April 10, 2015 - 9:42 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — Twelve young people were charged with alcohol violations after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a “Text-a-Tip.”
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They report that early on Sunday, at 12:35 AM, their officers investigated the report that said that a large group of people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol at a farm building at 2081 400th Street, five miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies did locate several people under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Deputies charged 12 individuals under the age of 21 with illegal consumption of alcohol; of those 12 people, three were juveniles who were cited and released to their parents.

Additionally, 18-year-old Chantel Caskey of Hawarden was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Conservation Office.

April 9, 2015 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Hospers has paid a $100,000 civil penalty for illegally dumping waste into its landfill.

Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

The following information is from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office:

In an order called a consent decree, Third Judicial District Chief Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer Wednesday approved the payment to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2013 by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The lawsuit alleged that for approximately six months beginning in November 2011, the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste into the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. According to the lawsuit, the agency deposited solid waste into unapproved landfill cells with no liner or leachate collection system, as required by state law.

The lawsuit also alleged that the agency began constructing two cells without first obtaining required state permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency, which is ultimately responsible for complying with state environmental laws and regulations, asserted that the agency relied on advice and direction from licensed civil engineer Elliot D. Waddell, owner of Five States Engineering PC of Westfield, Iowa. According to the agency, Waddell and his company represented to the agency that the landfill was in compliance.

In addition to the penalty, the consent decree requires the agency to take certain actions by November 30, 2017 in landfill areas that were not in compliance. Those actions include installing interim final closure caps, adding soil and vegetation, and installing a final cover system designed to minimize infiltration and erosion.

On March 13, 2014 the agency obtained a $100,000 default judgment against Waddell and Five States Engineering.

On July 11, 2013, the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board reprimanded Waddell for failing to include all relevant and pertinent information in reports submitted to a governmental agency. The board ordered Waddell to complete an engineering ethics course.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill and Recycling serves, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

April 9, 2015 - 7:45 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on a felony charge after an incident.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 53-year-old Michael Eugene Kats of Rock Valley early on Wednesday April 8, 2015.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a search after Kats allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

The Rock Valley Police Department, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

April 7, 2015 - 5:44 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City is expanding.
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We talked to Orange City Health System CEO Marty Guthmiller, and he tells us about it.

He says the hospital won’t exactly own the property right away but they will be leasing it from the Orange City Area Health Foundation.

For more information about the Orange City Area Health System and Landsmeer Ridge, you can visit ochealthsystem.org.

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April 6, 2015 - 3:28 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County Courthouse front_svaOrange City, Iowa — A Hull man has been sentenced to a seven-year prison term on identity theft and drug charges.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 39-year-old Angel Ortiz-Ramirez of Sioux Center and Hull, was sentenced on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Identity Theft, a Class D Felony; and two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Serious Misdemeanors.

On July 4 and July 5, 2014, Ortiz-Ramirez participated in two separate controlled purchases of methamphetamine conducted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Ortiz-Ramirez was also on probation for domestic abuse assault stemming from an incident in June of the same year. After an application alleged he violated his probation, he was arrested and police discovered a W-2 IRS form in his pocket. The W-2 form contained Ortiz-Ramirez’s name and an unknown Social Security number which turned out to belong to someone else. An investigation revealed Ortiz-Ramirez committed identity theft by using the forged documents to secure employment at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers. Ortiz-Ramirez, a native of Mexico, is not legally authorized to be employed in the United States.

Oritz-Ramirez was sentenced to a total indeterminate prison term not to exceed seven years. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a hold on Ortiz-Ramirez and, upon the expiration of his prison term, ICE will take custody of Ortiz-Ramirez and begin deportation proceedings.

April 6, 2015 - 9:16 am - Posted in News

Brunsville, Iowa — A 9-year-old, and now an 8-year-old have died as the result of an accident near Brunsville on Sunday, April 5th.
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The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that their preliminary information says that about 8 PM, 37-year-old Shanna Boggs of Sioux City was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, eastbound on C-16, north of Brunsville. Twenty-year-old Sergio Beltran of Le Mars was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer northbound on K-42.

