Sheldon Native’s Single To Be Promoted By “Snooki”

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon native Alex Jinkinson, now going by the stage name of Alex Jaymes, is making big waves in the entertainment industry and even gaining the attention of some celebrities following the release of his single “I’ll Write You A Song.” The song landed Jaymes on the front page of iTunes and was a featured single on MTV.

Now, one of the star’s of MTV’s Jersey Shore program has signed on to help spread the word. In a statement released today by Jaymes’ manager, it is revealed that Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi has teamed up Jaymes to help promote the single.

We will have more information on this new partnership on future newscasts.


Three Fire Departments Fight Grass Fire Near Klondike; Burning Ban Continues

Klondike, Iowa — Three fire departments were called to a fire in western Lyon County on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was a grass fire reported near the Big Sioux River village of Klondike. Fire Departments from Inwood, Larchwood, and Canton, South Dakota fought the blaze on A26 or 180th Street, four miles southwest of Larchwood.

Firefighters were paged about 12:40 Tuesday afternoon and were on scene a little over two hours — until nearly 3 PM.

We’ll have the details as they become available.

Meanwhile, a burning ban went into effect yesterday for Lyon County, for the dry conditions and very high temperatures with low humidity. No open burning is allowed in the county until Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck notifies the State Fire Marshal’s office on behalf of the county fire chiefs, that dangerous conditions no longer exist.


Wisconsin Man Now Implicated In Up to 25 Burglaries In NW Iowa, SW Minnesota

Orange City, Iowa — The Wisconsin man who authorities claim broke into ten northwest Iowa businesses has now been implicated in several more.

A Hawarden police officer caught 49-year-old Daniel Joseph Detaege in the act of burglarizing the Ireton Elevator early Sunday morning (7/15).

We previously reported that Lyon County officials believe he burglarized the grain elevators in Edna, Rock Rapids, Doon, Alvord, Lester and Larchwood along with two additional businesses in Inwood one business in Larchwood.

Now, authorities believe Detaege is responsible not only for those burglaries, but also for burglaries in Alton, Granville, Sioux Center and Hull, as well as others in O’Brien, Osceola and Cherokee counties in northwest Iowa, and possibly more in southwest Minnesota.


Agreement With School Board Is Back to The City Council For Wednesday’s Meeting

The 28-E agreement between the City of Sheldon and Sheldon School District to build new athletic fields along Highway 18 just north of the middle school and high school will again be addressed by the city council when they meet Wednesday.

The original proposed agreement stated that the former O’Brien County Implement land, would be transferred from the city to the School district once the agreement was signed by both parties and filed with the Iowa Secretary of State. This wording was approved by the School Board, but when it came to the City Council they changed the wording to delay transfer of ownership until such time as the development of the project is completed, a construction bid is let, and the construction contract is approved.

At their last meeting the school board, in a split decision rejected this wording. They felt it would prevent them from getting some of the work on the land done this summer because they did not want to spend money on the improvement of property they did not own. At that meeting it was indicated that School Superintendent Robin Spears would attend the City Council meeting Wednesday, July 18th to explain the School Board’s position.

That meeting will begin at 4:30 in council chambers of the Sheldon Community Services center. The proposed agreement with the school district and the Dinner Date contract are the only new business items on the council agenda.


Alton Man Arrested On Drug Charges After Accident

Hospers, Iowa — An Alton man was arrested after he had an accident near Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 8:05 PM Sunday evening (7/15), 20-year-old Riley Full of Alton was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 400th Street, three miles west of Hospers. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Full was using his cell phone to check text messages, and in doing so, lost control of his vehicle, which left the roadway and entered the north ditch. The initial accident damaged agricultural fields owned by Matt Schipper and Scott Te Grotenhuis, both of Hospers. When citizens tried to check on Full’s wellbeing, he fled the scene of the accident in his vehicle. In doing so he damaged an additional field owned by Ron Smit of Hospers. With the help of witnesses the sheriff’s office was able to locate Full and his vehicle.

Upon further investigation of the accident, sheriff’s deputies found what appeared to be Marijuana in Full’s vehicle. Full was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Use of electronic device while driving, failure to maintain control, and leaving the scene of an accident.

No injuries were reported from the accident. Full’s vehicle received about $1,000 damage. The total damage to the agricultural fields was estimated at $500.


Texas Woman Arrested North Of Sioux Center For Allegedly Supplying Alcohol To Minors

Sioux Center, Iowa — On Monday, July 16 at 3:57 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Caroline Richards, age 33, of Seminole, Texas on charges of Violating a Protection Order and Supplying Minors with Alcohol. Richards was arrested at the Country Home Motel, one mile north of Sioux Center.

The arrest stemmed from a call the sheriff’s office received earlier that morning. The sheriff’s office was informed that two juvenile girls were staying at the Family Crisis Center in Sioux Center because of a party that took place while they were in Richards’ care at the Motel. Upon further investigation the sheriff’s office found there had been multiple other juveniles at Richard’s Motel room. Deputies discovered Richards had supplied the minors with alcohol. When the two juvenile girls left the residence, Richards violated a protection order by contacting the girls’ father.