Crossroads Industrial Park and Proposed New Housing Area Included In SCDC Report to Sheldon City Council

Sheldon, Iowa — When Sheldon’s Development Director, Mark Gaul presented his semi-annual SCDC report to the City Council this past week, it indicated the ongoing growth and development of the city.

Gaul told the council that the street into the new Crossroads Industrial Park is being poured, and Ziegler Cat has started construction with the anticipation of opening in the spring.  He also said that they have developed marketing materials and have attended a trade show recently where they were able to present Crossroads Industrial Park to the attendees.  In addition, Northwest Iowa Development has funded marketing a virtual spec building for that area.  They have also platted the remainder of the Runger Light Industrial Park with the lots available for sale.

A new housing area is also in the plans.  The SCDC is currently working on a recommendation at the request of the City Council for a housing development at  Sheldon Crossing along with estimated development costs.

Gaul also reported that they are working with a prospect on the remaining lot in the former O’Brien County Implement property.

And, he reminded the council and the public that the SCDC has many programs to assist businesses and property owners.  This includes  the storefront program  which has assisted six storefront improvement programs so far this year.  They also have a housing rehabilitation program, and a revolving loan fund with $450,000 available to assist businesses with financing. Gaul ended his report by saying…. “The SCDC is here to help people looking to start a business, expand a business, purchase a business, etcetera.No matter how small or large the project, I encourage the person to contact me at the SCDC to let us help you get to the resources available to assist.”

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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