August 30, 2014 - 9:29 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — One person is dead and two are injured after an accident Friday night near Inwood.fatal ambulance II

The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened about 11:30 PM at the intersection of Highway 182 and county road A34, two miles north of Inwood, or three miles south of the West Lyon School.

The patrol says a 2008 Dodge Charger collided with a 2004 Dodge Caravan. One person was killed in the accident, and two were injured. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Assisting at the scene were both Lyon and Sioux County Sheriffs’ Offices, Inwood Fire and Rescue, Canton-Inwood Ambulance, and a medical helicopter from Sioux Falls.

Lester, Iowa — Several charges including felonies have now been filed after a suspected drunk driver was pulled over near Lester.lyonsheriff

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a possible intoxicated driver eastbound on Highway 9 near Lester on Friday, August 22. Deputies located the vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road at 140th Street and Elmwood Avenue. A traffic stop ensued and the driver was identified as 43-year-old Jose Alfredo Vazquez Miranda of Rock Rapids. Vazquez-Miranda was subsequently arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. He was also given citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to prove security against liability (no insurance), open container, and driving on the wrong side of the highway, all simple misdemeanors.

During the arrest deputies also learned that Mr. Vazquez Miranda allegedly gained employment illegally at a dairy operation near Rock Rapids. While still being held at the Lyon County Jail he was additionally charged with forgery and identity theft, both Class C Felonies.

August 27, 2014 - 10:26 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation (LCRF) reminds local residents that the 2014 Fall Competitive Grant applications are due by 2:00pm September 9, 2014. Contact Dave Childress at 712-472-0111. For questions or use the LCRF website. The foundation’s email is

This will be the 7th cycle of competitive grants that will distributed in October. LCRF has distributed over $3 million dollars helping complete more than 90 projects.

Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session on Monday night. The council is still dealing with a zoning ordinance. A business owner wants the limit on commercial lots (designated C-2 and C-3) to be 5000 square feet with a lot width requirement to be 50 square feet. Nearby property owners are against that idea and want the minimums to be 10,000 square feet and 100 feet. The council has decided they want it to be 5000 and 50, and have set a public hearing on the issue for September 22nd. This after the Planning and Zoning Commission suggested that the lower limits be 10,000 and 100.ForsterCenter

At a recent Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, the park planning engineers that the city has selected, “Confluence,” presented a preliminary plan for Island Park which will be presented for public comments at a later date.

The council is considering giving Tax Increment Financing or “TIF” to Doug Van’t Hof for the construction of a multi-unit apartment house in the vacant lot across the street south of the telephone office.

The city council also approved a contract with Wiersma Construction for inspection services for 55 flood-damaged properties. This is the first step in the flood buyout program.

The city council also accepted a plan from the DOT to do a bridge deck overlay on the Highway 9 bridge in 2015. The construction will limit traffic on the bridge for four months next year.

The city council was also reminded, and wishes to remind others that the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation fall competitive grant application deadline is September 9.

August 25, 2014 - 7:38 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — Two people from rural Doon were arrested on Saturday after the report of a domestic disturbance.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded to the call about 5:40 on Saturday evening.

Upon further investigation 46-year-old Andrew Ricker of rural Doon was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference with Official Acts, a simple misdemeanor; and Child Endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 38-year-old Lila Klein of rural Doon. She was also charged with Child Endangerment.

Both Ricker and Klein were transported to the Lyon County Jail where they were booked in on the charges.

George, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on drug charges in George.Sheriff car rear generic

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Cooper of Rock Valley last week.

They report that a Lyon County Deputy was speaking with Cooper in George. It was discovered that there was a valid warrant for his arrest from O’Brien County. Before they transported him to jail, officers located marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his pockets.

Cooper was transported to the Lyon County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

August 23, 2014 - 9:39 am - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — The Village of Lester is 125 years old this year, and this year the annual Lester Family Days are even more special.Lester Sign

We talked with Amber Kellenburger, who’s helping organize the festivities and she tells us what’s going on.

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In addition, Kellenburger says Mr. Twister the balloon guy will be at the park at 12:30 this afternoon.

August 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Little Rock, Iowa — The 67th Little Rock Corn Show is in full swing in Little Rock. The show is put on every year by the Little Rock Town and Country Club.Little Rock Corn Show 2014

We talked to Nathan Peters, one of the people who put it together every year. He says it’s a big family fun festival before the end of the summer. He gives us an idea of what’s going on.

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Peters tells us about the flower show and the crop and produce show.

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Peters encourages everyone to come to Little Rock and maybe meet up with some old friends.

For the full schedule, click here.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A little more information is now available in the case of a Canton, South Dakota man, and a California woman being arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping.

Stewart Vander Stoep

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says it all started on Tuesday, July 22nd, when 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 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 arrest warrants were issued for 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California charging her with one count of Third Degree Kidnapping (aiding and abetting) and one count of Third Degree Kidnapping. Both of these charges are Class C felonies.

We had a chance to talk to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep about the case.  We must stress that the comments he makes are his opinion of what happened and that those who were arrested are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

We asked Vander Stoep to give us a description, in his own words, of what he believes happened on July 22nd, when Olson is alleged to have kidnapped the victim.

But the Sheriff says it didn’t end there.

According to court records, Olson allegedly told deputies that he only intended to lock up his son-in-law “for a few hours, to teach him a lesson.”  And that his wife he was going to try to talk to Derek while he was in the bin. But Vander Stoep says the length of time someone is confined does not enter into the definition of kidnapping.

Vander Stoep says both defendants have bonded out, Olson on a $10,000 bond at the Lyon County Jail, and Groppetti on two $20,000 bonds in California.  Their initial hearing was on August 6th.  Both pled not guilty.