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Thursday News, January 21

Mike Huckabee To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has scheduled a visit to Le Mars.  Huckabee will appear at the Habitue Coffeehouse and The Living Center this morning between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.  Huckabee won the Iowa Republican Caucus back in 2008, but this time around, polls indicate he is trailing with receiving only single digit approval rating.

Huckabee is visiting with Angie Catton and Shirley Benson about energy issues during his last visit to Le Mars.

 

 

 

Emily's List President To Appear In Le Mars To Campaign For Hillary Rodham Clinton

(Le Mars) -- The president of Emily's List, Stephanie Schriock, will be in Le Mars today to campaign on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Schriock will appear at the Le Mars Public Library Meeting Room at 2:45 p.m.

 

 

 

Kass And Sturgeon Explain Caucus Process For Both Political Parties

(Le Mars) -- In ten days, Iowans will have the opportunity to start the selection process for who will be our next president as we hold the first-in-the-nation caucuses.  Don Kass of rural Remsen serves as the chairman of the Plymouth County Republican party.  He says the caucus, for both parties, serves as the grassroots organization for the beginning steps in selecting a presidential candidate.

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Kass says at the caucus site, the republicans will be picking their precinct captains, as well as their voting delegates to the county convention. He urges everybody to participate and get involved.  Kass says the local caucus is also where ideas can become resolutions, and may be part of the party's platform.

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Kass says if the resolution is passed at the county convention, it will be forwarded to the district convention, and if passed again, it will be a resolution at the state political party convention.  Another aspect of the caucus is to hear people speak on behalf of their chosen candidate.  Kass says since there are a great number of candidates, and he anticipates a larger number of people will participate in the caucus process, the county republican party will place a time limit on the speeches.

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The Plymouth County Republican party chair says if a person is not registered to vote, they can register at the caucus location.  However, Kass suggests the people plan ahead.

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(Le Mars) -- As for the democratic caucus, Mark Sturgeon, vice chair of the Plymouth County Democratic party says party officials will ask for your presidential preference at the time you first enter the doors.

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Sturgeon offers an explanation as to what is a "viable" candidate.

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The Plymouth County Democratic party official talks about what happens if a candidate does not get enough number of "viable" supporters.

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Another way the Democrats are different with their caucus is a person's selection is not secret, but visible to all that participate.  Sturgeon feels people are not bothered by the fact it is not a secret ballot.

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Like the Republicans, the Democrats will also begin forming their political platform by discussing and voting on proposed resolutions.  Sturgeon says he introduces the same resolution each election cycle.

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Trial Set For Sloan Shooting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A July trial has been scheduled for a 30-year-old man accused of killing another man in the northwest Iowa community of Sloan. The trial of Timothy Schroeder had been set to begin Feb. 16, but Judge Jeffrey Neary agreed to give defense attorneys more time to prepare. The trial now is scheduled to begin July 12 in Woodbury County District Court. Schroeder has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the Jan. 9, 2015, shooting death of 29-year-old Dustin Wilder at Wilder's home in Sloan.

 

 

 

State Senate Approves Bill To Give Meskwaki Tribe More Judicial Power

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state Senate has passed legislation that would give a Native American tribe in central Iowa more authority over criminal offenses committed on its land.

Lawmakers voted 41-6 Wednesday to give more judicial power to the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, located on the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama. The bill now heads to the House.

A federal law approved in 1948 gives the state of Iowa jurisdiction to handle criminal offenses between tribal members on the settlement. This bill aims to switch that power to the tribe.

Senator Steven Sodders, a State Center Democrat who led the bill, says the tribe has greatly enhanced its criminal justice system. Tribal members say the mixed system of state and tribal oversight leads to dual charges in some instances.

 

 

 

Fort Dodge Tire Fire

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge tire warehouse is being demolished after a fire destroyed the walls of the building. The front wall of the building on Central Avenue has been knocked down and additional demolition is in progress. Fire Chief Kent Hulett said the front and rear walls of the building were "structurally unsound" after the fire. Fire crews were called Monday afternoon to reports of a fire just north of Central Avenue, across the street from the fire station. A firefighter who suffered a hand injury in the fire had surgery Monday. Investigators continue to seek the cause of the fire.

 

 

 

 

CPR Grant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More hospitals and ambulances across the state may soon have access to an automated CPR device that health officials say is more consistent than human-performed CPR.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has received a $6.3 million grant that will mainly go toward installing automated chest compression devices in ambulances and hospitals around Iowa, and to provide training for their use.

The grant was awarded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and will be given to the department's Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services.

There are now a limited number of the devices in Iowa. The health department says the machines are able to perform longer and more consistent chest compressions compared to people manually performing CPR.

