Sibley Man Faces Ten Years To Life After Conviction For Distribution Of Meth

Sioux City, Iowa — A man living in Sibley who conspired to distribute methamphetamine faces ten years to life in federal prison.

Forty-eight-year-old Esmelin Belloso-Valle of Sibley was convicted in federal court in Sioux City on Thursday of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Belloso-Valle admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from 2011 through April 2012 that distributed more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On one occasion in February 2012, once in March 2012, and once in May 2012, Belloso-Valle along with others involved in the conspiracy distributed more than 200 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine during controlled drug transactions with law enforcement. One of these distributions occurred within 1000 feet of Dale Street Park in Sioux City, Iowa. During the execution of a search warrant law enforcement officers located over 208 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine that was for future distribution as part of the conspiracy.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Belloso-Valle remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Belloso-Valle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, a $10 million fine, $100 in special assessment, and at least five years of supervised release following any prison time. On the distribution conviction, Bellosa-Valle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison up to a possible maximum sentence of 80 years in prison, another $10 million fine, another $100 special assessment, and at least eight years of supervised release following any prison time.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-4060.

Sioux Center Teen Injured In Accident Near Sioux Center, Authorities Investigating

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen was taken to the hospital after an accident north of Sioux Center on Wednesday (9/19).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 9 AM, 19-year-old Kaleigh Schildhouse of Sioux Center was driving a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass southbound on Highway 75, a mile north of Sioux Center, when she lost control of the vehicle. It entered the west ditch, where it rolled onto its top.

Schildhouse required extrication from the vehicle by the Sioux Center Fire Department and was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The Oldsmobile sustained about $3,000 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire, Sioux Center Ambulance, Sioux Center Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

The accident remains under investigation.

Seven Fire Departments Battle Silage Blaze In Rural Sioux Center On Wednesday

Rural Sioux Center, Iowa — Six northwest Iowa towns’ fire departments and one from South Dakota responded to a silage fire near Sioux Center on Wednesday (9/19).

Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland reports that they were paged about 12:30 to a fire on the Pete Haverhals place, eight miles west of Sioux Center on 400th Street, or about eight miles northeast of Hawarden.

Chief Van Holland reports that it was a large silage pile on fire, that had started the surrounding grass on fire as well. He says they called for help from six other fire departments, including Hull, Orange City, Hawarden, Rock Valley, and Maurice, Iowa; and Hudson, South Dakota.

The chief reports the cause was likely spontaneous combustion, where fermenting silage gets hot, due to the biological processes in the silage, and starts a fire. He says while the damage to the silage and surrounding grass was extensive, there was no damage to buildings or any injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

Van Holland reports that over 100,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire and an excavator also provided help to pull the pile apart. He says fire crews were on-scene for about five hours.

The chief also wants to tell people to be very careful with fire and things that could get hot. With the drought conditions and the wind we’ve had, the recipe is right for explosive fire growth. He recommends having a tractor and disk hooked up and ready at all times, especially near harvest operations. He says farmers might also consider having a water tank available as well.

Sheldon Police Report Incidents, Arrests, Accidents

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest report from Sheldon Police:

A resident on Fifth Avenue in Sheldon reports that on Friday, September 14, someone broke a 2 by 3 foot window at their place.

Someone on North Second Avenue reported that sometime between Tuesday the 11th and Friday the 14th, someone stole a Canon video camera from that address. It was valued at $800.

Someone on Sixth Avenue reported that sometime between Friday, September 7th and Sunday, September 16th, someone stole a laptop, two rings, and a bottle of perfume, valued at a combined total of $1030 from that address.

The police arrested 22-year-old Jordan Johnson of Elgin, Iowa on Friday the 14th, for Driving while revoked for OWI. He was transported to jail in Primghar.

Someone at the Sunset motel reported they were assaulted on Saturday the 15th. The police arrested 30-year-old Matthew Colvert of Sheldon in connection with the incident. He was charged with assault and transported to jail in Primghar.

The Sheldon police also cited 24-year-ols Aaron Berger of Sheldon on Monday (9/17) for driving while his license was suspended.

A Sac City man’s minivan was damaged in an accident on Monday (9/17) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:45 AM, 56-year-old Ross Opsal of Sac City was northbound on 23rd Avenue in a 2011 Toyota.

The report says Opsal had just turned onto 23rd Avenue from the middle school property. He says items had fallen from his dash area onto the passenger side floor, and that he momentarrily leaned over that way to retrieve the items. In doing so, he says he steered right slightly and ran up the curb and into a brick and metal mailbox.

Opsal’s Toyota received $5500 damage. The mailbox structure, owned by Thomas Thaden received $1500 in damages.

There were no injuries.

Alert Issued Regarding Possible Suspicious Vehicle Sighting

Little Rock, Iowa — An alert was issued, then cancelled on Thursday, regarding another sighting of a vehicle that matched the description from one or more of the earlier incidents in northwest Iowa.

Parents of Lyon County school children were alerted by their schools, and subscribers to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Nixle alerts were also alerted of the sighting, even though Little Rock is in Lyon County.

Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says it was nothing more than a suspicious vehicle sighting, but to be safe, he alerted the county schools.

The alert from Sioux County advises people that it’s just for their information. It goes on to say that about 12:30 Thursday afternoon, there was an incident at the elementary school in Little Rock. Students were outside for recess when a teacher noticed a gray Dodge Caravan with a dent in the back.

“First she saw it on the north side of the school. It then turned the corner and went on the south side and then she noticed it back on the north side. She started to jog toward the minivan and it took off going south out of Little Rock on Section Line Road at approximately 50 mph.”

In the 3 PM hour, Sioux County sent another Nixle. This time they advised people that it appears that the vehicle in question was a grandparent dropping his grandson off at the school. Pictures of his vehicle were taken and the teacher verified that it was the vehicle she saw.

The blue balloon on the map is the Little Rock Elementary.

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Sheldon Plans Improvements for Country Club Road and Ninth Street

Sheldon, Iowa — For years, every time the City of Sheldon considered improvements to Country Club Road it was assumed that to do an adequate job, they would have to completely remove the old concrete road bed.

If they would simply overlay another layer of  blacktop the elevation would cause drainage and driveway entrance problems.  In addition the cracks in the underlying concrete would soon cause cracks in the new blacktop.

At their meeting Wednesday the City Council heard of a new  plan that not only would solve these problems, but could be done at about half the cost. They  gave their approval to a contract with DGR Engineering of Rock Rapids to work up the plans for the project which would entail milling off the top layer of asphalt from Highway 18 to Ninth Street.  The next step would be to fill the major cracks in the concrete.  Then the concrete would be ground up and left in place to form a new solid roadbed  for a new  blacktop overlay.   This system has been used with success in other  communities..

The City had received a grant of $450,000 for the estimated $850,000 Country Club Road Improvement.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the Council that when it became apparent that not all of the grant would be needed for Country Club Road the City applied for permission to use the rest of the money to improve East Ninth Street beginning at Country Club Road and ending near the cemetery.  When asked whether curb and gutter would be installed on Country Club Road, Wynja said it had been determined that this was not necessary.  It is expected that the work on this project could begin next Spring.