September 30, 2013 - 10:52 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary M. Croatt 61 of rural Granville passed away on Saturday September 28, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa

Services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday October 4, 2013 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in HOSPERS, Iowa Father Tim Hogan will officiate with burial in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in HOSPERS

Visitation will be after 4 P.M. with the Family present at 5 P.M. and a scripture wake service at 7 P.M. all at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in PRIMGHAR

The Eldridge Family Funeral Home of Paullina is in charge of arrangement.

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman faces a pair of charges after authorities say she was found driving drugged with a child in her vehicle.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that about just into Thursday — at 12:15 AM, they arrested 39-year-old Jennifer Hamlin of Rock Rapids during a traffic stop on Highway 75, two miles south of Sioux Center. The deputy suspected that Hamlin was intoxicated from the use of an illegal drug.

After an investigation by the sheriff’s office Drug Recognition Expert, Hamlin was arrested for operating while intoxicated‐drugged and because a two-year-old child was a passenger in the vehicle, she was also charged with child endangerment.

gavel_sxcOrange City, Iowa — A man from Honduras faces up to five years in prison after he was found guilty of a felony assault charge for an attack that happened in Hull earlier this year.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that following a three-day trial, a Sioux County Jury has convicted 32-year-old Norman Arturo Garay-Boquin of the crime of Assault Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony.  garRa-EE  boh-KEEN

On June 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting that an ambulance and a deputy respond to 805 Chestnut Drive in Hull. McAllister says Hull EMT’s and a Sioux County Deputy arrived within minutes to find a 47-year-old Hull man, unconscious, face down in a pool of blood. The victim was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls with serious facial injuries.

Further investigation revealed that Garay-Boquin was responsible for severely beating the victim with his fist. Garay-Boquin fled the scene but was arrested by Sioux County Deputies a short time later at a traffic stop north of Orange City. At the time of his arrest Garay-Boquin gave officers a false name. They found out his true identity when his fingerprints were run through a federal database by the Sioux County Jail. Jail authorities also discovered there was an active arrest warrant for Garay-Boquin’s arrest for a federal probation violation on a charge of Illegal Re-Entry. Garay-Boquin is a native of Honduras, who has been previously deported by federal immigration authorities in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Sentencing is set for October 25, 2013. Garay-Boquin is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $7,500.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Rural Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden teen has been arrested and faces several charges after an investigation into a stolen vehicle from Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 19-year-old Matthew Zinnel of Hawarden on Tuesday on charges including two counts of 3rd degree burglary, and one count each of 2nd degree theft, 3rd degree theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early that morning, the sheriff’s office received a report from Sioux Center that a Dodge Durango had been stolen from a residence sometime during the overnight hours.

Upon further investigation sheriff’s deputies discovered the Durango parked at the intersection of Coolidge Avenue and 370th Street, 12 miles northwest of Sioux Center.

The sheriff’s office K9 unit was able to track the suspect to his residence at 3721 Coolidge Avenue, 11 miles northeast of Hawarden. While investigating the stolen vehicle deputies were able to link Zinnel to other thefts in the area. He was found in possession of a 2012 Honda Recon ATV that had been reported stolen earlier this month from a Sioux County resident; and cash, also believed to be stolen.

The Sioux Center Police Department charged Zinnel with 2nd degree theft, 5th degree theft and 3rd degree burglary of a motor vehicle for the theft of the Durango.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department and Rock Valley Police Department.

ISPshieldSioux Center, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol investigated a one-vehicle rollover accident with injuries on Tuesday, September 24 near Sioux Center.

Only preliminary information is available about the accident. The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:00 PM, 45-year-old Gary DeJager of Rock Valley was northbound on Highway 75, a mile north of Sioux Center in a 2007 Ford pickup.

He turned left onto B-30, but lost control of the pickup and it rolled after it entered the south ditch.

The preliminary report doesn’t say if it was DeJager or a passenger who was injured in the accident and also does not say whether the injured person was taken to a hospital.

We hope to have more information when it becomes available.

September 27, 2013 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

unemploymentDes Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 4.9 percent in August, as more Iowans continued to enter the labor force. The August rate was up from 4.8 percent in July, but down from the year ago rate of 5.3 percent. In contrast, the U.S. unemployment rate for August decreased to 7.3 percent from 7.4 percent in July because fewer people were looking for work.

The Director of Iowa Workforce Development, Teresa Wahlert says that more Iowans are entering the labor force, encouraged by the upward trend in total employment for the year. She says that Iowa’s labor force reached its highest level for the year in August at 1,655,300.

Iowa’s pool of unemployed persons increased to 80,800 in August from 79,000 in July. The comparable estimate of unemployed for August 2012 was 87,000.

The total number of working Iowans grew to 1,574,400 in August, which was up from 1,573,300 in July. The current level is 27,000 higher than one year ago.

Lyon County continued to have the lowest non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the state in August, at 2.5 percent — down a tenth of a percent from the July rate of 2.6 percent. Holding second place for August was Mills County at 3.0 percent.

Tied for third place for lowest unemployment for August was Sioux County and Shelby County at 3.2 percent. Sioux County was at 3.4 percent in July.

O’Brien County isn’t far behind with only 3.8 percent unemployment, up a tenth of a percent from 3.7 percent in July.

And still almost a full percent lower than the state average was Osceola County with 4.0 percent unemployment, down from 4.1 percent in July.

garbage can tub_sxcDes Moines — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced this afternoon he has filed a lawsuit against the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Sheldon.

Garbage haulers haul waste from residents of Sioux, O’Brien, Osceola, Clay and Lyon Counties to the landfill. The lawsuit alleges landfill managers did not install proper liners or a collection system to ensure hazardous liquids and other materials from about 300,000 tons of garbage didn’t leach into the soil. Prosecutors point to a 2007 state law that requires the liners and “leachate” collection system for landfills.

The lawsuit also alleges two cells for garbage went under construction before the landfill got the required state permits.

Landfill managers referred questions to Des Moines lawyer James Brick, who was not available late Thursday afternoon for comment.

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September 27, 2013 - 9:27 am - Posted in Obituaries

Edith Sietstra, 95, of Boyden, IA died Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Whispering Heights Care Center, of Rock Valley, Iowa.

A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 PM at Demco Center in of Boyden.

A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Monday at 10:00 AM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden. Interment will follow the prayer service in Sheridan Township Cemetery of Boyden.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 11:00 AM at First Reformed Church of Boyden with Rev. Matthew Draffen officiating.

Law Enforcement Lightbar redNear Hinton, Iowa — An Ireton man has been arrested on four charges after a traffic stop in Plymouth County.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday (9/24/13), about 9:10 PM, one of their deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 2600 block of K22, or the Perry Creek Road, about 10 miles north of Sioux City.

As a result of the stop, the driver, 32-year-old Adam Smith of Ireton, was found to be under the influence of marijuana and also driving while his license was suspended. Smith was arrested, and a search of the vehicle turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with Second Offense OWI, an Aggravated misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana and Driving while suspended, both Serious misdemeanors; Possession of Drug paraphernalia, a Simple misdemeanor, and speeding.

Smith was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and held to see a judge.

September 26, 2013 - 2:15 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary BrasMary Bras, age 73, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Prairie View Home in Sanborn, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the Protestant Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa. Rev. James Lanning officiating. Burial at Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, September 27, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

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The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service of Sheldon in charge of arrangements for Mary Bras.