Three Osceola County Grain Elevators Hit By Burglary Over The Weekend

grain elevator silosSibley, Iowa — Three Osceola County grain elevators were hit by burglary over the weekend.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they are investigating the three burglaries. Elevators in the towns of Ashton, Allendorf, and Ocheyedan all reported burglaries on Monday (7/29/13) in the office area of the elevators.

Reported taken in each of the burglaries was an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556 or send an anonymous tip through Text-A-Tip at

Huge Flag To Fly Over Highway 60 Near Sibley

us flagSibley, Iowa — If you travel Highway 60, you may see a huge American flag in the near future. In fact, it’s not impossible that you could see the symbol of liberty from Highway 9 as well.

A while back, Bob Sterler of Sheldon got an idea that he wanted to honor servicemen and the United States with a large flag. We talked to Sterler and he told us about his idea.

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He says he and his brothers are all veterans.

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Sterler says he had an idea to share the cost. If the city would buy the pole, he would buy the flag.

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He says there’s going to be a special program when the flag is raised.

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Sterler says there’s even a plan in place for the replacement of the flag.

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In case you’re wondering, Sterler says the flag itself costs $500. He says they also got a good deal on the shipping of the 80-foot pole as well. Sterler says it will be the biggest flag in northwest Iowa.

Former Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Sexual Abuse Of Ride-Along Teen

LincecumRock Rapids, Iowa — A former Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested himself recently, and charged with a sex crime.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation report that former deputy, 35-year-old Christopher Lincecum has been arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.

In late June, 2013, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations of sexual assault involving a 15-year-old female and former Sheriff’s Deputy Lincecum. Upon discovery of these allegations, the Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) take over and conduct an impartial investigation.

A Special Agent from DCI interviewed both Lincecum and the victim, as well as several other witnesses. The DCI says the investigation revealed that on two occasions, the victim went on a ride-along with Lincecum while he was working for the Sheriff’s Office. On one of these occasions, the DCI alleges that Lincecum had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim.

Lincecum separated employment with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in the Spring of 2013, due to an unrelated matter.

Lincecum was booked and subsequently bonded out.

The Iowa Division on Criminal Investigation continues its investigation while the Iowa Attorney General’s Office handles the prosecution the former deputy.

Maurice Man, Three Others Taken Into Custody After Fight At Plymouth County Fair

Hand Cuffs sxcLe Mars, Iowa — A Maurice man and three people from Le Mars were taken into custody after a fight on Saturday night at the Plymouth County Fair.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that their officers and Le Mars Police officers were working the fair when they noticed a fight near the grandstands.

With the help of off-duty officers that were also in the area the fight was broken up and the parties were separated.

As a result of the investigation it was determined that 52-year-old Nelson Wynia of rural Maurice left the grandstands and confronted a 16-year-old juvenile of Le Mars because the boy was standing and obstructing Wynia’s view. This turned physical with Wynia bumping or pushing the boy and then the boy punching Wynia.

As a result a family member of the boy, 18-year-old Kenedy Klein of Le Mars tried to get involved. She was told several times to leave the area but continued to interfere with officers.

The father of Klein, 38-year-old Randall Klein of Le Mars then threatened to strike an off-duty officer that was assisting officers at the scene.

As a result all four subjects were arrested for disorderly conduct due to fighting and were taken to the Plymouth County Jail. The three adults were booked into the jail and the juvenile was held pending transportation to a juvenile holding facility.

Texas Woman’s Foot Slips Off Brake And Onto Gas, Car Hits Los Tulipanes Restaurant

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — A Texas woman’s car was damaged in an accident on Monday (7/29/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 1:45 PM, 56-year-old Dorothy Stevens of Texas was northbound in the Los Tulipanes parking lot in eastern Sheldon in a 2007 Honda. She attempted to head-in park against the south side of the building, but in doing so, her foot slipped off the brake, and onto the gas. The Honda struck a support pillar for the front of the building.

Stevens’s Honda received $1000 damage. The pillar sustained about $5000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported.

No charges were filed.

Granville Teen Arrested For OWI After The Fact In Connection With Injury Accident

Granville, Iowa — A Granville teen has now been charged with OWI in connection with an accident in which he was injured and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital earlier this month.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, July 26, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was arrested for 2nd offense Operating While Intoxicated. The charge stemmed from an investigation of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday, July 6.

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Sioux AccidentHospers, Iowa — A Granville teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Hospers on Saturday (7/6/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 AM, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme southbound on Log Avenue, two miles south of Hospers. He lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch where it overturned.

The report says Abler was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, SD for what the report calls “incapacitating injuries”.

Abler’s vehicle sustained $4,000 damage and is considered a total loss.

Abler was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to wear a seatbelt.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Hospers Ambulance and Fire Departments.

Sheriff’s officials say alcohol is considered to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.