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Monday News, August 5

Plymouth County Voters To Decide Upon Local Options Sales Tax

(Le Mars) -- Voters in Plymouth County will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Tuesday and cast their vote on the Local Options Sales Tax issue.  Originally, the local options sales tax was voted upon by Plymouth County voters in 2002 to help finance the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center, but each Plymouth County community has been able to benefit from the funds generated from the one percent tax.  The current local options sales tax is set to expire at the end of next year.


Moville Man Is Missing

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County sheriff's office is searching for a Moville man who has gone missing.  Dale Robinson, age 84, was last seen early Saturday afternoon in Moville. Robinson suffers from numerous medical conditions.  He stands 5 foot six inches tall and weighs 90 pounds.  Robinson was last seen at the four-way stop sign at Moville heading west on Highway 20.  He was wearing a maroon colored plaid shirt.  Robinson was seen driving his brown 2000 Ford F150 pick-up truck with the license plates, 870-ZCF.  If you should happen to see either Robinson or his vehicle, you are asked to contact the Woodbury County
Sheriff's office at (712) 279-6510.


Woman Found In Southwest Iowa Corn Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 31-year-old woman's body was found a cornfield in southwest Iowa this weekend.
The woman's body was found Saturday night in a field west of Lenox in Taylor County.
The woman's identity and the cause of her death have not been released.
But the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says preliminary information didn't show any obvious sign of foul play.
An autopsy will be performed early this week.
The DCI is working with the Iowa State Patrol and local authorities on the case.


Two Men Killed By Train

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities have identified two men killed by a BNSF train in the southern part of the state this weekend.
Police say 24-year-old Zack Brown of Osceola and 22-year-old Justin Schumacher of
Indianola were struck and killed by a train around 5 a.m. Saturday.
The engineer of the BNSF train reported the accident to 911 because he knew the train
had hit someone.
Authorities are trying to determine why the two men were walking on the tracks in a
residential area of Osceola. There weren't near a crossing.


Branstad Elected To Executive Committee Of National Governors Association

(Milwaukee) -- Governor Terry Branstad has been elected by his fellow governors to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Governor's Association.  The nation's governors are meeting in Milwaukee this week.  Branstad, who served as the vice chair for the education and workforce committee where he focused on state-driven education reform and innovative programs, like the Science...Technology...Engineering and Mathematics or STEM initative.  Branstad says he is honored to be selected by his colleagues from both parties.  Branstad will help provide guidance to the National Governors Association's efforts to share best practices across states and add a strong voice to Federal policy discussions that impact the states.


Fort Dodge Residents Complaint Of Odors

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Residents of a neighborhood near Fort Dodge blame landfill odors for a string of illnesses, but Iowa officials say they haven't found proof the smell is invading homes.
The Fort Dodge Messenger reports ( ) residents of the Coleman
District blame wastewater from a regional landfill that's being carried through their
neighborhood's sanitary sewers for a variety of problems.
Robert Pingel Jr. says he and his neighbors think their headaches, sore throats and occasional burning sensation in their eyes are linked to landfill wastewater being piped
through area sanitary sewers.
Cindy Turkle, interim director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency, says many residents of the neighborhood have refused to allow officials into their homes.
Turkle says that makes it hard to determine what's causing the problem.


Governor Has Yet To Sign-off On Abortions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's new policy that the governor must sign off on reimbursement approval for Medicaid-funded abortions remains untested one month in.
Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, says no reimbursement claims for abortions have been submitted since the rule took effect July 1.
Branstad signed the law, which is thought to be unique to Iowa, in June.
Iowa's Medicaid program covers a small number of abortions each year due to rape, incest, fetal deformity or to protect a mother's life. Albrecht declined to answer questions about the criteria Branstad will use.
Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said she thought there
should be more clarity, arguing that "otherwise the public is left to wonder if the governor is in a good mood or not."


Nursing Home Employees Fired After Posting Photo Of Resident On Internet

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - Two employees at a Johnston nursing home have been fired for posting at least one inappropriate photo of a resident on a social media website.
Bishop Drumm Retirement Center issued a statement Friday confirming the firings. The center is subsidiary of Mercy Medical Center, a Des Moines hospital.
It was not clear whether more than one photo of the resident had been posted online.
Officials would not detail the nature of the photo, but Bishop Drumm President Brian Farrell says it was taken by "rogue employees" and publishing it violated "the human dignity of the resident."
Officials say police have been notified, as has the family of the resident in the photos.

Authorities Look For Escaped Inmate

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are searching for a man who did not return to jail from a work release facility in Council Bluffs.
The U.S. Marshal's Office and Iowa State Patrol say 52-year-old Michael Hannum was last seen at a work release facility around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say they discovered he was missing during an inmate count at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that Hannum is believed to be driving a silver car with the Iowa license plate number SIS-613. Authorities believe he may be across the Missouri River in Omaha.


Con-Agra Contributes To Food Bank

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Food Bank for the Heartland now has $110,000 more to work with to
help make sure families in rural parts of Nebraska and Iowa get enough to eat.  The money will help feed about 2,000 families in the region over the next year.
A unit of ConAgra Foods sponsored a golf event last month that raised the money. Bill Stoufer, president of ConAgra Mills, says organizing the event gives his team a chance to give back to the community.  ConAgra is based in Omaha and makes food brands such as Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher  Hunt's, Wesson and Marie Callender's. It is also the largest maker of store-brand products.




