October 1, 2015 - 9:43 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:41 am on Tuesday, 20-year-old Angie Padilla was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Highway 75, two and a half miles south of Sioux Center, and stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto 440th Street. Fifty-five-year-old Jack Bradshaw of Maurice was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and stopped behind Padilla. 18-year-old Darric Wurth of Remsen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on Highway 75 behind Bradshaw and Padilla.

According to the report, Wurth struck Bradshaw, and the impact pushed Bradshaw’s vehicle ahead and struck Padilla.

The Monte Carlo received $6,000; the Silverado received $7,000 damage. The Malibu received $3,000 damage.

Wurth and Bradshaw reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

Wurth was cited for following too close. Padilla was cited for no proof of liability insurance/accident related.

October 1, 2015 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case in Hull.
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The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a burglary report on Wednesday morning, September 30th. They were told that a burglary allegedly occurred at the Hull Coop Elevator, 1206 Railroad Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators stole power tools and other assorted tools from a construction site at the elevator.

Deputies believe the alleged crime took place between Tuesday, September 29th, at 9:30 PM, and Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You can call them at 712-737-2280 or use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com

October 1, 2015 - 1:02 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Alton man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center recently
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that 58-year-old Jeffrey Holtz of Alton was driving a 2011 Chevy eastbound on Seventh Street Northwest in Sioux Center. Sixty-two year-old Lynn Buseman of Alcester was westbound on Seventh in a 2003 Ford pickup.

The report says that the Buseman pickup was making a left turn to go west on Seventh Street Northwest from Sixth Avenue Northwest, after stopping at the stop sign. Buseman advised that the Holtz vehicle was eastbound at a high rate of speed. He says the Holtz vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign and collided into the rear driver’s side of the Buseman pickup, causing disabling damage to the Buseman pickup.

The report says that after the collision, Buseman told the officer that the Holtz vehicle left the scene and continued east. It was later discovered that the Holtz vehicle left the roadway and hit a mailbox on the south side of the road. The Holtz vehicle then reentered the roadway and continued east. It left the roadway again and drove over a “no parking” sign.

The front passenger side of the Holtz vehicle then collided with the rear passenger side of a parked 2007 Chevy Avalanche that had been parked outside of a garage. The vehicle then stopped.

It is believed that Holtz had a medical condition that was the cause of the accidents.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Holtz to Sioux Center Health hospital.

Holtz’s Chevy sustained $5000 in damages, and Buseman’s Ford pickup sustained $4500 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle. The parked Chevy Avalanche sustained about $500 in damages. The mailbox and sign were valued at $200, each.

No charges were filed.

September 29, 2015 - 11:00 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sanborn man will spend up to 20 years in prison following his sentencing Monday in Orange City on a Sioux County charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Third or Subsequent Offense as a Habitual Offender, a Class D Felony.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says the case against 48-year old Michael Eugene Rydstrom, of Sanborn, was prosecuted by the Sioux County attorney’s office in a collaborative effort with O’Brien County Attorney Micah J. Schreurs for crimes committed by Mr. Rydstrom in both Sioux and O’Brien Counties.

According to Kunstle, the case arose in March of this year, when Sioux County deputies were patrolling Highway 60 for illegal drug interdiction. A deputy recognized Mr. Rydstrom’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for speeding. Kunstle says Rydstrom consented to a drug dog walking around his vehicle. After the dog indicated drugs were present, Rydstrom admitted he had a scale used to measure methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The scale was found which still contained methamphetamine.

According to Kunstle, Rydstrom was sentenced to a prison term of up to 15 years, with a mandatory minimum of three years.  The sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed in an O’Brien County case, and concurrently with a case in Plymouth County, for a total term not to exceed twenty years in prison.

September 29, 2015 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was sentenced in Sioux County District Court Monday for Perjury, a Class D Felony; and Gathering where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that the case against 46-year old Clarence Earl Werner of Rock Valley, arose during a civil protective order hearing on February 2nd of this year.  Kunstle says Werner’s ex-wife testified that Werner violated the no contact order by calling her on December 23, 2014.  Werner confirmed this by testifying under oath that he did call her one day when he was in treatment.  Werner was later criminally charged with a Violation of a No Contact Order and the trial was held April 7th of this year.  Kunstle says that, after being placed under oath at the criminal trial, Werner gave conflicting testimony that he did not call his ex-wife.

