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Wednesday News, May 6

Historic House Tour Scheduled For Saturday

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Historical Commission will hold its annual "Tour of Homes" on Saturday, May 9th.  Linda Mayrose serves as the chair for the committee.  She says this year's tour will include four homes near the Foster Park area.

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Mayrose explains the third home on the tour.

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This year the Historical Homes Tour will feature a ranch-style home, and Mayrose says the house is over 50 years old, allowing for it to qualify for the tour.

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Mayrose says the city's historical commission has offered the home tour for more than 15 years, and she explains how it got started.

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The Historic Preservationist says people will enjoy seeing the architecture and other unique features of each home.

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Mayrose says often times it is the intricate details that make the home interesting.

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Tickets for the historical house tour are $10 and Mayrose the historical commission donates the money to either the Le Mars Arts Center, or in this year's case the money will be donated to the Plymouth County Historical Museum.  She says more than 60 volunteers help with the historic house tour. Mayrose says people can start this year's tour at the museum, and the entire tour is within easy walking distance.

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People interested in showing their home for future tours should contact Linda Mayrose.


Sioux City Man Sentenced To Ten Years For Sexual Abuse Of A Teen

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man accused of having sex multiple times
with a teenage girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
32-year-old Joshua Case was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Case's sentence also requires him to register as a sexual offender.
Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex with Case about 20 times over a nine-month period. Case was also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl, who was 14 or 15 years old. Authorities say they knew each other through their involvement in community theatrical productions in Sioux City.
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Denison Man Found Guilty For Shooting And Burning Victims

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies.
Jurors delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.
Chapman testified Monday in his own defense, saying he shot Huisenga because another man,
27-year-old Michael Schenk, gave him the gun. Chapman said Schenk threatened to
kill him if he didn't shoot.
Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair in March 2014 at a trailer home in Deloit and then set it on fire. Schenk was sentenced in March to two life terms for his role in the slayings.
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Bird Flu Found In Three More Iowa Facilities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10.
A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm the disease. The farms experienced an unusual number of bird deaths, prompting an initial test which indicated presence of the H5N2 virus.
The new cases raise Iowa's total number to 28 cases in 11 counties.
More than 20 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

Judicial And Natural Resources Budgets Now Approved

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has passed budget bills that would fund several services including the state's judicial branch and natural resources department.
The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday for the bills, which would pay for various state departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.
The chamber voted 56-43 to allocate more than $174 million to the state's judicial branch. That would keep funding at the same level as last year. Lawmakers voted 57-42 for a bill in support of $42 million for agencies like the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That's slightly less than last year's level.
The Democratic-led Senate has proposed allocating slightly more money than the House. Lawmakers are expected to reach a consensus in special meetings.

Branstad Wants To Change Abortion Policy
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants to end to a perplexing abortion restriction adopted in Iowa two years ago.
The Republican governor's proposed Health and Human Services budget doesn't renew a requirement that he sign off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. Lawmakers adopted that policy, which effectively halted state reimbursements for abortion under Medicaid because providers stopped submitting the claims.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says Tuesday the governor sought the change because Branstad hasn't been asked to approve reimbursement.
Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl says anti-abortion conservatives still want to ensure public funds don't go to abortions.
Iowa's Medicaid program previously paid for a small number of abortions. Federal guidelines require payment in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life. Iowa's program also covered some fetal deformity cases.

Eminent Domain Legislation Advances In Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has passed another legislative hurdle in the Iowa Senate.
The Senate Government Oversight Committee approved the bill Tuesday. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could get permission only after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.
The proposed change could impact two current proposals, both before the Iowa Utilities Board. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties that would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.

Senate Panel Wishes To Change Broadband Internet Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker says a Senate panel will make changes to Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband expansion bill to ensure it clearly focuses on the state's most underserved areas.
Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, chaired a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee meeting Tuesday. The panel took no action on the bill.
Petersen says the three-member subcommittee will meet again before deciding whether to advance the bill to a full committee. She says she wants to review the bill's grant program aimed at helping service providers. She also wants to review the legislation's property tax relief program to make sure it focuses on areas of the state with no high-speed Internet.
A spokesman for Branstad's office recommended during the meeting that the bill advance without changes.

