Ireton Teen Transported To Sioux City Hospital After Friday Accident

Ambulance front generic actually SCAT 2Ireton, Iowa — An Ireton teen was transported to a Sioux City hospital after an accident on Friday near Ireton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:20 AM on Friday, 18-year-old Agustin Jimenez of Ireton was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup westbound on 470th Street, three miles west of Ireton. Jimenez lost control of the vehicle, which entered the north ditch and rolled. Jimenez was ejected from the vehicle.

Jimenez was transported to the Hawarden Hospital by the Hawarden ambulance. He was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City by the Hawarden ambulance.

The Ford sustained approximately $2,500 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department, Hawarden Fire Department and Hawarden Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation.


Alleged Illegal Alien Living In Sioux Center Arrested

Law Enforcement Lightbar redSioux Center, Iowa — On Wednesday, June 12, at 4:45 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Walter Martinez‐Lopez of Sioux Center.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of 370th Street and Hickory Avenue, four miles northeast of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Martinez‐Lopez did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance for the vehicle he was driving and was using the identity of another person.

Martinez‐Lopez was arrested for identity theft, forgery, driving without a valid driver’s license and no motor vehicle insurance.

The case remains under investigation


Sibley Man Sentenced On Tampering With Records Charge In Connection With Sibley Fire Department Theft

Osceola co courthouse - summerSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced on a charge of Tampering With Records after he took property from the Sibley Fire Department last July and was sentenced for Second Degree Theft.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 29-year-old Derek Michael White of Sibley was charged with 2nd Degree Theft, a Class D Felony on July 11, 2012, when he unlawfully took property belonging to the Sibley Fire Department.

On September 14, 2012 White was charged with 2 counts of Perjury, a Class “D” Felony for knowingly making false statements of material fact or denying knowledge of a material fact while under oath, once on July 5, 2012 and once on July 26, 2010. These charges were changed to Tampering With Records, an aggravated misdemeanor. White also pled guilty to the charge of Theft in the Second Degree.

On Friday (6/14/13), White pled guilty to 2 counts of Tampering With Records. On each offense, White was sentenced to 1 year in the Osceola County Jail, however, 6 months of the sentence was suspended and White is to serve 6 months in the Osceola County Jail with no opportunity for work release. He is to serve the two sentences concurrently, after he has served his sentence for the theft charge. He will also serve two years of probation. On the theft charge, he was sentenced to a suspended 5-year prison term and four years probation.


SW Minnesota Man In Custody After Leading Law Officers From Three Counties On High-Speed Chase

Police lightbar chaseCanton, SD — A southwest Minnesota man is in custody after leading law enforcement officers from three counties and two states on a high-speed chase that ended in Canton, South Dakota.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 PM Thursday evening (6/13/13), a Lyon County deputy was attempting to pull over a vehicle on 240th Street, about 4 miles east of Inwood. The Sheriff’s Office says this vehicle was believed to have been involved in a theft in Inwood.

The vehicle did not pull over and sped up to avoid the stop. The deputy pursued the vehicle westbound on 240th Street. The vehicle went through the 240th and Highway 18 intersection in Inwood at a high rate of speed and continued west on what after the intersection, becomes Highway 18. The vehicle entered South Dakota where the Canton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit. Stop sticks were deployed and the vehicle was stopped in Canton.

But while officers were trying to get the individual out of the vehicle, he put it in gear and struck the Lyon County patrol car, and then a tree.

The individual was identified as Charles Mathew Jacobs from Bird Island, MN. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Further investigation continues and charges are pending.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the pursuit.


Sheldon Police Advise Of Email Airline E-Ticket Scam

Jet Airliner_sxcSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon police are advising of another scam. This time it’s from a company pretending to be American Airlines.

The email says it’s a confirmation for some e-tickets that the recipient never ordered. The police say it says “to change your reservation, please call . . .” and then it lists an 800 number. Officers say if you call this number, the scammer would probably say that they need you to verify your credit card number. The police say that’s almost certainly the point of the scam. They get your credit card number and can fraudulently use or sell it to someone else.

The police also say a call was made to the real American Airlines and it was discovered that many people have received this email.

Sheldon police advise if you haven’t ordered any e-tickets, to not even open the email.


All American Blood Drive To Be Monday In Sheldon; Blood In High Need

Community Blood Bank (2)Sheldon, Iowa — The SCDC, KIWA Radio, and The Community Blood Bank are hosting an “All American” blood drive on Monday at the Sheldon Community Services Building.

Ken VerSteeg with the Community Blood Bank says that with unexpected high usage at the beginning of June, blood supplies are at very low levels.

He says all blood types are in immediate need.

According to VerSteeg, the All American Blood Drive is a great tool for them.

He says that the blood that is donated with Community Blood Bank is from your friends and neighbors in this region. He says they are grateful for the opportunity to serve Sheldon area patients.

Community Blood Bank has been the sole provider of blood and blood product for Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for over 12 years.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call the Sheldon Chamber on Monday at 324-2813. Walk-ins are welcome.

The drive is Monday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Sheldon’s Community Services Center.