Rock Rapids Man Taken To Hospital After Monday Night Roll-Over Accident Near Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was transported to the hospital after a roll-over accident on the south city limit of Rock Rapids on Monday night.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 11:25 PM, 21-year-old Scott DeJong of Rock Rapids was driving a 1988 Buick Electra northbound on Mill Pond Road from 170th Street. DeJong missed the curve and went off the road. His car then went into the ditch and rolled coming to rest on its wheels.

DeJong was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance.

His vehicle sustained about $2000 in damage.

Two Hawarden Residents Arrested In Chatsworth After Report Of Driving Without License

Chatsworth, Iowa — Two Hawarden residents have been arrested after an incident in Chatsworth.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday evening (5/20) at 7:40 PM, their office received a report of someone driving around Chatsworth without a valid driver’s license.

The next night, about 10:30 PM, a deputy from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was continuing with the
illegal driving investigation at 350 2nd Street, Chatsworth.

During the investigation 30-year-old Jim Langley Jr. of Hawarden was arrested and charged with driving while suspended and failure to file high-risk insurance, both simple misdemeanors.

When the deputy was arresting Langley, 43-year-old Darlene Sullivan of Hawarden allegedly interfered with the arrest. Sullivan was arrested and charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

New Rankings Out: Iowa 19th Most Likely Place To Be Ticketed

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, many folks will be hitting the road both near and far for Memorial Day weekend fun. With that said, there are some things motorists need to keep in mind as they traverse the fruited plains.

The National Association of Motorists has released the list of states that you are most likely to get a traffic ticket.

The rankings below came from analyzing ticket-related search queries such as “speeding ticket” and “traffic tickets” using Google’s Insights for Search–a public tool that shows search trends across the United States. This is the same methodology we used to create the original 2010 rankings.

After crunching the numbers, the NMA found that Nevada is the state most likely to issue you a traffic ticket, followed by Georgia and Alabama. In 2010 Florida took the top spot and Georgia and Nevada tied for second place.

The state where you’re least likely to get ticketed is Wyoming, followed closely by Montana. These two ranked at the bottom in 2010 as well.

Here is the top-25:

Rank State Score
1) …. Nevada 79
2) …. Georgia 70
3) …. Alabama 69
4) …. Florida 67
5) …. Maryland 65
6) …. Louisiana 63
7) …. Texas 62
8) …. District of Columbia 61
9-tie)  California 59
9-tie)  North Carolina 59
9-tie)  Missouri 59
12) … New York 56
13) … Mississippi 55
14) … South Carolina 54
15-tie) Indiana 51
15-tie) Washington 51
15-tie) Tennessee 51
18) … Illinois 50
19-tie) Arizona 49
19-tie) Iowa 49
19-tie) Oklahoma 49
22 …  Virginia 48
23 …  New Jersey 47
24-tie) Ohio 45
24-tie) Kansas 45

However, if you’re planning to drive through Nebraska, be on the lookout for those blue and red flashers. That’s because Nebraska was the top gainer (or loser?) in 2012, jumping 10 spots to number 33.

Information regarding the National Motorists Association can be found at:

Two Osceola County Residents Found Guilty Friday

Two Osceola county residents were found guilty of various charges on Friday, May 18th.

50-year-old Sharon Seivert of Ashton pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. The charges stem from a February 24th 2012 traffic stop that occurred on 4th Avenue and Johannes Street in Ashton.

Seivert is to pay a fine of $2,507.50, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any and is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a period of one year, with all time suspended except for seven days, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two years.

20-year-old Ashley Henning of Sibley was found guilty on two counts of 5th Degree Theft, both Simple Misdemeanors. Henning was arrested December 10, 2011 for taking Iowa Lottery tickets, without paying for them, while employed at Casey’s General Store in Sibley. Henning is to pay a fine of $235.00, the cost of this action, restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution, if any and is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty days, with twenty-eight days suspended, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two years.

Drought Conditions Persist Despite Average Rains

Rainfall for 2012 to date has been just over 8 inches while the statewide average for this period is just less than 8 inches. Drought conditions that parts of Iowa — including northwest Iowa — are still experiencing are the result of the heat and dryness of late summer through the end of 2011.  That from a report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the USGS, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.

A more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends through the last half of April is available at:

Meanwhile, two Iowa-based climatologists say they’re somewhat concerned about the weather impact on Iowa’s crop-growing season. The N-W-S forecast predicts warmer than normal temperatures south of Iowa and Illinois in the extreme southern cornbelt. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says he doesn’t want to see the warm temperatures seep into Iowa.


And Iowa’s May temperatures are already running about six-degrees above normal.


Iowa State University climatologist, Elwyn Taylor, is also worried about the long-range forecasted above normal temperatures in the southern corn belt.


The long-range forecast is for normal precipitation through June. Hillaker says the La Nina and El Nino influences are subsiding and shouldn’t affect Iowa’s summer weather.

Sheldon Business Burglarized; Over $4000 Cash, Merchandise Stolen

A Sheldon business was burglarized sometime early last week resulting in the loss of over $4000 in cash and merchandise.

In a report just released by the Sheldon Police Department, officers report that sometime between the evening hours of Sunday, May 13th and early morning hours of Monday, May 14th, Las Hermanitas in downtown Sheldon was burglarized. The report states that $4000 worth of cash along with several cell phones were taken in the burglary. Entrance to the building was gained via a door with no forcible entry detected. No suspects have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.

In other notes from the Sheldon Police Department:

  • A 2009 Chevy Impala driven by Helen Vlaming of Primghar was backing from a business drive and struck a legally parked 2005 Chevy Silverado Monday evening. The Silverado, owned by LD Hulstein Farms of Ashton sustained $2,500 in damage and the Impala sustained $1000 damage. Vlaming was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
  • 25-year-old Tasha Rose was arrested last week was picked up on a Texas warrant for Burglary and violating probation.
  • Also, several light bulbs were damaged at the Sheldon City Park.