Monday Afternoon News, November 12
Le Mars City Council Delays 27th Street Project
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council met on Monday afternoon to discuss the 27th Street RISE project, but additional hurdles were put in place, causing the city council to again table the project until the next regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, November 20th. The city council was originally wanting to award the construction project to Vander Pol Escavating of Orange City, Iowa for having the lowest bid. However, RISE projects are partially funded by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the IDOT did not give their approval for Vander Pol Escavating. Instead, the IDOT informed the city council through JEO engineering of South Sioux City, Nebraska that the project should be awarded to Concrete Specialty, Incorporated, the project's second to the lowest bidder. The IDOT indicated that Concrete Specialty, Incorporated meets all the requirements of a Targeted Small Business by having a portion of the ownership retained by a woman, minority, or handicapped individual. Vander Pol was unaware they no longer met the criteria for such construction projects as stipulated by the IDOT. Officials from Vander Pol appealed to the city council to delay its decision until such time they had a chance to appeal the IDOT's decision. The city council would like to see the project started yet this month.
Police Respond To Stand off in Hawarden
HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) - A 31-year-old man has been released on bond following an eight-hour standoff with officers near Hawarden.
A woman called authorities around 7 p.m. Saturday to report a domestic assault. The woman told Sioux County authorities that she'd been threatened by Paul Long and that he'd said officers
would have to shoot him if they came inside the house, where there were several weapons.
The Plymouth-Sioux-Le Mars Special Response Team were called to help resolve the incident.
Officers who responded say they found Long hiding in the attic when they entered the house to end the standoff around 3 a.m. Sunday.
No gunshots or injuries have been reported.
Jail records say Long has been released. A phone listing for him couldn't be found. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.
Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been accused of robbing a bank in Sioux City.
Online court records say Johnnie Hawkins Jr. faces robbery, assault and firearms charges in connection with the robbery on Saturday morning at Heritage Bank.
Authorities say Hawkins flashed a handgun as he confronted an employee while she was opening the bank.
Police say Hawkins was arrested later Saturday in Sergeant Bluff. The bank money and a handgun were recovered.
A Woodbury County jailer said Hawkins remained in custody on Monday, pending bail of $102,000. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.