Saturday News, Aug. 3

Shoppers Take Advantage of No-Tax Weekend

(Le Mars) -- Shoppers will want to take advantage of the no-tax holiday today .  For the past 14 years, The Iowa Department of Revenue gives a break to shoppers on the first Friday and Saturday of August by not charging a state sales tax on certain clothing and shoes.  Some of the criteria as directed by the Department of Revenue include: No sales tax, including local option sales tax, will be collected on sales of an article of clothing or footwear having a selling price less than $100.00.  The exemption does not apply in any way to the price of an item selling for $100.00 or more.
The exemption applies to each article priced under $100.00 regardless of how many items of the same are sold to the customer.  Clothing is defined as any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body.  It does not include jewelry, watches, sporting equipment, or any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear. Terry Claussen is the owner of Claussen's Mens Wear in downtown Le Mars.  He says shoppers do take advantage of the no-tax holiday opportunity.

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The clothing store owner says people usually shop for casual clothing and they can find additional bargains during the no-tax holiday weekend.

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Claussen says the law was implemented with the intent to assist parents with costs associated with sending their children back to school, but he says many people without children take advantage of the no-tax weekend.

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Sioux City Police Arrest Three For Home Burglary

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested three men believed to be involved in an armed burglary of a residence located on the 2400 block of Ridge Avenue.  Several people were at the home during the burglary including the residents.  Several items were taken and one person was assaulted resulting in minor injuries.  The suspects were later located on Van Buren Street by tracking a cellphone that was stolen during the burglary.  The three men arrested are 17 year old Alejandro Espinoza of Sioux City, 18 year old Jose Gil of Sioux City, and 17 year old Brent Mannion of Sioux City.  All have been charged with burglary in the first degree, and Mannion was also charged with assault while participating
in a felony.  The investigation is continuing.


Louisiana Governor Visits Iowa

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor Bobby Jindal is heading to the pivotal presidential primary state of Iowa on Saturday.
The possible 2016 presidential candidate will attend a fundraiser for Iowa Governor
Terry Branstad and the annual summer party of big-ticket Republican donor Bruce Rastetter.
Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said after that, the GOP governor will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for events with the Republican Governors Association. Jindal is chairman of the RGA.
Lansing said the governor will return to Baton Rouge on Sunday and will be skipping
the National Governors Association summer meeting, even though it is being held this
weekend in Milwaukee as well.


Mexican Farm Responsible For Cyclospora Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses
in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to restaurant salad mix supplied by a Mexican farm.
The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states.
The agency says it is working to determine whether the salad mix is the source of illnesses
in the other 14 states.
The FDA traced illnesses from four restaurants to Taylor Farms de Mexico, a processor
of food service salads.
The agency did not identify the restaurants where the salad mix was served. The agency
said its investigation has not implicated packaged salad sold in grocery stores.


Two Major Accidents On I-380 Cause Deaths

GILBERTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois woman died when a motorcycle she was a passenger on
struck a patrol car on Interstate 380 in northeast Iowa as officers were directing traffic
from an earlier crash involving an ambulance, motorcycle and truck.
44-year-old Shannan Managan of Harvey, Illinois died when the motorcycle hit the
patrol car. The motorcycle's driver, 44-year-old Roy Robinson of Chicago was injured.
The first crash was at about 12:45 p.m. In that crash, four ambulances and a medic
helicopter responded, and authorities say as many as five people could be injured.
The first crash happened in the northbound lanes near Gilbertville, southeast of
The second crash was about 90 minutes later.
The crashes closed northbound lanes of I-380 for about four hours.

Marshalltown Man Arrested For Stealing Safe Containing Gold And Silver

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown police have arrested a suspect in the theft of a
vintage safe containing a fortune in gold coins and silver bars.
Police on Friday charged 37-year-old Adam Beem, of Marshalltown, and issued warrants for three other suspects.
The arrest and warrants stem from the theft of a safe from a storage unit on July 6.
The antique safe is believed to have been filled with silver bars and gold coins valued at up to $250,000 that the owner had inherited from her father.
Investigators found that some of the silver had been sold to a Des Moines jewelry
store. The cut-up remains of the safe were found in a creek bed near Ferguson, south of
Police recovered many of the gold coins.


Coach's Sexual Exploitation Charges Dropped

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped sexual exploitation charges again a former
high school girls basketball coach.
The charges were dropped Thursday against 31-year-old Melissa Eshelman
of Bondurant.
Eshelman was arrested in November 2012 and charged with sexual exploitation by a
school employee, but authorities declined to specify the allegations against her.
On Thursday, the Polk County Attorney's Office filed documents declaring an intent not
to prosecute and to dismiss charges.
Eshelman resigned from Bondurant-Farrar High School shortly before her arrest.


Ankeny Man Charged With Manslaughter Set For Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man charged with involuntary manslaughter is set to go
on trial in September.
Court filings Friday showed that 51-year-old Scott Hazelbaker is scheduled to go on trial September 30th.
He's charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury.
Hazelbaker has admitted firing a handgun and killing his 18-year-old daughter, Emily Hazelbaker, but he says it was unintentional.
Police say he and his daughter, Emily, were at the apartment they shared when he
pointed a handgun at her on the evening of June 17th and pulled the trigger.
Hazelbaker says Emily was his best friend. She was a 2012 graduate of Southeast Polk
High School.






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