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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.





Thursday News, July 10

Texas Oil Company Proposes Pipeline To Go Through Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Texas company wants to run through Iowa a pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Illinois.
     The  underground route through Iowa would begin in Lyon County and slice southeast through 15 other counties and exit at Lee County.
     Energy Transfer Partners LP, of Dallas, is proposing the pipeline, which would carry at least 320,000 barrels of crude a day and end in Patoka, Illinois. Energy Transfer Partners says there would be railroad access from Patoka to several markets.
     The project faces Iowa regulatory reviews from the Utilities Board and the Department of Natural Resources. The company wants to begin operation of the pipeline by the end of 2016.


Construction Begins On Jefferson Casino

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Construction equipment has begun dirt work on the recently approved casino in Jefferson but local and state officials are gathering to turn a few spades of dirt themselves in the ceremonial groundbreaking celebration to officially kick off the project.
     The Wild Rose Jefferson casino project was awarded a gambling license on June 12 by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. 
     The $40 million project including an events center, sports bar, restaurants, and an Iowa store will add 275 jobs. A 71-room hotel also will be built.
     The casino is going up at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 4 in Jefferson. It is scheduled to open for business late next summer.
     Iowa Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Boone Republican, is among the speakers at Thursday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony.


Former Business Manager Accused Of Theft

 WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) - A former business manager for an eastern Iowa school district has been accused of stealing about $8,000 through an employee credit card.
     The Mid-Prairie School District says Cindy Steege, of North Liberty, faces second-degree theft charges in connection to unauthorized charges on the card. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Steege made a court appearance Wednesday in Washington County Court. She was released on her own recognizance. 
     School officials say they contacted authorities in late June after finding possible financial irregularities and conducting an internal investigation.
     The state auditor's office is investigating the case, as well as Steege's involvement as a business manager for another school district.


Boy Steals County Owned Pickup Truck

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A boy who ran away from a Dubuque juvenile facility has been hospitalized after he stole a county road department pickup and crashed it into a utility pole.
     The  boy left Hillcrest Family Services and took the truck shortly after noon on Wednesday. Police say the boy, whose age was not immediately released, had minor injuries. The Associated Press does not name juveniles accused of a crime. Police say multiple charges are likely to be filed.
     The crash shut down a portion of a busy road for about three hours as police investigated, causing traffic to back up.
     Police were looking for the boy when several calls were made from the public about a reckless driver in a truck.





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