September 18, 2018 - 2:24 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — There were some tense moments is western Sheldon Tuesday morning when police received a report of shots fired in the area of the Sheldon Motel, on Highway 18 West.

One witness tells KIWA they heard six shots in rapid succession. Sheldon Police and Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says officers talked to several different people who heard the shots, and gave varying locations of where they might have originated. 

Bolkema says the investigation uncovered no spent shell casings, or any other other indication that shots had actually been fired. He says officers have no conclusive evidence to suggest exactly what caused the noises that were reported as gunshots.

September 18, 2018 - 10:38 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been sentenced to jail time, probation, and a suspended prison term after he participated in an assault this past winter, according to authorities.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 38-year-old James Earl Levi Wagner of Sheldon was sentenced for the crimes of assault with a dangerous weapon and harassment in the first degree, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Kunstle says that on January 23, 2018, law enforcement officers responded to a report of a man walking on Highway 60 in freezing temperatures. They found the man with bloody ice crystals frozen under his nose and shaking violently. Kunstle says that further investigation revealed the man was coerced under false pretenses into a vehicle and driven into the country by Wagner, who then physically assaulted the man and fired a 9mm handgun into the air to intimidate the man who immediately fled into the snow and cold.

Wagner was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term on the assault with a dangerous weapon count and to 75 days in jail on the harassment count. Wagner must also serve two years of probation, successfully complete anger management classes, and will be prohibited from possessing firearms for life, according to Kunstle’s office.

The trial for Wagner’s alleged accomplice, Dustin Engelkes of Sheldon was to have started this Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. But at last report, it had been postponed. The pretrial conference is now scheduled for October 1st and the trial is now scheduled for November 6th, according to Kunstle’s office.

September 17, 2018 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Five people were taken to a hospital, three of them by ambulance, after an accident on Saturday night near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:00 p.m., 16-year-old Zachary Rus of Sioux Center was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup eastbound on Third Street in Hull, when he entered a northbound curve onto Ibex Avenue and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.

Rus and a passenger in the vehicle, 15-year-old Josie Horstman of Hull were both transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital. The Hull Ambulance took three other passengers in the vehicle, 15-year-old Trai Prachomphonh, 16-year-old Axcel Lira, and 15-year-old Mackenzie Barsley, all of Hull, to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Ford sustained about $5,000 in damage. The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Ambulance and Hull Fire Department assisted with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

September 17, 2018 - 2:38 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Peterson man who authorities believe was driving a car that was involved in a pursuit two weeks ago has been arrested. The pursuit started in Ashton, went through Sheldon, and ended up near Boyden on Sunday, September 2nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 23-year-old Shawn William Carter of Peterson on Thursday of last week He was arrested on two Osceola County warrants for allegedly eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor; and driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor. Carter was also charged with multiple traffic violations.

While the pursuit was headed through Sheldon, one of the passengers bailed out and was soon arrested by the Sheldon police department. Authorities have identified that passenger as 29-year-old Kevin Aaron Vail, of Spencer. He was charged in O’Brien County with possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, which is a class D felony, according to Iowa Code. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

After the car hit stop sticks near Boyden and crashed, the remaining passenger and the driver took off on foot. The remaining passenger was identified as 22-year-old Lacey O’Clair of Matlock. She was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts. The driver, believed to have been Carter, was not found that day but was arrested last week.

September 17, 2018 - 1:59 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa– The Sioux Center Fire Department was called out to a grass fire on Sunday, September 16, 2018, in Sioux Center.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 4:30 p.m., the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of a fire along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks south of Tower Fields, south of Ninth Street Southwest.

The chief says the fire department saw the grass on fire as they approached the scene. Van Holland says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is thought to have been something hot such as a hot wheel or brake shoe under a passing train.

Chief Van Holland reports that damage was limited to about a quarter of a mile of grass just along the tracks. He says the tracks and ties were not damaged.

He says they used about 2,000 gallons of water to fight the fire.

September 17, 2018 - 12:46 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa– A garage and its contents were destroyed in a fire on Sunday, September 16, 2018, in Hawarden.

According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, about 12:00 midnight, the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of a garage fire at 4509 Buchanan Avenue, in southeast Hawarden, across from the golf course.

The chief says the fire department saw the detached garage fully engulfed in flame as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Schiefen says no injuries were reported.

He says a golf cart and a mower were in the garage, but it’s not known if anything on them caused the fire. At last report, the cause was undetermined. The occupants of the property were not home at the time of the fire.

The Ireton Fire Department automatically responds to structure fire calls in Hawarden and vice versa. Also on the scene were the Hawarden Ambulance Squad, the Hawarden Police Department, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Schiefen reports that the garage and its contents were totaled in the blaze.

He says they used about a thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and 29 firefighters responded. He says they told the Ireton firefighters they could go home at 1:00 a.m., but the Hawarden firefighters stayed on scene until about 2:30 a.m.

