Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has recently investigated a report of burglary and assault that occurred at a home four miles northeast of Orange City, and has now made three arrests in connection with the case. Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

Deputies discovered that three people illegally entered the victim’s home on Saturday, September 6, at approximately 4:00 AM, and an assault occurred inside the home.

As a result of the investigation 23-year-old Jonathan Kats of Hull was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Serious Assault. Twenty-three-year-old Andrew Driesen of Alton was arrested and charged with Serious Assault and Criminal Trespassing. Twenty-three-year-old Lance Hulstein of Sheldon was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespassing.

In other news from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, deputies have made an arrest in the case of the broken car window near Sioux Center on September 12th. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16-year-old boy from Sioux Center with Criminal Trespassing. He was cited into Juvenile Court.

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s a different kind of fundraiser, but it promises to be a lot of fun.FGSCP Harlem Ambassadors

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program is bringing in the Harlem Ambassadors basketball team to take on a team of local celebrities. It’ll be at the Sioux Center High School gym on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM.

The Harlem Ambassadors perform fundraising/entertainment comedy basketball games for non-profit organizations, service clubs, and the U.S. military. The Ambassadors have helped non-profits raise approximately $9 million for their communities since 1998. They also perform “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs” assembly programs for youth at elementary and middle schools.

We talked to Cathy Bonestroo with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program. She says this is their main fundraiser for the year, and tells us how they came up with the idea.

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According to the Harlem Ambassadors, you can find more information about them at www.harlemambassadors.com.  They tell us that families laugh together at the Harlem Ambassadors’ hijinks and are amazed at their high-flying slam dunks.  They say kids can look up to the Ambassadors as great role models who are college-educated and drug-free.

But — who are the Ambassadors playing? A team of local celebrities including Senator Randy Feenstra, Deputy Waylon Pollema, several teachers and administrators from several area schools, radio announcers including KIWA’s own Larry Ahrens, Pastor Kevin Gingerich from Sheldon United Methodist Church and representing each of the programs, Nancy Burley, a volunteer from the Foster Grandparent program, and Ray Bohlke, a volunteer from the Senior Companion program.

Bonestroo says it should be a lot of fun. You can get your tickets by calling 476-2628 or 224-2610. Advanced tickets are $4, $6, and $8 and at the door they will be $5, $8, and $10.

She also says if you’d like to volunteer for one of their programs or if you think their services could help you or a loved one, give them a call at 476-2628.

September 15, 2014 - 8:01 am - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — The DNR spill team is back in northwest Iowa today, this time to investigate a manure spill near Maurice.Fish Kill

According to the DNR, they are investigating a spill in a creek called “Orange City Slough Creek”.

They say the fish kill appears to have happened after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian Roorda Dairy east of Maurice. The switch turned on a pump that moves manure from one lagoon to another. That caused the second lagoon to overflow. Manure from the lagoon ran down a grassed waterway into the creek.

The spill was discovered and then reported to the DNR on Sunday morning. The dairy was able to construct an earthen dam to stop the flow of the manure after the overflow was discovered.

Approximately five miles of the stream had been affected by the spill by early Sunday evening.

September 13, 2014 - 8:31 am - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — A charter bus carrying 39 passengers was involved in an accident on Friday near Granville, and only the driver reported any injuries.charter bus accident

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 PM, 57-year-old Harold Flavell of Johnston, Iowa was driving a 2007 VanHool charter bus transporting 39 passengers westbound on Highway 10 when he apparently experienced a medical condition and lost control of the bus. It entered the north ditch, struck a fence and came to a stop in a bean field.

The Granville Ambulance transported Flavell to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. None of the passengers reported any injuries.

The bus sustained about $7,500 in damages. The fence and bean field sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

The sheriff’s office reports they were assisted by the Granville Fire Department, Granville Ambulance Service, and the Spalding Catholic School in Granville. The school provided a school bus to transport the passengers to another charter bus.

CORRECTION: Originally this story said that the window that was broken was the windshield. The Sheriff’s Office reported that it was “the front window”.  We interpreted that to mean “windshield.” We have now been advised that it was the window in the passenger side front door.

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to see if anyone knows anything about vandalism to a car near a rural home.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sheriff’s Office says they took a report of a car with a broken side window on Friday. It was reported to have happened at a rural home two miles west of Sioux Center.

The deputies’ investigation indicated that one or more people broke the front window of the car on Thursday, September 11, at approximately 10:00 PM. A witness reported seeing someone running from the car back to the road possibly carrying a baseball bat.

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

September 6, 2014 - 7:29 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa again.

The Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux County Republican parties are holding another fundraiser for Republican candidates in this area and statewide, and this time it’s hosted by the O’Brien county Republican party, and will be at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreational Center in Sheldon. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014, starting at 5:45 PM.

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

The group looks to build on the event they held last year with over 350 people in attendance and several national, state and local media present.

Governor Rick Perry will give the night’s keynote speech.  Perry took office in Texas in 2000, and is mulling another bid for the Presidency in 2016.

Among the others who plan to speak at the event are Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King, Iowa US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Attorney General Candidate Adam Gregg, Iowa Treasurer Candidate Sam Clovis, Iowa Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate, two members of the Iowa Republican National Committee and Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert from Rock Rapids.

Tickets are available through eventbrite.com.  For more information, you can contact Republican Party chairs in any of the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, or Lyon.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested after the report of a domestic disturbance in Rock Valley.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:50 PM on Thursday, September 4th, they were called to the report of a domestic disturbance at a home four miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 45-year-old Juan Quijada of Rock Valley assaulted a family member at the home.

Quijada was arrested and charged with second offense domestic assault.

The Rock Valley Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office. 

September 5, 2014 - 10:28 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Orange City man’s Toyota was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, September 2nd near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:16 pm, 27 -year-old Fredy Carpio-Esquivel  of Orange City, was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion southbound on Highway 60, onto exit ramp #16, one mile east of Alton. Forty-nine -year-old Leon Kleinwolterink of Sheldon, was southbound on Highway 60 in a Ford Ford F150 behind Carpio-Esquivel. According to the report,  Carpio‐Esquivel stopped at the stop sign and was struck by Kleinwolterink.

Carpio-Esquivel’s Toyota received $1,000 damage. Kleinwolterink’s Ford received no damage.

There were no injuries reported.

September 5, 2014 - 8:32 am - Posted in News
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Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota woman has been arrested in Sioux County and accused of identity theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, September 4, they arrested 27-year-old Maria Flores-Flores of Worthington.

She was arrested at her place of employment, a packing plant in Hospers.  Flores-Flores was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that Flores-Flores was illegally using the identity of another person.

September 4, 2014 - 10:09 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The pre-trial conference that had been scheduled for Thursday morning in the case of an Orange City woman has been postponed.

Rochelle Sapp’s pre-trial conference had been scheduled for 10 am Thursday at the Sioux County Courthouse, but has now been postponed until September 19th.  Sapp is charged with 1st Degree murder in the death of 3-year old Autumn Elgersma of Orange City.  Authorities allege that Elgersma sustained injuries at the hands of Sapp, while in Sapp’s care.  Court documents allege that those injuries resulted in Elgersma’s death.

Sapp’s attorney previously asked for statements Sapp made to Minnehaha County, South Dakota authorities to be removed from evidence, claiming that Sapp wasn’t advised of her Constitutional rights prior to making the statements.  No ruling on the admissibility of those statements has been handed down at this time.