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News briefs, May 30

May 30, 2012
Messenger News

'Dateline' to air Richter profile

The story of an Iowa woman convicted of killing her 18-year-old neighbor will air this Friday on NBC.

Tracey Richter, 46, formerly of Early, was convicted last November of first-degree murder in the death of Dustin Wehde, and sentenced to life in prison.

Her story is set to air on "Dateline," which will be on NBC at 8 p.m. Friday.

Prosecutors were able to argue Richter, who claimed she shot Wehde in self-defense, had actually killed him in an elaborate plot to gain custody of her children following a custody dispute with her ex-husband.

Richter is appealing her conviction.

Treasurer to stump for Obama

Iowa State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald will visit Fort Dodge today to campaign for President Barack Obama.

Fitzgerald will speak at 9 a.m. in the Fort Dodge Public Library by the City Square.

Grade crossing tickets issued

Law enforcement officers wrote 14 citations to drivers who crossed railroad tracks in front of oncoming trains Friday evening in Fort Dodge, according to an announcement from the Union Pacific Railroad.

Also, five warnings were issued for miscellaneous violations.

The citations and warnings were issued during a crossing accident reduction effort that featured police officers riding on locomotives to observe traffic at the grade crossings.

Alliance to host candidate forum Thursday

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Legislative Committee will host a candidates' forum for the Webster County supervisor candidates from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the BioScience and Health Sciences building at Iowa Central Community College's BioScience.

Benefit for Badger family Saturday

BADGER - A benefit outdoor concert for the Dave and Cheryl London family, of Badger, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Badger Ball Diamond.

Performers will be the Ecclesiastes Christian Band, from Badger; Elvis impersonator Eddie Simpson, of Boxholm; and Twenty 2 Salute, a rock band from Humboldt.

A freewill donation will be accepted for hot dogs, chips, and cookies and $1 root beer floats, which will be available with serving beginning at 5 p.m.

The Londons, parents of Brooke and Cody, had a house fire March 26, resulting in much smoke and water damage throughout the home. They are working on getting their home back to normal, so they can move back in. Supplemental matching funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be used.

New SSMD to be discussed at meeting

A proposed new self-supported municipal improvement district for the Fifth Avenue South corridor will be the subject of an informational meeting Thursday evening.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, 2723 Fifth Ave. S.

The proposed district would extend along Fifth Avenue South from 21st Street to the eastern city limits. Property owners in that district would pay an extra tax to pay for improvements there.



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