Boyden, Iowa — A George man has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated after an accident that happened on Friday morning east of Boyden.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, 29-year-old Fredrich Trei of George was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora eastbound on Highway 18, a mile east of Boyden. Forty-nine-year-old Frank Martinez of Sibley was driving a 2002 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 18. Trei lost control of his vehicle, which entered the westbound lane and struck the Dodge.

Martinez reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

Upon further investigation, the report says that investigating officers suspected that Trei was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Trei was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugged). He was issued a citation for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. He was also charged with possessing contraband in a correctional facility.

The Oldsmobile sustained about $3,500 in damages. The Dodge sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help once again; this time to find a car involved in a hit-and-run accident near Rock Valley.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They report that on Friday morning, they determined that sometime during the overnight or early morning hours just passed, a driver traveling northbound on Dove Avenue lost control of a vehicle, and it entered the east ditch and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole, breaking it off. The vehicle left the area and at last report had not been not found.

The vehicle likely sustained damages to its front.

The utility pole sustained approximately $1,200 in damages.

If you saw suspicious people or activity in this area when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about the accident and wish to remain anonymous you may use their Text‐a‐Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Four people were transported to hospitals after a crash on Thursday evening near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:30 PM, 46-year-old Antonio Cancino-Valdez of Sioux City was Sioux Center Ambulancedriving a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Highway 75, a mile south of Sioux Center. Fifty-six-year-old Ralph Shay of Albany, Minnesota was driving a 2003 Ford Windstar minivan southbound on Highway 75.

The report says Cancino-Valdez lost control of his vehicle, which entered the southbound lane and struck the Ford.

Cancino-Valdez and his passenger, 39-year-old Antonio Ramirez, also of Sioux City and Shay and his passenger, 21-year-old Christopher Shay, also of Albany were transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital. The Sioux Center Ambulance later transported Ramirez to Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The Chevrolet and Ford each sustained about $10,000 in damages.

Cancino-Valdez was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The Sioux Center Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Fire Department, and Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

April 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A little less than a month ago, we told you that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a burglary and theft report from a home in rural Alton. Now a Le Mars man has been charged in the case.Hand Cuffs sxc

When the homeowner had returned home he had found a Ford F150 pickup parked near his house. A white man got into the truck and drove off the yard at a high rate of speed. The truck went south on Kiwi Avenue toward Plymouth County. The homeowner realized his residence had been broken into and called the Sheriff’s Office.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that the perpetrator had entered the residence through a locked door while no one was home. A safe and a camera with two external lenses were reported as stolen.

On Wednesday, April 2, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office charged 36-year-old Chad Braun of Le Mars with Third Degree Burglary and Fourth Degree Theft. The investigation revealed that Braun was found to be in possession of stolen property taken from the home.

Braun is currently detained in the Plymouth County Jail in Le Mars on other charges.

The charges are a result of a joint investigation of the Sioux, Plymouth, and Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Offices.

!cid_image001_jpg@01CF4E58SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Local farmer Paul Schuiteman has directed a $2,500 donation to the Sioux Center Fire Fighters Association. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group purchase two sets of firefighting gear for the Sioux Center Fire Department.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“We know the people who work for the fire department, and they do a lot of good in our area,” said Joel Schuiteman, Paul’s brother. “They could use the donation to purchase new equipment to help stop combine fires and farm field fires.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Sioux Center Fire Fighters Association, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Paul Schuiteman.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

April 1, 2014 - 11:48 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on a drunk driving charge, and faces other charges as well after a traffic stop by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.drunk driving OWI DWI iStock

They report that on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at about 2:40 AM one of their deputies stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation at A52 and Grant Avene, two miles east of Doon.

After an investication, the deputy arrested 23-year-old Christopher Sheffield of Rock Valley on a charge of operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Sheffield was also charged with speeding and open container, both simple misdemeanors.

April 1, 2014 - 11:31 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Sheldon man’s Ford and a Hospers woman’s Chevy were damaged in an accident on Friday, March 28th, west of Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4:30 pm on the 28th, 53-year-old Terry Martin of Sheldon was driving a 2001 Ford van westbound on 400th Street, five miles west of Hospers. Thirty-one-year-old Nicole Bylsma of Hospers was also westbound on 400th Street in a 2000 Chevy Impala. Byslma struck the rear of Martin’s vehicle; Bylsma reported she had been distracted by her child.

Martin’s Ford received $2000 damage. Bylsma’s Chevy received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Bylsma was cited for following too close.

March 28, 2014 - 5:56 pm - Posted in News

Princeton, NJ — A new report ranks the overall health of all 99 Iowa counties, and Sioux County leads the state. The study used some 30 factors to compile the rankings  – things like childhood poverty, smoking, college attendance, physical activity and access to physicians.stethoscope_sxc Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says Sioux County ranked as the state’s healthiest county.

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(As above) “They have a very low rate of premature death in that county,” Van Dijk says. “People are living longer lives, they’re living well into their 70s and 80s, for the most part.”

She says Sioux County also ranked high in categories that surveyed social and economic factors, clinical care and the physical environment.

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(As above) “The other thing that influences good health in Sioux County is people are living good lives,” Van Dijk says. “There’s a smaller percentage of people who report they’re in poor or fair health, you’re having healthy babies in that community, a fairly low rate of low birth weight babies, so that’s really encouraging.”

Also in the top five was Lyon County, coming in at number four.  O’Brien County is 21st healthiest, and Osceola is 37th.

The study found Appanoose County, in southeast Iowa on the Missouri border, was the least healthy Iowa county.

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(As above) “They have more people dying earlier, they have more people reporting they’re in poor health, they have more babies who are being born earlier and of a lower birth weight,” Van Dijk says. “Appanoose County also ranks 98th out of 99 counties in those health factors and so has real opportunities to improve in things like smoking and healthy eating and active living.”

While Sioux County ranks as Iowa’s healthiest county, the rest of the top five are: Winneshiek, Chickasaw, Lyon and Mitchell at number-five. On the other end, the bottom five are: Montgomery, Wayne, Mills, Adams and Appanoose at 99th.

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(As above) “The county health rankings are not meant to shame a county that’s ranking at the lower end of the scale but to serve as a call to action,” Van Dijk says, “to say, what can we do to move these health factors forward and improve on these areas so residents of our community can live longer, healthier lives?”

The rankings come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health-focused philanthropy organization. This is the fifth year of the rankings, published online at: www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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Orange City, Iowa — KIWA radio has learned of a possible case of alcohol poisoning of a Northwestern College student. Law Enforcement Lightbar red

Because the investigation is not complete, we cannot bring you full details. What we know is that according to Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum, about midnight early Sunday morning, March 23rd, the student was taken to the Orange City Health System hospital by ambulance. The student was later transferred by helicopter to a Sioux City hospital, and was treated.

The student has since been released, says Pottebaum.

Orange City Police are investigating, and we will bring you the details if and when they become available.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was arrested on drug and other charges after a traffic stop in Rock Valley on Monday, March 24.law-lightbar-blue

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 27-year-old Marco Dominguez-Hernandez of Rock Valley on charges of preventing apprehension, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Highway 18 in Rock Valley. During the stop Dominguez-Hernandez presented the deputy with false identification. His real identity was later found, which showed his driver license was suspended.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.