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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 16th

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POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION REPORT IN MORNINGSIDE

Sioux City police are investigating a report of an attempted child abduction in Morningside on Tuesday.

Police say a 10-year girl told her mother that a man approached her while she was in the backyard in the 1900 block of South Cypress, and attempted to grab her arm.

A Facebook posting claimed that the child kicked the man in the stomach and fled into her home and locked the door.

Police say the suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall white male of slender build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a white shirt and jeans and left on foot.

Officers responding to the scene checked the area and did not locate anyone matching that description.

The case remains under investigation.

Police advise parents to talk with their children about safety and stranger danger.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING SIOUX CITY MAN

SIOUX CITY POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING PERSON.

55 -YEAR-OLD JAMES JENSEN WAS LAST SEEN ON FRIDAY, MAY 11TH AFTER A TAXI DROPPED HIM OFF AT THE FLOYD BOULEVARD WAL-MART.

HE DID NOT ARRANGE FOR A RETURN PICK UP RIDE WHICH POLICE SAY WAS UNUSUAL FOR HIM.

SOME OF JENSEN’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS WERE FOUND NEAR THE FLOYD RIVER BEHIND THE PIZZA RANCH.

POLICE SAY JENSEN SUFFERS FROM SEVERE DEPRESSION AND HAS A HISTORY OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.

HE IS A 5’10” WHITE MALE, WEIGHS 165 POUNDS WITH SHORT GRAY HAIR AND WEARS WIRE RIM GLASSES.

A SEARCH OF THE RIVER AREA TURNED UP NO TRACE OF JENSEN.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIM SHOULD CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY AT 279-6379.

THOUSANDS OF IOWANS TURN OUT TO SEE MADDIE POPPE

More than 10-thousand people filled the Butler County Fairground grandstands in Allison Tuesday night to welcome home Clarksville native Maddie Poppe.

Poppe, one of three contestants left on A-B-C’s American Idol, took center stage about 10 miles west of her Clarksville home singing several songs she’s performed on the show. Poppe says her dreams continue to become reality.

From the stage, the 20-year-old said the reception at the fairgrounds was incredible and overwhelming.

Poppe spoke to the audience detailing her career as a musician which at one point, according to her mother Tonya, faced some uncertainty.

Droves of fans from Iowa, neighboring states, and even Africa held signs showing support for their favorite American Idol.

One of those fans in the crowd was Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Governor Reynolds will sign a proclamation today (Wednesday) establishing Sunday, May 20th as Maddie Poppe Day in the state of Iowa. Governor Reynolds hopes the proclamation encourages Iowans to vote for Maddie Poppe as the next American Idol.

Poppe dedicated the song, “Landslide,” to her hometown of Clarksville. Footage from last (Tuesday) night’s parade and concert will be aired Sunday night during American Idol on ABC.

SUSPECT IN TWO STATE PURSUIT CHARGED IN DAKOTA COUNTY

THE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN A TWO STATE PURSUIT LAST TUESDAY EVENING HAS BEEN CHARGED IN DAKOTA COUNTY.

KIRA HOEFLING IS CHARGED WITH OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE TO AVOID ARREST.

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY A DAKOTA COUNTY DEPUTY ATTEMPTED TO STOP HOEFLING’S VEHICLE FOR SPEEDING ON MAY 8TH, BUT THE VEHICLE REFUSED TO STOP.

THE VEHICLE WENT FROM NEBRASKA INTO IOWA AND BACK, AT TIMES REACHING SPEEDS EXCEEDING 100 MILES AN HOUR.

STOP STICKS WERE DEPLOYED AND HOEFLING’S VEHICLE CRASHED TO A HALT IN THE 3800 BLOCK OF DAKOTA AVENUE.

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE VEHICLE MISSED STRIKING A DAKOTA COUNTY DEPUTY BY INCHES AND STRUCK ANOTHER CAR BEFORE STOPPING.

SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY THAT EVENING ON A WARRANTLESS ARREST AFFIDAVIT AND BOOKED INTO THE DAKOTA COUNTY JAIL.

HOEFLING’S BOND WAS SET AT $25-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HER NEXT COURT DATE IS JUNE 12TH.

NEBRASKA PRIMARY RESULTS HAVE NO MAJOR SURPRISES

GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS AND FORMER STATE SENATOR BOB KRIST OF OMAHA WON THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTY’S PRIMARIES TUESDAY IN THE RACE FOR THE STATE’S HEAD OFFICE.

RICKETTS WON THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WITH AN OVERWHELMING 81% OF THE VOTE IN HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION.

KRIST, WHO SWITCHED FROM THE G-O-P TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WON THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE RICKETTS IN NOVEMBER WITH 61% OF THE STATEWIDE DEMOCRATIC VOTE.

U.S. SENATOR DEB FISCHER EASILY WON THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IN HER BID FOR ANOTHER TERM WITH 76%.

DEMOCRAT JANE RAYBOULD WILL CHALLENGE FISCHER AFTER TAKING 64% OF HER PARTY’S BALLOTS.

IN THE U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 3 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, INCUMBENT ADRIAN SMITH WON WITH 65%.

HE WILL FACE DEMOCRAT PAUL THEOBALD IN NOVEMBER, WHO HAD NO OTHER CHALLENGERS FOR THE NOMINATION IN HIS PARTY.