Tuesday Afternoon News, November 20
Sioux Center Woman Sentenced To Five Years In Prison
(Orange City) -- Sioux County attorney Coleman McAllister has announced that 26 year old Elicia Sandbulte of Sioux Center pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Monday for the crimes of Burglary in the third degree, a class D felony, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a serious misdemeanor. The case arose in May when the the Shell SiouxPer Center, a convenience store located in Sioux Center, discovered that someone had smashed a window, entered the business, and taken approximately $4,400 in cash and checks from the business during the night. After reviewing video surveillance tapes, the Sioux Center Police Department identified Sandbulte as a possible suspect. After being arrested, she admitted to the crime. Sandbulte was sentenced to five years in prison, and she must pay restitution costs to the victim.
Iowa's Unemployment Drops In October
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate dipped again in October to 5.1 percent.
Iowa Workforce Development officials say the preliminary October rate was lower than last October's 5.8 percent rate and lower than this September's 5.2 percent.
The national unemployment rate registered 7.9 percent in October. That's down from last October's 8.9 percent but up slightly from September's 7.8 percent.
Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert says Iowa's job market looked a bit stronger in October as hiring strengthened across most industries.
The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 83,800 in October, and the number of nonfarm jobs grew by 6,000 to 1,496,300 total.
Secretary of State Schultz Proposes Signature Verification for Voting
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa secretary of state is considering a signature verification system to help ensure voters are who they say they are.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/QVGRhp ) that Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Monday said the idea springs from the general election earlier this month in which nearly half of Iowa's voters
cast their ballots early or absentee.
Schultz says he'd ask state lawmakers to consider legislation based on Oregon and Washington procedures. Those states use a machine to read a signature on an absentee ballot envelope and
verify it against the voter's signature on registration records.
Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says county auditors are working on a verification plan they'll present to the Legislature before the session begins in January.
U of I Psychiatrist Surrenders License
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former psychiatrist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has agreed to surrender his medical license to settle a complaint that he had an inappropriate
relationship with a female patient.
The Iowa Board of Medicine on Tuesday made public its settlement with 49-year-old Sergio Paradiso, who was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with the mental health patient and violating professional boundaries.
The board filed its complaint against Paradiso in July, one year after the 30-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit against Paradiso in Johnson County. That lawsuit remains pending.
The board alleged Paradiso encouraged the woman to drink alcohol even though she had a history of alcohol abuse, met with her outside of treatment settings, gave her gifts, and ultimately
engaged in a sexual relationship in 2010.
Groundbreaking Takes Place On Fertilizer Plant
WEVER, Iowa (AP) - State and local officials dug in deep as they broke ground for a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa.
The ceremonial shovels were wielded Monday near the Lee County town of Wever.
Egypt-based Orascom Construction Industries and its subsidiary, the Iowa Fertilizer Co., acquired nearly three-quarters of a square mile of farmland just off U.S. Highway 61 for the factory.
When completed by summer of 2015, the plant is expected to employ about 165 full-time workers who will produce up to 2,200 tons of anhydrous ammonia a day.
The state offered $110 million worth of tax breaks, loans, job training funds and transportation improvements to get the company to build in Iowa. Lee County approved a property tax incentive that
is worth about $130 million over 20 years.