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KLEM News PM Update May 5, 2010

Akron Police and the Plymouth County sheriff's office investigated the report of an assault involving a knife at an Akron residence.

Thirty-two-year-old Lisa Slotsky of Akron is charged with aggravated domestic assault. She was arrested at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where 26-year-old Joseph Tripp of Akron was being treated. Slotsky and Tripp live at the same address in Akron.

Authorities say they were assisted by Sioux City Police and additional charges may be filed. Slotsky is being held in the Plymouth County jail.

Tripp was treated at Mercy and released on Monday.

(Le Mars)--With a few minor changes, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved the final courthouse annex building plans at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Dale McKinney from M+ Architects of Sioux City
reviewed plans for the annex. Supervisor chairman Jim Henrich recommend a door be added to the lower level for access to an unused area for extra storage. The merits of a steel
roof were also discussed. Supervisor Craig Anderson recommended final action next week after the changes were made.

Auditor Stacey Feldman asked McKinney for an approximate timeline for construction bids.

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Supervisor Gordon Greene suggested that extra space in a downtown building owned by the county
and currently leased by the Department of Human Services also be part of the plan.

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The human services office is being converted to a part-time operation reducing the number of people working at and using the facility.

A motion passed by unanimous vote to approve the current annex plans with the changes.
A concept drawing of the annex is expected to be available for display at the courthouse in a couple of weeks. (News report by Dave Ruden)

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(LE MARS)--Smart investing is the focus of a grant awarded to the Le Mars Public Library.

According to Annette Wetteland of the State Library of Iowa, the Le Mars Library is one of only 25 rural libraries selected for "Smart Investing@Your Library."

Both face-to-face and online education will be provided by Iowa State University Extension staff.

Wetteland says three courses will be offered. One is for first-time investors, one for those preparing for retirement and one for retirees.

Each library will receive $575 worth of library books and D-V-D's about investing. Classes will be held in the fall and spring. Details, such as dates of the program, will be announced in upcoming months by the Le Mars Library.

The grant, through the State Library of Iowa, was provided by the FINRA investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association.

(KANSAS CITY)--Groundwater sampling is planned in Le Mars this month for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to Belinda Young of the E-P-A, the federal government group was involved in oversight of groundwater sampling activities at the former Le Mars Coal Gas Plant at 331 First Street Northeast last month. The property is the city of Le Mars Public Works headquarters.

From May 16th-May 20th field sampling will be made with the conclusion of final groundwater sampling in December.

The plant was built in the late 1800's with coal and gas operations and was transferred by several owners until the city bought the property in 1985.

The E-P-A made assessments of the site between 1995 and 2002 and hired a contractor for a cleanup in 2004.

Groundwater and other samples have been taken from the area since the cleanup.

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MARENGO, Iowa (AP) A June 14 sentencing is set for an eastern Iowa woman convicted of killing her boss.

Jessica Dayton of Belle Plaine was found guilty last week in Iowa County District Court of first degree murder in the beating death of Curtis Bailey in his Marengo home last July. Dayton faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Bailey owned a Cafe in Belle Plaine, where Dayton worked.

Two others are charged in Bailey's death. His common-law wife, Denise Frei, of Marengo, and her son, Jacob Hilgendorf, of Belle Plaine, also are charged with first-degree murder.


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Council Bluffs police say a woman found dead inside a burning mobile home may have committed suicide.

Authorities found the body of 41-year-old Connie Ayers after an explosion and fire ripped through her mobile home on Monday.

Police reported Tuesday that their preliminary investigation indicates her injuries may be self-inflicted.

Authorities say an explosion and flames apparently ripped through the mobile home, blowing out its windows and bending its side. Ayers' body was found in her bedroom.

Ayers' death and the cause of the fire remain under investigation.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Black Hawk County authorities have arrested a Cedar Falls man in an investigation into an indecent exposure case.

Over the past year, women drivers have been complaining about a man pulling up next to them in a vehicle and committing a sex act.

The sheriff's office says deputies got a break in the case on Monday when a victim provided additional details about the possible suspect.

Officials on Tuesday arrested 25-year-old Shawn Breuklander and charged him with seven counts of indecent exposure.

Breuklander remained in the county jail on Wednesday. Jail officials said they did not have any information on whether he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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