Ashton Man Arrested On Public Intox Charge In Hospers

(Hospers, Iowa) An Ashton man has been arrested on a public intox charge in Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Sunday (4/15), their deputies arrested 23-year-old Theodore Douglas Wood of Ashton at 213 Main Street in Hospers for public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from call received by the Sioux County Communications Center that a disturbance was taking place near the Hospers Public Library. Upon further investigation, it was found that Wood was intoxicated.


Ida Grove Man, Hull Woman, Sioux Center Man Charged In Theft Case

(Sioux Center, Iowa) An Ida Grove man, a Hull woman, and a Sioux Center man have been arrested in connection with a theft case.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday (April 14), they conducted an investigation into a tip regarding the theft of a motor vehicle that contained stolen merchandise. As a result of the investigation, deputies were able to locate the stolen property in Sioux Center. The property had been taken hours earlier from a residence near Battle Creek.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old David Turner Jr. of Ida Grove for operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, and driving without a license, a simple misdemeanor. They also arrested 38-year-old Cheryl Martinez of Hull for Aiding and Abetting in the theft, an aggravated misdemeanor, and 22-year-old Tyler Sandbulte of Sioux Center for Theft in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

The investigation is ongoing as deputies continue to assist the Ida County Sheriff’s Office with the case. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.


Sioux Sheriff Investigates Hospers Park Vanalism

(Hospers, Iowa) The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vandalism that occurred at the Southside Park in Hospers, IA. Sometime between Thursday, April 12 and Monday, April 16 someone kicked in two doors located on the west side of the shelter house. These doors access the men’s and women’s shower rooms. There was about $150 in damages caused by the vandalism. It appears that there is more than one person involved. If anyone has information concerning this crime they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737‐ 3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office text‐a‐tip program. You may remain anonymous.


Sheldon Police Report Arrests, Gas Drive Off, Theft, And Two Accidents

(Sheldon, Iowa) In the Sheldon Police Report

The police arrested 33-year-old Rhonda Bute of Sheldon on a warrant for fraud.


They arrested 47-year-old Thomas Doherty of Sheldon on Saturday for Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a class D Felony. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.


Someone at the RTF reported someone there stole $50 in cash from them on Saturday.


Someone at one of the Casey’s on Old 60 reported that sometime between 10 AM and 2 PM, someone stole their wallet. The wallet contained a savings account card, a driver’s license, and $342 in cash.


The City of Sheldon reports that sometime on the 7th, one of the stopsigns at Washington Avenue and 16th Street was damaged or destroyed, as was the bi-directional sign at Washington Avenue and 14th Street. The signs were valued at $50, each.


The police arrested 45-year-old Fernando Vasquez-Petatan of Sheldon on the 9th, for driving without a license. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.


The Casey’s store at 504 Second Avenue reported a gas drive off on the 9th. The gas was put into a maroon Jeep. It was valued at $45.


A Sheldon teen’s car was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, April 11 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 7:45 AM, 18-year-old Samantha Lemmon of Sheldon was eastbound on Elm Court, in a 2001 Chevy.

Lemmon says she was blinded by the sun. She failed to stop at a stop sign, and panic braked. The car then hit the curb on the east side of Union Avenue, travelled over the sidewalk and hit a cemetery headstone in East Lawn Cemetery.

Lemmon’s Chevy received $1200 damage. The headstone, owned by Richard and Anna Wolbrink was valued at $1500.

There were no injuries.

Lemmon was charged with no insurance and failure to maintain control.


A Sheldon teen’s SUV, a garage, and a parked car were damaged in an accident on April 9 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:00 PM, 18-year-old Mitchell McDonald of Sheldon was backing westbound on Elm Court, in a 2002 Ford Escape.

McDonald said that his tire caught the curb, causing him to lose control. The back end of his vehicle hit a garage belonging to the Christian Retirement Home. Also, when the SUV struck the garage, it knocked over some items in the garage, which fell onto a 2005 Buick LeSabre belonging to Katherine Muilenburg. The items scratched the paint on the hood. The damage was estimated at over $900.

McDonald’s Ford received $1800 damage. The garage sustained about $1640 in damage.

There were no injuries.

McDonald was cited for failure to maintain control.


Sioux County Sheriff Looking For More Information On Mannequin Head Found On Hull Yard

(Hull, Iowa) The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out more about a mannequin head that was found on the yard of a home in Hull.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report on Friday, April 6. Sheriff’s officials believe the head was thrown from a vehicle, onto the yard, sometime during the overnight hours of April 5 into April 6. This mannequin had a full beard and the base of the head is green in color. This style of mannequin is commonly used for hair stylist training.

What’s more disturbing is the words, “Sioux County Sheriff” and a Swastika were written on the neck using a black marker. There was also a stainless steel knife with an 8-inch blade inserted into the forehead.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they’re asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737-3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office text-a-tip. You can remain anonymous using text-a-tip. Find out more about it at siouxcountysheriff.com.


Storm Lake Man Faces Additional Charges After He Allegedly Taped People In His Bathroom

(Storm Lake, Iowa) A Storm Lake man is facing more charges after a camera was allegedly found in his bathroom.

According to court records, 30-year-old Shanon Pranschke was charged with invasion of privacy and interference with official acts in late March after the camera and several videos of people in various states of undress were found in his home. The people in the videos are believed to have been guests in Pranschke’s home.

On Thursday, Pranschke was additionally charged with filming the sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.