Sheldon, Iowa — A northwest Iowa couple has some large medical bills, but their church family is helping them out. Head of men’s ministry at the Sheldon United Methodist Church, Merlyn Lode tells us about Karrine and David Dykstra.
The benefit to be held on Wednesday evening (8/8) will feature supper and a concert by the Circuit Riders. Lode tells us about the supper.
A free will offering will be accepted, with all the proceeds going to Karrine and David Dykstra to help with medical expenses.
Hudson, South Dakota — A Hudson, South Dakota man died in a one-vehicle crash just west of our area, near Hudson on Saturday evening (8/4).
The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 49-year-old Darwin Lee Roskam of Hudson was driving a 1994 GMC pickup eastbound on 294th Street about three miles west of Hudson when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the north ditch. The vehicle rolled, and the driver was thrown from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered fatal injuries.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
Le Mars, Iowa — Two Sioux City men have been arrested after they allegedly fired a gun at two bicyclists.
Authorities received a call Sunday morning from Tony Pierce and John Pecaut, both of rural Sioux City. They said they were riding bicycles on Highway 12 in rural Plymouth County, when a red Ford Explorer approached them, presented a firearm and discharged several rounds at them. The two took cover in the ditch and called 911.
Law Enforcement Officers found the Explorer about four miles north of where the shots were fired. When officers found the vehicle, 22-year-old Terry Lee Oliver Junior and 20-year-old Cesar Teodoro Gonzalez, both of Sioux City, fled the vehicle and ran into a wooded area along the Big Sioux River.
The men were eventually apprehended. Oliver is charged with attempted murder, while Gonzalez is being held on a material witness warrant. Both are being held in the Plymouth County Jail. No one was injured in the incident.
The weapon was found in a wooded area by a Woodbury County canine.
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Hull, Iowa — The city of Hull is looking for a new city administrator and economic development director.
Current City Administrator Les Van Roekel has submitted his resignation, effective August 24th. He has accepted a position with the Foreign Candy Company in Hull and will serve as their director of purchasing. He has been the city administrator since the end of 2006.
The city is taking applications for the position. According to the job description, they are looking for someone who demonstrates a commitment in advancing, implementing and promoting an agenda that will promote business and residential growth. They want the person they hire to help retain and expand current businesses, recruit prospects, write grants, administer the office, handle finance, budgeting and staff and monitor legislative activity.
Hawarden, Iowa — A Sioux Center man was taken to a hospital after two trucks collided near Hawarden on Friday (8/3).
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:05 AM, 24-year-old Bradley Voichahoske of South Sioux City, NE, was driving a 2007 Sterling garbage truck eastbound on Highway 10, four and a half miles east of Hawarden. Twenty-one-year-old Dirk De Koning of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 Sterling semi‐tractor pulling a side dump SmithCo trailer loaded with rock eastbound on Highway 10. Voichahoske was attempting to make a right turn onto a residence drive when De Koning collided with the rear of the garbage truck. De Koning then lost control of the semi, which entered the south ditch.
De Koning was transported to the Hawarden Hospital by the Ireton Ambulance.
The garbage truck sustained about $3,000 in damages. The semi‐tractor and trailer, owned by Boer and Sons, Inc. of Boyden sustained about $90,000 in damages.
De Koning was ticketed for following too closely.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ireton Fire and Ambulance.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term after he was convicted of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old.
Lyon County Attorney Carl Petersen reports that 29-year-old Lee James Meyer of Rock Rapids was convicted of two counts of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree.
The charges stem from a complaint filed in April 2012 that states between the months of February – April of 2012 Meyer confessed to having sex with a 15-year-old girl on four or five different occasions. Meyer was 14 years older than the girl during the time.
Meyer was committed to the custody of the Director of the Department of Corrections for no more than 10 years. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender, complete a sex offender evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment, and have no contact with the victim for five years.
Meyer was also ordered to pay victim restitution, court-appointed attorney fees, and Sheriff’s room and board fees.