Iowa signs Garza, Nunge, to letters of intent

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November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s frontcourt should get a boost next season after the Hawkeyes signed big men Luka Garza and Jack Nunge. Garza, who is 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, averaged 25.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a junior for the Maret School in Washington, D.C. last year.

Nunge is also 6-foot-11. But he shot 43 percent on 3s for Castle High in Indiana last season while posting 18 double-doubles. Connor McCaffery, the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, could also sign with the Hawkeyes in the near future. But Connor has yet to decide whether he wants to play basketball, baseball or both at Iowa.

St. Louis’ Matt Holliday becomes final free agent

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November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Matt Holliday became the final free agent, formally leaving the St. Louis Cardinals when he and the team agreed to waive a provision in his contract that would have guaranteed his 2017 salary if he finishes among the top 10 in NL MVP voting.

The 36-year-old certainly will not finish among the top 10 when voting is announced Nov. 17, so the move makes him a free agent one week earlier. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games, missing substantial time after his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11.

He was brought into the Cardinals’ season finale to play left field in the ninth inning. He was given a standing ovation and taken out before the next pitch. On the start of the season’s last weekend, the Cardinals said they planned to decline his $17 million option for 2017.

Holliday, who still gets a $2 million buyout, became a free agent Thursday, three days after the other 157 eligible players went free. He was held up because of the vesting provision. A seven-time All-Star, Holliday was drafted by Colorado in 1998, traded to Oakland after the 2008 season and then dealt to St. Louis the following July.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Nov. 11th 2016

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November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad acted within his constitutional authority when he vetoed funding for two state-run mental health care facilities last year and closed them. Twenty legislators and the largest state employee union sued Branstad claiming a state law requires Iowa to have four mental health care institutes and limits Branstad’s ability to close the facilities by vetoing the money to run them approved by lawmakers.

TAMA, Iowa (AP) – Law enforcement officials say a 23-year-old central Iowa mother who vanished in 2000 is believed to be the victim of a homicide. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says agents have concluded Cora Okonski’s “disappearance was not voluntary.” Authorities are reclassifying Okonski as a homicide victim rather than a missing person, and several agencies are investigating.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines woman has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $82,000 from the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa over a two-year period. The Des Moines Register reports that 36-year-old Amy Howell was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft, ongoing criminal conduct and forgery. Howell remained in the Marshall County Jail on Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to amended Iowa charges of indecent contact with a child and has been given a suspended six-year prison sentence and two years of probation. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 50-year-old Michael Robinson, of Omaha, Nebraska, entered the plea Tuesday, the day before his trial was set to begin. Authorities say Robinson inappropriately touched the girl from the time she was about 10 until she was 15.

MARTIN “Marty” LeRoy SCHUEMANN, 74, of Avoca (Svcs. 11/14/16)

Obituaries

November 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARTIN “Marty” LeRoy SCHUEMANN, 74, of Avoca, died Thursday, Nov. 10th, at Mercy Hospital. Funeral services for MARTY SCHUEMANN will be held 10:30-a.m. Monday, Nov. 14th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 5-until 7-p.m., Sunday.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Avoca.

MARTIN “MARTY” SCHUEMANN is survived by:

His Wife – JoAnn [Woltmann] Schuemann, of Avoca.

His daughters – Connie (Greg) Boysen, of Harlanm & Lori (Tom) Hackett, of Oakland.

4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

LUCILLE LUNDY, 85, of Orient (Svcs. 11/14/16)

Obituaries

November 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LUCILLE LUNDY, 85, of Orient, died Thursday, November 10th, at Creston Specialty Care in Creston, Iowa. Funeral services for LUCILLE LUNDY will be held 1:30-p.m. Monday, Nov. 14th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.

Open Visitation: Will be held at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Sunday, November 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Family Visitation:  The family will greet friends on Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.; Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

Memorials: To the family discretion or the Orient Plymouth Congregational Church.

Burial is in the Greenfield Cemetery.

LUCILLE LUNDY is survived by:

Her two sons – Keith Lundy and friend Nicki of Clarinda and Phillip Lundy and wife Connie of Orient.

Her brother – Earl Vandewater, of Orient.

3 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 step-granddaughters, several step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren, her sister-in-law, special friends: Donna McDonald and Angie McDonald; other relatives and friends.

Nebraska man pleads guilty, is sentenced in Iowa abuse case

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November 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to amended Iowa charges of indecent contact with a child and has been given a suspended six-year prison sentence and two years of probation. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 50-year-old Michael Robinson, of Omaha, Nebraska, entered the plea Tuesday, the day before his trial was set to begin.

Robinson had originally been charged with several counts of third-degree sexual abuse stemming from several incidents spanning from 2007 to 2012. Council Bluffs police say that at that time, Robinson was in a relationship with a relative of the victim. Another relative reported her suspicions of sexual abuse to Iowa Child Protective Services in March 2015.

Authorities say Robinson inappropriately touched the girl from the time she was about 10 until she was 15.

High School Football Semi-Finals Schedule/Scoreboard 11/10/2016

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November 10th, 2016 by Jim Field

8-Player – Thursday, November 10

Harris-Lake Park 35, Fremont-Mills, Tabor 21  – Final

Don Bosco, Gilbertville 72, Midland, Wyoming 0 – Final

Class 3A – Thursday, November 10

Pella 34, Xavier, Cedar Rapids 30 – Final

Webster City 6, Glenwood 3 – Final

State Volleyball Semi-Final Scoreboard 11/10/2016

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November 10th, 2016 by Jim Field

Class 5A Semifinals

Top Bracket

(3-0) Cedar Falls 25-25-25, Ankeny 11-16-18   Box Score

Bottom Bracket

(3-2) Ankeny Centennial 25-25-25-32-19, West Des Moines Valley 15-15-27-34-17  Box Score

Class 4A Semifinals

Top Bracket

(3-2) Pella 20-25-19-25-15, Bishop Heelan 25-18-25-14-11 Box Score

Bottom Bracket

(3-0) Dubuque Wahlert 25-25-25, Cedar Rapids Xavier 20-21-15 Box Score

Class 3A Semifinals

Top Bracket

(3-1) Union16-25-29-32. Mount Vernon 25-20-27-30  Box Score

Bottom Bracket

(3-0) Dike-New Hartford 25-25-29. Kuemper Catholic 22-23-27  Box Score

Class 2A Semifinals

Top Bracket

(3-0) Western Christian 25-25-25, Council Bluffs St. Albert 23-15-8  Box Score

 Bottom Bracket

(3-0) Waterloo Columbus Catholic 28-25-25, Unity Christian 26-21-21  Box Score

Class 1A Semifinals

Top Bracket

(3-0) Janesville 25-25-25, Holy Trinity Catholic 17-23-14 Box Score

Bottom Bracket

(3-1) Hudson 23-25-25-25, Springville 25-19-23-18 Box Score

Chiefs’ Justin Houston hopes to play Sunday at Carolina

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November 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston says he hopes to make his season debut Sunday at Carolina, though the decision to put the four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher on the field ultimately rests with coach Andy Reid.

Houston was hobbled by his knee the second half of last season, and tweaked it in a playoff win over the Texans. He barely played in a playoff loss to the Patriots and had surgery in February. The Chiefs have been hoping all along to have him for the stretch run.

He began practicing a few weeks ago, and was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. And in his first comments since surgery, Houston said Thursday that he’s ready to “dominate.”

Woman sentenced for biting husband’s lip instead of kissing

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November 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa woman has been given probation and suspended jail time for biting and tearing her husband’s lower lip when she feigned desire for a kiss. The Sioux City Journal reports 60-year-old Carol Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to domestic abuse assault. A charge of willful injury was dismissed.

The documents say the incident occurred in the couple’s Sioux City home on May 24 last year. She approached him for a kiss but then bit him instead. Police say Smith’s husband required plastic surgery.

The judge gave Smith two years of probation, suspended all but 60 days of a 365-day jail sentence and ruled that Smith may serve 120 days on an electronic monitoring device in lieu of serving the jail time. He also fined her $315.