Thursday Afternoon News, April 23
Semi Truck Loaded With Hay Rolls Over
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Sheriff's office is investigating a semi-truck and trailer accident that happened at the 24000 block of Jade Avenue near Merrill. The accident happened Wednesday morning at about 8:30. The semi truck was hauling a load of hay, and was the second of two semi-trailers. According to the traffic accident report, the semi truck loaded with hay, and being driven by 21 year old Ty Egly of Blunt, South Dakota was moving toward the shoulder of the gravel road allowing the second semi truck to pass. Apparently, the semi-truck and trailer was on loose gravel when the rig rolled on its side and dumping the hay into the ditch. Egly sustained minor injuries, but refused to seek treatment.
Plymouth County Deputies Arrest Woman For Meth Charges
(Le Mars) -- On Tuesday afternoon, shortly after 3:00 p.m. the Plymouth County Sheriff's office made a traffic stop. Deputies stopped a tan 2006 Honda Accord for a speeding violation in the 3000 block of Highway 75 in Hinton, Iowa. After further investigation, the Plymouth County deputy arrested 57 year old Bounmy Bounmy of Sioux City, a passenger in the vehicle. Bounmy was charged with 2 counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class B felony, 2 counts of failure to affix drug tax stamp, a class D felony, introducing a controlled substance into a correctional facility, a class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a serious misdemeanor. Bond for Bounmy was set at $25,000 and she is currently being held at the Plymouth County Jail.
FBI Catches Lawyer Wanted For Fraud Charges
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A disbarred Iowa lawyer's long run from the law is over.
Investigators have captured former Coralville lawyer Dennis Bjorklund, one of the FBI's most wanted white-collar criminals, in Colorado several years after he vanished.
Authorities said Wednesday that Bjorklund was arrested without incident April 15 in Pueblo, Colorado by the FBI and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. They say he is being transferred back to Iowa to face federal charges of mail and tax fraud.
An indictment returned in 2010 accuses Bjorklund of defrauding clients in drunken-driving cases by recommending they make contributions to a phony charity he established. He told clients the donations would reflect well on their character and likely lead to lighter sentences.
The Iowa Supreme Court disbarred him in 2006, saying Bjorklund "lies with reckless abandon."
Trial Set For Teacher Accused Of Sexual Abuse
UNDERWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A June trial has been scheduled for a western Iowa teacher accused of sexually abusing a former student.
Forty-six-year-old Barret Glasnapp entered written not guilty pleas in Pottawattamie County District Court last week to four felony counts of sexual abuse, a felony count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and six misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. His trial is set to begin June 2.
Authorities say Glasnapp's sexual interaction with the girl began in 2011 when the student was 14, and continued until October. She was a student of Glasnapp from 2009 until 2012.
According to a court affidavit, an investigator assigned to follow up on a report of a sexual assault at Underwood Middle School in December found that Glasnapp had quit in November.
Roommate Pleas Guilty To Abusing Kittens
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 21-year-old West Liberty man is scheduled to be sentenced next month for abusing his roommate's kitten.
Court documents say Leo Nopoulos pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He'd been charged with one count of animal torture and two of animal abuse. His sentencing is set for May 18.
Nopoulos' roommate, 23-year-old Nathan Schloss, had set up a laptop to record video of his 8-week-old cat, Fritz. But police say video showed Nopoulos punching, kicking and throwing objects at the kitten for more than three hours.
Police say they also found on Schloss' laptop hard drive video of Schloss having sex with incapacitated women. He's charged with 18 counts of sexual abuse and 22 counts of invasion of privacy. He's pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to begin May 5.
Court Overturns Des Moines Man's Conviction In Fatal Beating
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals has overturned the murder conviction of a man who was sent to prison for the beating death of another man near Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Kent Tyler III was convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 24, 2013, slaying of 40-year-old Richard Daughenbaugh. Witnesses testified that Tyler punched Daughenbaugh once after Daughenbaugh drove his pickup into a parking lot where dozens of young people were partying. Several people then attacked Daughenbaugh, but there was no evidence Tyler joined in.
The Des Moines Register reports that the 20-year-old Tyler has been serving his 50-year sentence at Anamosa State Penitentiary.
Red Oak To Get Facelift
RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - A facade project to give Red Oak's downtown square a face-lift is set to begin.
The Daily Nonpareil reports residents gathered in Fountain Square Park Wednesday for the project's groundbreaking ceremony. Paul Griffen, the executive director for the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association, said the gathering was a celebration of updates that are needed.
The project, which will be done in two phases, will give new awnings, paint and more to 30 buildings in the downtown square area. Both phases are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
According to Griffen, the facade project will have a price tag of more than $900,000 by the time it is done. The city has received funds for the project from a Community Development Block Grant, as well as money from Downtown Urban Renewal and building owner contributions.