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Le Mars Man Arrested After Eluding Officers For 24 Hours

(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars man has been captured after eluding police officers from a chase that started on Saturday afternoon.  52 year old Randall Hurlbut was taken to the Plymouth County jail and charged by the Le Mars Police Department with robbery in the second degree, a class C felony, domestic abuse and assault, a class D felony, theft in the 3rd degree, an aggravated misdemeanor, obstruction of emergency communications, a simple misdemeanor. Charges are pending with the Merrill Police Department for assault on a law enforcement officer.  The incident started on Saturday afternoon when Le Mars Police received a call of a domestic disturbance at about 3:41 p.m. The suspect fled the premises before police had a chance to arrive on the scene.  Le Mars Police then named a suspect and shared the information with other law enforcement agencies.  Nearly a half hour later, a Merrill police officer spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The suspect failed to stop for several blocks.  The suspect then fled on foot towards a cornfield on the south edge of Merrill.  The Merrill police officer pursued on foot and got into an altercation with the suspect.  The suspect then fled into the cornfield.  After an extensive search of the cornfield by the Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff's office, Le Mars and Merrill Police Departments, Plymouth County Conservation, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa State Patrol aircraft, the suspect was not located.  Throughout the next 24 hours the Sheriff's office received numerous tips from citizens about a subject walking in the area of county road K-42 and 250th street, and in and around Merrill.  On Sunday afternoon at about 5:05 p.m., deputies from both Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff's office located the suspect behind Branum's Oil in Merrill.  Hurlbut was taken into custody without incident at that time.

 

 

 

 

Le Mars Man Dies From Auto Accident In Southwest Iowa

(Glenwood) -- A Le Mars man has died from an auto accident that occurred in southwest Iowa. Two others were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Mills County Sunday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol says 59-year-old Larry Saxen of Le Mars died at Creighton University Hospital in Omaha of injuries suffered in the accident at the intersection of Highway 34 and 195th Street west of Glenwood. Authorities say Saxen's car was stopped at the intersection facing north when, for unknown reasons, it pulled out in front of a car driven by 74-year-old Dale Fink of Glenwood that was eastbound on 34, causing a T-bone collision. Saxen was taken via Lifenet Helicopter to the Omaha hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Fink and a passenger, 73-year-old Margaret Fink, also of Glenwood, were taken via Pacific Junction Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs with unknown injuries. The accident happened shortly after 3:20 p.m.

 

 

 

Late School Start Helped State Fair, Arnold's Park, And Other Venues

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new law that prevented Iowa schools from starting before August 23rd helped boost crowds at the State Fair and other attractions this month.
Attendance at the Iowa State Fair in mid-August hit an all-time high of 1,117,398.
The August crowds at Arnolds Park Amusement Park appeared larger this year.
Myles Kass of Le Mars, owns Bob's Drive In, a seasonal restaurant at Arnolds Park, and he said his August sales numbers were higher than in recent years.
Many Iowa school districts started on August 24th. Last year, only 14 of 338 Iowa districts started after August 23rd.
Mark Sanders says the later school start helped him keep a promise to take his daughter and two friends to Arnolds Park earlier this month.

 

 

 

 

Regents To Interview Another Finalist For University Of Iowa President's Position

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Ohio State University administrator is one of the four finalists to become president of the University of Iowa.
The Iowa Board of Regents said Sunday that Joseph Steinmetz will visit the campus in Iowa City on Monday to meet faculty and students. He is currently Ohio State's executive vice president and provost.
Steinmetz is the third finalist identified publicly. The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason on Thursday after the fourth finalist visits campus.
Steinmetz has been at Ohio State since 2009. Before that, he led the University of Kansas' College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years.

 

 

 

 

Motel Owners Ordered To Pay $1.2 Million For Sexual Harassment

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) - The owners of an Iowa hotel have been ordered to pay two former employees who complained about sexual harassment more than $1.2 million.
An Iowa jury ruled Friday against the owners of a Quality Inn and Suites in Peosta, Iowa.
Sheila Oyler and Julie Schemmel had sued the hotel operators because they say a male coworker repeatedly made sexual comments.
The ownership group, Laxmee Incorporated, was ordered to pay Oyler $630,000 and pay Schemmel $500,000 in damages. For back pay, Oyler is slated to receive $16,484.01 and Schemmel will receive $446.25.
In addition to those damages, one of the individual co-owners, Vijay Patel, was ordered to pay Oyler $70,000.

