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Saturday News, February 15th


Cherokee Woman Dies From Vehicle Accident

(Cherokee) — A 26-year old Cherokee woman has died as a result of a vehicle accident that happened Thursday afternoon on Highway 3 near the Marcus Junction Truck Stop at Marcus. Alexa Brewster was going southbound on Highway 143 and started to turn left, or eastbound, on Highway 3 when a semi truck owned by Ten Napel Trucking Company of Le Mars, and driven
by David Ten Napel collided into the Chevrolet Impala driven by Brewster.
Brewster was transported to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center by the Marcus Ambulance where she had died as a result of the sustained injuries.
The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the accident.



Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies Make Arrests On Drug Charges

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County deputies went to 3 Linden Street in Le Mars, last Friday, February 7th, to serve an arrest warrant on Cassidy Marie Sanow, age 23 of Le Mars, IA. Sanow was arrested on the active warrant.
During its investigation, deputies believed there to be drugs and drug paraphernalia in the residence. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence at 3 Linden Street. During the search, both drugs and drug paraphernalia were found. Cassidy Marie Sanow was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas Charles Andersen, age 31 of Le
Mars, IA, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Sanow and Andersen were booked into the Plymouth County Jail and held on
bond. Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sanow a second time on Wednesday of this week on a warrant charge of failure to appear on a contempt hearing. Sanow was booked into the Plymouth County Jail and held on a $5,000 bond.



Le Mars Man Arrested For Several Warrants

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday evening arrested Tiana Josepha Martinez Esparza, age 21 of Le Mars, on several active Plymouth County warrants. The warrants are for the following: possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine 1st offense, possession of a controlled substance marijuana 1st offense, violation of probation with an
original charge of theft 3rd offense, operating while under the influence 1st offense and failure to appear for pretrial conference. Esparza was booked into the Plymouth County Jail and held on bond.



Siebold Arrested For Violating No Contact Order

(Le Mars) — Last week, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a no contact order violation in Hinton. Deputies arrived and identified Brett Seibold, age 22 of Sioux City, IA. Seibold shows to have a valid protection order against him and the protected party was nearby. Seibold was placed under arrest, transported to the Plymouth County Jail and booked for
violation of a no contact order. Plymouth Countuy authorities also learned that Seibold had a valid arrest warrant out of Woodbury County.



U-S 2020 Census Reports To Be Distributed In Mid-March

(Des Moines) — Every ten years, the U-S government conducts a count of the nation’s population. The 2020 census will begin with a mailing starting in mid-March. Maureen Schriner is with the Census Bureau and says its important that everyone completes the census form and be counted.

Schriner says the other reason the census is important is that it determines our legislative representation.

Complete Count Committees are forming across the nation to make certain everyone is counted for the 2020 Census. Schriner says Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg is setting the goal for Iowa to have the most complete census count.

Often times people wonder why should they complete the census form and answer the questions? They further wonder if the information is kept confidential?

We will have additional comments from Maureen Schriner about the 2020 Census during future news updates. Additional information regarding the 2020 Census can be obtained at the Le Mars City Hall.



Jeneary’s Journal – A Review Of Legislative Action



Judge To Decide On Planned Parenthood Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state court judge has heard arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a state law passed last year that would block Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving federal grant money for sex education courses. Judge Paul Scott is considering whether to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa for
Planned Parenthood. It challenges the law passed on the last day of the 2019 session as a violation of free speech, due process and equal protection rights. A judge last May halted enforcement of the law until the court decides whether it’s constitutional.



Insurance Agency Tells Missouri Company To Stop Mailing Literature To Iowans

(Des Moines) — Iowa officials are sanctioning the owner of an insurance agency in Missouri a second time for what the Iowa Insurance Division describes as misleading mailers.
John A. McAfee owns McAfee and Associates in Hannibal,
Missouri. Officials in the Iowa Insurance Division say his insurance agency mailed deceptive materials to Iowans. A year ago, state officials told McAfee he was not to send mailers to any Iowa address that create a false impression the mailer was sent by the government. Last February, McAfee was ordered to pay five-thousand dollars to Iowa’s Consumer Education and Litigation Fund. He’s now been ordered to pay a total of 10-
thousand dollars in civil penalties, plus 18-hundred dollars more to the State of Iowa to cover the cost of the investigation. A news release from the Iowa Insurance Division says McAfee’s mailers were sent to generate marketing leads for life insurance, but that information was not disclosed on the mailers.



School District Settles Lawsuit For $4.8 Million For Death Of Girl Following Bus Fire

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa school district will pay $4.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of 16-year-old girl who died in a 2017 school bus fire that also killed the bus driver. Riverside Community School District reached the settlement this week with the family of Megan Klindt. She died when the bus became stuck in a ditch, leading to a fire in the engine compartment that spread to the passenger compartment. The fire also killed 74-year-old Donnie Hendricks. An attorney for the school district had said Thursday that the settlement terms were confidential, but the Iowa Freedom of Information Council later released the details.



Day Care Employee Accused Of Killing 11-Week Old Baby

ANITA, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa woman is accused of killing an 11-week-old baby at her day care by shaking her. Cass County court records say 36-year-old Alison Dorsey, of Anita, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. She remained in Cass County Jail on Friday. Authorities have said the child died Oct. 8 at an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital from internal brain bleeding – a condition commonly described as shaken baby syndrome.



Man Convicted For Killing Girl Friend’s 5-Year Old Son

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A man has been convicted of beating to death the 5-year-old son of his girlfriend in eastern Iowa. A jury found Tre Henderson guilty Thursday. The 28-year-old will be sentenced April 1 to life in prison without possibility of parole. Prosecutors say Ja’Shawn Bussell had 17 broken ribs, damage to internal organs and bruises from the top of his head to his ankles after Henderson beat him in April 2018. Henderson and the
boy’s mother, Jacqueline Rambert, were charged with child abuse for failing to seek prompt medical attention for the boy. They’re both from Chicago and were living in Davenport when Ja’Shawn died.



Iowa Democratic Party To Hire Attorneys To Investigate Caucus Problems

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Democratic Party officials have agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to a meltdown in the state’s lead-off presidential caucuses and how the party responded. The party’s State Central Committee voted Thursday night to spend up to $50,000 to retain Nick Klinefeldt, a former U.S. attorney, and Bonnie
Campbell, a former Iowa attorney general. The Des Moines Register reports that officials hope the review will be completed within 45 days. The party has been reeling since the night of the caucuses Feb. 3 when problems with a mobile app and other issues prevented it from immediately releasing results.