Inwood Man Dies In Tractor Rollover Accident

Inwood, Iowa — An Inwood man has died from injuries sustained in a tractor accident in Inwood on Friday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday (5/25) at about 1:50 PM, officers from the sheriff’s office and the Iowa State Patrol, as well as Inwood emergency personnel were called to a tractor accident at the intersection of Madison Street and Oak Street in Inwood.

They report that 68-year-old Gerald Van Beek of Inwood was traveling south on Oak Street and made a right turn onto Madison Street when he lost control of the tractor. The tractor’s right tire left the ground and the tractor rolled over landing on top of Van Beek. He was transported to a helicopter landing area where he was pronounced dead.

The tractor, a 1955 McCormick Farmall 400 owned by Van Beek, received $1,500 in damage.

The Inwood Fire and Rescue personnel and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance assisted.

Visitation: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Address: Porter Funeral Home
1704 15th St.
Rock Valley, IA 51247

Service: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Address: Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

One Arrested In Boyden After Officers Say He Held 18-year-old Against Her Will

Boyden, Iowa — One individual was arrested in Boyden on Thursday after officers found he held an 18-year-old against her will.

On Thursday, May 24 in the 10 PM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was called to check if everything was OK at 604 Sheridan Street in Boyden.

When deputies arrived at the residence it was found that Drew Kersten had assaulted his 18 year old girlfriend and held her against her will.

Kersten was arrested for Serious Domestic Assault and False Imprisonment, both serious misdemeanors.

Sheldon Police Cover Four Accidents, Make Arrest, Take Vandalism Report

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department has been busy. They report four accidents, and an arrest — plus they took a vandalism report as well.

A Hereford, Arizona man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday, May 17 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about just before 4 PM, 23-year-old Christopher Tatsumi of Hereford, Arizona was westbound on Highway 18, near 19th Avenue in a 2007 GMC pickup. Eighteen-year-old Payge Blumeyer of Sheldon was also westbound on 18 in a 2002 Pontiac.

Tatsumi was approaching the intersection when his pickup was rear-ended by Blumeyer.

Tatsumi was transported to Sanford Sheldon by his grandmother.

Blumeyer’s Pontiac received $3000 damage.

Tatsumi’s GMC pickup was not damaged.

Blumeyer was charged with failure to have control.

A minivan and a pickup, both driven by Sheldon women were damaged in an accident on Monday, May 21 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:20 AM, 31-year-old Diana Lerma of Sheldon was southbound on Washington Avenue, near East Sixth Street in a 2005 Chrysler. Twenty-Eight-year-old Crystallyn Sterler of Sheldon was southbound also on Washington in a 2005 Ford pickup.

Sterler’s pickup was facing southbound waiting to make a left turn onto East Sixth. Lerma was behind Sterler, but thought Sterler’s vehicle was parked, so she tried to pass. At that time, Sterler made the turn and Lerma’s minivan collided with Sterler’s pickup.

Lerma’s minivan and Sterler’s pickup received $2800 damage, each.

There were no injuries.

Lerma was charged with unsafe passing.

Three cars were damaged in a chain-reaction accident in Sheldon on Wednesday, May 16.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:25 PM, 67-year-old Carol Buteyn (BYOO-tine) of Sanborn was eastbound on Highway 18, near the Pamida driveway in a 2006 Toyota. Eighty-four-year-old Merlynn Miller of Sheldon was also eastbound on 18, in front of Buteyn in a 2004 Ford pickup. In front of him was 45-year-old Kathryn Groen of Sanborn in a 2010 Ford.

Groen was making a left turn into the Pamida driveway. Miller was waiting for Groen to complete the turn, and was rear-ended by Buteyn who was unable to stop in time. That caused Miller’s pickup to strike Groen’s car too.

Buteyn’s car sustained about $5000 in damages. Miller’s pickup sustained about $1500 in damages, and Groen’s car only had about $500 in damages.

No one was transported to the hospital.

Buteyn was charged with failure to maintain control.

A van and a semi, both driven by Sheldon men were damaged in an accident on Monday, May 21 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 11:35 AM, 22-year-old Austin Fischer of Sheldon was eastbound on Highway 18 just west of the Old 60 intersection in a 2010 Ford van, stopped at the stop sign. Fifty-four-year-old Leroy Kreykes of Sheldon had pulled the tractor portion of the 1995 Freightliner semi he was driving onto 18, from the west side of the Casey’s parking lot, behind Fischer.

Fischer noticed another semi making a left turn in front of him from northbound on Old 60 to westbound on 18, and Fischer backed up to give the semi more room. That’s when he backed into the semi driven by Kreykes, which had pulled in behind him.

The vehicles received $2000 damage, each.

There were no injuries.

In other police news, the City of Sheldon reports that sometime between Tuesday, May 15 and Monday, May 21, someone damaged a park bench on the Rec Trail. The damage was estimated at $100.

Plus, the police report one arrest. They arrested 41-year-old Jamison Engelkes of Sheldon on Tuesday on a Dickinson County warrant for the original charges of Second Degree Burglary and Second Degree Theft.

Two Vehicles Damaged, Two Charged In Accident South Of Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident on Wednesday, south of Rock Rapids.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department along with the Rock Rapids Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident a mile south of the south edge of town on Highway 75. Twenty-six-year-old Drew Alan Spykerboer of Beaver Creek, MN was attempting to make a left hand turn into a driveway when he was rear ended by 40-year-old Donna Mae Knoblock of Rock Rapids. No injuries were reported.

Spykerboer was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup and his vehicle sustained $6,000.00 in damage and the 2006 Toyota mini van driven by Knoblock was considered a total loss.

Knoblock was cited for failure to stop in a safe assured distance and Spykerboer was cited for no insurance.

Two Spirit Lake Men Sentenced In Rock Rapids Theft Case

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two Spirit Lake men will do jail time and probation among other penalties after they were convicted of the theft of items stolen from a Rock Rapids apartment in April.

Lyon County Attorney Carl Petersen’s office reports that 24-year-old Bryce James Morris Robinson and 26-year-old Jeremy Monroe Maynard, both of Spirit Lake have been sentenced to Theft in the 3rd Degree.

These convictions stem from complaints filed in April 2012 that stated on April 13, 2012 Robinson, Maynard, and another accomplice broke a window in an apartment in Rock Rapids and removed a TV, a laptop computer, and prescription drugs.

Robinson has been sentenced to a year in jail with all but twenty-five days suspended and he will serve one year of probation. Robinson has been ordered to pay a fine, statutory surcharge, court costs, court-appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution.

Meanwhile, Maynard has been sentenced to a year in jail with all but seventy-five days suspended and will serve a year on probation as well. Maynard was also ordered to pay a fine, statutory surcharge, court costs, court-appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution.

Sioux City Man Arrested After Traffic Stop Near Hospers

Hospers, Iowa — A Sioux City man was arrested on Tuesday (5/22), after a traffic stop near Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that evening, they arrested 35-year-old Armando Reyes of Sioux City. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that took place on Highway 60, two miles south of Hospers. During the traffic stop, a deputy found that Reyes had a suspended license and no insurance for the vehicle.

Driving while suspended and no insurance are both simple misdemeanors.