December 18, 2014 - 4:21 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s office is looking for the public’s help to find any clues to the apparent theft of a gun.
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The Sheriff’s Office says their deputies investigated a report of a theft that was reported at a home north of Orange City. Upon further investigation, investigators believe that on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 PM, a homeowner reported seeing a person wearing black clothing and a black ski mask near his home. The homeowner reportedly scared the suspect off and a short time later noticed he was allegedly missing a Ruger 9mm pistol.

The suspect was described as being approximately six feet tall with slender build. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

December 17, 2014 - 8:01 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux City man was arrested after an accident near Orange City.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 13th, 47-year-old Cornelio Chilel of Sioux City was driving a 2001 Honda CLX southbound on Jackson Avenue, two miles south of Orange City when the report says he drove off the road into the east ditch. It says Chilel attempted to drive out of the ditch and the vehicle rolled.

No injuries were reported.

The Honda sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.

Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Chilel was under the influence of alcohol. Chilel was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and cited on a charge of driving without a driver’s license.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department.

December 8, 2014 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden. Ambulance Lightbar

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:40 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014, 22-year-old Karlee Kunkel was driving a 1993 Buick northbound on Highway 10, a mile and a half north of Hawarden. Fifty-five year-old Jeffery Ness was northbound on 10 in a 1995 semi.

The report says that the semi was slowing down, preparing to make a right turn on to a private drive. Kunkel rear-ended the semi.

The Hawarden Ambulance took Kunkel to Hawarden Regional Healthcare.

Kunkel’s Buick sustained $2000 in damages, which totaled the vehicle, and the semi sustained $3000 in damages.

Kunkel was charged with following too closely.

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Rock Valley, Iowa — One candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Iowa House District 4 seat that is now open after the death of Dwayne Alons. Alons would have been starting his ninth term in January.

The first candidate to step forward is Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo. He announced on Friday, December 5th, that he will seek the seat previously held by Alons. Van Otterloo will seek the Republican nomination at an upcoming caucus on December 16th.

Van Otterloo says that it would truly be an honor to represent his neighbors in the 4th District and have the opportunity to be their voice. He says that it’s vital that we have strong leadership with an interest of preserving Iowa Values while continuing to move the State of Iowa in a positive direction.

Van Otterloo was elected Mayor in 2012 and previously served on the Rock Valley City Council for 10 years.

One of his accomplishments has been leading the city of Rock Valley through the 2014 flood.

He says that there were a lot of difficult decisions to be made this summer, but he says “the one thing that always rang true was in order to lead you must listen.”

Van Otterloo’s family has been in the grocery store business for the last 53 years. He grew up in Rock Valley and has continued to run the family business for the past 16 years, Van’s Food Pride. He says that his experience would be useful in Des Moines.

After the December 16th caucus, a special election will be held January 6th, to elect a new Representative for District 4.

December 5, 2014 - 4:14 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Three people were arrested on drug charges in Orange City following a drug investigation.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday evening, December 4, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people at 116 Delaware Avenue in Orange City. The arrests stemmed from the execution of a search warrant following a drug investigation.

They report that they arrested 32-year-old Sarah Jaime and 32-year-old Hehu Sanchez both of Orange City and 26-26-year-old Amanda Sanchez of Sebring, Florida. They were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Endangerment.

The Child Endangerment charge was a result of three children who were under the age of 10 that were present at the home.

The Orange City Police Department and Iowa Department of Human Services assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

December 5, 2014 - 8:05 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Two people from New York were arrested on drug charges near Sheldon on Tuesday.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11 AM, one of their deputies made a traffic stop on Highway 18, a half mile west of Sheldon.

Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that there were illegal drugs inside the vehicle.

The deputy arrested 22-year-old Mikhael Donovan of Troy, NY and 19-year-old Megan Fuller of Latham, NY on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office K9, Sonny, assisted in the investigation.

Orange City, Iowa — A special election will be held in the first week of January in Sioux County.vote voting ballot

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation directing a special election to be held on Jan. 6, 2015, for Iowa House District 4, following the passing of State Rep. Dwayne Alons.

House District 4 is in Sioux County and includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth.

Alons died on Saturday at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center. He had announced in October that he was battling renal cancer. Funeral services were held on Wednesday.

Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, to honor State Representative Dwayne Alons, a retired brigadier general with the Iowa Air National Guard. Representative Alons passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014.half staff flag iowa capitol

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state.
Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Alons is survived by his wife, Clarice, of Hull, four children and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 3 at First Reformed Church in Hull.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funeral will be presented to Rep. Alons’ family.

November 30, 2014 - 12:46 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A northwest Iowa legislator has passed away.Iowa House

Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) was 68 years old. He announced in early October that he had been diagnosed with renal cancer of the left kidney.

At that time he said he wanted to thank his wife, Clarice, his family, and close friends and neighbors for their support and prayers.

Upon learning of the passing of Alons, Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Cody Hoefert of Rock Rapids released this statement:

Alons was first elected in 1998. He was a farmer and retired Iowa Air National Guard Brigadier General.

According to the Iowa House Republicans web page, Alons attended the elementary school system in Boyden. He graduated from Boyden-Hull High School in 1964. Following high school, he graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City and received his Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

In 1967, Alons married Clarice and together they have four children, Kevin, Kyle, Kristin, and Karena. They have 13 grandchildren.

Alons and his wife attended Christ Community Church in Sioux Center where Dwayne served as a Deacon and as an Elder.

Alons won re-election to his ninth term in the Iowa House earlier this month. He ran unopposed.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

If your browser or device cannot access the audio players above, here is the direct link to the audio file:
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Northwest Iowa — Public information meetings are scheduled in the coming week in regard to a Texas company’s plan to construct an underground crude oil pipeline that will run from the Baaken oil fields in North Dakota where the crude comes from, to a refinery near St. Louis. The plan calls for the pipeline to run across the state of Iowa from northwest to southeast, entering Iowa in Lyon County.Welder Welding Pipes

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is the company proposing the pipeline, and according to the company’s website, the pipeline would carry at least 320,000 barrels of oil each day through the KIWA listening area on its way to the refinery.

Two public information meetings are scheduled for Monday, December 1st. One will be at 1:00 PM at the Inwood Community Center. The other will be at Sioux Center’s Terrace View Event Center at 6:00 PM that evening. The Sheldon meeting will be on Tuesday, December 2nd at the Sheldon Community Services Center beginning at 9:00 AM. Other meetings that are fairly nearby include one in Cherokee on Tuesday, December 2nd, and one at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake on Wednesday, December 3rd.

For a full list of the meetings, click here.