Hull Man Arrested, Charged With Felony Burglary

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested yesterday after he was accused in a burglary.

On Monday, July 8, just before 7 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 55-year-old Leon Rens of Hull, on a charge of Third Degree Burglary, a Class D felony.

The arrest is a result an investigation of a break‐in that occurred on June 23, 2013 in which Rens is accused of entering an occupied residence north of Boyden and taking property.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Rens posted a $5000 bond and was released.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Regarding Accident That Damaged Fence Near Hull

sioux county sheriff emblemHull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help again. They need more information on what appears to have been a hit-and-run accident that damaged a fence near Hull.

On Sunday, July 7 at 6:20 AM, one of their deputies investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 3680 320th Street, three miles east of Hull.

A vehicle was traveling westbound on 320th Street sometime during the overnight hours of July 6 into July 7 when it struck a fence. The driver did not stop and notify the owner of the damage. The fence sustained approximately $200 in damages. The vehicle may possibly have damage to the front and the undercarriage.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program. Find directions at

Two People In O’Brien County Among 22 Cases Of Rare Parasites In Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHDes Moines, Iowa — Two people in O’Brien County are among 22 being treated in Iowa for a rare intestinal parasite.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC and local public health agencies are investigating an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by Cyclospora, which is a rare parasite. Twenty-two cases of Cyclospora infections have been reported to the state health department. Almost all have been identified through testing at the State Hygienic Lab.

In addition to the two people being treated in O’Brien County:

Linn County – 10 cases
Fayette County – 3 cases
Webster County – 2 cases
Benton County – 1 case
Des Moines County – 1 case
Mills County – 1 case
Polk County – 1 case
Van Buren County – 1 case

The illness in most of these cases began in mid to late June, and at least one person has been hospitalized. Many people report still being ill with diarrhea and some have had relapses.

Specific treatment is available (but it is not typically used for more common diarrheal illnesses). Also, very specific laboratory testing, which is not commonly ordered must be done to detect Cyclospora.

Additional cases have been identified in Nebraska and other Midwestern states. The Iowa Department of Public Health is coordinating the investigation with public health officials in those states. The investigation is ongoing; no specific source of exposure has been identified.
Fresh produce has been implicated in previous outbreaks. Washing fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended; however, it can be very difficult to wash Cyclospora off all types of produce.

People become infected with cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite, which causes a watery diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days if untreated.

More information from the Iowa Department of Public Health:

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include:
Watery diarrhea
Fatigue (severe tiredness)
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Increased gas
Stomach cramps
Muscle aches
Low-grade fever

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Sheldon Man Arrested After Clay County Authorities Say He Left The Scene Of An Accident

Hand Cuffs sxcSpencer, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been arrested after Clay County authorities say he left the scene of an accident.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Andrew Houtsma of Sheldon was arrested on July 4th by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office. He was picked up on 2 Clay County warrants and was transported to the Clay County Jail.

The Clay County warrants were issued after an investigation of a minor motorcycle accident that occurred on June 29th near Stolley Park in Spencer.

Houtsma was charged with interference with official acts and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was booked into the Clay County Jail to appear before the Magistrate.

Lake Park Man Taken To Hospital After Accident With Vehicle Driven By Orange City Man

Ambulance rear blue and whiteRural Spirit Lake, Iowa — A Lake Park man was taken to the hospital after his motorcycle hit a pickup driven by an Orange City man near Spirit Lake.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:15 on Thursday, the fourth of July (2013), 30-year-old Josh Boetel of Lake Park was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson Motorcyle eastbound on Highway 9 about a mile west of Highway 86, or a mile west of Vick’s Corner. Boetel came upon several vehicles that had abruptly stopped ahead of him. He was unable to stop the motorcycle in time and collided with the back of the rear vehicle, a 2010 Ford pickup driven by 40-year-old Kyle Wassenaar of Orange City.

Boetel was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare with non-incapacitating injuries. Wassenaar was uninjured.

Damage was estimated at $1000 to the Harley and $1500 to the pickup.

Granville Teen Airlifted To Sioux Falls Hospital After Hospers Area Accident

Sioux AccidentHospers, Iowa — A Granville teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Hospers on Saturday (7/6/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 AM, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme southbound on Log Avenue, two miles south of Hospers. He lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch where it overturned.

The report says Abler was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, SD for what the report calls “incapacitating injuries”.

Abler’s vehicle sustained $4,000 damage and is considered a total loss.

Abler was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to wear a seatbelt.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Hospers Ambulance and Fire Departments.

Sheriff’s officials say alcohol is considered to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.