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Friday News, November 14

Plymouth County 4-H And Agricultural Society Elects Directors

(Le Mars) -- Last evening the Plymouth County 4-H and Agricultural Society held its annual meeting.  Elected to serve on the board of directors for the Plymouth County Fair included Loren Schempf, Bob Kabish, John Ahlers, Gail Schoenrock, Brad Collins, Candice Farrar, Chad Peters, Matt Reuter, and Brad Harvey.  Four directors were presented the "Rookie of the Year" award.  Receiving honors included Keith Koerselman, Jim Jauer, Chad Peters, and Ann Schoenrock.  Long time director Greg Roepke who has been a part of the fair board for 34 years has decided to retire from the fair board. Following the annual meeting, the Fair Board held its regular monthly meeting, and elected its officers.  Each of the officers retained their position with Tony Schroeder elected as president, Rich Benson was re-elected to vice president, Gail Schoenrock selected as secretary, and Michael Bietelspacher as the fair board's tresurer.  The fair board approved the date of December 8 at 7:00 p.m. to accept contractor bids for the renovation of the "Hall of 76" building.


Another Performance Added For "Over The River And Through The Woods"

(Le Mars) -- If you have been wanting to see the theater production of "Over the River and Through the Woods, put on by the Le Mars Community Theater at the Postal Playhouse, but have found ticket sales have been sold out, you are now in luck.  Co-director Angie Riedeman tells KLEM news that they have added another show.  In addition to the Sunday matinee, another performance has been added to Sunday evening.  Curtains will go up at 7:30 p.m. Riedeman says the decision was made to add another performance due to the overwhelming reception of the show, and ticket demand.  The box office will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday through Saturday.


Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Fatal Hit-And-Run 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash in May.
     23-year-old Mark Beltran entered his plea Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Misdemeanor traffic violations will be dismissed as part of an agreement.
     Police say 70-year-old Robert Ibsgaard, also of Sioux City, was on a crosswalk on May 29th when he was struck by a car driven by Beltran. Ibsgaard died several days later. Police say Beltran then drove to a parking lot and ran off. He was arrested a short time later.
     Beltran is scheduled to be sentenced on January 5th.


Mother Who Lied About Child's Cancer Accepts Plea

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors say a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter's cancer diagnosis has accepted a plea deal. 
     Cass County Attorney Daniel Feistner said late Thursday that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson took the deal but the details of it won't be released until Monday. It's unclear how Slauson will plead or what penalties she could face. 
     Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting donations for her treatment. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick. Slauson previously pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including child endangerment.
     The child and her siblings have remained in the custody of their father since Slauson's arrest in Aug. 21.



Police Arrest Mother Of 5 Year Old That Died From Overdose

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have arrested the mother of a 5-year-old who authorities say died of a drug overdose.
     Sgt. Jason Halifax says medical examiners have determined that Jayda Canada died of a morphine overdose. Her mother, 24-year-old Tionne Bloodsaw, was arrested Thursday on charges of child endangerment, neglect and several drug counts. She's being held on $150,000 bail. Another suspect is being sought. Online court records don't list the name of Bloodsaw's attorney.
     Police say cocaine, morphine pills and other drugs and digital scales were found in Bloodsaw's apartment when emergency crews were called there on Oct. 7 because Jayda wasn't breathing. Bloodsaw's 1-year-old child also was in the apartment and has been turned over to the care of the Iowa Department of Human Services.?


Senate To Vote On XL Keystone Pipeline On Tuesday

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the controversial vote involving the proposed XL Keystone pipeline that will start in Canada and move south through the United States to Texas, may be voted upon by the U-S Senate as early as Tuesday.  Grassley says he favors the construction of the oil pipeline.

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Grassley says only those proposed pipelines that cross international borders need approval of the federal government.

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Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu chairs the Senate Energy Committee and is trying to get the pipeline vote approved before she faces a run-off election against her opponnet, Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy.  Landrieu led in first round of voting last week, but Cassidy is favored to win the run-off.  The pipeline vote could determine whether Landrieu will be able to retain her Senate seat.





Thursday News, November 13

Three People Convicted For Helping Felon

   SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Three people have pleaded guilty to helping a convicted Iowa felon escape the state in 2012.
     The U.S. Attorney's Office says Mark Hill, Brandon Hinesly and Janelle Zoch pleaded guilty recently to conspiracy to obstruct justice. The convicted felon, Darwin Zoch, also pleaded guilty to the same charge.
      Hill, Hinesly and Janelle Zoch were accused of helping Darwin Zoch flee the area in February 2012 while he awaited sentencing on a federal firearms charge. Darwin Zoch was eventually arrested in Texas.
     Hill was placed on probation for three months. Hinesly was sentenced to three months in prison. Janelle Zoch was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison. Darwin Zoch was given an additional 28 months to his 15-year sentence on the firearms charge.

