Thursday News, January 24
Three Arrested On Drug Charges
(Le Mars) -- A traffic stop resulted in the arrests of three individuals for various drug charges. On Tuesday afternoon, a Plymouth County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 75 near Hinton. As a result of this stop and investigation at the scene, the following arrests were made:
Gina McNabney, age 18, of Hinton, Iowa, and 18 year old Jeremy Klingbeil, also of Hinton, Iowa were both placed under arrest for delivery of marijuana to a person under 18, a Class B felony. They both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a Class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
McNabney and Klingbeil were taken to the Plymouth County Jail and held on a $25,000 bond.
Additionally, officers executed a search warrant at 118 Center Street in Hinton. While the residence was being secured, an officer located Justin Erichsen. While talking with Erichsen, he became aggressive towards officers kicking one officer in the chest, however, the officer was not injured. Erichsen, age 20, of Le Mars was then arrested for assault on a peace officer, a serious misdemeanor; Possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Erichsen was then taken to the Plymouth County Jail and is being held on a $1,000 bond.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Hinton and Le Mars Police Departments.
Fire Department Sees Increase In Calls
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department has released its annual report. During the year of 2012, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue responded to 401 calls, of which 210 were within the city limits, 65 were rural based calls, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department offered mutual aid assistance to other communities eleven different times, and they conducted 115 investigations. Breaking down the calls, the Le Mars Fire Department fought nine structural fires, two vehicle fires, 27 rescue calls, three extrications, and 18 grass or tree fires.
Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the total loss in 2012 was $488,200. The 401 calls in 2012 was a dramatic increase over a year ago figures. In 2011, the fire department responded to 254 calls.
Gehlen To Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
(Le Mars) -- Gehlen Catholic School will join the National Catholic Education Association and schools throughout the Sioux City Diocese to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 27th and continues through Saturday, February 2nd. Gehlen will acknowledge the week with special events. As part of the celebration of the unification of Gehlen and Spalding Catholic High Schools, the Leon and Ruth Meis family have been selected as this year's Gift Bearers for the Catholic Schools Week Liturgy. Four generations of the Meis family have graduated or are attending either Gehlen and Spalding Catholic Schools.
Hard Rock To Open Sioux City Office
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City residents can get a close-up look at the proposal for a Hard Rock gaming casino beginning today (Thursday) and maybe bring home some rock and roll memorabilia. Sioux City Entertainment, which is one of three groups bidding for the right to build an indoor casino, will hold an open house at their new office at 501 Douglas Street. Spokesperson Holly O'Brien says the open house will show off the "wow" factor of the proposed casino.
The office is just a few block away from the Battery Building, which would be incorporated into the Hard Rock casino facility.
O'Brien says the new office also has a guitar used by Sioux City Rock Legend Tommy Bolin on display. The office will be open weekdays for visitors to check out the casino proposal.
Council Bluffs Man Sentenced For Stealing Copper
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 32-year-old western Iowa man has been given 37 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal copper from center pivot irrigation systems.
Federal prosecutors say Jonathan Campbell was sentenced on Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit interstate transport of stolen property. Campbell was ordered to pay more than
$174,000 in restitution.
Copper control cables were stolen from farms ranging from Sioux City south to near St. Joseph, Mo., from late 2009 until summer 2010. Prosecutors say the cable was sold to a salvage yard in
Omaha, Neb., on at least 73 occasions.
Two other Council Bluffs men involved have been sentenced already. Thirty-five-year old Charles Nichols was given 31 months, and 30-year-old Joseph Falknor was given 12 months and a day.
Pork Producers Convene In Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some of Iowa's top pork producers are meeting to talk about their product.
The Iowa Pork Producers Association meets Thursday in Des Moines to conclude its annual Iowa Pork Congress. The event features a trade show with 275 exhibitors from the U.S. and abroad.
The event, which began Wednesday, will feature a dozen free business seminars and training sessions for producers.
Several top producers from surrounding Midwest states also are expected to attend.
The association says the pork industry contributes nearly $5 billion annually to Iowa's economy.
Des Moines To Evict Homeless From Camps
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines is evicting homeless people from three informal camps downtown, but it's unclear whether the people will find space in crowded shelters.
City zoning administrator SueAnn Donovan says the city wants the homeless to move indoors to escape this week's bitter winter cold. Donovan says "the emphasis is on making everyone safe."
But Ken Dohmen with Central Iowa Shelter and Services says it will be tough to persuade homeless people to leave their camps for already overcrowded shelters.
Dohmen says he thinks the city's intentions are good but says the homeless people he's talked to likely will just move to a different spot outdoors.
The 10-day eviction notices were posted Jan. 17.
Cable Show To Feature Missing News Anchor Story
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A cable television show that tells the stories of missing persons will spotlight the enduring mystery of Jodi Huisentruit, the Mason City television anchor who vanished in
The one-hour episode of the show "Disappeared" is scheduled to air Monday on the Investigation Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. Crews were in Iowa and Huisentruit's native Minnesota filming for the
show last summer.
Huisentruit went missing while on her way to work the morning shift at KIMT-TV in Mason City. She was 27.
Witnesses say they heard screams outside Huisentruit's apartment complex, where investigators found personal belongings such as jewelry and shoes scattered near her car. Investigators have never
found Huisentruit, who was declared legally dead in 2001. No one has been charged in her disappearance.