August 17, 2017 - 10:50 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident south of Sioux Center on Wednesday, August 16th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 7:00 am on Wednesday, 44-year-old David Leraas of LeMars was driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Highway 75, 2 miles south of Sioux Center. Fifty-four-year-old Ronnie Alexander of Galva was driving a 1999 Buick LeSabre northbound on Highway 75, behind Leraas. 31-year-old Joshua Schmitz of LeMars was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota northbound on Highway 75, behind Alexander. According to the report, Leraas stopped for a turning vehicle ahead of him and Schmitz struck Alexander. The impact pushed Alexander forward, striking Leraas.

The Pontiac received $5,000 damage. The Buick received $4,000 damage; the Dodge received $4,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 17, 2017 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — An Alton man was arrested Wednesday (August 16th) on a warrant charging him with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, according to Sioux County arrest records.

Orange City Police say the charges against 23-year old Tyler Mark Sjaarda, of Alton, stem from an investigation into a complaint by the parent of a female juvenile who accused Sjaarda of having sex with the girl at a residence in Alton earlier this month.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

3rd Degree Sexual Abuse is a Class “C” Felony.

August 16, 2017 - 12:37 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday, August 15th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:35 a.m., 14-year-old Angelique Kiyombo of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Elmwood Avenue, about two and a half miles south of Rock Valley. The report says she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Kiyombo to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Chevrolet sustained about $7,000 in damage.

Kiyombo was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, and Rock
Valley Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

August 16, 2017 - 8:38 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen escaped injury after his vehicle rolled near Hull on Monday, August 14th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4:30 pm on Monday, 38-year-old Jami Van Voorst of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Polaris Ranger ATV northbound on Hickory Avenue. Seventeen-year-old Joe Vander Waal of Hull was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup behind Van Voorst. According to the report, Van Voorst slowed to turn left onto 360th Street and Vander Waal attempted to avoid striking the ATV. Vander Waal entered the east ditch, rolled and the vehicle came to rest on its top on 360th Street just east of Hickory Avenue.

The Dodge received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 15, 2017 - 3:23 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Three northwest Iowa fire departments was were dispatched to a fire call on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 near Orange City, but they didn’t exactly find what they were expecting.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny VanderWel, about 7:10, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire a half mile south of Ironwood Avenue and 490th Street, or about a mile northwest of Carnes.

But the chief says instead of seeing a house engulfed in flames when they arrived, the fire department saw a pile of debris on fire that had been a house at one time. He says a hole had been dug, and the house debris had been pushed into it and had been lit on fire to dispose of it. He says the fire had gotten out of control and was threatening trees and other property, so they did extinguish it.

VanderWel says no injuries were reported.

He says they initially called out the Maurice and LeMars Fire Departments as well, since it was paged as a house fire.

Chief VanderWel reports that since the house was already intentionally destroyed, there was no fire damage.

He says they used about 4000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene about an hour.

August 14, 2017 - 9:22 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A barn near Middleburg was destroyed in a fire on Saturday afternoon, and four area fire departments were called to help extinguish the blaze.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 5:30 p.m., the Hull Fire Department responded to a report of a barn fire on 370th Street, seven miles southeast of Hull.

When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from the roof area. After that, the barn quickly became fully engulfed by fire.

They say that no injuries were reported.

The Sioux Center Fire Department, Boyden Fire Department, and Orange City Fire Department were all called to help.

The Hull Ambulance Squad and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Hospers, Iowa — Two women who’ve claimed responsibility for vandalizing the Dakota Access Pipeline at locations across Iowa and other states, possibly including damage done to the pipeline near Hospers, say federal agents Friday morning raided the Des Moines Catholic Worker House where they’re staying.

A spokesman for 27-year-old Ruby Montoya and 35-year-old Jessica Reznicek says about 30 agents arrived at the home before sunrise Friday.  Alex Cohen, part of the “Mississippi Stand” group that sought to halt the pipeline’s extension from southeast Iowa across the river into Illinois, said the women told him that they were kept on the front porch of the house as they agents conducted the search inside.

Cohen says the women said they were denied access to the house for “hours and hours”, so they weren’t sure what was going on during that time.  He relayed that the women had said they weren’t allowed to see what was being taken.

Cohen says the women consider some of the materials seized during the raids to be protected by the attorney-client privilege and, now that it’s in the hands of federal authorities, it will hurt the chances at a fair trial. On July 24, Montoya and Reznicek told reporters they were responsible for burning machinery at pipeline construction sites and destroying valves along the completed pipeline in Iowa and South Dakota, presumably including damage done to the pipeline near Hospers, which was very similar to damage the pair claimed responsibility for during their July news conference in front of the Iowa Utilities Board Headquarters Office in Des Moines.

Following that July press conference, the  two women then took out crowbars, pried letters off a sign at Iowa Utilities Board headquarters and were arrested for vandalism. Cohen says the pair refuse to speak with federal authorities and are waiting to testify in court.

Both women, who remain free on bond, say they were fighting a “private corporation” and “never threatened human life nor personal property” with their actions.

Radio Iowa contributed to this story

August 9, 2017 - 5:11 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An arraignment has been scheduled for a 23-year old Orange City woman accused of burglary and theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the charges against Stacy Carr stem from the investigation into a residential burglary in Hull. Deputies say Carr is accused of entering a residence on Maple Street in Hull without permission, and stealing a cell phone.

According to authorities, Carr faces charges of 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony, and 5th Degree Theft, a Simple Misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.

Judge John D. Ackerman has scheduled Carr’s arraignment on the felony charge for Monday, August 21st at 9:30 a.m. Carr has filed a written plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

August 9, 2017 - 5:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A plea-taking and sentencing for a man who was arrested on a felony drug charge near Sioux Center has been pushed back a third time.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 17th, one of their deputies arrested 43-year-old Omar Bautista Rodriguez of Sioux City. Authorities say Bautista‐Rodriguez was the subject of a joint drug investigation between the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and that he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony.

At last report, Bautista-Rodriguez was considering a plea agreement. His legal counsel requested the last continuance, when the plea-taking and sentencing was rescheduled for August 21st. This time, it was the prosecution requesting the continuance. County Attorney Thomas Kunstle filed a motion to continue, and it was granted by Judge Patrick Tott, who scheduled the plea-taking and sentencing hearing for Monday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m. in Sioux County District Court in Orange City.

August 9, 2017 - 1:11 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — An arraignment has been scheduled in the case of a Boyden man who was arrested in Sheldon in July on a felony burglary warrant.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, 36-year old Casey VandenBosch faces a charge of 3rd Degree Burglary, which is a Class D Felony. Police say the charges stem from the investigation into an incident that took place in western Sheldon earlier this summer, in which someone entered a house through a window.

Police say VandenBosch was booked into the O’Brien County Jail following his arrest.

According to online court records, VandenBosch’s arraignment has been scheduled for Monday, August 28th.