Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sioux Center.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 7:20 AM on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 38-year-old Rose Groeneweg Staples of Sheldon was driving a 2002 Ford Pickup northbound on Highway 75, about a third of a mile north of the Pella Windows plant on the north side of Sioux Center. Fifty-nine year-old Evonne Taylor of Sioux Center was northbound on Highway 75 in a 2006 Chrysler minivan. Fifty-five year-old Ruth Smith of George was southbound on in a 2014 Chevy. The report says that Smith was behind Taylor.

It says Groeneweg Staples lost control, crossed the center turning lane, and struck Taylor. Taylor’s minivan then entered the west ditch and struck an animal fence. Groeneweg Staples’ pickup also struck Smith’s car. Smith’s car also entered the west ditch. Groeneweg Staples’ pickup came to rest on the southbound lane and shoulder.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Taylor to Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Groeneweg Staples’ Ford Pickup sustained $4000 in damages, Taylor’s Chrysler minivan sustained $6500 in damages, and Smith’s Chevy sustained $5000 in damages.

Groeneweg Staples was charged with Failure To Maintain Control.

Orange City, Iowa — Major party candidates have  been chosen by both parties for the District 4 State House seat left empty by the death of Dwayne Alons.

John Buntsma

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John Buntsma of Orange City has been selected as the Democratic candidate.

We had a chance to speak with Buntsma. He says his background is in newspaper publishing.

Buntsma says that although he has never been in politics, he has dealt frequently with those who are.

Some of those include the Orange City Tulip Festival, the Orange City Arts Council, the Dutch Front Committee, the Downtown Visioning Committee and the Orange City Library Board. He says he’s also active in his church, Trinity Reformed in Orange City.

We asked him why he’s running.

We asked him what makes him the best candidate for the job.

He says he would like to make sure that our part of northwest Iowa gets the same economic development opportunities as the rest of the state. He says that may mean development of more affordable housing so we could support more jobs. Buntsma is also interested in education, health care reform, alternative energy, infrastructure issues and immigration.

While Buntsma is a Democrat, he says that its important that voters don’t make presumptions about candidates based on party affiliation, or “put candidates in boxes.”

The special election will be held January 6th, 2015.

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Orange City, Iowa — An Adrian, Minnesota man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on Highway 60.

Iowa Highway 60 IA 60The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 6:30 PM on Sunday, December 21, one of their deputies arrested 26-year-old Andrew Sheldrick of Adrian, MN. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation of a reported dangerous driver on Highway 60, five miles southwest of Orange City. Upon further investigation, deputies found Sheldrick in his vehicle after it apparently left the roadway and entered the median of Highway 60.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s office is looking for the public’s help to find any clues to the apparent theft of a gun.
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The Sheriff’s Office says their deputies investigated a report of a theft that was reported at a home north of Orange City. Upon further investigation, investigators believe that on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 PM, a homeowner reported seeing a person wearing black clothing and a black ski mask near his home. The homeowner reportedly scared the suspect off and a short time later noticed he was allegedly missing a Ruger 9mm pistol.

The suspect was described as being approximately six feet tall with slender build. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux City man was arrested after an accident near Orange City.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 13th, 47-year-old Cornelio Chilel of Sioux City was driving a 2001 Honda CLX southbound on Jackson Avenue, two miles south of Orange City when the report says he drove off the road into the east ditch. It says Chilel attempted to drive out of the ditch and the vehicle rolled.

No injuries were reported.

The Honda sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.

Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Chilel was under the influence of alcohol. Chilel was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and cited on a charge of driving without a driver’s license.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department.

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Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden. Ambulance Lightbar

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:40 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014, 22-year-old Karlee Kunkel was driving a 1993 Buick northbound on Highway 10, a mile and a half north of Hawarden. Fifty-five year-old Jeffery Ness was northbound on 10 in a 1995 semi.

The report says that the semi was slowing down, preparing to make a right turn on to a private drive. Kunkel rear-ended the semi.

The Hawarden Ambulance took Kunkel to Hawarden Regional Healthcare.

Kunkel’s Buick sustained $2000 in damages, which totaled the vehicle, and the semi sustained $3000 in damages.

Kunkel was charged with following too closely.

Kevin Van Otterloo

Rock Valley, Iowa — One candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Iowa House District 4 seat that is now open after the death of Dwayne Alons. Alons would have been starting his ninth term in January.

The first candidate to step forward is Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo. He announced on Friday, December 5th, that he will seek the seat previously held by Alons. Van Otterloo will seek the Republican nomination at an upcoming caucus on December 16th.

Van Otterloo says that it would truly be an honor to represent his neighbors in the 4th District and have the opportunity to be their voice. He says that it’s vital that we have strong leadership with an interest of preserving Iowa Values while continuing to move the State of Iowa in a positive direction.

Van Otterloo was elected Mayor in 2012 and previously served on the Rock Valley City Council for 10 years.

One of his accomplishments has been leading the city of Rock Valley through the 2014 flood.

He says that there were a lot of difficult decisions to be made this summer, but he says “the one thing that always rang true was in order to lead you must listen.”

Van Otterloo’s family has been in the grocery store business for the last 53 years. He grew up in Rock Valley and has continued to run the family business for the past 16 years, Van’s Food Pride. He says that his experience would be useful in Des Moines.

After the December 16th caucus, a special election will be held January 6th, to elect a new Representative for District 4.

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Orange City, Iowa — Three people were arrested on drug charges in Orange City following a drug investigation.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday evening, December 4, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people at 116 Delaware Avenue in Orange City. The arrests stemmed from the execution of a search warrant following a drug investigation.

They report that they arrested 32-year-old Sarah Jaime and 32-year-old Hehu Sanchez both of Orange City and 26-26-year-old Amanda Sanchez of Sebring, Florida. They were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Endangerment.

The Child Endangerment charge was a result of three children who were under the age of 10 that were present at the home.

The Orange City Police Department and Iowa Department of Human Services assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

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Sheldon, Iowa — Two people from New York were arrested on drug charges near Sheldon on Tuesday.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11 AM, one of their deputies made a traffic stop on Highway 18, a half mile west of Sheldon.

Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that there were illegal drugs inside the vehicle.

The deputy arrested 22-year-old Mikhael Donovan of Troy, NY and 19-year-old Megan Fuller of Latham, NY on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office K9, Sonny, assisted in the investigation.

Orange City, Iowa — A special election will be held in the first week of January in Sioux County.vote voting ballot

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation directing a special election to be held on Jan. 6, 2015, for Iowa House District 4, following the passing of State Rep. Dwayne Alons.

House District 4 is in Sioux County and includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth.

Alons died on Saturday at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center. He had announced in October that he was battling renal cancer. Funeral services were held on Wednesday.