July 4, 2014 - 4:37 am - Posted in News

TopeteGranville, Iowa — A 21-year old Granville woman was arrested Wednesday, following an early morning traffic accident in Granville.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:30 Wednesday morning, 21-year old Emerita Topete of Granville was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero southbound on Pine Street in Granville when she lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree in a residential yard.

Deputies say that Topete then left the area and could not be found.  A short time later she was discovered inside of a residence.

Topete was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license, and Failure To Maintain Control.

No injuries were reported.

Sheldon, Iowa — No Republican candidates for Attorney General were on the primary ballot this spring. But there will be a Republican candidate facing Democratic incumbent Tom Miller in the fall. His name is Adam Gregg, and he is originally from Hawarden.adam gregg

We had a chance to speak to Gregg recently. He gives us his background.

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Gregg tells us what he did in the Governor’s office.

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He tells us why his name did not appear on the primary ballot.

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He tells us why he thinks he’s the right person for the job.

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Here is the full interview:

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June 26, 2014 - 1:48 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Boyden woman’s Cheverolet was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 25th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:45 am , 26 -year-old Tiffany Van Roekel of Boyden was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Highway 18 , two miles west of Hull. Forty-one -year-old Corissa Burnette of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2002 Ford F150 behind Van Roekel. According to the report Burnette struck the rear of the Chevrolet.

Van Roekel’s Cheverolet received $800 damage. Burnette’s Ford received no damage.

There were no injuries reported.

June 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Pontiac and a Orange City man’s Dodge were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, June 24th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:10 pm , 48-year-old Colleen Van Beek of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on Highway 18 , one mile east of Hull. Fifty-nine -year-old James Smits of Orange City was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 2013 Dodge Ram behind Van Beek. According to the report Van Beek slowed for a farm tractor and Smits struck the rear of the Pontiac

Van Beek’s Pontiac received $7,000 damage. Smits’s Dodge received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Doon woman has been arrested after an alleged assault in a moving vehicle.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 PM on Sunday, June 22, their deputies investigated a report of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in a vehicle on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that 31-year-old Catarina Pablo of Doon was driving a vehicle on Highway 75 when she assaulted a male victim inside the vehicle. Following the assault Pablo attempted to stop the male from calling 911.

As a result of the investigation, Pablo was arrested and charged with domestic assault and obstructing an emergency phone call.

According to jail records, she was booked into the Sioux County Jail on a $1000 bond. The next day she posted an unsecured bond and was released.

Orange City, Iowa — A woman who was headed to the Sioux County Jail to serve time has ended up being arrested again when she got there because she was allegedly drunk.Sioux Co Jail

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 58-year-old Karma Bakker of Chatsworth arrived at the Sioux County Jail on Sunday evening, June 22, to serve time on unrelated charges. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Bakker was intoxicated when she arrived at the jail.

She was charged with Public Intoxication.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Officials in Rock Valley say they will continue with plans to host the kick off to this summer’s big bicycle ride across Iowa despite last week’s flood that heavily damaged the northwest Iowa town. Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo says it was not a decision that was not taken lightly and any money generated by the RAGBRAI ragbraistop will have a distinct purpose — to help residents who were displaced and to repair damaged property.

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(As above) “The city council has already announced that any proceeds that come from this will go directly into the flood relief program,” Mayor Van Otterloo says. “We’re not going to forget about the people that are up front. We do have some RAGBRAI people coming in this weekend that are going to help with the clean-up again from other towns.”

Funds have been set up at the three local banks. The Rock River crested last week at Rock Valley some 11 feet over flood stage, breaking records set in the Flood of 1993. At least 150 homes in the town were damaged. The Rock Valley RAGBRAI Committee will make arrangements for housing in the coming weeks, as some of the people who were hosting bicycle riders have seen damage to their properties. Van Otterloo says the recovery is going well, but it’s slow.

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(As above) “The clean-up on the outside is doing really well, for the streets and everything like that,” he says. “If you came in now, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell we had a flood. It’s inside the homes now where people don’t see it. A lot of these people, their houses have taken a huge hit. We’re going to have another massive clean-up day on Saturday for everybody here.”

The mayor says it was overwhelming to hear from so many mayors and other community leaders from nearby and far away, offering to help in the recovery process, along with the many hundreds of volunteers who showed up.

