Inwood, Iowa — A report of gun shots fired in Inwood on Saturday night, August 29, 2015 turned into an arrest of the caller on several charges.
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Lyon County Deputies report that about 9:40 PM, their dispatch received a 911 call of gun shots being fired on South Main Street in Inwood.

While the deputies were en route to the call, they also received reports from people inside their homes of a person yelling and cursing outside. Upon arrival at the scene the deputies located 27-year-old Adam Murphy of George. It was determined that Murphy’s report of gun shots was false.

Murphy was subsequently arrested and was charged with false reporting, a serious misdemeanor; and falsely claiming an emergency, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct, which are all simple misdemeanors.

Murphy was transported to the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids, where at last report he remained in custody.

sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon, Iowa — A 29-year old Sheldon man received a stab wound in an incident on the south side of Sheldon early Sunday evening.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, they were dispatched to a call reporting a stabbing at 1503 South 2nd Avenue, Trailer #9 in Sheldon, at about 6:45 Sunday evening.

Police say that 29-year old Scott Michael Harrison of Sheldon had been stabbed in the chest by his wife, Kendra Goeden.  Police describe the incident as a domestic situation.

Harrison was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team with what police describe as non-life threatening injuries.

Police say that an investigation into the incident is on-going, and no charges have been filed.

The Sheldon Police Department was assisted by Deputies from the O’Brien and Sioux County Sheriff’s Departments.

O'Brien Sheriff 71-6Paullina, Iowa – The Paullina Police Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary at “JD Tavern” on Main Street in Paullina, which happened sometime between 10:30 PM on Friday evening August 28th and 7:30 AM on Saturday August 29th.

According to authorities, the suspects gained entry by forcing open a walk in door. They say an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from the business.

The O’Brien County Crime Dusters program is offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides information on this crime that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.  Authorities say numerous burglaries of this type have taken place across northwest Iowa over the past several months, including one at the Hide Out bar and restaurant in Germantown on August 15th.

O’Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson says you may provide information on this crime or any other crimes by calling the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415. Upon calling you will be put in contact with a deputy sheriff who will take your information.  He says folks can also provide information or tips on crimes by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button on the Sheriff’s Office website, at obriencountysheriff.com.

Sheriff Anderson says arrangements can be made to assist people who want to remain anonymous, but still be eligible for the reward.

Valley Springs, South Dakota — Law officers in three states are joining together for an enforcement project. This tri-state drunk driving education and enforcement campaign, which runs from now through September 7th, is part of the national campaign coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Officers from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are part of the enforcement campaign announced Friday at the Minnesota/South Dakota Rest Area and scale on I-90 near Valley Springs, S.D. The effort is focused around next weekend’s Labor Day holiday.

In Iowa it’s called “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. In Minnesota it’s “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI. In South Dakota it’s “driving under the influence,” or DUI. Whatever you call it, it’s a big problem.  More than 36,000 drivers are arrested for drunk driving in the three states each year. In 2014, the Iowa State Patrol made 1,450 such arrests, South Dakota arrested 9,450 and in Minnesota more than 25,000 such arrests were made. In the last five years (2010-2014), 1,215 people have died in drunk driving-related traffic crashes in the three states, including 239 in 2014 alone.

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At the kick-off event, Brad Bigler, a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his five-month-old son, Dreke, shared his powerful story. The loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver can have lifelong implications on the victims, their families and even the first responders. He says one decision can alter the lives of countless people.

In his part of the presentation, Nobles County Public Works director Steve Schnieder said that now is the time to make sure you don’t make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Captain Bruce Verdoes of the Minnesota State Patrol tells us why they brought the three states together for this effort.

He says the main goal is to cut down on serious injury accidents and fatalities.

Alan Welsh, Captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol echos his Minnesota counterpart’s sentiments.

Trooper Vince Kurtz, safety officer with the Iowa State Patrol says that the Iowa State Patrol is glad to be participating in the tri-state effort.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.

Click here for more on the Toward Zero Deaths program.

Lester, Iowa — Fire crews from several towns were on scene at a fire on Saturday night on Main Street in Lester.
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The Lester Fire Department was called out about 7:45 PM to the fire.

