August 27, 2014 - 7:47 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota man has been arrested and accused of using someone else’s identity.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a reported identity theft on Monday, August 25. The sheriff’s office says the arrest happened at a Hospers business.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that 22-year-old Ruben Rodriguez of Worthington, was illegally using the identity of another person. He was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues in a burglary case.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called to a report of a burglary at 2:15 PM on Monday, August 25th. The alleged burglary was reported to have occurred at a farm building on 330th Street, two and a half miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators gained access into locked buildings on the property and stole an Emerson flat screen television and a stereo system.

The burglary is thought to have occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 24 or early morning hours of August 25.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office advises that you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.  Directions can be found at

Orange City, Iowa — An unusual crime has been reported at Northwestern College in Orange City.
The Orange City Police Department reports that they were called on Friday, August 22, 2014 by Northwestern College security employee Peter Boerema. Boerma called to report an incident that occurred at Courtyard Village Apartments on the campus of Northwestern College.

Boerema told officers that about 6 AM, a woman went into apartment #21 at Courtyard Village on Northwestern College Campus, removed a fire extinguisher from the apartment, discharged the extinguisher and then left, taking the fire extinguisher with her.

Officers investigated and talked to a witness that stated that McGrath was the subject who entered the apartment and stole the extinguisher. The police report they have a photograph of McGrath leaving with the extinguisher in hand.

According to court records McGrath’s preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, September 2nd.

Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.

Orange City, Iowa — A while back we told you that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is among 26 sheriffs’ offices in the state that have decided that they will not hold someone for Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or “ICE” — if that person is not being held for other legal reasons, such as serving time, or on a judge’s order. Altena Sheriff

We had a chance to talk to Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena about the new policy. He says that as the Sheriff he is also the administrator of the jail, and it’s his job to make sure they are following the law and that they are not holding people illegally.

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Altena says the ICE request is called a “detainer”, and was used when ICE was investigating a case for possible detention or deportation, and even when the jail did honor detainers, they were only valid for up to 48 hours.

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He says if the Immigration officials are there when the person is released, they can pick them up at that time, since they will be in the public, but the jail can no longer hold someone after they have satisfied the local charges by being released on bond or by serving their time.

The Sheriff says illegal immigration has been a tough issue in this area. He says there were even accusations of racial profiling. But they addressed those issues in Sioux County in 2008 with a task force. He says it’s almost a catch-22.

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He tells his view is that something needs to be done.

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August 26, 2014 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Paullina man’s GMC was damaged in an accident on Friday, August 22nd near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:43 am 36 Year-old Dustin Schwarz of Paullina was driving southbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Alton in a 2004 GMC, when he struck a deer in the roadway.

Schwarz s GMC received $7,000 damage

There were no injuries reported

August 25, 2014 - 12:37 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A high speed chase that started near Merrill ended in Alton Sunday night.Police lightbar chase

The Iowa State Patrol reports, that at about 11:45 pm, on Sunday, August 24th, the Merrill Police Department began a pursuit of a South Dakota registered Jeep going 48 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. The Merrill Police Department continued their pursuit from Merrill to the Sioux County/Plymouth County line on Highway 60, where they discontinued their pursuit.

Just before 12:00 am midnight, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Terry Dykstra observed what he believed to be the suspected vehicle on Highway 60 south of Alton. As Dykstra turned on his emergency lights, the Jeep entered Alton on Old Highway 60 and continued through the town of Alton to the T-intersection with with Highway 10 where it failed to negotiate a turn to the west. The Jeep entered the north ditch and struck a utility pole, where it came to rest. Trooper Dykstra took the lone occupant into custody. The suspect vehicle was clocked at 91 in a 25 mile per hour zone in Alton.

The driver, 38-year-old Sarah Mohr of Sioux City, was found to have a valid warrant for her arrest out of Minnesota for possession of dangerous drugs, and they will extradite. She was also found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Mohr’s 1999 Jeep Cherokee sustained $5000 damage, and the utility pole, which belongs to the Iowa DOT, received $1000 damage to the lighting switch box.

No injuries were reported.

Mohr was booked into the Sioux County Jail and charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, eluding, and several traffic charges.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Orange City Police Department at the the scene.


August 25, 2014 - 12:17 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on drug charges in George.Sheriff car rear generic

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Cooper of Rock Valley last week.

They report that a Lyon County Deputy was speaking with Cooper in George. It was discovered that there was a valid warrant for his arrest from O’Brien County. Before they transported him to jail, officers located marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his pockets.

Cooper was transported to the Lyon County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be in Sioux Center with State Senator Randy Feenstra on Friday, August 22.Terrace View

The two politicians will discuss business development issues and opportunities. The Governor’s office says he has made it his passion to grow business and Industry in this State and he would like to talk with key business leaders in Sioux Center about the model for Iowa’s economy.

Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull looks to become the head of the Ways and Means Committee for the State Senate. He is looking at ways to reduce the tax burden on employers along with changing the regulatory and State tax structure.

The meeting will be at 8:30 AM on Friday morning, August 22 at the Terrace View Event Center on the south side of Sioux Center. Terrace View is located at 230 Saint Andrews Way.

Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City woman accused of murder in the death of a 3-year-old in her care has asked for a suppression of evidence. Ned Bjornstad, the attorney for 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp of Orange City says she wasn’t read her rights when she was taken into custody in Sioux Falls. Sioux County Courthouse_sva

Sapp is accused of picking up 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma and throwing her to the floor, after she wouldn’t take off her coat, causing injuries that required treatment in Sioux Falls and that allegedly lead to her death.  According to court records, Sapp is charged with First Degree Murder, a class A felony; and Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a class B felony.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office took Sapp into custody on October 30th, 2013, according to court records, and she was interrogated. She made statements to Detective Michael Walsh of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office that the defense wants suppressed. The court document says she also sent text messages which were intercepted by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office.

Sapp,Rochelle- cutHer attorney, Bjornstad — says Sapp was detained but was not under arrest. However, he says that Miranda rights applied as soon as her freedom of action was curtailed to a degree associated with formal arrest.

The court document also says Sapp was sleep and food deprived, exhausted and distraught, and that the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office was aware of this.

Therefore, Bjornstad wants any text messages conveyed through her phone during her detainment by Minnehaha County officials and any statements she made to those officials excluded from her trial.

According to court records, a pretrial hearing is set for Thursday, September 4th at 10 AM at the Sioux County Courthouse. The trial was moved on a change-of-venue to Carroll County and at last report was scheduled to be in November.