Tuesday News, March 10
South Dakota Man Arrested In Remsen For Failure To Appear In Court
(Remsen) -- Plymouth County authorities, along with the Remsen Police, arrested 48 year old Victor Ahrens of Jefferson, South Dakota, early Sunday morning. The arrest was made at about 12:50 a.m. due to Ahrens' failure to appear in court for a rule to show cause/burglary of the third degree. Ahrends was arrested at a Remsen residence. Ahrens was transported to the Plymouth County jail where bond was set at $10,000.
Ireton Man Arrested In Tennessee For Failure To Appear In Court
(Le Mars) -- An Ireton man was arrested in Tennessee over the weekend for failure to appear for Plymouth County trial. Arrest warrants were issued for 43 year old Richard Perrin for two counts of failure to appear for trial bond totaling $40,000. Perrin was arrested and transported back to the Plymouth County jail.
School Officials Discuss School Funding During Board Meeting
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community School officials spent a considerable time during last evening's school board meeting discussing the financial shortfall that may happen depending upon the state legislature's actions with school funding. Many of the school board officials indicated they "would not have the stomache" to make cuts in staff and programs. Longtime School board member Pat Murphy informed his colleagues that even though fiscal year 2015-2016 may be bad in terms of not enough funding, he says the following year may be worst. School officials showed their displeasure of a recent legislative forum indicating State Senator Bill Anderson and State Representative Chuck Soderberg failed to realize the severity of the potential education cuts. School superintendent, Todd Wendt indicated another concern for the school is that this year's senior class is the largest class in the district, and expectations for next year's Kindergarten class may be as much as 20 fewer students, indicating the cost to teach per student will rise, at a time when state funding is being withdrawn. Dr. Wendt and school board members are concerned about the unspent authority balance.
Wendt informed the school board members that many area schools, including Le Mars Community are seeing a negative trend with the spending authority.
Supervisors Will Not Meet Today
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will not be meeting today due to the lack of agenda items.
Floyd Valley Hospital Sees Progress In Construction
(Le Mars) -- Several changes are occuring at the Floyd Valley hospital. Hospital Administrator Mike Donlin reports construction on the new north addition continues as work crews are pouring concrete this week.
Donlin says as people drive by the hospital campus they will see the progress being made with the framing of the new addition, however, Donlin says it won't be long before crews will be focusing their work on the inside.
Another change at the hospital is a new face. Donlin says the hospital has hired a new physician.
Donlin says Oden is a native of northeast Nebraska.
Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, where they will be briefed on the hospital's expansion, as well as review the medical staff reports and financial reports.
Des Moines Water Works To Vote Today Whether To Sue Three Counties
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Water Works board has scheduled a vote on whether to sue three northern Iowa counties, alleging that they are responsible for the high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for water.
The board's meeting agenda for Tuesday afternoon indicates a closed session to discussion potential litigation. The board is expected to publicly vote to sue Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties.
In January it sent a notice of intent to sue, which is part of a procedure outlined in the federal Clean Water Act.
The counties oversee 10 drainage districts north of Des Moines that help move water from fields. The lawsuit will claim the drainage districts are the same as city wastewater treatment plants and should be regulated.
Des Moines Police Officer To Face Re-trial
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A retrial has begun for a former Des Moines police officer accused of using excessive force during an arrest two years ago.
The trial of 38-year-old Colin Boone started Monday at Des Moines' federal courthouse. Boone faces a charge of unreasonable use of force after a November mistrial when jurors couldn't agree whether he used excessive force after a traffic accident in 2013.
Boone was accused of kicking Orville Hill in the face and then leaving the incident out of an official report. Hill filed a lawsuit in February against Boone, the former police chief and the city of Des Moines.
A federal jury acquitted Boone of falsifying records in his original trial. Boone was fired in May 2013 for inappropriate use of force.
Defense Rests On Trial Involving Death Of 5 Year Old Girl
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - The defense has rested in the trial of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.
Attorneys called just three witnesses to the stand Monday in its defense of 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen, who is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors allege Frederiksen sexually abused Evelyn Miller and stabbed her to death while baby-sitting her in 2005. He was arrested in 2012.
The girl's body was found in the Cedar River five days after she was reported missing.
Before testimony began, a judge denied the defense's request to acquit Frederiksen. Defense attorneys say the prosecution failed to offer physical evidence in its case against the man, but prosecutors disagreed.
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.
Limits Placed On Capturing Turtles
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa wildlife officials are proposing limits on when wild turtles can be captured throughout the year, after seeing a rise in their harvest due to an increased demand for turtle meat overseas.
Reports the harvesting of wild turtles in Iowa has increased seven-fold from 1987 to 2013, and the number of license holders has increased four-fold.
The state's natural resources agency has proposed to Gov. Terry Branstad's office that the commercial and sport harvest of the turtles be prohibited from Jan. 1 to July 15.
The turtles lay their eggs during the late spring and summer. If the governor's office approves the proposal, it would go to the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.
Iowa is one of 10 states without limits on its turtle harvest season.