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Neunaber Located In Wisconsin After Warrant Was Issued Relating To Akron Killings

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities are investigating the death of an elderly rural Akron couple, which is being referred to as a "violent suspicious death" which may rise to the level of a homicide.  Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says a material witness warrant had been issued for 44 year old Jonathon Neunaber, (New-neighbor) who lived at the house of the victims.  Neunaber, is the chairman of the Plymouth County Democratic party.  Authorities were on the lookout for Neunaber's vehicle, a 2006 Buick. Late Thursday evening, La Crosse, Wisconsin police stopped Neunaber on a traffic violation.  He is being detained until arrangements are made to transport him back to Plymouth County. Van Otterloo would not release the names of the victims.
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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation remains on the scene compiling evidence of the deaths. The sheriff indicated the bodies remained at the scene until late Thursday.  Van Otterloo refused to categorize how the couple were killed, only to say it was a violent death.   Van Otterloo says the county attorney's office issued a material witness warrant for Jonathon Neunaber.

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Van Otterloo says they will know more about the deaths after the completion of the autopsy, however, it is believed the deaths may have occured sometime within the last two weeks.  Van Otterloo explains how authorities were first notified of the deaths late Wednesday evening.

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Plymouth County authorities did not say when Neunaber would be returned to Iowa.


Kingsley Fire Department Responds To Hay Bale Fire

(Kingsley) -- The Kingsley Fire Department was called yesterday at about 6:30 p.m. to fight a fire on round hay bales.  Fire officials responded to 44485 300th Street and were on the scene for an hour before getting the blaze under control.  The Pierson Fire Department was also called to offer mutual aid.


Le Mars Fire Department Called To Early Morning Dumpster Fire

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire Department responded to a dumpster that had caught on fire.  The alarm was heard early this morning at about 3:45 a.m.   The fire was located at the Schuster Trucking Company at 2605 Lincoln Avenue southwest. It is believed the fire started as a result of discarded smoking material. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames within a few minutes.


Judge Allows Argosy Casino To Remain Open For A Few More Days 

(Sioux City) -- It looks as though the Argosy casino in Sioux City will remain open for at least a few more days.  District Judge Eliza Ovrom extended her stay while she has an opportunity to review the submitted papers relating to the case.  The riverboat casino lost its license and was originally scheduled to close on July 1st.  Since that time, Judge Ovrom ordered a stay on the closure initially until July 10th.  It is not clear as to when Ovrom will make her final decision.


Mercy Medical Centers Receive Grant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hospitals and clinics affiliated with Mercy Medical Centers in Des Moines, Mason City, and Sioux City have won a $10.1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     The money will help implement a new system that utilizes a centralized health care organization based at Mercy hospital in Des Moines. It's designed to save money at the 25 critical access hospitals and 73 clinics in the Mercy Health Network. They are located in 37 counties in Iowa and Nebraska.
     Mercy says more than 160,000 people could see benefits through better management of chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. 
     The project will use in-clinic health coaches which Mercy says improves results through education, prevention activities and encouraging better medication adherence.


Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced To Prison For Torturing Step-Son

 COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection to the torture of her mentally disabled stepson.
      47-year-old Rebecca Beyer received the sentence Thursday at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.
     Authorities said Beyer abused the man, now 21, in February 2013. She was convicted in May of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury.
     The man testified that Beyer burned him and locked him inside a garage. He said he was attached to a wall with a dog leash.
     The man's father faces charges in the case, and his trial is scheduled to start in August. The man's stepbrother pleaded guilty earlier this year to an accessory charge as part of a plea deal.


Rudd Woman Given Probation For Senior Neglect

  MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman has been given probation for leaving more than a dozen residents alone at an assisted living center.
     54-year-old Debra Jean Ihrig, of Rudd, was recently given deferred judgment and probation on charges of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, among other charges.
     She pleaded guilty to some charges in May as part of a plea deal. She received various sentences, including jail time that was suspended.
     Ihrig was arrested in April, after she was accused of leaving 15 residents alone at Country Meadow Place Assisted Living. She was the only person on duty during the early hours shift.


