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Special Feature
Sioux City Police help apprehend Yankton, SD homicide suspect

Sioux City Police assisted in the apprehension of a Yankton, SD homicide suspect after spotting suspect vehicle in Sioux City and leading authorities on a pursuit into South Dakota.

Read a report from KTIV here.

 
HOT water can cause serious injury or death, especially to kids!

HOT water can cause serious injury or death, especially to kids!

Please take a minute and read the following information from childrenshealthnetwork.org

The leading cause of deaths and injuries to children at home is accidents. Hot water burns can put a child in the hospital or even cause death. The burns happen most often in the bathroom and tend to be more severe because a larger portion of the body is burned.

Children ages 4 and younger are at the greatest risk for death from a burn. They may get badly burned because they are not able to get out of water is that is too hot. Here are some tips:
•When using tap water, always turn on the cold water first, and then add hot water. When you turn the water off, turn the hot water off first. Teach your child to do the same.
•Always test the water before your child gets into the tub or shower.
•Don't let young children to touch faucet handles during a bath.
•Make sure all faucets are properly labeled “HOT” or “COLD.”
•Don’t use a hot steam vaporizer. It can cause steam burns. Use a cool mist vaporizer instead.
•Never leave a child alone in the bathroom for any reason. They could get burned by hot water or drown.
•Set the thermostat on your water heater on low or no higher than 120°F (49°C) or lower. A child can be scalded in 2 to 3 seconds in water that is only 5 degrees warmer than this

 
Recent News
Sioux City Police
Samantha Levering taken into custody in Dakota County, NE

Samantha Levering taken into custody in Dakota County, NE

On January 28, 2014 at approximately 11:15 p.m. the Dakota County Sheriff’s Dept. Assisted by the South Sioux City Police Department conducted a traffic stop and located Samantha Levering, the person of interest from the January 25th homicide at 507 W. 27th St., Sioux City, IA.  Ms. Levering was arrested on an unrelated felony warrant and is being held at the Dakota County jail.

 
Sioux City Police Apprehend Homicide Suspect

*UPDATE*

Sioux City Police Apprehend Homicide Suspect

Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young identified the suspect of the January 25th homicide as Felix William Navarrete age 29 of Sioux City.  Law Enforcement attempted to apprehend Navarrete when he was shot by a Sioux City SWAT Team member. Navarrete was transported to Mercy Medical but died a short time later.

On January 28, 2014 at approximately 3:30 am the Sioux City Police Department along with officers from U.S. Marshals, DEA, and Woodbury County Sheriff were working on a lead that indicated the suspect from the homicide which occured on January 25, 2014 was at an apartment with several females and two small children.  Officers continued to surveil the apartment located at 2728 S. Helen Bld 1 Apt. 13.

Sioux City Police Department confirmed the suspect was inside and deployed the SWAT Team to the area on standby. At approximately 9:20 a.m. all known occupants except the suspect exited the apartment. The SWAT Team made entry into the apartment and while attempting to take the suspect into custody one SWAT Team member was forced to shoot the armed suspect to ensure the public’s safety and the officers on scene. The suspect then jumped out a second story window and was taken into custody.  The suspect was transported to Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City.  The suspect later died at the hospital. 

Following department policy the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave and his name is being withheld at this time.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation along with the Sioux City Police Department are investigating the incidnet. 

 
Homicide Victims name released *Updated 1/27/14 12:45pm

PRESS CONFERNECE

Chief Doug Young to hold press confernce today, January 27, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Police Department, 601 Douglas St.

On January 25, 2014 at approximately 5:14 pm  the Sioux City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 507 W. 27th St.

Officers arriving on scene located Rodney Houston (32) of Sioux City in the driveway suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest and who died at a local hospital a short time later.

A second victim, Jorge Chavez (35) of Sioux City was located a short distance away after he ran from the scene.  Mr. Chavez suffered from two gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Detectives are still investigating the incident and are looking for a person of interest. Detectives would like to speak to this person and feel she may have information.

Person of interest: Samantha J. Levering (20) Sioux City described as a Native American Female  5’ 5”  130 lbs. Black Hair Brown Eyes

Detectives are also looking for a suspect in this shooting. Suspect is described as a Hispanic Male approximately 5’ 11”, 160 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information in this case or any other case can call the Sioux City Police Department at 279-6440 or CrimeStoppers at 258-TIPS.

Any arrest/charges noted in this report should be considered merely an accusation.  All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 
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Sioux City Police Department

601 Douglas St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

phone: 712-279-6440
fax: 712-279-6148

csheehan@sioux-city.org

Sioux City Police Department
National Training Center

6602 Allison Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51111

Contact
pkurzak@sioux-city.org
Phone: 712.293.4506
Fax: 712.293.4509

Victim Advocacy Program or 
Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator
at 712-279-6398 or 
the Council's web site.

PROJECT LIFESAVER - IOWA

Project Lifesaver is a project
that provides a tracking system
to locate individuals who have
the tendency to wander and become lost.

Project Lifesaver International

or contact Rita Donnelly 712-279-6424
rdonnelly@sioux-city.org