Tuesday News, July 15
Cause Of Death Determined In One Murder
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities are saying the cause of death of an 80 year old Akron woman was injuries sustained from blunt force. Esther Neunaber and her husband Donald Nuenaber were found dead in their rural Akron home last Wednesday. Meanwhile, the state medical examiner is still conducting additional laboratory tests to determine the cause and manner of death to Donald Neunaber. The Neunaber's son, Jonathon was found in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Thursday, one day after the discovery of the dead bodies. Deputies have escorted Jon Neunaber back to Plymouth County over the weekend. He was arrested without incident and is being held in the Plymouth County jail. DCI agents have seized the Buick car Jon Neunaber was driving, and are bringing it back to Iowa where a crime scene team will inspect the vehicle for possible evidence. Jonathon Neunaber is being held without bond as a material witness for the deaths of his parents. Friends and relatives of the dead couple had made plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.
New Scam Involves Woodbury County Warrents Division
(Sioux City)- The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office is warning people that there is a new scam out there. After reciving complaints about a person is contacting victims by phone saying they are with the Woodbury County Warrents Division. They are telling the victims they have to pay fines for outstanding traffic tickets, or failing to appear for jury duty. The sheriff's office wants people to know that this is a scam and people reciving these phone calls should end the call right away and not to send money anywhere. The Woodbury Coutny Sheriff's Office does not solicit money over the phone or conduct buisness in this manner. There is in ongoing investigation into these reports.
Two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Open In Northwest Iowa
(Rock Rapids)-The federal government is opening two disaster loan outreach centers today in northwest Iowa. The U-S Small Business Administration will operate the centers in Rock Rapids in Lyon County and in Rock Valley in Sioux County. Both counties were declared federal disaster areas after last month's severe weather and flooding. The S-B-A's Garth MacDonald says the centers will be open to serve homeowners, renters and business owners face-to-face.
In addition to Lyon and Sioux counties, the surrounding counties are also under the declaration. Those are: Cherokee, O'Brien, Osceola and Plymouth counties in Iowa, as well as two counties in Minnesota and three in South Dakota. While the agency's name refers specifically to small businesses, MacDonald says the aid is being extended well beyond just businesses.
While you can apply for the loans over the phone, MacDonald says it's easier for some people to meet in person, so these offices are being opened in Rock Rapids and Rock Valley to offer that convenience.
U-S-D-A Crop Report Showed Drier Conditions
(Des Moines)-The U-S-D-A crop report issued Monday showed drier conditions allowed farmers to get more work done in the fields last week. The report says there were four-point-two (4.2) days suitable for fieldwork -- the first time since mid-June that farmers have had over three suitable days across the whole state to work in the field. Some of that field work included replanting drowned out crops, or adding nitrogen to areas that saw it washed out. Parts of northwest Iowa had more than 20 inches of rain in recent weeks. Iowa State University Agronomist, Paul Kassel (castle, says that continues to create water problems.
He says the water doesn't drain away and that impacts the corn.
He says in some cases farmers are trying to rescue some of their nitrogen-starved corn crop.
Kassel says the worst areas in northwest Iowa are in Buena Vista, Clay, Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties. Overall, the crop report says 76-percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week.
Fundraising Group Steps In For Ernst While She Is On 2 Week Training
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.
Group spokesman Paul Lindsay tells The Associated Press they're spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins Tuesday.
Crossroads is spending another $3.1 million in Iowa as part of a $20 million blitz in Senate battlegrounds as the GOP tries to take control of the chamber.
The ad mentions Democratic candidate and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's critique of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley's qualifications to be Senate Judiciary Chairman.
The ad calls Ernst, a state senator, "a better choice."
Crossroads is a super PAC that is unaffiliated with Ernst's campaign and not bound by federal laws limiting contributions. It is required to disclose donors.
3rd Trial Set For Man Accused Of Killing His Wife
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A 23-year-old Iowan charged with killing his wife and unborn child is going on trial for a third time after two previous juries couldn't reach a verdict.
Seth Techel appeared Monday in a Scott County courtroom in Davenport along with 75 potential jurors who could be selected to hear the two-week trial.
Techel's charged with first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in the May 2012 death of 23-year-old Lisa Techel, who was five months pregnant.
Prosecutors say Seth Techel shot his wife while she sleeping in the trailer they shared in rural southeastern Iowa. They say he wanted her dead because he was pursuing a relationship with another woman.
Seth Techel argues he is wrongly accused and that she was likely killed by a mentally ill neighbor.