Attempted Murder Trial Postponed

Primghar, Iowa — The attempted murder trial of  a north-central Iowa man that was originally scheduled to begin O'Brien Courthouse2Tuesday, July 8th in O’Brien County District Court, didn’t take place.

According to the Kossuth County Attorney’s Office, the attempted murder trial of twenty-six-year-old Andrew Zeitler, who is accused of  shooting a man several times during a dispute in Wesley, Iowa, in Kossuth County, has been delayed.

The Attorney’s Office says that the Pre-Trial Conference in the case has been continued until July 21st in O’Brien County District Court, and no trial date has been set at this time.

The trial was moved from Kossuth to O’Brien County last November on a Change of Venue request.

Sioux County Youth Fair Starts This Weekend.

Northwest Iowa — County Fair season is upon us once again, and again this year the season begins in Sioux Center fairwith the Sioux County Youth Fair, which kicks off this weekend.

Friday’s events at the Sioux County Youth Fair will take place at the Centre Mall in Sioux Center, where the Clothing Judging and Clothing Event Fashion Show will take place.  The fair begins in earnest on Saturday with various livestock show and judging events throughout the day, along with County Council Mud Volleyball, which takes place at 4:00 pm.

Sunday’s lone event is the Queen and Little Miss Coronation, which takes place at 5:30.  The Sioux County Youth Fair continues Monday, July 14th with something for everyone, including pony rides, a kids pedal tractor pull, petting zoo exhibits and a watermelon feed.  Monday’s fair festivities are capped off with a concert by Highroad III, an Appalachian gospel group from Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of the other highlights of this year’s Sioux County Youth Fair include Tuesday night’s Greased Pig Contest, and Wednesday’s Sprint Car Races.

The Sioux County Youth Fair runs Saturday July 12th through Thursday July 17th.

Sheldon Home Burglarized During Holiday Weekend

sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon, Iowa — A home on Washington Avenue in Sheldon was burglarized sometime over the Independence Day Weekend, with several items in the home damaged or destroyed, and others reported stolen.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, someone forcibly entered a residence in the 400 block of Washington Avenue, sometime between 9:00 am July 3rd and 2:30 pm July 7th.

The report lists a car stereo amp, and a Sony cell phone charger as stolen from the residence, as well as the damage or destruction of a 48-inch Sony TV, a computer monitor, and a walk-in garage door.  Total value of the damaged and stolen items total nearly $1300, according to authorities.

The investigation into this burglary is ongoing.

DNA May Be Helpful In 1978 Lyon County Murder Investigation

Lyon County, Iowa — It’s been nearly 36 years since a decomposed body was found in a roadside ditch near the West Lyon School, but now, DNA technology is being used as a tool in the case.

The case began on October 4th, 1978, when the body of 23-year old murder victim Wilma June Nissen was found about 2-1/2 miles southwest of the West Lyon School.  Authorities believe that she was killed and placed there between February and July of that year.

Now, DNA technology is providing some assistance in the case.  Detective Jerry Birkey with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that, when found, Nissen’s body was bound, and that “touch DNA” has been recovered from those bindings.

Birkey explains what “Touch DNA” is.

CODIS is the government’s Combined DNA Identification System, and Birkey says, unfortunately, the DNA recovered from Nissen’s bindings doesn’t qualify for inclusion in that system.

He says that the lab has been able to determine that the DNA found doesn’t belong to Nissen, nor to some of the officers that have worked the case.  He says, however that there are still more DNA samples of officers to be compared.  Birkey says that the DNA sample recovered and amplified has even allowed authorities to rule out a couple of persons of interest in the case.

Birkey says that authorities do have a person of interest in Nissen’s murder, and are trying to locate a potential witness, as well.

Birkey says his department is working on the case as time permits, and will continue to do so until Nissen’s killer or killers are brought to justice.  Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Extremely Flammable Crude Oil Transported Through Area By Rail

Northwest Iowa — State emergency management officials have released information on counties which see crude oil railroad tracksfrom North Dakota carried through them on rail cars, and some KIWA listening area counties are along that route.

The oil from what’s called the Bakken fields of North Dakota is more flammable than other crude oil and railroad accidents prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to order rail lines to let states know if there are rail cars coming through that haul one million or more gallons of Bakken crude.

The State says that the Burlington Northern carried the crude through Sioux, Plymouth, Lyon and Woodbury counties here in northwest Iowa.

The railroads had not wanted the information released, but the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency management division concluded releasing the information publicly does not violate federal security requirements.

–thanks to Radio Iowa–

Possible Injuries Reported In Thursday Afternoon Sheldon Crash

Sheldon, Iowa – A Sheldon teen was charged following a three-vehicle chain-reaction accident late Thursday afternoon on Highway 18 in AccidentGeneric 2Sheldon.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, the crash happened about 5:30 Thursday afternoon just west of the highway 18 and Washington Avenue intersection.  Police say that a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by 17-year old Darin Greenfield of Sheldon was eastbound, when he struck the rear of a 2012 Chevy Malibu, driven by 49-year old Caroline Meyerhoff of George, pushing it into a 2005 Buick Terrazo, driven by 41-year old Beth Young of Sheldon.  Police say Meyerhoff and Young were both stopped for the stoplight at Washington Avenue.

Police estimate $12,000 damage to Meyerhoff’s Malibu, $4000 damage to Greenfield’s Trailblazer, and $2,000 damage to Young’s Terrazo.  Greenfield was cited for Failure To Maintain Control.

Police say that there were possible injuries in the crash, but that nobody was taken to the hospital.

Sheldon Police were assisted at the scene by the members of the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency.