Friday, June 15, 2012

Courier News

(Courtesy of the Ida County Courier

Creek Days: This year’s Odebolt Creek Days parade grand marshals are Little Mr. and Ms. Creek Days Zach Thayer and Carly Murphy. Zach is the son of Dan and Daisy Thayer and Carly is the daughter of Dr. Alex and Jann Murphy, all of Odebolt. The parade starts Saturday at 1 p. m. (Photo submitted)

Drake unseats incumbent Sac supervisor
Ranell Drake (R) of Odebolt defeated Sac County District 1 Supervisor Jack Bensley (R) of Odebolt in the June 5 primary, according to unofficial election results from the Sac County Auditor’s Of ice. Drake received 153 votes to Bensley’s 121.

District 1 includes the cities of Schaller, Odebolt and Early and the townships of Eureka, Eden, Cook, Boyer Valley, Richland and Wheeler.

Republican incumbents

James W. Dowling (auditor) and Ken McClure (sheriff) were uncontested. Dowling received 534 votes and McClure garnered 556 votes.

In the Republican contest for District 6, State Senator Mark Segebart received 263 votes, Adam Schweers received 150 votes and Matthew Biede received 144 votes. On the Democratic ticket, Mary C. Bruner received 84 votes for the District 6 Senator seat.

Incumbent Steve King (R) of Kiron garnered 549 votes for the U. S. Representative District 4 seat. Challenger Christie Vilsack (D) received 87 votes.

Incumbent District 11 State Representative Gary Worthan (R) received 509 votes.

Wall Lake woman charged with robbery

Roxena Lee Schoon, 39, of Wall Lake has been charged with one count of bank robbery. The charges are contained in a complaint filed on June 5 in United States District Court in Sioux City.

The complaint alleges that, on or about March 23, Schoon robbed the Heritage Bank in Lytton.

According to the FBI complaint, Jeffrey Schoon and Roxena Schoon were linked to four robberies in Sac and Crawford Counties after a $20 bill from one of the banks was found in a search of their home on March 29. Latex gloves, surgical masks and a blue hooded sweatshirt also were found in Roxena Schoon’s Dodge Stratus.

A man who the FBI believes is Jeffrey Schoon wore latex gloves, a surgical mask and a blue hooded sweatshirt in each robbery, according to the documents. After leaving the banks, the man got into the trunk of a Ford Taurus or Dodge Stratus driven by a woman who the FBI believes is Roxena Schoon.

According to documents, Jeffrey Schoon’s daughter told the FBI about the robberies and said her father married Roxena Schoon at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Feb. 1 because he said wives can’t testify against their husbands.

The robberies occurred at Iowa State Bank in Odebolt on Dec. 29; Citizens First National Bank in Early on Jan. 11; Westside Bank in Vail on Jan. 28; and Heritage Bank in Lytton on March 23.

If convicted, Schoon faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Schoon appeared on June 5 in federal court in Sioux City and was held without bond. Schoon’s next appearance for a preliminary hearing is set for June 19.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild and was investigated by Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sac County Sheriff’s Office.

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