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Friday Afternoon News, April 9th


Akron Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Charges

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Akron man for sexual abuse charges. 64-year old Kevin Jacobs was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 31st. Warrants had been issued out of Plymouth County for
Jacobs for four counts of sexual abuse in the 2nd degree, which are categorized as a Class B felony and one count of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, a Class C felony. Following an investigation in which a minor child alleged that Jacobs had touched the child inappropriately, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office requested the arrest warrants. Jacobs was taken into
custody without incident and booked into the Plymouth County Jail.





Remsen St. Mary’s To Hold 30th Annual Ball

(Remsen) — Remsen St. Mary’s will hold its 30th annual ball on Saturday, April 10th. Kara Harpenau along with her husband, Lee, and Chad and Susan Tentinger serves as the co-chairs for this year’s event. Kara Harpenau says the theme for this year’s ball is “Family of Faith” and due to COVID virus concerns, the event will be held virtually.

Harpenau says tickets are selling for $125 for two meals and everyone will need to pick up their meal at Remsen St. Mary’s high school between 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will include the auctioning of the naming rights to the Remsen St. Mary’s gymnasium.

The Remsen St. Mary’s Ball co-chair says they hope to provide some fun activities for participants of this year’s ball.

Harpenau says the money raised through the annual ball will go towards the purchase of educational materials for Remsen St. Mary’s schools.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets, you can call (712) 540-5215 or (712) 540-8931.




Iowa DHS Wants More Employees Vaccinated For COVID-19

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Human Services is considering policies to try to get more employees at its six facilities to take the COVID-19 vaccine. More than a third of workers at facilities for juvenile delinquents and people who are mentally ill or have disabilities have declined vaccinations. Department spokesman Matt Highland said one policy under consideration would require non-vaccinated employees to use vacation time to quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to the virus.
Highland said, “wanting to use those tools to prevent the spread, we’re going to start adjusting policies like that to really help to incentivize our team members to get the vaccinations.” Highland called it “the right thing to do.”




One Arrest Made During Black Lives Matters Protest At Iowa State Capitol

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa State Patrol reports one arrest during a Black Lives Matters protest Thursday at the Capitol. Activists were calling on lawmakers to reject bills that would give law enforcement “qualified immunity” from most lawsuits over their on-duty actions, raise penalties for protest-related crimes and limit diversity and inclusion lessons in Iowa schools. Organizer Harold Walehwa asked rhetorically,” We’re literally in
the middle of the Derek Chauvin trial, but we’re trying to pass bills to increase qualified immunity? An 18-year-old girl was arrested inside the building for the alleged assault of a state trooper. Witnesses say she asked for the names and badge numbers of two officers and grabbed the arm of a trooper to get his attention.




Clear Lake Man Pleads Not Guilty to Assaulting Officer

(Mason City, IA) — A northern Iowa man accused of injuring an officer after getting kicked out of a Clear Lake bar is pleading not guilty. Fifty-one-year-old Gary Beach is charged with interference with officials act resulting in injury. Court records show Beach was thrown out of two bars on January 24th and was arrested for public intoxication. Investigators Beach
struggled as he was being taken into custody and left one officer with injuries to their hands and knees. Beach is set to stand trial on June 22nd in Cerro Gordo County.




Man Found Unresponsive on Kossuth County Road Dies in Hospital

(Rochester, MN) — A man found unresponsive on a Kossuth County road last weekend did not survive his injuries. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Casey Tobin of Swea City died at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota on Tuesday. Tobin was discovered lying on the road Saturday night.
An autopsy is being done by a medical examiner. Deputies say Tobin suffered a head injury in a physical altercation with another person. Investigators have not identified any suspects in the case.