Noon News 1.9.20: Macy Death Investigation, Pilger Theft Case, Felony Database Review in Iowa

Jan 9, 2020

ASHLEA ALDRICH
Credit Photo used with permission by the Aldrich family

  

An investigation is underway after the death of a woman found near Macy on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

The community of Macy held a vigil last night near the field were the body of 29-year-old Ashlea Aldrich was found on Tuesday.

However, authorities have released very little details about her death.  

FORMER VILLAGE CLERK OF PILGER, NE CHARGED WITH THEFT
Credit Associated Press

A former village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her northeast Nebraska community following a deadly tornado in 2014 has been accused of theft.

Kimberly Neiman was arrested Wednesday at her home in Pilger.  

Suspicions about Neiman arose when a state audit uncovered more than $562,000 in questionable transactions and more than $156,000 in suspicious charges on the village's credit card.

The tornado on June 16, 2014, destroyed or damaged more than half of the Stanton County community and killed a 5-year-old girl.

Iowa election officials have stopped using a long-flawed database of felons who are ineligible to vote as they rebuild it from scratch.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's office removed the database, which contained more than 100,000 entries, from the statewide voter registration system last week.

Workers are recreating the list by reviewing each entry and adding back those that are verified felony convictions.

They hope to complete the review before the November election.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Iowa is one of the states where the agency is having an especially difficult time finding temporary workers.

The bureau is looking to double the number of applicants for temporary jobs in Iowa.

The agency has a goal to tally 21,000 applications for office workers and part-time census takers who will knock on doors to complete the population count. The agency has collected just over 10,000 as of this week.

Officials say local workers help improve the response rate in hard-to-count neighborhoods.