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Charges Filed for Fatal Boat Crash

Iowa DNR

A Pleasant Valley man faces charges in connection with a fatal boating accident last summer. Tuesday Iowa Conservation Officers announced 44 year old James Thiel is accused of involuntary manslaughter, reckless use of a watercraft, and other charges.

Early in the evening of August 16th, two boats collided on the Mississippi River near LeClaire, killing 52 year old Anita Pinc and 61 year old Craig Verbeke, both from Moline. One other person suffered minor injuries.

Thiel turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony, while the other charges are misdemeanors - including reckless use of a watercraft and operation of an un-registered watercraft.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.