April 24, 2017 - 6:24 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids on Monday, April 24th at 5:30 PM.

There was some discussion on the South Greene Street realignment idea. The discussion was that the current Greene Street right-of-way was to have been sold to the school so that the street aligns to the new Greene Street south of South Twelveth Avenue. However, according to the Public Works committee, Central Lyon is only willing to offer $40,000 for the property, and council member Steve Wells says the committee didn’t feel that that was enough. Council members Cody Hoefert and Tami Murray felt that if the city didn’t sell the property to the school now, they may not be able to sell it.

Wells moved that the Greene Street project go out for bids for the area south of Twelfth Avenue with an alternate to re-align the street north of Twelfth. The motion passed.

A public hearing was set for May 22 for proposed plans and specifications for Forster Court — a street in the new industrial area on the east edge of town.

The council continues to discuss the details of a new affordable housing project called Sunset Court, which is to be south of Borman Forster Soccer Fields. A public hearing for a development agreement and one for the transfer of property were set for Tuesday, May 30th.

A second batting cage was proposed for Borman Forster Fields by Bruce Eckenrod of Central Lyon. A motion to do this was approved. It will cost the city and the school $4075 each.

The next Rock Rapids City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 5:30 PM at the Forster Community Center.

April 24, 2017 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

lightbar with hand cuffsRock Rapids, Iowa — A man living in Rock Rapids may be on the way back to California after he was arrested recently on a California felony warrant.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, April 22nd, about 4:30 in the afternoon, one of their deputies responded to a neighbor dispute in Rock Rapids. While investigating the situation, they say the deputy discovered one of the men involved in the dispute had an active felony warrant out of California.

The Sheriff’s Office says that 45-year-old Robert Charles Smith, formerly of San Diego, California, but currently residing in Rock Rapids, was arrested on the outstanding warrant and was taken to the Lyon County Jail.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that as of Monday afternoon, Smith was still in their custody and was awaiting possible extradition to California. Vander Stoep says it appears that Smith originally committed a serious assault and then did not follow his probation requirements. The Sheriff says at last report it appeared that he would be extradited to California.

April 24, 2017 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Little Rock, Iowa — A Missouri man’s vehicle was damaged after he lost control of it and it ended up in a creek south of Little Rock on Thursday, April 20th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 8 pm on Thursday, 25-year-old Eldrid Smith of Poplar Bluff, Missouri was driving a Ford Explorer on L-26, south of Little Rock. According to the report, Smith reached to the back seat of the vehicle, lost control of his Ford, went into the east ditch and ended up coming to a stop in the waterway.

No injuries were reported.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Little Rock Fire Department and Little Rock EMS

April 24, 2017 - 7:51 am - Posted in News

Lyon County AmbulanceRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was taken to a hospital after a crash north of Rock Rapids on Saturday morning, April 22, 2017,

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly before 10 a.m., 47-year-old David DeNoble of Rock Rapids, was southbound on K52, about three miles north of Rock Rapids in a 2008 Toyota Corolla when he fell asleep and drifted onto the west shoulder of the roadway, woke up, and over-corrected back onto the roadway. The report says the Toyota then skidded across the roadway before entering the east ditch where it rolled two times before coming to rest on its top.

DeNoble was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by non-mechanical means. The Lyon County Ambulance took him to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

He was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control.

Deputies report that the Rock Rapids Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Lyon County Ambulance Squad assisted them on the scene.

April 24, 2017 - 7:36 am - Posted in News

Little Rock AmbulanceLittle Rock, Iowa — A Little Rock man is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound after an incident early on Sunday morning, April 23, 2017.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says their deputies and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating the report of an accidental discharge of a firearm at 308 Clothier Street in Little Rock. It apparently happened at about 1:35 a.m.

They report that 36-year-old Joseph Michael Pedersen suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by the Little Rock Ambulance. They say he was then flown to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls where at last report he was recovering.

April 23, 2017 - 9:07 am - Posted in News

Police lightbar chaseDoon, Iowa — A Doon man was arrested Friday night, April 21st after a pursuit through southern Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:40 p.m., one of their deputies saw a vehicle passing in a prohibited area at Highway 75 and 12th Street in southern Rock Rapids. The deputy continued to follow the vehicle into the county and reported that “numerous times” the driver failed to drive on the right side of the roadway. At about 10:55 p.m. they report that the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle on K42.

According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle failed to yield and continued driving. They say it turned westbound on A42 and reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The vehicle turned around about three miles south of Alvord and quickly accelerated, squealing its tires, and nearly struck both patrol cars that were then in pursuit. The vehicle went eastbound until Eagle Avenue and then turned southbound. When turning onto Eagle Avenue, the report says the vehicle again quickly accelerated, spinning its tires, sliding, and nearly losing control. The vehicle continued for six more miles on gravel at high rates of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign.

