Tuesday Afternoon News, May 27
Three People Arrested For Drug Charges
(Le Mars) -- Three people have been arrested by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office during a traffic stop early Friday morning. The incident happen on Highway 12 south of Akron. 28 year old Kayleigh Welch of Sioux City was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and OWI first offense. 22 year old Jessica Paulsen of Kingsley and 25 year old Wesley Reed of Sioux City were both placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three individuals were transported to the Plymouth County jail.
Sioux Center Man Arrested For Driving While Under Influence Of Drugs
(Le Mars) -- A Sioux Center man has been placed under arrest by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. 32 year old Jose Guadalupe Madred was stopped on Highway 75 south of Merrill on Saturday afternoon for an equipment violation. However, the defendant was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested. Madrid was jailed at the Plymouth County jail and charged with operating while impaired, first offense, a serious misdemeanor. Bond was set at $1,000.
One Week Until Iowa Primary Election
(Le Mars) -- One week from today is the primary election. Here in Plymouth County, registered Republicans will vote for one of two candidates seeking the office of supervisor. John Meis and Harold Hadden are both vying for the supervisor position that will be open after the retirement of Jack Guenthner. Republicans will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for one of five candidates seeking the position of U-S Senator. The candidates include: Sam Clovis of Hinton, Joni Ernst of Red Oak, Mark Jacobs of West Des Moines, Scott Schaben of Harlan and Matt Whitaker of Cedar Rapids.
Branstad Signs Apprentice Bill
(Des Moines) -- Governor Terry Branstad went to a central Iowa construction site today (Tuesday) to sign a bill into law which will expand apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.
Branstad's staff staged the bill signing ceremony in the parking lot of a Facebook data center which is under construction in Altoona.
The Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act triples the state funding for apprenticeship programs. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says there are more than a thousand registered apprenticeships in the United States today.
Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi (DEHB-ee) Durham also spoke, as construction equipment on the Facebook site hummed in the background.
The bill Branstad signed into law today (Tuesday) provides two-point-seven million dollars to apprenticeship programs and Durham's agency will work with the state's community colleges to decide how that money is distributed.
Durham says state officials hope to mimic the success the country of Germany has had with its programs for apprentices. Many high school students in Germany enter apprenticeship programs before they graduate, and Germany currently has a nine percent unemployment rate among its teenagers. The U.S. unemployment rate among teens who want to work is more than 20 percent.
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