Union County Sheriff’s Office February 2017

Posted March 21, 2017 at 12:44 am

Total arrests coming through the Union County Jail in the month of February- 39

Total number of individuals incarcerated in jail awaiting trial, sitting out sentences or awaiting extradition – 20

You may notice that there may be more charges than arrests. This is due to individuals facing multiple charges.

Traffic Offenses

DUI 1st 5

DUI 2nd 1

DUI 3rd 0

DUI 4th 0

Driving w/suspend license 1

Driving w/revoked license 1

Driving w/o DL 2

Reckless Driving 1

Open Container MV 1

Citations 48

Warnings 169

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    Bike trail position; radios; AEDs talked at county

    By Steve Peterson

    Plymouth County Supervisors met in regular session Feb. 28.

    The PlyWood Bicycle Trail project, updated radios and Sheriff’s Department Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) were topics.

    In committee reports the supervisors continued their opposition to funding the 16-mile proposed PlyWood Bike Trail for Merrill and Hinton areas. The trail is named Ply-Wood for its two counties.

    Supervisors Craig Anderson and Chairman Don Kass attended

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    Railroad crossing delayed

    By Steve Peterson

    A planned railroad crossing improvement at Marble Avenue is on hold, reported Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe at the supervisors’ Feb. 14 meeting.

    “The Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad (CCP) has wanted the Legislature and the DOT to increase that fund,” explained Rohe. “So far that has not happened. “

    “Now the CCP has taken the stance that it will not install these crossings unless the local entities or whoever

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    Sheriff makes 2018 budget appeal

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo presented two budgets to the Plymouth County Supervisors on Jan. 10 and offered to present a third FY 2018 budget proposal.

    More staff and patrol cars topped his budgetary needs.

    Jail Budget

    Thirteen years ago when the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center opened, there were 11 employees. Now, there are 11 full-time jailers and six part-time

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    Cable TV rate OK’d on second reading

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Feb. 22 meeting, Hawarden councilors voted 4-0 to approve the Cable Television rate increase.

    This was the second of three readings with the third and final reading set for the March 8 meeting.

    Councilor Travis Olson conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Ric Porter. Councilor Monte Harvey was also absent.

    “We have reviewed our rates and now we’re selling

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    Two road projects slated for Plymouth County

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe told the supervisors about two projects slated for 2017.

    Landfill Road Project

    The project for grading and paving of 150th Street between Iowa Highway 60 and Marble Avenue, which is the road to the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency’s landfill is set for the next two years.

    Rohe reported the plan is to do the grading in

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    Supervisors make committee changes

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Jan. 10 meeting, Plymouth County supervisors tweaked their committee assignments and gave reports on committee meetings they attended.

    Committee Reports

    First supervisors changed the committee assignments for newly-elected Gary Horton.

    Supervisor Mark Loutsch suggested changing Horton’s committee responsibility from the Plains Area Mental Health Board to the Loess Hills Alliance, which meets on the western edge of the state and

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    Solberg hired as ISU Extension’s Master Gardener, Regional Foods coordinator

    Kellie Solberg has been selected as the new Master Gardener and Regional Foods Coordinator for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County. She began the position on Dec. 19.

    Kellie is based out of the Woodbury County Extension Office. She came from a position as an environmental educator with the Cahaba Environmental Center in Montevallo, AL. Her education in Environmental Science and Biology are a natural fit for the Extension programs she’ll be

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    Plymouth County Court News Week of February 6, 2017


    Stacia Kaye Batsite, 33, of Le Mars, pleaded guilty to the serious misdemeanor of fourth degree theft. She was sentenced to a fine of $315.

    Alex James Rojas, 16, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was sentenced to 62 days in jail with credit for 32 days in a juvenile detention center. He was fined $625 and ordered to pay $1,505.01 in restitution.

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    Plymouth Count Court News Week of January 30, 2017


    Daniel Walter Bunjes, 43, of Le Mars, pleaded guilty to the aggravated misdemeanor of public intoxication. This is his third or subsequent offense. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with all but seven days suspended, and a fine of $625. He was placed on probation for two years.

    Trevor Allen Richter, 19, of Akron, pleaded guilty to the Class D felony of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail

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