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Saturday News, July 12

Neunaber To Return To Plymouth County Within Next Few Days

(Le Mars) -- Jon Neunaber, the man wanted as a material witness of the deaths of his parents, Donald and Ester Neunaber, was picked up for a traffic violation in La Crosse, Wisconsin and was detained by the La Cross Police Department. He will be coming back to Iowa and Plymouth County within the next few days, according to Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo.

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Van Otterloo says Plymouth County authorities will escort Neunaber back to Plymouth County.  The sheriff says the state medical examiner's office has completed the autopsies on both Donald and Esther Neunaber.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff says his office, the county attorney, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working together on the case.
 
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Van Otterloo says this is the fifth murder his office has investigated during his 25 year tenure.

 

Two Women Charged With Stealing Lottery Tickets

     WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - Two northern Iowa women have been accused of stealing lottery tickets from a gas station where they were former employees.
     The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Julie Dietz and 45-year-old Julie Alford face one felony count each of lottery theft. Court records do not list attorneys.
     Authorities say an investigation into possible theft at the former Al Gas Station in Waverly led to the arrests of Dietz and Alford, both of Shell Rock. Additional information was not released.
     The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Dietz and Alford have been released from the county jail. They have pending appearances in Bremer County District Court.
 

Task Force Submits Reccomendation Of Future Veishea Celebrations

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A task force has submitted recommendations on the future of an annual celebration at Iowa State University that was marred by violence earlier this year.
     The school confirmed Friday that the task force has submitted its report on the future of Veishea to President Steven Leath. He will make a final decision on the matter by early August.
     The group was created shortly after a late-night crowd disturbance in early April. People are accused of overturning cars and toppling light poles. One student was injured.
     The disturbance led to Veishea's suspension this school year. The group has been meeting since then to figure out how the celebration should be carried out in the future.

 

Judge Sets $1 Million Bond For Waterloo Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend

  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A judge has set a $1 million bond for a Waterloo man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.
     The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 36-year-old Shaun Michael Hogan appeared Friday via a closed-circuit monitor at the Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids on a charge of first-degree murder.
     Authorities say Hogan killed 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, also of Waterloo. She is the mother of Hogan's infant daughter.
     Hogan was found Wednesday morning in the middle of a road near Walker. An autopsy determined she died of head trauma. Hogan was arrested Thursday.

 

Iowa Man Faces Firearms Charges Involving Accidental Shooting

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa man faces a firearms charge in connection to a May shooting that injured one person.
     The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Joshua Scott Casey, of Hudson, was placed into custody Wednesday. He faces a charge of reckless use of a firearm causing injury.
     Casey is accused of shooting a shotgun at the person while the pair and two others were at a residence southeast of Hudson at the end of May. The injured person was taken to a hospital after being hit in the right shoulder. The wound was not life-threatening.
     Deputies and local police were told the four people had been hunting earlier in the day.
     Casey was sent to the Black Hawk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.

 

Women Confront Sexual Preditor

 DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Dubuque police say a group of women confronted a man accused of trying to meet a 9-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.
     Police say 22-year-old Lonnie E. Burns arrived at an apartment June 30 after communicating on Facebook with a person he thought was a young girl. Instead it was the girl's mother.
     The woman told police she pretended to be her daughter after noticing a private message between the girl and a man.
     The Telegraph Herald reports the woman said she set up a time with the man to meet at an apartment, and Burns showed up. Police say the mother and two other women appeared. At least two physically assaulted Burns.
     Burns faces a felony charge of enticing a minor. Court records do not list an attorney.

 

Iowa City Police Officer Receives Commendation

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City police officer has received a commendation for his actions, while off duty, to help subdue a suspect who was trying to take the service gun of another officer.
     Officials say the incident happened May 1, while off-duty Officer Kevin Bailey was driving his personal vehicle to an appointment. Reports show Bailey spotted a University of Iowa police officer struggling with a man along the roadside. Bailey jumped out of this car and helped the other officer subdue the man. It was only afterward that Bailey learned the suspect had been trying to grab the other officer's firearm.
     Baily was honored Friday morning at a commendation ceremony at the Iowa City Civic Center.



 

 

 


  

 

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon News, July 11

Authorities Identify Dead Akron Couple

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has released the names of the two elderly individuals found dead at their Akron rural residence Wednesday evening.  They are 83 year old Donald Neunaber and his wife 80 year old Esther Neunaber. The bodies were removed from their home Thursday evening at about 6:00 p.m. and transferred to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to be performed today.  Investigators are continuing to process the scene of the deaths and hope to complete that part of the investigation by late this afternoon.  44 year old Jonathon Neunaber is the son of the deceased couple and had a warrant issued as a material witness.  Jonathon Neunaber was located by officers in La Crosse, Wisconsin last evening.  Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will travel to Wisconsin to continue their investigation in this case. The Plymouth County Sheriff and Plymouth County Attorney's office will be working on arrangements to have Jonathon Neunaber transported back to Plymouth County.  Neunaber has not been charged with any crime and is being held as a material witness in this case.

 

Supreme Court Upholds Environmental Provisions

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld water quality regulations that business and farm groups say are costly and burdensome.
     The rules require anyone with new or expanded wastewater discharges into waterways to seek permits and certification from the state. 
     The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and others sued the Environmental Protection Commission which voted in December 2009 to adopt the new rules.
     The lawsuit attempted to disqualify two of the commissioners' votes and get the regulations thrown out.
     Carrie La Seur moved to Montana in July 2009 but remained on the commission. The lawsuit says her vote shouldn't be counted.
     The lawsuit claims Commissioner Susan Heathcote, who worked for a nonprofit environmental group, had a conflict of interest.
      A majority of the court found the votes were proper under Iowa law.

 

Supreme Court Rules Solar Company Can Sell Electricity

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court says a solar energy company can sell electricity directly to businesses and governments, giving a boost to the burgeoning form of renewable energy.
     The 4-2 ruling in favor of Eagle Point Solar could expedite the adoption of solar power generating systems that can reduce users' energy costs and environmental footprint.
     Critics say the ruling could be a blow for electric utilities, who may have to raise their rates if they lose customers.
     The court says companies such as Eagle Point Solar can enter into deals with customers in which they install rooftop solar panels, and then sell them the energy that is generated.
     The court rejected claims that those agreements were illegal under Iowa law because they cut into the exclusive territories granted to regulated utilities.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Found In Henry County

  MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Officials say larva found on a tree in Henry County has been identified as an emerald ash borer.
     A team that includes officials from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said in a news release Friday that the larva was found in a tree in Mount Pleasant. Additional information was not released.
     The discovery means the insect has been found in ten Iowa counties. State entomologist Robin Pruisner says the larva's discovery in July means there's no "safe time" for moving firewood in Iowa.
     A statewide quarantine that restricts the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of the state into non-quarantined areas was issued in early February. It remains in place.

 

 


 

 

 

   

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