Two Vehicle Accident Takes Down Power Line

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — One vehicle, a power line, and a mailbox were all damaged in an accident on Thursday, March 24th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:58 am, 52-year-old Glenda Van Roekel of Sioux Center was driving a 2010 Ford Expedition on Goldfinch Avenue and stopped for the stop sign at 360th Street, four miles northwest of Sioux Center. Twenty-one-year-old Cody Byl of Rock Valley was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 360th Street. According to the report, Van Roekel turned left onto 360th Street, then Byl swerved to avoid striking the Ford. Byl lost control of the Impala, struck a mailbox, entered the south ditch, and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole. The impact caused the power lines to detach from the pole.

The Impala received $10,000 damage; the utility pole and power lines received $1200 damage.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance.


Rock Rapids Man Jailed On Felony Drug Charges

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is behind bars on four charges, including two felonies, and an arrest warrant.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their deputies arrested 38-year-old Nathan Helwig of Rock Rapids. Helwig was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Plymouth County, Iowa.

He was also found to be in possession of numerous drug-related items. Helwig was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. He was transported to the Lyon County jail, where at last report he remained in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond.


Rock Valley Woman Backs Into Trailer

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman struck a grain trailer near Sioux Center on Monday, March 21st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:35 pm, 31-year-old Rebecca Horton of Rock Valley was backing a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer from a residential driveway onto Garfield Avenue, five miles northwest of Sioux Center. Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Bruggeman of Larchwood was driving a 2010 Kenworth semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer northbound on Garfield Avenue. According to the report, Horton struck the grain trailer on the roadway.

The Blazer received $5000 damage, the grain trailer received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.


Two Vehicle Accident At Maurice

sioux sheriff emblem side of carMaurice, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Maurice on Tuesday, March 22nd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:43 am, 47-year-old Anthony Smythe of Primghar was driving a 2002 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a tank trailer eastbound on 4th Street in Maurice, and stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75. Twenty-nine-year-old Derek Knopp of Spokane Valley, Washington was driving a 2015 Ford F-250 pickup northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Smythe drove into the intersection and struck Knopp.

The Freightliner received $4000 damage. The Ford received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.


Sanborn Man Suffers Minor Injuries In Rollover Accident

accident wordSanborn, Iowa — a Sanborn man was slightly injured when he rolled his pickup early Tuesday morning north of Sanborn.

According to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened shortly before 12:30 Tuesday morning on Highway 59, near Roosevelt Avenue.  They say 31-year old Eliseo Hernandez-Pacheco of Sanborn was southbound on Highway 59 in a 2004 Ford pickup, when the truck wandered off onto the west shoulder.  Hernandez-Pacheco then lost control, and when he attempted to regain control of the truck, swerved across the roadway into the east ditch, striking a traffic sign, before rolling the truck onto it’s roof.

Deputies say damage to the pickup was estimated at $12-thousand, with damage to the traffic sign estimated at $100.

Authorities say Hernandez-Pacheco  had suspected minor injuries, according to the report, but was not taken to the hospital.  He was ticketed for Failure To Maintain Control, and No Valid Driver’s License, according to deputies.


One Person Transported After Hwy 60 Crash

AccidentGeneric 2Sheldon, Iowa — A Sibley woman sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash that happened early Monday evening a mile north of Sheldon on Highway 60.

According to O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputies, the accident happened about 5:15 Monday afternoon, when a 2005 Chevy truck, driven by 58-year old Brian Burkhart of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, was northbound on Highway 60, and slowed to make a right turn onto 300th Street.  Deputies say that a 2011 Mitsubishi, driven by 34-year old Jill Wasmund of Sibley was northbound behind the Burkhart truck.  Wasmund told deputies that she had been distracted by a cellular device, and failed to see the truck slow and signal for the turn.  Wasmund’s Mitsubishi struck the Chevy in the rear, causing it to enter the east ditch, where it came to rest on a large cement culvert.

Wasmund was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by SCAT, with what are described as minor injuries.

Damage to Burkhart’s Chevy truck was estimated at $3,500, with approximately $12-thousand estimated damage to Wasmund’s Mitsubishi.

Wasmund was ticketed for Following Too Close, according to the report.