Orange City Man Arrested

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has been arrested after officers say he took a vehicle without asking.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM, their officers were dispatched to 213 Seventh Street Northeast in Orange City. The reporting party told officers that her 1997 Chevy Suburban had been taken, damaged and then brought back.

Upon further investigation, police arrested 21-year-old Richard Daniel Ortiz of Orange City and charged him with Operation Without Owner’s Consent and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Ortiz was booked into jail and at last report was being held without bond.


Women Taken To Hospital After Accident

Hawarden, Iowa — A woman from Honduras and a Hawarden woman were taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday near Hawarden.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:45 PM, 26-year-old Cassandra Cooper of Hawarden was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on Highway 10, a mile and a half east of Hawarden. Thirty-year-old Gladys Bonilla of Honduras was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier eastbound on Highway 10, according to the report. They say Cooper crossed the center of the roadway and struck Bonilla.

Cooper and Bonilla both were transported by the Hawarden Ambulance to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Pontiac sustained about $10,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $8,000 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hawarden Police department, Hawarden Ambulance crew and Hawarden Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


Sheldon Police Investigating Vandalism Spree

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department is requesting help from the public with identifying who is responsible for damaging several street and traffic signs in Sheldon during the past month. Officers say most of the signs have been struck by a vehicle and have either been broken off or bent over. They say a double arrow sign was also stolen from the intersection of Country Club Road and East 9th Street.
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The police also advise that a person or persons have been vandalizing the men’s restroom at the Sheldon City Park. The toilets were plugged in an attempt to make them overflow and the toilet paper dispenser was destroyed. The most recent incident at this restroom involved setting the trash can on fire.

It is unknown if the incidents are related.

Anyone with information on the identity of any of the people involved with these crimes is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department. Callers will be able to remain anonymous.


Hills Man Arrested After Doon Crash

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Hills, Minnesota man has been arrested after a crash near Doon.
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Monday’s arrest stems from an incident that happened last week. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of 240th Street and Ibex Avenue, about six miles northeast of Doon. They report that 37-year-old Sherry Baatz of Inwood was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was struck by a 8520 John Deere tractor, driven by 45-year-old Bradley Baatz of Hills, MN.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $4,800 in damages. No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office says the cause appears to have been due to a domestic incident.

Then on Monday, May 4th 2015, deputies arrested Bradley Baatz on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault for the incident that occurred on April 27th, 2015. Baatz was arrested at the Lyon County Courthouse and was transported to the Lyon County Jail.


Estherville Pair Arrested On Warrants, Drug Charges

Hull, Iowa — Two people from Estherville have been arrested on warrants and drug-related charges after a traffic stop in Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, May 4th, 2015, they arrested 40-year-old John Campbell and 31-year-old Haley Hansen, both of Estherville. The arrests stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 18 in Hull.

After investigating, they say that Campbell’s driver’s license was suspended. They say both Campbell and Hansen also had active arrest warrants issued by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. During the traffic stop, illegal drugs were also allegedly discovered inside the vehicle.

Both were arrested on their outstanding warrants, plus Campbell was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-drugged, possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Hansen was charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Milford Men Face Several Felony Drug Charges

Spirit Lake, Iowa — Two Milford men face several felony drug charges after a joint investigation with the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force..
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The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 27-year-old Jeremy Hoffman and 39-year-old Heath Willison, both of Milford.

They are both charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, which is a Class B Felony.

Hoffman is charged with three counts, and Willison four counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine Within 1000 Feet of a School, which is a Class C Felony. Hoffman is charged with three and Willison with four counts of Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, which is a Class D Felony; and they are both charged with Conspiracy, which is also a Class D Felony.

In Iowa, Class B Felonies are punishable by a 25-year prison term if the defendant is convicted. Class C Felonies are punishable by a 10-year prison term and a fine of between $1000 and $10,000. Class D Felonies are punishable by a five-year prison term and a fine of between $750 and $7500, again if the defendant is convicted.

Hoffman posted a $25,000 bond on April 24th, 2015. At last report, Willison was being held on a $25,000 bond.

The Spirit Lake Police Department, Okoboji Police Department, Milford Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.