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Monday news, September 3

Remsen Juvenile Steals Car

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was involved in a car chase yesterday morning after a 13 year old juvenile male from Remsen had stolen a motor vehicle.  Deputies were finally able to catch up and stop the juvenile. He was arrested for the theft of a motor vehicle which is a felony, eluding officers, speeding, failure to maintain control, and no valid license.   The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

Akron Fire Department Responds To Field Fire

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was called to fight a field fire on Sunday morning.  The call came in at about 10:15 a.m. and was located at 15632 County Road C-38.  Fire officials were able to quickly have the fire under control and extinguished the blaze within an hour.

Government Offices Closed For Labor Day

(Le Mars) -- Since today is Labor Day, many government offices will be closed for the holiday.  There will be no mail delivery.  The Le Mars City Hall is closed, as is the Plymouth County Courthouse, and many banks will also honor the holiday.

President Obama Visits Sioux City

(Sioux City) -- President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Sioux City on Saturday afternoon, but he was nearly an hour early.  Obama spoke from the central campus of Morningside College, as part of his Road To Charlotte campaign.  Obama told the gathering his plans on how he will lead the nation for the next four years. The President fired up the crowd by hitting on a wide range of issues including health care, wind energy, jobs, and the economy.

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He drew one of the biggest roars from the crowd when brought up the war on terror. 

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The president finished by encouraging those at the rally to register to vote and turn out at the polls in November.  Obama spoke for about 25 minutes and then shook hands with supporters before departing.  The Democratic National Convention begins tomorrow at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama Orders Pizza At Bob Roe's Point After

(Sioux City) -- Prior to speaking at Morningside College, the president decided to stop by a local sports bar and restaurant for some pepperoni pizza.  Obama surprised the patrons of Bob Roe's Point After when he and the secret service detail walked into the restaurant without any notice.  Several of the restaurant's customers took photographs with the president before he headed up the hill to address the crowd waiting at Morningside College.


Presidential Campaigns In High Gear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney casts President Barack Obama as a failed coach of a struggling team.
Obama dismisses the GOP convention as an event suited to the era of black-and-white TV and promises to outline "a better path forward" at the upcoming Democratic convention.
The two rivals campaigned Saturday across several battleground states in the closely fought presidential contest. Obama was in Iowa before heading to Colorado. The president is on a three-day
tour that will take him into his convention, which begins Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Romney spoke at rallies in Ohio and Florida this weekend before heading to his vacation home in New Hampshire for some time off the campaign trail.


Judge To Decide If Fraternity Student Should Get A New Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge will decide soon whether a former Drake student sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a fraternity brother should get a new trial.
A Polk County judge may rule as soon as Tuesday on Anthony Bertolone's motion.
Bertolone's lawyers argued the alleged victim's medical records suggest he may have lied about visiting mental health doctors. And the 23-year-old's lawyers say he should get a new trial or at least
have a chance to investigate the issue.
Bertolone was accused of using an unidentified drug on a Sigma Chi fraternity brother and sexually assaulting him without the man's knowledge for more than seven months in 2010.
Authorities said more than 160 photos and videos were found on Bertolone's computer.


Waterloo Man May Get Tougher Charges Due To What He Said

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man will face tougher criminal charges because of what he yelled out while he was being arrested after a July shooting at a Waterloo bar.
Prosecutors have now charged 53-year-old Roland Ricardo Anderson, of Waterloo, with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 39-year-old Maurice Stovall on July 22nd.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anderson yelled that he wished Stovall was dead as he was being put into a police
Stovall was wounded several times in the attack but he survived.
Court records say Anderson was arguing with a woman outside the bar when Stovall intervened. Anderson walked away but returned later with a gun.


Johnson Faces Second Death Penalty Trial

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for an Iowa woman facing a second death penalty trial for her role in the execution-style killings of five people in 1993 are planning to challenge the process used to
select jurors.
Angela Johnson's attorneys on Friday asked for years of data to analyze the racial and gender makeup of grand juries and trial juries in the federal district that covers the northern half of
They say the selection system may cause minorities to be underrepresented because of how officials create the juror pool.  They also say women may face discrimination in the selection of
jury forepersons.
Johnson is set to go on trial next year to determine whether she will be sent back to federal death row. A judge threw out her 2005 death sentence in March.


