December 2, 2015 - 2:47 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a Nebraska man’s conviction for felony OWI. The arrest happened in Sioux County in 2013.
According to court records, 57-year-old Scott Sappingfield, of Newcastle, Nebraska, who was 54 at the time of the alleged offense, on July 30th, 2013, was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Third Offense. He was found guilty, but appealed his conviction.

On the day in question, court records indicate that authorities were notified of a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of a dead-end road near Chatsworth. Sappingfield allegedly told authorities he had just gotten off a night shift at work in Dakota City, Nebraska and was headed home to Newcastle, Nebraska and needed to take a nap. When he was told he was near Hawarden, Iowa, he said he was supposed to go fishing with his son nearby and then visit his daughter in Larchwood. In addition, authorities say Sappingfield seemed impaired. Several tests were done on-the-scene and Sappingfield was taken to the Sioux County Jail in Orange City where a drug recognition expert also performed several tests. All tests indicated Sappingfield was indeed impaired by a drug.  He refused a urine test.

In court, almost a year after the incident, Sappingfield was found guilty and the district court sentenced him to an indeterminate term not to exceed five years with all but thirty days suspended as well as probation and other penalties. Sappingfield appealed.

The Court of Appeals ruled that there was enough evidence for a conviction; and his counsel was not ineffective, so the conviction stands.

The court did say that perhaps Sappingfield did not know that admitting to prior OWI convictions could affect the penalty of this case, and perhaps he wasn’t aware of his right to a jury trial on his previous convictions. They left that issue open to post-conviction relief proceedings.

December 2, 2015 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookAlton, Iowa — A Semi was damaged in an accident near Alton on Tuesday, December 1st.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, 48-year-old Ian Lockhart of Orlando, Florida was driving a 2013 Kenworth semi-tractor pulling a freight trailer southbound on Highway 60, one mile north of Alton. According to the report, Lockhart lost control of the vehicle and entered the median.

The Kenworth received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

December 2, 2015 - 9:18 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdAlton, Iowa — Two semis were damaged in an accident near Alton on Monday, November 30th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 7:49 pm, 60-year-old John Lounsbury of South Sioux City, Nebraska was driving a 2014 Mack Semi-tractor pulling a trailer and attempting to make a U-turn at the intersection of East Division Street and Kennedy Avenue. Twenty-year-old Devon Anderson of Clarion was driving a 2003 Kenworth Semi-tractor pulling a trailer westbound on Kennedy Avenue. According to the report, Lounsbury lost control and slid off of the travelled portion of the roadway with his front tires, completely blocking the roadway. The report continues that Anderson evasively turned to the left and used his brakes to avoid striking Lounsbury’s Mack, and hit the trailer.

The Mack received $5,000 damage. The Kenworth received $10,000.

No injuries were reported.

December 1, 2015 - 2:05 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A traffic stop in Orange City over a year ago in which officers allegedly pulled their weapons on the wrong man, as well as his six-year-old son has caused a federal lawsuit to be filed, with claims of racial profiling.
According to court documents, 32-year-old Levi Wilson of Orange City was the driver of the car. The documents say that the officers were actually looking for Wilson’s brother David, who they say was a sex offender and was wanted on outstanding warrants. According to Wilson, when the officers pulled their guns, they asked, “Are you David?” Wilson says one of the officers told him that a local convenience store had just called and reported that a dark-skinned person had just drove off without paying for gas. Court documents report that Wilson is dark-skinned.

Court documents also say that the officers allege that David and Levi Wilson sometimes used the same truck. Levi Wilson says that is not the case.

Wilson alleges that his detention and the searches of his person and his vehicle took place without his consent and were not made in the furtherance of a warrant.

Federal Judge Mark W. Bennet has decided not to dismiss the case, ruling that it may proceed.

Wilson is claiming unreasonable search and seizure, excessive force, and invasion of privacy.

November 30, 2015 - 9:20 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was injured in an accident near Orange City on Thursday, November 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:46 pm, 16-year-old Treyton Schiebout of Orange City was driving a 2005 Chevrolet K2500 pickup eastbound on 400th Street, five miles northeast of Orange City. According to the report, Schiebout lost control of his vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Nieuwendorp of Orange City, who was a passenger in the vehicle reported minor injuries and refused further medical attention.

The Chevrolet received $10,000 damage.

November 30, 2015 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa —  A Rock Valley man struck a deer near Rock Valley on Thursday, November 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 pm, 34-year-old Brett Sichmeller of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Sichmeller struck a deer on the roadway.

The Dodge received $2500.

No injuries were reported

November 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — According to Utility personnel with the City of Sioux Center, there has been another power outage in that community.

They report that on Saturday night, November 28th, 2015 about 9 PM, a portion of Sioux Center experienced a power outage that lasted several hours. They report that power was restored to nearly all of the affected area by 12:30 AM Sunday morning, and power was fully restored by 3:30 AM.

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Sioux Center city personnel report that the cause of the outage was a fault caused by a connection in a transformer on the distribution system. They say that due to the nonstandard operating conditions under which the system is currently operating, a much larger area was affected by this outage than would normally have been the case.

Sioux Center’s west substation sustained major damage in a failure during a storm a week ago on Saturday, November 21st. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency on Monday, November 23rd for Sioux County due to the utility failures in Sioux Center.

November 25, 2015 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — After municipal utility failures in Sioux Center this past weekend, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Sioux County.


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The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a winter storm that affected Sioux County beginning Nov. 21, 2015. The proclamation states that during the storm, an electrical distribution transformer box explosion coupled with a water main break and other electrical failures resulted in damage to public property and power outages throughout the city of Sioux Center.

The governor says he issued the proclamation since local resources and capabilities have been exhausted and state assistance and resources are needed to respond to and recover from the effects of this event.

The proclamation activates the disaster response and recovery aspect of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials that are reasonably necessary to assist citizens.

November 25, 2015 - 8:19 am - Posted in News

Northwest of Fairview, SD — A Hudson, SD woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on the Iowa side of the Big Sioux near Fairview.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:50 PM on Sunday, November 22, 35-year-old Amy Butler of Hudson, SD was driving a 1999 Ford F250 pickup westbound on 290th Street, about 12 miles west of Rock Valley. The report says she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and rolled onto its top.

The Canton-Inwood Ambulance transported Butler to the Sanford Canton‐Inwood Medical Center.

The Ford sustained approximately $8,000 in damages.

Butler was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Fairview Fire Department and Canton-Inwood Ambulance assisted on the scene.

November 24, 2015 - 11:37 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident in Orange City on Friday, November 20th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 15-year-old Kevin Slice of Hull was driving a 2005 Honda Accord was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Michigan Avenue Southwest and Highway 10 South in Orange City. Sixteen-year-old Anton Funk of Sheldon was driving a 2001 Buick sedan southbound on Michigan Avenue southwest behind Slice. 58-year-old Allan Reinders of Sioux Center just turned off Highway 10 to go northbound on Michigan Avenue Southwest while driving a 2001 Ford pickup. According to the report, Slice was stopped at the stop sign while Funk came up behind him. Funk was unable to stop due to driving to fast for the road conditions. Funk realized that he was not going to get stopped in time, so he swerved to the left to try and avoid rear ending Slice’s vehicle. Funk did strike the rear of Slice, then hit the front of Reinders’ vehicle.

The Honda received $2000 damage; the Buick received $3000 damage. The Ford received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported