Thursday PM News August 15th
Stabbing Suspect At Large
Sioux County authorities are searching for a male suspect in connection with a stabbing incident that happened Tuesday.
The incident occurred just before 9pm Tuesday about five miles southwest of Rock Valley.
A caller on 911 advised Sioux County dispatchers that he was bringing in a stabbing victim by vehicle. The victim is a 21 year old man from Orange City, who was transferred to McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls. His name has not been released.
Sioux County deputies arrested two 19 year old people as material witnesses in connection with the stabbing: They are Isidro Topete and Tony Chavez, both of Orange City.
Late Wednesday morning, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle six miles southwest of Rock Valley in connection with the investigation.
The driver, who was the occupant of the vehicle, stopped on the roadway and ran into a
cornfield. Officers pursued on foot but were unable to locate the suspect who remains at large.
He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a small trimmed beard. Anyone with information on the stabbing should contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.
IRGC Denies Casino License Renewal
The Iowa Racing and Gaming commission has denied renewing the Argosy Riverboat Casino's license to operate. The commission vote was unanimous at their meeting Thursday morning in Riverside, Iowa.
Penn National Gaming, the riverboat's parent company, does not have an agreement with a non-profit to hold the license. The Missouri River historical Development Group, the former non-profit, is being sued by the gaming company for breach of contract.
Penn has also stopped making payments to MRHD, which is now partnering with Sioux City Entertainment which is building the new Hard Rock Casino in Sioux city's downtown.
The riverboat has been allowed to keep operating without a license by the I-R-G-C for the last several weeks so the 300 employees there have remained on the job.
It's expected the commission will let the casino continue to function until the new Hard Rock Casino is built.
O'Brien County Out Of Mental Health Care Funds
A northwest Iowa county says it's run out of money to help scores of residents with their psychiatric medication and counseling.
O'Brien County leaders say they're tapped out because Iowa is shifting to a new system and because the governor vetoed $13 million that legislators approved to help counties make the transition.
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas Farnsworth says under the old state system, counties financed much of the care for their residents, even if those people moved to other counties. That arrangement ended July 1, and counties now are responsible for the costs for everyone living within their borders.
Farnsworth says O'Brien County has solid residential facilities for the mentally ill that have attracted several people from outside the county.