Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Orange City.Orange City Ambulance OC

The Orange City Police Department reports that about 9:00 AM, 17-year-old April Vande Brake of Orange City was northbound on Prairie View Lane Northeast in Orange City in a 2012 Jeep SUV. Sixteen-year-old Trevor Scholtens of Orange City was eastbound on Seventh Street Northeast in a 2000 Ford SUV.

Vande Brake was attempting a left turn onto Seventh Street Northeast. The report says she failed to yield for traffic and pulled out in front of Scholtens. Scholtens’ Ford struck Vande Brake’s Jeep in the back driver’s side door.

Vande Brake was transported to Orange City Area Health System Hospital by Orange City Ambulance.

Vande Brake’s Jeep SUV received $8000 damage. Scholtens’s Ford SUV received $5000 in damage, which was enough to total the vehicle.

Vande Brake was charged with Unsafe Entry Onto Roadway.

Akron, Iowa — Autopsy results are back on an Akron man, and although his body and his wife’s were found at the same time, the autopsy results say she died of blunt force trauma, but he died of natural causes.Neunaber

On July 9, 2014 the bodies of Donald & Esther Neunaber were discovered by family members at their home in rural Akron.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says autopsy reports received a few days later concluded that Esther Neunaber died from blunt force trauma and the state medical examiner ruled the death as homicide. Consequently, Jonathon Neunaber was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree and is being held in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility on a $100,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office says autopsy results for Donald Neunaber are now in, and the state medical examiner has determined that the manner of his death was due to natural causes.

The Plymouth County Sheriff, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Plymouth County Attorney’s Office are working cooperatively to investigate the case.

Hawarden, Iowa — An attempted burglary has been reported near Hawarden, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to solve the case.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They say that they investigated the report on Thursday, August 14th. According to the report the attempted burglary took place at a home a mile east of Hawarden. The perpetrator or perpetrators appear to have attempted to break into the home by prying on a walk-in door.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office determined that the incident likely occurred sometime between August 6th and August 11th.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip Program. Directions can be found at

Hull, Iowa — You may remember that last week we told you about several American flags being been reported stolen in the town of Hull. Now more flags have been reported stolen.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flagpoles from both school and residential property on the north side of Hull. The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

Now three additional reports of stolen flags have come in, and the Sheriff’s Office is now also investigating those. The incidents occurred in the Hull and Boyden areas.

The Sheriff’s Office determined that these thefts likely occurred between Sunday, August 10 and Saturday, August 16.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip Program. Directions can be found at

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:sheldon police pd car door logo

Officers took a report of a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Saturday, August 16th. The police report that the car that was hit was owned by Todd Miedema. The report says that Miedema’s daughter had parked the car in an alley in the 1000 block of Fifth Street. At midnight the report says she came out to her car and found that someone had struck the left rear of the car, causing $3500 in damage, and then left the scene.

The Miedema vehicle is a four-door 2006 Ford Fusion, which the report says was legally parked.

In other news from Sheldon Police…

Officers took a report of theft from a vehicle on Saturday, August 16th. The alleged crime is believed to have happened between 9:30 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon on Friday, August 15th. Reported stolen were 105 hydrocodone pills, which were taken from a pickup while it was parked at Noteboom RV. Hydrocodone is a strong narcotic pain reliever, but it’s frequently abused for a sense of euphoria.

Sheldon officers also apprehended a 14-year-old boy from Sheldon on Saturday on drug delivery charges. He was charged with Delivery of Oxycodone and Delivery of Morphine. The boy was referred to juvenile court.

Hartley, Iowa — A Hartley woman has been arrested and faces drug charges, at least one of them a felony.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that 39-year-old Jona Thompson of Hartley was arrested on Saturday, August 16th. The sheriff’s office says they charged Thompson with Possession of a Controlled Substance — Mushrooms, With Intent to Deliver; the manufacture, possession, or delivery of methamphetamine; and failure to purchase an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.

At last report, Thompson was in the O’Brien County Jail.

George, Iowa — A George man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday morning.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:20 AM, 28-year-old Jordan Furman of George was driving a 2004 Kia Sorento westbound on A34 a half mile east of George. The Sheriff’s Office says he became fatigued and his car entered the south ditch. The vehicle became disabled after it struck a utility pole owned by Alliant Energy.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Furman to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

The vehicle received about $6,000 in damages and the utility pole received approximately $2,500 in damages.

George Fire and EMS, Lyon County Ambulance personnel and Warntjes Paint and Body Shop assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:05 PM, 18-year-old Logan Van Noort of Hawarden was driving a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup eastbound on 420th Street, about two miles north of Orange City. Nineteen-year-old Chasady Hilbrands of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville southbound on Ironwood Avenue. Hilbrands struck Van Noort in the intersection.

The Orange City Ambulance transported Hilbrands to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Hilbrands’ Pontiac sustained about $7,000 in damages. Van Noort’s GMC pickup sustained about $9,000 in damages.

Hilbrands was cited for failing to yield to a vehicle on the right.

The Orange City Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance assisted the sheriff’s office.

Sheldon, Iowa — A burglary at J & B Bar in Sheldon is the latest to be reported by Sheldon Police in what appears to be a string of bar and restaurant burglaries. Sheldon’s Subway restaurant and Langer’s Bar and Grill were also hit.J & B Bar

In the J & B burglary, a thief or thieves are alleged to have damaged three video machines and they are alleged to have taken out the coins. Taken from the machines was $951.75. The damage to the three machines is estimated at a combined total of $360, for a total of over $1300 of loss for the bar. The crime is thought to have occured on Friday, August 8.

Both the front and back doors were damaged as well, but the report says the dollar amount of the damage is still unknown.

The Sheldon Police also took the report of a stolen car on Thursday.  The crime is thought to have occurred on Thursday, August 14th.

The car was reported to have been stolen from the garage of the owner’s home in the 1900 block of East Sixth Street.  The maroon 2010 Ford was valued at $12,000.

If you have any information that you think could help the police, you can contact them at 324-2525.

Officers also report that they arrested 18-year-old Eduardo Juarez Jr. of Sheldon on Tuesday, August 12. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Juarez was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.