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Tuesday Afternoon News, November 27th


Three Attorneys Emerge As Finalists For Associate Judge Position

(Le Mars) — Three attorneys have been selected for the final round of interviews regarding the vacant position of Associate Judge for the 3B Sub-District. A total of ten people had applied for the position that is being vacant due to the retirement of Associate Judge Robert Dull of Le Mars. The three attorneys include: Amy Oetken of Le Mars, Kristal L. Phillips of
Holstein, and Dan Vakulskas of Sioux City. All the candidates were interviewed by the Plymouth and Sioux County Judicial Nominating Commissions on Monday, November 26th. Interviews of the three finalists will be interviewed on Friday, November 30th by the 3B District Judges. An announcement for the replacement of Judge Dull is expected to happen prior
to his retirement party scheduled for Friday.



Sioux City Council Approves Third Reading Ordinance To Ban Pellet and BB Guns

(Sioux City) — The Sioux City Council has given final approval to an ordinance restricting the use of pellet guns and similar objects that look like real guns.  The council passed the third reading of the proposal on a 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting.  Police Chief Rex Mueller reassured citizens that the proposal is not a total ban on BB guns, but instead penalizes those who would use the gun for a threatening or illegal purpose.  The new restriction makes it a misdemeanor  for anyone to use a simulated weapon in a threatening manner, or while committing a criminal act.  Chief Mueller is concerned that someone brandishing a BB gun that looks like a real handgun, could be involved in a potentially dangerous confrontation of an officer, or another member of the public.   Mueller says he and his officers support the 2nd Amendment, and are not intending to deprive anyone from properly using a BB gun for recreational purposes.



Man Of Baby That Shot Itself With Hidden Gun Is Scheduled For Sentencing

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man whose 2-year-old son shot himself with his father’s handgun is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 in Des Moines.
Polk County court records show 30-year-old Jonathan Hauser, of Council Bluffs, pleaded guilty last week to felony child endangerment causing injury.
The shooting occurred Aug. 19 at the Sterling Inn in the Des Moines suburb of Clive. Officers say the toddler fired the .45-caliber handgun that his father had left in luggage on a bed. The bullet passed through the boy’s chest and neck. Clive police say the boy left the hospital the next day.
Police say Hauser had a permit to carry the weapon.