June 29, 2016 - 3:02 pm - Posted in News

Carnes, Iowa — Two people were taken to a hospital after an accident near Carnes on Highway 60 on Monday, June 27th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:47 AM, 43-year-old Amina Badasso of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2003 Honda Accord southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane, four miles south of Orange City. They report that 58-year-old Richard Grosvenor of Ponca, NE was driving a 2014 International Prostar semi‐truck pulling a trailer southbound on Highway 60 in the left lane following Badasso.

The officer reports that Badasso abruptly drove into the left lane before attempting to turn onto 500th Street and was struck by Grosvenor.

The Orange City Ambulance took two passengers in the Badasso Honda to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $7,000 in damage. The International semi sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage.

Badasso was cited on a charge of improper use of lanes.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Orange City Ambulance crew and Orange City Fire Department assisted them.

June 29, 2016 - 2:44 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has died in an ATV accident that happened on Tuesday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:14 PM, emergency responders were called to an all-terrain vehicle accident near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 390th Street, five miles north of Orange City. A passing motorist had seen the ATV in the ditch with a person pinned beneath it.

After their investigation, sheriff’s deputies believe that 65-year-old Kenneth VanGorp of Orange City had been driving a 2009 Yamaha 4 ATV pulling a sprayer trailer westbound in the south ditch of 390th Street, when he apparently lost control of the ATV. The ATV and sprayer rolled in the ditch and pinned VanGorp beneath it.

The Orange City Ambulance took VanGorp to the Orange City Health System Hospital where they say he died of his injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Orange City Police Department, Orange City Ambulance crew and the Orange City Fire Department assisted them.

June 29, 2016 - 8:27 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman was injured in an accident near Hospers in the afternoon hours of Monday, June 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:40 pm on Monday, 48-year-old Pamela Schmit of Hospers was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Marsh Avenue, two miles southeast of Hospers. Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Auchstetter of Hospers was driving a 2006 Mercury Milan westbound on 410th Street. According to the report, the two met in the intersection of 410th and Marsh, where the accident happened.

Auchstetter was transported by private vehicle to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Chevrolet received $7000 damage; the Mercury received $12,000 damage.

Auchstetter was cited with a charge of failing to yield right of way and failing to use seat belt.

June 29, 2016 - 8:27 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Orange City, Iowa — A Remsen woman struck a deer on Monday, June 27th near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:02 am on Monday, 44-year-old Kerry Sudtelgte of Remsen was driving a 2014 Kia Forte northbound on Jackson Avenue, five miles south of Orange City. According to the report, Sudtlegte struck a deer on the roadway.

The Kia received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 28, 2016 - 5:09 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County Emergency Management, along with the City of Rock Valley, have worked with the Department of Homeland Security to acquire a large pump that will aid in fighting floods in Sioux County, and northwest Iowa.

According to Sioux County officials, following the Rock Valley flood of 2014, a need was identified for a large pump to move flood water. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Division secures money to stage emergency response resources throughout the state.

The City of Rock Valley and Sioux County Emergency Management were able to get a Godwin eight inch diesel powered pump, which was purchased for $49,718.  Officials say the pump’s maximum capacity is 3,522 gallons per minute.  The pump came equipped on a trailer along with suction and discharge hoses.

Sioux County officials say the pump will be stored and maintained in Rock Valley, and will be available to assist other communities in northwest Iowa during times of flooding.

June 28, 2016 - 8:30 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sheldon on Sunday, June 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:59 pm on Sunday, 88-year-old Priscilla Nelson of Sheldon was driving a 2015 Ford Fusion southbound on Highway 60, one mile south of Sheldon. Seventeen-year-old Breanna Watters of Ashton was driving a 2000 Buick Century southbound on Highway 60, behind Nelson. According to the report, Watters changed lanes, attempted to pass Nelson, and struck the Ford.

The Ford received $5000 damage. The Buick received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department.

June 28, 2016 - 8:25 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for charges related to a high-speed traffic chase and child pornography.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 38-year-old David Cyril Wilson of Orange City was sentenced on June 27, 2016, in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Possession of Child Pornography, Eluding a Law Enforcement Vehicle, Assault on a Peace Officer, and No Contact Order Violations. Wilson had previously been sentenced for Indecent Contact with a Child in 2014.

