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As reported by KIWA News Director and Rock Rapids resident Scott Van Aartsen

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August 23, 2016 - 2:18 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood man has pled not guilty to felony sex charges.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they carried out a search warrant on Sunday, August 7th at 1446 US Highway 18 near Inwood.

According to court records, 41-year-old Perry Vande Kieft of Inwood allegedly had sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the spring of 2015 and again in February or March of this year at Vandekieft’s residence.

Charges against Vandekieft include two counts of sexual abuse in the Second degree, which is a class B felony; as well as indecent contact with a child and possession of a controlled substance.

Vande Kieft’s arraignment and bond review is scheduled for September 6th in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

August 23, 2016 - 1:19 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A Polk County judge has denied a request from landowners to stop work on the Bakken pipeline until a lawsuit over the use of eminent domain is settled.
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Judge Jeffery Farrell says the 14 landowners must first file a motion with the Iowa Utilities Board to stop the work. He says the court understands the landowners are worried about Dakota Access clearing and trenching their land prior to having a hearing — but says their claim boils down to due process.

Farrell says the Iowa Legislature established a specific protocol that parties can use to request a stay and the landowners cannot skip a step in the process and claim it is justified by an emergency.

The attorney for the group, Bill Hanigan says they are disappointed in the decision to go back to the I-U-B, but are following the direction of the court. He says they filed the motion with the I-U-B Monday afternoon. He says pipeline construction is moving quickly, and his clients hope to have an immediate decision from the I-U-B.

August 23, 2016 - 12:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A man is behind bars in Rock Rapids after being charged with burglary and theft.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Monday (August 22, 2016) around 7:55 PM their emergency center received two separate reports that a subject had stolen some property from the back storage area of Sunshine Foods in Rock Rapids.

Deputies located a suspect a short time later in Rock Rapids carrying the stolen property. They report that 56-year-old Basil Humphrey was arrested on charges of Theft in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Burglary in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony.

Humphrey was transported to the Lyon County Jail, where he remained, at last report.

August 20, 2016 - 5:32 am - Posted in News

accident wordLarchwood, Iowa — An Inwood man was taken to the hospital, then to jail, following a one-vehicle accident near Larchwood Friday evening (August 19th).

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened about 8:15 Friday evening, when a vehicle driven by 40-year old Barry Bomgaars, of Inwood, was southbound on Cherry Avenue, about 2 miles south of Laarchwood.  Authorities say Bomgaars didn’t slow down enough to effectively negotiate the “T” intersection at 160th Street, causing his vehicle to skid out of control.  The vehicle reportedly came to rest on it’s wheels, in the south ditch of 160th Street.

According to the accident report, Bomgaars was transported to the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital, by Lyon County EMS, for treatment of minor injuries.

After being released from the hospital, he was taken to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, where an OWI investigation was completed.  Upon completion of that investigation, deputies say Bomgaars was arrested and booked into the Lyon County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor.  Bomgaars was also reportedly issued a citation for Failure To Maintain Control of a Vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office worked the accident scene in conjunction with Larchwood Fire and Rescue, Larchwood EMS, and the Lyon County Ambulance service.

August 20, 2016 - 5:30 am - Posted in News

accidentRock Rapids, Iowa — A traffic crash near Rock Rapids Wednesday afternoon sent two people to the hospital, and totaled two vehicles.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened shortly before 5 pm Wednesday at the intersection of 180th Street and Garfield Avenue, two miles south and three miles west of Rock Rapids. Deputies say a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, driven by 17-year old Kane Spencer, of Little Rock, was southbound on Garfield Avenue, and, according to authorities, failed to stop for the stop sign posted at the 180th Street intersection, striking the passenger side of a westbound 2014 GMC Terrain, driven by 62-year old Cheryl Hulstein, of Rock Rapids. Deputies say both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch, with Hulstein’s SUV coming to rest on it’s left side.

According to authorities, Hulstein had to be extricated from her SUV, by the Rock Rapids Fire Department, and was then transported to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital for treatment of possible injuries. Spencer was reportedly transported by private vehicle for observation.

Deputies estimated damage to Spencer’s pickup at $10-thousand, while Hulstein’s SUV sustained an estimated $20-thousand in damage. Deputies say damage to both vehicles was enough to total them.

The Sheriff’s Office says Spencer was cited for Failure to Obey Stop Sign, and Use of Electronic Communication Device on a Restricted License, both simple misdemeanors.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Departement, Lyon County Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and Track Side Towing from Alvord.

August 16, 2016 - 8:53 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man struck a deer near Larchwood on August 15th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 69-year-old Thomas Skidmore of Larchwood was driving a 2008 Toyota westbound on Highway 9, 1/4 mile east of Birch Avenue. According to the report, Skidmore struck a deer that entered the roadway from the south ditch.

The Toyota received $4,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 15, 2016 - 6:58 pm - Posted in News

Terri SnellerRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman is a quarter-million dollars richer after a Powerball drawing held Wednesday, August 10th.

Terri Sneller of Rock Rapids won her big prize after matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.

Sneller talked about her winning ticket.

Sneller’s easy pick ticket initially won a $50,000 prize, but since she added the Power Play® option, her prize multiplied to $250,000.

When asked, Sneller says she does have plans for the money.

She says she plays about three times each month.

The winning numbers in that night’s $67.6 million jackpot were: 23-56-61-64-67 and Powerball 12. The Power Play number was 5. The jackpot has been growing since July 30 and has climbed to an estimated $94 million for this Wednesday’s drawing.

August 12, 2016 - 1:36 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Brandon, South Dakota woman has been arrested on felony OWI charges after an accident earlier this month.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 23-year-old Betsy Thomas of Brandon earlier this week on a charge of OWI 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony. They say she was also charged with Striking Fixtures upon a Highway, Driving Without a Valid License, Open Container, and Failure to Main Control, which are all simple misdemeanors.

Thomas was booked into the Lyon County Jail.

The charges stem from a crash early on Tuesday August 3, 2016, in which Thomas was eastbound on Iowa Highway 9, two miles south of Grand Falls Casino, when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle traversing the curve. They say she entered the north ditch and her vehicle struck a creek embankment. Thomas was transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

August 11, 2016 - 11:42 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — An arraignment has been scheduled for two people from rural George who were arrested on three felony drug charges.
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Court records indicate that 46-year-old Shannon Lloyd Nagel and 38-year-old Sheila Marie Nagel are both charged with Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, both class D felonies; Possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine and Possession of a controlled substance- marijuana, both serious misdemeanors; and Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports the charges stem from a search warrant carried out at 1886 Kingbird Avenue near George in late July.

According to court records, both Nagels are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, August 22nd. A bond hearing for Shannon Nagel is scheduled at the same time.

At last report, the pair remained in the Lyon County Jail.

August 10, 2016 - 10:05 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center-based telephone, cable, and Internet provider has purchased several telephone exchanges in northwest Iowa, and the sale is set to become final upon regulatory approval.
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Premier Communications is set to acquire the Iowa telephone exchanges of: Akron, Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Sibley, which are currently owned by Consolidated Communications. These exchanges were part of the original Northwestern Bell area and for many of the last several years were owned by a company called “Hickory Tech.”

We had a chance to talk with Premier CEO Doug Boone. We asked him what the acquisition would mean to those involved. First of all, we asked him how adding nine exchanges would affect their workforce.

Consolidated currently has an office in Rock Rapids and other infrastructure in other communities. Boone says time will tell what happens to those facilities.

Boone says that out of the nine exchanges they are purchasing, Premier is only new to two of them.

Boone says that at the start of service, they will offer the same products that were offered through Consolidated, such as telephone service and DSL Internet. However, he says they will continue to make improvements to the old network to upgrade their services. He says while they do offer subscription cable TV service in some communities, it remains to be seen if they will add that service in areas where they don’t already offer it.

According to a press release from Consolidated in May, the agreement is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $22.5 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments.