Thursday News, June 12
Judge Rules Against Argosy Casino
(Sioux City) -- A federal bankruptcy judge in Pennsylvania has cleared the way for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to close the Argosy Riverboat Casino in Sioux city on July 1st. Judge Richard Fehling's ruling denies aArgosy and parent company Penn Gaming's bid to block the IRGC action through a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing. Penn Gaming spokesperson Karen Bailey released a statement saying in part, "We are very disappointed by the decision of the bankruptcy court, which will deny us the time we were seeking to pursue our legal remedies in Iowa. We will continue to fight for our legal rights through the Iowa Courts to stop the shut down of our facility."
Iowa Racing And Gaming Commission To Rule On Proposed Jefferson Casino Today
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether to grant a license for a $40 million casino development that would be located in rural central Iowa.
If approved, the Jefferson casino would be the first to be granted a license by the commission since 2010. The commission in April rejected a plan for a Cedar Rapids casino, citing market saturation.
Wild Rose Entertainment is proposing a gaming resort that would include slot machines, table games, an events center and a 71-room hotel. Supporters say the plan would add jobs and create millions for charity.
Prairie Meadows casino in Altoona is lobbying against the plan, warning that it would cut into its profit.
Jefferson is a town of less than 5,000, about 60 miles northwest of Des Moines.
Le Mars United Methodist Church To Host African Children's Choir
(Le Mars) -- An African children's choir is scheduled to perform this evening in Le Mars. The Watoto children choir is comprised of 22 children, all between the ages of six and twelve years old. The group will perform at the Le Mars United Methodist Church. Sue Ashenfelter is assisting with the event.
The Watoto children's choir will begin singing at 7:00 p.m. Ashenfelter explains what attendees of the concert will see and hear at tonight's performance.
Ashenfelter says the concert is open to the public, and should prove to be a colorful event.
Ashenfelter says there is no admission charge, but a free-will donations will be accepted.
Hog Equipment Reported Stolen
(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating the theft of hog equipment. On Tuesday, a theft was reported to have occurred at SIG International, a business located in Boyden. Upon further investigation, it was determined steel rails and switches used to help move hog carcasses was missing. The rails and switches are valued at approximately $2,200. The thefts likely occurred between September of 2013 and May 29th.
Sioux City Woman Arrested For Marijuana Possession
(Le Mars) -- A Plymouth County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy arrested an 18 year old Sioux city woman for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The arrest happened on Saturday evening at about 11:00 p.m. following a traffic stop on county road K-22. Anali Figueroa Palacios was placed under arrest after admitting she was in possession of the drugs. She has been charged with first offense. A Plymouth County Conservation park ranger assisted with the arrest.
Teen Dies In Tractor Accident
LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old from Audubon has died in a tractor accident.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident was discovered a little before 5:15 p.m. Wednesday about three miles southeast of Lake City.
The patrol says Austin Gosch was driving west on 390th Street when the tractor drifted left and entered the south roadside ditch. The tractor then rolled over and pinned the boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is being investigated.
The patrol says Gosch had just finished his sophomore year at Audubon High School.
Soilder Under Water Boil Advisory
SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa town is under a boil advisory after a hole in a well pipe drained the city's water tower.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the hole in the pipe was repaired, and the city of Soldier's system was running once again. But the loss of water pressure created the potential for bacteria to enter the water system.
The boil advisory will remain in place until two sets of water samples are tested clean for bacteria. City and state officials recommend boiling water for drinking or cooking, or using bottle water until the advisory is lifted.
Water should be boiled for at one minute before it's allowed to cool.
Additional Charges Filed Against Man Involved With Police Standoff
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A man who was arrested after a police standoff in Council Bluffs faces additional charges.
29-year-old Kevin Bequette is now charged with second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.
Police say the Omaha Area Fugitive Task Force located Bequette at a Council Bluffs home on June 2nd and attempted to arrest him on a warrant for a parole violation. A standoff ensued in a detached garage, in which police say Bequette threatened to tamper with a natural gas line. Bequette allegedly started a small fire in the garage, and police say he tried to compromise the gas line.
After the standoff, police say they found two stolen Honda vehicles, which in part led to the additional charges.
Man Accused Of Abducting Girl Visited Two Schools
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a man accused of abducting a 14-year-old Baxter girl had visited two Newton schools.
David Lavera of San Diego, California is charged with enticing a minor, carrying weapons and a failure to have a valid driver's license.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says it received a report of a kidnapping shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. A caller identified as a relative of the girl told police that a man took her after saying he was an actor in the "Twilight" series.
The girl's friends and relatives spotted the vehicle in Baxter and told the driver to stop.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger says a student had asked a teacher to let Lavera speak in the school district, and he visited two schools.
Three Men Arrested After Drug Raid In Ottumwa
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Police say three men have been arrested in Ottumwa after large drug raids.
Brian Dean Rork of Ottumwa is charged with possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.
Authorities say a search of his home yielded marijuana plants and a laboratory for making DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.
Officers also arrested 24-year-old Jose Guadalupe Inocencio and 35-year-old Jorge Lugo-Gomez, who both live in Ottumwa. Police say a search of their home and a Tasty Burrito restaurant in Ottumwa led to the seizure of 61 pounds of marijuana, five pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of synthetic cannibinoids. Both men face drug charges.
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