July 20, 2017 - 3:10 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Boyden man was arrested early Thursday morning on a felony burglary warrant.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, 36-year old Casey VandenBosch was taken into custody by a Sheldon Police Officer shortly after 4:30 Thursday morning in the 500-block of Business 60 in Sheldon.

Authorities say VandenBosch faces a charge of 3rd Degree Burglary, which is a Class D Felony.  Police say the charges stem from the investigation into an incident that took place in western Sheldon last month, in which someone entered a house through a window.

Police say VandenBosch was booked into the O’Brien County Jail following his arrest.

According to online court records, a Preliminary Hearing in the case has been scheduled for 9:30 am on August 8th, in Primghar.

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a reported burglary at a rural Rock Valley residence.

Deputies say they received the report Tuesday evening of a residential burglary that occurred at a residence on Fig Avenue, six miles south of Rock Valley.

During their investigation, deputies discovered that someone had damaged an entry door and door frame in an attempt to enter the residence.

Authorities say the crime happened sometime between 7:00 Monday evening (July 17th), and 7:00 Tuesday evening (July 18th).

If you saw any suspicious individual in that area, or have any information about this crime, you’re asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

July 20, 2017 - 2:02 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A pickup was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in/near Hull.

According to Hull Fire Chief Greg Van Roekel, about 7:05 AM, the Hull Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle fire a quarter mile west of the north junction of Highways 18 and 75.

The chief says the fire department saw the pickup fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Van Roekel says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the is undetermined.

Chief Van Roekel reports that the pickup was totaled in the blaze. A gooseneck flatbed trailer that the pickup had been pulling was not damaged.

He says they used under 500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about a half hour.

July 19, 2017 - 5:15 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — If you’re headed to or through Orange City this weekend, we remind you that it’s RAGBRAI time and Orange City is the starting city this year.

Thousands of bike riders will descend on Orange City on Friday night and Saturday and leave on the ride on Sunday morning. The 45th annual event will challenge bikers to one week of riding that averages 57.5 miles each day and ends at the Mississippi River in Lansing.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Hoffman tells us that his office is taking a number of last-minute calls and final preparations continue.


Hoffman highlights a few of the activities and opportunities that will be available for riders and others on Saturday.


He reminds residents and riders that they can find more information at ragbrai.orangecityiowa.com.

July 18, 2017 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — A convoy of big rigs will be hitting some northwest Iowa roads this weekend in an effort to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Paul Schelling is one of the organizers of the annual Commercial Chaos For A Cure, and he tells us the day will begin, and end, in Sioux Center.


He tells us about the entry fee for the trucks.


Schelling says 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.


Schelling says registration starts at 10 and the trucks take off at 11 this Saturday, June 18th.

July 18, 2017 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An arraignment date has now been set in the case of a Yankton, SD man facing a number of charges in Sioux County after a traffic stop near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 47-year-old Wilbert Givihan of Yankton, South Dakota in the early hours of Thursday, July 6th, near the intersection of 310th Street and Coolidge Avenue, four miles west of Rock Valley, after a traffic stop.

They say the arrest stemmed from a joint drug investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Valley Police Department.

Givihan was charged with a class C felony count of delivery of methamphetamine, as well as possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, open container of alcohol, driving without a valid driver’s license and no proof of motor vehicle insurance.

At last report, Givihan remained in the Sioux County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond. His arraignment has been scheduled for this coming Monday, July 24th, in Sioux County District Court in Orange City. Judge John D. Ackerman’s order says they will also discuss and set conditions for Givihan’s release from custody at that time, according to court records.

July 17, 2017 - 5:35 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Yankton, SD man facing a number of charges in Sioux County after a traffic stop near Rock Valley is scheduled to appear in court for an initial hearing on Tuesday, July 18th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 47-year-old Wilbert Givihan of Yankton, South Dakota in the early hours of Thursday, July 6th, near the intersection of 310th Street and Coolidge Avenue, four miles west of Rock Valley, after a traffic stop.

They say the arrest stemmed from a joint drug investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Valley Police Department.

Givihan was charged with a class C felony count of delivery of methamphetamine, as well as possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, open container of alcohol, driving without a valid driver’s license and no proof of motor vehicle insurance.

At last report, Givihan remained in the Sioux County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Sioux County District Court. The hearing is also supposed to cover fixing conditions for release from custody, according to court records.

Orange City, Iowa — Two area hospitals are among six Iowa hospitals being named to the Becker’s Hospital Lists of 62 Critical Hospitals To Know for 2017.

Orange City Area Health System of Orange City and Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars made the list. Four other rural Iowa hospitals were also listed. They include: Avera Holy Family Hospital at Estherville, Myrtue Medical Center of Harlan, Iowa Specialty Hospital of Belmond, and the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds and the annual average length of stay is 96 hours or fewer for acute care. These hospitals also offer 24/7 emergency care and must be located at least 35 miles away from any other major hospital.

July 17, 2017 - 11:43 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was sentenced to jail time and probation after he was convicted of assault by strangulation and other crimes recently.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 23-year-old Julian Barrientos of Rock Valley was sentenced on Friday, July 14, 2017, in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Assault, Obstruction of Emergency Communication, and Disorderly Conduct.

Kunstle says that on November 13, 2016, Barrientos’ former girlfriend arrived home with her two children who were 4 and 3 years old. As the victim exited her vehicle, Barrientos asked if he could stay with her. He says Barrientos had a former tumultuous relationship with the victim and resided with her in the past. After the victim declined, Kunstle says Barrientos grabbed the victim’s phone, climbed through the vehicle, began hitting the victim in the face using his closed fists, pulling her hair (some of which came out), and finally strangled her. The two young children were crying and inside the vehicle during the assault. The victim immediately called 911.

Police responded and authorities charged Barrientos with Domestic Abuse Assault by Strangulation, Child Endangerment, Obstruction of Emergency Communication, and Disorderly Conduct.

Barrientos waived his right to a trial by jury and his trial proceeded before a district court judge on May 9, 2017. The Court found no “domestic” relationship existed, and entered guilty verdicts on Assault, Obstruction of Emergency Communication, and Disorderly Conduct.

The Court sentenced Barrientos to 180 days in the Sioux County Jail, two years of probation including the Iowa Domestic Abuse Program, and extended the no-contact order with the victim for the maximum period of 5 years.

July 14, 2017 - 11:59 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was uninjured after striking a cow with her vehicle on Wednesday, July 12th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 10 pm on Wednesday, 56-year-old Donna White of Rock Valley was driving a 2013 Ford Edge westbound on 360th Street, three miles north of Sioux Center. According to the report, White struck a cow on the roadway.

The Ford received $8,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.