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Saturday News, September 14

Bauerly Files Papers For Re-election To Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.

 

Boyden Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault

(Orange City) -- A Boyden man has been arrested for aggravated domestic assault, child endangerment, and reckless driving after he intentionally drove his pickup truck into the side of a minivan several times.  32 year old Leslie Spaans was arrested by Sioux County authorities on Wednesday afternoon following a report of domestic disturbance.  The incident happened about two miles northeast of Boyden.  At the time Spaans was striking the minivan with his pickup truck, there were five children and an adult inside the
minivan.  No injuries were reported, and the driver of the minivan was able to drive away
to another location.

 

Le Mars City Council Approves Removing Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and 6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Stand-off

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small  Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder.
He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances
weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

 

Morrisey Sentenced To Prison For 90 Years

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sentenced the father of one of the cousins abducted in Evansdale to prison on drug charges.
Judge David Staudt sentenced 37-year-old Daniel Eugene Morrissey, of Waterloo, on Friday to up to 90 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 30 years.
Morrissey had earlier pleaded guilty and agreed to Alford pleas, which acknowledges
evidence needed for a conviction, to charges involving the manufacture of methamphetamine
and other drug offenses. The charges stem from incidents before and after the cousins
disappeared.
Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, 2012. Their bodies were found in a remote, wooded area 25 miles away last December.
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Secretary Of State Says Keep GOP Convention At Earlier Date

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has rejected an argument from the state Republican Party chairman, who has been backing a delay in the 2014 GOP convention until after the primary vote is certified.
Chairman A.J. Spiker has supported moving the convention from June 14 to July 12. He
argues the party needs time so the June 3 primary results can be certified. In a letter Thursday, he told party officials he would not seek a vote to reconsider the decision.
But in a statement released Friday, the Republican Schultz says the party can hold a convention before official certification is complete.
In response to the Schultz statement, Spiker wrote in an email that he would call for a meeting of the State Central Committee later this month.

 

Bag Of Bones Found At Dow City

DOW CITY, Iowa (AP) - A bag of bones found in a warehouse in the small western Iowa community of Dow City two years ago are very old and will not prompt a criminal investigation.
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate two bags of bones
found in May 2011 inside an old warehouse in the town of about 500 people. The sheriff
called the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation which had the bones examined by the state medical examiner's office.
Forensic archeologists determined the bones were from a man and a woman and at least 75 to 100 years old.
The Center for Human Identification will attempt to identify DNA and the profiles will be uploaded to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and other databases of missing individuals.


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