Woman Whose Children Died In Fire Now In Custody Thanks To Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Sioux Falls woman who is the mother of three children killed in a Sioux Falls fire is in custody, thanks to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that their deputies arrested 34-year-old Rhiannon Shirlene White of Sioux Falls on Thursday on eight warrants from Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

The warrants consisted of 2 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony, and 6 counts of Contribute to Abuse Neglect or Delinquency, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

White was located at a rural residence west of Sibley and taken into custody by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. White was extradited back to the State of South Dakota the next day.

South Dakota authorities issued an arrest warrant after White failed to show up to court. Prosecutors say they believe White is a danger to herself and is a flight risk.

A judge set White’s bond at $30,000 and issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

The charges she faces are connected with a December 22 house fire that killed White’s three children — 16-year-old Michael Hensley, 12-year-old Savannah Coon, and 6-year-old Alivia Coon.


Children’s World Announces Capital Campaign

children's worldSheldon, Iowa — The Children’s World daycare in Sheldon has undertaken a large fundraising effort.

The Children’s World Board of Directors of has announced that they have initiated a capital campaign named “Erase The Debt…Embrace Our Future”. Children’s World Board President, Justin Jonas tells us what sparked the idea.

For those who don’t know, Jonas tells us about the structure of Children’s World, and how it differs from some other towns’ day care centers.

He says they have considered just raising the daycare rate, but they don’t think that would work. People may have to pull their children from the program if they did that.

He says the other options, such as this capitol campaign were better for two main reasons.

At this point, they will be contacting individuals and businesses. Later there will be a more general campaign to the public. They may do some fundraisers as well, plus, the Children’s World children will host fundraisers to help contribute as well, says Jonas.

The capital campaign will be a multifaceted campaign seeking three year pledges to accomplish two primary goals. Their two goals are “Erase the Debt” and “Embrace Our Future”. The fundraising goal of the campaign has been set at $500,000.

More from The Children’s World Board Of Directors:

The first goal is to Erase The Debt. Children’s World currently has approximately $247,000 of debt that was incurred during their most recent expansion in 2006. This debt requires annual debt payments of close to $34,000 per year. These payments have proven to be challenging to Children’s World and by eliminating this debt, it would give a significant boost to the financial stability of Children’s World.

The second goal of the campaign is to Embrace Our Future. The board wants to ensure our children can continue to receive daycare services in a safe, quality environment. Children’s World Board President, Justin Jonas, said, “With the original building now being 21 years old and the 1996 addition being 17 years old, repairs and maintenance to these buildings is becoming an issue that needs to be addressed.” Therefore, the second facet of this campaign will be to raise $253,000 to provide for current and future capital expenditures that will need to be made to maintain the building and to be in compliance with current fire code and Department of Human Services requirements. Jonas commented, “by erasing the debt and embracing our future for repairs and maintenance to the building we can place Children’s World on a solid foundation and maintain affordable daycare for the 214 children and 139 families that utilize Children’s World.”

Children’s World has been providing high quality daycare in our community since 1975 and providing a safe, nurturing environment for daycare is a community asset important to working families and employers. However, providing a safe and structured learning environment for children is an expensive endeavor and Children’s World continues to face financial challenges. As a licensed daycare, Children’s World must meet many standards required by the Iowa Department of Human Services and the State Fire Marshal. As a result of the board’s discussions and recent request for assistance from the City of Sheldon, the board and interested members of the community have come together to launch this capital campaign to help provide financial support to Children’s World.

A steering committee of community members has been formed and volunteers have been recruited to begin making calls on prospective donors. The campaign will seek gifts from employers and individuals and be asking for three year pledges. The capital campaign is earmarked to be completed by June 30. Members of the steering committee are: Justin Jonas, Heidi Brown, Denny Michels, Susan Rensink, Michele DeKok, Jan and Keith Rolston, Mark Ellsworth and Barry Whitsell.


Sibley Woman, Grimes Woman Taken To Hospital After Accident In Sibley

AmbulanceSibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman and a Grimes, Iowa woman were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sibley on Saturday (3/31).

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:40 AM, 31-year-old Sally Forrester of Grimes was driving a 2005 Chrysler eastbound on Seventh Street. Thirty-nine-year-old Michelle Perry of Sibley was driving a 2001 Ford southbound on Fifth Avenue. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Osceola County Ambulance Service transported both drivers to the Osceola Community Hospital.

There was $7,000 damage to the Chrysler and $3,000 damage to the Ford.

Perry was cited for Failure to Yield to Vehicle on the Right.

The Sibley Fire Department also assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Sibley Teen And Passenger Taken To Hospital After Accident Near State Line

Ambulance rear blue and whiteSibley, Iowa — A Sibley teen and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident last Sunday (3/24).

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:30 PM, 17-year-old Kimberly Cuadros of Sibley was driving a 2002 Suzuki SUV, owned by Amalia Rodriguez of Sibley, southbound on Highway 60, a half mile south of Bigelow, MN,

Cuadros lost control on the icy roadway. The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled onto it’s top.

The Osceola County Ambulance Service took Cuadros and her passenger to the Osceola Community Hospital.

There was $7,000 damage to the vehicle.


George Man Arrested Saturday Morning In Little Rock, Charged With Assault, OWI, And More

Jail Door2Little Rock, Iowa — A George man is behind bars in Rock Rapids after a report of reckless driving and and assault in Little Rock.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:45 AM on Saturday (3/30), their communications center received a 911 call that someone in a black SUV almost ran into another vehicle on Main Street in Little Rock. The driver was reportedly then out of the car and starting a fight with another driver.

A Lyon County deputy, an Iowa State Patrol trooper and a DNR officer responded to the scene.

They arrested 28-year-old Dustin Kramer of George. He was charged with

  • Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense
  • Serious assault
  • 2 counts of simple assault
  • public intoxication
  • careless driving

Kramer was being housed in the Lyon County Jail.


Lyon County Deputies Bust Doon Party, Arrest Four

beer alcohol boozeDoon, Iowa — Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies broke up a Doon party early on Saturday (3/30) and arrested four people on alcohol violations.

About 2 AM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office along with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office got a tip of a large party in Doon. As officers arrived at the home on South Fourth Street in Doon, they noticed young people running away from the home.

Officers pursued several of them, running south. After a short foot pursuit three subjects were apprehended.

Officers arrested 18-year-old Morgan Groeneweg, 19-year-old Brittany Laman, and 20-year-old Devin Groeneweg, all of Rock Valley and charged them all with interference with official acts and minor in possession.

The home owner, 22-year-old Chad VandenTop of Doon was charged with supplying alcohol to a minor.

All four subjects were transported to the Lyon County Jail.