December 5, 2016 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Osceola County, Iowa — Three accidents occurred over the weekend in Osceola County.

On Friday, December 2nd, 54-year-old Lisa Ann Doorenbos of Boyden was driving a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander eastbound on Highway 9 on Friday at about 7:28 pm. According to the report, Doorenbos struck a deer on the roadway, about a half mile east of Nettle Avenue.

The Outlander received $2,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

An unknown driver left the scene of an accident after his SUV went airborne on Sunday, December 4th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:38 am on Sunday, an unknown individual was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer registered to Patrick Conry of Melvin was northbound on Highway 59, by 260th Street. According to the report, the driver lost control went onto the east shoulder and lost control. The Explorer went across the highway into the west ditch, collided with a field driveway and went airborne. The report states, it appeared the driver attempted to drive the vehicle out of the ditch but was unsuccessful and abandoned the vehicle.

The Explorer received $5000 damage.

The accident remains under investigation.

A Sheldon teen escaped injury after falling asleep at the wheel on Sunday, December 4th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:50 pm on Sunday, Donovan Creed Miller of Sheldon was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy southbound on Highway 60, near 250th Street. According to the report, Miller stated he may have fallen asleep causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and collide with the guardrail.

The GMC received $7,500 damage; the guardrail received $1,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

December 3, 2016 - 1:22 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A man from Omaha was taken to a hospital after an accident on Wednesday, November 20th near Ashton.
Osceola County Sibley Ambulance
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:50 p.m., 30-year-old Ulises Dimayuga-Jacinto of Omaha, Nebraska was driving a 2001 Chevy Silverado southbound on Highway 60, about a half mile north of Ashton, when he encountered a slick area on top of a bridge which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The report says Dimayuga-Jacinto then over-corrected and the pickup went towards the ditch. As the vehicle went into the ditch it rolled again and came to rest on its hood.

The Sibley Ambulance took Dimayuga-Jacinto to the Osceola Community Hospital.

The Silverado received approximately $5,000 in damage.

Dimayuga-Jacinto was cited on charges of Failure to Maintain Control and No Valid Driver’s License.

November 30, 2016 - 8:49 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Quick thinking prevented a fire in Sibley on Friday, November 25th.
Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls says it was a smoke-in-the-house call at 925 Eighth Street. He says the homeowner noticed the smoke, and called 911. Then she discovered the cause of the smoke. An old stove that wasn’t used anymore in the basement must have been nudged on when she placed a plastic pot on it, says Huls.

He says when she found it, she put the pot in the sink and doused it with water. So the firefighters just made sure everything was OK and used exhaust fans to rid the house of smoke.

Huls says the stove had been hard-wired into the electric system, so since she said she never used it, firefighters disconnected it from the system so it didn’t happen again.

Huls says they were on-scene for between a half hour and forty-five minutes.

November 29, 2016 - 6:12 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — We recently told you that we’re going to have to wait a while to find out what happens regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley. The matter has been put off in the court system– until July 2017.
KIWA Radio had a chance to discuss the matter with Sibley City Attorney Harold Dawson. Dawson says that neither side is pushing the issue very hard at this point. He says IDP has agreed to only do limited drying at the plant from now on and not to do any rendered product, which he says is the product that people find the most offensive.

He says the plant does still cause offensive odors from time to time, and when it does, the city has been issuing a citation.

We asked him why the case was put off for nearly eight months in the court system. He says there’s no real reason on either side to wait until July except that both sides hope the plant will be sold before that time.

The original suit was The City of Sibley versus Iowa Drying and Processing. A counter suit was also filed by Iowa Drying and Processing against the City of Sibley, requesting that the court not allow Sibley to continue to cite IDP for nuisance violations. Court records indicate that the trials in both cases have been scheduled for July 18th, 2017.

November 24, 2016 - 1:34 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A hearing for one of the defendants in the case of four people charged with robbery in Osceola County has been postponed. gavel_sxc_3Court records indicate the four are accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley.

On August 21st, 2016, Osceola County Deputies arrested four people after an alleged robbery. One of the four, 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios of Sioux City filed a motion that says his fourth amendment constitutional rights were violated, and he wants certain evidence suppressed.

Court documents say officers believe that Figuera Rios and another defendant were allegedly inside the dwelling while the robbery took place, and officers say they believe the two were aiding and abetting.

The motion to suppress, filed by Figuera Rios’s attorney, Jared Weber of Orange City claims that the out-of-court identification of Figuera Rios was “impermissibly suggestive.” It also claims that “A mixture of language barriers; impermissible collaboration of witnesses; the custodial line up on a street, without control subjects; the lack of alternative choices for witnesses; and other factors contributed to the substantial likelihood of irreparable misidentification.”

The motion says the use of a non-line up or non-photo array, violated Figuera Rios’s due process rights. It goes on to say that all evidence secured after this identification is “therefore fruit of the poisonous tree, and therefore should be suppressed.”

