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Monday Afternoon News, January 18

Authorities Investigate Juvenile Alcohol Party

(Akron) -- Plymouth County authorities are investigating a juvenile beer party that was held Friday evening at 18742 Concord Avenue, of rural Akron.
The sheriff’s office asked for assistance from the Akron Police Department. Upon arrival, numerous people were seen running from the property and into the residence.  During this investigation, deputies located a total of 24 people, a large amount of alcohol, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
As a result, the sheriff’s office has cited 8 people between the ages of 18 and 20 with possession of alcohol under the legal age, and 7 people under the age of 18 have been cited into juvenile court for possession of alcohol under the legal age.  Several of those present were found to have not been drinking alcohol and they have not been charged.  The case remains under investigation and charges are pending on the owner of the property.





Deputies Arrest Hawarden Man For Drug Use

(Le Mars) -- At approximately 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 180th Street and Granite Avenue in Plymouth County.  During the investigation, the driver, Gabriel Mark Topete, age 18 of Hawarden, IA was transported to the Plymouth County Jail for testing by a drug recognition expert.  As a result of the testing, Topete was arrested for driving while under the influence, drugged, 1st offense.  Topete was held on bail.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Le Mars Police Department.





Struble Man Arrested For Outstanding Kansas Warrant

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Floyd Clifford Coates Jr, age 38 of Struble IA. Coates was arrested on a warrant issued out of Sherman County, Kansas for Possession of Stimulant Drug-Methamphetamine and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement.  Coates was arrested at his residence in Struble and transported to the Plymouth County Jail.  A complaint for Fugitive from Justice was also filed by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.





Republican Party Chairman Speaks About Benefits Of Iowa Caucuses

(Sioux Center) -- Iowa has been placed in the national spotlight as the Hawkeye state prepares for the "first in the nation" caucuses.  Both the Democrats and the Republicans will begin the political selection process on February 1st. Iowa Republican Party Co-chair Cody Hoefert attended the Marco Rubio rally that was held Saturday evening on the Dordt College Campus at Sioux Center.  Hoefert says the state benefits in many ways to have the candidates meet personally with the people of Iowa.

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Hoefert says it is critically important that the candidates visit Iowa, answer the tough questions, and to learn what issues are foremost on the minds of Iowans. The state republican party official sees Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as distancing herself from the people of Iowa.

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There has been discussion as to whether Iowa will retain its "first-in-the-nation status of selecting future presidential candidates.  Hoefert believes Iowa will remain first, simply because we take the political selection process very seriously.

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Two more Republican presidential candidates have announced that they will visit northwest Iowa in the coming days.  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit Le Mars on Thursday morning. He will appear at the Habitue Coffeehouse and next door at The Living Center between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m.  Business tycoon Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at the DeHaan Auditorium at Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.





Man Charged For University Of Northern Iowa Computer Data Breach

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A 45-year-old man is facing federal theft charges related to a data breach at the University of Northern Iowa that was discovered in 2014.
Bernard Ogie Oretekor has been charged with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.
More than 100 UNI employees reported having their tax returns rejected in 2014 because someone had fraudulently filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund.
Authorities linked Oretekor to the UNI data theft after seizing his computers in 2014 in connection with a separate investigation in California. He's still in custody facing charges there related to the theft of $312,115 from a couple's investment account.
The charges in Iowa are result of a forensic investigation of Oretekor's computers that was done last year.





Fort Dodge Fire

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Fort Dodge firefighters are working to stop a fire across the street from their fire station. 
Fire crews were called Monday afternoon to reports of a fire just north of Central Avenue.
The building is reportedly filled with burning tires. 
There have been no reports of injuries.




Escaped Inmate Returns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old inmate who was listed as escaped from the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility has returned.
Iowa Corrections Department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Monday that Karlos Goldman Jr. had returned on his own to the facility. Earlier Monday a department news release said Goldman didn't return from his job as expected and was listed as escaped.
The department says Goldman was assigned to the facility on Dec. 23. His 26-year sentence for assault while participating in a felony began on Dec. 18, 2008.







