A series of strong thunderstorms caused tornado warnings to be called in the Sioux City metro area last night. The storms had an unusual track, with many of them moving to the north-northwest because of strong easterly winds. Warning sirens sounded in Sioux City shortly after 8 p.m. when a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Sgt. Bluff. The Hinton area also had a radar rotation tornado warning issued. Street flooding was reported in Riverside from the heavy downpour. The storm produced two inches of rain fell in Alton overnight.
ADOPTION EVENT TCC WIRELESS
Wet Nose Rescue is holding an event this afternoon at TCC Wireless in Le Mars. Angel Anderson says from 1 to 3 pm, you can meet cats, kittens, and dogs to raise. Donations to Wet Nose Rescue are also welcome.
The Shelter is open to the public, but their hours are not yet set.
The Sioux Count Sheriffs office seeks the public’s help in their investigation of a pair of burglaries in Hull. Automated Waste Systems, Inc., and Van Der Zwaag Customs of Hull, both reported that burglars entered both businesses though windows. Once inside, office drawers were gone through. Automated Waste Systems reported in their burglary that cash was stolen from multiple areas inside the business. These burglaries occurred during the previous overnight hours prior to being discovered. The incidents occurred a week ago. It is believed these two burglaries were committed by the same suspect(s).
MORE HOMELESS IN IOWA
A count performed earlier this year in 96 Iowa counties found 308 homeless people, a slight uptick compared to last year. The Iowa Balance of State Continuum of Care connects people to resources and funds statewide programs. The group’s director Courtney Guntly (GUNT-lee) says homelessness in rural areas can be very different than in urban areas, as it can be harder to find people and direct them to resources because there’s less population density and fewer service providers. The count excludes Polk, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties. A separate survey was done in January in Polk County alone that found 644 homeless people, an upturn of six-percent from last year. An advocate for the homeless in Polk County said that survey found a significant increase in people who reported they were fleeing domestic violence.
DCI LAWSUIT DISMISSED
The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against the D-C-I by a Marion County man who was accused of killing his mother. Jason Carter was found liable in a civil action for the wrongful death of his mother Shirley Carter in 2015 and was ordered to pay ten million dollars to her estate. Another jury acquitted Carter on the criminal murder charge. Carter filed the lawsuit accusing the D-C-I agent who investigated the murder of wrongly targeting him. The Iowa Supreme Court dismissed that lawsuit based on its recent ruling that overturned a 2017 opinion allowing such claims. The High Court says under their recent ruling, the D-C-I agent has immunity and Carter’s case cannot proceed.