Woman With Sioux County Ties Becomes District Associate Judge

gavel_1Sioux City, Iowa — A woman with ties to Sioux County has been appointed as a district judge.

The District Court Administrator for the Third Judicial District, Leesa McNeil says that Julie Schumacher has been appointed as a district associate court judge of the Third Judicial District.

Schumacher is 45 and is a 1986 graduate of Spalding Catholic High School. She grew up in rural Orange City. Judge-elect Schumacher attended the University of South Dakota where she earned her bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her law degree from Creighton University School of Law. She has served on the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission, the Iowa Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission, and on the Iowa Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners. Judge-elect Schumacher lives in Crawford County. She has been in private practice since 1993 and currently serves as an Assistant County Attorney for Crawford County and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Denison. She will oversee the juvenile court in her new role.

Schumacher will be sworn in as a district associate judge of the Third Judicial District at an investiture ceremony on Friday, February 15, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at the Woodbury County Courthouse, Courtroom 201. A public reception will be held at the Woodbury County Courthouse following the ceremony.


Young Farmers Encouraged to Join Young Farmer Group

Extension Young FarmerSioux Center, Iowa — If you’re a farmer between the ages of 18 and 35, you’re invited to join a group of young farmers for networking, support, and fun at an activity on Monday.

Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are hosting the event. It’s Monday (February 11) at 12 PM in the lower level of Farmers Coop Society in Sioux Center. Agriculture Producer & Consumer Education Specialist Kaye Strohbehn with ISU Extension tells us more.

She says you can register at extension.iastate.edu/plymouth.

When you get to the extension page, click the link “Northwest Iowa Young Farmer Group”. She says you can also just call the Plymouth County Extension Office at 712-546-7835.

The Northwest Iowa Young Farmer Program is sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Sheldon Man Arrested In Connection With Residential Burglary

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been arrested on several charges, including two felonies, after an investigation by the Sheldon Police.

Forty-three-year-old Leroy William Raffaelli Jr. was arrested this past Sunday, February 3rd, at his motel room at the Sheldon Motel.

Officers had obtained an arrest warrant for Raffaelli, for the crime of Credit Card Fraud. Officers served the arrest warrant at Raffaelli’s room at the Sheldon Motel. Officers then executed a search warrant at that room to search for some of the stolen items from a burglary and recovered a number of items of possible evidence.

Officers later obtained a second search warrant for his room upon finding the presence of a controlled substance there.

The burglary in question happened during the overnight hours of January 25th and the early morning hours of January 26th at a residence on Sixth Avenue in Sheldon.

Raffaelli was charged with Theft in the 1st Degree, a class C felony, and Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. He was transported to the County Jail in Primghar. An investigation is ongoing by the Sheldon Police Department. Additional charges will be filed on Raffaelli in Sioux County for Possession of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and multiple counts of Credit Card Fraud.

Raffaelli also faces several criminal charges by the Le Mars Police Department for two counts of Credit Card Fraud, Operating a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were officers from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and the Le Mars Police Department.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Don’t Forget About Our Police Blotter Page

KIWA-FM_100KIWA-AM_100Just a reminder — sometimes we’ll receive the report of a minor accident or other minor law-enforcement-related news.

We actually have a separate page on our web site for these types of accidents and incidents. That page contains ALL of the law-enforcement-related news and all accidents as well.

It’s called our Police Blotter page, and it can be found by hovering your mouse over “News” on our main page and then, when it comes up, clicking on “Police Blotter”. Or, you can also find it by going to the bottom of the page, and under the list of categories, click on “Police Blotter”.

If there were no injuries in an accident and it wasn’t unusual for another reason, you may find the report only in the Police Blotter.


Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Gives Over $600,000 And Commits Over $1.9 Million This Grant Cycle

Riverboat Grants February 2013Larchwood, Iowa — Twenty-four projects and worthy purchases designed to help make Lyon County a better place to live were given funding from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation on Thursday night. Six of the projects had been given funds before, and the Foundation continued to fulfill their commitments to the projects. Eighteen additional projects were also funded — some of them got all they asked for on Thursday night, and the Riverboat Foundation started funding some others.  The foundation gave out $610,923.91, and made a total commitment (through some multi-cycle grants) to give $1,939,600 on Thursday night.

The biggest projects receiving funds were the Rock Rapids Kids Club day care, Larchwood Fire Department, and the City of Lester.

The Rock Rapids Kids Club day care will receive $750,000 in 20 cycles — that’s $37,500 per cycle, or twice a year. It goes toward a new day care facility which is planned in Rock Rapids.

The Larchwood Fire Department will use their $492,500 toward the construction of a new fire station — one that is safer and has more parking. They get their money in 10 payments of $33,200.

The City of Lester received a commitment to $246,560 — $100,560 now, and four more payments of $36,500 — toward a new community center.

The Foundation received 37 grant applications, 18 of which were funded in this grant cycle.

Some of the money ($117,823.91) also went to other projects to which the Foundation had committed funds in past grant cycles.  The City of Inwood received $37,500 more toward their aquatic center.  The George Fire Department got $15,170.50 more toward the purchase of their grass rig.  Larchwood Emergency Medical Service (LEMS) received $25,000 more toward their new ambulance.  The Lester Fire Department received $16,666.66 more toward their new fire truck.  The City of Rock Rapids received $6457 more toward their housing project.  And the Inwood Fire Department received $17,029.75 more toward their grass rig.

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Four Hospers Residents Arrested, Charged With Drug-Related Charges

siouxsheriff2Hospers, Iowa — Four Hospers residents have been arrested on drug-related charges after a report of an identity theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday afternoon (2/5), they arrested 19-year-old Chelsea Hakeneis, 18-year-old Matthew Zinnel, and 18-year-old Victoria Guadalupe‐Villarreal, all of Hospers, on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Twenty-year-old Christian Vargas‐Ortiz, also of Hospers was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft and two counts of forgery.

The arrests stemmed from a report of identity theft which was received by the Sheriff’s Office in the overnight hours, early on February 5th.

Upon further investigation deputies determined that Vargas‐Ortiz had gained employment at Hickory Hill Farms LLC near Hospers by using another person’s identity.