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Wednesday Afternoon News, June 26


Sheriff’s Deputy Given Promotion

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has announced the promotion for Rick Singer to the rank of Lieutenant. The promotion is effective on July 1st. Singer has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office for the past 19 years and currently holds the rank of Sergeant.










19 Year Old Sioux City Woman Charged With Fatal Hit And Run And For OWI

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) – A 19-year-old Iowa woman is accused of being drunk when her vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian in northeast Nebraska and then left the scene.

Dakota County Court records say Maria Gonzalez-Diego, of Sioux City, is charged with vehicular homicide with a prior conviction for driving under the influence and with failure to stop and render aid. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

South Sioux City police say Gonzalez-Diego’s northbound vehicle hit 62-year-old Antonia Lopez De Ramirez a little before 9 p.m. Monday as she walked east across a street. Police say the vehicle continued north. A Sioux City, Iowa, officer later made contact with Gonzalez-Diego and arrested her.
Officials say Gonzalez-Diego blood alcohol was four times over the legal limit.



Retired Farmer Wanting To Restore His Gun Rights Is Charged As A Felon With Possession Of Firearms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A retired Iowa farmer who applied to Gov. Kim Reynolds to have his gun rights restored has instead been charged with illegally possessing firearms.
Allan Phillips of West Branch had been out of trouble for 40 years
when he sent in his application seeking restoration. He wrote that it was time to “clear my name” on a 1978 misdemeanor conviction for having a loaded hunting gun in his car.
Phillips, 76, received a surprise visit in February from agents who
were conducting a background check as part of the process. They found that he had firearms in violation of the gun ban that his 41-year-old conviction triggered. They charged Phillips with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
The case illustrates how hard it can be for ex-offenders to get their gun rights back once they are lost. A recent report shows Reynolds didn’t restore anyone’s gun rights during her first 19 months in office.



Casino Card Dealer Charged With Cheating

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo casino card dealer has been accused of cheating for the benefit of players.
Black Hawk County court records say 27-year-old Jordan Makinster is charged with a felony: altering the outcome of a gambling game.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Makinster is accused of altering his deals during a game called Match ‘Em High Low at the Isle Casino Hotel. The court records say he’d arrange the cards in groups of pairs and runs and then false shuffle to create a greater likelihood the groupings
would remain together, giving patrons a better chance of winning.
The records say that increased his chances of being rewarded with larger tips from the happy winners.



Found Body In Waterloo Apartment Could Be That Of A Missing Person