Paullina Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Plymouth County

marijuana pot sxcAkron, Iowa — A Paullina man has been arrested in Akron on drug charges.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:30 AM on Saturday (8/31/13), one of their deputies arrested 21-year-old Austin David Traver of Paullina on charges of Possession of a controlled substance marijuana (serious misdemeanor) and Possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).

Traver was stopped on Reed Street in Akron for traffic violations.

Traver was found to be in possession of the marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the stop, and was arrested and jailed at the Plymouth County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bond.


Sutherland Woman, Greenville Man Transported To Sanford Sheldon After Friday Accident

SCAT Front & Right SideSheldon, Iowa — A Sutherland woman and a Greenville man were taken to the hospital after an accident on Friday (8/30/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:05 AM, 21-year-old Brianna Hansen of Sutherland was southbound from the Shopko parking lot in a 1999 Chevy. Thirty-six-year-old Donald Cunningham of Greenville was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2011 Ford, owned by the state of Iowa.

Hansen had pulled up to the parking lot entrance. Cunningham was to her left, in the inside lane of Highway 18. As he approached the Shopko entrance, there was another non-contact vehicle in the outside lane, also westbound. Hanson apparently didn’t see the Cunningham vehicle, as the non-contact vehicle driver decided to turn into the Shopko lot. Hansen pulled onto the highway to make a left turn and was struck in the driver’s door by the Cunningham vehicle.

Hansen, Cunningham, and a passenger in the State vehicle, 36-year-old Jennifer Christian of Sioux Rapids, were all transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

Hansen’s Chevy was totaled with $6000 damage. The State’s Ford received $6000 damage as well.

Hansen was charged with Failure to Yield on Left Turn and no proof of insurance.


Second Manure Issue In Lyon County In The Last Week

cattle feedlot cow cows beef manureDoon, Iowa — It’s the second manure issue in Lyon County in the last week. Last week, an Inwood farmer found manure in his pond. This week, there’s another manure issue.

State environmental officials say three separate manure spills have happened in Lyon County.

Cindy Martens, an environmental services specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says runoff from two cattle operations near Doon combined to create the most serious manure spill, after two inches of rain fell on Saturday night.


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(As above) Martens says staff members from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service were at the scene, counting dead fish. The fishkill covered about two miles of the waterway.

She says the other spill happened last Friday in a tributary of the Rock River near Inwood. She says that investigation was completed Monday and it was cleaned up with no significant environmental damage. Martens says the cause of that spill was misapplication of manure by a livestock producer.


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Martens says it’s important that all spills be reported to the D-N-R as quickly as possible. The greater the delay between the event and the reporting, the less likely it is that the source of the pollution can be traced.


RiseFest Moving To Country Club Road Across From O’Brien County Implement

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Outdoor Christian music festival is moving again. But this time they’re staying in town.

According to RISE Ministries founder and president Rob Roozeboom, after hosting RiseFest at the Sheldon Crossing on the intersection of Highways 18 and 60 for the past two summers, RISE Ministries has a new home for the festival for the next five years. Starting in 2014, he says RiseFest will now be held across from O’Brien County Implement on 66 and a half acres on Country Club Road. The bigger space leaves room to facilitate the growth seen over the course of the past two RiseFests by providing more room for parking and camping, which was introduced for the first time at RiseFest in 2013.

New RiseFest Grounds


Sheldon Police Cover Two Burglaries, Two Accidents

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

The Police say they took a report of somebody stealing a credit card from a parked car at a home in the 1000 block of Eleventh Avenue on Wednesday (8/28/13).  It happened Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  Someone used the card to make a purchase in the amount of $500.  Also stolen were $25 worth of blank checks.  The police are investigating.

The Sheldon Police also took a report of burglary at a house, in which the thief or thieves escaped with a large amount of jewelry and a jewelry box, valued at a combined total of over $3000.  It’s believed to have occurred at a home on Lincoln Avenue between 9 AM and 9 PM last Monday, August 26th.

A Sheldon woman’s car and a Sheldon man’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (8/28/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 2:20 PM, 86-year-old Joy Van Velzen of Sheldon was westbound in the Sheldon Family Practice Parking Lot, in a 1993 Olds. A 2006 Chevy, owned by Marvin Kamrath of Sheldon was facing eastbound in the lot.

Van Velzen was exiting the lot and started to turn toward the exit, but as she did, she struck the rear driver’s side of the Kamrath vehicle.

Van Velzen’s Olds received $2000 damage. Kamrath’s Chevy received $1200 damage.

There were no injuries reported, and no charges were filed.


An Ashton teen’s car and a Sheldon woman’s car were damaged in an accident last Thursday (8/29/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 5:40 PM, 17-year-old Kayla Johnson of Ashton was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 2010 Chevy. Fifty-seven-year-old Linda Rook of Sheldon was southbound on 21st Avenue in a 2000 Buick.

Johnson was stopped for road construction traffic stopped ahead of her on 18. The traffic ahead started to move, but Johnson did not realize it immediately, according to the report. Rook, who was at the stop sign on 21st Street, thought that Johnson was letting her turn ahead of Johnson and proceeded to turn left. Midway though Rook’s turn, Johnson realized that traffic was moving, and pulled ahead. Rook’s car struck Johnson’s.

Johnson’s Chevy received $1600 damage. Rook’s Buick received $1200 damage.

There were no injuries reported.


Motorcyclist Injured In Saturday Morning Accident In Sheldon

SCAT back 2012Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Saturday (8/31/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:15 AM, 71-year-old Sandra Phillips of Remsen was southbound on Second Avenue, or Old Highway 60, in a 2006 Chrysler. Fifty-nine-year-old Timothy Kamstra of Sheldon was also southbound on Second, in front of Phillips on a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle.

The car struck the back of the motorcycle, causing Kamstra to lose control, ejecting him from the motorcycle.

Kamstra was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT. The report says Kamstra was not wearing a helmet.

Phillips’s Chrysler received $1000 damage. Kamstra’s Yamaha received $1500 damage.

The report says Phillips was following too closely, but it does not say that any charges were filed.


In an additional note from the Sheldon Police, they say that they will release the report from the injury accident that happened on Friday when it becomes available. When it does, we’ll have in on KIWA and kiwaradio.com.