Granville, Iowa — A Granville teen was taken to the hospital after an accident early on Wednesday, November 26.Granville Ambulance

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:40 AM, 29-year-old Andrew Pearson of Orange City was driving a 2001 Pontiac Aztec westbound on Highway 10, three miles west of Granville. Nineteen-year-old Susana Salazar of Granville was driving a 2008 Pontiac Torrent eastbound on Highway 10. Pearson lost control of his vehicle, entered the eastbound lane and struck Salazar.

The Granville Ambulance transported Salazar to the Orange City Hospital.
Pearson sought medical attention on his own.

The Aztec sustained approximately $6,000 in damages. The Torrent sustained an estimated $7,000 in damages.

Pearson was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and failure to use a seatbelt.

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

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is behind bars after a weekend incident.Jail Door2

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their dispatch received a call on Sunday, November 23, 2014, requesting that they check on a man in Rock Rapids and make sure he was okay.

A deputy responded, and after investigation, arrested 33-year-old Brian Michael Wood of Rock Rapids on a charge of Domestic Abuse Causing Serious Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.

At last report, Wood was being held in the Lyon County Jail.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Eight young people were found drinking and have been charged after Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies broke up a party early on cup underage drinking_sxc

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1 AM, deputies received an anonymous tip of an underage party that was taking place at a home in the 3700 block of 140th Street in rural Rock Rapids.

Upon further investigation Deputies determined that there were minors under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Eight people were charged with Minor In Possession of Alcohol.

Those arrested were from Adrian, MN, Ellsworth, MN, Rock Rapids, George, Sheldon, and Sioux Rapids.

Hull, Iowa — A Lennox, SD woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hull on Friday, November 21.Ambulance rear blue and white

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4 PM, 20-year-old Jeremy Van Den Berg of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus westbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Hull. Twenty-three-year-old Michelle Donelson of Lennox, SD was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on 18 behind Van Den Berg.

Van Den Berg slowed down for a school bus and the Donelson Chevy struck the Van Den Berg Dodge.

The Hull Ambulance transported Donelson to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Dodge sustained about $2,500 in damages. The Cavalier sustained about $5,000 in damages.

Donelson was ticketed for following too closely.

The Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon, Iowa — Two residents of the Sheldon Residential Treatment Facility, or RTF, were arrested recently, sheldon police pd car door logoaccording to a release from the Sheldon Police Department.

28-year old Caleb Dean Brewer, and 28-year old Jason Scott Wilde were both arrested early on the morning of November 17th on an RTF Hold, according to the report.


No injuries were reported in a 2-vehicle accident that happened Friday morning in Sheldon.

According to Sheldon Police, the accident happened shortly after 8 o’clock Friday morning at the intersection of Business 60 and Highway 18.  Police say a 2013 Freightliner semi tractor pulling a trailer, driven by 51-year old Paul Anthony Vis of Hull was southbound on Business 60, and attempted to make a wide right turn onto Highway 18.  A 1997 Chevrolet K1500  , driven by 63-year old Dennis Bonestroo of Boyden was also southbound, and pulled up alongside the right side of the semi trailer so that he could make a right turn onto Highway 18.  The back of the Vis trailer then struck the back of the Bonestroo vehicle.

Police report $1500 damage to the Bonestroo vehicle, and $1400 damage to the Vis trailer.  No charges were filed, according to the report.

Hull, Iowa — An unusual accident happened this past week near Hull.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 5:15 PM on Wednesday evening, 27-year-old Anthony Lucas of Sheldon was driving a 2005 Ford utility truck westbound on Highway 18, about a mile east of Hull. Fifty-six-year-old Daniel Richie of Boyden was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger pickup westbound on Highway 18 behind Lucas.

A generator fell from the utility truck and was struck by Richie on the roadway. After striking the equipment, Richie lost control of his vehicle, which entered the north ditch.

Richie reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Ford Ranger sustained approximately $6,000 in damages.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A house was damaged in a fire on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Rock Valley, and the family that was living there is not able to live in the home at this time. RVFD Rock Valley Fire

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg, about 3:30 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at 1419 14th Street, which is a rental property owned by Bill Van Veldhuizen.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke coming from under the eave as they approached the scene. He says they made a hole in the side of the house, at the top of the peak near the attic vent. When they got inside, there was a fire in the attic, which had burned through the cross members of the roof. He says they were able to stop it before it burned the roof and the ceiling.

Wallenburg reports that there were no injuries to people or pets.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to have been electrical in nature.

Chief Wallenburg reports that there was extensive damage to the main living area. He says they tore out the ceiling to get at the fire. The chief says repairs are being made.

He says they used less than 200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene two to three hours. He says much of that was cleanup and overhaul, as they were able to extinguish the fire fairly quickly.

Hull, Iowa — A crash involving a feed truck and a school bus has the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office looking for the feed truck.chevy school bus_sxc

They report that on Tuesday afternoon, about 4:45 PM, 60-year-old Walter DenHoed of Hull was driving a 2015 Bluebird school bus northbound on Elmwood Avenue.  That’s the county road going south out of Rock Valley, also called K30. Den Hoed was about six and a half miles south of Rock Valley when he met a feed truck that was traveling southbound. When the two met, the feed discharge spout on the truck struck the side mirror of the bus. Both vehicles continued on and when the bus driver returned to the area a short time later, the feed truck could not be found.

The school bus sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

Anyone with information about the feed truck or information about this accident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Spencer, Iowa — A few tense moments on Wednesday at Spencer High School.Fire Lightbar

The Spencer Police Department reports that about 11:25 AM, the high school was evacuated because someone discovered a bomb threat message on a bathroom wall. All students were bussed to an alternative site. Law enforcement and school officials searched and cleared the building.

Officials deemed the building safe at 2:15 PM. All students were then bussed back to the High School where they were dismissed for the day.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

The Spencer Police Department reports that their officers, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Narcotics Enforcement, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Clay County Conservation, the Spencer Fire Department, and the Spencer Public Works Department worked together during the incident.