Primghar Residents Arrested On Drug Charges Near Archer Early Monday

Archer, Iowa — Two Primghar residents were arrested early on Monday (10/29) near Archer on drug and other charges.

According to arrest records, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Richard Hopcroft and 46-year-old Macheal Koenck, both of Primghar. The arrest happened at B40 and Pierce Avenue, about 2 miles southeast of Archer.

Hopcroft was charged with Second Offense Operating While Intoxicated/Drugged and Driving Under Suspension. Koenck was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Deliver. She was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Thomas was released on bail on Monday morning.


Orange City Woman Dies In Southern Iowa Accident

Pacific Junction, Iowa — An Orange City woman has died from injuries sustained in an accident on Monday (10/29) on Interstate 29 near Pacific Junction in southern Iowa. Her husband was injured.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that 59-year-old Galen Kleinwolterink of Orange City was southbound on I-29, near Pacific Junction, south of Council Bluffs in a 2005 Chevy Uplander.

The trooper’s report says at that moment the tire went flat on driver’s side rear, causing Kleinwolterink to lose control. The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled multiple times.

A passenger in the vehicle, 54-year-old Rebecca Kleinwolterink was not wearing a seatbelt. She was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at Creighton Medical Center after being transported by Lifenet Helicopter.

Galen Kleinwolterink was wearing his seatbelt. He was transported to Creighton Medical Center by Glenwood Rescue. At last report he was listed in stable condition with only minor injuries.


MidAmerican Energy Crews From Sheldon, Elsewhere Helping Out In New York In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy

Des Moines, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy Crews from Sheldon and other areas of Iowa have been sent east to help victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, several crews have now been dispatched to help in the cleanup and restoration effort.

We talked to MidAmerican spokesperson Tina Potthoff, who tells us more.

She says they also let a number of contract employees go east to help out.

She says they’re going to keep watching the situation and if they have to release additional crews, they won’t hesitate to help out.


Hospers Man Arrested On Three Charges After He Threatened People With A Gun

Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers man was arrested after he threatened people with a gun.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 AM, early on Sunday, their deputies investigated a report of a person causing a disturbance at a home on Fourth Avenue North in Hospers.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that 23-year-old Gary Hovey of Hospers had assaulted a person at the residence while a two year old child was present. The child was unharmed. When people came to the aid of the assault victim to assist her in leaving the residence, Hovey displayed a shotgun to threaten the people outside in attempt to make them leave.

Hovey was arrested for domestic assault, a serious misdemeanor, assault with a firearm, an aggravated misdemeanor and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.


Chairman Of Board Of Spencer Company Pleads Guilty To Misusing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Investors

Spencer, Iowa — A 59-year-old Indiana man has pled guilty to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors.

His name is Lowell Gene Hancher. He goes by the name Bob Hancher and he was from Sheridan, Indiana. Hancher was chairman of the board for Cycle Country Accessories Corporation, with headquarters in Spencer. The firm makes accessories for golf carts and ATVs. Hancher admits in a plea agreement that he misappropriated “the vast majority” of the half a million dollars he was given to buy back stock so the company could be privately-held. Hancher admits to bilking investors in a similar scheme involving a company based in Colorado. Hancher faces up to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.

In early 2011 as the result of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, Hancher agreed to repay the Spencer company for the money he stole, plus interest, but it’s unclear how much the company can get because Hancher’s assets are tied up in bankruptcy proceedings.

Story from RadioIowa


Some NW Iowa Trick-Or-Treating On Tuesday, Some On Wednesday

Northwest Iowa — Due to Halloween falling on church night, different towns have different plans for their trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities this year.

In Sheldon, the festivities will take place on Tuesday instead. The Sheldon Library will have their Halloween from 3:30-5 PM. Trick-or-treating in downtown Sheldon will be from 4:30-5:30. Citywide residential door-to-door trick-or-treating will be from 5-7. Sanford Senior Care will see trick-or-treaters from 6-7, and the Fear and Fun All In One will be from 5:30-7. Again, all of that on Tuesday night in Sheldon.

Sibley will also have their trick or treating around town on Tuesday, October 30th. The trick or treating downtown will be on Tuesday evening from 4-5 PM.

The Sioux Center Chamber is not directing people when to trick-or-treat. The Annual Sioux Center “Hallelujah Party” is on the 31st at the Dordt Rec Center, sponsored by Bridge of Hope Church. It runs from 5:30 until 8. At the Centre Mall, children may trick or treat in mall stores from 5-7 Wednesday evening.

In Orange City, business trick or treating will be on Wednesday the 31st from noon to 8 PM. Participating businesses (with the Orange sign in their window) will be offering a trick or treat to anyone that comes in in costume. Orange City city-wide trick or treating will also be Wednesday evening.

In Rock Rapids, the downtown business Halloween Parade will be on Wednesday afternoon, the 31st, starting at 4 PM. Trick-or-treaters walk a downtown loop and visit downtown merchants. Merchants who are not located downtown are invited to set up along the route as well and meet trick-or-treaters. Kids and their parents are to meet at the Sunshine Foods Parking Lot. Citywide trick-or-treating will also be on the actual Halloween night — Wednesday night.

In George, due to Halloween falling on church night, the City Council has set trick-or-treat night for Tuesday, October 30th. Kids will be out from 5 to 7 Tuesday night. HOWEVER — as part of their Halloween party at George-Little Rock School, they bus the kids to the downtown for downtown trick-or-treating — and THAT will be on Halloween proper — on Wednesday afternoon.

The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds motorists that increased pedestrian traffic at twilight and throughout the evening means drivers need to be more mindful than ever to scan streets and intersections for pedestrians. There are on-average, four times more deaths of children in car accidents on Halloween than other nights of the year.

Excitement may overtake judgment for some trick-or-treaters. Young children may not understand they lack the physical ability to cross a street quickly; and their small size limits their visibility to drivers. Children are likely to choose the shortest, rather than the safest route, to cross streets, often darting out between parked cars. In addition, young children do not evaluate potential traffic threats effectively, cannot anticipate driver behavior and process sensory information slower than adults.

Safety tips for parents and children from the DOT:

  • Accompany young children. Children under age 12 should always be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child.
  • See and be seen. Kids should carry glow sticks or flashlights to see better in the dark, as well as be seen by drivers. Costumes and bags should be decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, made of light colors.
  • Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks (where they exist). Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk – don’t run – across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or pathways. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Be a safe pedestrian around vehicles. Watch for vehicles that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars. When exiting a vehicle, get out of the vehicle on the curb side – not on the traffic side.
  • Get painted! Face paint and makeup are a better choice for children because they do not hinder vision the way that masks can. Avoid wearing hats that may slide down and cover the eyes.
  • Prevent tripping and falls. Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes.