Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Makes Three Arrests In Three Separate Incidents

Sioux County, Iowa —

An Alton man has been arrested on an assault charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance on Sunday that occurred on Carnes Drive, four miles south of Orange City. Upon further investigation it is alleged that 25-year-old Mattheus Slemp of Alton assaulted a family member. Slemp was arrested for domestic assault, a serious misdemeanor and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. The Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.


A Hull man has been arrested, charged with OWI, Leaving the Scene of and Accident and Child Endangerment.

Early on Monday, about 12:30 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred in the 1400 block of Locust Street in Hull. Initially, deputies responded to a report of an unattended vehicle that was left on Locust Street after striking a mail box and a tree. During the investigation, it was found that 32-year-old Francisco Lira-Barreto of Hull had allegedly been driving the 1999 Cadillac Seville northbound on Locust Street when he lost control, causing the accident. No injuries were reported. The Cadillac sustained about $5,000 in damages. The mail box sustained about $200 in damages and the tree sustained about $100 in damages. No injuries were reported. Lira-Barreto was arrested for operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, leaving the scene of an accident, a simple misdemeanor and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.


A Granville man has been arrested, charged with driving without a license and failure to maintain control after an accident near Granville.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:35 AM on Monday,. 32-year-old Roberto Espinales-Aguilar of Granville was driving a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan eastbound on 480th Street, a mile and a half southwest of Granville. when he lost control of his vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled. No injuries were reported. The Windstar sustained about $2,000 in damages. A row of trees, owned by Clifford Schlichte, of Granville, sustained about $500 in damages. Espinosa‐Aguilar was arrested for Driving without a license and Failure to Maintain Control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Granville Fire and Rescue and the Granville Ambulance.


Eight Horses Saved, But Barn Destroyed In Sioux Center Fire

Sioux Center, Iowa — Eight horses were saved, but a barn was destroyed in a fire on Saturday(5/12).

The Sioux County Communications Center received a report of a barn on fire at 9:37 PM at 1768 13th Ave SE, the east city limits of Sioux Center.

The Sioux Center and Hull Fire Departments were initially paged for the fire. As the fire progressed, the Maurice Fire Department was also called to help.

The barn was considered a total loss. Eight horses were saved from the barn by the residents and their friends at the farm. At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined.

No injuries were reported.

The Hull Fire Department, Maurice Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance and Sioux Center Rehab unit, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Center Police Department and Midamerican Energy assisted the Sioux Center Fire Department.


Archer Woman Named “Mother Of The Year” In Contest Sponsored By Sheldon Businesses

Sheldon, Iowa — Angela Morley of Archer has been named “Mother of the Year” in a contest sponsored by about a dozen Sheldon businesses.

Morley was honored Monday night (5/7) during an awards party held at the Christian Retirement Home social room. She was nominated for the honor by Henrietta Roetman, Krista Van Bruggen, and several people at the Christian Retirement home where Morley used to work.

According to the nominations, Morley and her husband David are parents of three foster boys, who they are adopting and for whom they are waiting on the final paperwork — as well as a baby boy.


Minnesota Highway 60 Detour Goes Back To County Roads 4 and 5

Worthington, Minnesota — If you’re headed for the twin cities or many other destinations in Minnesota on Highway 60, you might want to listen up.

You’re probably aware that the Minnesota Department of Transportation or MnDOT is in the process of gradually upgrading Highway 60 in the Worthington area to a four-lane divided highway.

And perhaps you’re aware that the detour was lengthened early this spring to allow repairs to be made to the county roads that served as the detour all winter long.

Well those repairs have been made, and now you don’t have to go through Rushmore anymore, as the old detour on County Roads 4 and 5 is back up. That will cut some miles from your trip. The spring detour was about 27 miles. It’s now back down to 15 miles. If Highway 60 were open — it would only be 11 miles.

The repairs to County Roads 4 and 5 were necessary to preserve the remaining life of the pavement. The detour route had been in rough shape from the added traffic over the winter and the early thaw resulted in additional damage.

MnDOT’s initial plans did not include using the detour over the winter, but the state government shutdown significantly delayed some of the construction on Highway 60, according to MnDOT officials.


Alert – Several Buffalo Loose In 4-County Area

Sibley, Iowa — Northwest Iowa motorists, especially those in Osceola and eastern Lyon Counties need to exercise extreme caution as several head of buffalo are on the loose.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that sometime Sunday evening over 150 buffalo were loose between Ashton and Sibley . On scene reports are that most have been captured, but there are probably about 30 loose yet in several groups, as of 2 PM on Monday, according to Osceola County dispatch.  They report there are groups in Lyon, O’Brien, and Sioux County as well as groups in Osceola County.  They also report that more horses are now being used to round them up, but it’s going to take a while.

Please use extreme caution when traveling through this area!

A listener e-mailed the picture on Sunday evening.

Please call the Osceola County sheriff’s office at 712-754-2556 if you spot these animals.


Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Solving Rural Inwood Burglary

Rural Inwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to solve a burglary case.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday (5/11), their deputies investigated a rural residential burglary northeast of Inwood. The burglary occurred during the daytime hours of Friday, May 11. Taken from the house were firearms and electronics. Anyone with information on this or anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person in this area on that day is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-472-8300.