Teen Taken To Hospital After Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — An Ashton teen was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sheldon.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM on Friday, March 27, 2015, 18-year-old Damond Peters of Ashton was driving a Chevy southbound on Oakhill Avenue, a mile and a half east of Highway 60 on 18, and three miles north.

The report says that Peters became distracted and started crossing the centerline. It says he over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a skid. The deputy says the car entered the west ditch where it impacted the ditch thus causing it to spin around and flip onto the roof.

SCAT took Peters to Sanford Sheldon hospital.

Peters’ Chevy sustained $2000 in damages, which totaled the car.


Man Faces Charges In Alleged Burglaries

Primghar, Iowa – A Paullina man has been arrested on several felony charges. He is accused of committing several burglaries in the four northwest Iowa counties.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 29-year-old Seth William Johnson of Paullina and he has been charged with six counts of Second Degree Theft, a class D felony; seven counts of Third Degree Burglary, a class D felony; and seven misdemeanor counts of Third Degree Burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office says that numerous northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies including the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County Sheriff’s Offices and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina Police Departments have worked jointly on a series of burglary and theft investigations. They say the investigations involved burglaries to businesses, homes, and vehicles between May and October, 2014 and involved items including guns, cash, jewelry, a motorcycle, tools and fishing equipment.

The charges which are a class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500. The charges that are aggravated misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6250. Johnson has been booked into the O’Brien County Jail on the charges and will make appearances in District Court in the respective counties at a later date.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected as a part of this investigation.


Woman Ticketed After Striking Two Parked Vehicles

Sheldon, Iowa — A 22-year old Sheldon woman was cited for Failure To Maintain Control in the aftermath of an accident that sheldon police pd car door logohappened late Tuesday morning.

Sheldon Police say a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Elisa Kurth of Sheldon was southbound on 2nd Avenue, shortly after 11:30 Tuesday morning, when she attempted to turn east onto 10th Street.  According to the report, Kurth’s pickup struck a 2003 Ford Expedition owned by William Kepp, and a 2001 Ford Ranger owned by Douglas Vander Plaats.  Police say that both the Kepp SUV, and the Vander Plaats Ranger were legally parked along 10th Street at the time of the collision.

Police estimate damage to Kurth’s Dodge at $2,000, with Kepp’s Expedition and Vander Plaats’ Ranger each sustaining an estimated $5,000 in damage.  Kurth was ticketed for Failure To Maintain Control.  No injuries were reported.


Rock Rapids Man Arrested On Several Warrants

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has been arrested on several warrants.
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On Friday, March 20th, 2015 at about 6:00 PM, a Lyon County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 3400 block of A-52. That’s about five miles north-northeast of Hull.

It was determined that numerous warrants had been issued for the arrest of the driver, 21-year-old Melvin Lopez of Rock Rapids.

The deputy subsequently arrested Lopez on warrants concerning charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Failure to Maintain Control, Windshield Tint Violation, No Valid Drivers License, Failure to have Proof of Insurance, and Fraudulent Use of Registration.

Lopez was held at the Lyon County Jail in lieu of a bond of $2,500.


Two Face Felony Drug Charges

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two western Lyon County teens face felony drug charges after their arrests this week.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports their deputies arrested 18-year-old Anthony P. Viereck of Larchwood on two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana under 50 kilograms. Both charges are Class D Felonies.

Also arrested was 19-year-old Mason A. Vanden Brink of Inwood. He was also charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana under 50 kilograms. In addition, Vanden Brink was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Maintaining a Drug House, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. The charges were filed after deputies executed a search warrant at Vanden Brink’s home.


Worthington Woman Arrested On ID Theft Charges

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, MN woman has been arrested on identity theft charges in Sioux County.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, their deputies arrested 22-year-old Dionicia Lopez-Tema of Worthington, MN.

Lopez- Tema was charged with Forgery and Identity Theft.

The investigation was initiated after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a person in Puerto Rico reporting that someone was using her identity at Premium Iowa Pork, in Hospers. After an investigation, deputies believe that Lopez-Tema was working under that person’s identity.