April 28, 2014 - 1:24 pm - Posted in News

Iowa State Patrol logoAn Orange City man’s Ford and a Worthington Man’s Dodge were damaged in an accident on Thursday, April 24th near Newkirk.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 05:16 PM, 38-year-old Scott Meyer was driving a 2004 Ford F250 westbound on B40, one mile east of Newkirk. Thirty-seven-year-old Rey Torres Romero was westbound on B40 in a 2002 Dodge Sedan. According to the report, Torres Romero slowed to turn right onto Kiwi Avenue. Meyer observed the brake lights and turn signal of the Dodge, but was travelling too fast and unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. The Ford struck the rear of the Dodge and caused the sedan to enter the north ditch.

Meyer’s Ford received $2,000.00 damage. Torres Romero’s Dodge received $2000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

April 28, 2014 - 11:03 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHospers, IA — An Ashton man’s pickup was damaged in an accident on Thursday, April 24th near Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 3:00 pm, 38-Year-old Adam Reinke of Ashton was driving northbound on Highway 60, two miles north of Hospers, in a 1982 Chevrolet pickup when, according to the report, the front passenger tire ruptured. After the tire malfunction, the vehicle entered the east ditch and
rolled onto its side.

Reinke’s Chevrolet received $3,000 damage

There were no injuries reported

April 28, 2014 - 11:02 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8A Sioux Center man’s Chevrolet was damaged in an accident on Saturday, April 26th near Rock Rapids.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports 49-Year-old Todd Juranek of Sioux Center,was driving southbound on Highway 75, south of Rock Rapids, in a 2012 Chevrolet Impala when a deer entered the roadway from the west ditch causing a collision.

Juranek’s Chevrolet received $6,000 damage

There were no injuries reported.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A little boy with northwest Iowa ties is fighting multiple rare disorders, and you can help his family through a pancake supper fundraiser coming up on Wednesday, April 30th.pancakes and sausage

Frank Luepke’s daughter Denise Birks is the boy’s grandmother and she says his family is from the Sioux Center area, but now lives in Kansas City. She tells us about Aidan Birks.

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She tells us how they they deal with that condition.

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But Birks says there’s more.

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Birks says he also recently spent a week in the intensive care unit after contracting a rare bacteria. She says the family is dealing with a large burden.

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Aidan Birks’ father, Ben Birks says his wife Caley’s family has been an anchor for Aidan since the very beginning. Caley’s parents, Bryan and Sonja Plowman of Loretto, MN as well as her sisters Emily Plowman of Loretto, MN and Brenna Bouma of Sioux Falls, SD have walked with Aidan in the midst of tremendous ups and downs. He says their debt of gratitude to them for all they have done is significant.

Denise Birks tells us about the benefit on Wednesday, April 30th in Sioux Center.

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If you can’t attend on Wednesday night and still want to donate, Birks tells us how you can help.

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Again that pancake supper is Wednesday night, April 30th from 5 to 7 PM. Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Center is across Highway 75 from Walmart on Sioux Center’s south side.

Orange City, Iowa — A Hawarden teen has been sentenced to a suspended prison term after he admitted to burglary and possession of marijuana.gavel_sxc

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle reports that 19-year-old Matthew Wayne Zinnel of Hawarden was sentenced this week for the crimes of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony and Burglary in the Third Degree (automobile), an Aggravated Misdemeanor; as well as Possession of Marijuana – 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.

On September 14, 2013, a rural Rock Valley resident reported a stolen 4-wheeler. Then on September 23, 2013, the Sioux Center Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle. A Sioux County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a vehicle fitting the description of the stolen vehicle in a field driveway about three-quarters of a mile from Zinnel’s home. The deputy’s K-9 was deployed to the location to track footprints which led from the vehicle to Zinnel’s home. The tread on Zinnel’s shoes matched the footprints found on the gravel road. Zinnel admitted that he took the 4-wheeler and showed officers where it was hidden. Zinnel further admitted that he committed two other burglaries and that he had marijuana inside the house.

