November 17, 2015 - 8:53 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Charges including attempted murder have been filed against a Boyden man. Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Johnson of Boyden faces the charges after an altercation in George earlier this month.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on Saturday, November 7, 2015. They say three people were allegedly assaulted at a George home. One victim was taken to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids and then transferred to Sanford Sioux Falls. The sheriff’s office says that victim received serious injuries to his head. The other two victims injuries were to their heads and bodies.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says their deputies, along with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home at 612 Main Street in Boyden. Johnson was placed under arrest at that time on a charge of Wilfull injury, a class C felony.

Two days later, on Thursday the 12th, Johnson was also charged with Going armed with intent, a class D felony, Assault causing serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, and 2 counts of assault causing serious injury, both serious misdemeanors.

On Saturday the 14th Johnson was also charged with one count of attempt to commit murder, a class B felony.

A 17-year-old was also charged with Wilful injury and Joint criminal conduct. Since he is underage, his name is not being released at this time.

At last report, both were being held in the Lyon County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that other arrests are pending.

November 12, 2015 - 3:38 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The local hospital has received a grant to update its CT scan equipment.
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Administrators at Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center say their patients will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology. They say it’s made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.

According to Sanford officials, the Trust has awarded Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center $273,152 for a new 32-slice CT scanner. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.

The CEO at Sanford Rock Rapids, Tammy Loosbrock, says that the upgrade from the current 4-slice CT to a 32-slice CT will be a wonderful enhancement to the care provided at Sanford Rock Rapids. She says they really appreciate the funds allowing Sanford Rock Rapids to provide excellent diagnostic care at their local facility.

Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center is one of 37 grant recipients across the region to benefit from funding to purchase CT scanners. The Rural Healthcare Program of the Helmsley Charitable Trust says they are granting nearly $14 million over the next six months to support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners at Critical Access Hospitals in a seven-state region.

Walter Panzirer, trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust says that their goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible. He says that to achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally.

In addition, a new Medicare policy will go into effect January 1, 2016 that may reduce reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose requirements.

November 12, 2015 - 9:00 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderRock Rapids, Iowa — A two vehicle accident caused major front end damage to one of the vehicles in an accident in Rock Rapids on Tuesday, November 10th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that at about 3:40 pm on Tuesday, 59-year-old David Fields of Rock Rapids was driving a 2004 Ford pickup and trailer eastbound on 5th Avenue in Rock Rapids. Sixty-six-year-old Barbara Foltz of Rock Rapids was driving a 2012 Buick northbound on Marshall Street. According to the report, Fields failed to yield the right-of-way and entered the intersection and was struck by Foltz.

The pickup received $2000 damage. The Buick received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

November 9, 2015 - 2:09 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE:  Sioux Falls, SD — A missing trucker from George, Iowa has been found. According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, 60-year-old Curt Kruger of George, who had not been heard from since October 1st, has been found alive and well in Sioux Falls.

Vander Stoep says that a trucker who heard about Kruger took it upon himself to search a truck stop in Sioux Falls, where he found the truck and called the Sheriff’s Office. Vander Stoep says a Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the way to Sioux Falls on another matter and he was re-directed to contact the occupant of the truck, who did turn out to be Kruger, who was alive and well. The Sheriff says the deputy had Kruger contact his family on the deputy’s cell phone to make sure that they knew he was OK.

The Sheriff says no other information is available as to why Kruger had not been heard from in so long, but he says it’s good news that he was found alive and well and has made contact with his family.


Previous story from 12:00 PM, Monday, November 9th:

George, Iowa — A George man’s family doesn’t know where he is and is concerned about him.
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According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Curt Kruger does not exactly meet the criteria for a “missing person” because he’s an adult and no foul play is suspected.

According to information released by the family, 60-year-old Curt Kruger of George has been missing since October 1st of this year. The flyer they released says Kruger is an over-the-road truck driver. He owns and is thought to have been driving a lavender 2007 Peterbilt truck.

