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Friday Afternoon News, December 12

Additional Charges Filed Against Borchers

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested 34 year old Justin Borchers of Le Mars on warrants for burglary in the third degree, a class D felony, and failure to appear on a charge of domestic assault, a simple misdemeanor.  Borchers is being held on a $5,500 bond.  In addition, Borchers was charged by Le Mars Police Department for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to have a drug tax stamp. 32 year old Alissa Koopman, also of Le Mars, was arrested at the same residence with the same charges.  Both subjects are currently being held at the Plymouth County Jail on a $7,500 bond.

 

Normanday Restaurant Being Torn Down

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Crews are tearing down what remains of a Sioux City landmark that was destroyed by fire.
     The Normandy Building was home to popular restaurants but its owner says there are no plans to build on the site soon. 
     The cause of the April fire is still unknown. Parts of the structure date back to the 1930s, but city officials say much of the building is too damaged to restore. 
     Workers started demolition Dec. 1. They delayed finishing their work to see if the building's dining room and art studio could be salvaged, but found they couldn't.
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Search For Missing Man Is Suspended

 SOLDIER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have suspended the search for a missing western Iowa man who may have fallen through lake ice at Oldham Recreational Area.
     On Sunday hunters found a pickup owned by Walter Ordway near the recreation area. The Monona County Sheriff's Office says it's believed that Ordway took his dog for an outing to the recreation area on Nov. 17 and that the dog fell through the ice into the freezing water. The Sheriff's Office says Ordway may have fallen into the water while trying to rescue his dog. The dog's body was found nearby.
     The 66-year-old Ordway lives in Soldier. 
     The search was temporarily suspended because of concerns about the safety of lake ice. The recreation area will be closed through the weekend.

 

Billion Auto Fined By Federal Trade Commission

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A family-owned chain of automobile dealerships located in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for running deceptive ads.
     The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that Billion Auto and its advertising company violated a 2012 order that prohibited them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car.
     The commission's complaint says Billion Auto's ads routinely focus on a few attractive terms but conceal other details that limit who can qualify or that add significant costs.
     One ad, for instance, promoted a vehicle for lease for $179 a month but hid in the fine print that one must be a military veteran and returning customer to qualify.
     An FTC official says its enforcement action shows "there is a financial cost for violating FTC orders."

 

Schools Told No More Waivers Will Be Granted For Early Starts

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Education says it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.
     Department director Brad Buck sent a letter Friday to state education leaders saying the change is effective immediately.
     The announcement came shortly after Gov. Terry Branstad sent a letter to Buck asking that officials only grant a waiver if a school district demonstrates a "significant negative educational impact" of beginning classes on time, as required by law.
     Districts must start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1. But nearly all of them obtain waivers allowing them to begin classes earlier.
     Branstad's letter says starting earlier "unnecessarily interferes" with families' summer plans, seasonal hiring and the Iowa State Fair.

 

Court Fails To Offer Protection For Banks And Developers Against Construction Concerns

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is declining to give banks and real estate developers the same legal remedy that protects homebuyers from defective construction.
     The court refused Friday to expand Iowa's implied warranty of workmanlike construction, which allows buyers and renters to sue builders for major housing defects.
     Courts in Iowa and across the country created the doctrine to provide a remedy for consumers living in poorly built homes.
     In one case Friday, a developer who bought land in Sioux City to build townhouses wanted to sue the seller for allegedly substandard soil work that required repair. In the other, a bank that received mold-infested Postville apartment buildings through foreclosure wanted to sue the builder.
     The court says financial institutions and professional real estate investors "do not need the protection."

 

 

    

 

 

 

   

Friday News, December 12

Borchers Arrested For Burglary

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have arrested 34 year old Justin Borchers of Le Mars on warrants for burglary in the third degree, a class D felony, and failure to appear on a charge of domestic assault, a simple misdemeanor.  Borchers is being held on a $5,500 bond.

 

Langel Clarifies Theater Purchase And Explains "Quality Of Life" Projects

(Le Mars) -- Last week the Le Mars City Council gave approval for the purchase of the Royal 3 Theater in Le Mars.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the theater is identified as one of this community's "quality of life" projects.  He says the city is overseeing the potential transaction, but it is not using taxpayer dollars to make the purchase.  Rather, the city is using private donations for the potential purchase. 

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The city official says the burden to raise the funds falls on the shoulders of the Community Betterment Project Leadership Committee.

