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Saturday News, November 24

SRT Team Called To Resolve Incident

(Orange City) --  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call yesterday at about 11:15 a.m. from a Shannon Mennon, age 38. Mennon said he had been living in numerous different areas of northwest Iowa, using different identities, for several years. He advised the dispatcher he was wanted in several States on felony warrants and wanted to turn himself in. He informed the dispatcher he was in a car located two mile southwest of Matlock, IA, at the Matlock Cemetery.  When officers arrived they became suspicious of the situation. They were unable to communicate or get a response from Mennon. The Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars Special Response Team (SRT) was called to assist.
At 2:30 p.m., Mennon was taken into custody by the SRT, without incident. It was determined he may have taken an overdose of medication; consequently, he was transported to the Sheldon hospital by the Boyden Ambulance, under the escort of Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies. Mennon was later transferred from the Sheldon hospital to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be held at the Sioux County Jail pursuant a warrant of arrest issued by Ohio for Theft. There were also warrants issued for Mennon in New Mexico and Missouri.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Plymouth-Sioux- Le Mars SRT, Iowa State Patrol and the Boyden Ambulance squad.


Two People Charged With Drug Possession

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office filed drug charges on two individuals.  The arrest took place this past Sunday when Brianna Petrick, age 18 of Sioux City, was stopped at Hwy 12 and K18S for an equipment violation.  Petrick was found to be under the influence of marijuana and was arrested (serious misdemeanor).  The passenger Krystopher Dallas Underwood, age 22 of Sioux City, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).  Underwood was given a court date and released.  Petrick was booked into the Plymouth County Jail with a bond of $1,000.


Fatal Accident In Crawford County

VAIL, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa man has died and three others were injured after a two-vehicle crash in Crawford County.
50-year-old Jeffery Studt of Vail was killed in a crash around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities are still investigating the accident. The Iowa State Patrol reports that two vehicles in opposite lanes collided at the top of a hill on 330th Street.
Studt was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A passenger in that vehicle, 42-year-old Christina Studt of Vail, was injured. Her condition was not immediately available.
Also hurt were the driver and passenger in the other vehicle. They were identified as 30-year-old Matthew Johnson and 27-year-old Becky Weller, both of Manilla. Their conditions were not
immediately available.

Teenager Dies In Accident Near Prescott

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager is dead and another was hospitalized after a rollover crash in southwest Iowa.
Atlantic radio station KJAN-AM reports that an unidentified 16-year-old was killed Friday in a crash northeast of Prescott. The teenager was a passenger in a van driven by a 17-year-old. Both teens are from Creston.
The Iowa State Patrol says neither teen was wearing a seatbelt.  They were traveling west on a gravel road in a 2002 Honda van.  Authorities say the driver lost control after cresting a hill and
over-corrected. The van went partially into a north ditch, and a second over-correction sent the van into a south ditch, where it rolled.
The 16-year-old was ejected, and died at the scene. The driver was taken to Adams County Hospital in Corning.

Strawberry Point Man Attacks Family on Thanksgiving

STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly attacked his nephew and two other family members on Thanksgiving Day.
KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that 40-year-old Glen Bradford Henke of Strawberry Point was arrested Thursday night. The Clayton County Sheriff's office says Henke sliced his nephew's forehead with a knife, pushed his mother to the ground twice, and punched his sister in the face.
Henke was charged with domestic abuse assault, child endangerment, going armed with intent and two counts of willful injury. He was taken to the Clayton County Jail and held, pending a hearing before a magistrate.


Man Robs Cedar Rapids Bank

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Police have been looking for a man who robbed a bank branch in northeast Cedar Rapids.
The Gazette reports the robbery occurred at a Wells Fargo branch around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Police Lieutenant Cody Estling says the man walked into the bank and passed a note to a teller. It was unclear whether he showed the teller a weapon or was even armed.
The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

Math Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Exploitation

PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) - A former math teacher in north-central Iowa has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she had sexual contact with four teenage students.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 24-year-old Ashley Anderson of Ackley could face trial as soon as January 15th.  Anderson has been charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Each carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Anderson has resigned from her job as a math teacher at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.
A criminal complaint in Butler County says Anderson sent nude photographs of herself to the students and had sexual contact with them, including intercourse with one. The boys ranged in age from 16 to 18.
Court records say the alleged incidents occurred during the 2011 to 2012 school year.


Friday News, November 23

Sioux City Traffic Engineers Suggest Shoppers Use Alternate Routes

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City traffic engineers are recommending shoppers use alternate routes to ease traffic congestion around Lakeport Commons and Southern Hills Mall during Black Friday Holiday shopping.  City spokesperson Brittany Anderson says drivers will find traffic slow moving around that area.

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You may also use Lincoln Way and Sunnybrook Drive as a back way into the Lakeport Commons and Target Retail area to circumvent much of the traffic.


Le Mars Fire Department Respond To Thanksgiving Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department had to interrupt their Thanksgiving turkey and contend with the strong winds yesterday as they battled a blaze that caught hay bales on fire.  The alarm came in at about 10:42 a.m.  The fire was located at 21415 Marble Avenue. No indication as to how much damage was caused by that fire, or how long fire officials were on the scene.


Sioux City Apartments Catch Fire

(Sioux City) -- An early morning fire caused a Sioux City apartment building to be evacuated Wednesday morning.  Firefighters responded to smoke coming from a third floor window at the Argonaut Apartments at 1103 Nebraska Street around 4:00 a.m.  Fire officials went door to door to awaken residents and get them out of the building.  No injuries were reported and damage was confined mainly to the third floor apartment.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Montezuma Apartment Fire Leaves Many Homeless

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) - Several people in south-central Iowa have been left homeless by a fire that destroyed their apartment building.
Authorities say a firefighter who was outside on Thursday, deep-frying a turkey, noticed smoke at the nearby building in Montezuma. He ran inside the apartment building to ensure everyone
had evacuated.
Other firefighters who responded with their equipment soon realized that nothing much could be done.
Dave Arendt with the Montezuma Fire Department says the fire started in the building's basement, shot up inside the walls and quickly reached the second floor.
The fire cause is being investigated. No injuries have been reported.


Economist Says Black Friday Shopping Has Lost Its Lure

(Omaha) -- While today is what's become known as Black Friday for the frenzied kick-off of the holiday
shopping season, one financial expert says it's not the buying bonanza it once was. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says many Iowa malls will still be a madhouse, but the allure of bargain-hunting has faded for many shoppers.
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A Creighton survey projects holiday shopping may only be up two or three-percent from last year, while online buying may rise as much as 20-percent. Goss says many people already have their gift purchases complete.

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Several major retailers, including Target, Sears, Toys-R-Us and Walmart, were opened yesterday on Thanksgiving. It used to be considered forbidden to interfere with the "family" day of Thanksgiving, Goss says, but no more.

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That applies especially to big T-Vs and other electronics, as well as a list of hot-selling toys.


Carroll County Farmers Sue State Over Electrical Inspections

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lawsuit filed by three farmers is aimed at ending electrical inspections at Iowa farm facilities.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/V1kxnK) that the Carroll County farmers are challenging the state Electrical Examining Board's authority to require inspections and permits for electrical
installations on farm property. The lawsuit says farm property is immune from board regulations and those issued the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding the permits or inspections.
In defending the state, the Iowa Attorney General's Office says the board did not err in determining that electrical installations at farm buildings were regulated commercial applications that
weren't exempt.
Court records don't show a trial date.


Marion Girl Avoids Being Kidnapped

MARION, Iowa (AP) - Police in Marion say a 15-year girl narrowly avoided being kidnapped on Wednesday.
Marion police officer Bill Pechman says the girl was approached by three men in a vehicle. KGAN-TV reports that Pechman says the group made contact with her.
Pechman says the girl fought back by kicking and screaming at the group and was able to escape.
Police say the suspects they're seeking are three black males in their early 20s.




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