Friday Afternoon News, Oct 19
New St. Joseph Catholic Church To Be Dedicated Sunday
(Le Mars) -- The new St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars is scheduled to be formally dedicated on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Walker Nicless will be handed the keys to the building by Ryan Wiltgen of Wiltgen Construction, the General Contractor for the church, and Kevin Strehle from BCDM, the architects of the new church. Margi Moir is a lay pastorial director with St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She talks about what is scheduled to happen during the dedication ceremony.
Moir says there are many artifacts from the old St. Joseph church that have been preserved and utilized in the new church.
The daily chapel's altar was refurbished from the casing that once held the old pipe organ, and it also contains many artifacts that were used at the St. Joseph Church from Neptune.
The lay pastorial director says it was important to the people of the church that they preserved pieces from the past and incorporated into the new church building.
Moir talks about the church's different features that will most likely capture the attention of the congregation upon first entering the church.
Next week the new church will have several activities including the Gehlen Annointing Mass, Community Day is scheduled for Wednesday when the church will host the weekly Chamber
coffee, and on Thursday is Clergy Day.
Ex-Employee Charged With Theft From Welding Shop
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has appeared in court in Nebraska on 20 felony counts of theft for allegedly taking money from her former employer.
35-year-old Rebecca Bottjen, of Osage, has appeared in Dakota County Court.
Court documents accuse Bottjen of stealing just over $67,000 from her former employer, New Ideas Fabrication, a Dakota City, Neb., welding shop.
Sheriff's Investigator D.W. Johnson says in court documents that Bottjen, the company's bookkeeper, wrote checks to herself and transferred money out of the company's accounts without
authorization from October 2010 to February.
Bottjen's next court appearance is Nov. 15. Online court records indicate an attorney has not yet been assigned to her case.
Iowa Unemployment Rate Declines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.2 percent in September, down significantly from the August figure.
Iowa Workforce Development says the September rate released Friday was down from 5.5 percent in August. The rate in September 2011 was 5.9 percent.
Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert says the decline was welcome news. She says the latest figures indicate a slow and uneven recovery from the national recession that began in late 2007
and officially ended in June 2009.
Iowa's unemployment rate is far below the national rate of 7.8 percent. That's down from 8.1 percent in August.
Deputy Court Clerk Charged With Fraud
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Florida man says he's angry that an Iowa court official duped him and his same-sex partner into paying for an invalid marriage license.
In a phone interview Friday, Joab Penney told The Associated Press that Grundy County Deputy Clerk of Court Brigitte Van Nice's actions were wrong. He says the case illustrates the difficulty
facing same-sex couples who cannot get married in their states.
Van Nice was charged Wednesday with two counts of forgery and one count of perjury for allegedly filing false documents claiming she married Penney and his partner in February. Her attorney says she'll plead not guilty.
Penney says Van Nice told the couple they didn't have to come to Iowa, which isn't true. Penney discovered the fraud after contacting an attorney for a divorce.
Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Murder Conviction
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a northeastern Iowa man convicted of strangling his girlfriend to death in 2003 and hiding her body
in a freezer.
The court on Friday rejected Lynn Lamasters' appeal, which argued that his lawyers should have presented an insanity defense at his 2005 trial.
Lamasters is serving life in prison in the death of Patricia Rapacki, whose body was found in the freezer of the home the two shared in Jesup days after she was reported missing.
The court says Lamasters failed to prove that he was legally insane. Justices say his drug use in the days after the killing, his elaborate attempts to cover it up and testimony that he was
acting normal do not support his insanity claim.