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Sexual assault trial begins for Dietrich (10/06/14)
LE MARS -- A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday for a man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl. Martin Dietrich, 30, of Beresford, S.D., was arrested in March on three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree. According to court records, the victim stated that Dietrich sexually abused her by engaging in intercourse three or four times from January 2010 through March 2010...
Students sing to the beat of the music (10/03/14)
LE MARS --Do, re, me fa, sol, la, ti, do. It is music time for elementary students at Le Mars Community Schools. Two teachers keep LCS elementary students busy each week with music class. Kristin Iverson teaches at Clark and Franklin, while Julie Drees teaches at Kluckhohn...
Butts appeals to Iowa Supreme Court (09/22/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Kenneth Butts, a man accused of 36 counts of sexual abuse in Plymouth County, is appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court for a review of his case before it goes to trial Oct. 7. In an application addressed to the court, Butts' attorney, Billy Oyadare, said Butts' right to a fair trial has been taken away...
Man charged with distribution to minor, abuse (09/18/14)
LE MARS -- A Le Mars man has been charged with distributing a controlled substance to a minor and sexual abuse. As a result of a Le Mars Police Department investigation that began Aug. 24, Donovan Hamann, 20, of Le Mars, was charged with two counts of sexual abuse, third, Class C felonies, and two counts of distributing a controlled substance to a minor, Class B felonies...
Butts charged with sexual abuse (08/18/14)
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Kenneth Butts, 53, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty to charges of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with children, last Wednesday. He is charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, a Class B felony, and 33 counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony, all while being a habitual felon, according to court documents...
Fighting back against the culture of domestic abuse (08/07/14)
LE MARS -- In America, millions of domestic abuse cases are reported every year. Yet, many more go unreported. Some experts say more than half of domestic abuse victims will never talk to authorities about the abuse they've suffered. On a national average, one in four women will face domestic abuse in their lifetimes...
Youth center can continue care (04/04/14)
CHEROKEE -- The Youth Emergency Services Center's operating license has been fully restored. Last month, the YES Center was placed on a provisional license following an investigation into child abuse allegations. The YES Center, in Cherokee, serves 14 counties in northwest Iowa, including Plymouth...
Stolen vehicle leads to drug arrests (11/11/13)
AKRON -- Three people were arrested on several charges Saturday following recovery of a stolen vehicle. Colt Tharon Johns, 20, of Hawarden, Travis John Kidd, 21, of Akron, and Lauren Christal Goss, 19, of Le Mars, were arrested through an investigation...
Le Mars sisters walk for those who don't have freedom to do so (10/25/13)
Rona Peterson never anticipated a visit to a greater Minneapolis doctor's office would lead her and her sister Cindy Peterson to board an airplane to Thailand. However, reading a magazine article about human trafficking in that office's waiting room informed her that people throughout the world are illegally traded...
Happy Birthday - Wells celebrates by granting 100 wishes (04/30/13)
LE MARS -- Wells Enterprises will help grant the wishes of 100 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wells' new 100 Years, 100 Wishes program is the family-owned ice cream maker's way of marking 100 years of business this year, according to Mike Wells, Wells CEO/president...
Darkness to Light - Training to help adults deal with child sexual abuse (04/18/13)
Adults, as opposed to children, are the focus of a new program to combat child sexual abuse. The Darkness to Light program is rolling out this month -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Plymouth County and nationwide. "This will work in conjunction with the programming that we provide for the children," said Cathy VanMaanen, Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence (CSADV) outreach coordinator for Plymouth County...
CSADV to educate adults on child abuse (04/04/13)
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and adults are challenged to learn about protecting children. Sexual assault and abuse are "occurring at epidemic rates," said Cathy VanMaanen, Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence (CSADV) outreach coordinator for Plymouth County...
Jandreau appeals conviction to supreme court (01/28/13)
A Le Mars man has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to review his conviction and prison sentence for assaulting an 11-year-old girl after breaking into a Le Mars home. Matthew R. Jandreau, 20, last month appealed his convictions, in Plymouth County District Court, on burglary, kidnapping, assault, attempted burglary, operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and criminal mischief, according to a notice of appeal...
