Sheldon Police Cite One, Arrest One, Take Report, Cover Accident

In the latest Sheldon Police report,

They cited 18-year-old Jeremy Sheriff of Sheldon on Saturday, February 18, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited on complaint and released.

They arrested 20-year-old Ethan Movick of rural Sioux City on Thursday, February 23rd on an O’Brien County Warrant for Second Degree Criminal Mischief. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

Someone reported that their Smith and Wesson handgun was stolen from their unlocked pickup, while it was parked near Highway 18 and Second Avenue. The crime allegedly happened between February 17 and February 19.

Innovative Machine and Tool on Second Avenue in Sheldon reported that sometime on Friday the 24th or Saturday the 25th, someone broke into their business. The only thing listed as missing or damaged was the door itself, including its lock and latch, valued at $150.

The Sheldon Police also covered an accident.

A Sheldon woman’s SUV and a Primghar woman’s crossover SUV were damaged in an accident on Friday, February 24 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:20 PM, 43-year-old Laura Gesink of Sheldon was backing out of a residential driveway on Tenth Street, in a 2000 Chevy. Forty-eight-year-old Miriam Wagner of Primghar was westbound on Tenth Street in a 2010 Chevy.

Gesink did not see the Wagner vehicle and she continued backing into the path of the Wagner vehicle. Wagner tried evasive action of braking and turning away from the approaching Gesink vehicle, but it struck the right side of the Wagner vehicle.

Gesink’s Chevy received $1500 damage. Wagner’s Chevy received $3500 damage.

There were no injuries.

Republicans Draft $154 million Budget For Courts; Hull Rep. Alons Singled Out For Conservative Views

Republicans in the Iowa House have drafted a 154-million dollar budget plan for the state’s court system, and Representative Dwayne Alons from Hull is being singled out for his conservative views. Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, says the G-O-P plan for the courts provides the same amount of money next year that the courts have been operating with this year.[audio:|titles=capaustere1]

Representative Todd Taylor, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the G-O-P plan is too austere.[audio:|titles=capaustere2]

The state’s chief justice has asked legislators to provide 10-million more dollars to the court system in the coming year. While most Republicans in the House voted to provide the courts a “status quo” budget, a handful of House Republicans voted against providing the court any money at all. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, objects to the court’s 2009 ruling on gay marriage.[audio:|titles=capaustere3]

The Iowa Supreme Court has seven justices. Three justices who joined the court’s unanimous gay marriage ruling were voted off the court in 2010. Four others who signed off on the ruling, including the justice who authored the opinion, are still on the court.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Plans For New Sheldon Park Being Finalized for City Council Presentation

After many months of meetings and submission of ideas, plans for the proposed new Sheldon Park are nearly ready for presentation to the Sheldon City Council for their consideration.

Wednesday night, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design discussed final plans with a small group of citizens meeting in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

The new park is proposed for the area South of Sheldon Crossing and East of Country Club Road. The plans discussed at the meeting include 52 residential lots on the west side of the area. On the north end bordering Sheldon Crossing there will be space for either multi-family housing or commercial businesses. The area just south of this area would contain playground equipment, a basketball half court, and possibly a place for sand volleyball.

The Northeast portion of the area would have a RV park for 24 units. All of these would be pull-through lots with plenty of space between the units. There would be a large open space grassy area adjacent to these features.

Other features that are proposed include several fishing areas, a lot of trails and paths, an outdoor amphitheater, shelters, picnic tables and a winter activity area. Bell also proposed shrubbery and trees for the south end of the park which would separate it from the railroad.

One major feature that had been brought up in previous meetings is a lodge that would accommodate up to three hundred people for occasions such as weddings. The lodge could include an office, a small kitchen, small meeting rooms, and many other features.

Bell will prepare the ideas that he has heard during the series of meetings for a presentation to the Sheldon City Council March 21st.

This will include some estimates on cost of the park amenities. He explained that the City would probably develop the park over a period of time, starting with a series of independent projects such as roads and trails.

Boyden Teen Injured In Accident On Monday

A Boyden teen was injured in an accident on Monday.

On Monday, February 27 at 7:05 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and 300th Street, one mile north of Boyden. Eighteen-year-old Mikayla Hulley of Boyden was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on Kennedy Avenue when she lost control, entered the east ditch and rolled. Hulley was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sheldon by the Boyden Ambulance for her injuries. Hulley’s vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damages. Hulley was cited for failure to maintain control. The Boyden Fire and Boyden Ambulance assisted at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen

News Director

Lyon County: Glenn Anderson Is Back — And He’s Running For County Auditor

Remember the man who spearheaded the idea of a casino in Lyon County? The year was 2008, and the man was Rock Rapids native and former Lyon County Economic Development Director Glenn Anderson. Anderson said he got the idea while talking to a man from Washington County, Iowa, where Riverside Casino is located.

While the effort was started and eventually did culminate in a multi-million dollar casino on the state line near Larchwood, a little over a year after Anderson got the ball rolling — without much explanation — the county board decided to terminate the county’s contract with Anderson.

Well, Anderson is back. This time he’s running for the position of Lyon County Auditor.

Anderson announced his intentions at a press conference on Monday morning in Rock Rapids. Read more

Milford Man Faces 5 Years In Prison And A $5 Million Fine

A Milford man must serve at least 5 years in prison and pay a $5 million fine after he pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine.

The Justice Department reports that 32-year-old Terry Lowry of Milford was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Tuesday.

At the plea hearing, Lowry admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that from 2010 through February 2011 distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Spencer area.

Lowry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 4 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director