November 27, 2017 - 11:29 am - Posted in News

Des Moines — One northwest Iowa community has received a nearly half-a-million-dollar loan for sewer improvements from the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

They report that the city of Granville is among 26 Iowa communities that recently received low-interest water quality loans totaling more than $82.8 million through the State Revolving Fund. Granville received a loan of $448,000 for sewer transmission improvements.

The Iowa Finance Authority says that State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison says that the Iowa Finance Authority is proud to partner with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to offer programs to assist Iowa communities in improving their wastewater or drinking water infrastructure. He says that the State Revolving Fund’s affordable financing benefitted nearly 712,000 Iowans in the last fiscal year alone and is poised to assist many more in the years ahead.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp says that the State Revolving Fund is an important resource for Iowa communities as they face a wide array of water quality improvement needs, and he encouraged Iowa communities to contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or the Iowa Finance Authority to learn more.

The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities with more than $2.8 billion in Construction Loans and more than $175 million through Planning & Design Loans since the program’s inception.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides annual capitalization grants to states. Leveraged bonds and loan repayments expand the reach of the federal investment. More than $3 in assistance has been leveraged for Iowa water quality projects for every $1 of federal funds. More information is available at IowaSRF.com.

November 24, 2017 - 10:14 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Rochester, Minnesota woman was taken to the hospital after her SUV struck a deer near Alton Wednesday evening.

Sioux County authorities say that shortly after 6:30 Wednesday evening (November 22nd), a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 31-year old Raelynn Chase of Rochester was southbound on Highway 60, about a mile south of Alton, when she struck a deer on the roadway.

Authorities say Chase was taken to the Orange City Hospital by Alton Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger in the Chase vehicle, 43-year old Toni Williamson, of Rochester, reported minor injuries, but sought medical attention on her own, according to deputies.

Damage to the Chase SUV was estimated at $6-thousand.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Alton Fire Department, Alton Ambulance, and Orange City Police Department.

UPDATE: Rock Valley, Iowa — A old motel being used as an apartment building was damaged in a fire on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Rock Valley.

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Sioux City, Iowa — An Orange City man who had been accused of manufacturing anabolic steroids entered a Guilty plea in federal court in Sioux City on Monday (November 20th)

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sioux City says 23-year old James Nhan, of Orange City accepted a plea agreement in which he admitted to manufacturing anabolic steroids, which are Schedule III controlled substances.

The release says that, in his plea agreement, Nhan admitted that, from late 2014 until December 15, 2015, he manufactured anabolic steroids and intended to distribute some of the steroids to various customers. It goes on to say that in December, 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Nhan’s residence and seized numerous vials containing anabolic steroids, as well as laboratory equipment, packing materials, labels, and sheets of papers listing the names and addresses of individuals who had purchased, or intended to purchase anabolic steroids.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office press release, a date for sentencing has not yet been set. The release says Nhan remains free on bond pending sentencing.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and at least 2 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

November 22, 2017 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa (Radio Iowa) — Thanksgiving weekend is easily one of the busiest periods of the year on Iowa roads, and traditionally, the deadliest.

Patrick Hoye, chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says the congestion increases the risk for crashes.

Over the past decade in Iowa, the state’s Department of Transportation reports the Thanksgiving weekend has produced 25-percent more fatal crashes than any other holiday weekend. The night before Thanksgiving is a particularly dangerous time because of alcohol-impaired drivers.

Hoye says if alcohol is in your celebration plans, plan ahead and name a designated driver.

Last year in Iowa, five people were killed in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday period – which began Wednesday evening and continues through Monday morning.

Northwest Iowa — Students who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program here in northwest Iowa, and across the state, will be the beneficiaries of a new program that aims to feed protein-packed sandwiches to needy children.

Allyson Ladd is marketing specialist for Iowa’s largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, which is starting what it’s calling the Power Snack program.

The program is now going statewide after it had been tried as a pilot program in several Iowa communities and Ladd says the coupons were a success.

She says recent studies find one in eight children in Iowa are food insecure, meaning they’re not sure where their next meal may be coming from.

To learn more visit the Iowa Select Farms Facebook page or their website at www.iowaselect.com.

November 22, 2017 - 1:05 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers couple were arrested early Tuesday morning (November 21st), according to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sioux County deputies say the arrests of 28-year old Becky Desmond, and 42-year old Lawrence Hopcroft, stem from a Sheriff’s Office investigation into a report that counterfeit money was used at the Kum & Go convenience store in Hospers in exchange for actual currency.

According to authorities, upon further investigation, deputies discovered that on Friday, November 3rd, Desmond and Hopcroft allegedly asked the clerk at the convenience store for change for two $20 bills and one $50 bill. Deputies say that a total of $90 in actual currency was allegedly gained by using the counterfeit bills.

Sioux County deputies say Desmond and Hopcroft allegedly attempted the same thing 30 minutes later at another business, but no money was exchanged in that incident.

Sioux County arrest records indicate that both Desmond and Hopcroft face charges of: Forgery, a Class D Felony; and 5th Degree Theft, a Simple Misdemeanor.

November 22, 2017 - 12:51 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man who fled to Utah after allegedly stabbing his grandfather to death, then setting fire to the home they shared in Rock Valley, has been returned to Sioux County.

Shortly before 2:30 am on Sunday, October 29th, Rock Valley firefighters were called to the report of a house fire at 1416 15th Street in Rock Valley. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a portion of the house was fully engulfed by fire, and were told there was someone inside the dwelling. Firefighters gained entry into the residence, extinguished the fire, and discovered the body of 84-year old Luis Luevanos inside the residence.

Luevanos death sparked an investigation which led to the discovery that he had been stabbed to death prior to the fire being intentionally set.

 

The victim’s grandson, Santos Rodriguez, Jr. had lived in his grandfather’s home prior to the fire. The investigation revealed that Rodriguez, Jr. had traveled to Utah after the fire.

Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation travelled to Utah and interviewed  Rodriguez, Jr. Officials say he admitted to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterward.

Rodriguez, Jr. was arrested, and returned to Iowa, where he was placed in the Sioux County Jail on Tuesday of this week, charged with: 1st Degree Premeditated Murder, a Class A Felony; 1st Degree Arson, a Class B Felony; as well as Failure To Appear.

As of late morning Wednesday, Rodriguez Jr. remained locked up in the Sioux County Jail at Orange City.

November 22, 2017 - 11:30 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A call to a vehicle fire in Hull on Tuesday (November 21st, 2017) could have been much worse.

According to Hull Fire Chief Greg Van Roekel, the Hull Fire Department was called about 4:25 p.m. to a vehicle on fire at Highway 18 and Okey Street in Hull. He says when the department got there, they saw a vehicle with one of its tires on fire. He said they extinguished the fire.

Van Roekel says that the damage was basically limited to the tire. He says the cause of the fire was undetermined.

He says no injuries were reported. They used minimal water in putting out the fire, and firefighters were on the scene for about fifteen minutes.

Hospers, Iowa — Sioux County deputies are searching for a car in connection with a reported attempted child abduction in Hospers late Tuesday afternoon.

According to a Nixle alert issued by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the car being sought is described as a silver four door car that has a spoiler and dark tinted windows.

If you see a car matching that description, you are asked to contact law enforcement.