Home News Monday Afternoon News, October 4th

Monday Afternoon News, October 4th


Fire And Rescue Department Responds To Vehicle Fire

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to Wells Enterprises north ice cream plant at about 11:50 a.m. this morning for a vehicle fire.  The vehicle reported to be on fire was a Ford pickup.  Fire and Rescue Chief Dave Schipper says the fire was accidental and he believes it was started due to an electrical problem.  The pickup sustained substantial damage.

(Photo contributed.)



Police Department To Host “Night Out” Open House Event

(Le Mars) — Le Mars Police Department will hold its “Night Out” Tuesday evening with an open house at the new Le Mars Police Department headquarters. Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says the Night Out event will feature many public safety entities, and not just the local police department.

Chief Vande Vegte says the Night Out event is important as another opportunity for the police department to reach out to the local community and share dialog.


Vande Vegte asks Le Mars residents to park on the south side of the police station.  He says he is aware of one block party scheduled for Tuesday’s Night Out event.

Vande Vegte says the purpose behind holding a block party on Night Out is to get to know your neighbors, and to establish a neighborhood watch program.  The Night Out open house will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a meal, and is scheduled to conclude at around 7:00 p.m.




Two Iowa Cities Receive $13M In Federal Grant Money For Flood Protection

(Davenport, IA)  —  Two Iowa cities are getting big checks from the federal government to help with flood protection efforts.  Davenport will receive almost 10 million dollars to build a berm to protect its regional wastewater treatment facility.  Muscatine gets more than three million to make improvements to the Muscatine-Louisa Island Levee District.  Mississippi River floodwaters barely missed Davenport’s water pollution control plant two years ago.




Des Moines Officers Call For Support When Big Crowd Surrounds Them

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Des Moines police say officers had to call for support when a big crowd surrounded them during an arrest early Sunday morning.  Police say the crowd was hanging around the Court Avenue entertainment district after the bars closed.  While they were clearing the streets a handgun was confiscated from a man in the crowd and a second person showed a weapon, then took off running.  Twenty-three-year-old Jvaughn Alexander was arrested while members of the crowd closed in.  More officers arrived, the area was cleared, and no injuries were reported.