Drug Paraphernalia Charge Against Sheldon Man Dropped

Orange City, Iowa — A criminal charge against a Sheldon man has been dropped.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Leroy Raffaelli of Sheldon on March 30th, during a traffic stop on Highway 75, four miles south of Sioux Center. Raffaelli was accused of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

According to court records, the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge levied against Raffaelli was dismissed by Sioux County Judge Dan Pluim on May 1.

KIWA News would like to remind all listeners that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Pickup And Trailer Recovered From River Near Akron

Akron, Iowa — A pickup and trailer were found submerged in the Big Sioux River near Akron on Wednesday (5/2).

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they were advised of a vehicle in the river on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies responded to the area where the river meets 180th Street, where the pickup and trailer were found, submerged. The Plymouth County Rescue and Recovery Diver was dispatched and worked with Northside Towing from Hawarden to remove the vehicle.

The pickup was a 2001 Ford F150 and the trailer was a 2004 Nationwide, both owned by Thomas Vermulm of Hawarden. It is believed that the vehicle and trailer had been backed in to remove a boat from the river. The driver had left the vehicle in gear when he got out. The vehicle then rolled into the river.

There were no injuries.

No vehicle fluids appeared to have been released into the river.

Crews were on scene for a little under an hour and a half.


High Thunderstorm Winds Cause Semi Rollover Near Primghar Tuesday Evening

Primghar, Iowa — An empty livestock semi trailer was blown over by the wind on Tuesday evening.

According to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, about 9:30 Tuesday evening in the 3600 block of Redwing Avenue, north and west of Primghar an empty livestock semi trailer was apparently blown over by strong west winds estimated at 65 miles per hour.

The semi driver had minor injuries but was not transported.

Redwing Avenue remained closed to traffic until Wednesday morning when the semi and trailer were righted.


Ashton Man Arrested In Hull After Disturbance On Saturday Night

Hull, Iowa — An Ashton man has been arrested in Hull after a disturbance on Saturday night.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Officials report that in the 7 PM hour, they responded to a domestic disturbance that took place at a home on Chestnut Drive in Hull. During the investigation it was found that 29-year-old Jacob Schneidermann of Ashton was allegedly intoxicated and was involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend. He also allegedly caused a disturbance on a public roadway.

Schneidermann was arrested by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office for public intoxication, and interference with official acts, both simple misdemeanors; supplying alcohol to an underage person, a serious misdemeanor, and on a Plymouth County arrest warrant.

During the investigation, 18-year-old Tiffany June of Sheldon was also cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, a simple misdemeanor.

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


Sioux County Sheriff Seeks Information On Accident On Friday On Highway 75 North Of Hull

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more information and one of the people involved in an accident last week.

On Friday, April 27 at 11:35 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, two and a half miles northwest of Hull, IA.

Steven Janssen, age 55, of Le Mars, IA was driving a 2011 Ford F150 northbound on Highway 75 when he met a black pickup, unknown make or model, going southbound. The two vehicles collided with each other’s mirrors.

The person in the black pickup did not stop and was unable to be located.

No injuries were reported.

Janssen’s vehicle sustained approximately $300 in damages.

If you have any information about this accident, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737-3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff text-a-tip program. You may remain anonymous.


Three Arrested Separately In Sheldon, But All For Driving Under Suspension

Sheldon, Iowa — Three people were arrested in Sheldon over the weekend, all for driving while their driver’s licenses were suspended.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that on Friday evening in the 9 PM hour, one of their officers arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Cain of Sheldon for driving under suspension.

They report that just after midnight Saturday morning, they arrested 21-year-old Patrick Hunt of Sheldon for driving under suspension.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, about 10 minutes to 3, they arrested 25-year-old Job Mendoza-Mendoza of Sheldon, also for driving under suspension.

All three were taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.