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Thursday News, August 20

LifeServe Blood Center and KLEM Radio are teaming up for a community blood drive in LeMars today, August 20th from 3pm to 7pm. It will be held at the KC Hall, 120 1st Avenue Northeast. No appointment is necessary and all donors will receive a FREE t-shirt!

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There's a new development in the bank robbery that took place in Sioux City last Saturday.

The alleged robber and the bank teller involved in the theft live together.

Sioux City Police have arrested two female suspects in connection with the robbery.

Police say 18 year old Heaven Zevenbergen and 18 year old Angelica Perez, both of Sioux City, are charged with felony second degree theft.

The incident happened at the Security Bank branch located inside the Hy Vee located on Hamilton Bouevard just before 10am on August 15th.

Court documents say Perez entered the bank, and gave Zevenbergen, who was the teller, a note saying she was armed and demanded money.

Perez then fled on foot.

The two women live together at a Morningside address.

The suspects are in custody in the Woodbury County Jail.

 

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Authorities searching for a 19-year-old man who went missing in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota have recovered a body.

 

The Union County Sheriff's Office says the body was discovered Wednesday afternoon in the river about 2 1/2 miles from where the man was reported missing while swimming with friends on Sunday near Elk Point.

 

The body is being sent to a Sioux Falls lab for positive identification.

 

Authorities have not released the name of the missing man.

 

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A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the death of his 2-month-old son and neglect of his two other children.

 

28 year old Michael Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges including child endangerment resulting in serious injury. The sentence is part of a plea deal.

 

According to authorities, 2-month-old Leonard Williams was taken to a hospital on April 29, 2014. Authorities say an autopsy showed the child died of malnutrition and dehydration.

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Iowa Republicans have elected new leaders for the state's House of Representatives.

The new Iowa House Speaker is Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, who is the first woman ever to hold that position in the state legislature.

Current Speaker Kraig Paulsen announced two weeks ago that he would step down from the role in January. Paulsen plans to serve the remainder of his two-year term, which runs through 2016.

The new House Majority Leader is Chris Hagenow of Windsor Heights,, the new House Majority whip is Joel Fry of Osceola and the new Assistant House Majority Leader is  Zach Nunn of Bondurant.

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The value of farm real estate in South Dakota has risen 12 percent in the past year.

 

Farm real estate value is a measurement of all land and buildings on farms. The Agriculture Department says the value in South Dakota averages $2,320 per acre, up $250 per acre from last year.

 

Cropland value averages $3,730 per acre, up 9 percent from last year. Pastureland is up 14 percent, to $980 per acre on average.

 

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Authorities are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in a jail cell in northeast Nebraska.

 

The Cedar County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Frank Potts Jr. was found unconscious early Tuesday at the Cedar County Jail in Hartington. Officials say emergency responders attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead.

 

Potts was at the jail after he was arrested Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and refusing a chemical test.

 

Additional information about the death was not released. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

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Fawn Avenue is open to traffic again in rural Plymouth County between C-38 and 200th street.

Work to replace a bridge has been completed there, and there are no other travel restrictions on that section of roadway.

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A 2 1/2-foot-long alligator listed for sale by a Sioux City teenager instead will end up at a Nebraska college.

Sioux City officials learned of the posting and soon found the 16-year-old owner, whose posting said he wanted $400 for the reptile, Allie, and Allie's 75-gallon aquarium, heat lamps and water heater.

The boy had bought the alligator from an Internet website.

Animal control officials say Iowa has barred alligators from being kept as pets.

The alligator was turned over to Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center on Tuesday.

Cindy Rarrat, who owns the center, says Allie is the third alligator her facility has received in three years.

Allie eventually will be sent to Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and become part of the school's reptile lab.

 

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Wednesday News, August 19 -afternoon

A Hawarden man is in custody facing burglary and assault charges.

The Plymouth County Sheriff says 18 year old Heriberto Armenta-Robles was arrested Monday on a warrant for first degree burglary, a class B felony, and assault while participating in a felony, which is a Class D Felony.

Armenta-Robles was being held on $25,000 bond in the Plymouth County Jail..

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There's going to be a workshop held in Le Mars Thursday to develop a safety plan to make Plymouth County's roads safer.

The county is partnering with the Iowa Department of Transportation to develop a local road safety plan.

It's a followup to a similar workshop held back on July 2nd and ideas from that meeting will be reviewed to develop the final safety plan.

The goal is to have zero fatalities on Plymouth County roadways.

The workshop runs from 9am until noon Thursday at the conference room of the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center.

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There's a road closure in the county to tell you about.

Polk Avenue is closed between 200th to 190th streets for replacement of a bridge with a culvert.

The closure began this morning (Weds) and is expected to last through September 3rd.

 

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A school board member in Sioux City accused of sexually harassing a district employee says he will not resign from his post.

 

Paul Speidel (spy-dell) said during a special board meeting Tuesday that he sent inappropriate text messages to the employee over an undisclosed period of time. He says the communication has stopped.

 

The district confirmed this month that it had received a sexual harassment complaint about a board member.

 

Speidel says he will not step down from his position. His term expires in 2017.

 

Mike Krysl,(kree-sull) school board president, says it's up to an elected official to resign. He added the public will be able to offer feedback in the coming days.

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A long time federal judge from Sioux City has passed away.

The honorable Donald O'Brien died  tuesday at the age of 91.

O'Brien was appointed to the federal bench back in 1978.

He never retired, remaining active up until the time of his death.

O'Brien also served as Woodbury County Attorney in the late 1950's and twice ran for Congress in 1958 and 1960, losing each time to Republican Charles Hoeven.

He participated in Democratic politics in northwest Iowa for sveral years after that, until being appointed to the federal bench.

Funeral services for Judge Donald O'Brien are being handled through Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials have confirmed emerald ash borer in a southwest Iowa county, and they say it's the furthest west the invasive insect has been spotted in the state.

 

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship did not release additional information Tuesday about the discovery. To date, there have been confirmed cases of the beetle in 27 Iowa counties.

 

Experts say emerald ash borer gradually kills ash trees. A statewide quarantine has restricted the movement of firewood out of Iowa.

 

Mike Kintner, a coordinator for the department who focuses on emerald ash borer, says the latest find marks the furthest west the pest has been confirmed in Iowa.

 

The metallic green insect is native to Asia. It has spread to 25 states since first being identified in Michigan in 2002.

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