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Tuesday News, January 30th


Plymouth County Board Of Supervisors To Open Bids For Courthouse Renovation Project

(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a light agenda for today’s meeting. The county governing board will open courthouse renovation bids, then hear from surveyor David Wilberding as he seeks approval of Tracey’s Homestead in Remsen Township. County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county supervisors to offer general discussion on equipment and road matters.



Grassley Comments On President’s Address, DACA, and Northey

(Washington) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address tonight before Congress and the American people. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley informed reporters during his weekly news conference that he hopes the president will say something about agriculture.

The recent government shut down was due in fact to a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over what to do with children of illegal immigrants, known as “Dreamers” under the DACA act. Senator Grassley says the media has shown that every government shut down was the fault of Republicans.

Grassley was asked what he thinks of President Trump’s proposal for the DACA program?

The Iowa Senator continues to clarify his statement.

During Senator Grassley’s news conference, the topic of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was brought up. You may recall, Northey has not been able to begin his duties as an Under Secretary of Agriculture with the U-S-D-A due to Texas Senator Ted Cruz placing a hold on Northey’s nomination. Grassley says he has tried to talk to Cruz, but to no avail. He says there hasn’t been any progress on the matter.

Grassley made his comments during his weekly news conference with reporters.



Dead Body Found In Burned Out Car

PULASKI, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body found in a burned-out car in southeast Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says a farmer on Saturday morning reported the burned-out car in Davis County, southeast of the small community of Pulaski. Deputies responded and found human remains inside the car.
The remains were taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, where an autopsy will be conducted this week.



Woman Charged With Theft From Bank and Bank Customer

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – A woman has been charged with stealing from a bank and a bank customer in northern Iowa.
Court records say 33-year-old Cassandra Lane is charged with two counts of theft. Court documents say she stole $13,300 from the customer and nearly $4,000 from the bank while working from October 2016 to August 2017 at the First Security Bank and Trust branch in Charles City.
The records say she’s bonded out of jail. They don’t list the name of attorney who could comment for her.



Linn County Supervisors Deciding What To Do About Lawsuit For Wrongful Arrest

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa county is considering its response to a lawsuit filed by an Arizona man who spent two months in jail for a robbery he didn’t commit.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Monday to consider the lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Joseph McBride.
The county hasn’t answered the lawsuit, which alleges County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden signed a complaint against McBride containing false statements.
McBride was 1,500 miles away when a violent 2017 robbery occurred in Cedar Rapids, his former hometown. The victim told police that a Facebook photo of McBride appeared to match one of the assailants.
Investigators never spoke to McBride before he was arrested, shipped by prison van to Iowa, and jailed 61 days. He was released after investigators checked his alibi, which included time-stamped photos of him in Arizona.