Saturday News, July 6
Search and Recovery Efforts Hindered Due To High Winds And Rough Waters
(Storm Lake) -- Search efforts have been suspended for the missing Ireton man who is presumed to have drowned at Storm Lake. High winds creating rough waters is believed to have been responsible for the boat capsizing causing 28 year old Jamie Vazquez to be thrown into the water on Thursday afternoon. High winds and rough waters have also prevented search and recovery crews from being able to work for more than just a few hours at a time. Search and dive teams from Plymouth, Sioux, Crawford, and Carroll counties have all been at Storm Lake to assist Buena Vista County authorities with the search efforts.
Senate Hopeful David Young Visits Northwest Iowa
(Le Mars) -- Senate hopeful, David Young, made a visit to Le Mars this week. Young, a republican candidate from Van Meter, Iowa, is seeking the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. Most recently, and up until the time he had announced his candidacy, Young has served as the chief of staff for Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. Young says his experience as Grassley's chief of staff makes him the candidate of choice.
Young says he has learned a lot from his employer, Senator Grassley, and he says he shares many of Grassley's views, but when it comes time to vote, Young says he speaks for himself.
Young identifies what he sees will be the key issues facing Iowans for the 2014 election.
The Van Meter Republican is one of five announced candidates running for U-S Senate from the republican party.
Branstad To Tour Europe On Trade Mission
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is heading to Europe this weekend for a trade mission.
Branstad leaves Saturday and will travel to Germany, Italy, Kosovo and Switzerland.
Iowa is establishing a sister-state relationship with Kosovo. Branstad said last month that Iowa and Kosovo have developed a unique partnership due to more than 700 Iowa National Guard soldiers who have served there on peacekeeping missions since 2003.
The agreement will mark Iowa's ninth sister-state relationship.
The European trip will cost about $17,000 for Branstad and his wife, Chris. Those costs will be covered by Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation funds, not state funding.
Supreme Court Rules Against Connecticut Marketing Firm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering a Connecticut-based marketing company to pay roughly $40 million in restitution and fines for duping hundreds of thousands of Iowans into signing up for buying club memberships they did not want.
The court ruled 6-0 on Friday that Vertrue Inc.'s mail, telephone and Internet solicitations violated Iowa's consumer protection laws. Since 1989, the company had enrolled 864,000 Iowans in programs in which they had access to discount goods and services.
Justices said most Iowans were enrolled unwittingly into the programs after they had accepted free gift cards or trial memberships, and were unaware that they had to cancel to avoid recurring monthly charges.
The ruling is a victory for Attorney General Tom Miller, whose office has spent nearly a decade investigating the company's practices.
Kathlynn Shepard's Parents Support Chelsea's Law
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The parents of the 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped and killed will work with a California nonprofit to push for stricter sentencing and monitoring of sex offenders who
Kathlynn Shepard's parents have called a news conference in Dayton on Saturday with the group supporting Chelsea's Law, which was passed in California in 2010.
The law was named after Chelsea King, a 17-year-old who was who was killed by a sex offender after she went for a run in San Diego.
The law allows judges to sentence some offenders who commit violent crimes against children to life in prison without parole, a so-called one-strike provision.
Chelsea's father, Brent King, says Friday he'll work with the Shepards to pursue a one-strike rule and other changes to protect Iowa children.
Des Moines Police Arrest Man Who Shot At Fire Fighters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police have arrested a 19-year-old Des Moines man they believe fired shots at firefighters who had just finished battling a blaze.
The Des Moines Register reports that the shooting occurred shortly before 4 a.m. in a southwest Des Moines neighborhood.
Four firefighters say they were climbing into their pumper truck when they heard gunshots and saw a muzzle flash nearby. No one was hurt, but one bullet hit the fire truck.
Des Moines Police Sergeant Steve Woody says police were called, and officer found the suspect about 10 minutes later.
Alonzo Lee Kearney has been charged with four counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He remains in the Polk County Jail on a $40,000 bond.
Iowa Man Arrested For Sexually Assaulting 8 Year Old Girl
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - An Iowa man suspected of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl has been arrested in eastern Nebraska after a brief standoff with police.
Bellevue police say they received a call around 9:30 a.m. Friday. The caller reported that 25-year-old Diego Campos of West Des Moines had sexually assaulted the girl at a Bellevue, Nebraska
house. Police say Campos fled the home with a knife, and the search for him began.
Officials found him just before 2 p.m. hiding in a drainage culvert near a wooded area. Campos initially refused to come out, but surrendered less than an hour later. He was taken to a hospital
for cuts and later arrested.
Des Moines Police Identify Man From Shooting And Robbery
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have identified a man who was killed by officers after a violent home-invasion robbery.
Police said 57-year-old Larry Hawkins of Des Moines was shot and killed by police early Friday after he refused to relinquish his gun and pointed it at officers. Hawkins and another man, 52-year-old Michael Eugene Walker, are suspected of breaking into a home and threatening the occupants with guns.
Walker was taken into custody unharmed. He is charged with first-degree burglary, assault causing injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.
The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Theodore Stroope, a nine-year department veteran, and Jacob Hedlund, a six-year veteran. The officers will be placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation is complete.