Sioux Center, Iowa — Three people were taken to area hospitals after an accident at Million Dollar Corner, at the intersection of Highways 10 and 75 on Saturday, May 17th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:45 PM, 59-year-old Terry Hooyer of Maurice was driving a 1994 Mazda B40 southbound on Highway 75, five miles west of Orange City. Seventy-seven-year-old John Eaker of Madison, SD was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer eastbound on Highway 10.

Eaker failed to stop at the intersection before crossing Highway 75 and his vehicle was struck in the intersection by the Hooyer vehicle.

Eaker and his passenger 78-year-old Elvira Eaker also from Madison were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance. Hooyer was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by private vehicle.

The Mazda sustained approximately $2,500 in damages. The Ford sustained an estimated $3,500 in damages.

Eaker was cited for failure to obey stop sign.

The Maurice Fire Department, Maurice First Responders, Sioux Center Ambulance crew, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Hull, Iowa — A Hull woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday evening.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:10 PM, 20-year-old Viviana Ramos of Hull was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer southbound on Chestnut Drive when she reported her vehicle had a mechanical failure. She then lost control of the vehicle, which struck a utility pole and a parked 1998 Chevrolet Blazer owned by 48-year-old Ruben Lupercio of Hull. Debris from the accident struck a window of a home at 803 Chestnut Drive, damaging it.

Ramos was transported by private vehicle to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Ford sustained approximately $4,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained approximately $1,500 in damages. The residence window sustained an estimated $200 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Hull Ambulance crew and Hull Fire Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

May 19, 2014 - 11:57 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Chevrolet and a GMC were damaged in an accident on Monday, May 19th in Orange City

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:30 am, a Van Beek Scientific 2008 GMC Yukon was parked on on 5th Street SW. A City of Orange City 1970 Chevrolet Pickup was parked a half block east.
According to the report, the parking brake on the City of Orange City vehicle failed; it rolled west down 5th
Street, where it struck the Van Beek Scientific Yukon.

The Chevrolet received $500 damage. Van Beek Scientific’s GMC received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man was flown to a Sioux City hospital after an accident on Sunday, May 18 in Orange City.

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:05 AM on Sunday, May 18, a Sioux County sheriff’s deputy on patrol met a motor vehicle which was eastbound on Highway 10 and then turned northbound onto Jay Avenue, just west of Orange City. The vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed. The deputy turned around to attempt a traffic stop on the vehicle but was never able to do so because of the vehicle’s high rate of speed. The deputy was not in pursuit of the vehicle and was not able to immediately locate it.

However, it was located when it crashed into a couple of houses. The Iowa State Patrol reports that 21-year-old Rafael Maldonado was westbound on Second Street Southeast in a 2008 Honda Civic.

The troopers’ report says he was driving at a high rate of speed, ran the stop sign at Frankfort Avenue, and lost control in the 400 block of Second Street. The car left the roadway, continued through yards, went airborne, and collided with two houses, coming to rest at the corner of 402 Second Street Southeast.

After he was extricated from the vehicle, Maldonado was taken to Orange City Area Health System Hospital by Orange City Ambulance. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says he was later flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The Sheriffs’ Office says a gas line was severed in the course of the accident, creating a very dangerous situation. The deputy immediately initiated the evacuation of the nearby homes. The Orange City Fire Department was later able to control the gas leak.

The Sheriff’s Office reports there were no injuries to the occupants of the houses.

The Honda Civic was completely destroyed and there’s extensive damage to the two houses that were struck.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Orange City, Iowa — Award-winning marching bands, parades, rides, Dutch dancing and demonstrations — and don’t forget the great Dutch food — The Orange City Tulip Festival is upon us again.Orange City Tulip Festival Windmill Information Booth smaller for web_sva

It’s a little cooler outside than in most years, but just put on a jacket, and you’re ready to enjoy all Orange City has to offer.

