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Le Mars, IA woman turns herself in after a fatal hit-and-run; charged with vehicular homicide

A woman wanted in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Sioux City over a year ago has turned herself in and is now charged with vehicular homicide. Victoria Ernst, 43, of Le Mars was released after posting $75,000 bail. In September of 2012, Lance Knudsen, 22, was hit as he crossed Floyd Boulevard. Police connected Ernst's sport utility vehicle to the crime and eventually, they determined that it was Enrst who was driving.

Opening statements in murder trial of man accused of killing Sioux City victim

A Pierce, Nebraska man facing manslaughter charges related to the shooting death of a Norfolk teen in 2011 makes a court appearance. Daniel Hofmann, 23, is facing four felony counts related to the death of Wesley Kuester. Kuester, 18, was shot with a shotgun while visiting friends in Pierce in April of 2011. Authorities initially thought it was self-inflicted, but further investigation led to Hofmann's arrest last week. His arraignment is set for April 30.

One local organization is hoping that a bill will pass

A Sioux City organization that serves people with traumatic brain injuries and mental health disabilities is hoping Iowa lawmakers will pass a bill to provide funding for Home and Community Based Services. Last year, lawmakers approved funding for the waiting lists, but it was vetoed by Governor Terry Branstad. So far this year, the bill has not made it out of subcommittee. Petitions are circulating to urge the governor to increase the funding which would open up more waiver slots.

Texting and driving laws hard to enforce

Safety experts spend a lot of time driving home the dangers of texting behind the wheel. However, studies show more than three-fourths of drivers still use their phones on the road. The Iowa State Patrol said young people are getting the message, but now they're seeing more seasoned drivers who are texting behind the wheel. Officers said texting and driving is a top cause of accidents on the road.

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