The flyer says Kruger was last seen at his house in George. It says he got a jump start for his truck and talked about picking up a load at A & A in Brandon, SD. The family says his semi is not at home, but he never picked up the load.

Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says one problem they are having is that although it’s not like him, it’s possible Kruger may not want to be found.

Vander Stoep says they have very few leads at this point.

The Sheriff says that while it’s possible that Kruger has had a medical problem, he does not have a history of any medical or psychological problems that would be a concern.

He says that other than the voicemail activity on October 30th, there’s really no new information.

A Facebook page called “Find Curt Kruger” has been set up. That page says the missing truck is a lavender 2007 379 Flat Top Peterbilt with South Dakota plates “PR 27565″. The DOT number is 124871 and the MC number is 108419. DOT records indicate the truck is turquoise blue, but the family says it is lavender in color. Unfortunately, no picture of the truck is available at this time. The information has also been shared on the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network Facebook page.

If you see anything or if you have any information, the family and Sheriff’s Office request that you call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-472-8300.

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network Facebook page
Find Curt Kruger Facebook page

November 6, 2015 - 3:22 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people have been sentenced in two separate felony fraud cases in Lyon County.
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According to court documents, a Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy reported that in August of 2014, now 43-year-old Marlene Woodraska of Sioux Falls brought a check in to the Larchwood Quick Stop that was written out to the Larchwood Quick Stop for $585. The deputy says this check was on a different person’s account. He says Woodraska produced the check to the clerk and paid for a pack of cigarettes and a pop, and took the remainder of the $585 as cash. When the clerk asked Woodraska for a driver’s license to verify the check, he reports that Woodraska wrote a fictitious driver’s license number and phone number on the check. The deputy says Woodraska claimed she was cashing the check for a friend of her daughter’s but was unable to provide the friend’s name, phone number, or any contact information for her daughter.

The deputy also says that Woodraska passed two other checks, one in December of 2013 and one in February of 2014 at the Larchwood Mini Mart. He says those checks, for $100 and $303.86 had not been paid either by the time of the complaint in September of 2014.

The Lyon County Attorney’s Office reports Woodraska has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for Forgery, a Class D Felony. She also received a suspended fine, among other penalties and fees.

According to court documents, a Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy reported that 34-year-old Ryan Jacobson, whose address is listed as the Residential Treatment Facility in Sheldon paid off some debt and some bills using a telephone bill-pay service, but using a bank routing number and account number that did not belong to him. He was charged with four counts of identity theft. Three of the counts were dismissed, but the one for the largest amount, $1200, was not.

According to Lyon County Attorney Shane Mayer’s office, Jacobson was sentenced for the crime of Identity Theft, a Class D Felony. He received an indeterminate prison term not to exceed five (5) years, which is to run consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving in another matter. He also received a suspended fine, among other penalties and fees.

November 3, 2015 - 6:12 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Fall is dinner theatre season in northwest Iowa. Two performances are coming up this week, with a third one coming up in a couple of weeks.
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The Otter Valley dinner theatre starts this Wednesday. Director Tom Rokusek tells us No Body Like Jimmy is a funny show.

He gives us a little idea of the plot.

Rokusek says it’s a loaded cast, with all veteran performers.

Unfortunately, unless someone would cancel, we’ve been told that the show is sold out. Otter Valley shows are performed at the Otter Valley Golf and Country Club between Boyden and George.

Tickets are also going fast for the River Valley Players dinner theatre, As Long As We Both Shall Live, coming up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

One of the actors, Gary Van Whye tells us about the show, which he says is probably one of the funniest ones they’ve ever done.

He tells us about the cast.

He says Tony’s Catering will again provide the meal, and it’s buffet style so you don’t need to pick an entrée when you reserve your seat. Van Whye says for tickets you can call the Rock Rapids Chamber at 712-472-3456.

