October 16, 2017 - 10:14 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A shed was burned in a fire near Boyden this past week.

According to Boyden Fire Chief Chris Starkenburg, on Thursday, October 12, at 2:50 p.m., the Boyden Fire Department responded to a report of a shed fire that occurred at 3925 320th Street, which is about a half mile west of Boyden on Highway 18.

Upon further investigation, a small shed on the residential property was found on fire and the fire department was able to extinguish it after a short time.

He says that no injuries were reported.

Starkenberg advises that the property sustained about $5,000 in damage.

The Boyden Fire Department reports that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them with the response to the fire.

Photo courtesy Boyden Fire Department/Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

October 13, 2017 - 11:30 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hudson, South Dakota woman charged with felony theft by check related to alleged events in Sioux Center has been sentenced.

According to the Sioux County arrest log, Sioux Center Police officers arrested 35-year-old Gretchen Marie Gardner, also known as Gretchen Marie Scott, on warrants for Second Degree Theft, Violation of Probation, and Failure to Appear.

Court records indicate that the Sioux Center Police Department accused Gardner of writing six checks to two convenience stores in Sioux Center, totaling $1067.60 in November and December of 2016. Two of them bounced due to non-sufficient funds, and four were returned unpaid because the routing number was wrong, according to the police department.

According to court records, Gardner filed a written plea of “not guilty” via her attorney on September 20th. But on Wednesday, October 11th, her attorney filed with the court a petition to plead guilty to third-degree theft instead of second-degree.

Court records indicate Gardner was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for time served in Sioux County Iowa and Minnehaha County South Dakota. She was also ordered to pay a $625 fine as well as surcharges and costs.

October 13, 2017 - 11:29 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — An Alton man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Alton on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

The Orange City/Alton Police Department reports that about 3:50 p.m., 73-year-old Orville Pottebaum of Alton was driving a 1994 Chevy pickup westbound on East Division Street.

The report says that Pottebaum had a medical condition. His pickup crossed the street and collided with a utility pole owned by MidAmerican Energy.

The Orange City Ambulance took Pottebaum to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Pottebaum’s Chevy pickup sustained $1000 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle.

October 13, 2017 - 1:43 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City woman accused of burglary and theft is getting “one last chance” to appear in court.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the charges against 23-year old 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.

Carr has filed a plea of not guilty.

According to an order from District Judge Julie Schumacher, Carr did not appear in person at what was supposed to be her pretrial conference, but appeared via her attorney, Billy Oyadare. Judge Schumacher wrote that the pretrial conference would be continued once again to give, “one last chance for [the] Defendant to appear.” Schumacher set the pretrial conference for this coming Monday, October 16th in Sioux County District Court.

October 11, 2017 - 4:48 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hudson, South Dakota woman facing felony theft by check charges related to alleged events in Sioux Center looks to be ready to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

According to the Sioux County arrest log, Sioux Center Police officers arrested 35-year-old Gretchen Marie Gardner, also known as Gretchen Marie Scott, on warrants for Second Degree Theft, Violation of Probation, and Failure to Appear.

Court records indicate that the Sioux Center Police Department alleges that Gardner allegedly wrote six checks to two convenience stores in Sioux Center, totaling $1067.60 in November and December of 2016. Two of them bounced due to non-sufficient funds, and four were returned unpaid because the routing number was wrong, according to the police department.

According to court records, Gardner filed a written plea of “not guilty” via her attorney on September 20th. But on Wednesday, October 11th, her attorney filed with the court a petition to plead guilty to third-degree theft instead of second-degree. Second-degree theft is a felony, while third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor, carrying a lesser penalty.

October 11, 2017 - 4:47 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — It’s time to cut the ribbon on an over $2.5 million expansion to the Orange City Fire Station.

Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel says the ribbon cutting, open house, and meal will be this Friday, October 13th.


Vander Well says people are excited about the fire station building.


He tells us his feelings on the occasion.


A March, 2016 $2.7 million bond issue passed by almost 84 percent. The low bid of $2.64 million went to Sheldon-based Poppema-Sikma Construction. The project included 10,600 square feet of expansion and about 3600 square feet of remodeling of the old station, built in 1973.

Photo courtesy Friends of the Orange City Fire Department

October 11, 2017 - 4:45 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — A Hawarden woman was among those injured in an accident between Le Mars and Akron on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:40 a.m., 59-year-old Teresa Nelson of Hawarden was driving a 2016 Kia westbound on Highway 3, nine miles west of Le Mars. They report that 58-year-old Randall Kruid of Sioux City was southbound on K22 in a 2003 Kenworth semi.

The report says that Nelson’s Kia failed to stop at the stop sign. It says the vehicles collided and entered the westbound ditch.

The Akron Ambulance took both drivers to Mercy Hospital. At last report, Nelson was in critical condition, according to the report. It says Kruid was last listed in serious but stable condition.

The investigation continues.

October 10, 2017 - 7:33 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly. That from the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA.

They say that in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

Fire Chief David Van Holland from the Sioux Center Fire Department says that pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.


And that dovetails very nicely with the Fire Prevention Week theme this year, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Fire Prevention Week is this week — October 8-14, 2017.

Van Holland gives us some tips on smoke alarms.


The NFPA suggests one smoke alarm in every bedroom. Van Holland gives us some more ideas for smoke alarm placement.


He says if you ever find yourself in a fire, there are some things to remember as you escape.


He says that home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death. He gives us some more fire prevention tips.


Cheif Van Holland says that just like most other fire departments in northwest Iowa, the Sioux Center Fire Department has appearances planned at the elementary schools in town this week.


The NFPA offers these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

·Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
·Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
·Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
·Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
·Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
·Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.

October 10, 2017 - 1:31 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — Two people from Lincoln, Nebraska were taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash near Alton, on Highway 60 early Monday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened shortly before 2:00 Monday afternoon, when a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, towing a boat and trailer, driven by 34-year old Travis Anderson, of Lincoln, was southbound on Highway 60. Deputies say the trailer detached from the pickup, causing the trailer to sway and Anderson to lose control of the truck.

The pickup and trailer entered the west ditch, where the trailer became completely detached from the truck, and where the truck rolled onto its top, according to authorities.

Anderson and a passenger, 29-year old Cara Anderson, of Lincoln, were both transported by the Alton Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to deputies.

Deputies say the pickup sustained approximately $15,000 in damage. The trailer and boat were not damaged.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Alton Ambulance and Alton Fire Department.

October 9, 2017 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — One man was charged twice by law enforcement over the weekend, and one of the counts was a felony.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night, October 7th, they arrested 31-year-old John Lamfers of Rock Valley. They say the arrest stemmed from a report from a resident on Garfield Avenue, six miles northwest of Sioux Center, that someone was inside their garage without permission.

Upon further investigation, responding officers located Lamfers in the garage. Officers then discovered there were outstanding arrest warrants for Lamfers. Lamfers was charged with trespassing and the arrest warrants. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

Then, the very next day, the Sioux Center Police Department arrested Lamfers.

According to court records, a Sioux Center Police officer states that at about 11 p.m. that night, Lamfers allegedly entered the Rent-All parking lot after business hours. It says he was allegedly an accomplice in taking a car trailer and a skid loader, valued at a combined total of $37,000. The document notes that Lamfers was allegedly caught in the act. He was charged with first-degree theft, trespassing, and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

First Degree theft is a class C felony, according to the court document. Iowa code stipulates that a defendant convicted of a class c felony could face ten years in prison and a fine of between one thousand and ten thousand dollars.