Monday Afternoon News, December 8
Plymouth County Authorities Arrest Man Wanted In Kansas
(Le Mars) -- On Saturday, the Plymouth County Sheriff's office was notified of a wanted man from Kansas that was possibly living in Struble. The man was identified as 37 year old Floyd Coates. Coates was wanted in Kansas for possession of methamphetamine and fleeing law enforcement, both felonies with a bond of $25,000. Sheriff's deputies located Coates at a Struble residence, along with his girl friend, 32 year old Angela Mireles. Coates and Mirles were found in possession of a stolen vehicle from McCook, Nebraska that reported stolen on November 10th. Coates and Mireles were arrested and transported to the Plymouth County jail. Coates is being held on the Kansas warrants, as well as he and Mireles are now being charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, a class D felony, with a bond set at $5,000 each.
Spencer Woman Arrested In Le Mars For Outstanding Warrants
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Police arrested a 25 year old Spencer woman on Saturday who had outstanding warrants for her arrest from Dickinson County. Brianna Laubenthal was arrested at the Le Mars Wal-mart parking lot. In addition to the warrants for a probation violation on a domestic abuse charge, and a warrant to serve two days in jail, Laubenthal was charged with providing Le Mars Police officers false identification information. Laubenthal gave her sister's name and date of birth to avoid officers finding out she had outstanding warrants. She was taken to the Plymouth County jail.
Sioux City Man Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana
(Le Mars) -- On Friday evening, Plymouth County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 23 year old man from Sioux City for second offense of possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and for driving with a suspended license. Steven Swift was stopped for driving while suspended. As a result of the traffic stop, Swift was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The defendant was jailed at the Plymouth County jail and bond was set at $1,000.
Remsen Prepares For "Old Fashioned Christmas"
(Remsen) -- An Old Fashion Christmas is being planned for Remsen later this evening. Karen Harnack of the Remsen Chamber says the festival is entering its 11th year. Harnack says the evening's events will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Harnack says there are plenty of activities scheduled for this evening as part of the Old Fashion Christmas festivities.
The Remsen Chamber official says the Old Fashion Christmas started as a way for the local businesses to thank their customers.
One new event associated with tonight's Old Fashion Christmas is the creation of Christmas cards that will be mailed to wounded military personnel. Leanne West is coorinating the event through the R-U Alive youth organization.
West says there will be plenty of paper, glue, and glitter in order for many people to participate and make a Christmas greeting card in order to lift the spirits of our wound military.
West says she is hopeful that everyone attending the Old Fashion Christmas celebration will want to make an effort to participate.
American Red Cross Helps Displaced Residents From Spirit Lake Apartment Fire
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Officials are helping people displaced by a large fire at a Spirit Lake apartment complex.
The American Red Cross says the Sunday afternoon fire at Hill Avenue Apartments affected 32 apartments. Four residents stayed overnight at an emergency shelter at a local church.
Several fire departments responded to the fire, which destroyed most of the structure.
Volunteers say they're available Monday for one-on-one meetings with affected residents. The public has been encouraged to donate new clothes for residents.
Branstad Makes Inauguration Plans
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad will be sworn in for a sixth term on January 16.
Branstad announced plans for his inauguration Monday. The inauguration will be held at 9 a.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom in Des Moines. The inaugural ball will be held that night at the same location.
Tickets for both events are available to the public. The inauguration is free, but the ball costs $75 a ticket. The net proceeds will go to a scholarship fund.
Central Iowa businessman Bill Knapp and former cable television executive Jim Cownie are chairing the inaugural committee. Both contributed to Branstad's campaign.
Sarah Palin To Visit Iowa In January
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sarah Palin will appear at a conservative event in Iowa in January.
Congressman Steve King and Citizens United President David Bossie announced Monday that the 2008 vice presidential candidate will participate in the "Iowa Freedom Summit." The event will be held in Des Moines on January 24.
King and the conservative group are co-hosting the summit.
Other confirmed guests include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.
Palin served as governor of Alaska from 2006 through 2009. Since leaving office, she has been a best-selling author, public speaker and Fox News contributor.
Adam Gregg Hired For Public Defender Position
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a former aide to serve as Iowa State Public Defender.
Branstad announced Monday that Adam Gregg would take over the office, which coordinates legal representation for those that cannot afford it. The previous public defender is moving to another state job.
Branstad said in a news release that Gregg will "work to represent and defend individuals who otherwise couldn't afford legal representation."
Gregg most recently ran as the Republican candidate for attorney general, losing to incumbent Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller in November. Before that, he served as a legislative liaison for Branstad. He is a graduate of Drake University Law School.
Council Bluffs Mayor Wants Additonal Christmas Lights For City
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The mayor of Council Bluffs says he's willing to lead a discussion on funding for new Christmas lights downtown.
Mayor Matt Walsh says he's been receiving complaints about the quality and quantity of Christmas lights. He says that over time, some have burned out.
Walsh says the holiday lights were bought by businesses and interested residents, not by the city. The decorations aren't in the city's general budget, and he says that he's unsure if they should be. He says the lights are expensive to buy and store.