The devices cost about $10,000 each.

 

 

 

 

ISU Police Arrest Man With Handgun Intimidating People

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A man is in custody and faces several charges after police responded to an Ames neighborhood altercation.

Iowa State University police say 26-year-old Jerome Elgin Guy Clinton was charged Wednesday after witnesses in Schilletter Village reported that a man had pointed a loaded handgun at three people and attempted to engage in a fight.

Police were able to locate him and a handgun nearby.

Clinton was charged with three counts of assault, three counts of going armed with intent, three counts of first-degree harassment, three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, carrying weapons and possession and control of a firearm by a felon.

Online court records do not reflect whether Clinton has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

He is being held in the Story County Jail.


 

 





   

Wednesday Afternoon News, January 20

Plymouth County Republicans Prepare For Caucus

(Le Mars) -- In eleven days, Iowans will have the opportunity to start the selection process for who will be our next president as we hold the first-in-the-nation caucuses.  Don Kass of rural Remsen serves as the chairman of the Plymouth County Republican party.  He says the caucus, for both parties, serves as the grassroots organization for the beginning steps in selecting a presidential candidate.

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Kass says at the caucus site, the republicans will be picking their precinct captains, as well as their voting delegates to the county convention. He urges everybody to participate and get involved.  Kass says the local caucus is also where ideas can become resolutions, and may be part of the party's platform.

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Kass says if the resolution is passed at the county convention, it will be forwarded to the district convention, and if passed again, it will be a resolution at the state political party convention.  Another aspect of the caucus is to hear people speak on behalf of their chosen candidate.  Kass says since there are a great number of candidates, and he anticipates a larger number of people will participate in the caucus process, the county republican party will place a time limit on the speeches.

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The Plymouth County Republican party chair says if a person is not registered to vote, they can register at the caucus location.  However, Kass suggests the people plan ahead.

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CenturyLink Closes Sioux City Call Center

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The last 47 workers at the CenturyLink call center in Sioux City have lost their jobs with the center's closing.
CenturyLink announced in October that it would close the center, which at one time had more than 400 workers. The last day of operation was Friday. 
CenturyLink spokeswoman Nancy DeVinay-McNeley says he closure is part of CenturyLink's efforts to remain competitive by reducing costs and achieving operational efficiencies. Work at the Sioux City center will be transferred to a center in Midvale, Utah.
Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink acquired the center as part of its purchase of Qwest Communications in 2011. Qwest opened it in 2005.
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19 Year Old Sac County Man To Face Trial For Vehicular Homicide

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old will stand trial in the August 2014 crash deaths of two teenage girls in western Iowa, now that prosecutors have withdrawn a plea offer.
Trevor Feauto was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on two felony counts of reckless vehicular homicide. He'd pleaded guilty. But the county attorney says he withdrew the offer because relatives of the two girls say the deal doesn't provide adequate justice.
A date hasn't been set for Feauto's trial on four counts: two for reckless vehicular homicide and two for felony vehicular homicide while intoxicated. 
Sac County authorities say Feauto was driving drunk on Aug. 23, 2014, when his pickup crashed into a car near the town of Breda (BREE'-duh). Sixteen-year-olds Bailey Jacobsen and Lindsey Quirk were killed. Both were Wall Lake residents.

 

 

 

 

Bus Driver Charged For Killing ISU Student In Hit-And-Run Incident

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Police have arrested a bus driver in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed an Iowa State University student. 
Ames police investigations commander Jason Tuttle says a CyRide bus struck 18-year-old student Emmalee Jacobs on Dec. 14 near the ISU campus. The investigation was aided by a CyRide supervisor's discovery of a video recorded on the bus believed to have hit Jacobs.
Jacobs was found early that morning at an intersection and died later at a hospital.
Police Wednesday charged 23-year-old bus driver Benjamin D. Clague with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death and failure to obey a traffic control device. Online court records didn't indicate whether Clague has a lawyer who can comment on the charges. 
He's being held in the Story County Jail.
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Fugitive Returned To Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man facing federal firearms charges in Iowa who was found in Cuba attempting to escape prosecution has been returned to Iowa.
Shawn Michael Wegmann was scheduled to enter a guilty plea in federal court Oct. 21 but didn't show up. More than a week later, Cuban border guards reported he arrived in Havana piloting a 13-foot boat reported stolen from Florida. Wegmann was arrested and became the first fugitive the Cuban government turned over to the U.S. since the recent thaw in relations.
Wegmann was charged with possession of firearms by a felon and possessing stolen guns and now faces a charge of failure to appear. 
He appeared in a Davenport courtroom Wednesday. Prosecutors want him held in custody until his trial. A hearing is set for next week.

 



   

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