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Street Closer to affect travel

Le Mars -- City officials have announced 24th St SW will be closed for street repair until Monday afternoon between Lincoln and Industrial Road by the Rail road Crossing.

Grass Fire Causes Akron Fire Department To Respond

(Akron) -- The Akron Fire Department was called to yet another grass fire yesterday, this time located at 17771 k-18-N. The call came in near 430 in the afternoon. They arrived on the scene at 435 and were there for approximently a half an hour.

Northern Iowa Man Arrested In Connection With Child Pornography 

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a northern Iowa man faces dozens of sexual exploitation charges in connection to child pornography found in his possession.
     The Spencer Police Department says 22-year-old Daniel Ross Sutherland was arrested Friday following a 10-month investigation by several agencies.
     Sutherland faces 66 misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and a felony count of the same charge. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Police say Sutherland had more than five dozen child pornography videos in his possession. He is also accused of distributing child pornography.
     Records show Sutherland is at the Clay County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

Sibley Man Arrested For Farm Equipment Thefts

(Sibley) -- Osceola authorities have arrested a Sibley man suspected of possession of stolen property, including farm equipment, in connetion with a four-county theft ring.  52 year old Mike Block has been charged with multiple felonies for stolen property from Sioux, O'Brien, Lyon, and Osceola counties.  Farm and construction equipment valued at more than $200,000 had been reported stolen over a year and a half.  Block, who is a custom baler and construction worker, turned himself in to Osceola county sheriff's officials on Friday.  He was transferred to the O'Brien County jail where he is being held on a $100,000 bail.  Block is charged with seven counts of first degree theft, a class C felony; ten counts of second degree theft, a class D felony; one count of third degree theft, and one count of a fourth degree count of theft.  Deputies served search warrants after noticing tire and shoe impressions matching those taken at a theft scene.  Stolen hay bales from O'Brien County on March 21st led to the search warrants for Block's acreage on U.S. Highway 59 and his home.  Investigating officers seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles, and other items.  Block is a former Osceola County sheriff's deputy and resigned from the force after he admitted to taking $630 in cash from a burglary theft investigation.  He is also the brother-in-law to Osceola County Sheriff, Doug Weber.


Arrests Made In Connection With Veishea Riot

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Ames police say they have arrested more people in connection to a crowd disturbance at Iowa State University that injured one student.
     Police said in a news release Friday that four people have been arrested since the incident that began late Tuesday and ended Wednesday morning. A fifth person turned themselves into police.
     Records show the five men are students at Iowa State, including defensive lineman David Irving. He has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
     The men face various charges, including trespass and criminal mischief. Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff says he expects additional arrests and charges in the case.
     The crowd formed during the week of a multi-day celebration on campus known as Veishea. It was later suspended for the rest of the week.

 

Many Support ISU President Decision To Cancel Veishea


(Ames) -- Iowa State University, President Steven Leath says he has received a lot of support for his decision to cancel the Veishea celebration this week in the wake of violence early Wednesday morning. Leath, says he has received feedback from students and communitymembers.

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Leath plans to assemble a task force to decide if the 92 year old celebration will be shut down permanently. Leath says although Veishea has a history of problems, a surge of social media fueled the latest riot.

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One person was seriously injured in the rioting when a light pole was torn down and fell on him. Leath made his comments on Iowa Public Radio’s "River to River" program. Ames police issued a list of five people who were charged or cited in connection with the rioting. One of those is an Iowa State football player. Twenty-year-old David Irving was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, fifth-degree theft and disorderly conduct, which are both misdemeanors.

 

New Law Helps Children With Dyslexia

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in state law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across Iowa. 
     Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Wednesday that effectively establishes a definition for the reading disability in Iowa code and offers professional support for teachers so they can better develop student literacy.
     The law defines dyslexia as "a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading." It also seeks to better equip teachers with the skills and strategies to improve student literacy and screen for problems.
     Supporters of the new law say it's a positive step forward in addressing dyslexia, but lawmakers may need to revisit the issue as parents and educators implement programs and determine how best to help children.

 

Medical Marijuana Bill Re-introduced In State Senate

(Des Moines) -- The legalization of medical marijuana may again be brought up before the State Senate.  Originally, the bill was introduced by Iowa City Democrat Joe Boekomp, but it failed to gather enough support to be passed through committee.  However, Senate majority leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs has re-introduced the bill as a leadership measure after visiting with a family that has children with epilepsy.  Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says he is sympathetic to the family's concerns, but isn't certain he would support the bill.

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Anderson says the new proposed bill is greatly different than the original bill calling for the legalization of medical marijuana.  He says the senate republicans are asking the leadership to allow the bill to go through the same process as other bills.

