Man Receives Prison Time After Sioux Preme Discharge

Sioux City, Iowa — A Remsen man will serve prison time after he caused an improper discharge to a river as the maintenance manager at a Sioux Center packing plant.
Fish Kill
The United States’ Attorney’s office says that 58-year-old Michael J. Wolf of Remsen pled guilty in December to one count of knowingly discharging a pollutant into a waterway of the United States. The discharge resulted in a fish kill. At the plea and sentencing hearings, the US Attorney’s Office says they presented evidence that on October 23 and 24, 2012, Wolf, while he was the maintenance manager at Sioux-Preme Packing, intentionally discharged biological materials and agricultural wastes from one of Sioux-Preme’s waste lagoons into a tributary of the West Branch of the Floyd River. They say the pollutants likely included blood, fecal material, animal guts, cleaning chemicals, etc.

They say the discharge lasted more than 11 hours. It fouled over 11 miles of river, downstream from the lagoon. The US Attorney’s Office also says the discharge killed over 190,000 fish of various species, valued at over $20,000; and caused the State of Iowa to expend more than $5,000 in response costs. One witness to the fish kill described watching fish jumping out of the water and racing around to avoid the deadly plume. They also say Wolf lied to members of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Emergency Response team attempting to ameliorate the effects of the spill. According to the US Attorney’s Office, this delay likely worsened the effects of the spill.

Michael J. Wolf was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett for his violation of the Clean Water Act. He was sentenced to six weekends of imprisonment and a one-year term of probation. A special assessment of $100 was imposed.

Suspect Apprehended After Pursuit

Le Mars, Iowa — A South Sioux City man is behind bars after leading officers on a chase through Woodbury and Plymouth counties and just into Sioux County.
Police lightbar chase
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they were notifies by the Woodbury County communications center about 2:35 on Saturday morning that the Sioux City Police were in a pursuit with a white pickup northbound on Floyd Boulevard and it appeared that it was headed into Plymouth County.

Before Plymouth County deputies could get into position, they were told the Sioux City Officers ended the pursuit since it entered into Plymouth County. The pickup had last been seen going northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 75 near Hinton.

Plymouth County Deputies checked the area of Hinton and the vehicle was located on the south edge of Hinton turning north onto Highway 75. Deputies followed the pickup and saw it traveling all over the road and speeding. Le Mars officers were called and requested to set up between Merrill and Le Mars on Highway 75 with stop sticks. Lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle south of Merrill at which time the vehicle attempted to flee.

The Sheriff’s Office says the pickup continued northbound on Highway 75 and did run over the stop sticks that had been deployed on the roadway. By the time the pickup had reached C-38 and Highway 75 its tires had already began falling apart. It continued northbound on Highway 75 and then Highway 60 from Le Mars.

Deputies say that by that time the vehicle had lost three of its tires and was running on rims. The pickup had to slow down its speeds due to the condition of its tires but continued fleeing from officers. The pickup continued north on Highway 60 to K-64 at Carnes, where it turned back south.

According to the report, the driver continually threw items of clothing at the pursuing officers behind it. The driver also made numerous offensive hand gestures directed to the pursuing officers while being chased. The vehicle continued south on K-64 failing to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of K-64 and Highway 3. The pursuit continued south on K-64 with the suspect vehicle again going through the stop sign located at the intersection of K-64 and C-38.

By the time the pursuit reached the 2300 block of K-64, authorities say the suspect slowed down to a stop and bailed out of his pickup and ran east into a hog confinement area. Deputies were able to apprehend the suspect not far from where he had stopped.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Michael Ryan Derby of South Sioux City, Nebraska. He was charged with two counts of speeding, two stop sign violations, Felony Eluding, (class D Felony) and Operation while Intoxicated 3rd Offense, which is also a felony.

As of Monday morning, July 20th, he was still being held in the Plymouth County Jail on a $5000 bond.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department reports that the Le Mars Police, Iowa State Patrol, Orange City Police and the Kingsley Police Department assisted with the incident.

Thousands Descending On Sioux City For RAGBRAI

Sioux City, Iowa — If you’re headed to or through Sioux City today, we remind you that it’s RAGBRAI time and Sioux City is the starting city this year.
Thousands of bike riders will descend on Sioux City. The 43rd annual event will challenge bikers to one week of riding that averages 65 to 75 miles each day. Al Joens rides a tandem bike with his wife and says this will be his 32nd time on the ride. He has done the entire ride — roughly 500 miles — 17 times.

(as he says)”It’s the people that make it so fun, it’s just 20-thousand different interesting characters,” he says. “RAGBRAI is an equalizer. It doesn’t matter if you are millionaire or have no money at all. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or a laborer. When you are out on a bike climbing a hill, none of that means anything, you’ve all got to get from point A to point B.”

Bikers will follow the tradition of dipping their tires in the Missouri River Sunday in Sioux City before starting the ride. The ones that finish will dip their tires in the Mississippi River Saturday at the conclusion of the ride.

Again, be aware of lots of extra traffic in the Sioux City area this weekend.

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Granite Threshing Bee This Weekend

Granite, Iowa — It’s the 31st annual Granite Threshing Bee this weekend in tiny Granite, Iowa.
Threshing grain
People come from near and far for the annual spectacle of harvesting with the equipment from nearly a hundred years ago. Besides the bee, there are several other things to take in, including a Kids Tractor Drive, Open Stage Music, a tour of the Blood Run area that is hoped will be a state park someday, a vintage parade featuring vintage tractors, cars, garden and pedal tractors, and much more. On Sunday, the Master’s Voice Quartet will sing at 10:30 before the demonstrations get underway.

The Antique Tractor Pull is on Friday, July 17th.

The Threshing Bee features will be Cockshutt Tractors and Implements and Massey-Harris gas engines.

Granite is seven and a half miles west of Larchwood on A18, then go a mile and a half north on Arizona Avenue.

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Two Sentenced For Meth Distribution

Sioux City, Iowa — A Heron Lake woman will serve four years in federal prison, and a Spencer man eleven years after they pled guilty to dealing drugs in the Iowa Great Lakes area.
The US Attorney’s Office says that 36-year-old Jillian Preston of Heron Lake, Minnesota, received the prison sentence recently after an April guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. They say 52-year-old Todd Daugherty of Spencer received the prison term after a February guilty plea to the same charge.

At their guilty pleas, the US Attorney’s office says Preston and Daugherty each admitted that from 2013 through May 2014 they were involved in a conspiracy that distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine in the Spencer and Lakes area. They say Preston obtained quarter to half-pound quantities from sources in Minnesota for distribution in Iowa, and that he obtained one ounce to quarter-pound quantities from Preston for further redistribution in Iowa. And four ounces of methamphetamine was seized from Daugherty in a Minnesota traffic stop.

Preston and Daugherty were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Preston was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. Daugherty was sentenced to 132 months’ imprisonment. Each must pay a special assessment of $100 and each must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Preston and Daugherty are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

2015 Osceola Fair Informs, Entertains

Sibley, Iowa — The 2015 Osceola County Fair continues in Sibley.
Osceola County Fair To Remember
We had a chance to talk to Steve Voss with the Osceola County Fair Board. He says things start this morning with the Beef Show, but there’s lots of fun planned tonight and tomorrow.

Voss says anytime from now until Saturday night if you’d come to the Osceola County Fair, they’ve got something interesting or fun going on.

He says you can check out their Facebook page for more information.

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