Man injured when hit in hand with sword
Spencer police are investigating what could be the first sword wound crime in a a couple of hundred years in the region.
Keith Riordan, age 24, of Spencer, faces felony charges of willful injury after he allegedly injured another Spencer man in the hand with a sword in the early hours of Friday morning. The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Officers have located the sword at another individual's residence in Spencer, and the investigation is ongoing. It appears that the swordplay resulted from an altercation over Riordan's phone number being given out.
Cherokee hospital expands
A $6 million expansion project at Cherokee Regional Medical Center has been launched with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project focuses on expanding, renovating and outfitting radiology and physical therapy departments into state-of-the-art facilities, including the addition on an in-house MRI unit to replace a mobile truck unit. A new therapy unit with a submerged treadmill is planned for the rehab area. The oncology suite will also be expanded, and a new front entry area developed. A new lobby will be outfitted with a reflection chapel. Work begins this season and is expected to take two years to complete.
Cherokee begins senior housing survey
A survey in being conducted in the Cherokee County area to determine the need for a potential major senior citizen housing development.
Vintage Living of Cedar Rapids and Senior Housing Consultants Inc. will be conducting a mail survey of a sample of seniors living within a 15-mile radius of Cherokee to determine the needs for various housing and support care alternatives. The results of the survey will "influence future prospects of senior housing and care in the area," a project manager said this week.
Lightning strike seen at Nemaha
Firefighters responded to a close call recently in Nemaha. During the most recent rain squall, a lightning strike was reported near the church. Sparks were reported as close as three feet from a propane tank, but the situation was handled quickly controled with no damages.
Okoboji restaurant debate goes on
The Okoboji City Council is seeking a state Supreme Court review of a controversial Iowa Appeals Court decision that allows Butch Parks to serve alcohol at the O'Farrell Sisters restaurant. The matter has been under discussion for about three years.
Parks has been considered as one of the possible future operators for the State Marina in Storm Lake. He is being represented in his case by Storm Lake Attorney Phil Redenbaugh.