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KLEM News PM Update April 19, 2010

(LE MARS)–Plymouth County’s auditor is updating voters about time lines for the June 8th primary election.

According to auditor Stacey Feldman, the final day to pre-register to vote is Saturday, May 29th at 5 p.m. in the auditor’s office at the courthouse. A voter registration form may also be download at the Plymouth County Government web site www.co.plymouth.ia.us under the Online Services and County Forms. The registration, once completed, would be mailed to the auditor’s office.

Feldman says anyone who’d like to have a voter registration form mailed to them, may contact the auditor’s office. Feldman is the auditor and commissioner of elections and the election deputy is Cheri Nitzschke. (See Election Information under the KLEM stuff button on this web site)

The auditor’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 pm.

(SAC CITY)-Two Sac City men face charges of illegally transporting anhydrous ammonia.

Sac County sheriff Ken McClure released written information about the arrests of 26-year-old Jesse Lee Hutton and 23-year-old Curtis Simpson.

Authorities say they responded to a suspicious vehicle call southwest of Sac City on April 7th.

McClure’s information indicates a vehicle was found at a hog confinement site with Simpson and a clandestine meth lab. Hutton was found a short time later after running to another hog confinement site.

The Storm Lake Department of Public Safety responded with their Clandestine Lab Team and secured and disassembled the lab site. Authorities say additional charges are pending laboratory results from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation .

(LE MARS)–Manhole repair work will close the Le Mars Post office alley to traffic. The project will close the alley from 7 Tuesday morning through 8 p-m on Wednesday.

Alternative mail drop off sites are a drive up on the east side of the Truck Stop and by walk up on the north side of the Le Mars Post Office or in front of Le Mars Community High School.

(LE MARS)–Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court’s office on Monday, April 26, 2010 after 3 p.m. to find out whether to report on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

(IDA GROVE)–A Denison man faces a drug delivery charge.

The Ida County Sheriff’s office arrested 22-year-old Jesus Antonio Ramos-Espinoza on Wednesday.

According to sheriff Wade Harriman, Ramos-Espinoza was arrested on an outstanding Crawford County warrant charging him with delivery of more than five grams of methamphetamine.

He was later released to the Crawford County sheriff’s office.

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A Burlington man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a woman at a weekend party.

Police say the woman hasn’t been identified. She was shot early Sunday and later died of her injuries.

Authorities say Jesse Royer was initially charged with discharging a weapon within city limit. After the woman died, Royer was charged with reckless use of a firearm and involuntary manslaughter.

He was being held on Monday in the Des Moines County jail pending a court appearance. Jail officials say no bond was set, and Royer doesn’t have an attorney yet.

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) A pretrial conference is scheduled in the eluding police case of a man convicted of killing Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas.

Online court records show the hearing for Mark Becker is Monday in Butler County District Court with a trial on May 4.

Becker is charged with threatening a Cedar Falls man and damaging his garage, then leading police on a chase last June.

After his arrest, Becker was admitted to a Waterloo hospital for evaluation, then released on June 23. Becker shot Thomas the next day.

Becker was sentenced last week to life in prison for first-degree murder.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The Black Hawk County recorder’s office has changed procedures after a bag of money was apparently thrown away.

The deposit bag with $3,800 in cash and checks never made it to the bank. Recorder Judy McCarthy reported the missing bag to the sheriff’s office and the Board of Supervisors this month.

McCarthy says she doesn’t believe it was stolen, and none of the checks have cleared.

According to McCarthy, the deposit bags are kept in a vault in the treasurer’s office. A deputy takes the bag to the bank. The missing bag was discovered when the office was reconciling bank statements on April 2.

McCarthy says her office is contacting those who wrote checks and has been able to recoup some of the money, but the cash is gone.

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) A memorial Mass will be on Friday in Grinnell for an Iowa State University student whose body was found last week at an old ISU dairy farm.

Jonathan Lacina, a senior from Grinnell, had been missing for nearly three months. His body was found last Wednesday in an old building on the dairy farm about one mile south of campus. An autopsy was performed, but no details on the cause of death have been released.

The Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There will also be a tree planting in Lacina’s memory near the College of Design at Iowa State at noon on Thursday.

NUMA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man was injured after he lost control of his pickup and it vaulted into a house in Numa in southern Iowa.

The Appanoose County sheriff’s office says Wade Peck of Corydon  was thrown from the truck on Sunday.

The sheriff’s office says Peck lost control of the truck on a curve. The truck crossed the center line and went into a ditch, where it hit an embankment and launched into the house. Officials say the truck was going to fast when it hit the corner of the house that it slid up the side and hit the roof. The truck ended up in a ditch in front of the house. Peck was found lying near the road.

Authorities say no one in the house was hurt.

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