Monday News, January 18

City Water Crews To Work On Water Main

(Le Mars) -- City water crews will be working on a water main today.  Gayle Sitzmann, the city's water department superintendent, says crews will be working on a broken water main located on 3rd Avenue.  He says water will be shut off from Plymouth Street to 2nd Street southeast and from 1st street between 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue. The water break is located at the intersection of 1st Street and 3rd Avenue southeast. Sitzmann isn't certain how long the water will be off.




Christie And Rubio Campaign In Northwest Iowa

(Le Mars) -- Two republican presidential candidates campaigned in northwest Iowa over the weekend.  Florida Senator Marco Rubio held a rally in Sioux Center on the Dordt College campus Saturday evening, and New Jersey governor, Chris Christie was at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor in Le Mars on Sunday afternoon.  Christie spoke to a gathering of about 150 people that filled the upstairs meeting room.  Christie spoke of his past experience, and reminded the gathering that the United States can no longer afford to elect a president that needs to have "on the job training."

Christie reminded the group that he is the only presidential candidate with experience dealing with terrorists attacks.  Christie informed the gathering that this nation needs to have someone who is unafraid to make decisions, and someone that is accountable.  Christie says he knows how to fight, and he knows how to get policy passed when dealing with a Democratic legislature.  Christie was asked by a member of the audience if businessman Donald Trump is really qualified to run the country?  Christie responded by saying "business experience can only take you so far".  The New Jersey governor says Donald Trump knows how to fire people when they don't agree with him, but "you can't fire the speaker of the house when he votes against you".  Taking a jab at President Obama, and fellow candidates Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Christie says history has shown the most effective presidents are not those with legislative experience, but rather those with executive experience as a governor.  "Whether it was Ronald Reagan from the Republicans, or Franklin Roosevelt from the Democrats, governors have done a much better job of running the White House".  Christie was asked a question from a 14 year old about what he would do as president to help those who suffer from autism?  Other questions from the crowd focused on college debt, abortion and right-to-life, appointments to the courts, entitlement reform, and education, specifically the "Common Core"?

(Sioux Center) -- Republican presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought his campaign to northwest Iowa on a cold January Saturday evening.  The reception he received was much warmer than the temperatures outside.  Several times during the 20 minute address, the crowd of nearly 400 people applauded Rubio for his comments referencing family values, and the need to return to family values. Rubio informed the republican supporters that 2016 will be a "turning point" in America.  He continued by saying President Obama has nearly destroyed everything that this nation believed in when the founding fathers created the Constitution.  The young Florida Senator says President Obama has ignored the Constitution, undermines religious liberties, views the United States as an arrogant empire, which he has to constantly apologize for its actions. Rubio continued to say President Obama has cut the military to dangerous levels.  Rubio says the federal government really has only one job, and "that is to protect its people and keep us safe from our enemies".  Rubio reminded the Saturday evening gathering that in less than five years during Obama's administration, the United States has the smallest army since World War II, the smallest Navy, and the smallest Air Force.  Rubio pledged he would re-build our military forces.  Rubio also said, if elected to president, he would take care of our veterans.  "They took care of us and placed themselves on the front lines for this great nation, it is time we take better care of them".

