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Friday Afternoon News, April 2nd


City Tree Disposal Site To Open On Saturday

(Le Mars) — City of Le Mars officials want residents to know the city tree disposal site located on the west edge of town near the Riverview ball parks will open this Saturday, April 3rd between the hours of 10 to 2. The city tree disposal site will also be open on Wednesdays between 2-6 p.m. The disposal site accepts grass trimmings, leaves, and twigs. It does not accept any garbage or tree stumps.




Iowa Democrats Disappointed COVID Relief Proposals Failed

(Des Moines, IA) — Iowa House Democrats are expressing disappointment after their pandemic relief proposals weren’t considered by the Republican majority before today’s (Friday) legislative deadline. House Minority Whip Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights said a lot of the bills that are still alive have nothing to do with COVID recovery, “things that have nothing
to do with the day to day lives of Iowans.” Konfrst says she’s happy some things advanced, especially that unemployment benefits for Iowans will be exempted from state taxes. Republican Governor Reynolds’ proposals to permanently restore felon voting rights, scholarships for private schools, and allow birth control without a prescription also failed to advance.




Mason City Police Searching For Suspect in Deadly Shooting

(Mason City, IA) — Police in Mason City are searching for a man suspected in a deadly shooting. Officers say an arrest warrant has been issued for 38-year-old Benjamin Gonzalez on a first-degree murder charge. Police responded to a shooting late Wednesday night where they found a person with a gunshot
wound. The victim was taken to a hospital and later died. Investigators say Gonzalez is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with tips about Gonzalez is asked to contact the Mason City Police Department or local law enforcement.




Sioux County Deputy Fire For Off-Duty Arrest Attempt

(Boyden, IA) — A Sioux County sheriff’s deputy is out of a job for taking improper actions during a recent incident in Boyden. Sheriff Dan Altena says Sergeant Nathan Kelderman put witnesses, neighbors and responding officers in a “bad position” by attempting to make an arrest while he was off duty, wearing a t-shirt and tennis shoes and without any way of communicating with the department. Kelderman ran after a man on a motorcycle
that he believed didn’t have a license March 20th. Investigators say Kelderman ducked into a garage in attempt to detain Nicholas Te Slaa and the got into a fight. Neighbors called 9-1-1 and others later complained to the sheriff’s department. Kelderman was fired for violating office policy and training.




Memorial For Davenport Girl Whose Remains Found Near DeWitt

(Davenport, IA) — Hundreds of people in the Davenport area are honoring the life of ten-year-old Breasia Terrell. Authorities confirmed this week that remains found near DeWitt were those of the Davenport girl who had been since last summer. The community gathered along the Mississippi River Thursday
night for a memorial for Breasia. Some were carrying balloons and handmade signs to show support for her family. Police say her death is now a homicide investigation. Her half-brother’s father is considered a person of interest in the case.