Prosecutor Amends Charges Against Couple For Death Of Son

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor has amended charges against a Sioux City couple for the death of their 2-month-old son.
      27-year-old Michael Williams and 24-year-old Rebekah Williams-McCarthy now are both charged with child endangerment resulting in the death of a child, child endangerment resulting in bodily injury of a child and three counts of neglect of a dependent person. The baby, Leonard Williams, was taken to an emergency room on April 29. An autopsy showed that he died of malnutrition and dehydration.
     His father originally was charged only with neglect and had pleaded not guilty. The charge of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury is new for Rebekah Williams-McCarthy. She, too, has pleaded not guilty.


Former State Senator Tested Positive For Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A probation officer says former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson has now tested positive three times for marijuana in his system while awaiting sentencing in a campaign money case.
     Federal court documents filed Wednesday reveal that two urine samples from Sorensen tested positive for the presence of marijuana on October 7th and 21st.  An earlier test on September 30th also found the drug in his system.
     Probation officer Priscilla Davidson writes that a toxicologist with an outside laboratory believes the most recent tests were from fresh drug use, which Sorenson has denied.
     Sorenson pleaded guilty in August to concealing payments he received to work for Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign. He also kept quiet a $25,000 check and additional payments he negotiated to switch allegiances to Ron Paul's campaign.


New Jersey Governor Listens To Advice From Iowa Pork Producers

 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There are not that many pigs in his home state. But there are millions in the early presidential voting state of Iowa. And that's making for a tough decision for Chris Christie, both New Jersey's governor and a potential presidential candidate.
     Christie has until early December to decide whether to sign a bill that would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates.
     The bill has the support of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers in New Jersey. But it is opposed by the pork lobby, which is based in Iowa, a state that's home to millions of pigs. And that could cause problems for Christie if he decides to run for president in 2016.

      Bill Tentinger, a Plymouth County pork producer, and a past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association addressed this very issue with Governor Christie during a recent pheasant hunt fundraiser event held at the Hole In The Wall hunting preserve near Akron, and sponsored by Iowa Congressman Steve King.  Tentinger says Christie has vetoed the measure in the past.

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Tentinger says Governor Christie has consulted with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad regarding the issue, and he realizes the movement is being pushed by the United States Humane Society.

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Tentinger says pork producers hope to be successful from having the New Jersey state legislature over-ride Christie's veto. 

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Vermont Senator Sanders To Again Visit Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will headline a liberal advocacy group event in Iowa next month. 
     Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic says Sanders will give the keynote address Dec. 16 at the group's holiday party in Altoona.
     Sanders, an independent who is supported largely by Democrats, says in a press release provided to The Associated Press that he is excited to speak with a group that is a "strong voice in the fight for America's middle class." 
     Sanders has made several visits to Iowa in recent months, prompting speculation about his presidential ambitions for 2016.
     Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is widely expected to run in 2016, but that hasn't stopped other Democratic prospects from visiting the state.


Carroll Residents Resist Corn-Crib Gazebo 

 CARROLL, Iowa (AP) - Some residents of Carroll are annoyed when they look into a neighbor's backyard and see a corncrib that's been turned into a gazebo.
     Allen Nieland lives near the property, and he says the corncrib would look nice on an acreage or a farm, but it just doesn't fit the character of his subdivision. The corncrib is the see-through type with a metal roof.
     Nieland says he's started a petition to have the corncrib removed. But city officials say the corncrib meets zoning and building codes and is legal because it's being used for outdoor entertainment, not to store or dry corn.
     Another neighbor, Brad Kirsch, says the corncrib is better to look at "than junk cars or an old boat."


Autopsy Complete On Missing Iowa State University Student

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - A medical examiner's office says an autopsy report has been completed on an Iowa State University student found dead in her car in September.
     Mike Hensch, administrator of the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department, says an autopsy report on the body of 20-year-old Tong Shao was submitted October 31st to the Iowa City Police Department and the Johnson County Attorney's Office.
     Hensch says his office is complying with a request by the Iowa City Police Department to not release information about the cause of death.
     Shao's body was found on September 26th in the trunk of her car. Authorities say they're looking for 23-year-old Xiangnan Li (zi-ON'-nan Lee), a friend of Shao's. Authorities say he may have information about the circumstance surrounding her death.








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