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Saturday News, July 13th


Former Vice President, Joe Biden, To Make Stop At Le Mars

(Le Mars) — Former Vice President, and now Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has announced he will make a campaign stop in Le Mars.
The event is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, July 16th, at 3:00 p.m.
Additional details, such as the location of the event, have not yet been released by the Biden campaign officials.



Sorensen Pleads Not Guilty To Theft Of Westfield Funds

WESTFIELD, Iowa (AP) – A former city clerk accused of stealing from a northwest Iowa community has pleaded not guilty.
50-year-old Angela Sorensen filed a written plea Thursday in Plymouth County District Court. The charges: theft and ongoing criminal conduct.

Sorensen had been clerk in Westfield from May 25, 2013, until she quit in August 2017. A special state audit of the city books shows auditors identified nearly $40,000 of utility payments to the city that were never deposited.
Auditors also said Sorensen was overpaid by more than $13,000 during the 4 1/2 years and said she wrote herself about $4,300 worth of unauthorized checks.



Hospers Man Found Guilty Of Child Sexual Abuse

(Orange City) — A Sioux County jury has declared a Hospers man guilty of child sexual abuse. Sioux County Attorney, Thomas Kunstle has announced that 64 year old Michael Montgomery was convicted Thursday in Sioux County District Court. The case arose in May of 2018 when a child at school reported their grandfather had sexually touched them. A police investigation
revealed the child had previously disclosed the touching to peers and the child’s mother at least two years earlier. During the investigation, a friend of Montgomery’s confronted him about the allegations, and Montgomery replied he didn’t do anything the child didn’t initiate first. Montgomery had pled not guilty, and the cas proceeded to trial on July 9th. Montgomery was convicted of sexual abuse in the second degree, but acquitted him of
lascivious acts with a child. Montgomery was immediately taken into custody, pending the scheduling of a later sentencing hearing.



Three Found Dead In Northern Iowa

BANCROFT, Iowa (AP) – North-central Iowa law enforcement officials say three people have been found dead in Bancroft.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a news release that the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call Friday morning reporting two people found dead in a Bancroft home.
Bancroft police officers who were first to arrive at the home also found a third person there dead.
Police have released no other details, including the names of the dead or how they died. Officials have only said there is no on-going threat to the public.
Officials say the names of the victims and more details will be released following notification of the victims’ family members and the completion of autopsies.



Griswold Shooting Death

GRISWOLD, Iowa (AP) – Law enforcement officials in southwestern Iowa are investigating the shooting death of man.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that the
shooting happened around 7 p.m. Thursday, when officers were called for a report of a shooting.
Officials say 22-year-old Chase Jones, of Atlantic, was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been scheduled Saturday at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Des Moines. The shooting remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.



West Nile Virus Detected In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported the state’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.
The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.
Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department’s medical director and Pedati says that until the state’s first hard frost, being outside means there’s a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.
State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. More information about the virus is available online.