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Saturday News, November 9

Sioux City Police Investigate Shooting

(Sioux City) -- Two people are dead and one other injured after a shooting incident on Sioux City's westside.  Police Chief Doug Young says officers were called to 507 West 27th Street late Thursday evening.

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Several other people including two children were at the home at the time of the shooting, which the chief says started with an argument.

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The suspect, who was also shot in the leg, fled the scene, but was quickly located and arrested at his girlfriend's home.    26 year old Juan Antonio Nino-Estrada of Sioux City is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder and one count of attempted murder.  He is being held in the Woodbury County jail after being treated for his wound.  The names of the victims have not been released pending family notification.  The investigation is continuing.

 

Escaped Inmate Captured

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 43-year-old inmate has been captured following his escape from a
work release facility in Sioux City.
Fred Scaletta of the state Department of Corrections says David Kreider was apprehended
Friday in Sioux City. He is at the Woodbury County Jail.
Officials at the Sioux City Residential Treatment Facility say Kreider didn't return as scheduled from his overnight shift job on Thursday morning. He's serving a 20-year sentence for willful injury and other crimes. He was convicted of stabbing a man in October 2004.
In July last year, Kreider left the center without permission. He was found two days later by U.S. marshals and subsequently convicted of voluntary absence.
Scaletta says Kreider was given another opportunity for work release because officials perceived that his behavior had improved.

 

Primebank Donates To Le Mars Elementary Schools

(Le Mars) --Primebank President and CEO Matt Ahlers, Customer Service Representative, Kelli Langel and Senior Vice President, Kim Clarey recently presented checks to elementary school principals Lorie Nussbaum, Floyd Athay and Scott Parry.  The checks represented funds raised by Primebank and staff during Homecoming week for both schools.  Primebank matched the money raised by the staff.
Ahlers says, “Primebank and staff are happy to help the elementary schools provide
classrooms with some of the items that enhance learning opportunities.”  “With budget
constraints what they are, often times some of the tools that are considered to be beyond
necessary are left out.  It is our hope that the money we are able to provide will allow
students in Le Mars to receive an even better educational experience,” Ahlers concluded.
In total, Primebank and staff donated over $600 to the four elementary schools in Le Mars;
Gehlen Catholic, Franklin, Clark and Kluckhohn.  2013 was the second year that Primebank and
staff have provided additional funding for the elementary schools in
Le Mars.

 

Floyd Valley Hospital To Offer Seminar About Kidney Diseases

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital will offer a professional educational session entitled “Kidney Disease and Treatment Options” on Tuesday, November 19.  The program will be held in Floyd Valley Hospital’s lower level conference room #1 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Please pre-register by calling 546-3388 or 1-800-642-6074, Ext. 388.   The $10 course fee includes continuing education credit, light refreshments and course materials.  People with kidney disease can live long and productive lives. Treatment of kidney disease can delay disease progression and improve outcomes.  This program will provide a review of kidney disease and various aspects of treatment and is intended for nurses, social workers, advanced practitioners, dialysis technicians, dietitians and other interested health professionals.


Lt. Governor Reynolds Leaves For China

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will leave for China this weekend to speak at a forum in Shanghai.
The governor's office says in a news release that Reynolds will depart Sunday and then be the featured speaker Tuesday at the World Forum for Direct Investment's opening panel.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority also has scheduled other business meetings for Reynolds while she's in China.
Reynolds says in a statement that the conference and other meetings would continue an effort to establish ties between Iowa and China.
Reynolds will return to Iowa on Wednesday.
The roughly $8,500 cost of the trip will be covered by the Iowa Economic Development Foundation.

 

Volunteers Looking At Condition Of Past Governors Graves

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers are cataloging the conditions of grave sites and markers belonging to former Iowa governors, lieutenant governors and federal cabinet officials.
The volunteers are part of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries. They're on assignment from Gov. Terry Branstad, who wants the group to document the sites and markers by photographing them and assessing their conditions.
State documents that locate some governor grave sites are helping volunteers, but more research will be needed to track all the graves belonging to lieutenant governors.
Group members hope their work may lead to some renovations for the aging symbols. Branstad indicated in a letter to the group that the project will indeed help determine if some work needs to be done on the sites.

