Saturday News, Aug. 3
Shoppers Take Advantage of No-Tax Weekend
(Le Mars) -- Shoppers will want to take advantage of the no-tax holiday today . For the past 14 years, The Iowa Department of Revenue gives a break to shoppers on the first Friday and Saturday of August by not charging a state sales tax on certain clothing and shoes. Some of the criteria as directed by the Department of Revenue include: No sales tax, including local option sales tax, will be collected on sales of an article of clothing or footwear having a selling price less than $100.00. The exemption does not apply in any way to the price of an item selling for $100.00 or more.
The exemption applies to each article priced under $100.00 regardless of how many items of the same are sold to the customer. Clothing is defined as any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body. It does not include jewelry, watches, sporting equipment, or any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear. Terry Claussen is the owner of Claussen's Mens Wear in downtown Le Mars. He says shoppers do take advantage of the no-tax holiday opportunity.
The clothing store owner says people usually shop for casual clothing and they can find additional bargains during the no-tax holiday weekend.
Claussen says the law was implemented with the intent to assist parents with costs associated with sending their children back to school, but he says many people without children take advantage of the no-tax weekend.
Sioux City Police Arrest Three For Home Burglary
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested three men believed to be involved in an armed burglary of a residence located on the 2400 block of Ridge Avenue. Several people were at the home during the burglary including the residents. Several items were taken and one person was assaulted resulting in minor injuries. The suspects were later located on Van Buren Street by tracking a cellphone that was stolen during the burglary. The three men arrested are 17 year old Alejandro Espinoza of Sioux City, 18 year old Jose Gil of Sioux City, and 17 year old Brent Mannion of Sioux City. All have been charged with burglary in the first degree, and Mannion was also charged with assault while participating
in a felony. The investigation is continuing.
Louisiana Governor Visits Iowa
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor Bobby Jindal is heading to the pivotal presidential primary state of Iowa on Saturday.
The possible 2016 presidential candidate will attend a fundraiser for Iowa Governor
Terry Branstad and the annual summer party of big-ticket Republican donor Bruce Rastetter.
Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said after that, the GOP governor will head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for events with the Republican Governors Association. Jindal is chairman of the RGA.
Lansing said the governor will return to Baton Rouge on Sunday and will be skipping
the National Governors Association summer meeting, even though it is being held this
weekend in Milwaukee as well.
Mexican Farm Responsible For Cyclospora Outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses
in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to restaurant salad mix supplied by a Mexican farm.
The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states.
The agency says it is working to determine whether the salad mix is the source of illnesses
in the other 14 states.
The FDA traced illnesses from four restaurants to Taylor Farms de Mexico, a processor
of food service salads.
The agency did not identify the restaurants where the salad mix was served. The agency
said its investigation has not implicated packaged salad sold in grocery stores.
Two Major Accidents On I-380 Cause Deaths
GILBERTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois woman died when a motorcycle she was a passenger on
struck a patrol car on Interstate 380 in northeast Iowa as officers were directing traffic
from an earlier crash involving an ambulance, motorcycle and truck.
44-year-old Shannan Managan of Harvey, Illinois died when the motorcycle hit the
patrol car. The motorcycle's driver, 44-year-old Roy Robinson of Chicago was injured.
The first crash was at about 12:45 p.m. In that crash, four ambulances and a medic
helicopter responded, and authorities say as many as five people could be injured.
The first crash happened in the northbound lanes near Gilbertville, southeast of
The second crash was about 90 minutes later.
The crashes closed northbound lanes of I-380 for about four hours.
Marshalltown Man Arrested For Stealing Safe Containing Gold And Silver
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown police have arrested a suspect in the theft of a
vintage safe containing a fortune in gold coins and silver bars.
Police on Friday charged 37-year-old Adam Beem, of Marshalltown, and issued warrants for three other suspects.
The arrest and warrants stem from the theft of a safe from a storage unit on July 6.
The antique safe is believed to have been filled with silver bars and gold coins valued at up to $250,000 that the owner had inherited from her father.
Investigators found that some of the silver had been sold to a Des Moines jewelry
store. The cut-up remains of the safe were found in a creek bed near Ferguson, south of
Police recovered many of the gold coins.
Coach's Sexual Exploitation Charges Dropped
BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped sexual exploitation charges again a former
high school girls basketball coach.
The charges were dropped Thursday against 31-year-old Melissa Eshelman
Eshelman was arrested in November 2012 and charged with sexual exploitation by a
school employee, but authorities declined to specify the allegations against her.
On Thursday, the Polk County Attorney's Office filed documents declaring an intent not
to prosecute and to dismiss charges.
Eshelman resigned from Bondurant-Farrar High School shortly before her arrest.
Ankeny Man Charged With Manslaughter Set For Trial
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Ankeny man charged with involuntary manslaughter is set to go
on trial in September.
Court filings Friday showed that 51-year-old Scott Hazelbaker is scheduled to go on trial September 30th.
He's charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury.
Hazelbaker has admitted firing a handgun and killing his 18-year-old daughter, Emily Hazelbaker, but he says it was unintentional.
Police say he and his daughter, Emily, were at the apartment they shared when he
pointed a handgun at her on the evening of June 17th and pulled the trigger.
Hazelbaker says Emily was his best friend. She was a 2012 graduate of Southeast Polk