Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Material Witness In Stabbing Case

LeanosRock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is now looking for a possible witness in connection with the stabbing that took place on Tuesday night near Rock Valley.

A warrant of arrest for Material Witness has been issued for 22-year-old Alonzo Leanos.

Any information concerning his whereabouts can be given to the sheriff’s office by calling 712-737-3307 or using the Text‐A‐Tip program. Leanos is six feet tall and weighs 220 pounds. His last known address is in rural Rock Valley.

Sioux County Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says this may NOT the same person they alerted the public to be on the lookout for on Wednesday. That person may or may not be involved with this case. He was just pulled over in a location near the stabbing and he ran from deputies, but he may not even be involved.

So to clarify, the Sheriff’s office may be looking for two people — the man who ran, and the material witness — Leanos. Both are Hispanic men in their 20’s. The man who ran is described as having a thin beard.


Ground Breaking at Sheldon East Elementary Scheduled For Friday, 2 p.m.

Sheldon KIDS CommitteeSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community School district will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this Friday afternoon August 16th at two p.m. for the East Elementary Building and Remodeling project.

The ceremony will be held in front of the school building. Superintendent Robin Spears told the School Board Wednesday that the contractor expects to begin digging the foundation for the new addition on Monday morning. He also felt it is possible that the buildings will be ready for students early in the 2014-15 school year. He said the contractor’s intentions are to have the new part done in May. This would be followed by the rest of the work, starting with asbestos removal.

Spears also reported that the area for the new ball fields and practice fields is ready for NCC to begin moving dirt this fall. Some items for the new facility are still being discussed. One of those is irrigation. The committee is investigating the cost to install irrigation systems for all the fields through a local contractor. Spears pointed out this year as a good example of the need for such irrigation. The possible need for barrier fencing on the North side was also discussed. Field lighting is not planned at this time, but could be installed later. The development of these recreation facilities is a joint venture between the city and school district.

In other business the School Board approved open enrollment into the district for four students. Three of them are from South O’Brien, and one is from Sibley-Ocheyedan. They also approved the contracts with four people who will serve the school district in the position of Instructional Associate. They are Clint Badberg who will be Elementary at-risk Associate, Janna Rozeboom and Nicole Schwarz Elementary Special Education Associates, and Anita Mason Middle School Special Education Associate.

The Board also approved the bus routes for the school year. This includes several stops within the city of Sheldon. They are Pine Street Apartments, the Love Inc. Parking Lot, Bethel Church, St. Patrick’s School, the South Third Avenue Trailer Court, Oak Street Apartments, Sheldon Christian School, and Thorman Avenue Park in addition to the three Community School District Buildings. The School asks that in the morning students should not arrive at an in-town bus stop more than five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus. In the afternoon they should head home immediately and not hang around the bus stop area.

And, the Board approved the transportation of pre-school students to St. Patrick’s, Children’s World, the Christian School and Head Start as they have done the past sixteen or seventeen years. There appears to be about twelve to fifteen students requesting this transportation service again this year.


New Kids’ Apparel Store Open In Sheldon

sweet puddle jumpersSheldon, Iowa — There’s a new kids’ clothes store in Sheldon.

Renee Popkes-Heitritter says she’s excited to be opening her new kids’ store, “Sweet Puddle Jumpers”


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Popkes-Heitritter tells us where to find her new shop.


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However, she says it’s not quite that easy with construction going on right now, but it’s still fairly easy to find.


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She gives us the hours of her new shop.


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Popkes-Heitritter tells us her feelings about opening a new kids store in Sheldon.


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She says she was basically destined to open a store of some kind.


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Again, that’s “Sweet Puddle Jumpers”, located on Third Avenue in Sheldon, in the building formerly occupied by Dr. Vander Berg’s dental practice. You can reach “Sweet Puddle Jumpers” at (712) 631-4543, which is a local call from the Sheldon area. So if you’re in Sheldon, just dial 631-4543.


Rock Rapids Attorney Among 22 Iowans Who Have Applied For A Spot On the Iowa Court of Appeals

gavel_sxcDes Moines, Iowa — A Rock Rapids attorney is among twenty-two Iowans who have applied for an opening on the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Larry Eisenhauer — the chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals — plans to retire this fall. The state Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday of next week to interview the 22 applicants for the court.

Among those seeking the appointment is 60-year-old attorney Randy Waagmeester of the Waagmeester Law Office in Rock Rapids.

Among the others on the list are former U.S. Attorney Matt Dummermuth of Robins, former state Representative George Eichhorn of Stratford and Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt of West Des Moines, an assistant attorney general. Her husband, former State Auditor David Vaudt, resigned in May to chair the Government Accounting Standards Board in Connecticut. Five district court judges and the Muscatine County attorney have submitted their applications for the slot on the appeals court as well.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will submit three names to Governor Branstad, who will select one of the three for the opening on the Court of Appeals.


Sioux County Authorities Arrest Two As Material Witnesses In Stabbing — One Suspect Remains At Large

crime scene tape over lightbarRock Valley, Iowa — Two material witnesses have been arrested, but the suspect is still at large in a stabbing near Rock Valley on Tuesday night (8/13/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 9 PM, their deputies investigated a reported stabbing that occurred about five miles southwest of Rock Valley.

A caller on 911 advised Sioux County dispatchers that he was bringing in a stabbing victim by vehicle. An Iowa State Trooper stopped the vehicle on the west edge of Rock Valley. The Rock Valley Ambulance responded to his location and transported the victim, a 21-year-old man from Orange City to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. He was later transferred to Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls by the Avera CareFlight helicopter.

At 11:00 PM that night, the Sheriff’s Office says they arrested two people as material witnesses in connection with the stabbing. They were identified as 19-year-old Isidro Topete-Topete, and 19-year-old Tony Chavez, both of Orange City.

The next day (Wednesday, August 14) at about 11:30 AM, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle about six miles southwest of Rock Valley in connection with this investigation. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle stopped on the roadway and ran into a cornfield. Officers pursued on foot but were unable to immediately locate him. Additional officers from the Rock Valley Police Department and Iowa State Patrol assisted with the search. The sheriff’s office canine unit and a heat seeking airplane from the State Patrol were also used with no success.

The sheriff’s office describes the driver as an Hispanic male in his 20s with a small trimmed beard. The investigation continues.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Rock Valley Ambulance.


Spencer Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Missing Juvenile

Brenna StevenSpencer, Iowa — The Spencer Police Department is looking for the public’s help to find a missing girl.

The police have been attempting to locate 16-year-old Brenna Steven of Spencer. She’s 5 feet, five inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. She has black hair and hazel eyes.

Spencer Police say Steven was listed as runaway by her father in late July. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to run down sightings, they are listing Steven as an endangered missing person.

If you have any information of her whereabouts, Spencer police ask you to contact their office at 712-262-2151.