Minnesota Man Arrested After Incident In Melvin

A Minnesota man has been arrested on several charges after an incident in Melvin on Sunday (4/1).

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at a residence in Melvin. Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas James Fink of Buffalo, MN was arrested for allegedly committing an Assault, Domestic Abuse Assault, and Interference with Official Acts, all Simple Misdemeanors; and Assault on a Peace Officer, a Serious Misdemeanor. Fink was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $1,900 cash bond.


Emergency Crews Respond To Injury Accident In Sheldon

Sheldon emergency crews and the Boyden Ambulance were called to the scene of an injury accident on Wednesday afternoon.

The call went out at about 3:25 PM. The accident was located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Country Club Road in eastern Sheldon.

Responding to the call were the Boyden Ambulance and SCAT crews, as well as Sheldon Fire, Police, and Emergency Management.

Two victims were transported.

Highway 18 was limited to one-way traffic for 30 minutes


Two From Rock Valley Transported To Hospital After Rock Valley Accident

A Rock Valley woman and a Rock Valley man were taken to a hospital after an accident on Sunday in Rock Valley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:25 PM, 63-year-old Linda Koedam of Rock Valley was eastbound on Highway 18, in a 2007 GMC Yukon.  Twenty-four-year-old Kyle Munneke of Rock Valley was westbound on 18  on a 1999 motorcycle.

Koedam was attempting to turn left and proceed north on 10th Avenue in Rock Valley.  She turned into the path of the Munneke motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the left front of the Koedam vehicle.

Koedam and Munneke were transported to Heeg Memorial Hospital:  Koedam by private vehicle and Munneke by Rock Valley Ambulance.

Koedam’s GMC Yukon received $3500 damage.  Munneke’s motorcycle received $5000 damage.

Koedam was charged with failure to yield on left turn.


Rock Valley Police Arrest One For Felony Child Endangerment And Another For Felony OWI

A Rock Valley man has been arrested on several charges including a felony count.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports that in the late evening hours of Sunday (4/1), their department responded to a 911 call just northwest of Rock Valley.
An investigation was conducted and resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old Mark Bakker of Rock Valley. Bakker was charged at the Sioux County Jail with child endangerment (a class “D” felony), domestic abuse assault (an aggravated misdemeanor), false imprisonment (a serious misdemeanor), and 2 counts of obstructing of emergency communications (both simple misdemeanors).
The Rock Valley Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
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A Rock Valley man has been arrested on felony OWI charges.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports one of their officers conducted a routine traffic stop on Saturday (3/31) for a violation of a city ordinance.
As a result of the stop the officer charged 26-year-old Jason Vis with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense, (a class “D” felony).
Vis was transported and booked into the Sioux County Jail.

Ireton Man Accused Of Felony Inappropriate Contact With Teenage Girl

An Ireton man is behind bars, accused of having felony inappropriate contact with a teenage girl.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that 30-year-old Chad James Utesch of Ireton was arrested where he works in Ireton.

Utesch has been the assistant wrestling coach at Akron/Westfield Schools.

The school contacted the Akron Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office when they were notified of possible criminal activity between Utesch and a 17-year-old girl, who is a student at Akron/Westfield. During the investigation it was learned that in 2011, Utesch had several inappropriate contacts with the girl.

Utesch was charged with Sexual Exploitation By A School Employee, a class D felony.

Utesch was transported to the Plymouth County Jail, where bond was set at $7,500.


Sheldon Chain-Reaction Accident Damages Three Pickups

Three pickups belonging to three Sheldon residents were damaged in a chain-reaction accident on Tuesday, March 27 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:25 PM, 75-year-old Raymond Brink of Sheldon was eastbound on Highway 18, near 21st Avenue in a 1992 Ford pickup. Sixteen-year-old Michael Vote of Sheldon was eastbound on 18 in a 1997 Chevy pickup behind Brink. Sixteen-year-old Blake Mulder of Sheldon was also eastbound, behind Vote in a 1999 Chevy pickup.

The first two pickups were slowing to a stop for a road worker flagman who was stopping eastbound traffic. Mulder rear-ended the Vote pickup, which rear-ended the Brink pickup.

Brink’s Ford pickup received $500 damage. Vote’s Chevy pickup received $700 damage. Mulder’s Chevy pickup received $2000 damage.

There were no injuries.

Mulder was ticketed for Failure To Maintain Control.