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December 18, 2014 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — Five people were taken to a hospital after an accident near Inwood on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:30 PM, 29-year-old Sheryl Van Beek of Inwood was driving a 2006 Honda Odyssey eastbound on 260th Street. The officer’s report says Van Beek failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Heather Hernandez of Inwood. She was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry southbound on Coolidge Avenue at the time of the collision.

Van Beek’s vehicle had three minor children inside. Both drivers and all passengers were taken to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for further observation.

Van Beek’s vehicle sustained approximately $7000 in damages, while damage to Hernandez’s vehicle was estimated at $9000.

Van Beek was charged with Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Inwood Fire and Rescue and Inwood Body assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a vehicle involved in an accident near Inwood.

They report that about 6:15 PM on Saturday December 13, 2014, 28-year-old Israel Topete Camacho of Inwood was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra Pickup northbound on Coolidge Avenue. An unknown vehicle was behind him. Topete Camacho came to a stop at the intersection of A-42. While he was stopped, the vehicle rear-ended him pushing his GMC into the intersection. Topete Camacho traveled across A-42 and came to a stop.

The second vehicle turned east onto A-42 and left the scene.

No injuries were reported. The 2003 GMC received approximately $1,800 in damages.

The second vehicle is believed to be a 1997-2003 dark-colored or black extended-cab Ford F-150 pickup with some front end damage. Anyone with information on the vehicle is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

Spirit Lake, Iowa — First State House District Representative-Elect John Wills has been selected as vice chairman of a house committee.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen recently announced that Representative-Elect John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) will serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Environmental Protection committee.
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Paulsen says that Wills brings a unique perspective and tremendous real world experience to the Environmental Protection committee. He says that Wills will be a valued asset to the committee.

Wills was also appointed to the Natural Resources, Human Resources, State Government and Agriculture and Natural Resources budget subcommittees.

Wills will represent District 1, which includes all of Lyon and Osceola Counties, and the northern two-thirds of Dickinson County.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids city council met in regular session on Monday night at the Forster Community Center.island3

The council selected city administrator Jordan Kordahl as the flood recovery authorized representative for Homeland Security.

The council approved a local match resolution for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The city will be pitching in $890,800 but they are looking for other assistance to get at least some of that funding. The total project cost is about $5.9 million.

They also issued a request for bids for asbestos removal as part of the multi-residential flood-related demolition project.

The council also approved the funding for a study into any safety issues and options for mitigating them at the big dam in Island Park. Councilman Scott Schneidermann wanted to make sure the public was aware that this was not a study to explore the removal of the dam. He says the council simply wants to know what their options are. Experts are saying that dams built this way pose safety risks to the public.

For more on that story, visit this story on our main web page, kiwaradio.com.

The council also approved a Christmas bonus to employees in the form of a Rock Rapids Chamber Gift Certificate in the amount of $200. This is a $100 increase due to their help during the flood.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids teen has been charged after he allegedly left the scene of an accident.

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, December 5, 2014 their deputies investigated a hit-and-run accident that occurred at Beyenhof Estates Mobile Home Park at 805 First Avenue East in Rock Rapids. They say that 35-year-old Brian Block of Rock Rapids reported his vehicle had been hit at some point during the night. Deputies did locate some pieces of another vehicle at the scene.

After an investigation, deputies believe that a 17-year-old boy from Rock Rapids struck the unattended vehicle in a 1990 Ford Ranger and then allegedly fled the scene.

Block’s 2001 Chevrolet sustained approximately $2,000 in damage.

The juvenile’s 1990 Ford Ranger sustained approximately $1,000 in damage.

The juvenile was charged with Failure to Maintain Control and Striking an Unattended vehicle.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The father and daughter charged with kidnapping after they detained the daughter’s husband in a Lyon County grain bin have been found guilty — but not of the crime of kidnapping.gavel_sxc

A Lyon County jury found 33-year-old Orianna Groppetti and 55-year-old Craig Olson guilty of one count each of false imprisonment. They were declared not guilty of third degree kidnapping, a class “C” felony and assault while committing a felony. The jury returned their verdict after three hours of deliberation.

In testimony last week, victim and husband Derek Groppetti testified that he didn’t feel that he was kidnapped, which turned out to be a pivotal point in the trial.

grain binColeman McAllister, the Special Prosecutor for the Iowa Attorney General’s office said that he felt this was more than a family dispute. He said instead, these were crimes against a family member.

The defense countered that law enforcement jumped to conclusions, and that the reality of the situation was much more mundane. They noted that this was basically an intervention gone bad. They said that the grain bin was meant to physically separate the husband and wife so they could discuss the details of the separation that Derek Groppetti wanted, without the threat of violence. Orianna Groppetti was supposed to talk to her husband through the grain bin wall.

December 8, 2014 - 4:21 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County grain bin kidnapping case has gone to the jury. It started with jury selection on Tuesday, December 2nd, and wrapped up on Monday, December 8 as Judge Carl Peterson sent the case to the jury for deliberation.Lyon Courthouse SVA

Fifty-five-year-old Craig Olson and 33-year-old Oriana Groppetti are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin on July 22nd of this year.

According to court records, Groppetti says that when she and her father locked up her husband, it was meant as a joke and a wake-up call.

Olson and Groppetti are each charged with Third Degree Kidnapping, a Class “C” Felony.

December 5, 2014 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The trial is underway in Rock Rapids for the pair charged with kidnapping in the grain bin incident in Lyon County this summer. It started with jury selection on Tuesday, December 2nd.Lyon Sign

Fifty-five-year-old Craig Olson and 33-year-old Oriana Groppetti are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin on July 22nd of this year. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

According to court records, Groppetti says that when she and her father locked up her husband, it was meant as a joke and a wake-up call. They allege Groppetti’s husband Derek was adulterous and an alcoholic.

Olson and Groppetti are each charged with Third Degree Kidnapping, a Class “C” Felony.

Lester, Iowa — Voters in western Lyon County have approved a school tax levy and selected a city council member.

Voters in the West Lyon School district have approved the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Those involved with such measures refer to them by the acronym “PPEL”, pronounced “pepple”.voting optical reader machine

The measure asked if the district should be authorized to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed Sixty-Seven Cents per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed property value starting collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and going for ten years.  It passed by a margin of 402 to 108.

In addition, people in Lester selected the only candidate on the ballot to become a city council member.  Ladell Kellenberger ran unopposed, and got 100 percent of the vote, which amounted to 64 votes. The seat came up for election because council member Don Grems moved out of the community. 

December 2, 2014 - 3:34 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Jury selection continues for the trial of two people charged with kidnapping in Lyon County.Lyon Courthouse SVA

Jury selection started on Tuesday and will continue until a suitable pool of jurors has been selected, according to the Lyon County Attorney’s office.

Fifty-five-year-old Craig Olson and 33-year-old Oriana Groppetti are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin on July 22nd of this year. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

According to court records, Groppetti says that when she and her father locked up her husband, it was meant as a joke and a wake-up call. They allege Groppetti’s husband Derek was adulterous and an alcoholic.

The jury trial for the two defendants will begin when the prosecuting and defense attorneys have finalized the jury pool. Olson and Groppetti are each charged with Third Degree Kidnapping, a Class “C” Felony.