   

Tuesday Afternoon News, May 5

Smoke Detected In Downtown Businesses

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called to the downtown business district on Central Avenue shortly after 10:00 a.m.  Hotopp's Jewelry reported smelling smoke, and called for the fire department.  Fire Chief Dave Schipper explains the smoke was actually originating from the business next door.

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Schipper says the smoke had entered the neighboring businesses.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says fire crews searched the ground floor of the Green Tea business and did not find any fire.  He says he then sent crews to the roof.

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Schipper believes the encrusted grease on the ventilation fan may have been burning for quite a while before people noticed the smoke.

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Schipper says he called for the Orange City Fire Department with its ladder truck to serve as a backup, in case the fire would have ignited the entire building.

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Firefighters used pressure fans to ventilate the smoke from each of the three businesses.  Chief Schipper says he doesn't know the extent of the dollar damage.

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The Green Tea will remain closed until such time repairs have been made to the business.

Jury Reaches Verdict On One Charge With Ex-Mayor

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - A jury has reached a verdict on one of two sexual abuse charges against the former mayor of Oelwein (OHL'-weyne).
Jurors informed the court Tuesday that they are deadlocked on a second charge against 37-year-old Jason Manus. He is accused of sexually abusing one girl when she was 6 to 8 years old and another when she was 14.
A judge told attorneys Tuesday he'd advise the jury to continue deliberations. The verdict reached by jurors hadn't yet been announced.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1ABMXoE ) the case went to the jury on Monday following closing arguments.
Assistant Attorney General Denise Timmins told jurors that Manus wasn't telling the truth during his trial, while defense attorney Jeremy Thompson argued varied stories relayed by the girls proves nothing happened.
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Ankeny Man Arrested For Obscene Material

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Police say a Virginia man accused of carrying unlabeled pills and distributing nude photos to a minor was arrested at an Ankeny fast-food restaurant.
The Ankeny Police Department says 29-year-old Jonathan Yates, of Clintwood, Virginia, was arrested Monday on charges of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.
Officers responded Monday to a report of a suspicious conversation between Yates and a 16-year-old girl at a local McDonald's. Upon arrival, officers found the two inside a vehicle in the parking lot.
Police say questioning of Yates revealed they planned to meet through online and text message conversations. Officers also discovered Yates had supplied the teen with nude photographs online beforehand.
Yates was taken to Polk County Jail. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

Waterloo Man Charged With Indecent Contact

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man whose wife ran an in-home day care has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to luring a 7-year-old girl into a bathroom.
The sentence delivered Monday also requires that 44-year-old Bradley Yousse register as a sex offender for 10 years and be placed on parole when his probation ends. He had entered a guilty plea in October to a misdemeanor charge of indecent contact with a child.
Yousse's defense attorney sought a deferred judgment to remove the charge from his client's record upon completion of probation, noting that Yousse doesn't have prior convictions. A judge denied the request.
At the sentencing hearing, Yousse apologized for his actions. The day care at his home has since closed.

Park Vandalism

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers are helping clean up the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, where vandals extensively spray-painted rock formations.
Park ranger Wayne Buchholtz tells the Telegraph Herald that the vandalism occurred on rocks in areas that aren't easily accessible and that it was among the worst graffiti incidents at the state park in some time.
Volunteers on Monday used wire brushes and paint remover to help scrub away the graffiti. They plan to clean up the remaining vandalized rocks Friday.
Buchholtz says they have a list of possible suspects behind the vandalism. He says he'll investigate further and speak with the Dubuque County Attorney's Office about possible charges.

Famous Fountain To Be Repaired

MT. PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - An iconic fountain in Mt. Pleasant typically decorated for the holiday season won't be around for this year's festivities.
The Mt. Pleasant News reports the Edd King Memorial Fountain located in the southeastern Iowa town's main square is slated for repair in the coming months. The Mt. Pleasant City Council plans to vote May 13 on a proposal to send it to Alexander City, Alabama, at the end of summer.
Robinson Iron Corp., the company that designed and built the fountain, plans to facilitate the repairs, estimated at $49,500. It will be returned to Mt. Pleasant next year.
City Administrator Brent Schleisman says winter weather has damaged the fountain's iron frame since its 1988 installation.
The fountain commemorates Edd King, who was assassinated in 1986 during his mayoral term.

 

 

   

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