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Wednesday Afternoon News, November 1st


Governor Kim Reynolds Announces Date For Special Election For State Senate District 3

(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds has announced December 12th as the special election date for the State Senate District 3. The special election is being called as a result of the resignation of Republican State Senator Bill Anderson, as he will pursue a position as the Cherokee Economic Development Director. State Senate District 3 encompasses most of Plymouth County and the northern sections of Woodbury County, including a portion of the Morningside neighborhood located within Sioux City.



Sioux City Man Arrested For Burglary and Theft Charges

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Sioux City man for burglary and theft charges. 32-year old Brady Riessen was taken into custody on Tuesday following an investigation of two incidents dating back to October 11th and October 15th. Riessen is accused of theft and burglaries to a
residence north of Le Mars on Highway 75. Riessen has been charged with Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, as well as theft in the fifth degree, a simple misdemeanor, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a serious misdemeanor, as well as criminal mischief in the 2nd degree which is a class D felony. He has also been charged with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.



Traffic Stop Results In Arrest For Drug Possession

(Le Mars) — Drug charges were filed against a Sioux City man following a traffic stop conducted by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened overnight Saturday when 25 year old Steven Dieck was stopped at county road C-44 in Merrill. As a result of that traffic stop, it was determined Dieck
was driving without a valid driver’s license. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and drug paraphernalia.



Semi Truck Collides With Grain Wagons On Highway 60

(Orange City) — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that happen Monday, at 12:35 p.m. involving a semi truck and trailer hitting a wagon being pulled by a tractor. The accident happened on Highway 60 about two
miles northeast of Alton. Jerry Full, age 49, of Alton was driving a John Deere 4440 tractor pulling two 365 bushel gravity-flow wagons loaded with corn and heading southbound on Highway 60. Christopher Denson, age 49 of Omaha was driving a 2014 Freightliner semi truck pulling a freight trailer also heading
southbound on Highway 60. The semi truck came upon the wagons and struck the rear wagon. The impact caused the rear wagon to detach and spill corn on the roadway, blocking both southbound lanes of travel of Highway 60. Denson was transported by the Alton Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The grain wagons sustained $10,000 in damage. The Freightliner semi truck sustained $100,000 in damages. Denson was issued a citation for
following too close. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Alton Ambulance, Alton Fire Department, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement.



Avoca Man Accused Of Killing Woman In 2014 Will Have Second Trial

AVOCA, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors are expected to present their case Wednesday in the second trial against Robert Reynolds.
Reynolds was convicted in November 2014 of killing 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey after a night of drinking at his and his wife’s Oakland home.  Kinkade-Dorsey was a friend of his wife.
The Iowa Appeals Court later ordered a new trial, ruling that the trial judge erroneously changed the trial location to the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs from the East Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Avoca.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that prosecution and defense lawyers agreed to a nonjury trial in Avoca. Prosecutors also agreed to lower the charge against Reynolds to second-degree murder.
Defense attorney Bill McGinn says the prosecution will present its case Wednesday and the defense plans to have witnesses testify on Thursday.



Business Survey Show Improvement In Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions continue to improve for nine Midwest and Plains states.
A report released Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.8 in October from 58.2 in September. The August figure was 57.5.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says national and regional indices indicate the manufacturing sector is expanding at a very healthy pace.
The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. A score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.



Man Identified In Des Moines Apartment Fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who died after a fire at a Des Moines apartment.
The Des Moines Fire Department identified the man Wednesday as 68-year-old Osman Suljic, who was found Tuesday in his third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have started. The department says he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Department spokesman Brian O’Keefe said another person at the scene was treated for a pre-existing medical condition, but he said he couldn’t confirm whether the woman was Suljic’s wife.
The department says the fire cause is being investigated.