LAKE MILLS — A Mason City man accused of kidnapping a Lake Mills woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to ten years in prison.38-year-old Kristofer Voigt is accused of entering a residence in the 200 block of Park Street in Lake Mills in the early morning hours of November 7th, where he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a woman inside the home.Voigt is then accused of taking the woman to another home in Lake Mills, another apartment, and then to a home owned by Voigt at 334 9th Northeast in Mason City. Authorities entered the residence at about 5:00 PM that day, with officers finding the woman and taking her to the hospital for treatment.Voigt was arrested and later charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, both Class B felonies that carry up to a 25 year prison sentence.Voigt had pleaded not guilty to the charges with his trial scheduled to start today, but he filed a written plea of guilty on Tuesday to a charge of third-degree kidnapping, with the burglary charge being dismissed.District Judge DeDra Schroeder sentenced Voigt to ten years in prison with credit for time served and issued a $1000 fine.
Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle is today urging all in the fishing community in Donegal to contribute to the public consultation currently underway by the Department of the Marine.The consultation is to seek opinion from the public in relation to trawling activity inside the 6 Nautical Mile Zone. Currently there are limited restrictions on certain vessel sizes within 3, 6 and 12 miles of the Irish Coast.Speaking on the consultation, Deputy Pringle said: “The issue is that the bigger boats have been trawling within the 6 mile zone which is negatively impacting on smaller vessels trying to make a living. This consultation is about restricting access to those bigger vessels in inshore waters. This should ensure that fish in inshore waters will be more available to local fishermen. “I’m urging all those that have concerns and have a view on the consultation to take part. It’s vital that the Department is informed of the level of interest of fishermen on this and subsequent issues.“The consultation process is a direct result of my and other members’ ongoing work on the Fisheries Committee Report on Promoting Sustainable Rural Coastal and Island Communities. I am happy to see that we’ve progressed this far but it’s important to keep the process going by taking part in the consultation process. While the structures aren’t ideally what we would like it’s important to make sure that they work for the benefit of fishing communities in Donegal and across Ireland.“I’m hoping that the Department will prioritise the needs of smaller fishermen and smaller vessels as a measure to ensure the sustainability of all our fishing communities while also protecting the stock and reducing the environmental impact of trawling.“The public consultation ends on Monday 11th June by 5pm so I would urge interested parties to get their submission in time for the deadline” concludes Pringle. Pringle urges fishing community to engage in Department consultation was last modified: May 16th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ConsultationDepartment of the MarineFishingThomas Pringle read more