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Wednesday Afternoon News, August 20

Autopsy Report Shows Donald Neunaber Died Of Natural Causes

(Le Mars) -- Autospy reports on Donald Neunaber of rural Akron have been returned from the State Medical Examiner's office.  Donald Nuenaber, along with his wife Esther, were found dead in their rural Akron home on July 9th.  Jonathan Neunaber, the son, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother, and is currently in the Plymouth County Jail under a bond of $100,000.  His trial has been scheduled for December 9th.  Autopsy results show Donald Neunaber died from natural causes. The Plymouth County Sheriff Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Plymouth County Attorney's office are working cooperatively to investigate the case.

 

Owen Awarded The "Employee Of The Month"

(Le Mars) -- An employee of the Hospice of Siouxland at Le Mars is the latest recipient for the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.  Val Owens has been an employee of the Siouxland Hospice for the past six years as a Volunteer Coordinator.  According to the nomination submitted by her colleagues, Val Owen has developed and grown the volunteer program.  She has been the driving force in establishing the Vet to Vet program in this area.  She is involved in Hospice of Siouxland Camp Courage and is a patient advocate for the program.  Val is passionate about her job and her volunteers feel she is gifted at making them feel comfortable and openly shows them her appreciation.  She provides a positive expereince for her patients and their families.  Val volunteers her time for her church, community, and school.  She has been active in the Girl Scouts for many years.  She also volunteers her time annually with Oktoberfest in Remsen.  Her co-workers of Hospice of Siouxland in the Le Mars feels she personifies what a positive and true employee of the month should be.  Our congratulations to Val Owens for being named the August "Employee of the Month". 

 

Six Plymouth County Farms Honored As Century Farms

(Des Moines) -- Six Plymouth County Farms were honored as a century farm during the recent Iowa State Fair.  Century Farms must have ownership remained in the same family for at least 100 years. Heritage farms are those that have remained in the same family for at least 150 years.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey congratulated those families with century and heritage farms during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair.  The six families honored from Plymouth County include: Keith and Kristen Koerselman and their farm located at 10705 Juniper Avenue.  Timothy and Debra Lang with their farm at 33026 270th Street, Leonard Langel with his farm at county road C-30 and Nature Avenue, Dean and Linda Mohning with their farm of 100 years located at 45525 County road C-38, Keith and Marilyn Richardson was honored for having a century farm located between 310th and 320th streets on Noble Avenue.  Jerry and Eilene Rolling of 38625 200th Street and John Willer's farm at 20461 Dogwood Avenue.  Secretary Northey says the Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so its a great place to recognize the Century and Heritage Farm Recipients.   

 

Environmental Group Opposes New Water Quality Rules

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A citizens group opposed to new rules approved Tuesday by the Iowa commission regulating water quality has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop implementation of the rules.
     Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund asks a judge to void the rules approved unanimously by the nine-member Environmental Protection Commission. 
     The rules, supported by farm groups, establish new inspection and permit processes for livestock farms.  
     Iowa CCI and three of its members claiming they have been personally affected by farm pollution say in the lawsuit the commission vote was illegal because five members of the EPC have a financial stake in livestock farming. 
     The lawsuit says they should have recused themselves from voting on the rules they claim are too weak. 
     The commission's spokesman did not immediately return a message.

 

Adel Under Boil Water Advisory

    ADEL, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say a boil advisory has been issued for the city of Adel's water system.
     The state Department of Natural Resources says one of Adel's water towers was being serviced when the city lost electrical service Wednesday morning. This created a pressure loss in the distribution system.
     The pressure has been restored, but water must be tested for bacteria before the boil advisory can be lifted.
     City officials and the DNR recommend that residents boil their water for drinking and cooking. They're also encouraged to use bottled water.

 

Baby Left At Hospital Under Safe Haven Rule

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state Department of Human Services says someone left a baby at an Iowa medical center under Iowa's safe haven law.
     The agency announced Wednesday that someone brought the boy to a medical center Aug. 13 and asked that he be declared a safe haven baby. State law allows parents or their authorized representatives to leave a baby who is 14 days or younger at a health care facility and remain anonymous.
     The state withholds details about such infants. A court will terminate parental rights within a month.
     This is the 20th time the law has been used since its passage following a case in 2001, when a teen mother in eastern Iowa killed her home-delivered infant.
     In all the previous cases, the babies have been adopted.

 

Iowa State University Is Full With Student Housing

 AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage.
     Nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall. University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due to the record number of housing applications.
     More than 400 students will temporarily live in makeshift dorm rooms set up in the common spaces of residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house over 1,000 students.
     On-campus housing is guaranteed to freshmen and transfer students.
     Officials say an increase in enrollment is responsible for the housing dilemma.
     About 33,250 students enrolled at Iowa State University last year.
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Wednesday News, August 20

Donald Neunaber Found To Have Died From Natural Causes

(Le Mars) -- Autospy reports on Donald Neunaber of rural Akron have been returned from the State Medical Examiner's office.  Donald Nuenaber, along with his wife Esther, were found dead in their rural Akron home on July 9th.  Jonathan Neunaber, the son, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother, and is currently in the Plymouth County Jail under a bond of $100,000.  His trial has been scheduled for December 9th.  Autopsy results show Donald Neunaber died from natural causes. The Plymouth County Sheriff Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Plymouth County Attorney's office are working cooperatively to investigate the case.

 

City Council Holds Second Reading Of Proposed Speed Limit Change

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council heard the second reading of the proposed ordinance to change the speed limits from 45 mph to 35 mph and 55 mph to 45 mph on Business Highway 75.  The council voted to hold another reading of the proposed ordinance before officially voting on the measure during its next council meeting scheduled for September 2nd.  Many of the council members reported receiving public comments both in favor, and against the measure.  The city council is considering the lower speed limits as a way to cut down on accidents that have occurred on Business Highway 75.  According to the Le Mars Police Department, there have been 72 reported accidents on Business Highway 75, with 29 personal injury accidents during the last three and a half years.

 

City Council Hears From Archetech For Downtown Buiding Facade Rennovation Project

(Le Mars) -- In other action at the city council meeting, the city council heard an update from the archetech overseeing the Community Development Block Grant downtown facade program.  Peter Franks informed the council he has met with 29 building owners.  19 of the properties will remain within the original cost estimate submitted with the application. The other ten want to do more than the original cost estimate, providing if the cost-share program match applies. Franks told the city council that the plans, estimates, and timetable will be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for their review.  The council has set September 16 as the date for a hearing.

 

Vehicle Hits Goodwill Industries Building

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called at about 1:45 p.m. to the Goodwill Industries Building located at 1116 Holton Drive to assist with an accident.  A car was unable to stop and struck the north door of the building causing some damage to the door and to cement blocks that were knocked out of formation.  No injuries had occured.  The fire department assessed the damage to the building and determined it was still structurally sound.  Goodwill Industries is able to continue to conduct business.

 

Fire Department To Test Pumps

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department will be conducting fire pump tests on their fire trucks beginning today and continuing through Friday.  Pump testing is conducted on an annual basis, and according to Fire Chief Dave Schipper, it helps with the City's insurance rating.  The Le Mars Fire Department will assist surrounding towns with the testing of their pumps on their fire trucks.

 

County Supervisors Hear About Hinton Trail

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors heard today a report from a Hinton citizen informing them about a proposal to expand a trail lined with flag poles.  Nancy Smith appeared before the county supervisors and explains the plan.

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Smith says her intention was to meet with the supervisors to inform them of the plan, but to also ask for their support in terms of a letter of resolution.  The county supervisors approved the letter of support.  Smith says now her committee will explore different fund raising opportunities.

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Smith says the proposed trail would be two blocks long and hopefully would feature a flag every six feet along the trail.

 

Sioux City Man Convicted Of Murder

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old Sioux City man has been found guilty of killing two people and trying to kill another. 
     A Woodbury County jury returned the verdicts of first-degree murder against Juan Nino-Estrada on Tuesday evening in Sioux City. He was convicted of shooting to death Michael Delgado, of Sioux City, and Yolanda Valdez, of Orange City, and wounding Luis Sanchez, also of Sioux City. The shootings took place Nov. 7 at Sanchez's house.
     Public defender Mike Williams told jurors in final arguments that Nino-Estrada shot the others because he feared they would hurt him. Woodbury County Attorney Terry Ganzel argued that Nino-Estrada was angry, having accused Sanchez of having sex with his girlfriend.
     A first-degree murder conviction in Iowa carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

 

Woodbury County Sheriff Requests Nurses For Jail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County officials are considering whether to add more nurses to treat inmates at the jail, after its sheriff pleaded for more support.
     The county board met Tuesday to consider the proposal. They will look into costs before making a decision in September.
     County Sheriff Dave Drew told board members he needs the additional personnel to properly oversee inmates at the jail. The  jail has two full-time nurses and a part-time nurse. Drew said that staffing level is not sufficient for the inmates' medical needs.
     Board Chairman George Boykin said there's no money to add nurses in the current budget, which runs through the end of June 2015. He said a budget amendment would be needed to add any nurses.

 

Law Enforcement Agencies Remind To Drive Safe Around Schools And Buses

(Le Mars) -- With the start of school it means school buses will again be on the streets and roads picking up and dropping off students.  Area law enforcement agencies want people to be thinking about safety.  Iowa Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says every year an accident occurs involving a motorist that did not stop for a school bus or look at a crosswalk.

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Kurtz reminds motorists that they need to stop in both directions for a stopped school bus.

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The Highway Patrol officer reminds people to be extra cautious and to drive without distractions.

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Clear Lake Boating Accident

 CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been charged with boating while being intoxicated in connection with an accident that injured 10 people on Clear Lake in northern Iowa.
     The Cerro Gordo County sheriff's department says William Nicholas, of Clear Lake, also is charged with reckless use of a watercraft and violation of right of way rules. Authorities say Nicholas was operating a boat that slammed into a public dock on Aug. 3. Four people were hospitalized and six others were injured.
     Nicholas didn't immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

 

Trial Set For Body Found On Road

 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a 36-year-old Waterloo man accused of killing his former girlfriend.
     Online court records say Shaun Hogan on Tuesday filed a written plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, also of Waterloo. She was the mother of Hogan's infant daughter.
     Hogan's body was found in July in the middle of a road near Walker in Linn County. An autopsy determined that she died of head trauma. 
     Court records show Hogan and Gaffney were involved in a child custody matter. His murder trial is set to begin on Nov. 17.

 



 

 

 


 

 

   

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