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Plymouth County Authorities Arrest Wanted Minnesota Man

(Le Mars) -- In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office became aware of a wanted person out of Minnesota that was  at430 Catherine Street in Oyens. When deputies went to that location they believed the subject fled out of the back of the residence. At 6:41AM the Sheriff'sOffice received a call from a concerned citizen about some suspicious activity in Oyens. The caller report a black male comes from behind a shed and getting into a vehicle and quickly leaving the area. This matched the description of the wanted person. Deputies located a vehicle matching the
description at Hwy 3 and Nature ave. A traffic stop was conducted and with the assistance of the Le Mars Police Department Trayon Maurice Berry age
36 of Minneapolis was taken into custody. Berry was wanted out of Minnesota for Predatory Offender Knowingly Violates registration requirements an A
Felony. Berry is being held at the Plymouth County jail on NO bond and is awaiting extradition to Minnesota.





Sioux City Man Sentenced To Two Consecutive Life Sentences For Murders

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the shooting deaths of two people and attempted killing of a third person.
Twenty-eight-year-old Juan Nino-Estrada was sentenced Wednesday after a judge refused his request for a new trial. 
Prosecutors say Nino-Estrada killed Michael Delgado of Sioux City and Yolanda Valdez of Orange City during a disturbance at Luis Sanchez's house. He was also convicted of wounding Sanchez, also of Sioux City. 
The shootings took place in November 2014.




Former Doctor Forfeits Medical License

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former western Iowa physician accused of molesting young patients years ago has surrendered his state medical license.
82-year-old Wing Tai Fung recently surrendered his medical license, according to documents released Wednesday by the Iowa Board of Medicine.
The documents say Fung also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine.
Fung, now of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child, both misdemeanors.
A criminal complaint accused Fung of molesting a 10-year-old girl in January 1999 while treating her for a knee sprain at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. He received a sentence of probation and must register as a sex offender in Iowa.





Lottery Chief Testifies At Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former lottery security chief testifying at his ex-coworker's fraud trial over a Hot Lotto winning ticket says the top threat to any lottery's integrity can be its own employees.
Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Urbandale-based Multi-State Lottery Association, says expert information technology employees with ill intentions can be dangerous. 
Stefan spoke Wednesday during the trial of 52-year-old Eddie Tipton, who faces two counts of fraud.
Prosecutors say Tipton installed a malicious self-deleting computer program to pick numbers for the Dec. 23, 2010, Hot Lotto drawing. They say he bought a ticket with those numbers and unsuccessfully tried to get others to cash it without disclosing the buyer. Tipton denies the accusations.





Newspapers Want Additional Presidential Candidates To Participate In Debates

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A trio of newspapers in the early presidential nominating states is pushing back against the plan by Fox News to allow only 10 Republican candidates on stage in its August 6th debate, the first of the 2016 campaign. 
The New Hampshire Union Leader plans to host a candidate forum Aug. 3 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, in partnership with The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., and The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event will be live on C-SPAN as well as TV stations in Iowa and South Carolina and a New Hampshire radio station.
All 15 candidates now in the Republican pack have been invited to participate and about half have committed so far.





Vilsack Says Food Stamp Recipients Should Not Have To Take Drug Test

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says federal law bars the drug testing of food stamp recipients that Wisconsin plans.
Vilsack responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel asking a federal judge to declare that state budget provisions requiring food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing are legal.
In a statement, Vilsack says Congress has "repeatedly rejected the expensive, intrusive practice of suspicion-less drug testing," which Vilsack says has been shown to uncover "very little drug use."
The USDA has not yet seen Schimel's lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday.
The budget Republican Governor Scott Walker signed Sunday contains language requiring food stamp recipients to undergo drug screening. If they fail the screen they must go through drug testing and treatment to remain eligible for the benefit. Walker is a declared 2016 GOP presidential contender.







Wednesday News, July 15

Fire Department Responds To Grass Fire Along Highway 60

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars and Oyens Fire Departments were called to a grass fire that was located along highway 60 about seven miles northeast of Le Mars.  The fire was reported shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.  An area of several hundred feet had burnt along the highway, and between the railroad tracks.  At times the smoke from the grass fire had impeded the vision for travelers heading northbound on highway 60.  Fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze within 20 minutes.





