Sioux City Man’s Car Loses Wheel; Driver Cited For No License And No Insurance

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Alton, Iowa — A mechanical failure produced even more bad news for a Sioux City man when he was cited for no license and no insurance.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Friday, about 12:20 AM, 33-year-old Ceferino Ramirez-Lopez of Sioux City was driving a Toyota Celica southbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Alton, when his car developed mechanical problems causing a wheel to separate from the vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

The vehicle sustained $1500 dollars damage.

Ramirez-Lopez was cited for driving without a valid license and for not having valid insurance for his vehicle.


Shopping Sheldon Merchants During Downtown Construction May Be Beneficial To Shoppers

Road ClosedSheldon, Iowa — Construction on the Streetscape Project continues in downtown Sheldon.

When it’s done, it should make for a safer, more beautiful downtown for Sheldon shoppers and residents to enjoy.  The streets and sidewalks in the downtown area are being replaced and improved, and that’s something to look forward to.

However, we talked with Chamber Director Allison Klett. She tells us how the construction can even work in your favor right now if you shop downtown Sheldon.

She says while some streets will be closed, all the businesses will remain open.

The Chamber has been placing updates each week on www.sheldoniowa.com for the downtown project and the Highway 18 project. City Manager Scott
Wynja has been providing these updates.

The Chamber also wants to thank those who have been leaving the street parking for customers downtown. They say the extra effort does help businesses who rely on foot traffic. They have also distributed parking maps at sheldoniowa.com.


Lyon County Fire Departments Respond To Three Calls, But Minimal Damage

FD lightbarLyon County, Iowa — The George and Rock Rapids Fire Departments had a couple of recent calls, but there was not much loss in any of the fires.

Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck reports they had a call to a structure fire on the Reed Metzger place about 1 PM on Tuesday (7/2/13) at 2712 170th Street — a mile south of Rock Rapids and nearly four miles west. The structure that was on fire however, was an old shed that they had planned on tearing down anyway. The call went out about 1 PM, and Reck says when the fire department got there, the building was already down to a pile of embers. Luckily, there was nothing in the building. He says they hosed it down and made sure it was out.

The cause appears to have been some sparks from a burning pile.

There were no injuries and no livestock or pet loss.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department was on scene for about 45 minutes, says the chief.


The George Fire Department was called out to the report of a grove fire on Monday, July 1st.

George Fire Chief Bill Sprock says the call went out about 10:45 AM to 1727 Jackson Avenue. That’s about three miles west of George and almost three north, on the John Schulte place.

Sprock says the homeowner was burning some downed trees and limbs and some sparks got up into the living trees in the grove and started a couple of them on fire.

Sprock says they had to cut one of the trees down to get at the fire in the hollow middle, and two trees were destroyed. He says crews were there about an hour and a half.


Chief Sprock says the George Department was also called out about 11:30 PM on Wednesday (7/3/13) to 2537 Kiwi Avenue — that’s about a mile west of Matlock and almost three north. However, the fire in this case was called in by a passerby, but actually was an intentional fire. Again, some tree limbs were being burned, but no one called in to let authorities know there was going to be a fire.


“sTEPped-Up” Law Enforcement Patrols To Continue Through Sunday Night

ClickItOrTicketNorthwest Iowa — The Fourth is over, but the stepped-up traffic enforcement in northwest Iowa goes through the whole weekend.

We’ve been advised by several police departments, sheriff offices, and the Iowa State Patrol that the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and Iowa law enforcement agencies are teaming up to save lives through Sunday (7/7/13) by asking everyone to buckle up. Law enforcement agencies around the state are in the midst of “High Visibility” enforcement, cracking down on traffic violators, especially those motorists and occupants not buckled up.

Since its inception in 1986, Iowa’s seat belt law has been a primary law, allowing officers to pull over violators solely for not being belted. A seat belt violation citation will cost you $127.50. If that isn’t enough to entice you to buckle up, how about increasing your chances of surviving a crash by 50%. Coordinator for the special Traffic Enforcement Project, Randy Hunefeld at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says banking on not being involved in a crash is simply not good math.

More info from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau:

As of June 12, 2013, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa has experienced 117 traffic fatalities in 2013. While this is a reduction of 38 fewer deaths than this time last year, every death is one death too many! According to the same data, more than 38.5% or 37 of our fatalities involved individuals who were not using a seat belt. Help yourself and your family/friends Buckle Up every for every trip regardless of the distance.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and Iowa law enforcement agencies wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. Please remember if you invest 3 seconds to buckle up each time you start up your vehicle, you can make the difference in surviving a serious crash. “Buckle Up! Day or Night!”

During the July sTEP wave in 2012, nearly 16,000 total traffic violations including 1,223 seat belt and 4,753 speed violations were reported by 1,444 enforcement officers and 226 agencies around the state.

For more on the 4th of July mobilization, please visit www.iowagtsb.gov or contact:

Randy Hunefeld

sTEP Coordinator

Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau

515-725-6124
hunefeld@dps.state.ia.us


Archer, Iowa Turns 125, Celebrates

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Archer, Iowa — The town of Archer, Iowa is 125 years old this year, and celebrations are underway.  They got started on Friday (7/5) and run through Sunday (7/7).  Archer is three and a half miles east of the Highway 18 exit on the Highway 60 expressway in Sheldon, and five miles south on Oriole Avenue.

We talked to Dave DeKok (yes, the “Castle Beautifier”) who tells us how the town got started.

The tour of homes is from 1 to 8 today.

DeKok tells us about Saturday’s activities.

DeKok wanted to make sure he told us about the parade marshals because they’ve been around longer than just about everyone in Archer.

DeKok says his business, Dave DeKok, Incorporated and DK Plastics are also having a celebration.

He says on Sunday they’ll have an outdoor community church service at 10 AM.

He says the rain location is the Reformed Church. Then there’s the All-School Reunion.

That’s all for the 125th birthday party for the town of Archer — this weekend.


Riverboat Gambling Pioneer Robert Kehl Dies at 78

Kehl RobertDubuque, Iowa — The man who started the Kehl family gaming business — that got the ball rolling for the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood — has died at 78.

Robert Kehl and his wife Ruthie of Dubuque began operating a riverboat in Dubuque in 1973. They initially fought gambling, thinking that it would ruin their riverboat cruise business. Seventeen years later Kehl was granted the first state riverboat gambling license. He started operating the Casino Bell out of Dubuque in 1991. Kehl’s family business now runs five casinos in the state: the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort south of Iowa City; the Grand Falls Casino here in northwest Iowa; the Diamond Jo in Dubuque; the Mississippi Belle II in Clinton and Catfish Bend in Burlington. The Kehl business is also working on the opening of a new land-based casino in Davenport. Kehl is the father of Dan Kehl, who was the casino developer for the Grand Falls Casino. Robert Kehl is also the namesake of the Robert’s Buffet restaurant at both the Grand Falls and Riverside Casinos.

Robert Kehl’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports Kehl had been in poor health for an extended period and died at his home Wednesday morning. A visitation for the Kehl family will be held Friday from three ’til eight p.m. at the Kehl Center on the campus of Clarke University in Dubuque.

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