Thursday Afternoon News, October 4
Trial Delayed For Jandreau
(Le Mars) -- The trial date for Matthew Jandreau has been extended. The new trial date is scheduled to start on November 13th. Jandreau is accused of kidnapping, burglary, and theft resulting from incidents that occurred in Le Mars last March. His trial was to have started on October 16. During a pre-trial hearing, Jandreau's defense attorney Mike Williams asked for the extension stating he is waiting for the results of a psychological evaluation. The court noted the matter has been continued several times over several months at the defendant's request to either secure an expert, obtain funds for an expert, to conduct an evaluation, or to obtain the results of the evaluation.
Le Mars To Conduct Sewer Cleaning
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Wastewater Treatment has announced that it is that time of year when the city sewers are to be cleaned. Starting next Monday, the area south of Plymouth Street to 12th Street Southeast and from Central Aveune Southeast to 14th Avenue southeast. Ron Kayser, Superintendent for the Le Mars Waste Water Treatment facility says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete. Kayser reminds residents that you may experience some minor sewer problems and traffic congestion may occur in these areas. If you have any questions regarding the sewer cleaning, please call the Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Le Mars College Night Scheduled For Monday
(Le Mars) -- Area high school students that are uncertain as to where they want to pursue a college education may want to attend the 36th annual Le Mars College Night 2012. College Night is scheduled for Monday, October 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Le Mars Community Guidance Counselor Barry Borchers says the College Fair will feature more than 50 higher level educational institutions.
Borchers says the represented colleges and universities are from the four-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Nikki Addison, another Le Mars Community guidance counselor, says students need to first go
online and pre-register to get their name and address entered in the data bank, and then
obtain a bar-code that makes it easier, and more efficient for the student on College Night.
Addison says the event is well attended by both students and parents. Both guidance counselors say the students and parents come prepared with several questions.
The Le Mars College Night is open to all high school juniors and seniors and parents from the greater Plymouth County area. The guidance counselors say they begin visiting with students about their possible career choices as early as the freshman level.
More Cats Are Removed From Sioux City Home
(Sioux City) -- Animal rescue workers continue to bring more starving cats out of a Sioux City home.
That's as charges have been filed against the owner of the home of the home where over 50 starving or dead cats were found Monday evening. Sioux City Police assisted animal control workers with a search warrant Monday at 1818 Grandview Blvd. and removed 46 cats and 8 carcasses from the home. Cindy Rarrat of the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center says another 13 live cats have been found, bringing the total to 59...and there's still more in the house.
56 year old Mark Lanning has been charged with 14 counts of animal neglect. Neighbors says no one had lived at the home for the past couple of months. Rarrat says conditions there were unfit for humans or animals. She says workers are having difficulty determining the number of dead cats inside.
Rarrat says the recovered cats are being cared for, but the large number is putting a strain on the animal shelter.
She says a court disposition hearing will be held soon to hopefully allow the shelter to adopt out the cats when they are healthy.
UI President's Asian Trip Cost$128,000
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nine-day Asian trip led by University of Iowa President Sally Mason cost about $128,000.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says expense reports from the July tour were provided to the newspaper.
The expenses are being paid by the University of Iowa Foundation.
The 18-person delegation included deans, professors, UI Foundation and Alumni Association officials, and Mason's husband, Ken Mason, a lecturer in biology.
The trip was designed for the delegation to meet with donors and alumni as part of an effort to increase the university's visibility in China. The itinerary included stops in Hong Kong, Taipei,
Shanghai and Beijing.
A university spokesman said in May that more than 1,700 students from China were studying at the Iowa City school.
Judge Says No Wrong Doing When UI Fired Its Lawyer
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge says University of Iowa President Sally Mason did not violate the rights of the school's top lawyer when she fired him and criticized his performance in 2008.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt on Wednesday threw out former general counsel Marc Mills' claims that he was unfairly fired after an independent investigation incorrectly blamed him for mishandling
a high-profile sexual assault case.
Pratt says Mason could fire Mills because he was an at-will employee. He says Mason also notified Mills of the reason for his pending firing and considered his rebuttal before he was terminated, which satisfied his due process rights.
University spokesman Tom Moore said the school is pleased.
Pratt will also rule soon on Mills' remaining claims against a St. Louis law firm that conducted the investigation.
Former Minister Charged With Sexual Assault
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A former minister convicted of three sexual assault charges in Council Bluffs will be resentenced on one of them, now that the Iowa Appeals Court has lowered the severity
of one of his crimes.
57-year-old Efrain Umana had been convicted in January 2011 of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Umana, who had led churches in Iowa and Nebraska, was given 35 years in prison.
He appealed the convictions, and in its ruling issued Wednesday the Appeals Court said prosecutors didn't present enough evidence of specific intent to commit sexual abuse. The court returned the
case to district court for resentencing on a reduced assault charge.
Bondurant Couple Latest Powerball Winners
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials say a central Iowa couple has won a $202 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month at a suburban Des Moines convenience store.
Mary and Brian Lohse came forward to claim the prize Thursday in Des Moines. She's a 42-year-old medical assistant at a pediatric clinic and he's a 43-year-old attorney with EMC Insurance.
The winning ticket was the only one to match all six numbers in the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing.
The jackpot was the second largest won in Iowa. It ranks 28th among U.S. lottery jackpots
Mary Lohse says she bought the ticket on the day of the drawing at a convenience store-gas station in Bondurant as she was filling up her car.