Sibley, Iowa — Four people were arrested on drug charges on Friday, March 6, 2015 at a Sibley motel.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they carried out a search warrant on four rooms and two motor vehicles at the Sibley Inn Motel in Sibley. Four people were taken into custody. Three of them were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, alleged to be marijuana; a serious misdemeanor.

Arrested were 28-year-old Raphael Dewayne Holyfield of Moody, Alabama; 23-year-old Ranzell Marquez Jones of Montevallo Alabama; and 28-year-old Printice Leon Banks, who had no address. Twenty-two-year-old Dejuan Henry Ramsey Andrews of Central Point, Alabama was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor. Holyfield and Jones were also charged with alleged Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Holyfield and Jones are being held on a $1300 bond, Banks on a $1000 bond, and Andrews on a $300 bond. The Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation.

Alton, Iowa — A Sanborn man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop early on Thursday, March 5.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that just after midnight, they arrested 48-year-old Michael Rydstrom of Sanborn as the result of a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 60, two miles south of Alton.

Upon further investigation deputies say they discovered a controlled substance in Rydstrom’s possession.

Rydstrom was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and third or subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance.

K9 units from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Police have been kept busy the past couple of days with a series of minor traffic accidents.

sheldon police pd car door logoThe first was reported shortly after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot at Sheldon Community High School.  According to the report, the accident happened when a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, driven by 17-year old Ashlynn Cavin of Sibley backed from a parking space into the front of a 1995 Mercury Sable driven by Nicholas Bomgaars of Sheldon.  Cavin told officers she hadn’t seen the Bomgaars car before backing from the space.  Damage to each vehicle was estimated at $1,000, and there were no injuries.

Shortly before 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon police were called to the report of a collision on Highway 18 near the railroad tracks in Sheldon.  Police say the accident happened when a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by 25-year old Margaret Dagel of Sibley struck the rear of a westbound 2009 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 50-year old Brad Smith of Primghar.  Dagel was reportedly cited for Failure to Maintain Control.  Damage to Smith’s Suburban were estimated at $750, with $1000 damage estimate assessed to Dagel’s Tahoe.  No injuries were reported.

Then, just after 6 pm Thursday, an accident happened at the corner of 7th Avenue and 5th Street in Sheldon.  According to the report, 17-year old Haley Jungers of Sheldon was southbound on 7th Avenue in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala.  Jungers’ car entered the intersection where it was struck by a westbound 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 23-year old Bryce Nelson of Boyden.  There were no injuries reported, but Nelson’s Cavalier sustained approximately $1500 in damage, with $2500 damage reported to Jungers’ Impala.  Police say they ticketed Nelson for Failure To Yield To Vehicle On The Right.

Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident in Larchwood on Thursday, March 5, 2015. And it’s the second accident to occur near that location in the past 10 days.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:55 AM, 53-year-old Michael DeJager of Doon was driving a 2000 Kenworth Semi owned by Farmers Elevator Cooperative of Rock Valley westbound on Highway 9 near the ball fields. A 2004 Chrysler Sebring being driven by 22-year-old Alexandria Kollis of Larchwood, was southbound on Edgerly Street.

The report says Kollis stopped at a stop sign then proceeded into the intersection, colliding with the semi.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Kollis to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Kollis’ vehicle sustained about $2,500 in damage. Farmers Elevator Cooperative’s semi did not appear to have any reportable damage, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Personnel from the Lyon County Ambulance crew, Larchwood Fire Department, Larchwood EMS, and Erwin’s Towing assisted the Sheriff’s Department at the scene.

Law Enforcement Lightbar redEverly, Iowa — A Sanborn man was arrested after a traffic stop in Clay County.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that 49-year-old Douglas Straight of Sanborn was arrested just after midnight early on Saturday, just into Clay County on Highway 18.

A Clay County Deputy stopped Straight on a suspected traffic violation. After investigating further, the deputy found Straight had a suspended drivers license, and after searching the vehicle, a methamphetamine pipe was found. Straight was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail and held on a $300 cash or surety bond.

Straight was charged with Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Two children were taken to a hospital following an accident this past week.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 4 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 31-year-old Danny Estrada of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Audi A6 northbound on Highway 75. He stopped on the roadway to wait for oncoming vehicles before attempting a left turn onto 360th Street, says the report. It says 42-year-old Reid Stansky of Owatonna, MN was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram northbound on Highway 75 behind Estrada.

Stansky began passing Estrada on the right, says the report and struck the Audi.

Passengers in Estrada’s vehicle, a three-month-old girl and a four-year-old boy, were both transported by
private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Audi sustained approximately $2,500 in damages. The Dodge sustained an estimated $3,000 in damages.

Stansky was cited on a charge of unsafe passing. Estrada was cited on a charge of failure to have a valid driver’s license.

Orange City, Iowa — A man from Arkansas has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court to a ten-year prison term for delivery of methamphetamine.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 30-year-old James Kent Skoglund of Saint Joe, Arkansas, has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Delivery of Methamphetamine.

Kunstle’s office says that on November 8, 2014, an undercover officer made arrangements, through a confidential informant, to purchase an “8 ball” of methamphetamine from Skoglund for $325. Through the informant, they say Skoglund sold methamphetamine to the undercover officer in an apartment in Rock Valley. After the transaction, uniformed officers searched the apartment where the transaction took place finding methamphetamine, a scale, a pipe, and a butane lighter, all located near Skoglund.

He was sentenced to an indeterminate ten-year prison term, in addition to charges, surcharges, fees, costs, and other penalties.

Larchwood, Iowa — Two people from Doon were seriously injured in an accident on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Darin Koedam of Larchwood was driving a 2003 International Semi owned by Midwest Livestock Service LTD of Larchwood westbound on Highway 9. A 2002 Chrysler van being driven by 84-year-old Nickolas Bloemendaal of Doon was eastbound on 9 when it crossed the center line colliding with the semi.

Bloemendaal and a passenger, 81-year-old Tressa Bloemendaal, were both transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by Lyon County Ambulance. Their injuries were described as “serious.”

Bloemendaal’s van sustained about $5,000 in damages and is considered a total loss. Midwest Livestock Service LTD’s semi sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.

The Lyon County Ambulance personnel, the Larchwood Fire Department and Larchwood EMS personnel, the Iowa State Patrol, Track Side Towing, and Irwin’s Towing assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon teen faces burglary charges after allegedly entering an occupied home and stealing some personal possessions.

sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon Police say the incident happened Wednesday, February 18th, when the 15-year old male is accused of entering a home on 23rd Avenue in Sheldon through an unlocked door, while the home’s residents slept.  Police say the teen then stole undergarments from the home.

According to authorities, the teen was taken into custody on Monday, February 23rd, and charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree.  Police say he was transported to the Youth Emergency Services Juvenile Detention Center in Cherokee, where he is currently being held.

Sheldon Police remind the public that a criminal charge is merely an accusation, and that all persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.