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Monday News, September 29

Two Motorcylce-Car Accidents Reported In Plymouth County During Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Rescue personnel responded to two separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend.  The first motorcycle accident happened on Saturday afternoon at about 2:50 p.m. at the south intersection of County Road C-44 and K-49, near Hinton.  The Hinton Fire and Rescue Department, along with the Hinton Ambulance responded to the accident involving a motorcylce and a car.  There were injuries reported, but at this time we don't know the extent of those injuries, or the identities of those involved in the accident.  A second motorcycle accident happened at about 4:45 p.m. at Akron.  That accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 12 and north 8th street. Again, we are still awaiting for the police accident report to be completed in order to identify those involved with the accident.

 

Hinton Fire Department Responds To Silage Chopper Fire

(Hinton) -- The Hinton Fire Department was called to action on Saturday to extinguish a corn silage chopper that had caught on fire.  That fire was reported at about noon Saturday at 28621 County Road K-42.  Fire personnel was on the scene for approximately 45 minutes.  The Hinton Fire Department and the Merrill Fire Department were also called a short time later to a fuel truck that had been leaking fuel.  The incident happened at about 1:40 p.m. when a semi truck was involved in a property damage accident at the junction of Lynx Avenue and 260th Street.  Fire personnel were at the scene of that accident for nearly an hour.

 

Sioux City Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

(Sioux City) -- The Sioux City Police Department responded to a reported shooting incident that occurred Saturday afternoon, outside of a residence at 1923 Grandview Blvd.  Upon arrival, a male victim was located that had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim, identified as 21 year old, Lester Calderon-Hidalgo of Sioux City was transported to the Mercy Medical Center.  He was treated and released.  32 year old Jose Escobar of Sioux City was arrested and taken into custody at the scene.  Escobar has been charged with attempted murder, a class B felony.

 

Ernst And Braley Square Off In First Senate Debate

(Indianola) -- Senate Candidates Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst squared off in their first of three debates last evening at Simpson College in Indianola.  Almost immediately, the two candidates started in with the verbal barbs.   Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst clashed over health care, Social Security and foreign policy during the first debate of the Iowa Senate race.  The two major party candidates for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat met face-to-face in an hour long debate early Sunday evening -- touting their rural Iowa roots and questioning their opponent's loyalties. Republican Joni Ernst grew up on a farm near Red Oak in southwest Iowa. Democrat Bruce Braley grew up in the small eastern Iowa town of Brooklyn, where his dad ran the grain elevator.

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Each accused the other of being beholden to special interests who're financing thousands of dollars worth of ads to try to sway Iowa voters. Braley accused Ernst of being beholden to Oklahoma billionaires who made their money in the oil industry.

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Ernst also accused Braley of doing the bidding of President Obama and Harry Reid,the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate. Braley countered with this.

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That exchange came near the end of the debate. Both began by stressing a message to appeal to independent voters. Braley repeatedly tried to tie Ernst to the so-called "Tea Party."

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Ernst told the audience she provided voters a "clear contrast" with Braley.

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The two candidates broke no new policy ground on issues like the minimum wage and immigration. Braley charged Ernst co-sponsored legislation in the Iowa Senate that ultimately would wind up banning abortion, certain forms of contraception and invitro fertilization. Ernst said she "will support life," but she also believes "in a woman's right to contraception." Before the debate had concluded Sunday evening, each candidate had one more verbal barb.

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The debate was sponsored by The Des Moines Register and broadcast live on KCCI TV in Des Moines.

 

Muscatine Man Found Safe After Reported Missing

 MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - An 81-year-old Iowa man who went missing has been found safe after a chance encounter with an off-duty State Patrol trooper.
     The Muscatine Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/1rEwO0q ) William Morgan, of Muscatine, was found Sunday at a campground near the Coralville Reservoir.
     Morgan, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, went missing Friday after going to a doctor's appointment in East Moline, Illinois.  Authorities searched the area Friday.
     One official who helped with the search, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jesse Hernandez, was off-duty and fishing at the Coralville Reservoir on Sunday when he noticed a van that looked like Morgan's. Hernandez contacted an on duty-trooper, Dave Hughes, and they eventually found Morgan sitting on the ground by the campground's entrance. Morgan was later reunited with his family.
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Authorities Investigate Two Attempted Kidnappings