Pilot Identified After Air Show Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa.
The Quad-City Times reported that Glenn Smith of Frisco, Texas was the pilot killed in the crash.
Smith was CEO of the Warbird Educational Foundation that owned the Soviet-era jet he was flying. Frisco is a suburb of far north Dallas.
The crash Saturday created a fireball when Smith's plane failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field. No one else was hurt. Federal officials are investigating.
Smith was part of the HopperFlight jet team that was performing at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa. The team flies the L-39 jet trainer produced in the former Warsaw Pact nations.
A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the "missing man" formation before the air show continued.


Saturday News, September 1

President Obama To Visit Sioux City Today

(Sioux City) -- President Barack Obama will be making a campaign stop at Sioux City this evening.  Obama is scheduled to visit Morningside College and deliver a speech at 6:30 p.m.  The president will appear at the Hilker Campus Mall which is in the center of Morningside College Campus.  Tickets to the event were distributed Friday morning. Officials say all the tickets are gone.  Our sister station, KSCJ 1360 will be streaming the audio via their website at www.kscj.com.


Linn Grove Man Convicted Of Felony Gun Possession

(Sioux City) -- A Linn Grove man, who twice was convicted of felony crimes, has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, which is a federal crime.  57 year old Terry Wirkus was convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a one year term.  Investigators obtained a search warrant for Wirkus' residence after a report from an individual indicating Wirkus had sent threatening phone calls and texts messages.  The caller also revealed that Wirkus was in possession of a .22 caliber rifle.  On July 1 of 2011, a search warrant was executed at Wirkus' home, and law enforcement officials discovered a repeating rifle hanging on the wall, along with some ammunition.


Algae Found In Iowa Lakes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning that warm weather and high water temperatures could lead to blue-green algae in Iowa lakes.
The DNR says the algae grows quickly in warm, shallow and undisturbed water, which has become increasingly common during the hot, dry summer.
Although it's called blue-green algae, water where the algae exist can appear pea-green or reddish-brown.
People exposed to the water can develop irritated skin and rashes. It can be more dangerous if the water is swallowed, including the possibility of headaches, nausea, liver injuries and
respiratory problems.
The DNR recommends that people not swim or boat in areas where the water is discolored and to keep their pets out of such water.
People should rinse off if they come in contact with such water.


Grassley Investigates Bank Employee Firing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is looking into the firing of an Iowa worker by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime in 1963 in the wake of new employment guidelines.
The Iowa Republican says he's inquiring into the enforcement of federal regulations that are meant to protect consumers from financial fraud not to "target employees who might have committed
petty crimes that are decades-old."
Grassley's staff has also contacted Wells Fargo for information on how the bank is implementing the rules.
Sixty-eight-year-old Richard Eggers was fired in July for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine at a Laundromat in Carlisle. He was convicted of operating a coin-changing machine by false means.


Woman Pleads Guilty Of Stealing Lottery Tickets

KANAWHA, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to stealing lottery tickets.
The Globe Gazette in Mason City reports Kimberly Bates of Kanawha (keh-NAH'-wuh) pleaded guilty to second-degree theft in Hancock County District Court this week. Prosecutors say an
additional charge of lottery forgery or fraud will be dismissed.
Sentencing is October 23rd.
Bates and Tammy Kraft, also of Kanawha, were charged with stealing lottery tickets from a local convenience store, where they worked.
Kraft's trial is pending.


Farm Bureau Delegates Discuss Drought

(Des Moines) -- The summer drought was the topic of conversation with delegates attending
the Iowa Farm Bureau's summer policy conference that wrapped up on Friday.  Iowa Farm Bureau
president Craig Hill says what a difference a year can make.  He says last year the delegates were focused on the flooding of the Missouri River in western Iowa, and this year the drought took center stage.  Iowa Farm Bureau Federation delegates gather each year to discuss and set policies that impact not only Iowa agriculture, but all Iowans.  Mark Bohner serves as the district director for six counties located in northwest Iowa.  He says stray voltage is a concern among livestock producers of northwest Iowa.

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The Farm Bureau official says stray voltage can affect any operation, but perhaps it is noticed more with dairy farms.

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