Sheldon Police Release Statement On Suspicious Vehicle Sighting

Sheldon, Iowa — According to Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema, the incident on Tuesday night in which two girls observed a suspicious vehicle in Sheldon should NOT be termed an “attempted abduction”. He says his office does not have the evidence to support that conclusion at this time.

Here is the official release from the Sheldon Police:

“On 09-11-12 at approximately 9:30 PM, The Sheldon Police Department received a report of a suspicious person in the downtown area of Sheldon, Iowa. Two teenage girls were walking in that area when an older male subject with dark shaggy hair driving an older style silver mini-van with a dent in the back passengers’ side panel yelled something at them. He appeared to be watching them so the girls ran to the police station and called their parents. The parents later reported the incident to the Sheldon Police Department. No other information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”

Chief Bolkema says that now is the time to be cautious. He says that if you see a suspicious vehicle, try to get the license plate number if you can — but remember that it could just be a similar vehicle. However, for safety reasons, authorities are advising people not to approach a vehicle they think is suspicious, and to call 911.

Bolkema passed along some tips from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the most important things parents should tell children about safety:

  • Always check first with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything, or getting into a car with anyone.
  • Do not go out alone. Always take a friend with when going places or playing outside.
  • Say no if someone tries to touch you, or treats you in a way that makes you feel sad, scared, or confused. Get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
  • Tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult if you feel sad, scared, or confused.
  • There will always be someone to help you, and you have the right to be safe.

For more information, click here for the frequently asked questions page on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s web site.


Boyden Teen Taken To Hospital After Monday Accident Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — A Boyden teen was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hull on Monday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:55 PM, 15-year-old Justin Schmidt of Boyden was driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on 310th street, four miles east of Hull, when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a utility pole.

Schmidt was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by private vehicle.

The Pontiac sustained about $9,000 in damages. The utility pole, owned by Mid‐American Energy,
sustained about $2,000 in damages.

Schmidt was charged with failure to maintain control of vehicle and violation of conditions of a minor’s school license.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.


Another Possible Abduction Attempt — This Time In Spencer; Sheldon Principal Advises Caution

Spencer, Iowa — Authorities are still on the lookout for a man (or men) who is trying to lure children to his vehicle. Another abduction attempt has been reported — this one in Spencer.

According to Spencer Police, the suspicious vehicle was reported at 12:43 Tuesday afternoon from a grade school on the south end of Spencer. Two students were approached by a male who rolled his window down and said “Come here”. He allegedly left as two para-educators were on the grounds.

The vehicle is described as an older Dodge Caravan or similar make with a dent in the far back passenger side and two back windows tinted very dark.

The man driving was described as 60-70 yrs old, having facial hair like a beard and/or mustache, and wearing a baseball cap. The color of the cap is unknown.

Several schools again asked parents to tell their children not to talk to strangers and to talk about “stranger danger”.

KIWA News received this from Sheldon Middle School Principal, Cindy Barwick:

“In light of the recent concern with attempted abductions in the area, we would like to encourage parents to speak with their children about safely walking in and around Sheldon. Students are encouraged to pay attention to their surroundings and walk with a friend at all times. Another recommendation would be to have children check in with an adult when they do arrive at home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school office.”

Authorities advise that while the descriptions of the men involved in the attempted abductions in northwest Iowa is similar, it is not known if it is the same person or multiple people. They also say that if a man matching the description is seen, people are not to approach him, but to call 911.


Sioux Sheriff Seeks Public’s Help To Solve Maurice Burglary

Maurice, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to solve a burglary case.

On Monday, September 10, at 10:05 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an attempted residential burglary in progress at 4792 Highway 75, one mile south of Maurice. When deputies arrived a short time later, the suspect had already left the area. Two doors to the residence were damaged in an apparent attempt to gain entry into the house. The vehicle left the residence driving northbound on Highway 75.

The suspect is believed to have stopped at another residence about one mile away prior to attempting the burglary at the residence on Highway 75. In that incident, the suspect was met by the home owners and left after asking for directions.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a small, dark maroon or brown SUV, foreign unknown make and model with possible gray or silver bottom plastic trim. The unknown license plates were white and blue out of state plates. The suspect is described as a 30-35 year old white male, average build with glasses and short brown hair.

Anybody with information about this case is asked contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Minnesota Man Dies In Crash Near Sibley

Sibley, Iowa — A Minnesota man is dead after a crash near Sibley on Sunday evening.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 8:30 PM, 28-year-old Christopher Kadlec of McGrath, Minnesota was in Sibley, but was confused and took the southbound offramp, northbound onto southbound Highway 60. He failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle entered the ditch, rolling over.

A passenger in the vehicle, 29-year-old Nicholas Carlson of Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Kadlec and three other passengers, 54-year-old Mark Brune and 24-year-old Chay Brune, both of Hinkley, Minnesota; and 23-year-old Donald Nelson of Stanchfield, Minnesota; were transported to Osceola Community Hospital by ambulance. Kadlec and Mark Brune were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The trooper’s report goes on to say that the driver and three passengers who were not wearing seatbelts were completely or partially ejected from the vehicle.

The preliminary report did not list a damage estimate for the vehicle.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

ADDITION: The accident report did not give the exact location, but we have received confirmation from the Iowa State Patrol that, “The crash occurred on the northbound Highway 60 on ramp from Second Avenue, approximately one half mile south of Sibley.” Also, the passenger who was wearing the seatbelt exited the vehicle on his own power and made the 911 call.


Passenger Injured, Driver Charged With Several Charges In Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon woman was injured in an accident on August 31 in Sheldon, and the driver of the vehicle faces several charges. The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 11:00 AM, 31-year-old John Kamstra was westbound on Pine Street in a 2011 Ford.

The report says Kamstra lost control while making a left turn from pine street onto North Seventh Avenue and struck a light pole.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jillian Visser of Sheldon was injured in the crash.

The vehicle was found in a driveway a block east of the accident. The officer reports that Kamstra fled the scene of the accident. He was located at his home about a half hour later.

Kamstra’s Ford pickup received $1500 damage, and he is accused of operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an injury accident, failure to maintain control, and interference with official acts.

He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar. As a requirement of the leaving the scene charge, if he’s convicted, Kamstra’s license will be revoked.