Jandreau to be sentenced for burglary, assault convictions (12/03/12)
Matthew Jandreau, 20, of Le Mars, will be sentenced Dec. 17 for crimes such as assaulting an 11-year-old Le Mars girl. Jandreau was found guilty by a jury of all seven charges on Nov. 20 after a five-day trial at the Plymouth County Courthouse, according to court records...
Jandreau trial jury verdict: Guilty of all charges (11/20/12)
A Plymouth County District Court Jury Monday found a Le Mars man guilty on seven charges, including breaking into a Le Mars home March 2 and assaulting a Le Mars girl. The verdict reached by the jury just before 9 p.m. Monday after less than an hour of deliberation ended a five-day trial for Matthew R. Jandreau...
Jury verdict: Jandreau guilty of all charges (11/19/12)
A Plymouth County District Court Jury tonight (Monday) convicted a Le Mars man on all charges from a March 2 crime spree in Le Mars. The guilty verdict for seven charges was reached at approximately 9 p.m. on the fifth day of a trial which began Nov. 13 in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars...
Instructions being prepared for jury in Jandreau case (11/19/12)
Closings arguments are expected yet this afternoon (Monday) in Plymouth County District Court in the trial of Matthew Jandreau, 20, of Le Mars, according to Plymouth County Clerk of Court Peggy Frericks. Jandreau is accused of a crime spree March 2, which Le Mars Police said included an attempt to assault an 11-year-old female after a break-in at a home...
Trial begins for Le Mars man accused of assaulting girl (11/13/12)
Jury selection resumes today (Wednesday) in Le Mars for a man charged after a spree of crimes which Le Mars Police said included an assault involving an 11-year-old Le Mars girl. Matthew R. Jandreau, 20, of Le Mars, pleaded not guilty to burglary in the first degree; kidnapping in the third degree; assault with intent to commit sexual abuse; operating without owner's consent; public intoxication; operating while under the influence and theft in the fifth degree...
College Night is Monday at LCS Carey Gym (10/05/12)
College Night 2012 is set for Monday, Oct. 8, at Le Mars Community High School Carey Gymnasium. All Plymouth County high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents, are welcome and encouraged to attend College Night. This is a time when parents and students are able to talk with college representatives, ask questions and gather information...
For the Record June 14, 2012 (06/14/12)
Livestock facilities top rural construction in May Plymouth County's zoning administrator issued 24 permits for construction estimated at $3.8 million in the month of May. A report from Alan Lucken, county zoning administrator, lists 14 permits for construction on farms estimated at $3,356,000 and 10 permits for buildings in other rural areas totalling $487,000...
National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month - Child abuse cases decline in Plymouth County (04/19/12)
The number of children in Plymouth County who were abused or neglected declined last year. There were 146 total reports of child abuse and neglect in 2011, down from 162 in 2010, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)...
Le Mars man pleads not guilty to burglary, assault (04/04/12)
A Le Mars man who is charged with assaulting an 11-year-old female at a home in Le Mars on March 2 remains in the Plymouth County Jail. Matthew R. Jandreau, 19, has entered written not guilty pleas to burglary in the first degree; kidnapping in the third degree; assault with intent to commit sexual abuse; attempted burglary; theft and criminal mischief in the third degree, all felonies, according to Plymouth County District Court records...
Le Mars man charged after reports of burglary, assault (03/05/12)
A Le Mars man is being held in the Plymouth County Jail after he was arrested Friday at a residence in southwest Le Mars where he is accused of assaulting an 11-year-old female. Matthew Roland Jandreau, 19, of 201 1/2 First Ave. S.E., is charged with burglary in the first degree, kidnapping in the third degree, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, operating without owner's consent, public intoxication, operating while under the influence and theft in the fifth degree...
Le Mars man is accused of burglary, assaulting a girl (03/02/12)
A man accused of breaking into a Le Mars home and assaulting an 11-year-old girl today (Friday) is being held in the Plymouth County Jail. Le Mars Police charged Matthew Roland Jandreau, 19, of 201 1/2 First Ave. S.E. with burglary in the first degree, a Class B felony. Other charges may be filed, police reported in releasing written information...
