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Saturday News, September 12th


Iowa Supreme Court Denies Thomas Bibler’s Appeal

(Des Moines) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Le Mars, man convicted of second degree murder in the June, 2016 stabbing death of his sister.
The high court denied a request for further review in the case of
Thomas Bibler, who was convicted of killing Shannon Bogh, and then sentenced to up to 50 years in prison in February of 2019.
The 37-year-old Bibler was determined to have been under the
influence of a sleeping aid when he stabbed the 27-year-old Bogh to death outside her home in Le Mars.
Bibler must serve a minimum of 70 percent of his 50 year sentence.




Sioux City Police Make Arrest With Fatal Stabbing Incident

(Sioux City) — One man is in custody charged with murder following a fatal stabbing early Friday morning on Sioux City’s northside. Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller says officers responded to an assault at around 1:00 a.m.
Friday morning at a home located at 2103 Nebraska Street and found two victims who had been stabbed.

Officers found and arrested the suspect, 54-year-old Michael Anthony Landrum of Sioux City, walking about three blocks away an hour later. Landrum is being charged with first degree murder and willful injury. Detective Ryan Denney says Landrum knew the people he is accused of attacking.

Landrum is being held in the Woodbury County Jail. The female victim is hospitalized with serious injuries. The names of the victims have not been released. It is the second murder of the year to take place in Sioux City.




Feenstra And Scholten Address Agriculture Issues

(Le Mars) — Both candidates seeking the position of Congressman representing the U-S 4th District of Iowa have said, if elected, they hope to be placed on the House Agriculture Committee. Republican Randy Feenstra of Hull, and Democrat J.D. Scholten of Sioux City both know and understand the
significance and importance of agriculture to the 4th District. Both candidates say, agriculture has been a familiar topic on the campaign trail.

Scholten says he is constantly asked about his stance on agriculture related issues.

Both candidates are concerned about the low commodity prices paid to farmers, and the troubled ethanol industry with the E-P-A allowing waivers to petroleum refineries to not allow corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasoline.

Scholten also discusses the plight of the ethanol industry.

Both candidates agree that agriculture may play a big role in determining the outcome of the election.




Legion Riders To Grill Hot Dogs To Raise Money For Veterans

(Le Mars) — A local organization says it just wants to help veterans will be holding a free-will lunch on Saturday with the proceeds of that lunch to go to families of the 113th Calvary, who were recently deployed. The Legion Riders motorcycle club of Le Mars will be grilling hot dogs this Saturday.
Doug Harms serves as the organization’s vice president and explains the purpose of the lunch program.

The Legion Riders will set up at the TCC Verizon store, which is located at the junction of Highway 3 and Business Highway 75. Harms says the group will be grilling the hot dogs between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

As mentioned earlier, the proceeds will go to the families of Charlie Company of the 113th Calvary, who were deployed for a year. The National Guard unit was deployed on June 1st.




Cyclone Fans Will Be Able To Cheer For Their Team From Home

(Ames) — When Iowa State University Cyclone football players make big plays during today’s season opener, they’ll hear fans cheering, even though Jack Trice Stadium will be nearly empty because of the pandemic. A web-based platform is being used that will allow the voices of fans at home to be heard through the stadium’s P-A system. Nathan Terry, associate marketing director at Iowa State University, says it’s an incredibly simple, clever app.

The application will also work from a laptop or tablet, as long as there’s a microphone attached. The venue normally seats more than 61-thousand people, so he hopes thousands of loyal Cyclones will log in and use the free app to fill the stadium with their cheers.

Imagine making a touchdown on your home field and not hearing any reaction from the empty stands. It would be a bit disheartening for the players, so Terry says this app will serve a dual purpose.

The Canadian company behind “Hear Me Cheer” is able to use algorithms so no single fan’s cheers — or comments — will be heard. The speakers at the stadium will broadcast only the combined shouts, gasps and even boos of everyone using the app. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 AM as Iowa State meets
the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, carried live on ESPN.




798 New COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, 3 More Deaths

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 798 more positive COVID tests, increasing the state’s total to 72-thousand-754 cases.
Three more Iowans died from coronavirus complications, which is a big drop from the 20 deaths confirmed Thursday. COVID-19 is now blamed for one-thousand-208 deaths in the state. Two-hundred-81 people are hospitalized with the virus, 83 patients are in intensive care units and 36 are on ventilators. More than six-thousand tests were done between Thursday and Friday. There are now 34 outbreaks in long-term facilities in Iowa.




Belle Plaine Officer Resigns Over Federal Child Porn Charges

(Cedar Rapids, IA) — A Belle Plaine police officer resigned Friday after being charged with child pornography in federal court. 34-year-old Jared Daily was indicted for distribution, receipt, and accessing of child pornography. The U-S Attorney’s Office says Daily knowingly distributed child porn on a cell phone before January and June of this year.
A conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.




FEMA Extends Assistance To Seven Additional Counties 

(Des Moines) — The Meskwaki Settlement and seven more counties have been approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance for
public entities and nonprofits. Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, and Washington counties have been added to a Presidential Disaster Declaration issued by President Trump
on August 17th. The Meskwaki Settlement in Tama was also given a separate disaster declaration for public assistance with the derecho damage on August 10th. Public Assistance funding may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.