Orange City, Iowa — Court dates for an Orange City woman accused of burglary and theft have been pushed back yet again.

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 Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, District Judge Patrick Tott has pushed Carr’s pretrial conference back to January 8th, and her jury trial is set to begin at this point on March 6th. Before the postponement, the trial was to have begun this past Monday.

November 15, 2017 - 2:31 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking. The 42nd annual Great American Smokeout is being held this Thursday, November 16, 2017.

The Great American Smokeout has its origins in Minnesota’s first “Don’t Smoke Day” in 1974. The California American Cancer Society got nearly a million smokers to quit for a day in 1976. The next year the Smokeout went nationwide. The idea is that if smokers can quit for a day, that can turn into two days, and that can turn into quitting permanently.

In the more than 50 years since the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has been reduced by approximately half. Nonetheless, since 1964, the year of that first report, an estimated 20 million people have died because of smoking. Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Shay Davis, the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Community Health Partners of Sioux County tells us the benefits of quitting smoking.


He says there is help available.


He says that you may even qualify for free nicotine patches or gum to help you quit.

Experts say that getting effective help through counseling and use of medications can increase the chances of quitting by as much as threefold.

Davis works for the “Why? Coalition,” which helps schools, businesses, and landlords implement tobacco-free, nicotine-free policies.

He also notes that if you think that vaping is a way to help you quit smoking, you should think again. He says not only do e-cigarettes and vaping pens give you a dose of toxic chemicals, they also give you an unknown amount of nicotine. He says if you want to quit, use a regulated nicotine delivery system like patches or nicotine gum.

Information and support for quitting smoking is available by telephone at 800-QUIT-NOW (800–784–8669). CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign offers additional quit resources at https://www.cdc.gov/tips. Or Davis says you can call him at 712-737-2971 and he’ll help you find the help you need.

November 15, 2017 - 1:05 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Rock Valley on Sunday, November 12th.

The Rock Valley Police Department reports that about 7:20 p.m., 48-year-old Allen Alderson of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Pontiac, making a left turn from Main Street onto Valley Drive. They say 24-year-old Jocelyn Mulder of Spirit Lake was eastbound on Valley Drive in a 2002 Oldsmobile SUV.

The report says that Alderson took the corner too sharp and the front of his vehicle collided with the front of Mulder’s SUV.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Alderson to Hegg Health Center Hospital.

Alderson’s Pontiac sustained $5000 in damages, and Mulder’s Oldsmobile SUV sustained $2500 in damages.

Alderson was charged with a “turning at intersection violation.”

November 15, 2017 - 1:03 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The new Tulip Queen has been crowned in Orange City.

Juliana Tien was crowned the 2018 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday (November 13th) at a pageant at the Unity Knight Center in Orange City. Tien will reign over the 78th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 17, 18 and 19, 2018.

A senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Tien is the daughter of Gale and Cathie Tien.

Other members of the 2018 Tulip Court include Alexa Arends, daughter of Troy and Darla Arends; Josie Maasdam, daughter of Kirk and Becky Maasdam; Haley Smit, daughter of Jason and Kara Smit; and Corinne Wiese, daughter of Robert and Tricia Wiese.

Interviews with the judges were Monday afternoon.

At the pageant, each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Tien was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.

Juliana and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.

Also announced at the pageant was additional information about the 2018 Tulip Festival Night Show, Beauty and the Beast. In addition to the May 16-19 line up of shows, there will be an additional show on Tuesday, May 15. The show will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m. Organizers say that this will create a family-friendly time frame for all to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and can get their picture taken with the cast after the show. Tickets will go on sale January 29 and available at the Orange City chamber office for the purchase price of $20 each.

Tryouts for the show will be at the Unity Christian Knight Center on January 9, from 7-9 p.m., January 11, from 7-9 p.m. and January 13, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

November 14, 2017 - 3:08 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Two men were recently tried and convicted on felony and misdemeanor counts in separate incidents that happened in Sioux County earlier this year.

The first case involves an incident on September 20th of this year, in which Sioux County authorities received a report of an erratic driver. Deputies say they located the vehicle, which was being driven by 32-year old Stephen Dean Messelhiser of Le Mars. Authorities say their investigation indicated that Messelhiser was driving under the influence, and that he was in possession of five firearms that had been reported stolen from Sioux Falls.

According to a release from the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Messelhiser was sentenced in Sioux County District Court, to a term of 5-years in prison for being a Felon In Possession of a Firearm, and 2-days in jail for OWI.

The second case also stemmed from a report of an erratic driver, driving backwards down the street, and driving across a residential lawn, back on June 25th. According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, when law enforcement made contact with the driver, 34-year old Benjamin De Jesus-Cruz, they reportedly found him to be in possession of nearly six ounces of methamphetamine and cocaine.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says De Jesus-Cruz was convicted in Sioux County District Court, and sentenced to 10-years in prison for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and 2-days in jail for the OWI charge.

November 14, 2017 - 3:07 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Matlock man was jailed early yesterday on eight felony counts arrising from incidents this past summer in Sheldon.

Sheldon Police say Robert Lee Moriston of Matlock is accused of  passing three forged checks totaling $709.17 at the Sheldon Hy-Vee on June 25th, and July 10th of this year, as well as passing an additional three forged checks totaling $379.31 at Stammer Liquor in Sheldon on July 12th and 13th of 2017.

In addition, police say Moriston is accused of Theft in the 2nd Degree for using the forged checks to purchase the $1,088.48 in merchandise from Hy-Vee and Stammer Liquor.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says Moriston is also accused of the Theft of a Lottery Ticket, since he allegedly purchased a lottery ticket with one of the allegedly forged checks.

All eight charges are Class D Felonies.

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man was jailed on a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges following an incident in Hawarden Friday night.

Hawarden Police Chief Mike De Bruin says the charges agaisnt 23-year old Joshua James Morgan stem from an incident in which he allegedly went to a relative’s home while intoxicated, kicked in the door, and, in Chief De Bruin’s words, “trashed the place.”

Police say Morgan is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, a Class C Felony, 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class D Felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of Assault and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief.

At last report, Morgan was being held in the Sioux County Jail in lieu of a $6-thousand bond.

November 14, 2017 - 11:50 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A camper and semi tractor were damaged after they collided north of Alton on Monday, November 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 5:45 pm on Monday, 45-year-old Mark Stevens of Carrollton, Georgia was driving a 2008 Ford pickup pulling a 2006 Keystone campter southbound in the right lane of Highway 60, three miles north of Alton. Fifty-three-year-old Duane Magnussen of Newell was driving a 2011 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a livestock trailer loaded with cattle southbound in the left lane of Highway 60. According to the report, Stevens attempted to turn left onto 430th street from the right lane and the Peterbilt struck the camper.

The camper received $15,000 damage. The Peterbilt received $20,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Stevens was cited with a charge for improper use of lanes.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hospers Fire Department

November 13, 2017 - 4:57 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The trial is set to start this Tuesday, (November 14th, 2017 in the case of an Orange City woman accused of felony burglary and theft.

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 filed a plea of not guilty. According to court records, barring any changes, the case is ready to go to trial.

November 13, 2017 - 12:53 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — An electrical system malfunction is believed to have caused a fire that damaged a building in Hull early Sunday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call shortly after 4:30 Sunday morning reporting a fire in a business building located at 914 1st Street in Hull.

According to authorities, firefighters discovered a fire in the east side of the building, but were able to extinguish it a short time later.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Officials estimate damage to the building at approximately $10-thousand.

The Hull Fire Department was assisted by the Rock Valley Fire Department, Sioux Center Fire Department, Hull Ambulance and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.