Zinnel was sentenced to five years in prison on the felony burglary charge and to two years in prison on the aggravated misdemeanor burglary charge. Zinnel was also sentenced to 180 days in jail on the possession of marijuana charge, with all but 10 days suspended. All sentences are to run concurrently. However, the prison term was suspended and Zinnel was placed on probation for two years. One of the conditions of the sentence is that Zinnel is to live at a Residential Treatment Facility until “maximum benefits have been obtained.”

Hudson, SD — A Rock Rapids woman was taken to the hospital and the semi she was driving was extensively damaged after an accident on the Iowa side of the Big Sioux River near Hudson, SD on Monday, April 21.red ambulance_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:45 PM, 48-year-old Phyllis Kelly of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Freightliner semi‐tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales southbound on Cherry Avenue, eight miles west of Rock Valley.

She drove toward the right when she met a northbound farm tractor. The semi trailer entered the west ditch and the semi and trailer rolled onto its side.

Kelly was transported by the Hudson Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Freightliner sustained approximately $30,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Ambulance, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol.

The accident remains under investigation.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help — this time to solve a burglary case west of Sioux Center.magnifying glass_sxc

The Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, April 18, their deputies investigated a report of burglary and theft that occurred at a place on 410th Street, four miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that someone entered the home and stole personal property. The crime likely took place on Thursday, April 17, between 4:00 and 8:00 PM.

If you saw suspicious people or activity in this area when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about this crime and wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip program.

Ireton, Iowa — Two from Sioux Center were taken to the hospital after an accident near Ireton on Saturday, April 19.Ambulance rear blue and white

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:35 PM, 60-year-old Janice Nyhuis of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus westbound on 420th Street, about six miles northwest of Ireton, when she reported that she met a white four door car traveling eastbound on 420th Street. When Nyhuis met the white vehicle, she says it was across the center line. Nyhuis swerved to the right to avoid striking the vehicle and entered the south ditch. The white vehicle left the area and was not found.

Two passengers in the vehicle, 52-year-old Nyla Nyhuis and 32-year-old Roger Nyhuis both of Sioux Center, were
transported by the Ireton Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Ford sustained about $1,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Ireton Fire Department and Ireton Ambulance.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking people to contact them if they know anything about the accident or the white vehicle. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip program.

April 21, 2014 - 2:38 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Sioux City woman’s van and a Marcus man’s semi were damaged in an accident on Friday, April 18th northwest of Ireton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 10:20 am on the 18th, 66-year-old Katheryne Robison was driving a 2000 Dodge van northbound on Dipper Avenue, three miles northwest of Ireton. Fourty-five-year-old Michael Lincoln of Marcus was westbound on Highway 10 in a 2011 Peterbuilt Semi-tractor pulling a SmithCo side-dump trailer. According to the report, Robison stopped at the stop sigh at Highway 10, then her vehicle was struck when she turned left onto the highway into the path of the Peterbuilt.

Robison’s Dodge received $4000 damage. Lincoln’s Peterbuilt received $2000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

April 20, 2014 - 2:00 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen has been arrested on a trespassing charge after Sheldon Police Officers investigated a complaint.law-lightbar-blue

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Sheldon Police Department received information from a Sheldon resident that they had found a video camera outside of their daughter’s window of their Sheldon home. Later on Wednesday, the resident called to report that the suspect had been caught after he had returned to the home in an attempt to retrieve the camera and was being detained there. Officers arrested 19-year-old Cody Michael Van Otterloo of from Rock Valley, Iowa, on a trespassing charge. Van Otterloo was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

The next day, Thursday, April 17, 2014, a search warrant was executed at Van Otterloo’s home at in Rock Valley, by officers from the Sheldon Police Department and the Rock Valley Police Department. Officers seized a number of items with potential evidentiary value from the home, including his phone, computers, and other electronic storage devices. These items will be analyzed at a future date. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

As usual, the Sheldon Police want to remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.