The 44 year old presidential candidate asked the crowd "are we going to stay on this road, or, choose another path?"  The descendant of Cuban immigrants reminded the crowd that he was raised in a modest family as the son of a bar tender, and he knows what it is like to live from paycheck to paycheck.  He asked the crowd, "how can Hillary (Hillary Rodham Clinton) lecture me?"  The Florida Senator informed the gathering that when he is elected to president, on day one, he would repeal all of President Obama's illegal executive orders, cancel the Iranian nuclear deal, and form a "Convention of States".  Rubio reassured the people that he wouldn't go near the First or Second, or the Fifth Amendment.  But he would advocate a balanced budget amendment.  The Republican presidential candidate says he would ask the people to adopt a plan to have term limits for all elected officials, including House of Representatives and Senators.  He also says the nation needs to place term limits for our judges.  Rubio says he want to "fix our tax code".  Rubio reminded the people that all of the other Republican presidential candidates talk about repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act, known better as "Obamacare", he is the only candidate that has successfully did something against "Obamacare".  Rubio says he was able to dismiss the "bailout fund" that was to help insurance companies that was a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

During his address, Rubio says he favors more vocational schools and suggests many people look at vocational schools as a viable option for training for career opportunities.  Rubio says the cure to poverty is a good paying job, and he says there are many vocational careers that offer good paying jobs.

The Floridian says that he is the only republican candidate that can defeat Hillary Clinton.  Rubio says she lied to America about her emails, she lied to America about the Libyan massacre on our ambassador and U-S troops.




Saturday Night Roll-Over Accident

(Le Mars) -- Local rescue units had to brave the extreme cold temperatures and strong winds Saturday evening as they responded to an auto accident located on Highway 60 near 140th Street.  Plymouth County Sheriff's Office received a call of a motor vehicle accident.  The caller reported that the vehicle had flipped several times.  Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies, Le Mars Fire and Rescue and the Le Mars Ambulance Services were dispatched to the location.  Upon arrival, deputies located a 1992 Cadillac Deville several hundred yards in a field east of Highway 60.  The car was upside down resting on its top.  The driver of the vehicle was unresponsive and trapped inside the vehicle.  Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department personnel freed the driver and Le Mars Ambulance transported the subject to Floyd Valley Healthcare. He was then transferred by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital with serious injuries.  The driver has been identified as 56 year old Joseph Chacon of Le Mars.  The vehicle is listed as being totaled.  Chacon had been traveling southbound on Highway 60 north of the intersection of 140th Street. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the median, then crossed the northbound lanes and entered the east ditch.  Upon entering the ditch, the vehicle vaulted and began to roll several times, finally coming to a rest on its top.  The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.  It is believed that alcohol played a factor in this accident.

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Fatal Accident In Buena Vista County

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista authorities are reporting a fatal auto accident happened on Friday evening located on Highway 71 and 615th Street in Buena Vista County.  The accident involved a northbound vehicle that collided with a southbound semi-truck and trailer.  It was also discovered a southbound vehicle also collided following the semi-truck and trailer also was damaged due to debris from the initial collision.  The driver of the northbound vehicle was 25 year old Anthony Bruhl of Storm Lake, had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel from the Storm Lake Fire Department.  Bruhl was pronounced dead at the scene by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center paramedics.  The driver of the semi-truck was identified as 54 year old Geoffrey Sonnemaker of Omaha, Nebraska did not suffer any injuries.  The driver of the third vehicle that collided with the debris on the roadway, was identified as 29 year old Krysten Tatum of Sac City reported having possible minor injuries, but was not transported to the hospital by ambulance.  The accident is still under investigation.  The Buena Vista Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Buena Vista Sheriff's Reserves, Storm Lake Police Department, Storm Lake Fire Department, Sac County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and the Buena Vista Medical Examiner.



Traditional Republicans Fear Their Candidates Will Lose Election

HOLLIS, New Hampshire (AP) - After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests on the presidential election calendar are Donald Trump's and Ted Cruz's to lose.
Many GOP traditionalists fear that each candidate would be a disaster in the November general election.
That leaves many pinning their White House hopes on a feat no Republican has pulled off in modern political history: securing the nomination without winning in Iowa or New Hampshire.
It's a risky strategy. And it's left party officials hoping weaker candidates will drop out of the race after New Hampshire's primary February 9th, to help voters coalesce behind a mainstream alternative.
The strategy is also driven by necessity, given Trump and Cruz's strong standing in the early states.






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