On September 23, 2014, police spotted Wilson, who had an arrest warrant, drive-off without paying for gas in Orange City. Police attempted to stop Wilson, but he failed to stop and a high-speed pursuit ensued, reaching speeds of in excess of 100 mph. Police radioed ahead and an officer deployed spiked stop-sticks across the roadway. Wilson approached and angled his vehicle toward the officer standing on the road side. Believing Wilson was attempting to run him down, the officer ran for cover. Wilson swerved back into his lane at the last moment. The stop-sticks damaged tires on Wilson’s vehicle and he was eventually stopped and arrested. Police executed search warrants on Wilson’s cell phones and found he violated a previous No Contact order and possessed multiple images of child pornography.

Wilson was sentenced to ten years in prison on all charges, in addition to criminal and civil fines. Wilson also must register as a sex offender for life, and is required to submit a DNA sample for profiling.

June 27, 2016 - 1:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa– About a hundred round cornstalk bales were destroyed in a fire on Friday, June 24, 2016 near Rock Valley.
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According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 12:38 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a round bale fire on Danny Claussen’s place at 2831 Coolidge Avenue, five miles west and two and a half miles north of Rock Valley.

The chief says the fire department saw many round cornstalk bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used payloaders to break up the burning bales and extinguished them. He says the fire department cooled the payloaders with water so they wouldn’t start on fire while fighting the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported

The fire department was assisted by the Inwood Fire Department, who brought in more water.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a spark from a burning pile, but no official cause has been found.

Chief Eshuis reports that about 100 cornstalk bales were lost.

He says they used six to seven thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about two and a half hours.

June 27, 2016 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa– An Orange City teen and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center on Friday, June 24, 2016.
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 5:01 PM, 34-year-old Joseph Stephenson of Yankton was driving a 2000 Buick southbound on Highway 75, near the Pizza Hut corner in Sioux Center. They report that 19-year-old Kayla Hoogland of Orange City was westbound on 20th Street Southeast in a 2005 Dodge minivan.

The report says that Hoogland was stopped for the Highway 75 stop sign, and the proceeded westbound through the intersection and failed to yield to the Stephenson vehicle. It says Stephenson attempted to take evasive action to the right but the front left of the vehicle made contact with the front right of the Hoogland vehicle.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Hoogland and a passenger in her vehicle, Sara Van Peursem, to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Stephenson’s Buick sustained $1300 in damages, and Hoogland’s Dodge minivan sustained $2000 in damages. The damages were enough to total both vehicles.

Hoogland was charged with failure to yield upon entering through highway and no proof of insurance.

June 27, 2016 - 10:03 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo Only -- brighterSioux Center, Iowa — Four Sioux Center residents were injured in an accident in Sioux Center on Wednesday, June 22nd.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 12:23 pm on Wednesday, 28-year-old Imelda Morales-Ramos of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla westbound on 2nd Street Northeast in Sioux Center. Thirty-five-year-old Tiffany Govig of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Chevy van southbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Morales-Ramos failed to yield when crossing Highway 75 and collided into the side of Govig.

The Toyota received $6000 damage and the Chevy received $8000 damage.

Morales-Ramos, a 5-year-old passenger, Brenda Morales-Ramos, and 4-year-old Roxana Morales-Ramos received minor injuries along with Govig, but were not transported to any hospital.

Two Sioux Center women’s vehicles were damaged after they backed into each other on Saturday, June 25th.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 5:10 pm on Saturday, 32-year-old Blanca Vargas Cazares of Sioux Center was backing a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer onto 7th Street Northwest in Sioux Center. Forty-one-year-old Tami Pollema of Sioux Center was backing up a 2002 Pontiac Montana onto 7th Street Northwest, across the street from Vargas Cazares. According to the report, both vehicles struck rear to rear. The report continues that Vargas Cazares claimed to have been established on the roadway first and that Pollema backed into her. Pollema claimed to have looked prior to backing and did not see anyone.

The Trailblazer and Montana each received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

A Sioux Center man struck a culvert and ended up in a creek in Sioux Center on Sunday, June 26th.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 8:00 am on Sunday, 28-year-old Eric Beaver of Sioux Center was driving a 2000 Chevrolet K1500 northbound on 7th Avenue Northwest. According to the report, at around 4:00 am, Beaver’s dog jumped onto the steering wheel, and caused him to lose control of the pickup, causing it to driving straight off the roadway, strike a metal culvert, and go about 50 feet into a creek.

The Chevrolet received $3500 damage.

No injuries were reported.