September 14, 2018 - 2:37 pm - Posted in News

Westfield, Iowa — An Akron man and a sports team and their driver from South Dakota were taken to hospitals after an accident on Thursday, September 13th near Westfield.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s office reports that about 6:30 p.m., a Jeep Renegade driven by 18-year-old Schon Mack of Akron was northbound on Highway 12 near Westfield. They say 24-year-old Logan Wagner of Parkston, South Dakota was driving a southbound Ford passenger bus. Including Wagner, there were six passengers in the bus. The report says that the passengers of the bus were a part of a golf team from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota.

Mack, the driver of the jeep sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. All six occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the Hawarden Regional Hospital. Their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Officers conducting the investigation believe it appears the Jeep Renegade attempted to pass another northbound vehicle and hit the bus head-on in the southbound lane of travel.

The Iowa State Patrol and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation.

September 14, 2018 - 10:18 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — School has been back in session for a couple of weeks around northwest Iowa, and normally during the early days of the school year motoristsneed to be reminded about interaction with school buses.

In 2012, the Iowa Legislature unanimously adopted “Kadyn’s Law. The law was in response to the death of 7-year old Kadyn Jade Halverson who was struck by a pickup and killed while trying to cross the road to board a school bus.

The driver of the pickup violated Iowa’s stop arm law which prohibited drivers from passing a stopped school bus with the stop arms out, or when the red or amber lights are flashing.

Kadyn’s Law put some teeth into the penalties for violating Iowa’s stop arm law, as Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz tells us.

Trooper Kurtz reminds drivers that vehicles following a bus are not the only ones who are required to stop.

At the beginning of each school year we seem to hear reports of several drivers who violate Kadyn’s Law, but we’re happy to report that, as of Friday morning, that hasn’t been a major problem in the four-county area.

KIWA talked to Sheldon Schools Superintendent Cory Myer, and he says that Sheldon buses have reported no violations of Kadyn’s Law. At South O’Brien Schools they say they usually see a couple of violations each year, but thus far this school year there have been no reports. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Schools report no violations, as well.

In checking with area law enforcement agencies, we are happy to report that the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says they have received no reports. In Sioux County, Deputy Jamie Van Voorst says there have been a couple of violations reported to police departments in that county, but numbers are quite low. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says they usually receive five or six complaints each year, but so far have received no complaints. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports one violation of Kadyn’s Law so far this year.

Trooper Kurtz tells KIWA that the only northwest Iowa school district that he has heard of who are reporting a large number of violations is Le Mars.

Just as a reminder, when you see a school bus with it’s yellow lights flashing, it’s preparing to stop, and you should prepare to stop, as well. When the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended you are required to stop, regardless of whether you are approaching the bus from the front or from the rear.

Please obey Kadyn’s Law, stop for stopped school buses, and keep our children safe.

September 14, 2018 - 10:11 am - Posted in News

Northwestern hosts Midland in a match-up of unbeaten, ranked teams for the Red Raiders home opener this weekend. Kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 15 is scheduled for 1 pm. Northwestern is ranked fifth in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ poll and is off to a 2-0 start, 1-0 in conference play. Midland moved up to 24th in the latest coaches’ poll and is also 2-0 on the season.

The Red Raiders have outscored opponents 77-17 in wins over Valley City State and Jamestown, both on the road, to start the season. Tyson Kooima accounted for four touchdowns (1 rush, 3 pass), throwing scoring strikes to three different receivers, and the Raider D forced three turnovers and held Jamestown to under 200 yards of offense in last week’s 49-7 win. Bryce Van Beek intercepted the Jimmies three times, returning one for a touchdown, to tie both the GPAC and school record for interceptions for a game. Van Beek was named both the NAIA and GPAC Defensive Player of the Weeek, the second consecutive a Red Raider player earned both weekly honors (Sean Powell).

The Warriors moved up to 24th in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ poll after a 2-0 start to the 2018 season. They have routed both MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and Mayville State (N.D.) at home in Fremont the previous two weeks, outscoring them a combined 105-48. Midland was picked third in both the GPAC Coaches’ and Media preseason polls and earned votes in the initial NAIA poll.

Now in his third season as the Midland head coach, Jamrog is 13-8 in his two years prior with the Warriors. He came to Midland with two decades of collegiate coaching experience, including time as the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato and as the University of Nebraska – Lincoln assistant director of football operations. Jamrog returns 14 starters (8 off, 5 def, 1 ST) from a 2017 team that finished fourth in the GPAC with a 4-4 record, 6-4 overall. They opened the 2017 with four straight wins, climbing into the top 25, before losing four of their final six games.

September 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Two O’Brien County women were taken to a hospital after a crash near Rock Valley on Wednesday.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:10 p.m., 25-year-old Riley Hasche of Luverne, Minnesota was driving a 2015 GMC Sierra westbound on Highway 18, three miles east of Rock Valley. He stopped for a vehicle ahead of him that was turning onto Goldfinch Avenue. At that time, 42-year-old Aimee Mueller of Archer was driving a 2014 Ford Focus westbound on Highway 18 behind Hasche and struck Hasche’s GMC.

The Rock Valley Ambulance Squad took Mueller and a passenger in her vehicle, 75-year-old Marietta Vander Pol of Primghar to Hegg Health Hospital in Rock Valley.

The GMC was not damaged. The Ford sustained approximately $8,000 in damage. Mueller was cited for following too closely.