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Thieves Take Little League Utility Vehicle

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A thief or thieves broke into an equipment room at Headid Park in Sioux City and stole the Little League's utility vehicle.  The vehicle was stolen one night last week.
     Headid Little League board member Tim Scherle says the vehicle is used to prepare the fields for the 375 Little Leaguers who play at the park.
     The vehicle was valued at $6,500.
     Scherle says people shouldn't steal from anyone, "but to take something from a Little League park was pretty disheartening, pretty upsetting, actually."

 


(Orange City) -- More than a dozen law enforcement officers were involved in the arrest of a Bridewater, South Dakota man for stealing hay.  Jamie Shape, age 46, was charged with theft in the first degree, which is a class C felony.  The arrest came after employees of Meadowvale Dairy of Rock Valley, found discrepancies with the semi loads of hay that had been delivered by Shape and his drivers.  Deputies conducted an investigation into the theft and have reason to believe Shape had schemed over $10,000 in hay during a one week period.  Deputies suspect the thefts have been going on for several months. Officers from the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Patrol, FBI, and Sioux County sheriff's office all participated in the investigation which led to the arrest.

 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he's confident the Iowa Supreme Court will support his right to veto funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices, calling it a key test of
gubernatorial authority.
     Branstad used his line item veto power to reject $3 million to pay for running Workforce Development offices around the state.  Instead, the state has installed computer terminals at libraries
and other spots where people can access employment services. A lawsuit charged that Branstad exceeded his authority, and last week a Polk County judge agreed.
     Speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad expressed confidence, saying he'll seek an expedited Iowa Supreme Court review of the decision. Branstad says it's an important marker for deciding how far the governor can go to control spending.

    
 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says officials are looking to raise an additional $300,000 to provide housing for people left homeless by a devastating earthquake last year in
Haiti.
     The governor was joined Monday at his weekly news conference by officials from Sheffield-based Sukup Manufacturing Co., which has designed metal housing units that can house up to 10 people. The units cost about $5,700 to build and another $1,000 to ship to Haiti.
     Officials are hoping to build up to 48 homes as part of the effort. They say the need is enormous because 600,000 people are still living in tents.
     Laurens farmer Ken DeYoung has flown more than 50 humanitarian missions to Haiti, and he joined Branstad in announcing the effort.

 

 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Each of Iowa's 99 counties is likely to hear from Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann by the end of December.
     Bachmann's campaign said Monday that she plans to spend 10 days crisscrossing the state and will begin Friday in northwest Iowa.
With a break for Christmas, Bachmann's bus tour is expected to stop in every Iowa county by Dec. 28.
     The Minnesota congresswoman is hoping to pull off a surprise win in the first caucus state.
     Bachmann won a nonbinding Iowa GOP straw poll in August but her standing has slipped since then. Polls show former House speaker Newt Gingrich leading his rivals in the state.
     Iowa opens the GOP nominating push with its precinct caucuses in about three weeks, on Jan. 3.
    

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