June building activity includes new house
The value of new construction in Le Mars for the month June is estimated at $332,433.
Code Enforcement Officer Jason Vacura issued 15 permits, including one for a new house and two for home remodeling.
The name of the person or business receiving the permit, the address, type of permit and estimated costs were:
* Bliss His and Hers, 410 Fourth St. S.W., sign, $500
* Casey's, 101 Fifth Ave. S.W., commercial addition, $40,000
* Hai Thanh Le, 27 Central Ave. N.W., sign, $575
* James Lubben, 308 Fifth Ave. N.W., garage accessory building, demolish garage, $24,015
* Cole and Sarah Beitelspacher, 927 Second Ave. S.E., deck addition to single-family dwelling, $2,500
* Shelby Borer, 1201 Second St. S.E., fence, $1,000
* Ted and Patricia Kern, 415 Second Ave. S.W., accessory building, garage, $18,000
* Michael and Lori Feller, 528 Seventh St. S.W., demolish garage, $0
* Wegher Construction, 1372 Ryder Cup Court, single-family dwelling, $240,000
* Jared & Lisa Farmer, 326 Seventh St. S.W., fence, $700
* Nor-Am Cold Storage, 801 Sixth St. S.W. & 1555 21 St. S.W., signs, $1,643
* Michael and Kim Mullally, 801 Second Ave. S.E., single-family addition - deck, $500
* James and Debra Schueder, 319 Second St. N.W., fence, $1,500
* Helena Rowland, 335 Fourth Ave. N.W., fence, $1,500
Since the first of January, Vacura has issued 59 permits for construction estimated at $1,889,032. The permit fees total $13,192.51.
The year-to-date permits include seven new houses and 13 house remodeling projects.
Utility companies warn of scam about bill paying options
The Iowa Utility Association, and utilities businesses, including MidAmerican Energy Company, are warning customers about a scam that claims President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
According to national reports, scammers have called or visited customers in person, posted fliers and used social media and text messages to perpetuate the scam.
In Iowa, many of the scam artists are contacting customers via phone or customers are hearing about the claim through word-of-mouth.
Customers are being told by the scammers that they can make a utility payment by using a bank routing number that is supplied by the scam artist and a series of numbers from their Social Security cards as the bank account number, a MidAmerican Energy press release stated.
Customers should only use authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay their bills. Credit card numbers and any personal information should not be provided to suspicious callers.
Payments made using the routing numbers identified with this scam will not be accepted by MidAmerican Energy and the money will not be applied to customers' bills.
Customers are advised to end the conversation and call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 for assistance.
Customer service associates can confirm whether the call was from the utility company and can confirm a bill payment, service work or an appointment at a customer's home or business, the press release stated.
If a customer receives a suspicious call or other type of unusual contact, local law enforcement should be called immediately.
Renken injured in tractor accident
A Brunsville man who was injured in an accident with a farm tractor July 5 is no longer being treated at a Sioux City hospital.
William Renken, 72, Brunsville, was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center after he was run over by a tractor, according to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office.
The Plymouth County Sheriff's office received at report at 1:47 p.m. July 5 that a man had been injured.
Renken was working on his tractor when it unexpectedly lunged forward and ran over him, the sheriff's office press release stated.
He was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Le Mars Ambulance.
JULY 10 -- The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department responded to a report of a fire alarm at 736 Sixth St. S.W. at 4:38 p.m.
The call was completed at 5:02 p.m.
Plymouth County District Court
Ryan David Reedy, 41, of Sioux City pleaded guilty to the Class D felony of second degree theft. He was sentenced to a suspended three-year prison term, and victim restitution of $3,380.97. He was placed on probation for five years.
Lisa Beth Altena, 25, of Le Mars, pleaded guilty to the aggravated misdemeanor of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. This is her second offense. Her license was revoked and she was sentenced to 365 days in jail with all but seven days suspended, a fine of $1,875, and DARE charge of $10. She was placed on probation for two years and ordered to participate in a reality education program.
Kyle Martin Young, 25, of Sioux City, pleaded guilty to the serious misdemeanor of supplying alcohol to person under age. He was sentenced to a fine of $500.
Entered July 2 - State of Iowa vs. Shane Allen Saxen, Le Mars; assault; $100 fine plus costs.
Entered July 5 - State of Iowa vs. Jacob Scott Sitzmann, Le Mars; criminal mischief fifth degree; $100 fine, $111 restitution plus costs.
Entered July 6 - State of Iowa vs. Amanda Marie Farmer, Le Mars; trespass less than 200; $100 fine plus costs; criminal mischief fifth degree; $65 fine, $125 law enforcement charge plus costs
Traffic fines and judgments
The following traffic fines and judgments have been issued in the Third District Court for Plymouth County*:
State of Iowa vs. Enelso Salada Lorenzo, Omaha, Neb., no valid driver's license $330.
State of Iowa vs. David Alexander Karr, Le Mars, speeding $87.
State of Iowa vs. Amber Nicole Mace, Hawarden, speeding $173.
City of Hinton vs. Don Michael Johnson, Sioux City, speeding $87.
City of Hinton vs. Cory John Sheda, Estherville, speeding $114.
City of Hinton vs. Nicholas Anton Vandam, Remsen, speeding $114.
* Fine amounts do not include cents