Waterloo Man Charged For Murder

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a woman found in the middle of a rural road. 
     The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Shaun Michael Hogan was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the death of 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, also of Waterloo. He is being held without bond at the county jail.
     The state medical examiner's office says Gaffney died from head trauma. She was found Wednesday morning near Walker.
     The sheriff's office says Gaffney is the mother of three girls who were the subject of a Wednesday night Amber Alert. They were found safe. Hogan and Gaffney are the parents of a young child, but additional information was not released.
     Hogan will make an initial court appearance Friday.






Thursday Afternoon, July 10

Sheriff's Office Investigating The Death Of Rural Akron Couple

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two people of rural Akron. According to a release by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, at 10:45 Wednesday evening the Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call regarding the welfare of two individuals at a residence in rural Akron.  Deputies arrived and discovered that the two individuals were deceased.  It was also determined that the manner of death was suspicious.  Along with the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, investigators and officers from the Woodbury County Sheriff's, Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Plymouth County Medical Examiner's U-S Marshal's Service and local police departments are assisting in the investigation.  The Iowa DCI crime lab has been requested and will be arriving Thursday to process the scene of the deaths.  The deceased bodies will be transported to the Iowa Medical Examiner in Ankeny to assist in determining the manner and cause of death.


Buena Vista Authorities Investigate Stabbing

(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista County authorities are investigating a stabbing incident that happened Wednesday evening.  At about 7:46 p.m. the Buena Vista County 9-1-1 Center was contacted by the Spencer Police Department.  Spencer Police reported that Clay County Sheriff Deputies, had responded to an accident on Highway 71 south of Spencer.  While investigating this accident, deputies discovered a passenger in the vehicle was suffering from multiple stab wounds, and was being taken to the Spencer Hospital.  The victim identified as Chayton Quail, age 19, from Spencer was transported by ambulance to Spencer and was later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital for surgery.  Further investigation revealed that the stabbing incident had occurred at 310 Thomas St.,  Sioux Rapids.  Buena Vista County deputies and the Sioux Rapids Police Department responded to the residence and determined that there were no more injured parties at the residence.  Preliminary investigation indicates that an altercation occurred between the victim and another male suspect at the residence.  The suspect in this incident was gone from the scene upon the arrival of officers.  Upon further investigation a charge of willful injury, a class C felony was filed against Pedro Orozco, age 43, of Sioux Rapids.  Information early this morning led to the arrest of Orozco by the Osceloa County Sheriff's Office.  Orozco is being held on bond and will be transferred back to Buena Vista County.  The investigation is continuing with interviews of witnesses and a search of the crime scene to be conducted.  The condition of the victim in unknown.


Man Sought In Woman's Death

 WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are still looking for a man they want to question about a death in Linn County. 
     They say a woman found dead Wednesday morning in the middle of a road near Walker was the mother of three girls who were the subject of an Amber Alert later in the day. The girls were found safe in the Waterloo area about an hour after the alert was issued.
     No charges have been filed. Authorities say the man they're seeking may have additional information about the case.
     The Linn County Sheriff's Office says it has tentatively identified the woman and her death is considered suspicious.
     Investigators are waiting for results from an autopsy.


Public Asked To Help Identify Body Found In Missouri River

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in southwest Iowa are asking for the public's help in identifying a man whose body was pulled from the Missouri River on July 1.
     The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Mills County Sheriff's office say the body was located near Lincoln's Landing campground near the Plattsmouth Bridge in southern Mills County.
     The body has a Playboy bunny tattoo on the upper left part of the chest and a monochromatic tattoo of two unclothed Asian women with a dragon in the background located on the upper left arm. A tribal tattoo is on the right shin. The clothing is described as blue denim shorts, a brown belt and black Ocean Pacific shoes.
     Anyone recognizing the individual is asked to call the Mills County sheriff or the DCI.


Appel Able To Raise $750,000

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrat Staci Appel says she has more than $725,000 in the bank for her run in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.
     Appel's campaign reported Thursday that the former state lawmaker raised more than $425,000 during the 2nd quarter of the year, which ended June 30. In total, she has more than $725,000 on hand for her bid to replace retiring Republican congressman Tom Latham.
     Appel ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She will face Republican David Young, a former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, in the general election.
     Young's spokesman said Thursday that the campaign did not yet have any financial figures to release. Reports are due Tuesday to the Federal Election Commission.
     The 3rd District covers much of southwest Iowa, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.





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