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(As above) “That was really humbling watching the sandbaggers out there last week,” Van Otterloo says. “It didn’t make any difference which school you went to, which church you went to, which town you came from, what the color of your skin was, it didn’t make any difference. They were all standing there together as brothers and sisters and working together to stop that water from destroying homes.”

RAGBRAI kicks off in Rock Valley on Saturday, July 19, with riders leaving to head towards Okoboji on Sunday the 20th.

Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM by calling 712.451.HELP.

Van Otterloo says that the town has made great strides over the last several days. He says this weekend they are hoping to help residents clear things they have taken out of their homes from their yards.

Dump sites, located at the parking lot of the Netherlands Reformed Church and West of the Christian School at the Old Block plant, will be opened up over the weekend for residents to take damaged items to be hauled away.

Volunteers are needed to help residents remove items from their homes and yards and take them to the dump sites.

The city will also begin to clean the campgrounds and other city properties affected.

City Administrator Tom Van Maanen says that this will be their last organized push to collect a large amount of damaged items and haul them away. Mayor Van Otterloo says that volunteers have helped save residents and the city a lot of money because of how quickly things have progressed. He says they are so grateful for the willingness of their community.

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Orange City, Iowa — Many people in northwest Iowa are dealing with flood cleanup and the questions that come up. Some of these questions have easy answers, but many do not.Lori Hayungs

Iowa State University Extension Family Life specialist Lori Hayungs tells us that the Extension Service has many resources available.

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Hayungs says if you don’t have a computer or device you can use right now, you can usually find one at a local library, or you can stop by your local extension office, and they can help you look up the information you need.

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She gives us some examples of the kind of information they have available.

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Again, you can find this type of information by searching extension.iastate.edu for “Dealing with flooding 2014″. Or you can contact your local extension office. The Sioux County office can be reached at 737-4230, and the Lyon County office can be reached at 472-2576.

Rock Valley and Rock Rapids, Iowa — The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is still on the scene in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids to help those affected by flooding. As of Friday morning, one Red Cross emergency shelter remains open at Central Lyon Middle School (1105 S. Story Street) in Rock Rapids to help residents impacted by flooding by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, minor first aid and a shoulder to lean on. Red Cross shelters at Faith Reformed Church (1305 7th Street) in Rock Valley and West Middle School in Sioux City are now closed.Red Cross

The Red Cross in northwest Iowa has housed more than 200 people over the past week in shelters in Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Cherokee.

So far, disaster workers have served more than 20,000 meals and snacks. And, volunteers in Red Cross emergency response vehicles continue to hand out water and snacks in affected areas.

On Thursday, Red Cross volunteers began giving out cleanup items such as, bleach, gloves, buckets, brooms and other supplies in Rock Rapids. On Friday, volunteers in Red Cross emergency response vehicles packed with cleanup items, water and snacks will visit the towns of Rock Valley, Akron and Hawarden. Volunteers are also handing out important safety information about what to expect when cleaning up and what to do in the event that flood waters should rise again.

Red Cross disaster workers are assessing damage to homes and will meet one-on-one with those affected by flooding to see what the Red Cross and other local agencies can do to help families recover.

“In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by flooding get back on their feet,” said Tammy Lee, community chapter executive for the northwest Iowa territory. “The Red Cross will keep shelters open as long as needed, in addition to providing food, water and mental health support to those affected.”

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.

Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

If you or someone you know in northwest Iowa still needs assistance, please call the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross (712) 252-4081 or toll free: (800) 340-4081.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Pella, Iowa — A Sioux Center man will serve as Vice President of the Reformed Church In America.Evan VerMeer

Evan Vermeer of Sioux Center was elected vice president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America on Tuesday morning. He was installed during General Synod closing worship and will serve over the next year.

Vermeer is an elder at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center and current president of the Regional Synod of the Heartland.

He will serve alongside General Synod president Greg Alderman, his former pastor at First Reformed.

Vermeer has previously served in various capacities with the regional synod, as classis and General Synod delegate, and with the General Synod Council. He also has served his congregation as teacher, deacon, and consistory vice president and clerk.

Asked to share a few words with synod after his election was announced, he said, “I told you [when I was nominated] that I will seek the Lord and serve you well, and I will do that. I thank you for your faith in me; I ask that you will pray for me.” He invited the church to move forward with him into Transformed and Transforming, the RCA’s new 15-year goal for ministry and mission.

Vermeer’s wife’s name is Nancy and they have five children and six grandchildren.

The RCA’s General Synod met June 12-17 on the campus of Central College in Pella.