Latest From The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department

Osceola_County_Courthouse_(Iowa)Sibley, Iowa — On January 22nd, 2016, Devin Paul Groeneweg, age 23, of Ashton, IA pled guilty to Gatherings Where Marijuana is Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor. Groeneweg is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, all court costs and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, and a D.A.R.E. surcharge. Groeneweg is further sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with twenty-eight (28) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.

On January 22, 2016 Tara Marie Ferguson, age 24, of Ashton, IA pled guilty to Gatherings Where Marijuana is Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor. Ferguson is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, all court costs and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, and a D.A.R.E. surcharge. Ferguson is further sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with twenty-eight (28) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.

On January 22, 2016 Matthew Alan Williams, age 34, of Hartley, IA pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, Second Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. Williams is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, and a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge. Williams is further sentenced to sixty (60) days in the Osceola County Jail with all but two (2) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.


Hospers Man Charged After 700 Pigs Found Dead

Keaven FaberHospers, Iowa — A Hospers man is charged with Animal Neglect after an investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, in December the Sheriff’s Office received a report that numerous feeder pigs had died at a hog confinement near Hospers.  Deputies say their investigation led to the arrest of 24-year old Keaven Faber of Hospers, who, deputies say, owned and controlled the confinement operation.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered that approximately 700 pigs had died at that confinement, allegedly due to neglect and lack of proper care.

Deputies report that Faber is charged with Animal Neglect as a result of their investigation.


Cherokee Man Jailed After Rural Sioux County Incident

lightbar with hand cuffsSioux County, Iowa — Authorities have charged a 23-year old Cherokee man in connection with an incident that happened early Wednesday in rural Sioux County.

According to authorities the incident took place northwest of Orange city about 4:00 am Wednesday when Patrick Schwebach is accused of driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado in a dangerous manner northbound on Indian Avenue when he was trying to stop a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a 20-year old Orange City woman.  Deputies say Schwebach passed the woman’s vehicle, then applied his brakes, causing the woman’s car to strike Schwebach’s pickup.  Deputies say Schwebach then approached the woman in a threatening manner before leaving the area.

Damage to the woman’s car was estimated at $2,000, with no damage to Schwebach’s pickup.

Deputies say Schwebach was arrested for assault, reckless driving and harassment.


Pair Charged In Hospers Burglary

Hospers, Iowa — The investigation into an October burglary at a Hospers business has resulted in the arrest of two Spirit Lake men.

Left:  Brayde Koos Right: Travis Johnson
Left: Brayde Koos Right: Travis Johnson

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year old Brayde Koos and 20-year-old Travis Johnson are charged with breaking into Hospers Furniture in Hospers in October of last year, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both men are charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony, and 5th Degree Theft, a misdemeanor.

Deputies say Koos was arrested on the charges.  Johnson was already in jail in Dickinson County on unrelated charges, and is also being held on a Sioux County warrant for burglary and theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in their investigation by the Orange City Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.


Primghar Woman Leads Clay Deputies On Chase

Police lightbar chaseClay County, Iowa — A Primghar woman was jailed in Clay County following a car chase early Wednesday.

Clay County authorities say one of their deputies attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1000 mile of 350th Street in rural Clay County early Wednesday.   Deputies say the vehicle turned south onto 100th Avenue and failed to yield to the Deputy’s emergency lights. As the driver continued southbound, the Deputy activated his siren but the driver allegedly continued to be non-compliant, turning west into O’Brien County on 360th Street. The pursuit continued for approximately 11 miles in O’Brien County and ended when a tire deflation device was deployed by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the driver, 28-year old Madison Selzer, of Primghar, was placed under arrest and taken into custody without further incident. Selzer was allegedly found to have a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on an active Clay County arrest warrant, according to authorities.

Selzer was transported to the Clay County Jail charged with eluding, a serious misdemeanor; failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving under suspension, no insurance and no license plate light, all simple misdemeanors. Selzer was held to appear before the Magistrate on the traffic violations and is being held in the Clay County jail to serve a 10-day jail sentence. This incident remains under investigation and Selzer faces additional traffic charges in O’ Brien County, according to authorities.


Vehicle Rolls Near Rock Valley

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s vehicle rolled near Rock Valley on Wednesday, January 20th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:01 pm on Wednesday, 31-year-old Arturo Sebastian of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 18, five miles west of Rock Valley. According to the report, Sebastian lost control of his vehicle and entered the south ditch, where the Ford came to rest on its side.

The Ford received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Sabastian was cited for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance.