Rock Valley, Iowa — Two Hull teens were taken by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident on Friday afternoon near Rock Valley.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:45 PM, 23-year-old Dustin Vanderbrink of Rock Rapids was driving a 1994 Peterbuilt straight truck southbound on Garfield Avenue, three miles northeast of Rock Valley. Seventeen-year-old Ryan Lamfers of Hull was driving a 1991 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Garfield Avenue. Vanderbrink was in the process of making a left onto a farm driveway when he struck the Lamfers vehicle on the roadway.
Ryan Lamfers and a passenger in his vehicle, 14-year-old Colby Lamfers of Hull were both transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Rock Valley ambulance. Both had sustained serious injuries and were later airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by the Sanford Trauma 1 and Avera McKennan Careflight helicopters.
The Peterbuilt sustained approximately $7,000 in damages. The Pontiac sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.
Vanderbrink was cited for failing to yield the right of way upon making a left turn.
The Rock Valley Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
Ireton, Iowa — A Sioux City man was arrested after an accident near Ireton on Tuesday (12/18).
The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that just after 8 AM, 25-year-old Shannon Chaffins of Le Mars was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 northbound on Dipper Avenue, six miles southwest of Ireton. Twenty-four-year-old Milton Ramirez‐De La Rosa of Sioux City was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina northbound behind Chaffins.
De La Rosa attempted to pass Chaffins when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck the Pontiac. The Chevrolet then entered the west ditch where it struck an electric utility pole.
Ramirez‐De La Rosa fled the scene of the accident on foot; deputies apprehended him a short time later walking a mile and a half east of the accident location in the middle of a field.
Ramirez‐De La Rosa was arrested for interference with official acts, no insurance, failure to maintain control, no driver’s license and improper use of registration.
The Chevrolet sustained approximately $500 in damages. The Pontiac sustained approximately $1,000 in damages. The electric utility pole, owned by the rural electric cooperative, sustained approximately $400 in damages.
Everly, Iowa — A man and woman from Sheldon were injured in an accident on Wednesday (12/19) near Everly.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:05 AM, 56-year-old Michael Casuscelli was southbound on 100th Avenue — the county line road between O’Brien and Clay County, near Moneta in a 2012 Ford Focus. That’s about two miles south and three east of Everly.
When he approached the intersection of 360th Street, Casuscelli thought the roadway ended and took evasive action. He lost control and the Ford entered the southeast ditch. It became airborne, landing on its top and rolling back to rest on its wheels.
Casuscelli and a passgenger in the vehicle, 59-year-old Janet Casuscelli of Sheldon were transported to the Spencer Hospital.
Casuscelli’s Ford received $16,000 damage.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Everly rescue and Spencer Hospital.
Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman has been ordered to complete a drug court program for possessing methamphetamine – third offense.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 40-year-old Pauline Rebecca McDonald of Hospers has been sentenced for the crime of Possession of Methamphetamine, Third Offense, a Class D Felony.
On May 30, 2012, a concerned citizen contacted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office to express concerns that McDonald was using illegal drugs. Officers responded to McDonald’s residence in Hospers. McDonald was cooperative with the officers and allowed the officers to search her home. The search revealed methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. McDonald was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense based upon prior convictions. On December 17, 2012, McDonald pled guilty and was sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term. The prison term was suspended and McDonald was placed on probation for three years. As a special condition of probation, McDonald must attend and successfully complete a Drug Court program.
Drug Court is a special court given responsibility to handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives. Drug Court offers individuals facing criminal charges for drug use and possession an opportunity to enter a substance abuse recovery program in lieu of straight jail or prison time. Drug court candidates are drug tested frequently, must attend substance abuse recovery meetings, and make regular court appearances in order to abide by the requirements of Drug Court.
Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:
On Tuesday (12/18), officers apprehended 69-year-old Thomas Snyder of Sheldon and charged him with Second Offense OWI. He was also taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.
On Monday (12/17), officers took 23-year-old Brandon Priester into custody at the RTF on an RTF Hold Order. He was transported to jail in Primghar.
On Sunday (12/16), they arrested 18-year-old Alexis Smithson of Sheldon and charged her with Public Intoxication and Person Under The Legal Age In Possession Of Alcohol. She too was transported to Jail in Primghar.
Beresford and Elk Point, SD — A slippery I-29 caused two fatal accidents just across the boarder in South Dakota on Tuesday (12/18).
An Akron woman died in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 about 12 miles south of Beresford on Tuesday.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 38-year-old Tonya Marie Anderson of Akron was driving north in a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado when the vehicle went out of control. The roadway was slippery from freezing drizzle. The vehicle entered the median and rolled. Anderson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle and received fatal injuries.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted the patrol.
And an Emery, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 about a mile south of Elk Point on Tuesday.
The Highway Patrol reports that 27-year-old Angela Beth Snoozy was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 M northbound when her vehicle went out of control and crossed the median into the southbound lane. It struck a 2006 Peterbilt garbage truck driven by 49-year-old Loren Harold Fischer of Vermillion. The roadway was slippery from freezing drizzle in the area.
Snoozy, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her vehicle and received fatal injuries. Fischer was wearing a seatbelt. He was uninjured.
A secondary, non-injury crash occurred when a third vehicle struck the engine assembly of the Chrysler, which had been dislodged in the crash with the truck.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating this accident as well.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Elk Point Police Department, Elk Point Fire/Emergency Medical Service, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Department of Transportation assisted the Highway Patrol.