Some Siouxland communities and businesses are joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. A law firm in Missouri has filed the suit, saying the Corps is partly to blame for the 2011 Missouri River flood. Union County, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Bev's on the River restaurant have joined the lawsuit. The Missouri law firm is paying all the up-front costs. If they win, the firm will get about a-third of the settlement.
Twenty-one-year Christopher Fitzpatrick won't get life in prison after he agreed to pled guilty to lesser charges for his role in the fatal beating death of Edward Kitto in Spencer, Iowa. In his plea hearing Monday, Fitzpatrick admitted he severely beat Kitto, then stole money from his wallet last August. Kitto later died at a Sioux Falls hospital. Fitzpatrick will be sentenced in May to 45 years behind bars, but could be eligible for parole after 17 and a half years.
Four Laurens, Iowa residents are arrested on drug charges after a joint investigation by three agencies. Police say 24-year-old Daryl Dehart, 23-year-old Christen Dooling, and 31-year-old Janette Schmitz were going around different towns to get items to make meth. They face numerous charges. Also, 43-year-old Rebecca Wilkinson faces charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Give the gift of life. That was the message from several families who have been affected by organ donation. They got together at Mercy Medical Center to share their stories to mark April as "donate life" month. To honor the organ donors, the hospital has a display with a quilt and candles. The 18 candles represent the number of people who die every day waiting for an organ.
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