 

 

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon News, November 8

State Audit Shows Remsen-Union Parent-Teacher Organization Missing Funds

(Des Moines) -- A state audit of the Remsen-Union Family Connection, parent-teacher organization has uncovered $9,000 is missing from the organization's fund.  This is not part the Remsen-Union school budget, it is a separate volunteer-run organization.  Tami Kusian (Coos-sun) serves as the deputy state auditor for the investigative division.  She says Remsen-Union school officials first notified the state auditor's office nearly a year ago asking for assistance when it discovered some discrepancies with the account.

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The state auditor's official says through their investigation they were not able to determine where the missing money had gone, however, Kusian says the P-T-O treasurer was responsible for the funds.

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Kusian says the matter has now been turned over to the Plymouth County Attorney's office, as well as the State Attorney General's office for their review.  Kusian says it will be the decision of Darrin Raymond, Plymouth County Attorney, as to whether charges will be filed. Flynn is not an employee of the Remsen-Union school district.

 

Veterans To Be Honored At Gehlen Catholic

(Le Mars) -- Monday is Veteran's Day and several area schools and businesses plan to honor veterans.  At the Le Mars Hy-Vee supermarket, veterans will be allowed to eat a free breakfast. The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor will offer free ice cream cones to all veterans. Gehlen Catholic school will hold a special prayer service assembly that is open to the public and for all area veterans.  Lisa Niebuhr explains the program will start at 8:45 a.m. at the Steven Shea gym and the program will honor those veterans of the past, the present, and future.

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Niebuhr encourages people to also view the "Wall of Honor" that showcases veterans and present military personnel with connections to Gehlen, or to the town of Le Mars.

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The Gehlen official says this year's program will also offer the public an education as to how act properly when we view the American flag.

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Again, that Gehlen Veteran's program is open to the general public. All area veterans are encouraged to attend and it will start at 8:45 Monday morning.

 

Le Mars Approves Three Percent Salary Increase For City Employees

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars is offering its city employees a one-year extension and a three percent increase in salary pay and benefits for their contract for the coming year.  The Le Mars City Council approved the boost in employee pay and benefits during its Tuesday meeting.  Councilman Rex Knapp offered an explanation as to what the agreement is consisting.

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Mayor Kirchoff extended compliments to the bargaining unit committee for its fair and equitable actions.


Le Mars Hosted Officials From Iowa Mainstreet Organizations

(Le Mars) -- Several delegates from communities from across the state are in Le Mars for the Iowa Mainstreet Fall Conference.  Mary Reynolds, Le Mars Mainstreet coordinator says the ice cream capital is hosting approximately 75 people from 49 different Iowa towns.

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The two day conference concluded Thursday. Reynolds says she hopes the community leaders from across the state realize that Le Mars is a special town with special people.

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Joyce Glasscock is from Keokuk, Iowa Mainstreet Organization.  She found the partnership within Le Mars projects something she hopes to incorporate with her community.

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Lisa Oetken came from Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  She says there are several similarities between Le Mars, located in northwest Iowa and Mt. Pleasant in southeast Iowa.

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Late Night Shooting In Sioux City Leaves Two Dead

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City police say a late-night shooting has left two people dead and another person injured.
Sioux City police spokesman Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick says  police were sent just before midnight Thursday to a report of a shooting.
Two people were killed and a third person was undergoing surgery Friday morning.
Kirkpatrick says a suspect is in custody and charges are pending.
Police declined to release the names of those involved.
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Charges Against Day Care Provider Are Dropped - Authorities Wait For Autopsy Results

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl in Orange City say they're considering more serious charges against the day care provider who was watching her.
The state Division of Criminal Investigation said Wednesday that initial charges of willful injury and child endangerment resulting in serious injury have been dismissed without prejudice against 33-year-old Rochelle Lynn Sapp, of Orange City.  D-C-I Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt tells why the charges against the daycare provider have been dropped.

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Autumn Elgersma died on Oct. 31, a couple of days after she was hospitalized with severe head trauma. Investigators say Sapp was watching the girl at the time.
Authorities say Sapp's initial charges were in relation to when Autumn was alive. More serious charges are possible now given the death. Those charges may be filed once an autopsy is completed.  Agent Mortvedt says the conclusions of the laboratory tests from the autopsy could take between two and four weeks to finalize.  Mortvedt says the Sioux County attorney will ultimately decide upon what charges that may be filed, depending upon the results of the autopsy, but he offers some speculation.

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