Also, Off Off Broadway is doing a dinner theatre later this month, called Boeing, Boeing at the Ashton Community Center. We’ll talk to King Hickman in a future newscast and find out what that show is all about.

November 1, 2015 - 7:08 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — This past week we told you that about 56,000 gallons of waste water discharged into the Rock River at Rock Rapids, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Jim Hoye

We had a chance to talk with Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities General Manager Jim Hoye about the issue. He clarified the situation for us. He says that Waste Water Treatment Operator Tanner Vogl noticed there was no inflow to the Rock Rapids Waste Water Treatment Plant about 4 PM Tuesday, indicating a broken pipe or other problem.

Hoye says they found out that the problem was that sewage from most of the town of Rock Rapids hadn’t made it from one side of the Rock River to the other. Most of the city is on the west side of the river, and the Waste Water Treatment Plant is on the east side near the old Illinois Central Right of Way.

The DNR said that utility personnel had rerouted wast ewater to a holding basin used during high rainfalls. That statement was somewhat confusing as there are no holding basins on the west side of the river, and the force main under the river was broken. Hoye clarifies.

Hoye says that they made a temporary connection from the main going over the railroad trestle to the force main on the east side of the river — so instead of going under the river, all waste water is temporarily going over the river.

He says they are in the process of making permanent repairs by replacing the force main. Hoye says that the cause of the break was just old age. He says the pipe was probably about 65 years old. He says that if it had to break, it was a fairly decent time for it to happen.

Hoye says the Iowa DNR continues to monitor cleanup and repairs, but he has been told that since it was reported in a timely manner and there was no negligence involved, the DNR has told him that no fines will be levied against the Municipal Utilities or the City.

October 30, 2015 - 10:46 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two Glenwood men were taken to Sanford Rock Rapids after an accident on Saturday, October 24th east of Rock Rapids

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:38 pm, 65-year-old Darrel Grosse of Glenwood was driving a 1992 Fleetwood camper. Twenty-three-year-old Adam Schafer of Sheldon was driving a 2006 Chevy pickup northbound on Indian Avenue. According to the report, the camper had mechanical problems, causing Grosse to stop partially in the roadway. The report continues that Schafer didn’t realize the camper was stopped and ran into the back of camper.

The camper received $15000 damage.

Both Grosse and Schafer received minor injuries. Passenger Robert Grosse also received unknown injuries and both he and Darrel were transported to Sanford of Rock Rapids. Schafer refused treatment at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the Lyon County Ambulance.

October 29, 2015 - 9:51 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids , Iowa — A machine shed and shop and all its contents, including at least two vehicles, was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, October 29, 2015 near Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 11:40 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at the home of George Klocko, two miles south of Rock Rapids .

The chief says the fire department saw lots of smoke coming out of a metal machine shed and workshop. The chief says the building was fully engulfed in fire as they approached the scene. He says they used an exterior attack, with two pumpers and two water dump sites to knock it down. He says the building was a total loss, as was the shop equipment, vehicles in the building, and a forklift.

Reck says that there were no injuries reported.

The Alvord fire department provided water and helped transport water from a hydrant on the south side of Rock Rapids. Reck says Sunshine Foods generously provided buns and meat for lunch since the fire happened over the noon hour. He says firefighters’ wives brought out the lunch and Sherri’s Kitchen provided cookies. The Lyon County Ambulance crew stood by as a precaution.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be related to the shop heater, but they don’t know for sure. No dollar figure has been attached to the damage at this time.

He says they used 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for two and a half to three hours.

October 29, 2015 - 9:18 am - Posted in News

deer_sxcA Doon woman hit a deer on Wednesday, October 28th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that at about 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 60-year-old Linda Schacht of Doon was driving a 2006 Jeep Liberty westbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Schacht encountered a deer on the roadway, attempted to avoid the animal, but was unsuccessful.

The Jeep received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported