Sheldon Police Cover Several Incidents, Accidents

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

Someone on Oak Street reported on Friday, August 17 that someone damaged their door in the 8 AM hour. It was valued at $150. That same day, the police cited 21-year-old Breana Richardson. She was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree in connection with the damage to the door.

Eight people were charged with underage drinking early on Sunday the 19th. They include

  • 20-year-old Alex Rodriguez of Worthington
  • 19-year-old Niki Xayboutda of Sheldon
  • 18-year-old Justine Trijeque of Sheldon
  • 18-year-old Jesus Soto of Worthington
  • 19-year-old Javier Martinez of Worthington
  • A 17-year-old boy from Orange City
  • A 15-year-old boy from Denison
  • 18-year-old E. J. Medina of Hawarden

Medina was also charged with interference with official acts.

Four broken windows were reported in the report.

One was alleged to have happened sometime on the weekend of the 18th at a Seventh Avenue Address. It was valued at $150.

One was alleged to have happened on Wednesday the 22nd at an address on South Second Avenue. The window was a two-pane version — and both panes broke. The window was valued at $200.

Another window was broken sometime before Monday, August 20th. This one was at an address on Washington Avenue. The single-pane window was valued at $50.

The last of the four broken windows happened on Wednesday, August 22nd, at an address on Eighth Street. The window was the back window on a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The value was not listed.


Vehicles driven by two Sheldon teens were damaged in an accident on Friday, August 17th in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:25 PM, 15-year-old Travis Buyert of Sheldon was southbound on 19th Avenue, in a 2000 Ford, and was slowing down because of traffic ahead of him. Sixteen-year-old Tanner Whitsell of Sheldon was also southbound on 19th Avenue, behind Buyert in a 2000 Jeep.

Whitsell rear-ended the Buyert vehicle.

Buyert’s Ford received $1000 damage. Whitsell’s Jeep received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Whitsell was charged with failure to maintain control.


A Primghar woman’s car and a Sibley woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Saturday, August 18 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 1:45 PM, a 1999 Ford, owned by Angelica Hodgen of Primghar was parked in a parking space in front of 301 Tenth Street. Fifty-four-year-old Evedeliza Minten of Sibley was westbound on Tenth Street in a 2004 Dodge.

Minten turned from Tenth Street into the parking spaces and lost control, striking the Hodgen car.

Hodgen’s Ford received $1500 damage, as did Minten’s Dodge.

Minten was charged with failure to maintain control.


The police arrested 22-year-old Adam Miler on Saturday, August 25. They charged him with disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

Also, the owners of Dairy Dandy reported that someone stole about $8 in quarters from their shop. The quarters all had dates of 1968 to 1971.

And someone on Eighth Avenue reported the theft of a motorcycle key.


Ocheyedan Man To Serve Jail Sentence, Probation After Pleading Guilty To Felony Drunk Driving

Sibley, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man will serve a jail sentence and probation among other penalties after he was convicted of felony operating while intoxicated.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 56-year-old Dean Robert Niswander of Ocheyedan pled guilty last week to Operating While Intoxicated, Third or Subsequent Offense, a Class “D” Felony.

Niswander was ordered to pay a total fine of over $4500, court costs and restitution of any court-appointed attorney. He was also sentenced to a five-year prison term, with all time suspended except for thirty (30) days. He will also serve two years probation and undergo substance abuse treatment. He must also obtain a sponsor.

On August 3, 2012, Niswander was stopped on Main Street in Ocheyedan for driving a golf cart without lights after dark. During the course of the stop, an Osceola County Deputy determined Niswander was drunk. Niswander failed sobriety tests and tested over .08.


Car Versus Deer Accident Damages Boyden Man’s SUV

Sheldon, Iowa — On Sunday, August 26 at 7:52 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on McKinley Avenue, one mile north of Sheldon.

Michael Den Hartog, age 35, of Boyden, IA was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer southbound on McKinley Avenue when a deer entered the roadway and the two collided.

No injuries were reported.

The Ford sustained approximately $800 in damages.


Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Covers Several Accidents, Incidents, and Arrests

*August 24, 2012, Matthew Melvin Simons, age 40 of Melvin, Iowa, pled guilty to, two (2) counts of No Driver’s License, both Simple Misdemeanors. The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $875.00, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any. For both offenses, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty (30) days, with 25 days suspended. The Defendant is placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years with each jail sentence to be served concurrently. On January 6, 2012, Matthew Simons was stopped on Olive Avenue and 220th Street. A check of his driving record showed he did not have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle.

