Fundraiser Tonight To Help Rock Rapids Family With Multiple Medical Problems

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Arens and Huisman family in Rock Rapids has had more than their share of medical problems, and a fundraiser is planned for the family tonight.

Lindsey Arens tells us about her daughter Aislyn and her mom, Mary Huisman.

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Arens says her mom She says her son has had issues too.

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And Arens herself has the auto-immune disease, Lupus.

The fundraiser will be Tuesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the open shelter across from the pool at Island park in Rock Rapids. Barbecues, chips, salads, & desserts will be served.


Lyon County Under Burning Ban

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a burning ban for Lyon County — see proclamation below:

PROCLAMATION
OPEN BURNING PROHIBITED

ON JULY 16, 2012, THE OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL RECEIVED A REQUEST PURSUANT TO IOWA CODE 100.40(1) (1995) FROM ED RECK, REPRESENTING EACH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVING ALL OR PART OF THEIR FIRE DISTRICT WITHIN LYON COUNTY, THAT THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL PROHIBIT OPEN BURNING IN LYON COUNTY. UPON INVESTIGATION THE FIRE MARSHAL FINDS THAT CONDITIONS IN LYON COUNTY ARE SUCH THAT OPEN BURNING CONSTITUTES A DANGER TO LIFE OR PROPERTY. (Reck is the Rock Rapids Fire Department Chief.)

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT NO PERSON SHALL ENGAGE IN OPEN BURNING IN LYON COUNTY, EFFECTIVE JULY 16, 2012 AT 1:00 PM.. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PERMITTED BY IOWA CODE 100.40(3) UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ED RECK, REPRESENTING EACH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVING ALL OR PART OF THEIR FIRE DISTRICT WITHIN LYON COUNTY, NOTIFIES THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL THAT SUCH CONDITIONS DANGEROUS TO LIFE OR PROPERTY NO LONGER EXISTS.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT PURSUANT TO IOWA CODE 100.4(2) ANY VIOLATION OF THIS PROCLAMATION ORDER IS A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR.

DATED JULY 16, 2012

Raymond A. Reynolds
STATE FIRE MARSHAL


Governor Commutes Sentences; 1979 Sioux County Case Now Not Likely To Go To Trial Again

Des Moines, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has taken action to prevent the release of 38 murderers in light of the recent Miller v. Alabama United States Supreme Court decision. The decision states that states cannot mandate life sentences without the possibility of parole for murderers who committed their crimes before the age of eighteen.

The Branstad administration says that the court’s ruling means that up to 38 “dangerous juvenile murderers” in Iowa may have sought re-sentencing and more lenient sentences.

In compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Governor Branstad commuted the life without parole sentences to life with the possibility parole only after 60 years for the 38 people who were convicted of First Degree Murder while a juvenile .

This action means that they will not have the possibility of parole until they have served 60 years.

Branstad says that justice is a balance and these commutations ensure that justice is balanced with punishment for those vicious crimes and taking into account public safety. He says first degree murder is an intentional and premeditated crime and those who are found guilty are dangerous and should be kept off the streets and out of our communities.

The decision affects at least one northwest Iowa case — that of John Mulder. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister tells us more.
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But, McAllister says, because of the Governor’s decision, that’s probably is not going to happen.

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Attorney McAllister says the Governor’s decision does at least two things.

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Governor Branstad took the action on Monday morning.


Wisconsin Man Behind Bars After Being Caught In the Act Of Burglarizing Ireton Elevator

Orange City, Iowa — A Wisconsin man is behind bars after being caught in the act of burglarizing the Ireton Elevator — and he’s charged with several burglaries in Lyon County as well.

Between Saturday 7/14/12 and Monday 7/16/12 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department took no fewer than nine burglary calls to businesses throughout the county. Grain elevators in Edna, Rock Rapids, Doon, Alvord, Lester and Larchwood all were burglarized along with two additional businesses in Inwood one business in Larchwood. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that it appears the burglar was after money.

On Sunday July 15, 2012 the Hawarden Police Department arrested 49-year-old Daniel Joseph Detaege, age 49, from Appleton, WI while in the act of committing a burglary at the Ireton Elevator. Upon interviewing Mr. Detaege he did admit to committing all of the burglaries in Lyon County on Friday night/Saturday morning in Lyon County.

In Lyon County, Detaege is charged with three counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree (a Class D Felony), one count of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree (an Aggravated Misdemeanor), one count of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree (a Serious Misdemeanor), and one count of Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree (a Simple Misdemeanor).

More charges are pending against Detaege.

Detaege is currently being held in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City.


Building At Buena Vista County Fairgounds Destroyed By Fire Early Saturday

Alta, Iowa — One of the buildings at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds was destroyed in a fire early on Saturday morning (7/14).

The Buena Vista County Communications Center reports they received a 911 call shortly after 12:30 AM, that the concessions stand building at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds was on fire. The Alta Fire Department and Buena Vista County Deputies were dispatched. Upon their arrival, they saw flames coming from the northwest corner of the building and up into the roof. The Fire Department was able to contain the fire to just that building and had it under control within approximately 20 minutes.

The Buena Vista County Fair was in its third day and the concession stand had been heavily used Wednesday and Thursday nights, but had not been open on Friday evening.

A joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office fire investigator and the Alta Fire Department reveals that an electrical malfunction inside the building was the cause.

The damage was contained to the building and contents, however there were other food vendors next to this building that had electrical hookups for frozen foods and those foods are possibly a total loss also. Total loss of the building and contents is estimated at approximately $80,000.

The Alta Fire Dept was on scene for approximately 2 hours with the investigation concluding by about 7 AM.


Text-a-Tip Helps Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Nab More Underage Drinkers

Alton, Iowa — For the second time in a week the sheriff’s office received a Text‐A‐Tip report of under aged people illegally in possession of alcohol.  Nine people were charged following the most recent tip on July 13.

On Friday, July 13 at 11:00 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a Text‐a‐Tip report of underage drinking at a place on 500th Street, five miles southeast of Alton.

When deputies arrived, several people ran from the officers.  Upon further investigation, deputies charged nine people with possession of alcohol underage.

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Cluck of Remsen, 19-year-old Jordan Bonestroo of Hull, 19-year-old Emily VanDam of Remsen, and 20-year-old Joe Uribe of Granville were charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age, a simple misdemeanor. Five juveniles were referred to juvenile court for possession of alcohol under legal age.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol.

The case is still under investigation.