More News 12.23.20: Sioux City Shooting Suspect, Dickinson County Homicide Investigation & More

Dec 23, 2020

RUDY C. JOHNSON
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Sioux City Police are on the lookout for a Sioux City man accused of a shooting at a gentleman’s club over the weekend. 

A woman was serious hurt during the shooting that took place after a fight outside Mavericks in the old stockyard area early on Saturday.  The victim was in the parking lot at the time watching the confrontation that didn’t involve the suspect.  Witnesses say 26-year-old Rudy C. Johnson started shooting toward the fight.

Johnson is considered armed and dangerous.  He faces several charges including Willful Injury, Going Armed with Intent, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault while Participating in a Felony, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Police in a small lake community in northwestern Iowa are investigating the death of a woman, and they say it’s being treated as a homicide. Lake Park officers were called to a home yesterday morning and found the victim inside. Her name and cause of death were not released.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Dickinson County authorities are assisting in the investigation. Lake Park is a town of about 1,100 residents that sits along Silver Lake near the Minnesota border.

According to an Associated Press investigation, Iowa's attorney general hasn't convicted a police officer for improperly using force since at least 2004, which was the earliest date for which records are available.

Attorney General Tom Miller's office only pursued charges against two officers out of 35 force cases it 

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reviewed, and both of them were ultimately acquitted. Police officers often aren't charged when someone ends up dead. Laws often shield officers and give them the benefit of the doubt for a dangerous and unpredictable job, and juries can be reluctant to convict. But prosecutors who have a history of declining to charge police are now facing scrutiny of their records following a summer of mass protests calling for accountability.

President Donald Trump took to social media to lash out at South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune, saying his political career is over. The attack on Thune comes following remarks made by the No. 2 Republican in the Senate about efforts by some GOP members in the U.S. House to reject Electoral College results and stop President-elect Joe Biden from being sworn in next month. In a tweet, the outgoing president said Thune's political career is over and that he would be “primaried” in 2022. Thune didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican mega-donors Foster and Lynn Friess are giving $500,000 to South Dakota faith-based charities in honor of Gov. Kristi Noem’s family. Foster Friess, 79, is a wealthy investor and philanthropist from Jackson Hole, Wyoming who has donated millions to Republicans and conservative causes. He and his wife are making $100,000 donations to five Christian charities in the name of each member of Noem’s family. Noem’s office says the recipients are Compassion Child Care, Dakota Sonshine, McCrossan Boys Ranch, Teen Challenge of the Dakotas and Love Inc.

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — One of Union Pacific’s main unions is threatening to strike if the railroad doesn’t do more to protect its employees from the coronavirus. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division union said the Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad needs to offer its more than 30,000 employees full pay if they have to quarantine because of exposure to the virus, and it wants UP to bolster safety precautions in the workplace. Union Pacific maintains that it is taking appropriate precautions to protect workers from the virus, and it has gone to court to block the union from striking because it says the dispute should be resolved through collective bargaining. 

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