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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Two show goats and three dogs are dead in a controversial incident near Rock Rapids over the weekend. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the dogs were found eating the goats, and the goat farmer shot the dogs.
They say the incident started on Saturday when the farmer found one of his show goats dead, and a St. Bernard was eating the goat. The dog is alleged to have killed the goat. On Sunday, three St. Bernards were found eating another show goat in its pen. The farmer shot the three dogs, owned by Eric and Amy Fluit of Rock Rapids and then notified law enforcement.
Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep said that an exemption to the Code of Iowa for animal abuse and animal torture allows a person to reasonably act to protect his property from damage caused by an unconfined animal. The Sheriff said no charges will be filed against the farmer for destroying the dogs which are accused of killing the show goats.
Vander Stoep said while this is an unfortunate incident, he advises people to keep their dogs confined, because once they enter someone else’s property, and if that person thinks the dog poses a risk to their property, they are justified in destroying the animal, even if it is a pet.
IHLEN - On Tuesday, July 16, the 35 current post office box holders in Ihlen will learn more about the upcoming change to their rural route delivery service, according to the Pipestone County Star. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ihlen-Eden Community Center. Pipestone Postmaster Richard Visker said decisions will be made before the meeting to determine which route Ihlen customers could have as delivery.
In January, current Ihlen Community Post Office (CPO) operator Joyce Rodman announced her retirement after 35 years of service. For the last 28 years, she has operated the CPO out of her home. Ihlen was the last CPO operating in the immediate area, Visker said.
In establishing a rural delivery system, he said the postal service is looking at dividing Ihlen into two service areas: One Jasper and one Pipestone. How this division will take place has yet to be determined, Visker said. Exact locations for the mail boxes will be discussed at the public meeting,
By the July 16 meeting, the district office will decide if Ihlen will use its current 56140 zip code or assume the zip code of the town that delivers their mail: Jasper’s zip code of 56144 or Pipestone’s 56164. The zip code determines the correct delivery route, Visker said. He was fairly certain residents would continue to use “Ihlen, MN” in their addresses.
GEORGE, Iowa – Robert M Stettnichs, 47 of George, Iowa was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, a Class B-Felony. The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation that occurred at 508 Rice Avenue in Doon, Iowa on June 5th, 2013. Stettnichs was booked into the Lyon County Jail and is being held on a $50,000.00 dollar cash bond.
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in finding the person or persons responsible for the theft of a utility vehicle and large amount of hand tools from AGCO Jackson Operations last week.
The sheriff’s office launched its investigation Friday after it was reported a large amount of hand tools had been stolen from the welding and fabrication area of the AGCO plant in Jackson. The theft is believed to have occurred between the dates of July 3 and July 5. Also on July 5, it was reported a Kawasaki Mule owned by AGCO was found at the Jackson Speedway by raceway employees.
Jackson County Sheriff Roger Hawkinson on Tuesday urged anyone with information regarding the theft to contact his office.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa- A Rock Rapids man was sentenced to 66 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography, being a drug user in possession of a firearm and destroying evidence. Lennon Slade, 27, of Rock Rapids admitted to the charges, and court documents show he destroyed evidence while officers were attempting to execute a search warrant at his house.
Along with the 66 months prison, Slade must pay a $300 special assessment and serve five years of supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
MINNESOTA - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that the state’s wolf hunt will resume this fall after a survey showed the animal’s population exceeds the state’s minimum goal.
According to results released Tuesday, there were an estimated 2,211 wolves in the state last winter, down 710 wolves from a 2008 count. The DNR says the number still exceeds Minnesota’s minimum goal of 1,600 wolves and is also above the federal recovery goal range of 1,251 to 1,400.
Experts attribute the decline to reduced deer density and the state’s first state-managed wolf season, in which hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves.
The DNR intends on putting in place another wolf season in fall and winter 2013. The new numbers likely mean fewer wolves will be allowed to be hunted during the upcoming season. More details should be available in late July.
Over the next few years, the DNR says it will closely monitor the population’s response to the wolf hunt.