Nine Arrested On Drug-Related Charges In Orange City

Orange City, Iowa — Nine people, seven of them from Orange City have been arrested and charged with drug-related offenses.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that in the 1 AM hour on Wednesday, January 7, their deputies carried out a search warrant following a drug investigation at an apartment on Fourth Street SE in Orange City.

Upon further investigation, deputies found marijuana, cocaine, acid paper, THC wax and drug paraphernalia.

Elizabeth Winship, age 18, of St. John, IN, Zacariah Wothe, age 21, of Le Mars, IA, Chance Wetter, age 19, Kevin Moore, age 21, Trey Beltman, age 19, Sierra Johnson age 20, Cody Langel, age 19, Samantha Van Grouw, age 18, and Sarah Eubank, age 21, all of Orange City, were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Report Of Vandalism At Sanborn Pipeline Terminal

Sanborn, Iowa — The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of an alleged criminal mischief incident at the Mid-America Pipeline Terminal one mile east of Sanborn near the junction of Highways 59 and 18. The incident is believed to have occurred between 2:00 PM and 11:45 PM on December 29, 2014.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that it appears that a vehicle was used to ram the main gate of the security fence that encompasses the property. The gate was heavily damaged in the process of the collision and the suspect’s vehicle also sustained front end damage. But the vehicle had left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.

The Crime Dusters program is offering a $400 reward to anyone who provides information on this crime that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender. You can provide information on this crime or any other crimes by calling the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415. When you call, they’ll connect you with a deputy who will take your information. You can also provide information or tips on crimes by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button at If you want to remain anonymous but still be eligible for the reward, arrangements can be made for that as well.

Alcester Man Dies In Accident Near Hawarden

Alcester, South Dakota — An Alcester man died Monday in a rollover crash on County Road 13, just west of the state line on the Big Sioux River.
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The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 67-year-old Lee Wayne Thormodsgaard of Alcester was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee west on County Road 13 in Union County. He traveled off the snow-covered road into the north ditch, and his SUV rolled. Thormodsgaard sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.

No further information is immediately available.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Union County Sheriff’s Office and Hawarden Fire and Rescue assisted.

Boyden Woman Arrested After Alleged Assault

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden woman has been arrested after an incident on Thursday, January 1.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that on Thursday afternoon, they investigated a report of a domestic disturbance that was said to have occurred at a home in Boyden.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 24-year-old Ashley Messelhiser of Boyden assaulted a family member at the home. There were children present when the alleged assault occurred; they were not injured.

Messelhiser was charged with serious domestic abuse assault and child endangerment.