NW Iowa Man Dies In Crash In SW Minnesota

Adrian, Minnesota — A northwest Iowa man was killed, and his wife was injured, Saturday night in a rollover accident on Interstate-90 in southwest Minnesota.

The Minnesota State Patrol says at around 9:35 PM, a 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer driven by 22-year-old Austin Skyberg of Estherville was eastbound on I-90 near Adrian when the vehicle entered the median, Skyberg overcorrected and the vehicle rolled. Skyberg was killed in the accident. A passenger, 26-year-old Joy Skyberg of Estherville, was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The Trailblazer was totaled.


Maurice Man Taken To Hospital After Motorcycle Accident Near Orange City

Orange City, Iowa — A Maurice man was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Saturday near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 10:15 PM, 45-year-old Jon Van Peursem of Maurice was driving a 2004 Harley‐Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 10, three quarters of a mile east of Highway 75, four miles west of Orange City, when two deer entered the roadway. Van Peursem slowed down to avoid the first deer but was unable to avoid the second deer, colliding with it.

The Orange City Ambulance transported Van Peursem to the Orange City Hospital.

The Harley‐Davidson sustained about $5,000 in damages.

The Maurice First Responders and the Orange City Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Paullina Police Just Now Release Report Of Six People Being Arrested On Drug Charges In Paullina

Paullina, Iowa — On Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, as part of an ongoing investigation, the Paullina Police Department applied for and was granted search warrants.

That evening, with the assistance of the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and the Sutherland Police Department, a search was begun at 317 South Maple Street in Paullina.

As a result of the warrants, items were removed from the house which matched the description of property reported as stolen from local residents late last year in a continuing burglary investigation. Additionally, evidence was found and seized which pertained to the manufacture, possession and use of marijuana.

Six individuals who were present and living at the residence were detained and subsequently arrested and transported to the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar:

– Nathan Oldenkamp on Manufacture of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

– Hannah Garza on Manufacture of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

– Jeffery Oldenkamp on Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

– Courtney Banut on Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;

– Johnathan Oldenkamp on Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Stolen Property;

– Tyler St. Pierre on Manufacture of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age.

Based on information and evidence gathered at the scene, an arrest warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana was issued on Arturo Casillas, another resident of the house not present at the time of the search. He was subsequently arrested on the warrant on May 23rd.

The charges of Manufacture of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp are class D felonies. Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana and Possession of Stolen Property are serious misdemeanors, while Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age are simple misdemeanors.

All individuals had an Initial Appearance before the O’Brien County Magistrate. All were later released on bond, and will have a future appearance in District Court.


Granville Man Arrested On Felony Burglary Charge

Granville, Iowa — A Granville man has been arrested on a felony burglary charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday (6/21), their officers arrested 37-year-old John Nelson of Granville for Third Degree Burglary, a class D Felony; and Fifth Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor.

The arrest stemmed from a burglary that occurred at a place on Lily Avenue, two miles west of Granville, on the early morning hours of June 16.

During the investigation it was found that a hay feeder and horse halters were allegedly stolen from a barn.

The stolen property is valued at about $200.


Illegal Alien Living In Sioux County To Do Four Years In Prison

Sioux City, Iowa — An illegal alien living in Sioux County will do 46 months in federal prison, after he illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico.

The Justice Department reports that 26-year-old Erick Hernandez-Hernandez from Mexico received the prison term after he pled guilty in March to one count of illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon.

Hernandez-Hernandez admitted he was deported from the United States on December 30, 2009.

The feds found out he had re-entered the country when they were advised that he was in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City for forgery this past February.

Hernandez-Hernandez was previously convicted of identity theft and forgery in 2009. Also in 2009, he was convicted of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver cocaine.

There is no parole in the federal system.


Sheldon Police Handle One Theft and Two Property Damage Reports, Two Arrests, and Four Accidents

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

Someone on 11th Street reported that sometime on this past Saturday or Sunday (6-16 or 6-17) someone damaged two lantern-type lights on their property, valued at $200.

Someone from the Northwest Iowa Mental Health Center in Spencer reported that the windshield on their 2010 Chevy Cobalt was damaged when it was parked at the Seasons Center on Third Avenue. It was valued at about $300.

The police arrested 41-year-old Jamison Engelkes of Sheldon on Monday (6/18) and charged him with public intoxication.

They arrested 23-year-old Aaron Berger of Sheldon on Tuesday (6/19) on a Black Hawk County Warrant.

Both Engelkes and Berger were taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

On Monday (6/18), someone on Sunrise Court reported that someone had taken their DeWalt wood planer, valued at $600.


An Archer woman’s minivan and a Sheldon woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Friday (6-15) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:30 PM, 58-year-old Charmain Gesink of Archer was northbound on Fourth Avenue, in a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country. Twenty-five-year-old Lindsay Hoeppner of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in a 1999 Chevy Cavalier.

Gesink had stopped for the stop sign for Highway 18, and proceeded north. As she proceeded through the intersection, the Hoeppner vehicle struck hers.

Gesink’s Chrysler received $500 damage. Hoeppner’s Chevy received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries.

Gesink was charged with failure to yield after stopping.


A Sheldon man’s minivan and a parked pickup were damaged in an accident early on Sunday (6/17) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 2:05 AM, 34-year-old Darwin Hohbach of Sheldon was westbound on Pine Street in a 2005 Dodge. A 1999 Chevy pickup owned by Thomas Butler was legally-parked on the eastbound side of Pine.

Hohbach crossed the center of the street and collided with the parked pickup.

Hohbach’s Dodge received $4500 damage. Butler’s Chevy received $3500 damage.

There were no injuries.

Hohbach was charged with failure to maintain control and second offense Operating While Intoxicated.


A Sanborn woman’s minivan and a Sheldon man’s car were damaged in an accident on Monday (6/18) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 12:10 PM, 84-year-old Ione Grogan of Sanborn was backing southbound from a parking spot at the Fareway Store in a 2008 Chrysler. Sixty-year-old Daniel Hall of Sheldon was westbound in the driving lane of the parking lot in a 2000 Oldsmobile.

Grogan stated she looked back, but didn’t see Hall’s vehicle, so she backed out. When she did, the report says she struck the Hall Olds.

Grogan’s Chrysler received $1000 damage. Hall’s Oldsmobile received $1200 damage.

There were no injuries and no charges were filed.


A Sheldon teen’s car and a Sheldon man’s car were damaged in an accident on Tuesday (6/19) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 9:10 PM, 16-year-old Chaz DeRocher of Sheldon was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 1997 Mercury. Thirty-one-year-old William Graham of Sheldon was westbound on 18 in a 2004 Chevy.

DeRocher was making a left turn onto Washington Avenue and turned into the Graham Chevy. The airbags in both vehicles deployed.

DeRocher’s Mercury received $1000 damage. Graham’s Chevy received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries.

The report notes that DeRocher’s vision was obscured by headlights. He was charged with failure to yield upon left turn.