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Monday Afternoon News, October 28

Sioux City Police Looking For Homicide Suspect

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police and authorities in South Dakota are searching for a suspect in a weekend homicide after a body was discovered in Lincoln County, South Dakota.  Police say a man was shot early Sunday morning at 1420 West 15th Street on Sioux City's westside.
The victim's body was found in a ditch near Canton, South Dakota on a gravel road five miles east of I-29.
Police say the victim's body had been set on fire.  Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says the victim is a man in his 20's.  His body was found by a passer-by Sunday morning.  Authorities are searching for 20 year old Martin Castellanos.  He is a 5'8", 180 pound Hispanic male who may have a light mustache.  He may be driving a silver 2003 Audi A4 with Iowa license plate number 892YSD.

In custody and charged as an accessory is 22 year old Ricardo Jaime Vital of Sioux City.  Authorities have not released the victim's identity.

 

Congressman Comments On Texas Senator Ted Cruz

(Le Mars) -- Congressman Steve King says he invited the Texas Senator to Iowa for his annual "Defenders Of Freedom" fundraiser because Cruz shares a belief that is similar to King's point of view.

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King, who has been a staunch opponent to the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as
"Obamacare," says the Republicans must never give up their on their fight against the
Affordable Health Care Act.  King encourages people to talk to everyone

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Governor Branstad Launches Water Quality Website

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has launched a new state website that he says will help encourage efforts to reduce water pollution in Iowa.
Branstad announced the website Monday. He says it will provide information to rural and
urban residents as part of a wide-ranging approach to enhancing water quality in the state.
Iowa recently came to a deal with federal authorities to inspect more livestock farms
and strictly enforce penalties when manure leaks into rivers or streams. That came after a
long dispute over enforcing the U.S. Clean Water Act.
Environmental groups note that 479 lakes, rivers and streams in the state are listed as
impaired by the EPA. A wet spring this year caused some rivers in central Iowa to record the
highest nitrate levels ever.

 

Deer Run Into Shops And Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa homeowners and shoppers were startled this weekend when deer
smashed through the glass to come inside in two separate incidents.
In Mason City, a deer broke through one of the glass doors to Younkers at the Southbridge Mall around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sgt. Tiffany Creekmur says the deer was stuck for a few minutes between the inner and
outer doors to the store. It was also bleeding and appeared dazed.
But that deer recovered from its shopping trip enough to run off.
In Des Moines, a deer leapt through the front window of one family's home and then broke another window to get out Saturday afternoon.
Kate Buckley says the whole incident was terrifying. The deer was gone before animal control officers arrived.

 

Iowa City Man Poses As Police Officer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City man has been accused of dressing up as a police officer and checking personal identifications at a bar.
Iowa City police say they received a report shortly after midnight Sunday about 41-year-old Carlos Escorcia checking customers' identification cards at The Union Bar.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/19N1ZMw ) Escorcia wore a dark blue police T-shirt. Police say he also wore a duty belt with a replica revolver, a silver badge and old Iowa City police patches.
Police arrested Escorcia and seized some of his items. He has been charged with impersonating a public official and public intoxication. He has been released from the Johnson County Jail.
Court records do not list an attorney.
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Former Police Officer Charged With Sending Sexual Explicit Photos To Minor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former South Carolina police officer has been released from custody while awaiting trial on charges that he sent explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old Iowa girl.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters in Des Moines approved the release of 30-year-old Andrew Haney under several conditions Friday, which include having no contact with the alleged victim.
Authorities say Haney was a West Columbia police officer when he met the girl through a social media website last month. They say they identified Haney after he sent the girl a photo with his police badge with the state seal visible in the photo. He's charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor.
West Columbia's police chief has said Haney has been fired.


 

 

   

Monday News, October 28

12th Street SW To Be Closed Again Today

(Le Mars) -- Additional work is being conducted on the Dean's Foods expansion project, and  that means 12th Street from 6th Avenue SW, to Business Highway 75 will be closed again this morning, due to the crane construction operations.  Hy-Vee can be accessed by using Prospect Street SW.  The area will remain closed until further notice.

