Larchwood, Iowa — A boy that had been riding a bike was taken to a hospital after an accident in Larchwood on Sunday, April 6,2014.lyon co ambulance side

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Matthew Bruggeman of Larchwood was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Fell Street in Larchwood. The boy was riding the bike from Park Drive on to Fell Street. The vehicles collided head-on in the roadway.

The boy was transported to a hospital by the Lyon County Ambulance.

Bruggeman’s vehicle sustained about $1,000 in damages.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two Rock Rapids men — one in a domestic assault case and one on a charge of public intoxication in separate incidents.

Sheriff’s deputies report that about 1:55 AM on Saturday morning, April 5th, 2014, they were called to a Rock Rapids Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8home for a domestic dispute. Upon further investigation, 34-year-old Travis Dreke of Rock Rapids was arrested on charges of Simple Domestic Assault and Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree, both simple misdemeanors; and Interference With Official Acts, an aggravated misdemeanor.


The Sheriff’s office also reports that on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 they arrested 35-year-old Joshua Paul Gacke of Rock Rapids on a charge of Public Intoxication. The arrest occurred after deputies were called to Sporty’s Bar in Rock Rapids.

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

Sheldon officers reported the arrest of 20-year-old Alexander Dykstra of Sheldon on March 25th. He was charged with one count of Third Degree Sexual Abuse. According to Iowa code, Sexual abuse in the third degree is a class “C” sheldon pd police car rearfelony, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of between one and ten thousand dollars, if convicted.

The Ben Franklin store reported the theft of a laptop computer from their store on Thursday, April 3rd. The Toshiba Satellite was valued at $800. That same day, officers recovered the laptop and charged 22-year-old Brandon Smigliani of Sheldon with Third Degree Theft in connection with the incident. Third Degree Theft is an aggravated misdemeanor. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

Also, Sheldon officers report that they charged a 16-year-old rural Sheldon boy with Delivery of a Controlled Substance on Wednesday, April 2nd. The boy was taken into custody at Sheldon High School and referred to juvenile court.

Spirit Lake, Iowa — Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident near Spirit Lake on Sunday, April 6th.

red ambulance_sxcThe Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:25 PM, 22-year-old Colton Baschke of Spencer was driving a 2009 Honda CBR 600, in the 1200 Block of 260th Avenue on the east side of Big Spirit Lake, about a mile northeast of the town of Spirit Lake, when he got into some sand on the side of the roadway. Baschke then lost control and the bike went into the ditch.

Baschke reportedly refused medical transport even though the report says he may have had injuries. It says his passenger, 18-year-old Allison Spencer of Everly was transported to the hospital.

The estimated damage to the motorcycle was $2,500. Baschke was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

The Spirit Lake Police Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Spirit Lake First Responders assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Boyden, Iowa — A George man has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated after an accident that happened on Friday morning east of Boyden.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, 29-year-old Fredrich Trei of George was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora eastbound on Highway 18, a mile east of Boyden. Forty-nine-year-old Frank Martinez of Sibley was driving a 2002 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 18. Trei lost control of his vehicle, which entered the westbound lane and struck the Dodge.

Martinez reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

Upon further investigation, the report says that investigating officers suspected that Trei was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Trei was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugged). He was issued a citation for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. He was also charged with possessing contraband in a correctional facility.

The Oldsmobile sustained about $3,500 in damages. The Dodge sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help once again; this time to find a car involved in a hit-and-run accident near Rock Valley.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They report that on Friday morning, they determined that sometime during the overnight or early morning hours just passed, a driver traveling northbound on Dove Avenue lost control of a vehicle, and it entered the east ditch and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole, breaking it off. The vehicle left the area and at last report had not been not found.

The vehicle likely sustained damages to its front.

The utility pole sustained approximately $1,200 in damages.

If you saw suspicious people or activity in this area when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about the accident and wish to remain anonymous you may use their Text‐a‐Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Four people were transported to hospitals after a crash on Thursday evening near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:30 PM, 46-year-old Antonio Cancino-Valdez of Sioux City was Sioux Center Ambulancedriving a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Highway 75, a mile south of Sioux Center. Fifty-six-year-old Ralph Shay of Albany, Minnesota was driving a 2003 Ford Windstar minivan southbound on Highway 75.

The report says Cancino-Valdez lost control of his vehicle, which entered the southbound lane and struck the Ford.

Cancino-Valdez and his passenger, 39-year-old Antonio Ramirez, also of Sioux City and Shay and his passenger, 21-year-old Christopher Shay, also of Albany were transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital. The Sioux Center Ambulance later transported Ramirez to Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The Chevrolet and Ford each sustained about $10,000 in damages.

Cancino-Valdez was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The Sioux Center Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Fire Department, and Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

Alton, Iowa — A little less than a month ago, we told you that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a burglary and theft report from a home in rural Alton. Now a Le Mars man has been charged in the case.Hand Cuffs sxc

When the homeowner had returned home he had found a Ford F150 pickup parked near his house. A white man got into the truck and drove off the yard at a high rate of speed. The truck went south on Kiwi Avenue toward Plymouth County. The homeowner realized his residence had been broken into and called the Sheriff’s Office.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that the perpetrator had entered the residence through a locked door while no one was home. A safe and a camera with two external lenses were reported as stolen.

On Wednesday, April 2, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office charged 36-year-old Chad Braun of Le Mars with Third Degree Burglary and Fourth Degree Theft. The investigation revealed that Braun was found to be in possession of stolen property taken from the home.

Braun is currently detained in the Plymouth County Jail in Le Mars on other charges.

The charges are a result of a joint investigation of the Sioux, Plymouth, and Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Offices.

Steen, Minnesota — A propane truck belonging to a Rock Rapids business rolled over in an accident just north of the Minnesota border on Monday, March 31st, and a Hazardous Materials team was called due to the risk of explosion.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

Rock County Minnesota Sheriff Even Verbrugge says he doesn’t have all the details yet, but he can say that 55-year-old Ned Weitgenant of Hills, Minnesota was driving a propane delivery straight truck, owned by Popkes Car Care of Rock Rapids westbound on their 21st Street, which is a mile north of the state line, about two miles east of Steen. That’s about six miles north of Rock Rapids.

For an unknown reason, the truck drifted off of the roadway and rolled in the ditch.

The damage estimate is unavailable at this time, but there were no injuries reported.

Verbrugge says a commercial vehicle investigator was called from the Minnesota State Patrol, which is standard protocol in commercial vehicle accidents.

The Hills Fire Department and Rock County Hazmat Crew assisted at the scene.