August 24, 2012, at 8:00am, Kevin Wollmuth, age 45 of Sibley, Iowa, was driving a 2009 Ford Explorer owned by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, westbound on 5th Street, west of 10th Avenue in Sibley, Iowa. Stanley Jansen, age 69 of Sibley, Iowa, was attempting to pull into traffic on 5th Street in a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina. Jansen struck the Osceola County Sheriff’s vehicle in the passenger side, causing approximately $2,000 damage. Jansen’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

*August 24, 2012, Brooke Ashley Mejia, age 25 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, pled guilty to Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor; Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Identity Theft, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $2,766.25, the cost of this action, restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution, if any. On the Assault charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty (30) days; on the Intoxication charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of ninety (90) days; and on the Identity Theft charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of one-hundred eighty (180) days, with all time suspended except for twenty-seven (27) days already served consecutively on all charges. The Defendant is placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years. The Defendant shall undergo a substance abuse evaluation and comply with the treatment recommendations. On July 27, 2012, Brooke Mejia was stopped on 5th Street & 2nd Avenue for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop, an Osceola County deputy could smell an odor of alcohol on Mejia breath. Mejia failed sobriety tests and tested over .08. Mejia also provided the deputy with a fictitious name, signed a citation with that name, and then admitted she lied when question about her name. A check of Mejia’s driving record showed there were (2) outstanding warrants for her arrest. An Osceola County Warrant for Assault committed on June 17, 2012, in which Mejia struck a female victim several times in the face, and a Nobles County, Minnesota warrant. Mejia was extradited to Nobles County, Minnesota .

August 23, 2012, at 1:40pm, Donna Smidt, age 55 of Sibley, Iowa, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina from a parking stall in the Super Foods parking lot in Sibley, Iowa, and caught the door to a legally parked 2007 Chevrolet Impala while pulling forward. The Impala, owned by Dennis Bosma of Ocheyedan, Iowa, sustained approximately $2,000 damage. Smidt’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

August 22, 2012, at 4:50am, Kevin Lane, age 52 of George, Iowa, was driving a 2012 International semi, westbound on Hwy 9, west of Oriole Avenue and struck two (2) cows on the roadway. The semi, owned by McCormack Transportation of Rock Rapids, Iowa, sustained approximately $2,000 damage. The two (2) purebred cows, owned by Ernest Gradert of Sibley, Iowa, sustained approximately $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

August 22, 2012, at 5:10pm, Carol Oliver, age 75 of Rock Rapids, Iowa, was driving a 2012 Dodge Caravan, southbound through the Sibley Nursing and Rehab parking lot in Sibley, Iowa. Kayla Leckband, age 20 of Ocheyedan, Iowa, was backing a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix from a parking space in the Sibley Nursing and Rehab parking lot and backed into Oliver’s vehicle. Leckband’s vehicle sustained approximately $350 damage. Oliver’s vehicle sustained approximately $3,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

August 17, 2012, at 11:00am, Amanda Hibma, age 19 of Harris, Iowa, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, southbound on Yew Avenue, north of Hwy 9 and lost control on the loose gravel where the vehicle entered the west ditch and came to rest on its side in a corn field. Hibma’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,000 damage. The corn field, owned by Steve Bosma, sustained approximately $500 damage. No injuries were reported.


South Dakota Man Now Charged In Iowa After Three-County Chase

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A police pursuit that started in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, came into Lyon County, Iowa, and ended in Lincoln County, South Dakota, has resulted in four felony charges in Lyon County for a South Dakota man.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against 34-year-old Tyson Shawn Wessels of Chancellor, SD. The charges are Eluding, Possession of Stolen Property, Assualt on a Peace Officer, and Assault While Participating in a Felony. All four charges are Class D Felonies.

The charges stem from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office receiving a request from the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in a pursuit on Friday, August 17. Minnehaha County was pursuing a stolen pickup that went into Iowa. With the help of GPS the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office located the pickup parked on Birch Avenue near 220th Street. When a Deputy approached the pickup the driver backed into his patrol car. A pursuit followed and the driver — Wessels — was apprehended in Lincoln County, South Dakota.

He is charged in Minnehaha County with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and third degree burglary. He faces charges in Lincoln County as well.

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Accident Near Lester Damages Pickups Driven By Two Rural Rock Rapids Men

The Lyon County Sheriff’s office investigated a two vehicle accident that happened on Friday August 24, 2012 at approximately 10:47 am three miles northeast of Lester.

Rod Delfs, age 40, of rural Rock Rapids was driving a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup westbound on 130th Street and Bruce Hasche, age 50, of rural Rock Rapids was driving a 1992 Chevrolet 2500 pickup southbound on Eagle Avenue.

The two vehicles collided in the intersection. Hasche’s vehicle entered the southwest ditch, rolled one time, and struck an electrical box owned by Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative before coming to a rest. Delfs’ vehicle spun and came to rest facing southeast.

No injuries were reported.

The 1992 Chevrolet pickup being driven by Hasche was totaled with estimated damage of $5,000. Delfs’ 2000 Ford pickup received about $10,000 in damages, and the electrical box received about $1,500 in damages.

Delfs was issued a citation for Failure to Yield to a Vehicle on the Right, a simple misdemeanor.