 

Fire Department Respond To Smell Of Smoke In Home

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to 1100 6th Avenue SE on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. for a report of smoke in the home.  The home owner's daughter arrived home and heard smoke detectors had been activated.  Upon arrival by the Le Mars Fire Department a light haze of smoke was found throughout the main floor of the home.  Firefighters searched the entire home including the attic.  The problem was detected in the main floor's bathroom, where a light bulb in a bathroom fixture had ignited and melted a plastic cover.  The smoke and odor was ventilated from the home by fire fighters.  The smoke detectors in the home were recently installed by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department as part of a State of Iowa smoke detector grant program.  Fire fighters were on the scene for a half an hour.

 

School Board To Meet This Evening

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community Board of Education will hear a report from Jeff Peters of
the Williams and Company as he delivers an audit report concerning the school's financial position during tonight's meeting.  In addition, the school board will hear a report from members of the faculty that attended the Professional Learning Communities.  Each of the building principals will submit their year end report from the last school year.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences Rescheduled Due To Volleyball Tournament

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School District has announced that due to a potential conflict with Volleyball Regional Finals scheduled for November 5th, the parent/teacher conferences will be held on November 7th and 11th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


Texas Senator Ted Cruz Visits Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made an appearance in Le Mars on Saturday and
he spoke about the need for economic growth for the nation.  Cruz, who was the keynote
speaker at Iowa Congressman Steve King's Defenders of Freedom fundraiser event told the
group of nearly 250 Republican supporters that the message needs to continually be told to
wake up America. The Texas Senator says the there are many comparisons between today's
economy and the economy during President Carter's era.

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Cruz says his number one priority since being elected to the Senate is to restore economic growth.  The Texas Senator says economic growth is on the minds of Americans, but it is not on the minds of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, or the President.

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Cruz suggests President Obama should implement the same polices that President Reagan had done when he first entered office.  Cruz says it would benefit America's economy.  He says Reagan enjoyed a 7.2 percent economic growth.

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The Texas Senator says a one percentage point of GDP growth over the course of a decade will produce $2.8 trillion dollars.
Cruz, who spoke on the Senate floor for 21 straight hours, advocating the need to defund
the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obamacare" was asked by reporters how best to
have apathetic people become more involved and aware of the dangers of the national
healthcare program?

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Cruz is widely rumored to be making a run for the White House in 2016

 

Ernst And Clovis Attend Republican Fundraiser

(Le Mars) -- Two of the five Republican candidates seeking the position of U-S Senator also
attended the King fundraiser on Saturday.  State Senator Joni Ernst and College Professor
and former radio talk show host, Sam Clovis both spoke to the gathering of 250 republican
supporters.  Clovis says being a candidate without political experience has been a benefit.

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Iowa is one of two states in the nation not to have ever elected a woman to either the governor's position, or to Congress and the Senate.  Ernst says she doesn't see that as a detriment.

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Both Republican candidates say they would have voted with Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and 17 other Senators on not re-opening the shut down government.

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Milk Prices May Rise If Farm Bill Not Approved

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to
the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no
agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the
five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don't finish it, dairy supports
could expire at the end of the year and send the price of milk skyward.
There could be political ramifications, too. The House and Senate are far apart on the
sensitive issue of how much money to cut from food stamps, and lawmakers are hoping to
resolve that debate before election-year politics set in.
The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects.


Rockwell City Police Officer's Death On Minds Of Community

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - The death of a Rockwell City police officer killed in the line of duty last month is having a lasting impact on the community of 2,200 Jamie Buenting served.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/16eSLbD ) Buenting's death is especially hard on the three remaining officers of the Rockwell City police force.
The 37-year-old father of two died Sept. 13 after being shot in the neck during an eight-hour standoff.
Police Chief Larry Schoop says the experience has made him want to live every minute to the fullest with his family and let them know how much he cares for them.
Lifelong Rockwell City resident John Schmit says everyone in town knows where they were

when they heard about Buenting's death just like with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.



   

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