Former Hawarden man’s new trial decision reversed

Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

A Hawarden man, serving life in prison for a 1995 murder conviction, lost an appeal for a new trial.

A jury convicted Guillermo Escobedo of first-degree murder, willful injury and assault in the Jan. 14, 1995 death of Justin Younie who also was from Hawarden. Another man, Co-defendant Cesar Herrarte was also convicted in this case.

Escobedo had petitioned the court for “post-conviction relief…asserting ineffective assistance of trial counsel for not seeking a mistrial when a juror was replaced by an alternate juror after the start of deliberations. Escobedo argued that he was prejudiced by this error because a mistrial would have been granted had one been requested.”

The state post-conviction court

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    School year set to dawn at West Sioux

    By Steve Peterson

    Summer is nearly over as school begins Thursday, Aug. 14 for West Sioux Community School students.

    Teachers have been coming back to their classrooms preparing them for the first day as well as custodial staff have been working hard on making the buildings shine inside and out.

    “We’ve had a smaller senior class so there is a strong probability that we’ll have larger numbers this year, although it won’t be

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    WS students pitch in

    West Sioux Elementary School students help teacher Mollie Koopmans prepare the classroom for the 2014 – 2015 school year. (l-r) Emma Van Wyhe, Brenn Reinking and Grace Schuller. School begins Thursday, Aug. 14 for West Sioux Community School students in Hawarden and Ireton.


    ISU Extension staff at Farmer’s Market

    Iowa State University Extension’s summer interns presented tips on healthy cooking for the summer at the Hawarden Farmer’s Market July 31. They made a dish “Crunchy Cabbage Salad.” (L-r:), Frank Torbor, Evan Fritz and Carlie Rhineart are making presentations at Farmer’s Markets and have done six so far in six area counties. The Iowa State University students are staying in Orange City. Farmer’s Markets take place from 5 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at Hawarden’s Veterans Memorial Park.

    WS approves 2014-2015 fee rates

    By Steve Peterson

    At the July 20 meeting, the West Sioux School Board unanimously approved fees for the 2014-2015 school year.

    The new fees will be as follows:

    • Elementary Book Fees: Transition Kindergarten, $13,Grades K-5, $33; Spelling Booklet, First Grade, $2; TK Snack Fee, $15 per year; Assignment Book, Grades 4-5, $3.

    • For the Middle School, Book Fee, $33; Towel Fee, $10; Assignment Book,

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    WS plans open house, orientation

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Elementary School will host Open House Conferences the day before school starts, Wednesday, Aug. 13. The first day of school will be Thursday, Aug. 14.

    Grades Transition Kindergarten and First Grade are at Ireton and Grades 2-5 at the Hawarden elementary. Times are 4:00 to 4:20 p.m.; 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.; and 5:00 to 5:20 p.m., at both buildings.

    There will also be Elementary Parent & Student Orientation

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    Hawarden librarians set August events

    Stop by the Hawarden Public Library in August for the following activities:

    • Hawarden Public Library’s August Book Discussion will be “WILD” by Cheryl Strayed. The group meets at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the library.

    • Tech Tuesday Afternoons are offered from 1 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday. Bring in your questions, your electronic devices and the library staff will help you download books, magazines, music and more.

    • Movie

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    Benefits assist 4-year-old battling cancer

    By Steve Peterson

    A fundraising event, “Angels for Alexis,” took place Aug. 2, to assist Alexis Van Bochove and her family fight Alexis’s brain cancer.

    The event was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden. The day started with a pancake breakfast and included a silent auction and bake sale.

    “Alexis is doing very well,” said her mother, Amanda.

    At the Saturday event volunteers wore blue shirts

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    Official 16th Street work plan set

    Hawarden city officials have announced the following schedule for the 16th Street Improvement Project set to begin next week:

    Next week (first week of August): begin installation of water-storm sewer improvements. This will be behind the curb for the most part and 16th Street will remain open.

    Third week of August: begin removal of existing paving from County Road K-18, east end, to Avenue L.

    First week of September: prepare subgrade and

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