Ireton, Iowa — Two people were arrested after a crash was discovered near Ireton on Wednesday night.
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About 11:40 PM, Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies found a 2001 Toyota Tundra that had rolled into the east ditch on Fig Avenue, two miles east of Ireton. Prior to their arrival the driver left the area and could not be located. After nearly two hours of searching deputies located the driver of the Toyota, 23-year-old Maria Cortes of Le Mars at her home. Deputies determined that a four-year-old child had been inside the vehicle with Cortes when the accident occurred.

Cortes reported minor injuries but refused further medical treatment. The child was not injured. The Toyota sustained approximately $10,000 damage.

After the accident investigation, deputies believe Cortes had been driving the Toyota southbound on Fig Avenue when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.

Cortes was arrested and charged with failing to report a personal injury accident, driving without a valid driver’s license and failure to maintain control of her vehicle. Forty-one-year-old Norma Topete-Duenas of Orange City was arrested and charged with providing false information to law enforcement officers.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, Hawarden Police Department and the Ireton Ambulance.

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Block, age 35, from Rock Rapids, IA for disorderly conduct on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm. According to the report, the arrest stems from Block making loud and raucous comments in a public building.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man was taken to a hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, 57-year-old Richard Remillard of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Garfield Avenue, five miles northwest of Sioux Center, when he experienced an apparent medical issue and lost control of his vehicle. It entered the east ditch, went through a corn field and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole. The utility pole was knocked over, causing damage to some overhead power lines and a junction box at a home on Garfield Avenue. The pole also struck a nearby unattended 2004 GMC Envoy, owned by James White of Rock Valley.

The Jeep sustained approximately $4,000 in damages. The GMC sustained an estimated $2,500 in damages. Damage to the utility pole, electrical lines and junction box was estimated at $2,500.

Remillard was injured and the Sioux Center Ambulance transported him to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance crew.

sheldon police pdA Boyden man’s Chevy was damaged in an accident on Saturday, September 20th near Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that at about 12:14 pm 29-year-old Brent Steven of Boyden was driving westbound on Highway 18 just west of Sheldon in a 2014 Chevy Silverado, when the trailer behind the Silverado caught a low hanging power line. This caused the line to break, damaging the top of the trailer and the side of the pickup.

Steven’s Chevy received $1,000 damage. The power line sustained $1000 damage.

There were no injuries reported

sheldon police smallA Canton, Missouri man’s Ford and a Boyden man’s Dodge were damaged in an accident on Friday, September 19th, in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that at about 1:30 pm , 18-year-old Bryce Burnett was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger eastbound on Park Street, in Sheldon. Twenty-three -year-old Cody Meendering was  also eastbound on Park Street, behind Burnett in a Dodge Dodge Van. According to the report, both vehicles were waiting for a train to pass when traffic ahead started moving forward as some vehicles turned south on Pleasant Drive.  The Ranger moved ahead and Meendering also moved and struck Burnett’s Ranger when it stopped

Burnett’s Ford received $1500 damage. Meendering’s Dodge received $1200 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sheldon, Iowa — Two more Sheldon businesses were burglarized over the weekend, one for the second time in about sheldon police pd car door logoa week.

Sheldon Police report that O’Brien County Implement on Sheldon’s east side was burglarized sometime over the weekend.  According to the report, burglars gained entry to the building by breaking a small window in a walk-in door.  Once inside the establishment, they made off with about $80.00 in cash.  The break-in was discovered Monday morning.

Also Monday morning, police were called to investigate a burglary at the Verizon Wireless store in east Sheldon.  This break-in marks the second time in about a week that this Verizon store has been burglarized.  According to authorities, burglars gained entry to the building by breaking a small window.  Once inside they reportedly damaged an interior door to gain access to the store’s office.  Police say that the burglars caused about $450 in damages at the store, and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

These two break-ins are only the latest in a string of burglaries of Sheldon businesses that have happened in the past several weeks.  Police say the investigation continues.


Northwest, Iowa — A chase that started in Orange City and went all the way into Minnesota ended south of Rock Rapids Tuesday night, September 23, 2014.
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The Orange City Police Department says that at about 8:17 pm, an officer attempted to stop a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser on Seventh Street Northeast in Orange City. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in an earlier incident that occurred in Sioux Center. The driver was also wanted on several outstanding warrants. The driver refused to stop for the officer and a pursuit began. The vehicle traveled eastbound on Seventh Street Northeast, continued eastbound on 440th Street, went northbound on Kingbird Avenue, and entered into Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says that they were advised as the chase was nearing Lyon County. At about 8:45 PM the pursuit came into Lyon County southeast of George, where Lyon County Deputies joined in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The pursuit continued into Minnesota and began traveling west where stop sticks were deployed partially disabling the vehicle. The vehicle then continued west before going south. The pursuit successfully ended with the vehicle becoming disabled near the intersection of A-34 and K-52, about five miles southeast of Rock Rapids.

The driver, 36-year-old David Cyril Cephas Wilson of Orange City, was arrested and in Lyon County was charged with eluding a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor; six stop sign violations, all simple misdemeanors, and careless driving, a simple misdemeanor.

Wilson is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail.

This incident is still under investigation and charges are pending from the Orange City Police Department.

The Orange City Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

New Ulm, Minnesota — A Sibley man has been arrested on a felony Osceola County warrant in Minnesota.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 32-year-old Craig Ammerman of Sibley was arrested in New Ulm, MN on an outstanding Osceola County Warrant.

They report that Ammerman is charged with Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, a Class C Felony, as well as Assault Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony.

The charges stem from an incident on August 13, 2014. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigated a hit and run accident in Sibley on that date. The investigation led to Ammerman’s home where deputies found evidence that an assault had taken place.

Ammerman is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Sioux City, Iowa — Three law enforcement agencies in our area had a hand in an investigation, through which a Le Mars man has now been sentenced to eleven years in prison.gavel_sxc

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 30-year-old Jason Moore of Le Mars received the prison term after pleading guilty in April to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

Moore admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from about June of 2012 through March 2013, that distributed more than 500 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. During the time period of the conspiracy, Moore lived in northwest Iowa and sold methamphetamine to various customers in northwest and central Iowa. According to court documents, Moore traveled to Des Moines one or two times a week to obtain methamphetamine for resale in central and northwest Iowa.

In addition to the 11 years in prison, Moore must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, police departments from Spirit Lake, Le Mars, Hawarden, and Sheldon, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, and the Central Iowa Drug Task Force.