On-scene reports indicate the fire appeared to be at a business called “Cob’s Custom Farming,” at 204 Main Street. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the official name of the business is Kellenberger Custom Farming. The business has a large bi-fold aircraft-style door on the front. This door was partially-open and several burned items could be seen at about 9 PM.
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Fire crews from Lester, Larchwood, Inwood, and Alvord, Iowa; and Hills, Minnesota responded to the blaze. Also, the Luverne, Minnesota Fire Department had come down with their aerial truck to help fight the fire. The Lester and Larchwood Rescue squads were on scene as well as the Lyon County Ambulance. Deputies from both Lyon County, Iowa and Rock County, Minnesota were also seen on the scene.

The building and its farm machinery contents were a total loss. Further details of the blaze, including the cause are not available.

One Lester resident says the building used to be the dance hall and roller rink.Lester Fire 082915 c

O’Brien County, Iowa — Officials with Iowa’s largest utility unveiled plans this past week to add two new wind farms in northwest Iowa. They’ll be built in Ida and O’Brien Counties. Ruth Comer is a spokesperson for MidAmerican Energy.
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(as said) “This will be the first wind farm of any kind in Ida County, located near Ida Grove. We’re going to build 134 turbines there,” Comer said.

The other project involves 104 turbines and it will be MidAmerican’s second wind farm in O’Brien County.

(as said) “We currently have the Highland wind farm under construction in O’Brien County. We’re scheduled to complete that at the end of 2015,” Comer said. “Then, in 2016, we’ll get started on a second wind farm we’re calling O’Brien.”

The two new projects will add up to 552 megawatts of wind generation capacity, according to Comer. With the addition of the Ida Grove and O’Brien wind farms, MidAmerican Energy will operate wind farms in 23 Iowa counties.

(as said) “By the end of 2016, when these two newest projects are completed, we’ll have more than 2,000 wind turbines across the state,” Comer said.

In 2014, Iowa generated more than 28 percent of its electricity from wind — more than any other state in the country.

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Remsen, Iowa — Authorities in Plymouth County arrested a school teacher this week in a criminal case that’s been under investigation since April.
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Authorities believe that a male student, age 17, attending Remsen-Union Community School, had a sexual relationship with a female teacher employed with the Remsen-Union school district. Warrants were issued for 24-year-old Samantha Kohls of Remsen.

Kohls has been charged with two counts of an employee of a school district engaging in sexual conduct with a student. Both counts are aggrevated misdemeanors. Bond of $2,000 has been set.

On Thursday, Kohls, who now resides in Cedar Falls, turned herself in to the Plymouth County jail, posted bond and was released.

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Fatal Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — Authorities have now released the identity of a driver who was killed Thursday afternoon when his pickup left the roadway and struck a tree south of Sheldon.

Troopers say 79-year old Terrence Hodgen of Granville was northbound on McKinley Avenue about a mile south of RV Central when his Dodge pickup, for unknown reasons, left the roadway and struck a tree.  Hodgen, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Troopers say no other vehicles were involved.

The investigation is continuing.

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Sheldon, Iowa — One person is dead in the aftermath of a single-vehicle crash south of Sheldon on McKinley Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Iowa State Troopers say that the accident happened when a vehicle was northbound on McKinley Avenue, and for unknown reasons, entered the east ditch and struck a tree.  Troopers say the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by the O’Brien County Medical Examiner.

Troopers say the driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, and that no other vehicles were involved.

Identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sheldon Police Department, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon EMA, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Sheldon Fire and Ambulance, and the O’Brien County Medical Examiner.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

school busses_sxcSheldon, Iowa — The new school year is presenting transportation problems for the Sheldon Community School District.

Sheldon Schools Superintendent Robin Spears says that the District is experiencing the problem of having more students who need to ride the after school buses than they have the capacity to transport.  He says that as a result, the District is unable to guarantee that all students will have a seat on a bus to be transported to an in-town bus stop.

Spears says the District encourages, whenever possible, that students walk or ride their bicycles to school, or have someone drop them off in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day.

He says that if you choose to rely on school transportation for in-town bus stops, you are requested to have a backup plan in place, just in case your child is not able to utilize school transportation due to the bus being filled to capacity.

The Sheldon Community School District thanks you in advance for your cooperation.