Rock Rapids, Iowa — A few more new dates have been set and both defendants have pled not guilty in the Lyon County grain bin kidnapping case.Lyon Courthouse At Night

The two cases are actually being heard separately.

The father, 55-year-old Craig Allen Olson of Canton, SD and his daughter, 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

Both defendants were arraigned and filed written pleas of not guilty; Groppetti on Monday, September 8th, and Olson on Friday, September 12th.

Groppetti’s attorney has requested a change of venue in the case. A hearing has been set for Friday, September 26th at 1 PM, with a pretrial conference to happen on Friday, October 10. At this point the trial for Groppetti is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th in the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids, however that may change depending on how the judge decides on the change of venue request.

A pretrial conference in Olson’s case will also be on October 10 and his trial is scheduled for the same day as Groppetti’s, on Tuesday, October 14th.

Inwood, Iowa — A Canton boy and an Inwood teen are charged in the theft of a pickup in Lyon County.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they charged a Canton, SD boy on Saturday with Theft in the 1st Degree, a Class C Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.

Also on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office says they arrested 19-year-old Mason Van Den Brink of Inwood in connection with the case. He was charged with Possession of Stolen Property in the 1st Degree, a Class C Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.

The arrests stem from an investigation of a pickup that was stolen from an Inwood business on July 9, 2014. The Sheriff’s Office believes the Canton boy stole the pickup and had been storing it in Canton.

In the morning hours of July 21, 2014 the boy and Van Den Brink were driving the pickup and caused about $6,800 in damages to the pickup, a mailbox, and a sign.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Some court dates have been set up for the father and daughter accused of holding the daughter’s husband in a grain bin in western Lyon County. Lyon Courthouse SVA

On Tuesday, July 22nd, Lyon County Deputies and a Iowa State Trooper responded to a call from an individual who claimed he had been kidnapped in western Lyon County. The victim was located and the victim’s father-in-law, 55-year-old Craig Allen Olson of Canton, South Dakota was arrested and charged with Third Degree Kidnapping, a class C felony.

As the investigation progressed, it was found that his wife, 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California was also in on the kidnapping. Arrest warrants were issued charging her with one count of Third Degree Kidnapping (aiding and abetting) and one count of Third Degree Kidnapping, Both Class C felonies.

The father and daughter are accused of trapping the victim in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when Groppetti, his wife, allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

According to court records, both defendants have a court date on Friday. A pretrial conference is set for Groppetti and an arraignment is scheduled in Olson’s case. The kidnapping trial for Groppetti is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th in the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids.

September 9, 2014 - 9:09 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people have been arrested after an incident in a Rock Rapids parking lot.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the early hours of August 25th, a Lyon County Deputy noticed a man who exited Casey’s General Store in Rock Rapids and appeared to be causing a disruption in the parking lot.

Upon further investigation 19-year-old Tyler Espinoza from Doon was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 20-year-old Natasha Walling of Inwood. It was determined that Walling drove a vehicle to Casey’s and was found to be over the legal limit. She was subsequently arrested and charged with Operating while Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor.

Both individuals were transported to the Lyon County Jail and booked in on the charges.

September 6, 2014 - 7:29 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa again.

The Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux County Republican parties are holding another fundraiser for Republican candidates in this area and statewide, and this time it’s hosted by the O’Brien county Republican party, and will be at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreational Center in Sheldon. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014, starting at 5:45 PM.

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

The group looks to build on the event they held last year with over 350 people in attendance and several national, state and local media present.

Governor Rick Perry will give the night’s keynote speech.  Perry took office in Texas in 2000, and is mulling another bid for the Presidency in 2016.

Among the others who plan to speak at the event are Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King, Iowa US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Attorney General Candidate Adam Gregg, Iowa Treasurer Candidate Sam Clovis, Iowa Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate, two members of the Iowa Republican National Committee and Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert from Rock Rapids.

Tickets are available through eventbrite.com.  For more information, you can contact Republican Party chairs in any of the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, or Lyon.

George, Iowa – Several people were arrested after the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office broke up a party in George.

On August 30th, 2014, about 3:00 AM, beer cup underage drinking_sxcthe Lyon County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of people being loud at 315 East Ohio Avenue in George.

Deputies discovered a party where minors were consuming alcohol.

Six people were charged with Minor In Possession of Alcohol, including 20-year-old Zachary P. Timmer of Ellsworth, MN; 19-year-old Nathan L. Hoiland of George; 19-year-old Austin L. Cole of Rock Rapids; 20-year-old Kylie A. Hanson of Orange City; 19-year-old Alex D. Ohling of George; and a 17-year-old girl from Hills, MN.

September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

George, Iowa — asphaltA four block area of downtown George will be blocked off curb to curb from Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 AM until Sunday, September 7th at Noon to be seal-coated and re-striped.

The areas affected are the two blocks north and south on Main Street and the two blocks east and west of the Main square.

Sidewalks will be open to all businesses.

September 1, 2014 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Luverne, Minnesota man had a medical condition that caused a crash south of Rock Rapids on Sunday.lyonsheriff

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:45 PM, 41-year-old Casey McKenzie of Luverne, Minnesota was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the 1700 mile of Highway 75, two miles south of Rock Rapids, when he fainted.  His car entered the west ditch and vaulted into the field where it eventually came to a stop.

Minor injuries were reported to the driver and a minor passenger. The vehicle sustained about $3000 in damages.  Damage to crops were also reported in the accident.

McKenzie was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to prove security against liability.

Inwood, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the woman killed in an accident near Inwood on Friday night, August 29th.Iowa State Patrol logo

The patrol reports that the woman was identified as 51-year-old Susan R. Bliek of Rock Valley.

They say the accident happened about 11:30 PM, when 18-year-old Jacob Kennet of Le Mars was westbound on county road A34, about two miles north of Inwood, and according to the patrol; ran the stop sign. Kennet’s 2008 Dodge Charger struck the 2004 Dodge Caravan driven by Bliek, which had been southbound on Highway 182.

Bliek was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Kennet vehicle, 34-year-old Timothy Farmer of Iowa City was taken by the Avera Careflight helicopter to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Kennet was transported by personal vehicle to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

Both vehicles received $8,000 in damages.

According to the report, no charges have been filed.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured, then arrested on a felony count after an accident on Saturday.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 23-year-old Ulises Luna-Navarro of Rock Rapids was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac southbound on Fir Avenue, a quarter mile south of Highway 9, about four miles west of Rock Rapids. The report says he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and rolled.

The driver reported minor injuries and the vehicle sustained a estimated $6,000 in damages.

During the accident investigation deputies also learned that Luna-Navarro allegedly gained employment illegally at a dairy operation near Rock Rapids.

Luna-Navarro was subsequently arrested and charged with forgery, a class D felony and was also issued citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license and failure to maintain control, both simple misdemeanors.