Monday Afternoon News, January 18
Authorities Investigate Juvenile Alcohol Party
(Akron) -- Plymouth County authorities are investigating a juvenile beer party that was held Friday evening at 18742 Concord Avenue, of rural Akron.
The sheriff’s office asked for assistance from the Akron Police Department. Upon arrival, numerous people were seen running from the property and into the residence. During this investigation, deputies located a total of 24 people, a large amount of alcohol, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
As a result, the sheriff’s office has cited 8 people between the ages of 18 and 20 with possession of alcohol under the legal age, and 7 people under the age of 18 have been cited into juvenile court for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Several of those present were found to have not been drinking alcohol and they have not been charged. The case remains under investigation and charges are pending on the owner of the property.
Deputies Arrest Hawarden Man For Drug Use
(Le Mars) -- At approximately 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 180th Street and Granite Avenue in Plymouth County. During the investigation, the driver, Gabriel Mark Topete, age 18 of Hawarden, IA was transported to the Plymouth County Jail for testing by a drug recognition expert. As a result of the testing, Topete was arrested for driving while under the influence, drugged, 1st offense. Topete was held on bail. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Le Mars Police Department.
Struble Man Arrested For Outstanding Kansas Warrant
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Floyd Clifford Coates Jr, age 38 of Struble IA. Coates was arrested on a warrant issued out of Sherman County, Kansas for Possession of Stimulant Drug-Methamphetamine and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement. Coates was arrested at his residence in Struble and transported to the Plymouth County Jail. A complaint for Fugitive from Justice was also filed by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
Republican Party Chairman Speaks About Benefits Of Iowa Caucuses
(Sioux Center) -- Iowa has been placed in the national spotlight as the Hawkeye state prepares for the "first in the nation" caucuses. Both the Democrats and the Republicans will begin the political selection process on February 1st. Iowa Republican Party Co-chair Cody Hoefert attended the Marco Rubio rally that was held Saturday evening on the Dordt College Campus at Sioux Center. Hoefert says the state benefits in many ways to have the candidates meet personally with the people of Iowa.
Hoefert says it is critically important that the candidates visit Iowa, answer the tough questions, and to learn what issues are foremost on the minds of Iowans. The state republican party official sees Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as distancing herself from the people of Iowa.
There has been discussion as to whether Iowa will retain its "first-in-the-nation status of selecting future presidential candidates. Hoefert believes Iowa will remain first, simply because we take the political selection process very seriously.
Two more Republican presidential candidates have announced that they will visit northwest Iowa in the coming days. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit Le Mars on Thursday morning. He will appear at the Habitue Coffeehouse and next door at The Living Center between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. Business tycoon Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at the DeHaan Auditorium at Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Man Charged For University Of Northern Iowa Computer Data Breach
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A 45-year-old man is facing federal theft charges related to a data breach at the University of Northern Iowa that was discovered in 2014.
Bernard Ogie Oretekor has been charged with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.
More than 100 UNI employees reported having their tax returns rejected in 2014 because someone had fraudulently filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund.
Authorities linked Oretekor to the UNI data theft after seizing his computers in 2014 in connection with a separate investigation in California. He's still in custody facing charges there related to the theft of $312,115 from a couple's investment account.
The charges in Iowa are result of a forensic investigation of Oretekor's computers that was done last year.
Fort Dodge Fire
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge firefighters are working to stop a fire across the street from their fire station.
Fire crews were called Monday afternoon to reports of a fire just north of Central Avenue.
The building is reportedly filled with burning tires.
There have been no reports of injuries.
Escaped Inmate Returns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old inmate who was listed as escaped from the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility has returned.
Iowa Corrections Department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Monday that Karlos Goldman Jr. had returned on his own to the facility. Earlier Monday a department news release said Goldman didn't return from his job as expected and was listed as escaped.
The department says Goldman was assigned to the facility on Dec. 23. His 26-year sentence for assault while participating in a felony began on Dec. 18, 2008.