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Saturday News, January 26th

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SUSPECT CHARGED WITH ARSON IN FATAL HOTEL FIRE

SIOUX CITY POLICE HAVE A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY CHARGED WITH ARSON FOR ALLEGEDLY STARTING THE FIRE THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A HINTON, IOWA WOMAN AT THE WYNGATE HOTEL THURSDAY NIGHT.

DETECTIVE NICK THOMPSON REVEALED NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 40-YEAR-OLD ELIZABETH BOCKHOLT:

THOMPSON SAYS JORDAN HENRY, WHOSE ADDRESS WAS LISTED AS THE WARMING SHELTER, WAS ARRESTED AROUND 2:45 FRIDAY MORNING AT ANOTHER LOCATION:

JORDAN HENRY WAS BOOKED INTO THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE ARSON, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND TRESPASSING.

THOMPSON ISN’T SAYING IF HENRY KNEW BOCKHOLT, WHO WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN THE SMOKE FILLED AND FIRE DAMAGED HOTEL ROOM.

RESPONDERS WERE UNABLE TO REVIVE BOCKHOLT, WHO WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.

AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF HER DEATH.

THOMPSON SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

GOVERNOR REYNOLDS TOURING NORTHWEST IOWA TO SHARE HER GOALS FOR THE STATE

(Le Mars) — Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg are traveling across the state emphasizing their agenda for the legislative session, and discussing their goals for the state. The dual made a stop in Le Mars Thursday afternoon at the KLEM offices. Governor Reynolds says there are great things happening in Iowa.

Reynolds says the state’s financial condition is in better shape than last year.

With the federal government shut down going on for more than a month, Reynolds was asked if any state government agencies and programs were being adversely affected by the shutdown?

The Iowa governor says it is time for both Republicans and Democrats to put aside their differences, and do what is right for the nation.

The governor has asked Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to oversee the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. Gregg says the program will help smaller communities grow and thrive. Gregg is a native of northwest Iowa having been raised in Hawarden.

Both Reynolds and Gregg acknowledge that Le Mars serves as an excellent model for other communities to follow since Le Mars created additional housing opportunities and have expanded on our community betterment programs.

Check back to this web page for more of Governor Reynolds comments, as well as comments from Lt. Governor Adam Gregg from their Thursday visit in Le Mars.

JONES FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER OF FORMER SIOUX CITY MAN

The suspect charged in the murder of a former Sioux City man has been found guilty of first degree murder by a Polk County jury.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours in returning the guilty verdict against 42-year-old Curtis Cortez Jones.

Jones was charged in the the fatal shooting in April of 2017 of Iowa City bail bondsman Jonathan Wieseler, who was from Sioux City.

Jones defended himself in the trial but presented no evidence in his own defense.

A sentencing date has not been set in the case.

Jones is already serving life in prison without parole in a separate case for the murder of Iowa City cab driver Ricky Lillie in June of 2017.