County Supervisors Will Not Meet This Week
(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will have the week off as there were too few agenda items to warrant a meeting for this week.
Roll-over Accident Reported On Monday Afternoon
(Le Mars) — Emergency rescue units were summoned Monday to county road K-49 near 270th Street, about seven miles south of Le Mars, for a roll-over accident involving one vehicle. The accident was reported shortly after 3:00 p.m. A service truck belonging to Altec apparently had driven on the shoulder of the road before losing control and ending up in the west ditch.
The driver of the truck was transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance Services. Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies are saying the victim suffered “unknown injuries”, but they don’t believe those injuries were life threatening. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the accident scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies Perform Traffic Stops Resulting in Drug-related Arrests
(Le Mars) — A traffic stop that was conducted at about 1:00 a.m. Friday evening by a sheriff’s deputy on a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 75 around mile marker 114 resulted in a drug-related arrest. During the stop, the deputy noticed some open containers in the vehicle. After all subjects were detained, a search of the vehicle was conducted. Multiple open alcoholic beer containers were located, along with a wooden case containing a
green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Michael Jackson, age 38 of Le Mars, Iowa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance marijuana. He was transported and booked into the Plymouth County Jail.
(Le Mars) — Another traffic stop was conducted by Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies that same evening, also resulting in a drug-related arrest. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 60/160th Street due to a traffic violation. The odor of marijuana was detected by Plymouth County deputies and a drug investigation began.
Upon further investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Samantha Jean Zeutenhorst, age 18 of Granville, IA, was placed under arrest for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Samantha Jean Zeutenhorst was then transported to the Plymouth County Jail and booked without incident.
Boyden Woman Charged With Stabbing Incident
(Boyden) — A Boyden woman was arrested and charged with stabbing after an incident that occurred Sunday afternoon in Boyden. Sioux County authorities say 38-year old Susan Ochoa is charged with willful injury in the incident.
Investigators say Ochoa allegedly stabbed the unidentified male victim with a knife during a domestic disturbance. The victim was taken to a Sheldon hospital, then airlifted to Sioux Falls for medical treatment. Ochoa remains in custody at the Sioux County jail.
Minnesota Man Drowns At Rock Valley Campground
(Rock Valley) — Authorities say a Minnesota man drowned while swimming at a northwest Iowa campground. Rock Valley police say 31-year old Anthony Boyenga went under the water Saturday afternoon while swimming with his children at the Rivers Bend Campground beach. A diver called to the scene
found his body less than an hour later. Authorities say Boyenga lived in Ellsworth, Minnesota.
Auditor’s Office Announces Nomination Deadline For City And School Elections
(Le Mars) — The Plymouth County Auditor’s Office is reminding those people wanting to be a candidate for either a local school board election, or for a city council and/or mayor position will need to submit their nomination petition papers by Thursday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m. The county auditor is the filing clerk for all city elections within Plymouth County, and the
school secretary is the filing clerk for the school elections. The deadline of 12:00 noon on Friday, September 20th is for all cities and schools to submit public measures to the county auditor. It is also the deadline for all school secretaries to submit all candidate nominations to the county auditor. In order to vote for the city and/or school elections, voters must register prior to Friday, October 25, 2019. That same day, October 25th is
also the last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed for the regular city and school election. Monday, November 4th is the last day to vote absentee in the auditor’s office from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Election day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th.
Woman Fatally Shot In Creston
CRESTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a woman who was fatally shot in southern Iowa’s Union County.
Authorities say 44-year-old Christy Hribal died after being shot
Wednesday at a home in Creston. Police say she was a visitor at the home.
A man arrested at the scene, 37-year-old Charles Keeton, of Creston, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.
Adam DeCamp, with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, has declined to comment on whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.
Drake University To Sell Some Land
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Drake University says it is selling or leasing more than four acres of land on the east edge of its Des Moines campus to a developer for construction of apartments, townhomes, commercial space and a parking garage.
Drake President Marty Martin said Monday the proposed development valued at more than $63 million will create a “walkable, vibrant hub of retail and restaurant options” for the private university located northwest of city’s central business district.
Cedar Falls-based Merge Urban Development Group will get federal tax incentives for developing in the federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zone, a program for improving low-income areas.
The new announcement follows a new Hilton hotel and restaurant already under construction in the area and a planned $8 million new Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, a center named after former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.
Lawsuit Challenges Voter ID Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A court challenge to a 2017 law that changes voting in Iowa has begun before a judge.
The nonjury trial that began Monday in Polk County District Court is focused on portions of the law that require a voter to show an ID at the polls before voting, require an ID number on absentee ballots and allow election officials to throw out absentee ballots if election workers were to decide the voter’s signature doesn’t match those on file.
The lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens, a civil rights group, says the law – passed with only Republican votes in May 2017 – makes it too hard for some people to vote.
The group wants the judge to permanently bar the state from enforcing the law.
The Iowa Supreme Court temporarily forbade the state from
implementing the absentee ballot provisions, pending a trial on the lawsuit.