We talked to Ashley Saras, one of the people organizing the Tulip Festival. She tells us about a couple of new things going on this year.

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Orange City Chamber Executive Director Mike Hoffman tells us about another new addition.

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Saras says there are some old favorites every day of Tulip Festival as well.

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She says they’ve got a special deal for you too.

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We asked Saras what the must-see activities are if you’re attending with young children on Saturday.

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The 2014 Tulip Festival runs through Saturday Night in Orange City.

Orange City, Iowa — A Sanborn woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Wednesday, May 14.Orange City Ambulance OC

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:25 PM, 25-year-old Derrick Kolar of Le Mars was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger southbound on Jackson Avenue, four miles south of Orange City. The report says he stopped at the stop sign in the Highway 60 median cross‐over. Thirty-two-year-old Karla Van Tol of Sanborn was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Highway 60. Kolar began driving south across Highway 60 and was struck by Van Tol.

The Orange City Ambulance took Van Tol to the Orange City Health System Hospital. Kolar refused further medical attention.

The Dodge sustained approximately $5,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $7,000 in damages.

Kolar was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

The Orange City Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance crew assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Hawarden, Iowa — Two Sioux County residents were taken to a Sioux City hospital after an accident on Sunday.red ambulance_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:50 AM, 52-year-old Arlin Engeltjes of Sioux Center was driving a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Coolidge Avenue, nine miles northeast of Hawarden. He reported a deer entered the roadway and he swerved to avoid striking it. Engeltjes lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch, struck a field driveway and rolled.

Engeltjes and a passenger, 52-year-old Lorri Dykstra of Rock Valley were both transported by the Hawarden Ambulance to the Hawarden Hospital. Both were later transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The Sheriff’s Office report says that alcohol is believed to be a factor, and the accident remains under investigation.

The sheriffs office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Hawarden Fire Department and Hawarden Ambulance.

Alton, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 13 people on underage alcohol possession charges early on Sunday at a home near Alton.beer cup underage drinking_sxc

Deputies say that just before 1 AM on Sunday, May 11, they investigated a Text‐a‐Tip report of underage persons with alcohol at a place on Kingbird Avenue, three miles northeast of Alton.

They report that they arrested 19-year-old Chase De Jong of Orange City. According to jail records, he was charged with possession of alcohol under age.

Cited for underage possession of alcohol were 19-year-old Tiffany Timmerman of Hospers, 20-year-old Ashley Van Briesen of Sioux Center, and 18-year-olds Cody Waskow of Le Mars, Silas Bui of Orange City, Shelby Schouten of Alton and Jenna Netten of Alton.

Additionally, six juveniles were issued Juvenile Court citations for underage possession of alcohol.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department.

Hull, Iowa — A Hull woman was ordered to stay away from a home in Hull after a domestic disturbance, but showed up again on Sunday and was arrested.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the 11 AM hour on Saturday, May 10, they investigated a report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at Hull home.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that an assault occurred between two adults living there.

As a result of the investigation, 37-year-old Leticia Garcia of Hull was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Deputies report that in the 2 PM hour the next day — Sunday, May 11 — they investigated a report of a protective order violation that occurred at a home in Hull.

Deputies say that although Garcia was ordered to stay away from the domestic assault victim’s home, she was illegally there.

Garcia was again arrested, this time charged with violating a court‐ordered protective order.

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man is behind bars on felony burglary charges after an Orange City homeowner caught him in their house.Jail Door2

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum reports that they arrested 23-year-old Trevor John Starkweather of Orange City on Thursday, May 8th, at about 9:30 AM.

He says there had been several recent burglary reports in Orange City, when someone allegedly saw Starkweather in their house stealing prescription medication.

Pottebaum says he was only a few blocks away and they were able to arrest Starkweather. He was charged with Second Degree Burglary, a class C felony; Fifth Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, a Serious Misdemeanor.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Starkweather is being held in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Court records indicate no dates have been set in the case.