District Judge Carl Peterson had scheduled a hearing on the matter for Thursday, November 10th, but it was continued to November 23rd, and it’s now been continued to December 22nd.

Figuera Rios’s jury trial was to begin on December 20th. According to court records, no new date has been set.

November 24, 2016 - 1:33 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — We’re going to have to wait a while to find out what happens regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley. The matter has been put off in the court system– until July 2017.
Iowa Drying and Processing IDP
The original suit was The City of Sibley versus Iowa Drying and Processing regarding what should be done about the smells that many find offensive coming from the plant. A counter suit was also filed by Iowa Drying and Processing against the City of Sibley, requesting that the court not allow Sibley to continue to cite IDP for nuisance violations. Court records indicate that the trials in both cases have been scheduled for July 18th, 2017. The available records do not indicate why the trials were postponed for several months.

The City of Sibley has been in an ongoing battle to try to get the odor problem fixed so IDP can continue providing jobs for Sibley residents.

November 22, 2016 - 6:34 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be holding a blood drive in Sibley this Wednesday, November 23rd.
Community Blood Bank Blood Mobile
Kathy Winter at Osceola Community Hospital says blood donations have dropped off greatly and they need everyone to consider donating. She asks people to please take some time out of their day and give the gift of life. She says the life you save may be someone you know.

Winter says it’s always important to give blood, but she tells us why they need your help now.

She says there are a few restrictions.

She says you do have to weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. She says you can donate blood every 56 days. You are asked to bring an ID with you when you come. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating too.

According to Winter, the blood drive will be at Osceola Community Hospital, and they take walk-ins, or you can make an appointment.

The Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of all blood and blood products for Osceola Community Hospital. Winter says no hospitals in our area, including Osceola Community Hospital receive any blood or blood products from the American Red Cross.

The hours for the blood drive are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but the bloodmobile staff takes their lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., so no donations will be accepted during that time.

November 22, 2016 - 6:33 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s about time to roast or fry the bird, prepare the traditional family side dishes, and sit down to a huge feast to be thankful for our blessings.
But the National Fire Protection Association (or NFPA) says Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. In 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.

We talked with Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls about it. He says one of the most dangerous Thanksgiving cooking activities is deep-frying a turkey in a propane fryer.

Some experts advise not using turkey fryers to begin with. The NFPA says turkey fryers pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil, so they don’t recommend them.

Huls says even cooking your turkey the traditional way poses some fire risk, especially if your oven is not clean. He gives us some other tips about kitchen safety. He says a big one involves stove top cooking.

The NFPA says people should stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top so they can keep an eye on the food, and stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.

Of course the end of Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Christmas season. Huls recommends not running extension cords for outdoor lighting if you can avoid them, and especially not to run them across sidewalks as they can be a hazard for walking or snow removal. Of course he also says you shouldn’t plug too many lights into the same outlet.

Huls recommends frequent watering of any real Christmas trees.

He also says there are going to be a lot of people on the road this busy holiday season, so people should be careful, keep up to date with the weather, and drive accordingly.

Photo: Moore

November 18, 2016 - 10:16 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A northwest Iowa lawmaker will continue in a position of leadership in the state legislature.
District 1 State Representative John Wills, a Republican from Spirit Lake was re-elected by fellow House Republicans as a House Majority Assistant Leader.

Wills says that he is honored and humbled to be elected by his peers to serve as an Assistant Leader for the Republican Caucus. He says he is excited for the upcoming session where House Republicans will “…continue to create job opportunities, reduce burdensome regulations on Iowa businesses, and balance the budget by spending less than the state collects.”

Wills also says he’d like to thank his constituents in House District 1 for the honor of representing them in the Republican Caucus and in the Iowa House.

Wills was just elected to serve his second term in the Iowa House. He has served as an Assistant Leader since 2015 and was previously the Vice Chairman of the House Environmental Protection Committee.

When not serving in the Legislature, he is the Clean Water Coordinator for the Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District in Spirit Lake, where he lives with his wife, Cami. The Wills have three adult children.

November 17, 2016 - 11:06 am - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — With the holidays right around the corner, law enforcement officers are preparing for an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber says most people think of alcohol impairment, but there are other causes, as well.

Weber says that, while all of his deputies are trained to recognize the signs of an impaired driver, one of his men has had the additional training required to be certified as a Drug Recognition Enforcement Officer.

Sheriff Weber says not only is impaired driving dangerous, but it can be expensive, too.

He says not only do OWI arrests increase during the holiday season, but so do traffic crashes involving impaired drivers.

Weber says you might expect to only encounter impaired drivers at night, but it can happen at any hour.

The Sheriff says his best advice this holiday season, and year around, is to celebrate responsibly.  And if alcohol is part of your celebration, let somebody else drive.  It can save you a lifetime of regret.