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Sheldon Police Handle Four Property Damage Accidents

law lightbar blueSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police report several recent accidents.

A Sanborn man’s pickup and a Worthington woman’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Thursday (6/20/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 12:15 PM, 34-year-old Leon Aaron of Sanborn was northbound on 34th Avenue, near Taco John’s in a 1999 Ford pickup. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Alvarez of Worthington was southbound on Runger Avenue in a 2007 Jeep SUV. Runger Avenue and 34th Avenue meet at Highway 18.

Alverez attempted to proceed northbound through the intersection. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The report says traffic flow was heavy making the driving challenging.

Aaron’s Ford pickup received $1000 damage. Alvarez’s Jeep SUV received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported, and no charges were filed.


A Sheldon teen’s car and a Sheldon man’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Friday (6/21/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:25 AM, 17-year-old Olivia DeKok of Sheldon was backing westbound from a driveway in a 2002 Ford. A 2012 GMC SUV owned by Ron Beenken of Sheldon was parked facing south on Normal College Avenue.

DeKok backed into the SUV, which had been legally-parked, according to the report.

DeKok’s Ford received $500 damage. Beenken’s GMC SUV received $2500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

DeKok was charged with unsafe backing.


A Rock Valley man’s car and a Sheldon man’s pickup were damaged in an accident on Friday, June 14 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:40 PM, 23-year-old James Richters of Rock Valley was eastbound on Highway 18, in a 1998 Dodge. Sixty-four-year-old Calvin Van Beek of Sheldon was westbound on 18 in a 2006 Ford pickup.

Van Beek slowed down to turn south on Country Club Road. The report says that due to the high volume of traffic, Van Beek didn’t see the Richters vehicle and turned in front of it.

Richters’s Dodge received $2200 damage. Van Beek’s Ford pickup received $1700 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Van Beek was charged with Failure To Yield on Left Turn.


Buicks driven by a Boyden man and a Sheldon man were both damaged in an accident on Saturday, June 15 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:25 AM, 96-year-old William Zenk of Boyden was eastbound in the Bomgaars parking lot, in a 2003 Buick. Sixty-six-year-old George Schneider of Sheldon was southbound on Second Avenue in a 1992 Buick.

Zenk was waiting to turn north and pulled out and struck the Schneider vehicle as it was passing by. Zenk reported that he did not see the other car since it was raining and his Transitions lenses were still dim.

Zenk’s Buick received $1000 damage. Schneider’s Buick received $1800 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Zenk was charged with Failure To Yield.

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