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Remsen Juvenile Steals Car

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was involved in a car chase yesterday morning after a 13 year old juvenile male from Remsen had stolen a motor vehicle.  Deputies were finally able to catch up and stop the juvenile. He was arrested for the theft of a motor vehicle which is a felony, eluding officers, speeding, failure to maintain control, and no valid license.   The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

Akron Fire Department Responds To Field Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was called to fight a field fire on Sunday morning.  The call came in at about 10:15 a.m. and was located at 15632 County Road C-38.  Fire officials were able to quickly have the fire under control and extinguished the blaze within an hour.

Government Offices Closed For Labor Day

(Le Mars) -- Since today is Labor Day, many government offices will be closed for the holiday.  There will be no mail delivery.  The Le Mars City Hall is closed, as is the Plymouth County Courthouse, and many banks will also honor the holiday.

President Obama Visits Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Sioux City on Saturday afternoon, but he was nearly an hour early.  Obama spoke from the central campus of Morningside College, as part of his Road To Charlotte campaign.  Obama told the gathering his plans on how he will lead the nation for the next four years. The President fired up the crowd by hitting on a wide range of issues including health care, wind energy, jobs, and the economy.

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He drew one of the biggest roars from the crowd when brought up the war on terror. 

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The president finished by encouraging those at the rally to register to vote and turn out at the polls in November.  Obama spoke for about 25 minutes and then shook hands with supporters before departing.  The Democratic National Convention begins tomorrow at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama Orders Pizza At Bob Roe's Point After

(Sioux City) -- Prior to speaking at Morningside College, the president decided to stop by a local sports bar and restaurant for some pepperoni pizza.  Obama surprised the patrons of Bob Roe's Point After when he and the secret service detail walked into the restaurant without any notice.  Several of the restaurant's customers took photographs with the president before he headed up the hill to address the crowd waiting at Morningside College.


Presidential Campaigns In High Gear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney casts President Barack Obama as a failed coach of a struggling team.
Obama dismisses the GOP convention as an event suited to the era of black-and-white TV and promises to outline "a better path forward" at the upcoming Democratic convention.
The two rivals campaigned Saturday across several battleground states in the closely fought presidential contest. Obama was in Iowa before heading to Colorado. The president is on a three-day
tour that will take him into his convention, which begins Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Romney spoke at rallies in Ohio and Florida this weekend before heading to his vacation home in New Hampshire for some time off the campaign trail.


Judge To Decide If Fraternity Student Should Get A New Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge will decide soon whether a former Drake student sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a fraternity brother should get a new trial.
A Polk County judge may rule as soon as Tuesday on Anthony Bertolone's motion.
Bertolone's lawyers argued the alleged victim's medical records suggest he may have lied about visiting mental health doctors. And the 23-year-old's lawyers say he should get a new trial or at least
have a chance to investigate the issue.
Bertolone was accused of using an unidentified drug on a Sigma Chi fraternity brother and sexually assaulting him without the man's knowledge for more than seven months in 2010.
Authorities said more than 160 photos and videos were found on Bertolone's computer.


Waterloo Man May Get Tougher Charges Due To What He Said

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man will face tougher criminal charges because of what he yelled out while he was being arrested after a July shooting at a Waterloo bar.
Prosecutors have now charged 53-year-old Roland Ricardo Anderson, of Waterloo, with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 39-year-old Maurice Stovall on July 22nd.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anderson yelled that he wished Stovall was dead as he was being put into a police
Stovall was wounded several times in the attack but he survived.
Court records say Anderson was arguing with a woman outside the bar when Stovall intervened. Anderson walked away but returned later with a gun.


Johnson Faces Second Death Penalty Trial

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for an Iowa woman facing a second death penalty trial for her role in the execution-style killings of five people in 1993 are planning to challenge the process used to
select jurors.
Angela Johnson's attorneys on Friday asked for years of data to analyze the racial and gender makeup of grand juries and trial juries in the federal district that covers the northern half of
They say the selection system may cause minorities to be underrepresented because of how officials create the juror pool.  They also say women may face discrimination in the selection of
jury forepersons.
Johnson is set to go on trial next year to determine whether she will be sent back to federal death row. A judge threw out her 2005 death sentence in March.


Pilot Identified After Air Show Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa.
The Quad-City Times reported that Glenn Smith of Frisco, Texas was the pilot killed in the crash.
Smith was CEO of the Warbird Educational Foundation that owned the Soviet-era jet he was flying. Frisco is a suburb of far north Dallas.
The crash Saturday created a fireball when Smith's plane failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field. No one else was hurt. Federal officials are investigating.
Smith was part of the HopperFlight jet team that was performing at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa. The team flies the L-39 jet trainer produced in the former Warsaw Pact nations.
A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the "missing man" formation before the air show continued.

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