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Friday Afternoon News, October 31

Le Mars Officials Remind Residents Of Odd/Even Parking

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months.  The city council approved the ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st.  Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow.  Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance.  He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight.  Violators of the parking ordinance will face a fine of $25. The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.

 


Cherokee Police Arrest Man After 6  Hour Stand-off

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A Cherokee man is in jail after a six-hour standoff with police.
     35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender faces several charges including intimidation with a weapon, assault while participating in a felony, assault on a police officer and reckless use of a firearm.
     Police say officers responded to a home in Cherokee just after 9 p.m. Thursday to a report that someone was threatening suicide. When they arrived, Allender refused to come out and fired a gun from an upstairs window.
     After six hours a tactical unit fired tear gas into the home and Allender was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. 
     He remains in jail on $25,000 cash bond.


 

Ernst Bus Hits Deer

  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst had to send her campaign bus for repairs this week after it hit a deer in southeast Iowa.
     At a campaign stop Friday in West Des Moines, Ernst said the bus hit the deer Wednesday night as they were driving into Bloomfield. Sen. John McCain was on the bus as well as Ernst.
     No one riding on the bus was hurt, but the vehicle was damaged. Ernst said she hopes to get it back on the road soon.
     Ernst said she immediately knew what had happened, noting she had "hit a deer before." 
     Ernst has been touring the state in the bus as she competes with Democrat Bruce Braley for Iowa's open Senate seat.

 

Niederbach Speaks To KLEM News About Running For State Auditor

(Le Mars) -- KLEM news was contacted by Jon Niederbach, the democratic candidate seeking the office of state Auditor.  Niederbach says he has a real passion for trying to improve state government. He has been involved with state government for nearly 15 years and explains his background and reasons why he is seeking the position of state auditor.

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Mary Moisman, the current state auditor who is a Republican, claims in her political ads, that she is the only candidate for state auditor who is a certified public accountant.  But Niederbach says having a CPA is not a requirement of the state auditor's position.

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Niederbach says there is a huge difference in philosophies between himself and his opponent when discussing the role of the state auditor.

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Prior to being appointed to the State Auditor's position, Moisman was the deputy Secretary of State under Matt Schultz.  Niederbach says there have been issues from that office that have raised eyebrows as to the accountability of her performance.

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Bedbug Lawsuit

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A class-action lawsuit has been filed accusing the city of Des Moines of not properly handling an extended bedbug infestation at a housing complex. 
     The lawsuit was filed Wednesday. It claims the city's public housing agency put Royal View Manor residents in bad living conditions by not eradicating the bugs or warning residents about them. The suit says the pests were found in 2007 and were reported several times to the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency.
     A message was left with the Des Moines city attorney on Friday. He told the newspaper on Thursday that he couldn't comment on the case because he hadn't received the lawsuit yet.
     The suit involves 55 current and former residents. The apartment complex has 200 units for low-income elderly and disabled people.
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Campaign Finance Report Shows Ernst In Better Financial Shape Than Braley

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Joni Ernst is concluding the Iowa Senate race with a significant cash advantage over Democrat Bruce Braley.
     Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Ernst pulled in about $1.4 million between Oct. 1 and Oct 15. She had $2.2 million in cash at the end of that period. 
     Braley reported raising about $840,000 in that time period and had $707,000 left in cash. Both candidates have raised millions and attracted massive outside spending during the competitive race.
     Ernst said in an emailed statement Friday that the fundraising numbers reflect the "encouragement I have gotten across the state." Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said they were confident about their resources, noting that they have "built the campaign we need to talk about Bruce's message."

 

Branstad Delays Announcement Regarding Construction Problems At New Penitentary

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's administration waited for weeks to announce a second construction problem at the long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary.
     Records suggest that Branstad aides saw the $165.5 million maximum-security prison in Fort Madison as a potential issue as he prepared for re-election.
     Branstad has been waging an all-out effort to win Tuesday in Lee County, where the prison's delayed opening has frustrated workers. The first delay was caused by a flawed geothermal heating system.
     The Department of Corrections drafted a Sept. 15 press release to announce that the smoke evacuation system failed tests and needed repairs.
     But Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the release wasn't sent because it wasn't certain whether the problem would cause additional delay. He says the news was announced after that became clear Oct. 8.

 

Three Iowa School Districts Receive Grants For English Language Program

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three Iowa school districts have been notified they'll receive grants from the state to boost the literacy skills of students who don't speak English.
     The Denison, Des Moines and Postville districts will receive grants. The recipients were announced Friday by Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck.
     The Iowa Legislature approved the program, which provides $500,000 this year with the possibility of $1.5 million over three years.
     More than 25,000 English Language Learners enrolled in Iowa's public and nonpublic schools this year.
     Denison will focus on kindergarten through 12th grade while Des Moines will partner with the Diocese of Des Moines to pilot a program for Carver Elementary and Hiatt Middle School and six nonpublic Catholic schools.
     Postville will design a K-12 newcomer program.

 


 

 

 

 



 

 

    

   

Friday News, October 31

Sioux City Police Arrest Suspect In Great Southern Bank Robbery

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested 22 year old Jonathan Birdnecklace of Sioux City as a suspect they believe may have been responsible for robbing the Great Southern Bank earlier Thursday morning.  At about 9:00 a.m. a single suspect entered the bank taking an undetermined amount of cash.  No weapon was seen and the suspect was seen walking northbound on foot from the bank.  Birdnecklace was charged with one count of Robbery in the second degree.  Cash stolen from the bank was recovered in his possession.   The bank has been secured by officers and detectives investigating the incident.  Police officers were able to pick up Birdnecklace as a suspect on the near northside area shortly after the robbery.

