Police Involved With 3-Hour Stand-off At Ireton
(Hawarden) — In the early morning hours of Monday, at about 3:30 a.m. the Hawarden Police Department responded to a confrontation in Ireton after a neighbor found two of their
vehicles were broken into. Officers were called to 602 East Street in Ireton after the complainant discovered two of their vehicles had been broken into.
As the victim was looking around their vehicles, one of the occupants came out of the residence of 602 East Street and confronted the victims. During the confrontation, what looked to be a shotgun was displayed and a threat was made to
shoot the victims of the car burglary. Officers responded to the scene within minutes. Due to the nature of the call and a firearm being displayed, officers from the Hawarden Police Department, Sioux Center Police Department, Rock Valley Police Department, and Orange City Police Department secured the perimeter of
the residence and called for assistance from the Plymouth County/Sioux County and Le Mars Special Response Team. After approximately three hours, the standoff ended peacefully with the three residents inside the house being taken into custody. Arrested were 32 year old Vincent Gabriel Perez-Martinez of
Ireton. Perez-Martinez was charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 25 year old David Anthony Burton of Sioux Falls was charged with aggravated assault. A 16-year old male from Ireton was charged
with two counts of burglary in the third degree and one count of theft in the third degree. Perez-Martinez and Burton are both in custody at the Sioux County Jail. The 16 year-old male is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Cherokee. Hawarden Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s
Office, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Ofice, Le Mars Police Department, Rock Valley Police Department, Sioux Center Police Department, Orange City Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Ireton Ambulance and Rescue. The Plymouth/Sioux County Special Response Team is made up of officers of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Le Mars Police Department.
David Burton, Jr.
Korean War Soldier Remains Returned To United States
HARLAN, Iowa (AP) – Remains of an Iowa soldier who died in the Korean War are
being returned for burial in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that the remains of Army Sgt. Donald Noehren, of Harlan, Iowa, will be buried April 3.
The agency says the 23-year-old Noehren was captured in November 1950 while fighting Chinese units in North Korea. His status was changed from missing in action to deceased the next year after two repatriated U.S. soldiers reported
that Noehren had died at a prisoner camp on Jan. 22, 1951.
The agency says several remains were recovered from the camp area in 2005. Agency scientists later matched DNA from relatives to help confirm some of the remains were those of Noehren.
House Panel Approves Tougher Texting While Driving Laws
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A House panel has approved a bill that would toughen Iowa’s regulations for texting and driving.
A subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee unanimously agreed Monday to support the legislation. It’s now eligible for a full committee vote.
The bill would allow a law enforcement officer to pull over a driver specifically for texting. It’s a secondary offense under current law, meaning an officer must have another reason to initiate a traffic stop.
The law now prohibits drivers operating a vehicle from using a cellphone or other hand-held electronic communication device to write, send or read a text message. The bill would expand those rules to include use of social media, games and internet sites.
The Senate passed the bill 43-6 this month, an indication of bipartisan support.
Branstad Says He Would Support Modest Increase In Minimum Wages
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says he still supports a modest minimum wage increase, just days after Republican leaders in the Iowa House made clear they weren’t interested. Branstad said Monday he has told House leaders he supports raising the wage, but House Speaker Linda Upmeyer last week noted Republican legislators didn’t want to increase the wage. Under a bill approved by the House and awaiting Senate action, workers in some Iowa counties that have approved higher minimums could see pay cuts.