The report says that as the two vehicles entered the intersection they collided. Both vehicles rolled into the ditch landed on their roof tops.

The Sheriff’s Office says one of the passengers, 9-year-old Adan Perez-Antonio of Sioux City was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another child, 8-year-old Shawn Perez-Antonio was transported with life-threatening injuries by Mercy Air Care to Mercy Medical in Sioux City. He was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where he died.

Six other people were transported to Floyd Valley Hospital.

The Iowa State Patrol; Le Mars Fire Department, Police Department and Ambulance crew; the Ireton Ambulance crew, Mercy Air Care personnel and the Plymouth County Medical Examiners Office assisted the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

The cause and details of the accident are under investigation by the sheriff’s office, Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa State Medical Examiners Office.

April 5, 2015 - 8:34 am - Posted in News
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Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Boyden, Iowa — Over 1,000 pigs, the building that housed them and several round bales were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, April 4 near Boyden, to which several departments responded.

The Boyden Fire Department received the initial call at about 2:20 PM. The report was of a structure fire at 3085 Jay Avenue, three miles northwest of Boyden.

They found a confinement building containing 1,020 pigs, a feed bunk and several round bales were engulfed in flames.

No injuries to people were reported while crews fought the blaze.

The confinement building, all of the pigs inside and the bales were a total loss.

The Boyden Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew, the Matlock Fire Department, George Fire Department, Sheldon Fire Department, the Sioux Center Ambulance Rehab Team and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office all assisted the Boyden Fire Department.

The Sioux County Fire Chiefs in conjunction with Sioux County Emergency Management reminds all citizens of the current Red Flag warning, which strongly recommends everyone to refrain from starting any outdoor fires. A burning ban remains in effect as well.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. No monetary estimate of the damage is available.

April 5, 2015 - 8:31 am - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — A Boyden juvenile and her passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Alvord on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 12:45 PM, a girl from Boyden was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora northbound on K42, three and a half miles east of Alvord at A 34. The report says she lost control as she was entering the gravel roadway, causing the car to enter the east ditch and roll onto its roof.

Both the driver and passenger were transported to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Oldsmobile Aurora received approximately $3,000 in damage.

Alvord Fire and Rescue crews, Lyon County Ambulance personnel, and Trackside Towing assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

April 5, 2015 - 8:30 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man has been arrested after a crash.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:30 AM on Friday, April 3, they were called to make sure someone was okay at 4890 Birch Avenue, three miles south of Hawarden.

Twenty-one-year-old Garrett Carney of Hawarden called the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office to report that an intoxicated person was at his home. The sheriff’s office reports that after he called, he drove a 2001 Ford Mustang southbound on Birch Avenue, and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and struck a ditch embankment. They say Carney left the vehicle on foot and could not initially be found. Officers patrolling the area say they located Carney about one mile from the vehicle as he attempted to conceal himself in a ditch.

No injuries were reported.

The Ford sustained about $4,000 in damages.

Carney was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The sheriff’s office K9 unit and the Hawarden Police Department assisted in the investigation.

April 2, 2015 - 1:28 pm - Posted in News

Artesia, California — According to his family, Newkirk native and mega church founder Robert H. Schuller has died, at the age of 88.
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Schuller’s daughter-in-law, Donna Schuller says he died at a care facility in Artesia, California on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

She says he had been diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer, but had stopped chemotherapy and radiation treatments in February, 2014, after the death of his wife, Arvella, after whom the organ at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel is named.

Robert Schuller started his ministry in Garden Grove, California in 1955. The ministry would eventually blossom into a television ministry called the “Hour of Power”. He also spearheaded the building of the Crystal Cathedral, which was dedicated in 1980. His message of Jesus and the books that Shuller wrote included his philosophy of “Positive Thinking.”

After some difficulties a few years ago that included a bankruptcy filing, the church was sold to the Orange County Catholic Dioceses, and Schuller’s Son Bobby Schuller now pastors a nearby church, known as Shepherd’s Grove, according to the ministry’s web site.

No word has been received in regard to funeral arrangements.

Here is an interview with Schuller recorded several years ago with the Archive of American Television. In the beginning, Schuller talks about his upbringing.