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Saturday News, September 14

Bauerly Files Papers For Re-election To Hospital Trustees

(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Trustee Craig Bauerly of Le Mars has returned nomination papers as he is seeking re-election to the hospital board of trustees.  The attorney currently serves as the chairman of the hospital board of trustees.  Nominations are due no later than September 19th.  Previously, Bill Young of American Bank submitted his nomination papers.  Young is also seeking re-election.

 

Boyden Man Arrested For Aggravated Assault

(Orange City) -- A Boyden man has been arrested for aggravated domestic assault, child endangerment, and reckless driving after he intentionally drove his pickup truck into the side of a minivan several times.  32 year old Leslie Spaans was arrested by Sioux County authorities on Wednesday afternoon following a report of domestic disturbance.  The incident happened about two miles northeast of Boyden.  At the time Spaans was striking the minivan with his pickup truck, there were five children and an adult inside the
minivan.  No injuries were reported, and the driver of the minivan was able to drive away
to another location.

 

Le Mars City Council Approves Removing Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- In the near future, Le Mars City workers will be seen dismantling some stop signs within the city.  They will also be seen installing some stop signs.  Its all part of a directive from the Le Mars City Council.  A few weeks ago, the city council asked city officials to conduct some research to determine whether stop signs could be removed. 
Initially, 23 stop signs were identified for removal.  However, the council decided to allow the city's public safety committee to make the decision as to how many and which stops signs should be removed.  City administrator Scott Langel explains why the stop signs became an issue.

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Langel says the City's Public Safety Committee made some recommendations that were adopted
by the council.

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Those stop signs slated for removal include: the intersection of 6th street South and 8th Avenue West which would allow eastbound and westbound traffic not to stop.  Likewise, 6th Street south at the 7th Avenue West intersection stop sign will be removed.  Northbound and southbound traffic on 7th Avenue West at the intersection of 4th Street South will no longer need to stop.  The stop sign located at 15th Street South and 1st Avenue West will be removed allowing the east and west bound traffic on 15th street to continue without stopping.  The intersection of 1st Street south and 6th Avenue East will have stop signs dismantled allowing traffic not to stop.  Those intersections that will install stop signs are located at the intersection of 2nd street South and 8th Avenue East so to require
northbound and southbound traffic on 8th Avenue East will now need to stop.  The other intersection slated to have a stop sign will be the intersection of 1st street north and 6th Avenue East so eastbound traffic will need to stop.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Stand-off

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small  Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder.
He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances
weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

 

Morrisey Sentenced To Prison For 90 Years

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sentenced the father of one of the cousins abducted in Evansdale to prison on drug charges.
Judge David Staudt sentenced 37-year-old Daniel Eugene Morrissey, of Waterloo, on Friday to up to 90 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 30 years.
Morrissey had earlier pleaded guilty and agreed to Alford pleas, which acknowledges
evidence needed for a conviction, to charges involving the manufacture of methamphetamine
and other drug offenses. The charges stem from incidents before and after the cousins
disappeared.
Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook, who disappeared with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, 2012. Their bodies were found in a remote, wooded area 25 miles away last December.
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Secretary Of State Says Keep GOP Convention At Earlier Date

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has rejected an argument from the state Republican Party chairman, who has been backing a delay in the 2014 GOP convention until after the primary vote is certified.
Chairman A.J. Spiker has supported moving the convention from June 14 to July 12. He
argues the party needs time so the June 3 primary results can be certified. In a letter Thursday, he told party officials he would not seek a vote to reconsider the decision.
But in a statement released Friday, the Republican Schultz says the party can hold a convention before official certification is complete.
In response to the Schultz statement, Spiker wrote in an email that he would call for a meeting of the State Central Committee later this month.

 

Bag Of Bones Found At Dow City

DOW CITY, Iowa (AP) - A bag of bones found in a warehouse in the small western Iowa community of Dow City two years ago are very old and will not prompt a criminal investigation.
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate two bags of bones
found in May 2011 inside an old warehouse in the town of about 500 people. The sheriff
called the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation which had the bones examined by the state medical examiner's office.
Forensic archeologists determined the bones were from a man and a woman and at least 75 to 100 years old.
The Center for Human Identification will attempt to identify DNA and the profiles will be uploaded to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and other databases of missing individuals.


   

Friday Afternoon News, Sept 13

Plymouth County Authorities Identify Gunshot Victim

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office has identified the female gunshot victim in yesterday's incident near Hinton.  She is 53 year old Sandrea Stearns of Knoxville, Iowa.  Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo says the investigation is non-criminal and has been completed.  Stearns remains hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

 

Le Mars Man Dies From South Dakota Truck Accident

CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A Le Mars man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D.
Highway 46 and S.D. Highway 19A about three miles south of Centerville on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gene Stinton, 63, of Le Mars, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 driving a 2002 International truck. Tom Laidlaw, 53, of Stilt, Colo., was southbound on Highway 19A driving a 2000 Peterbilt truck. Laidlaw stopped at the stop sign and then drove into the intersection to continue south. His vehicle was struck by Stinton’s truck, which had the right-of-way and no stop sign.
Stinton received fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. Laidlaw, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries.  No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Centerville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire and Rescue, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted.

 

City Council Discusses Community Block Development Grant

(Le Mars) -- At the last Le Mars City Council meeting, council members discussed the Community Development Block Grant which has been approved for Le Mars.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the grant has been given  approval at all regulatory levels.  Langel says it could mean a million dollars being devoted to the renovation of Le Mars buildings.

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Langel offers an explanation for the criteria of restoration from the federal grant.

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The city administrator anticipates the restoration project to begin in the spring of 2014.

 

Rockwell City Police Officer Killed During Shooting

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a police officer in the small northern Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.
Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff.
Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.
Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder. He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances weren't available.
Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

 

Department Of Corrections Must Pay For Credit Monitoring

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections must pay for three years of
credit monitoring for prison employees whose names and Social Security numbers were found
on a document left in a prison barber shop.
The state paid for a year of credit monitoring for 23 workers when the document was
found in 2011, in a file drawer where inmates could have seen it at the Fort Dodge prison.
But when the workers' union insisted on extended protection, the state refused,
noting that no employee had reported problems. An arbitrator eventually sided with the workers in June.
The arbitration report was obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The arbitrator found the state negligent, noting that many of the prison's inmates had committed identity fraud.


Fewer Tornadoes Reported In Iowa This Year

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Barring a surprise storm this fall, 2013 will be a record low year for tornadoes in Iowa, with the fewest storms since comprehensive tracking began 33 years ago.
15 tornadoes tore through Iowa this year. The National Weather Service says that's
one less than the previous low of 16 set in 2012.
The weather service says Iowa's tornado season also was the shortest on record,
stretching over 38 days from a May 19 storm near Adel to a June 26 twister near Vincent.
Since comprehensive tracking began in 1980, a report by meteorologist Craig Cogil says Iowa has averaged 47 tornadoes a year.
Tornadoes in the fall are unlikely but possible. Since 1980, there have been 92 tornadoes in September, October, November and December.

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