Killed While Walking On Interstate

(Altoona, IA) –– A woman walking on Interstate 80 near Des Moines was hit and killed by a car early this morning. The state patrol says the unidentified woman was walking in the traffic lane near mile marker 142 in Altoona when she
was struck and killed around 4:15 a-m. No charges are filed against the motorist. It’s the second time this month a woman has been hit and killed as she walked along a Des Moines metro area interstate. Thirty-eight-year-old Stephanie Waddell of Oskaloosa died on May 9th when she was hit along I-35 in
West Des Moines. This week, 19-year-old Frank Davidson of Earlham was arrested on multiple charges in Waddell’s death.




Deer Hunting Program For Beginners Taking Registration

(undated) — Registration is now open for a program that takes Iowans with zero hunting skills and teaches them to use a compound bow to hunt and kill white-tailed deer. Iowa D-N-R Field To Fork program coordinator, Jamie Cook, says students will also learn how to field dress the animal and cook venison.
Cook says it takes about six months. You can find more information on the D-N-R’s website.