Man Hits Power Pole, Leaves Scene

O'BrienSheriffPrimghar, IA — A Primghar man hit a power pole and left the scene of the accident near Primghar on Sunday, June 14th.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 4:00 pm on Sunday, 18-year-old Jared Roos of Primghar was driving southbound on Taft Avenue in a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. According to the report, Roos over corrected for a raccoon in the roadway, entered the west ditch and completely took out a utility power pole and part of a corn field. Roos then contacted a friend to be pulled out of the ditch after being unsuccessful attempts to drive out himself. The Trailblazer was pulled out, and left in the middle of the unpaved highway on 400th Street.

Roos neglected to contact law enforcement for a property damage accident and on Monday, June 15th, Roos called law enforcement to inquire where his vehicle had been towed to. The Chevy was towed to a secure facility.

The Trailblazer received $6000 damage. The REC Utility Pole received $500 damage; the corn field received $50 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Sheldon Drug Raids Net Arrests

Sheldon, Iowa — Two Sheldon men face drug charges, and charges are pending for four teens after a drug search on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015.

About 8:40 AM Tuesday morning, the Sheldon Police Department reports that law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at 315 West 9th Street, 315 ½ West 9th Street, and 1502 East 9th Street, all in Sheldon.

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Officers report that they arrested 24-year-old Jakob Denzell Gamboa on an arrest warrant for Distribution of Marijuana and Gatherings where Drugs are Distributed.  Additionally, a search of his home of 315 West 9th Street resulted another charge of Possession of Marijuana with the intent to Deliver.

Officers say they also arrested 48-year-old Jake Charles Scott on an arrest warrant for Distribution of Marijuana and Gatherings where Drugs are Distributed.  Additionally, a search of his home at 315 ½ West 9th Street resulted in another charge of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Police say additional charges will be filed on four juveniles aged 13, 14, 15, and 16 at a future date for Possessing marijuana at 1502 East 9th Street in Sheldon, Iowa.

Both Gamboa and Scott were transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

Police say the investigation continues, with additional charges being possible.

Authorities say the investigation into illegal drug activity by agents with the Iowa Division of Narcotics and members of the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force resulted in the warrant being issued.  The warrant was executed by members of the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force which included officers from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, the Estherville Police Department, and the Sheldon Police Department.  Also assisting were agents with the Iowa Division of Narcotics and Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol.

Two Transported After Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon woman and a Sanborn woman were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sheldon.
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The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 6:15 PM on Friday, June 12, 2015, 72-year-old Mavis Poppema of Sheldon was driving a 2007 Chrysler westbound on Highway 18. Fifty-two year-old Judy Prins of Sanborn was southbound on Eighteenth Avenue in a 2006 Chevy SUV.

The report says that Poppema did not stop for the red traffic signal. The officer’s report says Prins was attempting a left turn onto the highway on a green light, and the vehicles collided.

SCAT transported both Poppema and Prins to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Both Poppema’s Chrysler and Prins’s Chevy were totaled. The Chrysler sustained an estimated $7500 in damages, and the Chevy sustained an estimated $7000 in damages.

Poppema was charged with failure to obey a traffic signal.

Sheldon firefighters and EMA personnel assisted the police and emergency medical technicians on the scene.

Alberta Man Hits Railway Bridge

sioux county sheriff emblemHull, IA — An Alberta man’s semi was damaged in an accident on Monday, June 15th, near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:27 pm, 55-year-old Allan Heshka of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was driving a 2009 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling and oversized trailer loaded with a Caterpillar Earth Mover on Highway 75, six miles northwest of Hull. According to the report, Heshka struck a BNSF Railway railroad bridge.

No injuries were reported.

The Caterpillar received $2000 damage; the railroad bridge received $200 damage, Highway 75 under the bridge also sustained damages from the accident.

Heshka was cited for violation of height restriction, exceeding lawful width, and violation of weight restrictions for commercial motor vehicles.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Iowa Department of Transportation Highway Department.

Hull Woman Hits Deer

deer_sxc2Hull, IA — A Hull woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Hull on Saturday, June 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 3:56 pm on Saturday, 39-year-old Rebecca Miller of Hull was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am southbond on Highway 75, five miles northwest of Hull. According to the report, Miller struck a deer in the roadway.

The Pontiac received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Doon Man Arrested On Drug Charge

Doon, Iowa — Getting stuck in the ditch on a dead-end road has turned into a trip to the Lyon County Jail for a Doon man.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:30 Sunday morning, June 14th, 2015, their dispatcher received a phone call in regards to a vehicle in the ditch. The vehicle had gone through a couple of fences and was stuck in the 2100 block of Grant Avenue. That’s about two and three-quarter miles northeast of Doon.

The alleged driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old James Bruns of Doon, told authorities he had been driving on Grant Avenue around 2:00 AM. He said he didn’t realize that it was a dead end road until he saw the sign. Bruns says he tried to stop but was unable to and his car entered the west ditch. He attempted to drive out of the ditch, he says and went through a second fence, across a field drive, into that field, and then back over the field drive where he got stuck.

Bruns was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. His 2001 Chevy Cavalier sustained about $3,000 in damages.

Officers at the scene say they located a small amount of marijuana in the Bruns vehicle. Bruns was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana 2nd offense.

The Sheriff’s Office says he was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was held on the Aggravated Misdemeanor charge.