Orange City, Iowa — A nearly month-long investigation has led to the arrest of two individuals on charges of Identity Theft and Forgery.
Orange City Police say that, on July 15th, they received a report of two people working at Smithfield Foods in Orange City, under false names. Police say that, during their investigation, it was discovered that Gladys Rodriguez, and Manuel Pelico De Leon were allegedly using another person’s identity to gain employment at Smithfield Foods.
Upon completion of their investigation, Orange City Police say that on Monday (August 8th) they arrested both Gladys Rodriguez, and Manuel Pelico De Leon. Police say both individuals were charged with Identity Theft and Forgery. Both charges are Class D Felonies, with each carrying a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, and a fine up to $7,500.
At last report, both Rodriguez and De Leon were housed in the Sioux County Jail, with no bond set.
Alton, Iowa — An Orange City woman was injured in an accident near Alton in the late night hours of Saturday, August 6th.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:23 pm on Saturday, 22-year-old Latasha Dau of Orange City was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on Kiwi Avenue, five miles southeast of Alton. According to the report, Dau lost control of her vehicle, entered the west ditch and rolled.
The Ford received $4,000 damage.
Dau reported minor injuries and decline further medical attention.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Alton Ambulance, Alton Fire Department and Remsen Police Department.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged after a collision at an intersection near Rock Rapids in the morning hours of Saturday, August 6th.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:15 am on Saturday, 64-year-old Jerry Caswell of Rock Rapids was driving a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer westbound on Highway 9 and attempting to make a right turn onto Fir Avenue, west of Rock Rapids. Thirty-six-year-old Karen Stiltz of Rock Rapids was driving 2006 Honda Civic westbound on Highway 9 behind Caswell. According to the report, Stiltz struck Caswell from behind and after Stiltz’s vehicle contacted Caswell’s vehicle, it rolled over onto its top.
The Trailblazer received $5,000 damage. The Honda received $4,000 damage.
Lyon County, Iowa — A Brandon, South Dakota woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital following a single-vehicle crash in far western Lyon County early Tuesday.
According to Lyon County authorities, shortly before 1:30 Tuesday morning, they received a report of a possible car in the ditch near the intersection of Highway 9 and Beech Avenue. Authorities say a deputy located the vehicle, and determined that the 2010 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 23-year old Betsy Thomas of Brandon, had been eastbound on Highway 9, when she allegedly lost control of the car while traversing the curve, and entered the north ditch, striking a creek embankment.
Thomas was transported to Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls for treatment of possible injuries, according to the report.
Lyon County authorities say they suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Larchwood EMS and Trackside Towing in Alvord.
Deputies say the accident is still under investigation.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — A George man who came to the Lyon County Jail to visit a friend, ended up in custody himself.
According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday of this week (August 4th) 54-year old Clark Nagel, of George, went to the Sheriff’s Office to visit an inmate in the Lyon County Jail. Deputies say that, during a routine security check done prior to entering the jail facility, they discovered a warrant for Nagel’s arrest.
According to authorities, the warrant was for Failure To Appear, and the bond amount listed on the warrant was $500 cash or surety.
In addition, deputies say that further investigation revealed that Nagel’s Driver’s License was suspended, and that the vehicle he drove to the jail had expired license plates. They say he was charged accordingly.
Boyden, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Tuesday afternoon.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, 81-year-old James Doorenbos of Boyden was driving a 1997 Ford F‐150 pickup southbound on Kennedy Avenue. They report that 74-year-old Viola McKenney of Rock Rapids was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on Highway 18.
According to the report, Doorenbos stopped for the stop sign at Highway 18, and drove into the intersection where his pickup was struck by the McKenney vehicle.
The Boyden Ambulance took McKenney and a passenger in her vehicle to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.
Doorenbos’s Ford pickup sustained $3,000 in damage. McKenney’s Chevrolet sustained $8,000 in damage.
Doorenbos was cited on a charge of failure to yield the right of way.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Iowa State Patrol, Boyden Ambulance crew and Boyden Fire Department assisted them.