 

Alta Man Arrested For Selling Fraudulent Gold Bars

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista authorities have arrested an Alta man for selling fradulent gold bars.  Two weeks ago, the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office was dispatched to Peterson Jewelry of Alta, in reference to a subject selling fraudulent one ounce gold bars.  Peterson Jewelry purchased one of the fraudulent bars from the subject, and later found it was not solid gold.  After further investigation, a search warrant was issued for 301 Buenas Vista Street, apartment number 3 in Alta.  While executing the search warrant, deputies found numerous fraudulent gold bars and drug paraphernalia at the residence.  Also during the investigation, it was discovered the subject who was identified as Casey J. Paprocki, age 22, of Alta was selling fraudulent gold bars on eBay computer auction site advertising them as solid gold bars on eBay to a subject in Lebanon, Pennslyvania.  The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office is also working with authorities in Pennslyvania in reference to the fraudulent sale.  The Buena Vista County Sheriff's office arrested Paprocki for theft in the second degree which is a Class D felony.  This incident is still under investigation and more charges are expected.

 

Family Dispute Ends Up With Assault Charges

(Storm Lake) -- A family dispute in Storm Lake on Wednesday evening ended with three adults jailed and two officers being assaulted. Storm Lake Police officers responded to the 600 block of Superior Street, shortly before 11:00 p.m. when Shaquirial Kiyannah Jordan, age 21, had kicked in an apartment door and assaulted her grandmother. Jordan, from Chicago, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and criminal mischief.  During the investigation, Delores Rankins, age 54, of Storm Lake became upset and assaulted a police officer.  She was charged with assault on a peace officer causing bodily injury, disorderly conduct, and interference with officials acts.  Her nephew, Daniel Rankins, age 32, of Alta also was arrested for assaulting an officer as well as for disorderly conduct, and interference with official acts.  During the incident one officer suffered a cut on his arm and another was kicked in the head.  Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser says neither officer required medical attention and both were immediately able to return to duty. 

 

Hichhiker Arrested For Possession Of Controlled Substance 

(Le Mars) -- On Tuesday evening, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office came in contact with an individual that was attempting two solicit a ride while walking on the wrong side of Highway 75 south of Highway 3.  The individual was identified as Randy James Newcomb, age 47 of Spencer, IA.  As a result of the encounter, Newcomb was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication 3rd of Subsequent Offense.

 

Chamber Holiday Dollars Go On Sale Saturday 

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce wants to remind area residents that the Chamber Holiday Dollars will go on sale this coming Saturday, November 1st in the Lower Level of the Le Mars Convention Center.  Beginning at 8:00 a.m. a total of $204,000 will be sold in three different categories.  People can save up to 10 percent on the Fareway, Hy-Vee, and Wal-mart dollars, and a savings of 15 percent for the retail and restaurant categories. Scott Pagler is a member of the Chamber Promotions Committee.  He says the program was established a few years back to encourage shoppers to buy locally.

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Pagler says this year's amount of $204,000 is the most offered since the program started.  He says local businesses and banks were willing to contribute more money to help with consumer savings.

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The Hardware Hank business owner says the program has indeed been successful.  He has heard of many people tell local business owners how they have used their allocation of holiday dollars.

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Holiday dollars will be sold in $100 increments. Pagler says only cash or local checks will only be accepted, no debit or credit cards.  He says there are  three grocery or supermarkets and a total of 16 retail businesses and 10 restaurants and/or fast food establishments that are participating in this year's holiday dollar campaign.

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 Shoppers have until December 24th to utilize their Le Mars Chamber holiday dollars.

 

New Wednesday Hours For City Leaf Disposal Site

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City officials have announced that due to daylight savings time ending this weekend the city leaf & grass site will be adjusting the Wednesday hours. Effective Wednesday, November 5th, the site will be open from 1:00 until 5:00 instead of 2:00 to 6:00. Saturday hours will remain the same from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The city will keep the site open in November for as long as weather permits.

 

Citigroup Lays Off Employees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Citigroup says it plans to lay off 370 employees in the Des Moines area by the middle of next year.
     The company tells the Des Moines Register the decision came from "ongoing efforts" to increase efficiency of its operations.
     Affected employees come from the company's consumer banking business section. They represent more than two-thirds of Citigroup's workforce in the Des Moines area.
     Employees were told of the layoffs last week.

 

GOP Officials Ask County Election Officials About Election Night Recounts

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With Election Day just around the corner in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Republicans are requesting information from state and local voting officials about polling places, voting rules and recount procedures.
     The GOP says it just wants to be prepared in case there is any question about the outcome between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recently requested materials from the Iowa secretary of state's office and the Ernst campaign has reached out to county auditors, seeking information.
     The NRSC has made similar requests to secretary of state offices in 10 other states with tight Senate races.
     Democrats have not made such extensive record requests of Iowa officials. They say they are focused on winning, but will be ready for a recount situation.

 

Kum And Go Convenience Stores To Comply With Disabilities Act

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
     A Clinton, Iowa, man who uses a wheelchair filed the class-action lawsuit in April 2013 on behalf of all Kum and Go customers who use wheelchairs or scooters.
     A federal court judge on Thursday approved the settlement negotiated by attorneys for the company and the man, Gary McDermott.
     It specifies the company will bring 100 stores into compliance within two years and 75 additional stores each year until modifications are made at all stores.
 

 


 

 

 



 

   

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