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Ryan Calls For Inter-Party Fighting To Stop

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a lot of work to do in Iowa to sell his just-passed budget plan, should the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee seek the 2016 presidential nomination.
     The Wisconsin representative and chairman of the House Budget Committee planned to make a pitch Friday night at the annual spring fundraising dinner for the Iowa Republican Party in Cedar Rapids.
     His measure passed Thursday by the House promises a balanced federal ledger by 2024 through sweeping cuts to social spending.
     Many GOP officials in the leadoff caucus state, including Governor Terry Branstad, praise Ryan's effort but say it's far from perfect.
     And some have opposed the plan outright for its 10-year timeframe.
     The annual Lincoln Day dinner often draws headliners who are considering a run for president.

 

 

   

Friday Afternoon News, April 11

Sioux City Man Arrested For Possession Of Drugs

(Le Mars) -- A traffic stop has resulted in a Sioux city man being arrested by Plymouth County authorities for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and an OWI, first offense drug related.  18 year old Austin Heck was placed under arrest when his vehicle was stopped Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of County Road C-80 and Hedge Avenue.

 

Grassley Upset With President Obama's Administration

(Washington) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says in all his years of being an elected official, he has never seen more "stonewalling" as is being exhibited by the Obama administration.  Grassley says he is frustrated with the President and Attorney General Eric Holder for the lack of cooperation to Congress for prosecuting cases.

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Grassley says Attorney General Holder may be forced to take up prosecution, based on actions by the House Ways and Means Committee calling for the prosecution of Lois Lerner from the IRS scandal.  However, the Iowa Senator says with the on-going "Fast and Furious" scandal, not much has been accomplished.

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Grassley says when President Obama took the oath of office, he promised his administration would be the most transparent of any past administrations.  The Republican Senator says that simply has not been the case.

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Budget Remains As The Key Issue Before Legislature Adjourns

(Le Mars) -- The Iowa Legislature may have one week left before it adjourns, and then maybe not.  State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says he is not as optimistic today as he once was about the general session adjourning on time.  The Republican says differences with the budget remain as the key issue to debate.

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Anderson says so far, only one portion of the state's budget has been settled.

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Iowa National Guard Acquires Two Helicopters

  WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Army National Guard has acquired two new helicopters in Waterloo.
     The Army Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo unveiled the UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the public Thursday. They replace a 1968 Huey OH-58 used in Vietnam.
     Both aircraft are new. Lt. Col. Tim Eich, AASF commander, says that units usually receive older vehicles and equipment because it's procedure.
     The aircraft will be used for domestic emergency response and emergency management. It will also be used for transport and search and rescue operations.
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Developer's Death Ruled As Suicide

 GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have ruled the death of a prominent Des Moines developer found in a burned vehicle as a suicide.
     The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner released the results of Bobby Joe Knapp's autopsy Friday. It determined that Knapp had multiple cuts on the upper and lower extremities of his body. They were complicated by smoke and soot inhalation. 
     Authorities found Knapp's body on March 30 in a scorched vehicle in rural western Iowa. Days earlier, the 64-year-old had left a federal prison in Minnesota after serving time following his 2011 conviction for environmental violations.
     An estimated time of death for Knapp was not released. A message left for the medical examiner's office was not immediately returned.

 

Juveniles Escape From Custody

  ELDORA, Iowa (AP) - Health officials say eight juveniles escaped a north-central Iowa facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large.
     The state Department of Human Services says the juveniles ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School. The juveniles were being escorted from the gymnasium to their cottages when the incident occurred. Additional information was not released.
     All the juveniles ran into a nearby wooded area. Five of them were returned to the cottages within an hour.
     DHS Director Charles M. Palmer says law enforcement agencies continue to search for the three remaining juveniles.
     The Eldora State Training School has 130 beds for delinquent youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The facility provides treatment and educational services as part of court orders.

 

Supreme Court Says Coach Is Not A School Official In Sex Abuse Scandal

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A divided Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the sexual exploitation conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a 16-year-old girl claiming he doesn't fit the definition of a school employee under Iowa law.
     In a 5-to-2 decision the court says charges against 36-year-old Patrick Nicoletto must be dismissed.  
     The court says Friday that a coach without a teaching certificate doesn't fall under the state law prohibiting sexual exploitation by a school employee. 
     Nicoletto, a coach from 2007 through 2009 was convicted and sentenced to five years. He was sentenced to prison in 2012 but has been free on bond during appeal.
     Two justices disagreed calling the majority opinion absurd saying there's no persuasive indication the Legislature intended to exclude coaches from the sexual exploitation law.

 

Ankeny Teacher Accused Of Sexual Exploitation Of Student

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old teacher has been accused of sexually exploiting a former student at Ankeny High School.
     Authorities say Mandy Davenport, of Des Moines, is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Ankeny police say the youth involved is a 17-year-old boy. 
     On Monday Davenport resigned her job as a language arts teacher at Ankeny Centennial High School. Davenport was placed on leave April 4. A schools representative says Davenport worked at Ankeny High for three years before moving to Ankeny Centennial.
     A public phone listing for her couldn't be found. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   

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