 GOWRIE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating two attempted kidnappings reported in the same Iowa county.
     The Webster County sheriff's office received two reports on Sunday, one in the town of Gowrie and the other in Dayton.
     Sheriff James Stubbs says two girls were targeted in separate instances. One is between the ages of 5 and 6, and the other is between 12 and 13 years old. Stubbs says both children are OK.
     Witnesses described a white-colored vehicle in both reported kidnapping attempts. Authorities say they weren't able to give a description of a suspect, but they're conducting interviews and hope to provide more information.
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Council Bluffs Mourns Death Of Teen After Fight In School

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Council Bluffs community has come together to remember a western Iowa 17-year-old who died from a head injury suffered during a fight at school. 
     Friends of Dakota Escritt released balloons at a memorial Sunday night. He died Saturday at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, two days after he hit his head on the tile floor at Abraham Lincoln High School. 
     Authorities have filed an assault charge against a 16-year-old boy, who was suspended from school. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes.
     Superintendent Martha Bruckner tells KETV-TV the fight appeared to be a random, isolated incident that no policy could have prevented.

 

 


 

 

   

Saturday News, September 27

Life Sentence Handed Down

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge formally sentenced a man to life in prison Friday for the killing of a Rockwell City police officer during a standoff last year.
     Corey Trott, 33, was sentenced in the shooting death of officer Jamie Buenting, who was killed during a standoff at Trott's house on September 13th, 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.
     Four victim impact statements were read during the sentencing at the Calhoun County Courthouse in Rockwell City, according to the Fort Dodge Messenger.
     A Wright County jury found Trott guilty of first-degree murder on September 5th after less than two hours of deliberations. The conviction carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
     The trial was moved to Wright County at the request of defense attorneys.

 

 

Branstad 's Attorney's Might Have To Stop Representing Him


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Attorneys defending Governor Terry Branstad's administration against a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay official have a conflict of interest and should be disqualified, the plaintiff's attorney said Friday.
     Des Moines attorney George LaMarca and two associates cannot continue to represent Branstad, several aides and the state because each defendant now has competing financial and legal interests, attorney Roxanne Conlin argued.
     Conlin is representing former Workers' Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey in a lawsuit alleging discrimination, defamation and extortion.
     Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and four aides are accused of trying to force Godfrey, a Democrat who is openly gay, to quit so the Republican governor could appoint his own commissioner. Godfrey resisted the pressure, saying he'd been confirmed by the Senate until 2015 for a job that is supposed to be independent.
     Branstad cut Godfrey's pay by $40,000 after he refused to resign. The administration has said its actions were legal and that Godfrey's sexual orientation had nothing to do with them.

 

Four Families DREAM Of Group Home


WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - Four Iowa families have purchased an old winery where they plan to hold enrichment programs for their children and young adults with intellectual disabilities.
     The rural, 10-acre former home of Wallace Winery, which closed in 2009, has a house, a barn, another building and plenty of land for gardening and outdoor activities. The families are planning to eventually convert a farmhouse on the property into a residential facility for young adults when they're ready to leave their parents' residence.
     They're laying the groundwork for what they're calling the Village Community, a place for people with intellectual disabilities to learn, work, and one day, live together, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

 

Braley, Ernst To Square Off In Debate

(Des Moines)--Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst will meet Sunday at Simpson College for the first of three, face-to-face debates between the U.S. Senate candidates. Ernst participated in dozens of joint appearances and debates during the G-O-P primary season, but Ernst says she's been "studying" this week to prepare for Sunday.


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Braley rallied with Democrats in Marshalltown on Thursday, to tout early voting and he alluded to the stakes in the race.


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Harkin, a Democrat, has held one of Iowa's U.S. Senate seats for nearly 30 years, but announced in January of last year that he would not seek reelection. Sunday's debate will give the candidates a forum to make their case directly to voters over the course of an hour. The candidates and their allies have been trying to sway voters this summer with a barrage of 30- and 60-second ads. An analysis by eight Iowa newspapers estimates nearly 14 million dollars has been spent on campaign advertising in the race over the past three and a half months. Braley jokes about the ads attacking him.


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Ernst says she's withstood the barrage of negative ads and remains tied with Braley in nearly every poll taken of this race.


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 Sunday's hour-long debate will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. on K-C-C-I, the C-B-S affiliate in Des Moines, and livestreamed on The Des Moines Register's website.

   

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