August 25, 2016 - 9:22 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — You may remember that earlier this week we told you that four people were arrested on felony robbery charges in Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Sunday (August 21, 2016), their deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies.

They said they also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City — and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

Court records now available give us a few more details into the crime.

They indicate that about 8:30 PM on Sunday, August 21st, a robbery was allegedly committed at a home in the 900 block of Third Avenue in Sibley. Court records indicate that witnesses say all four men participated in the robbery. They allege that Maldonado Castillo brought a 9mm handgun into an occupied home and aimed the loaded gun at two individuals while “demanding materialistic goods.” These alleged acts are connected with Maldonado Castillo’s charges of Going Armed With Intent, two counts of assault while participating in a felony, and unauthorized possession of offensive weapons. His other charge of interference with official acts with a firearm is connected to his alleged fleeing on foot from a motor vehicle during a traffic stop. Officers say he did so while carrying a firearm, and he allegedly tossed it away while running. It was found near where he was apprehended, according to court documents.

The court documents say Montanez Cruz and Figuera Rios were allegedly inside the dwelling while the robbery took place, and officers say the two were aiding and abetting.

Nazario Alvira was identified by three witnesses as being involved in the robbery, according to court records. They say the victims stated that he searched through the home for items and throughout the robbery approximately $170 was taken from the victims.

August 25, 2016 - 10:33 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley resident faces felony charges for identity theft, after an investigation by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, the charges against 22-year old Elmer Antonio Martinez Niz stem from an investigation into a report that he had  allegedly used someone else’s identity to gain employment at a business in Sibley.

Deputies say Martinez Niz was arrested Wednesday (August 24th), and was taken to the Osceola County Jail in Sibley, where he remains in lieu of a $5-thousand bond.

Identity Theft is a Class D Felony, punishable upon conviction by a prison term of up to 5 years.

August 25, 2016 - 10:30 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced to prison for Felony OWI during a court appearance earlier this week.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year old Edward Gonshoroski, Jr. of Sibley was charged with 3rd Or Subsequent Offense OWI as the result of a routine traffic stop on July 26th of last year.

According to the news release, on Tuesday, the judge in the case sentenced Gonshoroski to be placed in the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed 5-years.  In addition, Gonshoroski is ordered to pay fines and surcharges of $4,228.75, as well as restitution of all court-appointed attorney’s fees.

August 24, 2016 - 10:12 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on felony drug charges in Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 45-year-old Gary D. McConnell of Sibley on Saturday (August 20th). The arrest was made after the vehicle McConnell was riding in was stopped for a seatbelt violation.

The sheriff’s office says McConnell was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and that there was also a child present in the vehicle when the drugs were located.

McConnell was transported to the Lyon County Jail and booked.

The Sheriff’s office reports he was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of methamphetamine 3rd or subsequent violation, a class D felony; and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

August 23, 2016 - 3:23 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Iowa’s Fourth District Congressman Steve King will make a stop in Osceola County, Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
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Congressman King will tour Motorvation Engineering at 941 Fourth Avenue in Sibley beginning at 12:30 p.m.. The public is invited to attend.

According to Osceola County Economic Development Director Mike Earll, Motorvation Engineering began operations in Sibley in 1994. The company is owned by Mary Sontag. He says the company specializes in manufacturing of customized motorcycle sidecars and trailers.

Following the tour, the Congressman will field questions from those attending before departing for Dickinson County later in the afternoon.

August 23, 2016 - 3:02 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Details are still sketchy, but four people were arrested on felony robbery charges this weekend in Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday (August 21, 2016), their deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of alleged Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies.

Osceola County Deputies also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, and 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City, and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation in Sibley. No further details were made available.

August 20, 2016 - 5:37 am - Posted in News

accidentMelvin, Iowa — A Melvin woman was transported to the hospital in the aftermath of a two-vehicle accident in Melvin Wednesday afternoon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened shortly before 1 pm Wednesday at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and North Street in Melvin.  Deputies say a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup, registered to Timothy Lee Helmers of Sanborn, and driven by 68-year old Jonel Steinmetz of Melvin, was southbound on 2nd Avenue.  According to the report, Steinmetz hit the gas instead of the brake, and collided with a 1999 Ford F-350 truck registered to Raveling, Inc. of Melvin, and driven by 19-year old Levi Jacob Verdoorn of Sanborn, which was eastbound on North Street.  Deputies say that Verdoorn’s truck then spun around and collided with a legally parked 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, owned by Rexferd Michelson of Melvin.

Deputies estimate damage to Steinmetz pickup at $15-thousand.  Damage to Helmers’ truck was estimated at $10-thousand, with about $2-thousand damage to the parked pickup.

Steinmetz was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by Sibley Ambulance with possible injuries.  Verdoorn escaped without injury.

Steinmetz was reportedly ticketed for Failure To Yield to Vehicle on Right.

Osceola County deputies were assisted at the scene by the Melvin Ambulance.

jail behind barsSibley, Iowa — A 19-year old Sibley man turned himself in to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Thursday (August 18th) on felony sex offender charges.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies arrested 19-year old Talon Thomas Drown, of Sibley, for an alleged violation of Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry law, 2nd Offense.  The 2nd offense raises the charge to felony status.

Authorities allege that he had been living in Osceola County for more than five days without registering his address as a sex offender.

At last report, Drown was being held in the Osceola County Jail in Sibley in lieu of a $5-thousand bond.

August 15, 2016 - 6:47 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Next in line in the summer celebration schedule is the town of Ashton. Ashton Town andAshton sign Country Days are this Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th.

We talked to one of the people putting the event together — Kevin Ommen. He tells us what’s going on on Friday night.

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Ommen highlights some Saturday activities.

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Ommen says there is a 40-team limit for the bean bag tournament, and you can call 712-461-0978 to pre-register. He says you can pre-register for the cook-off by calling him at 712-461-0828. Ommen suggests you come early if you want to participate in either of those events. He says there are cash prizes for the cook-off.

According to Ommen, for more information you can check out the Ashton Town and Country page on Facebook.

August 10, 2016 - 10:05 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center-based telephone, cable, and Internet provider has purchased several telephone exchanges in northwest Iowa, and the sale is set to become final upon regulatory approval.
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Premier Communications is set to acquire the Iowa telephone exchanges of: Akron, Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Sibley, which are currently owned by Consolidated Communications. These exchanges were part of the original Northwestern Bell area and for many of the last several years were owned by a company called “Hickory Tech.”

We had a chance to talk with Premier CEO Doug Boone. We asked him what the acquisition would mean to those involved. First of all, we asked him how adding nine exchanges would affect their workforce.

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Consolidated currently has an office in Rock Rapids and other infrastructure in other communities. Boone says time will tell what happens to those facilities.

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Boone says that out of the nine exchanges they are purchasing, Premier is only new to two of them.

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Boone says that at the start of service, they will offer the same products that were offered through Consolidated, such as telephone service and DSL Internet. However, he says they will continue to make improvements to the old network to upgrade their services. He says while they do offer subscription cable TV service in some communities, it remains to be seen if they will add that service in areas where they don’t already offer it.

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According to a press release from Consolidated in May, the agreement is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $22.5 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments.