Saturday News, August 31
Plymouth County Deputies Arrest Man For Domestic Assault
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County deputies were dispatched to 25104 County road K-22 of rural Plymouth County last evening at about 11:00 p.m. for a domestic assault call. Upon arriving at the address both parties were still present. Through the investigation, 34 year old John White was arrested for serious domestic assault and transported to the Plymouth County jail.
Man Threatens Motel Guests At Storm Lake
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A man has been accused of threatening guests at a northwest Iowa
motel with a stun gun.
29-year-old Richard Porter, of Davenport, has been accused of arguing with guests at
the motel early Friday in Storm Lake.
Police say Porter assaulted a guest and retrieved a stun gun from his room before
threatening several people. None of the guests were injured, but Porter had minor injuries from his arrest.
Porter faces several charges, including going armed with intent, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Court records do not list an attorney.
Hit And Run Accident Kills Motorcyclist
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police are investigating a hit and run accident that fatally wounded a motorcyclist and seriously injuring a female passenger. The accident happened on Friday at the junction of Hamilton Blvd. and 17th Street. A southbound motorcycle was struck by what was described as a white full size pickup truck that had left the scene.
The male operator and the female passenger were transported to a Sioux City hospital with critical injuries. The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. Names of
the deceased and injured are not being released at this time. Officers made contact with a
white 2007 Chevrolet pick up truck shortly after the accident occurred. The vehicle is
owned by Miguel Munoz of Sioux City and was determined to be the truck that was involved in
the accident. Following the initial investigation, Munoz was arrested on charges of
leaving the scene of a fatal accident, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious
injury, and a stop sign violation. The investigation continues.
Woodbury County Sheriff's Department Watching For Seatbelt Violators
(Sioux City) -- Seat belts save lives, and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau conducted a seatbelt survey on Monday. Of the 234 front seat drivers and passengers, 217 of them were observed wearing a seatbelt with a compliance rate of 92.7 percent. So far this year, there have been 189 traffic fatalities in Iowa with nearly a third of them, 63 of those fatalities not wearing a seatbelt. Officials say your chances of surviving a crash are up to 70 percent better if you are wearing a seatbelt. The Woodbury County Sheriff's office will be working seatbelt and OWI enforcement over the Labor Day weekend.
DNR Watching Inwood Feedlot Manure Runoff
INWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are keeping a
close eye on a northwest Iowa creek near Inwood to see if fish are killed after thousands
of gallons of cow manure ended up in the waterway.
Officials say they received a call Thursday from a farmer indicating manure was flowing through his pond.
DNR officers say John Fluit Jr. had dumped manure from a basin at his 4,000-head
cattle operation onto a cornfield. It's estimated as much as 12 loads of manure each up to
4,000 gallons were dumped on the field.
It flowed into a creek and ran for a mile before entering the neighbor's pond then
back into the creek.
The DNR says no dead fish have been found but they're monitoring high ammonia levels.
Nelson Files For Re-election For Council Seat
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Councilman Ken Nelson has submitted his nomination papers seeking
another term as city representative for Ward 3. So far, Nelson is the only candidate to indicate an interest in running. The deadline to submit nomination papers is Thursday, September 19th.
Heat Wave Increases Electricity Demand
(Le Mars) -- This past week's heat wave has meant an additional power load placed on local electrical utility companies and cooperatives. Abbey Bottenfield of MidAmerican Energy says the utility company made certain its customers would be provided the power they needed during the heat wave.
Bottenfield says MidAmerican has set up programs that encourages its customers to conserve energy usage during peak load requirement times.
State Medical Board Votes Against Abortion Video Conferencing
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Medicine has voted to ban a first-of-its-kind system in which doctors distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients in clinics across the state.
The board voted 8-2 during a meeting Friday. The earliest the rules could go into
effect would be November 6th.
Activists opposed to abortion rights sought to halt a long-distance video system used
by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. It lets doctors deliver pills to patients in clinics around Iowa after a video consultation.
Board members who voted for the rule said they were concerned because patients don't
see a doctor in person and may not get follow-up care. But Planned Parenthood of the
Heartland officials say the system helps women in remote areas and that they have received no complaints.
Grassley Believes Farm Bill Will Pass And Will Not Be Extended
(Le Mars) -- This past week, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley held a town hall meeting at Le Mars. More than 60 people had attended the town hall meeting which was at the Floyd
Valley Hospital conference room. Many questions were focused on health care, the federal
budget, and foreign policy. However, there were some agricultural-related questions that
dealt with the country of origin labeling and the farm bill. After the town hall meeting,
Grassley spoke to KLEM news. He doesn't believe there will be any extension to the present
farm bill, since Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and Majority Senate Leader Harry
Reid have both said they would be against an extension. Grassley says the production
agriculture lobby will never get a farm bill passed if the production agriculture policies
are split from the food nutritional assistance programs.
Senator Cruz To Go Pheasant Hunting With Steve King
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says he plans to hunt pheasant with Iowa Congressman Steve King during a trip to the state in October.
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier wrote in an email Friday that the senator would hunt with King and was "honored to have received the invite."
The trip is planned for Oct. 26 near the northwest Iowa city of Akron. Cruz will speak at a GOP event in Des Moines on Oct. 25.
King, a Republican, is among the most conservative House members.
King hosted candidates for similar hunting events before the 2012 caucuses.
Iowa GOP Split On Convention Date
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A decision by the Iowa Republican Party to delay the 2014 GOP Convention has been slammed by many of the state's top Republicans, who argue that pushing back the gathering could jeopardize the party's chances in next year's Senate race.
Doug Gross, a Republican fundraiser, says the conflict reveals an ongoing rift among Iowa Republicans.
The official party apparatus is run by followers of libertarian Ron Paul, who have clashed with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad on how to manage state and party affairs.
Critics say that moving the meeting to July 12 from June 14 could be harmful if no one reaches a required threshold in the GOP primary and the nomination is left to the convention. Then the delay could benefit Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is unopposed.
Branstad's Chief Of Staff Resigns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's chief of staff Jeff Boeyink is resigning.
Boeyink announced his plans Friday. In a press release, he says he will start a new career in the private sector. His last day in the Branstad administration will be Sept. 6.
Boeyink served as Branstad's campaign manager for his 2010 run for governor. He then joined the administration as chief of staff in January 2011. He is viewed as a smart leader, with strong political skills. He was a key part of the budget negotiations this year that led to a property tax cut and education policy reforms.
Branstad calls Boeyink a "valued part of our team" and says he would be missed.
Fort Dodge Will Elect Mayor For Full Term For The First Time In 24 Years
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge will re-elect a mayor this fall for a full term for the first time in 24 years.
Mayor Matt Bemrich was the only person to file for the mayor's office by Thursday's deadline.
Since he has no opposition, that will make him the first Fort Dodge mayor elected to a second consecutive full term since 1989, when Mike McCarville was re-elected.
Bemrich, an electrician, says he hopes in his next term that the city will continue developing new and improved housing.
The city pays its mayor $15,000 annually.