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Wednesday News, December 12

Sioux City Police Looking For Missing Woman

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police is asking the public's assistance in locating a female who is reported as missing.  24 year old Jasmine Kleve, a white female from Sioux City is described as five foot - 120 pound woman with brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a tan waist length coat, black pants and carrying a pink backpack.  She was last seen in the general area of the Southern Hills Mall on December 5, 2012.  Police don't expect foul play is suspected in her disappearance, but her welfare is in question.

Sioux County Investigates Burglaries

(Orange City) -- Sioux County authorities are investigating an attempted burglary that occurred sometime between Friday, December 7th and Monday, December 10th.  The attempted burglary was at the Maurice Tire and Repair.  Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.  Sioux County officials are also investigating the burglary of the Kelly's Drive-In and Pizza at Hospers.  An undetermined amount of cash was stolen during that burglary that took place sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.


Businesses Invited To Discuss Downtown Renovation

(Le Mars) -- Last evening,(Tuesday) Le Mars downtown business owners were invited to attend a public meeting regarding the possibility of applying for a $500,000 grant that would allow the community to make major facade improvements in a designated downtown area.  The facade improvement program is a comprehensive rehabilitation and preservation plan that would improve many downtown buildings at once.  The instrument that makes this building enhancement project possible is a community development block grant.  Business owners were told the advantages of this type of facade program are that it allows for a single source of project management, a single source of design, and a single source for construction.  The project would be streamlined and removes the burden of facade enhancement from each individual property owner.  All facade enhancements are coordinated with the historic architectural heritage of the building.  If the grant is approved, 50 percent of the cost would be covered by the Community Development Block Grant, 25 percent would be covered by
the city, and 25 percent of the expense would be covered by the building's owner.  That
meeting was held at the Le Mars city council chambers.


Jury Undecided On Wrongful Convictions If Compensation Is Needed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A jury in Des Moines is still trying to decide whether two Omaha, Neb., men should be paid millions of dollars for spending 25 years in prison on murder convictions later
Jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon after 21 days in the courtroom. They spent eight hours Monday and six hours Tuesday working on the case.
They must decide whether Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee should be paid by the city of Council Bluffs and two retired police officers who worked to convict them in 1978.
Harrington seeks more than $60 million and McGhee about $50 million. They claim former detectives Dan Larsen and Lyle Brown coerced witnesses into lying and hid evidence from their defense
The Iowa Supreme Court overturned their life sentences and released them in 2003.

Cedar Rapids Man Found Guilty of Lying To Federal Investigator

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a Cedar Rapids man guilty of lying to a federal investigator about his role in a car chase stemming from a student loan fraud scheme.
Jurors found 64-year-old Raymond Cortez guilty Tuesday of making a false statement to a U.S. Postal Inspector during a November 2007 interview.
Cortez was asked during the interview whether he was the driver of a black Hummer involved in a chase the prior month with a young man.
Prosecutors say passengers in the Hummer were chasing the man to retrieve a $3,300 federal student loan check, which they had fraudulently obtained. They say Cortez denied he was the driver,
but evidence at trial proved otherwise.
Sentencing has not been set for Cortez, who faces up to five years in prison.


Ankeny Man Found Guilty of Killing Infant Daughter

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his infant daughter in 2010.
Ryan Trowbridge was sentenced Tuesday in Polk County.
He was convicted in October after a bench trial of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.
Prosecutors say injuries on 4-month-old daughter Rylee were consistent with being grabbed and shaken. Trowbridge told authorities he put his daughter on a bed for a nap and then discovered her trapped between the headboard and mattress.
Trowbridge's attorney says his client will appeal his conviction.

Attorney Wants Police Interview Left Out Of Trial

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a man facing charges in a double homicide in Manchester wants part of a police interview kept out of his client's upcoming trial.
An attorney for Brandon Ahlers argued at a hearing Tuesday that police expressed or implied leniency during an interview in return for Ahlers' statements. A judge will make a ruling on the request at a later date.
Ahlers is charged with aiding and abetting in the killings of Richard and Janet Sweet in May 2011. Prosecutors say he suggested to his friend, Isaiah Sweet, on different ways to kill the couple.
Sweet is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his grandparents.
Both have pleaded not guilty. Their trials are scheduled to begin in March.

Bulldozer Accident Victim Now Identified

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified a construction worker in Davenport who was killed after becoming trapped underneath a bulldozer.
Thomas McLachlan was operating the machinery Tuesday morning when an embankment he was grading gave way and the equipment tipped over.
Hawkeye Paving posted on its website that McLachlan has been the company's lead operator since 1987.
The accident briefly closed traffic near the construction site, which is scheduled to be a hotel and retail complex.

Scarville City Clerk Looks At Jail Time

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former city clerk in Scarville has been given jail time for tampering with city records.
Jolene Carter was sentenced Tuesday in Winnebago County District Court to 30 days in jail. She also must pay about $20,000 in restitution to the city.
Prosecutors say Carter issued paychecks to herself totaling nearly $8,000. A report by the state auditor caught the misuse, including by Scarville Mayor Michelle Hermanson.
Hermanson pleaded guilty to theft and other charges in November. She will be sentenced in January.



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