April 15, 2015 - 5:09 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A garbage truck was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 near Larchwood.
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According to Larchwood Fire Chief Damon Langenhorst, about 8:55 AM, the Larchwood Fire Department was called to the report of a garbage truck on fire at 1448 Adams Avenue, seven miles west of Larchwood on A18.

The chief says the fire department saw a fully engulfed garbage truck in the driveway as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

The truck was owned by Denny’s Sanitation in Rock Rapids, according to Denny’s staff.

Langenhorst reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Langenhorst reports that while the garbage truck was totaled, there was no damage to any structures, and somewhat surprisingly, no grass fire as a result of the truck fire. He says they used between 500 and 750 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene twenty five to thirty minutes.

April 14, 2015 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Sioux Falls, SD — Two northwest Iowans are among six people arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor in an investigation by the Sioux Falls Police Department and other law agencies.
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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel say that the Division of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation into sex trafficking in Sioux Falls.

Among the arrests were people from Guatemala, Sioux Falls, and Sioux City, as well as 35-year-old Andrew Richard Krogman of Doon and 29-year-old Lance Eugene Hunter, for whom two addresses were listed, one in Sioux Falls and one in Little Rock.

They were reportedly charged with a single count each of solicitation of a minor, which is a Class 4 felony in South Dakota, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

The Attorney General’s Office says the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Watertown Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI assisted in the investigation. They remind you that the individuals are presumed innocent until such time as they are proven guilty.

April 9, 2015 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Hospers has paid a $100,000 civil penalty for illegally dumping waste into its landfill.

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The following information is from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office:

In an order called a consent decree, Third Judicial District Chief Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer Wednesday approved the payment to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2013 by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The lawsuit alleged that for approximately six months beginning in November 2011, the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste into the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. According to the lawsuit, the agency deposited solid waste into unapproved landfill cells with no liner or leachate collection system, as required by state law.

The lawsuit also alleged that the agency began constructing two cells without first obtaining required state permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency, which is ultimately responsible for complying with state environmental laws and regulations, asserted that the agency relied on advice and direction from licensed civil engineer Elliot D. Waddell, owner of Five States Engineering PC of Westfield, Iowa. According to the agency, Waddell and his company represented to the agency that the landfill was in compliance.

In addition to the penalty, the consent decree requires the agency to take certain actions by November 30, 2017 in landfill areas that were not in compliance. Those actions include installing interim final closure caps, adding soil and vegetation, and installing a final cover system designed to minimize infiltration and erosion.

On March 13, 2014 the agency obtained a $100,000 default judgment against Waddell and Five States Engineering.

On July 11, 2013, the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board reprimanded Waddell for failing to include all relevant and pertinent information in reports submitted to a governmental agency. The board ordered Waddell to complete an engineering ethics course.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill and Recycling serves, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

April 9, 2015 - 7:45 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on a felony charge after an incident.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 53-year-old Michael Eugene Kats of Rock Valley early on Wednesday April 8, 2015.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a search after Kats allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

The Rock Valley Police Department, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

Inwood, Iowa — Three girls were injured in a crash near Inwood on Thursday, April 2nd.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 PM, a 14-year-old Inwood girl was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup, about three miles west of Inwood and a mile north.

The report says she was westbound on 220th Street, a half mile west of Beech Avenue, when she lost control of the vehicle going around a curve in the road. The report says the vehicle then entered the south ditch. It says the girl appeared to attempt to bring the vehicle back onto the road, at which time the vehicle rolled approximately two times, coming to rest on its top, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s report says that also in the vehicle at the time of the accident were two other girls, one of whom was thrown from the vehicle during the accident. The driver was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. The other girls were transported to Canton/Inwood Hospital. One of them was then transferred to Sanford Sioux Falls for further tests.

The report says the vehicle was a total loss.

The deputy’s report says that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The driver was charged with Operating without Owner’s Consent and was cited on charges of Failure to Maintain Control and Violation of Restricted License.

Inwood Fire & Rescue crews, the Canton/Inwood Ambulance crew, and Inwood Body Shop assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

April 6, 2015 - 1:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood teen will serve a prison term after a recent sentence in Lyon County District Court.
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According to court records, 19-year-old Mason Alan Vanden Brink of Inwood pled guilty in a plea agreement to Third Degree Criminal Mischief and Accessory To A Felony. Charges of First Degree Theft and Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief were dismissed in a plea agreement.

On the Third Degree Criminal Mischief charge, Vanden Brink was sentenced to 365 days in jail, two years of probation, and twin fines of $625, one suspended, the other one enforced. He must also attend a victim empathy class.

On the Accessory To a Felony charge, Vanden Brink was sentenced to a two-year prison term, a suspended two-year prison term, two years of probation, and a fine of $625.

Vanden Brink is also charged with drug offenses in a separate case. No trial date has been set yet in that case.

April 5, 2015 - 8:34 am - Posted in News
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Boyden, Iowa — Over 1,000 pigs, the building that housed them and several round bales were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, April 4 near Boyden, to which several departments responded.

The Boyden Fire Department received the initial call at about 2:20 PM. The report was of a structure fire at 3085 Jay Avenue, three miles northwest of Boyden.

They found a confinement building containing 1,020 pigs, a feed bunk and several round bales were engulfed in flames.

No injuries to people were reported while crews fought the blaze.

The confinement building, all of the pigs inside and the bales were a total loss.

The Boyden Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew, the Matlock Fire Department, George Fire Department, Sheldon Fire Department, the Sioux Center Ambulance Rehab Team and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office all assisted the Boyden Fire Department.

The Sioux County Fire Chiefs in conjunction with Sioux County Emergency Management reminds all citizens of the current Red Flag warning, which strongly recommends everyone to refrain from starting any outdoor fires. A burning ban remains in effect as well.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. No monetary estimate of the damage is available.

April 5, 2015 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested after a report of a reckless driver.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at about 5:05 PM, their dispatcher received a complaint of a reckless driver entering Rock Rapids on Highway 9 from the west.

After an investigation the driver, identified as 67-year-old Kenneth Fransen of Sibley was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference With Official Acts Inflicting Bodily Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Assault on a Peace Officer, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Fransen was booked into the Lyon County Jail on the charges. According to the Lyon County Jail roster, Fransen is no longer in jail.

April 5, 2015 - 8:31 am - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — A Boyden juvenile and her passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Alvord on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 12:45 PM, a girl from Boyden was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora northbound on K42, three and a half miles east of Alvord at A 34. The report says she lost control as she was entering the gravel roadway, causing the car to enter the east ditch and roll onto its roof.

Both the driver and passenger were transported to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Oldsmobile Aurora received approximately $3,000 in damage.

Alvord Fire and Rescue crews, Lyon County Ambulance personnel, and Trackside Towing assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

April 2, 2015 - 4:28 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A production building was damaged in a fire on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 6:00 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of building fire at the Maintainer Custom Bodies building at 909 South East Street, on the city’s southeast side in the industrial park on K52.

The chief says the fire department saw flames under the eaves on the building’s north side, running halfway down the building as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Reck reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says they needed to do extensive overhaul. Crews had to remove tin sheets to make sure the fire was out.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be construction activity the day before causing the wall to get hot, and it smoldered overnight and sparked to flame in the morning just before employees were coming to the scene to report for work.

Chief Reck reports that there was moderate to severe damage to the building.

He says they used less than 500 gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 8:00 AM, or about two hours. A burning ban remains in effect in not only Lyon but also in Sioux and Osceola Counties.

Reck says they did have another fire call the night before. That call was for a tractor on fire at the Lyon One livestock facility in the 2000 mile of Ibex Avenue. That’s about nine miles south of Rock Rapids and four east. The tractor had been pumping the manure lagoon and had burst into flames, he says. The tractor was a total loss.