Two Vehicle Accident Near Maurice

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookMaurice, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Maurice on Monday, April 11th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:56 pm on Monday, 26-year-old Jesse Dalton of Cherokee was driving a 1980 Oldsmobile 98 westbound on Highway 10, three miles north of Maurice. Fifty-eight-year-old Michael Luken of Le Mars was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Dalton failed to yield from the stop sign at Highway 75 and struck Luken in the intersection.

The Oldsmobile received $2000 damage; the Silverado received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.


Investigation Nabs Alleged Thief

Sergio SanchezBoyden, Iowa — A Gaza man faces theft charges following an investigation by Sioux County deputies.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office say that workers at Natural Beauty Growers of rural Boyden reported missing cash.  Deputies conducted an investigation which, they say, revealed that 25-year old Sergio Sanchez had allegedly taken the cash from his co-workers.

Deputies say Sanchez faces four counts of 5th Degree Theft.  According to jail reports, Sanchez was released on an unsecured bond after being booked into the Sioux County Jail.


Sioux County Sheriff Seeks Public’s Help

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating an individual who fled the scene of a traffic crash that sent a Sioux Center woman to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Audencio Lopez-Chilel
Audencio Lopez-Chilel

According to authorities, the crash happened shortly before 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon when a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by 52-year old Lorene Vander Plaats of Sioux Center, was eastbound on 400th Street, when a westbound 2006 Pontiac Grand Am crossed the center of the roadway, striking Vander Plaats’ van.  The driver of the Pontiac then fled the scene on foot.

Vander Plaats was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance.

Deputies are now looking for a person of interest in the case, who they identify as 19-year old Audencio Lopez-Chilel.  If you have any information about this crash, or about Lopez-Chilel, you’re asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sioux Center Police. Sioux Center Fire, Sioux Center Ambulance and the Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.


Sheldon Man, Toddler Taken To Hospital After Accident

George, Iowa — A Sheldon man and his toddler daughter were transported to a hospital after an accident near George recently.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, April 8, 2016, about 7:10 AM, 24-year-old Shaun Michael Fox of Sheldon allegedly fell asleep at the wheel about two miles west of George on A34.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found a 2005 Pontiac G6 in the south ditch. Fox and his 16-month-old daughter were still in the car.

The Sheriff’s Office says when Fox fell asleep at the wheel, the car drifted across the roadway and entered the south ditch striking a residential driveway and becoming airborne. They say the Pontiac came to rest about 150 feet away at the edge of a creek bank.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Fox and his daughter to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids. The 16-month-old girl had been strapped into a child safety seat and received a small cut to the chin and abrasions from the straps on the safety seat, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Fox was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control.

The George Fire Department and George EMS, the Iowa State Patrol, and Dusty’s Auto Body assisted at the scene.


George Pair Face Abuse, Drug Charges

George, Iowa — What started out as someone calling 911 and then hanging up has resulted in several charges against two George residents.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, April 7th, someone in George called their 911 line and then hung up. When deputies arrived to investigate the 911 call, the Sheriff’s Office says they discovered an on-going domestic assault. During the investigation deputies also discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia.

After concluding an investigation into the domestic assault, deputies arrested 33-year-old Joshua Zieroth of George, and charged him with domestic abuse by strangulation and two counts of child endangerment, all aggravated misdemeanors.

They also arrested 28-year-old Elizabeth Faron of George on charges of domestic abuse, a simple misdemeanor, and two counts of child endangerment, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Deputies say they then applied for and received a search warrant for the home. In carrying out the search warrant, deputies found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Zieroth was further charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, all serious misdemeanors and three counts of drug paraphernalia, all simple misdemeanors. Faron was additionally charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, which are serious misdemeanors and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, which are simple misdemeanors.


Hull Man Escapes Injury After Car/Deer Accident

deer-gravelRock Valley, Iowa — A Hull man struck a deer on Tuesday, April 5th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:53 pm, 47-year-old Bruce Veltkamp of Hull was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on 300th Street, one mile northeast of Rock Valley. According to the report, Veltkamp struck a deer on the roadway.

The Tahoe received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported.