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Monday Afternoon News, August 30th

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Davenport Woman Sentenced To 10 Years Child Endangerment, Neglect

(Davenport, IA)  —  A 25-year-old Davenport woman who admitted she allowed a man to seriously injure her son has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Taylor Rae Moss entered a guilty plea to charges of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury and neglect of a dependent person – both felonies.  The investigation started when doctors reported an unresponsive two-year-old boy being treated in their hospital.  Moss and 38-year-old Justin Michael Perkins told investigators they didn’t know how the boy was injured.  She later changed her version of events.

 

 

 

 

 

Davenport Woman Sentenced To 10 Years Child Endangerment, Neglect

(Davenport, IA)  —  A 25-year-old Davenport woman who admitted she allowed a man to seriously injure her son has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Taylor Rae Moss entered a guilty plea to charges of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury and neglect of a dependent person – both felonies.  The investigation started when doctors reported an unresponsive two-year-old boy being treated in their hospital.  Moss and 38-year-old Justin Michael Perkins told investigators they didn’t know how the boy was injured.  She later changed her version of events.

 

 

 

County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann Reports To Supervisors

(Le Mars) — Last week, during the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting, Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann appeared before the county governing board to offer an update on the number of driver’s licenses issued, and the amount of revenue collected through motor vehicle funds.  Sitzmann informed the county supervisors that the Driver’s License office will continue to take appointments for the issuing of driver’s licenses.  Sitzmann says there were 4,434 drivers licenses and identification cards issued during the fiscal year of 2020-2021.  Sitzmann reports 1,280 drivers licenses tests were administered.  Sitzmann also submitted the motor vehicle revenue funds.  She says the amount Plymouth County collected and will stay in the county equals $384,056 through the motor vehicle funds.  Sitzmann commented the total had increased nearly $13,000 from last year’s collected revenue.   The total amount of funds collected were at $12,036,381.

 

 

 

Authorities Investigate Weekend Motorcycle Accident

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday afternoon at about 3:20 p.m.  The accident happened on county road C-38, just west of county road K-22 in rural Plymouth County.  A sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene and observed two individuals involved in the motorcycle accident. 39 year old Christos Kritis of Sioux City was driving the motorcycle and 35-year old Ashley Kritis was riding as a passenger.  Upon investigating the scene, it was determined Christos Kritis lost control of the motorcycle after a group of motorcyclists participating on a poker run, had slowed down due to a vehicle blocking the opposite lane of traffic on County road C-38 near K-22.  The motorcycle entered the north ditch causing both individuals to sustain non-life threatening but serious injuries.  Both individuals were transported to MercyOne hospital in Sioux City.  Assisting at the scene were the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, and Merrill Ambulance.

 

 

 

Bahena-Rivera Sentenced To Life In Tibbetts’ Murder

(Brooklyn, IA) — A statement from Mollie Tibbetts’ mother Laura Calderwood was read in court today (Monday) before the sentencing of Cristhian (Christian) Bahena-Rivera — who was found guilty of first-degree murder in Mollie’s 2018 death. Calderwood’s statement said Rivera’s actions changed the family’s world forever. She says the one senseless act means Mollie’s father Rob will never get to walk his only daughter down the aisle, and she will never get to see her daughter become a mother. The judge then gave Rivera the mandatory life sentence with no eligibility for parole. Bahena-Rivera sat in handcuffs and a striped jail jumpsuit and listened without showing any emotion during the proceeding. He declined his opportunity to make a statement, and has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

 

 

 

Governor Responds To Investigation On School Masks

(Des Moines, IA) –– The Office for Civil Rights in the U-S Department of Education sent Governor Kim Reynolds a letter saying it has opened an investigation into Iowa’s ban on mask mandates in schools. The federal agency has sent notices to Iowa and four other states — saying the investigation will explore whether students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from Covid-19 are prevented from safely attending school in person. Governor Reynolds released a statement in response to the letter. It says Iowa schools opened safely and responsibly over one year ago — and President Joe Biden and his team have decided to pick a political fight with a handful of governors to distract from his own failures in Afghanistan, the border, and others.

 

 

 

Man Who Went Into Missouri River During Storm Identified

(Sioux City, IA) — Sioux City police have identified the man who died when his pickup plunged into the Missouri River during a heavy rain Saturday evening. He has been identified as 69-year-old Gerald Reed of Smithland. Investigators say he lost control of the truck on I-29 and went into the river during the storm. Divers recovered the truck with his body inside around 11:20 a-m Sunday.

 

 

 

Governor Declares 11 Counties Disaster Areas

(Des Moines, IA) — The governor has issued a disaster proclamation for 11 counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation covers Allamakee, Buchanan, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Emmet, Floyd, Howard, Lyon, Palo Alto, and Winneshiek counties. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of recent severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The governor had previously issued disaster proclamations for Bremer and Fayette counties for severe weather. Iowa Individual Assistance Grant applications and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.