Tuesday News, September 16
Remsen Fire Department Responds To Tractor Fire
(Remsen) -- The Remsen Fire Department responded to a call involving a tractor that caught on fire. That fire was reported at about 5:55 p.m. Monday evening at county road L-22 between 110th and 120th Streets. Fire officials were on the scene for nearly forty-five minutes. No word as to how much damage was done to the tractor.
Traffic Stop Turns Into Drug, Weapons, And Explosives Charges
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County authorities have completed a more than a month-long investigation that started as a traffic violation, but ended with multiple drug, weapons, and explosive charges. On August 6th, a Plymouth County deputy stopped a vehicle at county road C-44 and Impala for speeding. The driver of the vehicle, 38 year old, Matthew Hoffman of Sioux City was issued a warning for speeding. During the stop, deputies became suspicious that other criminal activities were taking place with Hoffman. Deputies asked for consent to search Hoffman's vehicle and consent was granted. During the search, deputies found a false container containing a scale, packaging material, a white powderly substance, believed to be methamphetamine, and an undetermined amount of cash, along with two handguns. Hoffman was placed under arrest and transported to the Plymouth County jail. Hoffman was booked on one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class C felony, and was held on a $15,000 bond. As the investigation progressed, two days later, Plymouth county deputies went to a rural Plymouth County farmstead located at 29215 Marble Avenue and owned by Hoffman to conduct a consent search of the property as part of the on-going investigation. During this search, deputies located 30 year old Tyler Gill of South Sioux City, Nebraska on the property. Gill was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Gill was placed under arrest and transported to the Plymouth County jail. Gill was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. As the search of the property continued, deputies located what they believed to be a homemade pipe bomb. At that time, assistance was requested from the Le Mars and Hinton fire departments. The device was rendered safe and arrangements were made with the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad to dispose of the device. As deputies continued to search the property, they located a sawed off shot gun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches. As a result of the search, Hoffman was charged with possession of an explosive device and possession of an offensive weapon, a class D felony. Hoffman has since posted bond and has been released pending further court hearings.
Woodbury County Authorities Chase Theft Suspects
(Sioux City) -- On Monday morning, a Woodbury County deputy sheriff located a suspect vehicle believed to be involved in a theft from the Sears store at the Southern Hills Mall. The deputy pursued the vehicle west on U-S Highway 20 , and north on Interstate 29. Just south of the train bridge, the deputy conducted a pursuit immobilization technic manuever, ending the vehicle pursuit. Two suspects exited the suspect vehicle and ran to a northbound train on the east side of I-29. From there, visual contact with the suspects was lost. A search was conducted with K-9 units in the area of Cunningham Drive. The search for the two suspects and the investigation is on-going.
City Council To Decide On Lease Agreement
(Le Mars) - The Le Mars City Council will convene today at noon for its regularly scheduled meeting. The city council has a light agenda before them. As for action items, the council will decide to extend a lease agreement to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County. The extension service leases space located in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center.
County Supervisors To Discuss Tax Suspensions
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at the County Courthouse Board Room. It is expected the county supervisors will approve and sign the new library contract for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The supervisors will review and approve a lease agreement with the Iowa Department of Education involving the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The supervisors will also discuss a tax suspensions for Vincent and Maxine March, and Robert and Cindy Dimmitt. County engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the supervisors to update current construction projects.
New Waste Water Treatment Plant To Hold Open House
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars residents and the general public is invited to attend an open house scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the new waste water treatment facility, located about two miles west of town at 17505 Key Avenue. Le Mars mayor, Dick Kirchoff, says this is a one-time opportunity to see the new plant.
Kirchoff offers some interesting statistics about the new waste water treatment facility.
The Le Mars mayor says the new facility was needed to accommodate the expansion and growth of the city and its industries. He explains the facility was financed in part by Wells Enterprises and Dean's Foods.
Parking may become a concern during Thursday's open house, and the Le Mars mayor suggests people park at the Little League ball park, then be shuttled to the new waste water plant.
Sioux City Woman Faces Child Neglect Charges
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City woman faces child endangerment and neglect charges in connection to the April death of her infant son, according to authorities.
Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, 24, was charged Friday in Woodbury County District Court with child endangerment resulting in the death of a child and neglect of a dependent person. She faces an additional two counts of neglect of a dependent person in connection with her two other children.
Williams-McCarthy is accused of depriving her two-month son, Leonard Williams, of food and health care. The child died at the end of April.
A number listed for Williams-McCarthy's attorney was not accepting messages Monday.
Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings said in a complaint and affidavit against Williams-McCarthy that an autopsy showed Leonard died of malnutrition and dehydration.
Court documents filed in the case say Williams-McCarthy failed to take the baby to doctor appointments and did not pick up vouchers for baby formula. They also say the apartment in which she lived with her children was not safe for them.
Williams-McCarthy is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 22.
Leonard's father, Michael Williams, 26, has pleaded not guilty to neglect of a dependent person in connection to the death. He carried the baby into a hospital before the child was pronounced dead.
Jennings said in his complaint against Williams-McCarthy that she told an Iowa Department of Human Services worker that she knew Williams smoked marijuana in front of the children and had been feeding Leonard sugar water.
Body Found In Couincil Bluffs Golf Pond Not Believed To Be Foul Play
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities on Monday released the name of a man found dead at a Council Bluffs golf course pond.
The body of Josey Janssen, 33, was found Friday at the Council Bluffs Country Club, according to police. The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office and police said Janssen's cause of death was accidental drowning. They helped identify him through tattoos.
Janssen, of Council Bluffs, was reported missing by his family on Sept. 3.
The medical examiner found no indications of foul play, according to police.
"We believe at this time this incident to be only a tragic accident," said Sgt. David Dawson.
Hearing Set For Man Accused Of Killing 5 Year Old Girl
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - A hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005.
The hearing is set Tuesday in Bremer County for Casey Frederiksen. He's charged with first-degree murder in the June 2005 slaying of Evelyn Miller, whose body was found along the Cedar River.
Frederiksen, 35, was charged in 2012 with the girl's death. At the time of the charges, he was serving time in federal prison on child pornography and methamphetamine offenses.
Authorities said Frederiksen was living with Evelyn's mother in Floyd when the girl was killed.
The hearing is on a defense motion to limit information to jurors about his collection of child pornography.
His trial was scheduled to begin Monday after being delayed from a May 6 starting date. A judge is expected to set another trial date after Tuesday's hearing.