Two local criminal cases dismissed

Posted November 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

On Oct. 30, two local women’s cases were dismissed “in the furtherance of justice and without prejudice.” However, they could face these charges again later.

Becky Hebert

Becky Jean Hebert, 33, of rural Akron, was originally charged with Class B Felony Murder in the Second Degree on Oct. 6 in the death of her husband, Jeremy.

Plymouth County Attorney Darin J. Raymond filed the Motion to Dismiss for Further Investigation.

According to court documents, the reason was “to allow for additional time for investigation,” which includes but is not limited to time to receive:

• Autopsy results/report from

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    Community Foundation awards more than $121,000 in grants

    With two organizations receiving grants Oct. 17, it brought the Akron community’s total Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County awards to $119,271 over the past 10 years.

    Annually the Foundation presents grants to non-profit organizations or tax-exempt governmental entities for a wide variety of community projects and needs throughout Plymouth County. These grants are funded by gambling proceeds — by Iowa law, counties without casinos receive a portion of the gambling dollars. People also contribute to the Foundation, earning Endowment Iowa tax credits.

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    Casey’s building takes shape

    Casey’s General Store’s new convenience store structure appeared on Akron’s horizon at Iowa Highways 3 & 12 last week. On Oct. 20, a crew was working on installing the roof.

    Absentee ballots now available

    Any Plymouth County voter who wishes to cast an absentee ballot may now do so.

    These ballots for the Nov. 7 election are now available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office in the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars.

    For more information, call 712-546-6100 Ext. 1, or go to the website

    Sorensen charged with felony theft

    Last week the Westfield city clerk was arrested by Plymouth County authorities.

    According to Plymouth County sheriff’s reports, on Sept. 7 Westfield Mayor Mike Tadlock contacted the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office regarding possible funds missing from a fundraiser account for the city’s ball field and park.

    After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Angela Lynn Sorensen, 48, Westfield.

    On Oct. 11, Sorensen was arrested in Le Mars,and charged with Class

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    Plymouth County Sheriff’s Report:

    On September 7, 2017, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the mayor of the City of Westfield, Iowa.

    The Mayor advised that they believe that a Fund Raiser account for the Public Park and the T-Ball complex was missing funds.

    An investigation was done, and with that investigation a Warrant of Arrest was issued for Angela Lynn Sorensen of 212 Elm Street, of Westfield, Iowa. Angela Lynn Sorensen was the former City Clerk of the City of

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    Homicide investigation continues in death of a man by gunshot near Akron

    Plymouth County Sheriff's Report:

    On Oct. 6 at 12:15 a.m. the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a medical emergency at a rural Akron residence. The caller stated that someone had been shot and requested an ambulance along with law enforcement.

    The caller stated that the address where help was needed was 13203 Evergreen Ave., Akron. When officers arrived they discovered a white male in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound. The Akron Ambulance crew arrived and transported

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    Plymouth County Sheriff’s Report

    On Sept. 7, 2017, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from the City of Westfield, Iowa of an alleged theft. The sheriff's office is looking into the possibility of misappropriated funds. No additional information is being released at this time due to the fact that the investigation is not complete and is on-going at this time.

    People can register to vote in several ways

    The City Election is Nov. 7.

    The Auditor’s Office is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for residents to register to vote.

    Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 Fourth Ave. SE, Le Mars, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the Voter Registration

    form can be downloaded at under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the

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    Taxes due by Monday

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann reminds property owners that the first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are due September 1 but may be paid the entire month of September.

    The last day to pay is Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 since the last day of the month falls on Saturday. After October 2nd, it is considered delinquent.

    Online payments may be made until

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