Mapleton Man Shot Second Time, More Questions Raised

A Mapleton man who authorities allege made up a story about being shot and then had someone shoot him — has been shot again.

Authorities won’t say much about this second shooting, but they do say they are NOT looking for suspects at this time.

The man is 32-year-old Darren Hieber of Mapleton. According to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation or DCI, Hieber was found at his home early Thursday morning with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities responded in February to the report of a burglary at a truck stop. It was later alleged by authorities that Hieber made the whole story up and had one of his employees, 24-year-old Brady Chapman, shoot him. They say it was to gain sympathy from Hieber’s estranged wife.

For that incident, he was charged with Conspiracy, Reckless Use of a Firearm and False Reporting. Chapman faces Reckless Use of a Firearm, Willful Injury and False Reporting.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Skid Loader Theft

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened to two skid loaders that appear to have been stolen from a rural Hull implement dealer.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Van’s Implement on Thursday, and they reported that two skid loaders were stolen during the early morning hours of March 7. Upon
further investigation it was discovered that the skid loaders were driven off of the dealership lot and into a field, where they were later loaded onto a trailer. The skid loaders are both equipped with tracks.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is requested to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.
The phone number to call is 712-737-3307. You can also contact them via anonymous text or email. Details can be found at

Sheldon Police Investigate Three Accidents, Make Two Arrests Recently

A Sheldon woman’s PT Cruiser was damaged in an accident on Monday (3/5) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 11:35 AM, 31-year-old Murray Drohman of Sheldon was westbound on Eleventh Street, in a 1963 Ford. Eighty-four-year-old Clarice Kreykes of Sheldon was northbound on Eighth Avenue in a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The officer’s report says Kreykes went through the yield sign, not seeing Drohman’s vehicle, and the vehicles collided.

Kreykes’s Chrysler PT Cruiser received $4500 damage. Drohman’s Ford was not damaged.

There were no injuries.

A Sheldon man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Wednesday (3/7) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 11:35 AM, 48-year-old Thomas Mook of Sheldon was backing eastbound from a yard in the 800 block of Union Avenue onto the street in a 1999 Nissan pickup. Sixty-eight-year-old Kenneth VerSteeg of Sheldon was southbound on Union Avenue in a 2006 Honda. The pickup struck the car as it was driving by.

VerSteeg’s Honda received $2000 damage. Mook’s Nissan was not damaged.

There were no injuries.

Mook was charged with unsafe backing.

A parked car was damaged in an accident on Thursday (3/8) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 9:15 AM, 68-year-old Robert Geels of Sheldon was backing northbound from a driveway on Seventh Street, in a 2005 Chevy. Sheila Miller’s 1998 Kia was legally-parked on Seventh Street. Geels backed into the parked car.

Miller’s Kia received $1800 damage. Geels’ pickup was not damaged.

He was charged with unsafe backing.

There were no injuries.

The Sheldon Police also apprehended two people recently.

On Thursday (3/8), they stopped 42-year-old Bobby Tankersley for driving while his license was suspended. He was cited and released.

Also on Thursday, they arrested 32-year-old Mark Wenck of Lidderdale, Iowa for Driving While Revoked For OWI. He was taken to the O’Brien County Jail.

Young Adults Charged With Alcohol Offenses Near Ashton

Three young northwest Iowa adults were charged with alcohol offenses after an incident on Sunday.

On Sunday March 4, 2012 an Osceola County deputy checked on a suspicious vehicle parked at an acreage north of Ashton on Nettle Avenue. Arrested in the incident was Heather Kruger, 22, of Little Rock, Devin Maker, 20, of Sibley, and Tyler Bremer, 19, of Ocheyedan. Kruger was charged with Providing Alcohol to Minors, a Serious Misdemeanor, Trespassing, Interference with Official Acts, Domestic Assault, and Open Container, all Simple Misdemeanors. Maker and Bremer were both charged with Interference with Official Acts and Person Under Legal Age. All three were released from the Osceola County after posting bond.

Storm Lake Man Injured In Accident Near Primghar

A Storm Lake man was injured in an accident on Sunday, March 4 near Primghar.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:00 AM, 33-year-old Agello Cham was northbound on Tanager Avenue, two miles west of Sutherland in a 1999 Lincoln Navigator.

The trooper reports that Cham failed to stop at the stop sign. The vehicle continued to travel onto the gravel road (Tanager Avenue), proceeding into the west ditch striking the stop ahead sign, several wooden fence posts, and a farm drive causing the vehicle to become airborne. It rolled several times. The vehicle came to rest on its top on a woven wire fence.

Cham was injured, and was taken to Cherokee Regional Medical Center by Sutherland Ambulance.

His Lincoln Navigator received $10,000 damage, totaling the vehicle.

Cham was charged with failure to obey a stop sign and yield the right of way and failure to maintain control, as well as third offense Operating while intoxicated.

Drowsy Larchwood Teen’s Car Damaged In Accident

On March 7, 2012 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident that occurred at about 3:14 AM on Dipper Avenue 1/8 mile north of 160th Street. Philip J. Feucht, 18, of Larchwood was traveling south on Dipper Avenue when he fell asleep and entered the east ditch. The vehicle traveled through the field before striking a small creek. Feucht was cited for failure to maintain control.
The 2000 Dodge pickup that Feucht was driving had $10,500 in damages.
Feucht sustained no injuries.