CSADV receives grant to prevent child abuse (08/09/11)
The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) was awarded a grant to help provide sexual abuse prevention education in Plymouth County. The $6,296 grant comes from the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP), which is administered by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa...
Tumble Bus rolls into towns (05/27/11)
Tumbling. Stretching. Climbing. Jumping. Learning. Laughing. Those are common sights and sounds inside the Superstar Tumble Bus when it rolls into daycares and preschools throughout Siouxland and beyond. Val Dykstra, of Le Mars, owns four Superstar Tumble Busses, which are outfitted with everything from a zip line to a climbing rock wall to parallel bars...
CSADV rolls out new sexual assault prevention program (04/19/11)
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence is launching a new, broader prevention program. "We're learning that this prevention work can't be piecemeal," said Cathy Van Mannen, Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence (CSADV) outreach coordinator for Plymouth County...
Iowa DHS reports drop in child abuse cases last year (03/25/11)
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Bunny Nicholson honored for work with children (05/14/10)
A Struble area native has been honored for her work in helping abused and neglected children in Colorado and advocating for the safety of children throughout the country. Margaret "Bunny" Nicholson MSW, of Denver, Colo., was recognized for her work by Colorado's Gov. Bill Ritter in a ceremony April 29...
Downtown to go blue for child abuse awareness (04/08/10)
Last year, 81 children in Plymouth County were reportedly abused. Most child abuse is unseen by the community. But this month, volunteers are working to bring child abuse to the forefront of the community's mind. And they're doing it with blue bows...
Grant will help provide sexual abuse education (07/13/09)
The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) Plymouth County outreach shared its message of sexual abuse prevention with more than 500 children this past school year. A $6,500 grant received this month from Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Iowa will help CSADV Plymouth County outreach continue educating elementary, preschool and daycare children...
Local man charged with sexually abusing minor (05/26/09)
A Le Mars man faces a sexual abuse charge for allegedly having sexual contact with a 12 year old. Richard W. Shade, 31, was charged with sexual abuse in the second degree and booked into the Plymouth County Jail on Friday after an investigation by the Department of Human Services and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office...
Rural Le Mars man arrested for possible sexual abuse (05/07/09)
A 31-year-old rural Le Mars man was arrested Wednesday for possible sexual abuse against a child younger than 12. Patrick Elmer Klein faces two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, class B felonies. Sexual abuse in the second degree involves sexual abuse in which the victim is under the age of 12...
Cell phone photos could make teens sex offenders (04/28/09)
A Florida teen faces charges of child pornography. A district attorney in Pennsylvania threatened a group of high schoolers with the same charges. All because of photos on their cell phones. Teens who take or send nude or revealing pictures via cell phones could be in deep water. This practice, dubbed "sexting," isn't just hitting the coasts...
What do babies and teaching a language have in common? Read on (04/03/09)
Would you make your baby diagram sentences? Or would you expect your 1 year old to order his or her own food at a restaurant? Not likely. That's why Elizabeth Rogers, or Seņorita Eli as her students know her, is using the Total Physical Response (TPR) method to teach high school Spanish at Gehlen Catholic Schools...
LCHS students take top spots at technical skills competition (04/03/09)
Twenty-eight Le Mars Community High School students took part in the sixth annual Technical Skills Competition Day for high school students Wednesday, with 10 placing in the top three in their skill area. "All the students did good," said Paul Fischer, LCHS Trades and Industries instructor, who took 11 T&I auto and welding students to the contest at Western Iowa Tech Community College...
Rexwinkel is 2009 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year (04/01/09)
A Le Mars Community Middle School teacher has been named the 2009 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. Lorene Rexwinkel received the honor at the 2009 Iowa Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (IAFSC) state meeting in Cedar Falls March 27...
Children to learn about sexual abuse prevention (03/30/09)
Happy Bear will visit Le Mars Public Library this week to teach children about good, bad and mixed-up touch. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The panda mascot, sponsored by the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV), will lead a sexual abuse prevention and safety program 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1...
LCS, Gehlen students ready for All-State Speech Festival (03/27/09)
Five Le Mars Community High School students and one from Gehlen Catholic High School will take part on the Iowa High School Speech Association's All-State Individual Speech Festival Monday, March 30. The Festival opens at 8:30 a.m. in the McLeod Center next to the UNI Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls...
City gets good news on rec. trail, 7th Avenue bids (03/23/09)
City Administrator Scott Langel told the Le Mars City Council last week that bids submitted to the state for two city project appear to be comfortably under engineers' estimates. T. R. Harris Construction, Inc. , Homer, Neb., contractor for several earlier Le Mars projects, is the apparent low bidder on both the Sixth Avenue West sidewalks near Le Mars Community School and the Seventh Avenue East project...
Program focuses on raising resilient children (03/23/09)
A national and international lecturer, Dr. Robert Brooks, will present a program "Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents" in Le Mars Wednesday, March 25. The program will be held at the Le Mars Community Middle School Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by Floyd Valley Hospital...
Clover Kids learn about 4-H traditions (03/13/09)
Children in first through third grades can get an early jump on 4-H when they participate in the Clover Kids program. "Clover Kids is a pre-4-H program," explained Rose Weber, who is directing groups in four Plymouth County communities this year. This is her first year with the program in Plymouth County...
Seek nominations for LCS 'Teacher of Year' honor (03/13/09)
The Le Mars Community School District Foundation and Alumni Association are seeking nominations for the "Teacher of the Year" award for 2009. The two organizations jointly sponsor and select a "Teacher of the Year" to "represent the many great teachers who exemplify our school district and its educational goals."...
Senator sees issues with law to put more parents on abuse list (03/12/09)
A bill that could put parents or guardians on the child abuse registry if they allow a child to view pornography is working its way through Iowa legislature. Both the Iowa House and Senate are working on versions of the bill. However, Sen. Randy Feenstra, of Hull, is worried that if this became a law, it might be abused...
LCS board cuts $208,500, approves Cash Reserve Levy (03/10/09)
Decisions impacting students and district taxpayers were approved by the Le Mars Community School District Board of Education Monday night. The board approved a total of $208,500 in budget cuts and made the decision to implement the Cash Reserve Levy (CRL) to bring in $500,000 for the fiscal year 2010 budget...
Rock and roll: Don't mess with the Roller Dames (03/09/09)
Someone's been skating in the basement of the jail. Stephanie Hoppe, married and the mother of two, works as a Plymouth County jailer. But in her off time, the Le Mars woman laces up her rollerskates and becomes one bad dude. Hoppe skates with the Sioux City Roller Dames, a full-contact roller derby team. Her skating name: Felony Convixen...
Grant provides big step to improve Remsen water (03/09/09)
The City of Remsen received a $160,800 grant from the Watershed Improvement Review Board to help improve the town's water quality. The money will be used to purchase an additional 21 acres east of the city's well No. 8 as part of a project that will turn a total of nearly 90 acres north of Remsen into habitat...
State funding uncertainties plague LCS budget process (03/06/09)
Even as the City of Le Mars council members and Plymouth County Supervisors certify their budgets, the Le Mars Community School officials, along with districts across the state of Iowa, are faced with the task of preparing a budget for April 15 certification when they don't know how much money they have to work with...
Goodwill begins to restock kids' items (03/06/09)
Goodwill Industries' racks and bins for kid's clothes and toys are no longer empty. In early February, 16 Goodwill Industries stores in four states pulled children's toys and clothes off shelves to make sure those under the age of 12 are protected from any items with lead or lead products in them...
Local students' art chosen for Youth Art Exhibition (03/03/09)
Artwork of four Le Mars Community Middle School students has been chosen for display in the Sioux City Art Center's 20th Annual Youth Art Exhibition. The four students and their artwork are: Taylor Clarey, sixth grade, metal Tribal Mask; Rejoice Peraza, seventh grade, metal Repousse' Fish; Emily Corbin and Lindsay Meylor, eighth grade, Cubism Cubes...