August 14, 2014 - 10:04 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, August 13th near Rock Valley .

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:43 am, 64 Year-old Marcella Suter of Rock Valley was driving eastbound on Highway 18, one mile west of Rock Valley in a 2004 Ford Explorer, when she struck a deer on the roadway.

Suter’s Ford received $4,000 damage

There were no injuries reported

August 14, 2014 - 10:00 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Sioux Center woman’s Buick and an Inwood man’s Acura were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, August 12th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:14 pm, 52 -year-old Pamela Punt was driving a 2011 Buick LaCrosse northbound on Highway 75 , One-half mile north of Sioux Center. Twenty-seven -year-old Rylan Walth, of Inwood, was northbound, following Punt on Highway 75 in a Acura Acura RL. According to the report, Punt stopped on the roadway and was waiting for a truck in front of her to turn off of the roadway. Walth was unable to stop and struck the rear of Punt’s vehicle on the roadway.

Punt’s Buick received $3,000 damage. Walth’s Acura received $4000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

August 14, 2014 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Several American flags have been reported stolen in the town of Hull.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flag poles on the north side of Hull. The flags were taken from both residences and school property.

The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip Program.

August 13, 2014 - 8:10 am - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — A Granville man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Friday evening, August 8th.Granville Ambulance

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:00 PM, 49-year-old Anthony Auchstetter of Granville was driving a Suzuki King Quad ATV northbound on Log Avenue, two miles southwest of Granville. He turned to go eastbound on 480th Street and lost control of the ATV, which entered the north ditch and rolled.

The Granville Ambulance transported Auchstetter to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

The Suzuki only sustained about $50 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Granville Ambulance.

August 11, 2014 - 8:22 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy has recently become the first deputy from that office to serve on the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Honor Guard.Pollema Honor Guard

Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena says that the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies or ISSDA Honor Guard participates in events such as: Funerals of sheriffs or deputies who have died in the line of duty, funerals of retired sheriffs or deputies, ceremonies such as – The Peace Officer Memorial Day and at ISSDA schools. The new member of the honor guard is Sioux County Deputy Waylon Pollema.

The ISSDA honor guard works in conjunction with honor guards from some of Iowa’s larger counties, such as Polk, Linn and Black Hawk Counties, to assist in providing these services.

Sheriff Altena says that they’re proud to have an officer be part of the group. He says the honor guard provides an honorable presence at some very important events.

Boyden, Iowa — A Sheldon woman was arrested early on Friday, August 8 on drug charges, about halfway between Boyden and Sheldon.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12 minutes after midnight, one of their deputies stopped 22-year-old Raychel Hughes of Sheldon at the intersection of Highway 18 and Lily Avenue.

Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered Hughes was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and the deputy suspected that she was under the influence of a drug.

Hughes was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugged) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office K‐9 unit and the sheriff’s office Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) assisted with the investigation.

Sioux City, Iowa — Jury selection is completed and the trial of a man accused of killing an Orange City woman and a Sioux City man in Sioux City is underway.handgun glock 22 40 caliber

According to court records, 27-year-old Juan Nino-Estrada of Sioux City is charged in Woodbury County District Court with two counts of first-degree murder and single counts of attempted murder and willful injury in connection with the shooting deaths that happened on November 7th, 2013.

Police say 35-year-old Michael Delgado of Sioux City and 35-year-old Yolanda Valdez of Orange City were found shot to death at the home at 507 West 27th Street. According to Sioux City Police, it may have started as an altercation between Nino-Estrada and another man.

If convicted on a first degree murder charge, a class A felony, Nino-Estrada would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City emergency crews were called to the report of a gas leak on Tuesday.Orange City Fire OCFD Engine 60

Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vanderwel says the leak was in a new part of Orange City where there are not yet street addresses. He says it was near 14th Street Southeast and Lincoln Place Southeast near the Puddle Jumper Trail. They were paged about 5 PM, according to the chief.

He says a contractor in the area was trenching and struck a gas line. Streets into the area were blocked for about 15 minutes he says, and Orange City Utility personnel quickly responded.

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August 6, 2014 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sibley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:55 AM on Tuesday morning, August 5, at 8:55 AM 63-year-old Patricia Lange of Sibley was driving a 2007 Toyota RAV‐4 southbound on Highway 60, a mile northeast of Alton. Fifteen-year-old Kyle TeGrootenhuis of Hospers was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on Kingbird Avenue.

The report says he stopped for the stop sign in the median at Highway 60 and then began driving northbound to cross
Highway 60, when he struck the Lange vehicle in the intersection.  

The Alton Ambulance transported Lange to the Orange City Health System Hospital. TeGrootenhuis did not report any injuries.

Lange’s Toyota sustained about $6,000 in damages.  TeGrootenhuis’s pickup sustained an estimated $2,000 in

TeGrootenhuis was cited for failing to yield the right of way when entering a through highway. Lange was cited
for expired registration.

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

Orange City, Iowa — Turnout was light but Orange City voters have approved a proposal to dispose of the municipally-owned communications and cable TV system.

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By a margin of 176 “yes” to 45 “no”, voters did approve the measure to sell the system. A fifty percent majority was required to pass. The measure got 79.64 percent “yes” votes. In all, 221 ballots were cast.

The city of Orange City will now sell their portion of the communications utility to their partner, Long Lines of Sergeant Bluff.

At this point, both have half of the business.

The partnership was formed over ten years ago, when a public vote authorized the council to enter an agreement with Long Lines to establish the service. That was in 2003.

Orange City Communications is a provider of telephone, cable TV and Internet service to Orange City.