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Wednesday Afternoon News, May 30th


Central Avenue North To Open For Traffic

(Le Mars) — Le Mars city officials are hoping that sometime this afternoon, they will be able to open up Central Avenue North between Plymouth Street and 3rd Street North. Public Works Superintendent Scott Kneip says if weather permits, the newly paved Central Avenue will be painted, marked, and striped
today, allowing for the phase 3 and 4 portion of the new paving construction project to be completed and open to traffic.



Sioux City Man Arrested For Robbery At Hinton

(Le Mars) — A Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the town of Hinton early Tuesday morning at about 2:00 a.m. when an individual was observed leaving the rear of the parking area of the Silver Dollar Saloon after the business was closed.  Contact was made with that individual and an investigation ensued.  While investigating the reason why the individual was on the property, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received information that an individual matching the description had broken into a building at the Hillview Park Campgrounds at about 1:30 a.m.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the subject, Bryan Jeffrey Stone, age 32, of Sioux City was placed under arrest for burglary in the second degree, and was in possession of burglary tools.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Plymouth County Jail.



Le Mars Man Pleas Not Guilty To Threatening A Woman

(Sioux City) — A Le Mars man has pleaded not guilty to threatening a woman with a knife and taking her purse. 24 year old Kenneth Azure entered his written plea Friday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of first-degree robbery. According to court documents, the woman was a passenger in a
car driven by Azure on May 7th. Azure drove the car to the area of 1900 West 19th Street in Sioux City and began arguing with the woman before stopping the car and pulling the woman out of the car by her hair. Court documents say Azure punched the woman in the face four to six times, then held a knife
to her throat and took her purse, which contained $280 in cash, medication and her cell phone. Azure was arrested on May 9th.



MidAmerican Energy Proposes Another Wind Turbine Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa-based utility is proposing a massive wind turbine project that would be the nation’s first investor-owned electric utility to generate all of its customer demand from wind energy.
Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday that it’s submitting its proposal for a $922 million wind project to the Iowa Utilities Board. The utility says the project would generate 591 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes.
If approved, the proposal would mark MidAmerican’s 12th wind project.
MidAmerican is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. It already has 2,189 wind turbines on 27 wind farms in Iowa, producing 4,400 megawatts of power.
If the latest project is approved and completed, the utility’s total
investment in wind will total more than $12 billion. The project is slated for completion in late 2020.



Third Inmate Pleas Guilty To Assaulting Prison Guard

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – A man already given a life sentence for murder in Iowa has pleaded guilty to assaulting two guards in the Des Moines County Jail in Burlington.
Court records show Jorge Sanders-Galvez, of St. Louis, entered pleas Tuesday to willful injury and to assault on a correctional officer. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
Sanders-Galvez was given a life sentence for his role in killing a gender-fluid Burlington teenager, Kedarie Johnson.
The two officers were attacked Dec. 10 by Sanders-Galvez and two other inmates. Court records say the two other inmates, Earl Booth-Harris and Bobby Morris, also pleaded guilty. Each was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years.
Booth-Harris is serving a life sentence in a different slaying.



Pickup Truck Goes Through Sioux City Building

(Sioux City) — One person was injured after a man drove his new pickup truck through the wall of a Sioux City business Wednesday morning. Sgt. Scott Hatting of the Sioux City Police says the accident happened when the 73-year old man pulled into Hitches, Trailers And More on Highway 75 north at around
11:00 a.m.

That employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution with minor injuries.
Hatting says because the accident happened on private property, the driver of the truck would not be cited.

The unidentified driver was not hurt and had bought the 2018 pickup truck on Tuesday and was bringing it to Hitches, Trailers and More to be detailed.



Grain Elevator Explosion Update – One Person Seriously Injured

(South Sioux City) — Residents displaced by the explosion at the Anderson Farms Grain Elevator Tuesday are able to take shelter at the south Sioux city middle School.  City police say the Red Cross will be at the Middle School at 2:30p.m. Wednesday to set up shelter.  The shelter will be staffed overnight.

South Sioux City officials are deciding their next move in dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion that damaged the Anderson Farms Grain Elevator.

South Sioux Police Chief Ed Mahon says there are concerns that the shell of the building could collapse:

The blast sent one employee to a Lincoln, Nebraska burn center with upper body injuries.  Two other employees escaped serious injury.  South Sioux Police say they will be posting updates for residents on their Facebook page regarding further developments.