 

 

 

Mall Shooting Trial Now To Be Held In Story County

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The trial for the man accused of killing a woman at Coral Ridge Mall in June has been moved from Johnson County to Story County.
The motion was filed earlier this month by an attorney for 22-year-old Alexander Kozak, who has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the June 12 slaying of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington.
Defense attorney Peter Persaud successfully argued that media attention of the mall shooting made it too difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa.   Johnson County District Judge Christopher Bruns also pushed back Kozak's trial to April 12. It had been set to begin in October.
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Triple A Reminds Motorists To Be Safe Around School Zones

(Des Moines) -- School started this past week, and Triple A Motor Club reminds motorists that young student pedestrians can pop up anywhere.  Triple A spokesperson, Rose White tells motorists to slow down near school zones, and stay watchful for children on foot as they might suddenly dart into the road.

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During 2013, a national study found more than 330 child pedestrians were killed and 13-thousand were injured, with more than half of the deaths happening during the times kids were heading to and from school.

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Speed is a big factor in saving lives. Research finds a pedestrian who's hit by a vehicle traveling 25 miles an hour is two-thirds less likely to be killed than a vehicle traveling at 35.

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Another key is to eliminate distractions for drivers. White says to avoid any activities that take even one hand off the steering wheel, and avoid using your cell phone by putting it in a safe place -- like the glove box -- until you arrive at your destination.

 

 

 


   

Sunday News, August 30

Le Mars Police Search For Domestic Disturbance Suspect

(Le Mars) -- Police are looking for a suspect connected to a domestic disturbance at a Le Mars residence.  On Saturday afternoon, at about 3:40 p.m. Le Mars Police officers responded to a call of domestic disturbance.  The suspect fled the scene just prior to the police arrival.  Police officers notified other law enforcement agencies advising them of the suspect and the suspect's vehicle information.  A short time later, the suspect's vehicle was seen by a Merrill Police officer who attempted a traffic stop in Merrill.  The suspect did not initially comply, but did eventually stop his vehicle in Merrill at which time the suspect got into an altercation with the Merrill Police officer.  The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby cornfield and remains at large.  The investigation continues into this incident and charges are pending.  The Le Mars Police Department and the Merrill Police Department were assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, Sioux County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, Hinton Police Department, and Plymouth County Conservation.  An Iowa State Patrol airplane also assisted in attempting to locate the suspect.

 

 

 

Courthouse Security Working Well

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County officials say a courthouse security plan that was the source of public squabbling among county leaders is working well its first year.
People using the courthouse report feel more secure with access pared to one entrance with metal detectors, security employees and cameras throughout the building.
Woodbury County Board Chairman Mark Monson says incidents of courthouse shootings around the country spurred officials to develop a security plan for the Woodbury County Courthouse, which had not had comprehensive security since opening in 1918.
But sheriff's officials balked at a plan to hire retired law enforcement officers for security, instead of sheriff's deputies. At one point, officials considered hiring a consultant to help mediate conflicts between the county board and other county leaders.
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Mall Shooting Trial To Be Moved To Story County

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The trial for the man accused of killing a woman at Coral Ridge Mall in June has been moved from Johnson County to Story County.
The motion was filed earlier this month by an attorney for 22-year-old Alexander Kozak, who has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the June 12 slaying of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington.
Defense attorney Peter Persaud successfully argued that media attention of the mall shooting made it too difficult to find an impartial jury in eastern Iowa.
Johnson County District Judge Christopher Bruns also pushed back Kozak's trial to April 12. It had been set to begin in October.
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Charles City School Board Candidate Freed After Sexually Abusing Child

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Charles City man running for a school board seat has been freed on $10,000 cash bond after being charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy four years ago.
59-year-old Doug Lindaman was charged Thursday with sexual abuse, accused of performing a sex act on a 17-year-old boy without the boy's consent.
Charles City Schools Superintendent Dan Cox says school officials can do little to keep Lindaman from attending school events or board meetings. Lindaman didn't immediately return a message left Saturday.
Lindaman was convicted in 1988 on two counts of lascivious acts with two minors. He's not listed on Iowa Sex Abuse Registry because his crimes occurred before the registry was created.
He's due back in court on September 4th.

 

 

 

 

Huxley Man Arrested For Sexual Assault

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Police have arrested a 26-year-old Huxley man for a sexual assault that occurred earlier this month at an Ames apartment.
Ryan Scott Evans has been charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He is being held without bond at the Story County Jail.
Iowa State University police say a sexual assault at an apartment was reported August 11th. Police say an investigation led to Evans' arrest on Friday.
A publicly listed phone number for Evans could not be found Saturday. It is not clear whether he yet has an attorney to represent him.

 

 

 

 

West Des Moines Police Seize Vehicle Suspected Of Hit-And-Run Fatal Accident

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - West Des Moines police say they have seized a "vehicle of interest" in their investigation of a fatal hit-and-run.
Police say that they are conducting forensic testing and witness interviews in the death of 21-year-old Daulton Holly. Holly's body was found around 2 a.m. Sunday by a passer-by along Raccoon River Drive in West Des Moines.
Police say they are still seeking information from the public..



   

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