Two Injured In Crash

Ireton, Iowa — A Rock Valley man and an Avon, SD man were taken to the hospital after an accident near Ireton.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 49-year-old Michael Jonkers of Avon was driving a 2012 Volkswagen southbound on B46, four miles north of Ireton. Forty-eight-year-old Timothy Van Tilburg was southbound on K30 in a 2001 Peterbilt semi.

The report says that Jonkers failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of B46 & K30. They say Van Tilburg struck the Volkswagen in the front passenger side.

The Ireton Ambulance took Van Tilburg and Jonkers to Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Damage amounts were not available.

Phone Scammers Targeting MidAmerican Energy Customers

Des Moines, Iowa — A utility company with thousands of customers in northwest Iowa is warning customers about a phone scam. MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman Ashton Newman says 1,500 customers contacted the utility to report receiving a suspect call in 2014.

(as said) “The good news is the majority of our customers appear to not be falling for these scams and they are hanging up and calling our customer service number to report them,” Newman says.

Of the 1,500 customers who contacted MidAmerican about receiving a suspect call last year, just over 40 of those customers reported losing money or disclosing personal information to the scammer. Newman says the scam artist, claiming to work for MidAmerican, is typically persistent and demands money by threatening to cut off utility services.

(as said) “And generally, they ask the customer to pay them over the phone by either calling a special toll-free number or by providing a credit card number or prepaid debit card, often referred to as a Green Dot card,” Newman says.

green dot MoneyPak cardThe thieves often go so far as to make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is coming from the utility. The scammers can be aggressive, which Newman says isn’t a technique an actual MidAmerican Energy employee would use.

(as said) “We also never ask for credit card numbers or any personal account numbers or information over the phone. So, that’s kind of the first red flag,” Newman says.

Customers who receive a call threatening immediate disconnection, Newman says they should hang up immediately and call MidAmerican Energy customer service at 1-888-427-5632. She notes MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process.

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Hull Man Arrested Thursday

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested on a number of charges on Thursday, February 12th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 1 PM, their office arrested 22-year-old Orlando Guzman of Hull.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Division Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that Guzman’s driver’s license was not valid.

Guzman was arrested and charged with driving while barred and suspended and was cited for a speed violation and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

NCC Students Send Valentines For Veterans

Sheldon, Iowa — A club at Northwest Iowa Community College is making Valentine’s Day better for veterans, just like they have done for the last several years.

(L to R): Kailey Woodard, Stephanie Hinkey, and Raquel Pick.
(L to R): Kailey Woodard, Stephanie Hinkey, and Raquel Pick.

Health Information Technology instructor Mari Beth Lane tells us about “Valentines for Veterans”.

She says they’re doing some different things this year.

Lane says she got the idea fifteen years ago from an Ann Landers or Dear Abby type column. She says the veterans always appreciate the valentines and she and the students find it very satisfying the as well.

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Man Living In Hull Charged With Identity Theft

Hull, Iowa — An man living in Hull has been arrested on identity theft charges after he was wanted for failing to appear in court.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 39-year-old Angel Ortiz‐Ramirez of Hull on Wednesday morning, February 11.

The arrest stemmed from an incident where he was arrested for outstanding arrest warrants for failing to appear in Court. Upon further investigation, it was found that Ortiz had allegedly been using someone else’s identity to gain employment at Formosa Foods of Hull.

In addition to the arrest warrants, Ortiz‐Ramirez was charged with identity theft.

Sheldon City Manager Clarifies Comments About HomeServe USA

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja is clarifying his comments about a company’s offer possibly being a scam. About a week ago, Wynja sent KIWA a message about HomeServe USA, and letters that this company was sending out in regard to insurance that can be purchased to protect from expenses incurred by having to replace a broken water service line.water valve main_sxc

Wynja received a message from HomeServe USA, explaining who they were and what they do. Wynja says he did not mean to call HomeServe USA’s reputation into question, but since the city had not been contacted by HomeServe, he encouraged homeowners to contact the company directly for more information and to conduct their own research.

Wynja says that due to the large volume of calls they were receiving about the wording of the letter at the city office, he felt it was necessary to tell the public that the mailing was not endorsed by the city and that people should make up their own minds about the company’s services.