Calumet, Iowa — A Cherokee teen has died as the result of an accident near Calumet.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 12:50 PM on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 19-year-old Kaliegh Jones of Cherokee was driving a 2005 Ford southbound on Highway 59, two miles south of Calumet, just into Cherokee County. Forty-three-year-old Shannon Manwarren of Primghar was northbound on 59 in a 2014 Ford pickup.
The report says that the vehicles collided head-on.
Jones died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The Cherokee Ambulance took Manwarren to Cherokee Regional hospital. Also injured in the crash were 15-year-old Kyleigh Sanders, and 15-year-old Ashley Portz, both of Primghar.
The preliminary report does not list damage amounts to the vehicles.
According to the trooper, the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The trooper’s report indicates the Cherokee and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Offices and several local ambulances and EMTs assisted at the scene.
Hudson, SD — A Minnesota man was taken to a hospital after an accident on the Iowa side of the Big Sioux River near Hudson, South Dakota.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, December 4, about 2:05 PM, 20-year-old Haladeh Hayes of Andover, MN was driving a Saturn Vue westbound on 360th Street, two miles east of Hudson, SD when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.
The Hudson Ambulance took Hayes to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.
Hayes was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Ambulance crew and Iowa State Patrol assisted them.
Sheldon, Iowa — An Ashton woman has been arrested and faces a felony theft charge after an alleged incident in Sheldon.
The Sheldon Police Department reports that they arrested 44-year-old Robin Renae Roth of Ashton on Wednesday, December 2nd.
She was charged with a felony count of Second Degree Theft after what officers say was an ongoing theft from her employer for the last few months.
She was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.
Des Moines, Iowa — A vehicle used by the Iowa Highway Patrol when the organization was founded 80 years ago has been restored and returned to service, and a northwest Iowa State Trooper was involved in a re-dedication ceremony for the patrol car outside the statehouse Thursday morning. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate led the ceremony.
Babcock Miller is recognized as “The Mother of the Iowa Highway Patrol.” Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz of Orange City was selected to wear a uniform from that era so participants could get the complete experience of car and trooper from 1935. Kurtz tells us that while it was an honor to participate, he was selected basically because he fit the uniform.
Kurtz says to tell the truth, the boots were pretty small for him too.
He says the car is not a replica, and has never been sold to a private party — and remains owned by the State of Iowa. Secretary of State Pate says volunteers helped restore the 1935 Ford Tudor, which had been donated to the state and spent several decades in the basement of the State Historical Building.
Students in the Des Moines Schools’ automotive technology program and students at Des Moines Area Community College worked to restore the vehicle over the past year. Pate wouldn’t speculate what the 80-year-old car might be worth.
Trooper Kurtz says it was a fun experience, but it was also meaningful.
Kurtz says the 1935 Iowa Highway Patrol vehicle will make appearances in parades and other events around the state, but it remains to be seen if the car will make it up to northwest Iowa anytime soon.
Washington, DC — President Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half staff.
As a mark of respect for the victims of the shooting on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, the President has ordered the flag to be flown at half staff from now through December 7, 2015.
The President’s order applies to federal and military buildings and ships, embassies, and so forth, but others are asked to fly the flag at half staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
In addition, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 AM to 5 PM on Monday, December 7, 2015, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.