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Thursday News, June 27th


Police Release Additional Details Involving Motorcycle Accident

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department has released additional information regarding the motorcycle and vehicle accident that happened Tuesday afternoon. The accident was reported at about 5:50 p.m. at the intersection of 3rd Avenue Southeast and 8th Street Blvd. Southeast.
According to the report, officers were called to the 300 block of 8th Street Southeast for a vehicle versus motorcycle accident. After arriving on the scene, officers did tend to the injured victim, the motorcycle driver, until the ambulance arrived. After the injured victim was transported to the Floyd Valley Healthcare, officers began their investigation of the incidents
leading up to the accident. Witnesses of the accident stated the motorcycle, which was driven by 21-year old Evan Budden of Le Mars was traveling east on 8th Street, while the other vehicle, a Jeep, was driven by Jennifer Hanstein, age 29, of Le Mars, was traveling north on 3rd Street Southeast. Witnesses say the driver of the vehicle slowed down for the yield sign, then proceeded
into the intersection where the accident occurred. Hanstein said that is when she noticed the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the front driver’s side bumper of the jeep vehicle before going into the median. The rider of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle in the median and was the injured party that was transferred to the hospital. The scene was turned over to the Le Mars Police Department Technical Investigator for further
investigation and was assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. Le Mars Police Department was also assisted by the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and the Le Mars Ambulance Services. The accident is still under investigation at this time.



Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Singer To Be Promoted To Rank Of Lieutenant

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has announced the promotion for Rick Singer to the rank of Lieutenant. Currently, Deputy Singer holds the rank of Sergeant. The promotion will become effective on July 1st. Singer has been a deputy with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office for the past 19 years and prior to that, he was with the Le Mars Police
Department for two years. Singer says he is honored of the promotion.

Singer says, as a lieutenant, he will be assigned additional administrative duties.

The longtime Sheriff’s deputy says he recalls many of the cases that he has worked, but he says the case that remains fresh in his memory is the stabbing death of Shannon Bogh by her brother Thomas Bibler.

Singer says when he was a younger law enforcement officer he would get anxious waiting for a particular case to move through the trial. Now, he realizes that many cases are delayed for several weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

The new lieutenant talks about what he looks forward to during his new promotion and added responsibilities.

There are currently 12 full-time sworn officers as part of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, which according to Singer involves the Sheriff and the Chief Deputy.



Orange City Man Arrested For Burglaries In Alton

(Orange City) — An Orange City man was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a pair of burglaries in Alton earlier this month. Orange City Police say the charges against 32-year old Brian Cook Jr. of Orange City stem from burglaries that happened on June 1st and June 11th of this year. According
to police, on June 1st, Cook is accused of burglarizing Zestos in Alton. He is charged with 3rd degree burglary and 4th degree theft in connection to that incident. Officers say Cook allegedly burglarized Zestos in Alton again on June 11th. He faces 3rd degree burglary charges, as well as 3rd degree theft and 5th degree criminal mischief in the June 11th incident. According
to authorities, Cook allegedly made off with money, food, jewelry, and miscellaneous items in the two incidents. As of late Wednesday morning, Cook remained in the Sioux County Jail on the charges.



Grassley Addresses Dairy Month And Wells Enterprises From Senate Floor

(Washington) — June is recognized as National Dairy Month and Republican U-S Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa delivered an address from the Senate Chamber on Wednesday acknowledging the dairy industry, and specifically Le Mars’s largest employer and greatest product.



Reynolds Names Former Lobbyist As DNR Director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lobbyist who advised Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on agriculture and natural resources has been named the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Reynolds appointed Kayla Lyon on Wednesday to the post which has been vacant for about a year after the previous director retired.
Lyon, who has represented farmers and agribusiness in previous
government affairs jobs, begins July 8.
She is the first woman to be named DNR director.
The DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs.
The agency also manages fish, wildlife, forest and prairie programs and oversees state parks.
It has the challenge of managing water quality in a heavily farmed state where control of cornfield fertilizer runoff and manure from hog farms has become an increasingly difficult problem.



USDA Offers Loans And Grants To Improve Water Systems

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s investing more than $15 million to help rural communities make improvements to water systems in nine rural Iowa counties.

The announcement Wednesday says the $15.3 in loans and grants to Iowa communities is part of a nationwide package of $192 million being offered for 71 projects in 29 states to improve rural water infrastructure.

The investments include a $3.85 million loan for the city of Sigourney in Keokuk County to update its wastewater treatment system and a $1.5 million loan and $1.4 million grant to the city of Kimballton in Audubon County for improvements to the municipal water system.

Others receiving grants or loans include the towns of Ellsworth,
Blairsburg, Lewis, Massena, Dow City and Martensdale, as well as the Squaw Valley South Subdivision in Story County.



Minnesota Sex Offender Is Charged In Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 50-year-old registered sex offender in Minnesota faces federal charges after being accused of traveling to Iowa to have sex with minors.
Federal prosecutors for Iowa say Terrance Nordwall has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of children, attempted enticement of minors and traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. He was charged in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Prosecutors say Nordwall tried to solicit and entice two people he
believed were under 18 to engage in prostitution and that he traveled across a state line in April to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Nordwall was convicted in Minnesota in 2004 of three counts of child sexual conduct and one count of having child pornography.
If convicted of the latest charges, Nordwall faces up to life in prison.



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. His lawyers didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday from The Associated Press.
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.



Mother Is Charged After Boy Finds Gun In Car And Shoots Himself

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in a car has been charged with a misdemeanor.
Television station KCCI reported Wednesday that Rachel Marie Rowe has been charged with making a firearm available to a minor. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says Rowe was ticketed for the simple misdemeanor.
In May, police were called to the southeast end of the city for a
report of a shooting. Investigators say the boy had been left unattended in a car when he found the handgun and began playing with it. The gun fired, hitting the child in the shoulder.
The boy is expected to recover.