Monday News, July 8
Special Response Team Handles Domestic Assault Incident On Sunday
(Le Mars) -- There were some tense moments in the southern portion of the county Sunday afternoon as Plymouth County and Le Mars Special Response Team was activated at about 3:49 p.m. to 33617 county road K-18 south, as a suspect was reported having a domestic abuse in progress. Deputies were advised the subject had a female and a four year old male in the house and was threatening to burn the house down if he saw any officers approaching. The male subject, identified as 25 year old Nicolas Gonzalez was located in a vehicle that was trying to leave the property. He was taken into custody without incident. Gonzalez was charged with threatening of explosive or incendiary device, which is a Class D felony; along with a domestic abuse and assault which is a serious misdemeanor. Authorities had closed K-18 south from the Sioux City city limits to West Loop Road for about an hour while authorities were on the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, Akron Police, Sioux City Police, and the Hinton Fire and Ambulance.
Road Closed To Replace Culvert
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced County Road K-49 will be closed from the Plymouth County - Woodbury County line or 340th Street south to D-12 for a replacement of a culvert pipe.
Body Found At Storm Lake
(Storm Lake) -- The body of Jaime Adan Jamie-Vazquez of Ireton was recovered from Storm Lake at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Vazquez had been missing since Thursday when his boat had capsized. The victim's body was located along the North Shore of Storm Lake, east of Kings Pointe. The victim's body was then transported by the Buena Vista County medical examiner's office to the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny for an autopsy. Assisting at the scene were the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office and the Storm Lake Police Department.
Pilot Error Blamed For December Plane Crash
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is to blame for a December plane crash in northwest Iowa that killed three people.
The recently-released report faults pilot Gaylen Knaack for not aborting his attempt to land the plane when he encountered thick fog.
The 70-year-old Knaack's 1961 single-engine Beech 235 struck trees about a quarter-mile northeast of a private grass airstrip where he was going to land on December 1st, 2012.
Two passengers died in the crash. They were 53-year-old Lee Schroeder of Oto and 55-year-old James Smith of Correctionville.
Knaack suffered severe burns in the crash and died from his injuries in February.
Penn National Gaming And MRHD Again At Odds Over Revenue
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City nonprofit and its former casino partner are battling over proceeds from the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino.
Casino operator Penn National Gaming Co. and Missouri River Historical Development are at odds over the portion of casino revenue that's supposed to go to a local nonprofit.
Penn stopped making revenue-sharing payments to Missouri River Historical Development last month and proposed designating a third party to distribute the money.
The nonprofit's current agreement with Penn expired in July 2012, but the group argues Penn should honor the terms of that deal as long as it's operating.
Missouri River Historical Development paired with another company to plan a new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that's slated to open in Sioux City next summer.
Moisture Levels Adequate For Crop Production
(Le Mars) -- Northwest Iowa has been fortunate to receive much needed rains this spring. But is there enough moisture in both the topsoil and subsoil levels to sustain a crop through pollination should the rains suddenly quit? Iowa State University Extenstion Crops Specialist Joel DeJong says perhaps, but more rain would be appreciated.
DeJong says there are still many critical times ahead for this year's crop.
Council Bluffs Accident Claims Life Of Teen Girl
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A teenage girl who survived a crash that killed one of her friends and injured two others says she took the keys from the other driver before he could flee the scene.
Police say 17-year-old Chrishaun Moten of Council Bluffs was a back seat passenger in a car that was hit early Friday on Veterans Memorial Highway by a van going the wrong way.
Two other teens were hospitalized for their injuries. One passenger, 16-year-old Jessilyn Eisman, suffered minor injuries. She tells Omaha television station that she crawled out of the
wreckage to see the driver of the van trying to leave, so she took
Police arrested 31-year-old Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez, whose last known address was in Nashville, Tennessee on suspicion of drunken driving and other counts.
Van Rolls Over Kills Driver
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a rollover crash that killed the driver and injured seven passengers in a minivan that was crossing Iowa.
The Polk County Sheriff's office says the crash happened on Highway 65 near Pleasant Hill on Saturday afternoon.
The sheriff's office says a rear tire blew out on the minivan before the accident. That caused the northbound vehicle to cross the median into the southbound lanes.
Deputies found the van sitting upside down after it rolled.
There were three adults and five juveniles in the van.
The sheriff's office says 49-year-old Simon Kumeso Makanda was killed in the crash. The Jefferson City, Mo., man was driving the minivan.
The other seven individuals were injured and taken to area hospitals.
Missing Man Found In Montana
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A 20-year-old Iowa man reported missing while on a hitchhiking and train-hopping trip across the country has turned up in Montana and called his mother.
Susanne Landgrebe, of Newton, says son Daniel Landgrebe called on Saturday night to check in from Big Sky, Mont. He hadn't known that his mother had reported him missing on July 1.
She'd last heard from him on June 24, although he had said he would contact her every two to three days.
Susanne Landgrebe says Daniel told her that he had asked someone to call her for him eight days ago because he was going into an area without cellphone reception or access to a pay phone. That
person didn't make the call, however.
Nearly A Year Since Cousins Went Missing - Still No Suspects
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Nearly a year after two Iowa cousins were abducted and killed, family members and police remain frustrated by the investigation's slow progress.
Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook disappeared on July 13, 2012 after riding their bikes near Meyer's Lake. Investigators from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and FBI are trying to determine what happened to the girls, who were found dead in December.
Drew and Heather Collins say the pain of losing their daughter remains fresh a year later.
The Collinses have devoted themselves to causes related to the girls' deaths, including lobbying state officials to approve tougher penalties for sex offenses.
Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock says he shares the frustration that there has been little progress to report in the case.
DMACC To Add Housing
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines Area Community College expects to add housing for thousands of students on or near its Ankeny campus.
Students will pay about $12,000 in room and board to live on campus or nearby for a two-year degree.
About 300 students lived on campus last year. That will jump to about 1,000 students in fall, with the opening of two apartment complexes across the street from the Ankeny campus.
More housing is expected to be built nearby to house even more college students.
With nearly 24,000 students across six campuses, the community college district trails only the University of Iowa and Iowa State University for largest college enrollments in the state.