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Friday News, November 1

Governor Branstad To Visit Plymouth County For Annual Governor's Hunt

(Le Mars) -- Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to make an appearance in Le Mars and
Plymouth County for the weekend.  Its all part of the annual Governor's hunt.  Plymouth
County Chapter Pheasants Forever are hosting the governor and his entourage in a pheasant
hunt.  The governor will be in Le Mars this evening and is expected to speak at the KC hall
beginning at 6:00 p.m.  He will stay overnight in Plymouth County, then on Saturday, the
governor will go pheasant hunting beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

Branstad's Former Chief Of Staff Not Allowed To Lobby

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board says Governor Terry Branstad's former chief of staff may not immediately lobby the governor's office, but can interact with his former colleagues.
Jeff Boeyink recently left the administration and joined a Des Moines-based consulting
irm. On Thursday the board responded to a request from his attorney for an opinion
utlining how he must abide by state rules.
Under state law, some ex-employees of a statewide elected official may not lobby for or
against legislation, an administrative rule or executive order before their former agency.
That ban lasts for two years after they leave their state job.
The opinion approved by board members says Boeyink can perform other duties, like
setting up a meeting between a lobbyist colleague and a staffer for the governor.

 

Three Indianola Students Charged With Bomb Threat

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have filed felony charges against three students
suspected of writing a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Indianola High School.
The three are charged with terroristic threats and have been released to their parents.
Indianola Community Schools officials briefly evacuated students to nearby buses on Oct. 23 after a student took the bomb threat note to the main school office. He said he found it in a restroom. No bomb was found.
The three students are ages 14, 15 and 16. The Associated Press doesn't generally identify juveniles charged with crimes.
A police report says the students came up with the bomb threat idea after deciding they wanted to get out of school early.
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Woman Killed In House Explosion

GLADBROOK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been killed and a man injured following a
house explosion in central Iowa.
Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera says a body was recovered inside the home following
the Thursday morning explosion in rural Gladbrook, located several miles northeast of
Marshalltown.
Ron Humphrey with the State Fire Marshal's Office says officials are investigating the
cause of death.
Humphrey says the woman lived in the home and the man was a repairman. Investigators
believe he was fixing a furnace before the explosion.
The man has been transported to an Iowa City hospital. His condition is not available.
Kucera says crews from multiple fire departments have contained the blaze caused by the
explosion. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause.

   

Thursday Afternoon News, Oct. 31

Castellanos Caught

(Sioux City) -- A SIOUX CITY MAN WANTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER HAS SURRENDERED TO AUTHORITIES.

SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD MARTIN CASTELLANOS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY JUST AFTER 3PM AS HE WAS WALKING IN THE 2300 BLOCK OF WEST 19TH STREET.

POLICE CHIEF DOUG YOUNG SAYS A TIP FIRST LED AUTHORITIES TO THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN, WHERE THE SILVER AUDI CASTELLANOS HAD BEEN DRIVING WAS FOUND PARKED:

 

THAT LED OFFICERS TO WEST 19TH WHERE CASTELLANOS SURRENDERED TO POLICE AND U.S. MARSHALS WITHOUT INCIDENT.

YOUNG SAYS NO WEAPON HAS BEEN FOUND AND THE SILVER AUDI IS BEING CHECKED FOR EVIDENCE.

THE CHIEF SAYS POLICE RECEIVED SEVERAL TIPS REGARDING CASTELLANOS AND WHERE HE MIGHT BE:

 

CASTELLANOS WAS WANTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 20 YEAR OLD ADRIAN ROJAS HERNANDEZ.

HERNANDEZ WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD  SUNDAY MORNING AT 1420 WEST 15TH STREET.

HIS BODY WAS THEN DRIVEN TO SOUTH DAKOTA AND DUMPED INTO A DITCH AND SET ON FIRE.

ALSO IN CUSTODY AND CHARGED AS AN ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT IS 22 YEAR OLD RICARDO JAIME VITAL OF SIOUX CITY.

POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE AT VITAL'S RESIDENCE.

 

Orange City Woman Charged With Child Abuse

(Orange City) -- Officers with the Sioux Falls Police Department, and the Orange City Police Department responded to Sanford Hospital on Tuesday to investigate a possible case of child abuse.  Officers found a three year old Orange City girl with serious head injuries, including a fractured skull and brain trauma.  The Orange City Police Department requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation to further investigate the report of child abuse.

The child's mother reported that the child received the injuries while in the care of her daycare provider, Rochelle Lynn Sapp, at the Sapp residence at 706 10th Street SE in Orange City.  Sapp, age 33, initially reported the child's injuries occurred when the child fell down a flight of stairs.  However, the investigation revealed that the child's injuries were not consistent with falling down stairs, and upon being questioned, Sapp admitted that she caused the child's injuries by throwing the child to the floor.  The child remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries.

Following consultation with Sioux County Attorney, Coleman McAllister, it was determined that probable cause existed to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Rochelle Lynn Sapp. Sapp was arrested Thursday morning, taken to Sioux County Jail, and charged with willful injury, a class C felony, and Child Endangerment resulting in serious injury, a class C felony.  Sapp will make her court appearance on Friday.


Influenza Detected In Plymouth County

(Le Mars) -- The flu has hit Plymouth county.

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That's Julie Sitzmann, administrator for the Floyd Valley Family Medicine Clinic.  Sitzmann says its not too late to get your annual flu vaccination.

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So far, only one case has been reported to Plymouth county health officials, but Sitzmann says if history is an indicator of what's to come, expect many more cases in the weeks ahead.  The health official says people can be affected by influenza beginning with October and lasting all winter.  She reminds us of the symptoms associated with the flu.

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Sitzmann says people can make an appointment with the Family Medicine Clinic to get your flu shot.

 

City's Grass, Leaf, And Twig Disposal Site Will Remain Open Through November

(Le Mars) -- There may be some confusion from Le Mars citizens wondering if the city is still accepting leaves and twigs at the city's disposal site, west of town.  Bill Cole, assistant city administrator says, yes.

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Cole reminds residents that boxes and bags are not accepted at the disposal site.

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The city official reminds people there is not a fee to disposing grass clippings, leaves, and twigs.

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Cole says should it become necessary to close the disposal site, the public would be notified through the local media.


 

 

 

 

 

   

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