Orange City, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sheldon has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for identity theft and forgery, and faces possible deportation.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 39-year-old Juan Ozuna-Contreras of Sheldon was sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Identity Theft, a Class D Felony, and three counts of Forgery, Class D Felonies.
McAllister says that on January 24, 2012, a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, went to the Golden Crisp Premium Foods plant in Sioux Center to investigate a tip that a person was working at Golden Crisp under an assumed name using fraudulent or fictitious documents. The tipster also supplied the Special Agent with a vehicle description and license plate number of the suspect’s car. On January 24, the Special Agent saw the suspect walk out of Golden Crisp and get into his car with two other men, one of whom was later identified as Ozuna Contreras. All three men were ultimately arrested on immigration violations.
Further investigation revealed that Ozuna-Contreras had committed identity theft by using forged documents to secure employment at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center. Ozuna-Contreras, a native of Mexico, is not legally authorized to be employed in the United States. He was tried and convicted in May and was sentenced last week to five years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Also, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deportation proceedings against Ozuna-Contreras.
May City, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man was taken to a hospital after a combine fire near May City on Thursday.
Not all the details have been released yet, but we know it was a combine fire near 2426 Tyler Avenue, which is between May City and Hartley. The call came in about 5:35 PM on Thursday. The driver, Paul Hibma of Ocheyedan was taken to a hospital. He suffered third degree burns on his forearms and back, or about 17% of his body. He also suffered a severe break in his lower right leg.
He is currently a patient at Regions Hospital Burn Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The combine was totaled.
We have been told that the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is going to release more information. When the information becomes available, we’ll have it for you on KIWA and kiwaradio.com.
Sheldon, Iowa — The 2012 Sheldon United Fund Drive is underway and will continue through the rest of the year. The goal is $33,000.
The fund is up to $8,133.
The fund-raiser is about 24% finished, and it’s off to a good start. The funds are at about 25% of goal. To finish on goal, the fund should average about $1,941 per week. This past week $2,240 was donated.
The United Fund will be assisting 23 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities. Contributions may be left at any of the four Sheldon banks, or you can also send them to PO Box 41, Sheldon. Essays explaining each organization are available at the banks. The United Fund thanks you for your contribution.
Sioux Center, Iowa — On Friday, September 28 at 3:48 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 380th Street and Hickory Avenue, two miles northeast of Sioux Center.
Herman Hofman, age 21, of Sioux Center was driving a 1995 Toyota Camry eastbound on 380th Street; he then stopped for the stop sign at Hickory Avenue. Hester De Jongh, age 69, of Hull was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup northbound on Hickory Avenue. As Hofman proceeded eastbound into the intersection, he collided with De Jongh; following the collision both vehicles entered the northeast ditch where the Chevrolet rolled. Hofman became trapped in his vehicle and required extrication by emergency services. Hofman and De Jongh were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of their injuries.
The Toyota sustained about $7,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained about $10,000 in damages. Hofman was cited for failure to obey stop sign. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sioux Center Fire, Rescue and Sioux Center Ambulance.
Hull, Iowa — On Saturday, September 29 at 4:15 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 18, one half mile east of Hull.
Oscar Gonzalez-Arcos, age 20, of Boyden was driving a 1977 Buick Le Sabre eastbound on Highway 18. Jonathon Wulf, age 31, of Shell Rock was driving a 2004 Peterbuilt semi-tractor pulling a livestock trailer westbound on Highway 18. Gonzalez-Arcos drifted into the westbound lane and collided with the driver’s side dual wheels of the Peterbuilt.
Gonzalez was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sheldon by the Hull Ambulance for treatment of his injuries; he was later flown by helicopter to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. The Buick sustained about $3,000 in damages and is considered a total loss. The Peterbuilt, owned by Vollink Trucking of Archer sustained about $5,000 in damages. The accident remains under investigation. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department, Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance
Lyon County, Iowa — A Hills, MN man was taken to a hospital after his motorcycle tangled with a deer about a mile south of the state line.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday (9/28), 47-year-old Russell Kooistra of Hills was traveling east on 110th Street when a deer entered the roadway. Kooistra struck the deer, causing him to lose control of his 2009 Harley motorcycle.
Kooistra was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital by personal vehicle.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Larchwood Fire and Rescue.