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Some of the community projects that have been funded and were also identified as providing quality of life for Le Mars includes the recreational trail, the Community Wellness Center, also known as the YMCA, including both the indoor and the outdoor Aquatic swimming pools, and even the skate board park.  Langel says the committee has since identified some future projects that include the expansion of the Olson Cultural Events Center, a dog park, a skate park, and even a BMX course, and the city municipal park.

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Grassley Opposes The Release Of CIA Report

(Washington) -- Reactions are mixed in Washington D.C. concerning the release of the Central Intelligence Agency report on torture and interrogation.  Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he believes any report relating to the nation's intelligence should have been bi-partisian.  However, the Senate report on the CIA was presented only by the Democrats.

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Grassley fears the report may jeopardize the lives of Americans, and especially those people that work with the CIA.  He says the report was issued without even conducting any interviews.

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Finance Authority Releases Grants For Local Housing Agencies

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors today approved a total of more than $7.3 million in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local affordable housing initiatives, which will assist 2,336 Iowa families. The funding is provided from the State Housing Trust Fund’s Local Housing Trust Fund program.
The grant funds will be used for initiatives such as preserving aging housing stock, subsidizing local down payment assistance programs, providing low-interest loans or grants to assist Iowans in home rehabilitation, financing construction of new single-family housing for low-income Iowans and supporting housing for persons with disabilities and homeless assistance programs.
The State Housing Trust Fund was created by the Iowa Legislature in 2003. Since its inception, the program has provided $49.8 million in affordable housing assistance that has benefited more than 15,200 Iowa families. This funding has leveraged another $152.4 million in other funds or $3.06 for every dollar of State Housing Trust Fund investment.  The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, serving Buena Vista, Emmet, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties will receive $339,392.  The Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust fund that serves Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Woodbury and Plymouth counties will receive $280,673.

 

World War II Weapon On Display At Camp Dodge Museum

  JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The National Guard will install a World War Two era howitzer outside a military museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston.
     Members of the Iowa National Guard's Field Maintenance Camp Dodge shop on Friday will bring the 155 mm artillery piece to its new location on the north side of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum.
     The public is welcome to attend the relocation at 10 a.m. today.
     The weapon, built in 1944, was acquired from the U.S. Army Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, George in 2013. It was refurbished by the Camp Dodge field maintenance soldiers.
     The 15-ton howitzer could be moved and set up quickly. It fired a 95-pound projectile up to 15 miles at a rate of 40 rounds an hour.

 

University Of Iowa Athletic Administrator Re-assigned

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former University of Iowa athletic administrator has been reassigned to the school's construction staff amid potential litigation brought by her partner.
     The school said Thursday that Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director since 2001, will start in the facilities management office next week.
     Athletic director Gary Barta announced last week that Meyer would be reassigned because the school faces a likely lawsuit by her partner, fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.
     Barta says that keeping Meyer in the department's leadership presented challenges and the reassignment came at the advice of legal counsel.
     Griesbaum's attorney has said the reassignment, which doesn't affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary, smacks of retaliation.
     The move does not affect Meyer's $173,000 annual salary.
     Paula Jantz will replace Meyer as the department's senior woman administrator.

 

Bodies Found In Coralville Motel Have Been Identified

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Police in Coralville, Iowa, have identified the bodies of two people found in an extended stay hotel as Florida residents in town for a construction project.
     Police Chief Barry W. Bedford announced Thursday that the bodies found Tuesday evening at a Suburban Inn hotel were 44-year-old Penny L. Herman and 41-year-old John J. Tromba. Both were from Port St. Lucie, Florida.
     Hotel staff found the bodies in a hotel room and called police.
     Investigators determined Herman and Tromba had been staying in Coralville for several months for work related to a construction project.
     An autopsy done Wednesday showed no trauma and the deaths appeared unintentional. It could take several weeks before toxicology reports can determine why they died.

 

Iowa City Man Poses As Victoria Secret Representative

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City man has been arrested after police say he posed online as a Victoria's Secret representative to trick women into sending him pictures of them in lingerie. 
     Twenty-nine-year-old Sean Boies was booked and released Thursday at the Johnson County Jail. He is charged with unauthorized computer access and two counts of identity theft.
     University of Iowa police say Boies created surveys between December 2013 and May 2014. They say he offered to invite aspiring models to a Miami photo shoot in a January survey. Two women submitted photos. 
     Police say he used stolen university IDs and passwords from two students to create the surveys. It's unclear if Boies is a student.
     It wasn't immediately clear if Boies has an attorney.



 


   

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