Werner was sentenced to five years in prison and on the Perjury charge and to 365 days in jail on the Gathering charge, where he will serve 45 days with work release and the prison term and remaining jail time was suspended.

September 29, 2015 - 7:37 am - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — An Ireton man was arrested recently on drug charges after someone called in a complaint.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday evening, September 26, they received a complaint of a Buick Park Avenue Electra, which was being driven in a dangerous manner near the intersection of 470th Street and Highway 75 in Maurice. Deputies located the vehicle a short time later on 470th Street, a mile east of Ireton and stopped it.

They report that the vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Nathan Clipperton of Ireton. Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Clipperton was intoxicated on drugs.

Clipperton was arrested and was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated‐drugged, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by an Iowa State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

September 28, 2015 - 3:09 pm - Posted in News

Iowa State Patrol logoHospers, Iowa — A Boyden man’s vehicle was damaged and a Sheldon woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Hospers on Friday, September 25th.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 9:34 am on Friday, 72-year-old James Kray of Boyden was driving a 2007 Freightliner Semi tractor pulling a trailer, and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Hospers Driver S and Highway 60, and waiting to turn onto Highway 60. Thirty-one-year-old Crystallyn Sterler of Sheldon was driving a 2009 Ford Explorer southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane.

According to the report, another vehicle was also traveling southbound on Highway 60 in the right hand lane in front of Kray, who stated that he looked left and did not see any approaching vehicles. He turned right and began to travel southbound on 60. Kray stated that he was fully loaded and knew that he would take a little time to get up to speed so he turned his four-way flashers on. The other vehicle observed the Freightliner enter Highway 60 and changed lanes to avoid colliding with the Semi. Sterler said she was attempting to locate cigarettes in her vehicle and did not see the Freightliner enter Highway 60 collided with the rear of the Semi.

No injuries were reported.

The Freightliner received $8000 damage; the Ford received $10,000 damage.

September 28, 2015 - 8:26 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sheldon man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 4:35 PM on Friday, September 25, 2015, 25-year-old Eric Durband of Hospers was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup westbound on Highway 10. Twenty year-old Samuel Vis of Sheldon was westbound on 10 behind Durband, in a 2010 Mazda.

The report says that Durband was stopped for vehicles that were stopped for a red light for westbound Highway 10. Durband told the officer that the light turned green and he started to go, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by the Vis vehicle. Vis told the officer that he had blacked out and came to after he struck the Durband pickup.

The Orange City Ambulance took Vis to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

Durband’s Dodge Dakota pickup sustained about $3000 in damages, and Vis’s Mazda sustained about $8000 in damages, says the report.

Vis was charged with following too closely and no proof of insurance.

September 26, 2015 - 5:49 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man is dead after an accident near Hull on Friday, September 25, 2015.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:30 PM, they received a call from a motorist reporting that a vehicle was driving in a bean field along Hickory Avenue. A short time later deputies located a 1993 Chevrolet pickup, which had been driven by 64-year-old Charles Emery of Hull.

According to their investigation, Sheriff’s deputies report that Emery had been driving the vehicle northbound on Hickory Avenue, about a mile and a half south of Hull, when he lost control of it. It came to rest in a grove near a farm home.

A Sioux County Deputy attempted life saving measures on Emery who was transported by the Hull Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. According to Captain Jamison Van Voorst of the Sheriff’s Office, the incident appears at this time to have been medically-related prior to Emery’s losing control of the vehicle — but authorities are attempting to confirm what happened.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $100 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Ambulance crew assisted them.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

September 25, 2015 - 11:31 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley resident faces a felony drug charge.
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The Rock Valley Police Department reports that they arrested 27-year-old Taylor Johnson of Rock Valley on Wednesday on a warrant for a charge of Aiding and Abetting the Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine within one thousand feet of a public park; a class C felony.

Johnson was booked into the Sioux County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

The arrest stems from an investigation of a methamphetamine lab discovered on October 11, 2014 in Rock Valley.

Police say the investigation continues and more charges and arrests are expected.

The Rock Valley Police Department says the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Rock Valley Fire Department, and the Rock Valley Ambulance crew assisted them.