The report says the driver pulled into a driveway at 2595 Eagle Avenue and exited the vehicle. It says he failed to comply with the deputies which resulted in the deputies deploying their tasers. He was then taken into custody and was identified as 23-year-old Julian Barrientos of Doon. The report says Barrientos was taken to the sheriff’s office where it says he performed a field sobriety test and failed.

The report says Barrientos was charged with Eluding, a class D felony; Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and simple misdemeanor counts of:

  • Driving while license suspended
  • Passing too near an intersection
  • Driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway
  • Speeding (90 mph in a 55 mph zone)
  • Reckless driving
  • Careless driving
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • Interference with official acts

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Rock Valley Police Department, Sioux County Conservation officers, Trackside Towing, and the Doon Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted them.

April 21, 2017 - 1:03 pm - Posted in News

Recycling binSheldon, Iowa — Earth Day is tomorrow on the planet, and with many people thinking about the environment, it’s a perfect time to remember “reduce, re-use, recycle.” That’s according to Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency manager Larry Oldenkamp.

He tells us about the recyclables they accept through northwest Iowa communities’ curbside recycling programs.


Oldenkamp says people are recycling a little more than they used to, but it’s not a huge increase.


The increase in plastic bags is a little ironic because Oldenkamp says at this time they’re having an issue processing them.


He says while they don’t take electronics through the curbside recycling programs, you can deliver them to their facility yourself.


Again, Oldenkamp stresses that those types of things need to be delivered to their facility near Hospers.

They also accept household hazardous materials such as paints and pesticides at their facility and via their Household Hazardous Materials trailer that travels to many sites in northwest Iowa.


He says they also accept mercury items like thermometers, fluorescent tubes, and CFL (curly) light bulbs. Disposal of these is free for individuals, but there is a charge for businesses.

Oldenkamp also reminds northwest Iowans that while glass is a recyclable material, since it would come commingled with other recyclables, it presents a cut hazard for their employees so they don’t accept it. He says another reason is it is not worth the cost of transporting it to a facility that can handle glass. There are however other programs that have been accepting glass in individual communities.

April 20, 2017 - 4:08 pm - Posted in News

GLR Mock Accident_resizedGeorge, Iowa — It’s prom season in northwest Iowa and summer is coming up. So officials in George wanted to drive home the point that distracted driving kills.

A mock accident was set up on Thursday morning (April 20th) in front of the George-Little Rock High School. But High School Principal Kevin Range says they didn’t tell the students it wasn’t a real accident right away.


He tells us the scenario they came up with is that a student had been texting while driving and the vehicle got t-boned right in front of the school, and someone “died” in the accident. He says hearts were racing as sirens blared approaching the scene.


Range reminds people that distracted driving is an issue not only for students but for all drivers.

Participating entities besides George-Little Rock Schools included the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the George Emergency Medical Service (GEMS), the Little Rock Ambulance Service, the George Fire Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.

April 20, 2017 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Revelorio GarciaRock Rapids, Iowa — A man facing a laundry list of charges after a pursuit in Rock Rapids last November looks to have accepted a plea bargain, according to court records.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, they responded to a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road near the Highway 75 and 220th St intersection, six miles south of Rock Rapids’ south side. As a Lyon County deputy arrived in the area the vehicle left the scene. It was allegedly observed traveling at a high rate of speed and passing in a prohibited area. They report that the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Sheriff’s officials say the vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed and passed vehicles in prohibited areas. They tell us that another Lyon County deputy deployed his spike strips on the south edge of Rock Rapids city limits. The vehicle struck the spike strips and continued into the city at a high rate of speed, again allegedly passing in a prohibited area. They say the vehicle attempted to turn westbound on Highway 9 but was unable to make the turn as all four tires had been deflated by the spike strips. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Bayron Revolorio Garcia, was arrested.

Revolorio Garcia was charged with class D felony counts of eluding and forgery; as well as Identity Theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; first offense OWI, a serious misdemeanor; and 15 simple misdemeanor counts related to driving and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, Revolorio Garcia faces a plea-taking and sentencing on Monday, May 1st in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

His jury trial was to have started on June 27th.

April 20, 2017 - 9:14 am - Posted in News

Bautista‐RodriguezSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux City man has been arrested on a felony drug charge near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that early on Monday, April 17, one of their deputies arrested 43-year-old Omar Bautista Rodriguez of Sioux City. They say the arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 75, four miles south of Sioux Center.

Authorities say Bautista‐Rodriguez was the subject of a joint drug investigation between the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and that he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He was also charged with a misdemeanor offense of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Sioux Center Police Department assisted on the arrest.

According to jail records, Bautista Rodriguez was released the same day on a $5000 bond.

Court records indicate he faces a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 2nd.