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Tuesday News, October 29

Le Mars Community School Finances In Good Shape According To Annual Audit

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School was given a good grade for its financial situation.  Jeff Peters of the Williams and Company submitted the school's audit report to the Board of Education during last evening's meeting.

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Peters says the financial condition of the school is in better shape today, than it was several years ago.  Peters told the board, that the school district has a cash reserve that will meet about 60 days of expenses.

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Peters suggested to the board that they may want to try to expand on the duration of time for cash reserves in order to meet expenses beyond 60 days.  However, Peters also noted, the school district has made progress with cash reserves, since nearly five years ago, the district had only enough cash reserves to carry them through for a period of less than 30 days.


Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth county Board of Supervisors will meet today for its weekly meeting.  The Supervisors have a light agenda with hearing a report from County Engineer Tom Rohe.


Le Mars Fire Department Responds To Grease Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department was called to 1240 Lincoln Street for a grease fire yesterday afternoon at about 5:35 p.m.  The fire was out at the time fire fighters arrived on the scene.  However, the fire department used fans to help ventilate the smoke from the building.


Police Identify Dead Man Found In South Dakota Ditch

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have identified the man found dead in a ditch near Canton,
South Dakota.  He is 20 year old Adrian Rojas Hernandez of Sioux City.  Police are still searching for the suspect Martin Castellanos, also of Sioux City.  Autopsy results show Hernandez had been shot in the head once and was also set on fire.  Castellanos is described as being a Hispanic male, 20 years of age, 5'8" and may have a slight mustache.  He may be driving a silver 2003 Audi A4 with Iowa Plate 892 YSD. One man is in custody as a result of the shooting.  Police say all three men knew each other and were together earlier that evening. The shooting took place on Sioux City's west side sometime early Sunday morning.


Mapleton Woman Charged For Vehicular Homicide

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A 44-year-old Mapleton woman has pleaded not guilty for a crash that killed her uncle.
Judith Krohn, of Mapleton, is charged with felony vehicular homicide while driving intoxicated. The accident occurred April 20 along Iowa Highway 141 near Mapleton. Authorities say Krohn was driving
when her vehicle left the road on a curve and rolled into a ditch.
Her uncle, 59-year-old Albert Butler, of Mapleton, was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.


Sioux City Council To Pick Up Payments From Defaulted Development Loan

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Sioux City City Council has voted to make up the back payments owed on a downtown movie complex in Sioux City.
The council voted 5-0 on Monday to pay First National Bank $1.3 million and potentially $300,000 a year through 2018 on the loan guarantee.
A judge ruled in August the city must make up the defaulted payments and send the future payments. The case stems from the bank's more than $5.6 million loan to Civic Partners in 2003 to build the $13 million Promenade Cinema 14 movie theater and retail space.
Civic Partners stopped making payments in 2009.


Soybean Harvest Nearly Complete, Corn Harvest Continues To Drag

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 55 percent of Iowa's
corn crop and 87 percent of the soybean crop have been harvested.
The weekly report released Monday showed the corn crop was about 5 percentage points behind normal. The soybean harvest was about two days ahead of normal.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey noted that farmers spent long days in the fields in anticipation of expected soggy weather that could slow the remaining harvest.
Farmers harvested about 20 percent of the corn crop last week and about 17 percent of the soybean crop.
The report says 51 percent of pastures were in fair, good or excellent condition. The rest was rated very poor or poor.


Iowa City Man Breaks Into House To Sleep On Couch

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Police say a man faces charges for allegedly breaking into an Iowa City house and sleeping on a couch inside.
Iowa City police say 23-year-old Christopher Reasoner, of North Liberty, has been
charged with serious misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and trespassing.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports ( ) Reasoner is accused of
forcing open two cellar doors and entering the house. A resident allegedly found Reasoner on
Aug. 18 sleeping on a couch.
Police say the resident did not know Reasoner and did not invite him to sleep on the couch. Reasoner left after the resident requested it. A backpack with Reasoner's contact information was later found in the basement.
Online court records do not list an attorney.




Monday Afternoon News, October 28

Sioux City Police Looking For Homicide Suspect

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police and authorities in South Dakota are searching for a suspect in a weekend homicide after a body was discovered in Lincoln County, South Dakota.  Police say a man was shot early Sunday morning at 1420 West 15th Street on Sioux City's westside.
The victim's body was found in a ditch near Canton, South Dakota on a gravel road five miles east of I-29.
Police say the victim's body had been set on fire.  Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says the victim is a man in his 20's.  His body was found by a passer-by Sunday morning.  Authorities are searching for 20 year old Martin Castellanos.  He is a 5'8", 180 pound Hispanic male who may have a light mustache.  He may be driving a silver 2003 Audi A4 with Iowa license plate number 892YSD.

In custody and charged as an accessory is 22 year old Ricardo Jaime Vital of Sioux City.  Authorities have not released the victim's identity.


Congressman Comments On Texas Senator Ted Cruz

(Le Mars) -- Congressman Steve King says he invited the Texas Senator to Iowa for his annual "Defenders Of Freedom" fundraiser because Cruz shares a belief that is similar to King's point of view.

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King, who has been a staunch opponent to the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as
"Obamacare," says the Republicans must never give up their on their fight against the
Affordable Health Care Act.  King encourages people to talk to everyone

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Governor Branstad Launches Water Quality Website

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has launched a new state website that he says will help encourage efforts to reduce water pollution in Iowa.
Branstad announced the website Monday. He says it will provide information to rural and
urban residents as part of a wide-ranging approach to enhancing water quality in the state.
Iowa recently came to a deal with federal authorities to inspect more livestock farms
and strictly enforce penalties when manure leaks into rivers or streams. That came after a
long dispute over enforcing the U.S. Clean Water Act.
Environmental groups note that 479 lakes, rivers and streams in the state are listed as
impaired by the EPA. A wet spring this year caused some rivers in central Iowa to record the
highest nitrate levels ever.


Deer Run Into Shops And Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa homeowners and shoppers were startled this weekend when deer
smashed through the glass to come inside in two separate incidents.
In Mason City, a deer broke through one of the glass doors to Younkers at the Southbridge Mall around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sgt. Tiffany Creekmur says the deer was stuck for a few minutes between the inner and
outer doors to the store. It was also bleeding and appeared dazed.
But that deer recovered from its shopping trip enough to run off.
In Des Moines, a deer leapt through the front window of one family's home and then broke another window to get out Saturday afternoon.
Kate Buckley says the whole incident was terrifying. The deer was gone before animal control officers arrived.


Iowa City Man Poses As Police Officer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City man has been accused of dressing up as a police officer and checking personal identifications at a bar.
Iowa City police say they received a report shortly after midnight Sunday about 41-year-old Carlos Escorcia checking customers' identification cards at The Union Bar.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports ( ) Escorcia wore a dark blue police T-shirt. Police say he also wore a duty belt with a replica revolver, a silver badge and old Iowa City police patches.
Police arrested Escorcia and seized some of his items. He has been charged with impersonating a public official and public intoxication. He has been released from the Johnson County Jail.
Court records do not list an attorney.

Former Police Officer Charged With Sending Sexual Explicit Photos To Minor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former South Carolina police officer has been released from custody while awaiting trial on charges that he sent explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old Iowa girl.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters in Des Moines approved the release of 30-year-old Andrew Haney under several conditions Friday, which include having no contact with the alleged victim.
Authorities say Haney was a West Columbia police officer when he met the girl through a social media website last month. They say they identified Haney after he sent the girl a photo with his police badge with the state seal visible in the photo. He's charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor.
West Columbia's police chief has said Haney has been fired.




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