Sheriff's Office Employees Submit Contract Proposal To County Supervisors

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Employee Bargaining Unit met with the County Board of Supervisors to present the initial proposal for a new three-year contract.  The contract would be from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.  Kirk Hatting, director of the Plymouth County Communications Division and Sheriff's Deputy Sergeant Rick Singer appeared before the county supervisors.  In their contract proposal, the employees of the sheriff's office is seeking a five percent increase in salary wages for each year of the contract.  The bargaining unit has proposed that employees will pay up to 12.5 percent of insurance coverage.  Currently the level is at ten percent.  The employees are also seeking a ten-cents per hour shift differential increase for each year of the contract.  The current rate is at 60 cents per hour.  Other requests submitted is to add deputies salary schedule to the contract, add food service employees to the contract, and also to add the office clerk to the contract.  The supervisors have two weeks to submit a counter-proposal to the bargaining unit, before negotiations can occur.





Sioux County Authorities Investigate Farm Related Accident

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating an accident that happened Tuesday morning at about 6:20 a.m. involving an individual that fell from riding on farm equipment.  The accident occurred at 1725 310th St, or seven miles west of Rock Valley.
27 year old Eduardo Martinez, of Rock Valley was driving a Bobcat CT445 farm tractor pulling a trailer. Yansel Martinez, age 26, of Rock Valley was riding on the front of the trailer when he fell off and was struck by a
wheel on the trailer.  Yansel Martinez was transported by the Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of serious injuries. He was later flown by Sanford Hospital helicopter to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.





Man Killed From Train Accident Now Identified

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) - Investigators have identified the person killed in an apparent fall from a train in northwest Iowa as a 29-year-old man.
The Department of Public Safety says Tuesday that a pedestrian found the body of Brandon Joseph Sage Gould on Monday near Sibley, just south of the Minnesota border. 
Investigators believe Gould fell and then was run over by the train. It's unclear how or why he fell.
Authorities say he was traveling with his wife, Yvette Gould, on a Union Pacific car carrying grain. She reported him missing to railroad police when the train arrived in Mankato, Minnesota, about 100 miles northeast of Sibley.
After an autopsy, Gould's death was ruled accidental.
Authorities haven't determined Gould's hometown.





Trial Begins For Former Lottery Official

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Trial has begun for a former lottery security officer accused of fixing a computer to get a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth millions.
Opening statements in the trial of 52-year-old Eddie Tipton, of Norwalk, began Tuesday in a Polk County courtroom.
Tipton faces two counts of fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
State prosecutors claim he fixed random-number generating computers to pick numbers for the Dec. 23, 2010, Hot Lotto drawing, bought a ticket with those numbers and unsuccessfully tried to get others to cash it without disclosing the buyer. 
Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand described the case as an "inside job."
Defense attorney Dean Stowers told jurors video of the ticket purchase was blurry. Tipton has denied the accusations.





Corn Growers In Washington To Develop Policy And Visit With Government Officials

(Washington) -- Corn growers from across the nation are visiting our nation's capital this week to have lawmakers listen to their concerns.  The number one issue that corn growers are most concerned about is the future of ethanol.  Corn growers are in Washington D.C. this week for their annual National Corn Growers Congress and Bruce Rohwer (Roar), the past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, and a farmer from Paullina, says corn growers hope to influence government officials to increase the renewable fuels standard.


(sot) Rowher1   :38   cue:"...those inclusion rates."

Rowher (Roar) says farmers have struggled recently with corn demand on the decline.

(sot) Rowher2  :47   cue:"...required by the statute".

Rowher says Midwest congressional members have generally been sympathetic to the plight of the corn grower, but he says many urban legislators have turned a deaf ear when corn-based ethanol is being discussed.



Audit Shows Correctional Facility Overspent Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money.

State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years.

The report released Tuesday says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. That includes more than $170,000 in vacation payouts to former employees and more than $40,000 in vacation used before it was earned.

The new report was an addendum to an audit released in January 2014 that found nearly $776,000 in improper spending.

The district faces layoffs amid a budget shortfall. A corrections spokesman says the department is still reviewing the report.



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