Sioux Center Man Injured After Hitting Tree

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man was injured in an accident during the evening hours of Tuesday, September 13th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:58 pm on Tuesday, 23-year-old Saul Martinez of Sioux Center was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 southbound on Indian Avenue, three miles northeast of Sioux Center. According to the report, Martinez lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch and struck a tree.

The Ford received $6,000 damage.

Martinez reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

Reckless Driving Complaint Leads To Numerous Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

handcuffs - subject inSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man faces a laundry list of charges following an incident that took place Tuesday evening (September 13th).

According to Sheldon Police, a motorist had reported to O’Brien County Dispatch that a motorist was westbound from Sanborn at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles in a reckless manner, and forcing cars off the road.  According to authorities, a Sheldon Police Officer intercepted a vehicle matching the description given by the caller at the intersection of North 5th Avenue and Park Street (Highway 18) in Sheldon.  The officer reported witnessing reckless operation of the vehicle, including using the left turn lane on Park Street to pass other vehicles, and running the stop sign at 2nd Avenue, where he turned south onto 2nd Avenue (Business 60).

The Sheldon officer says he got the vehicle stopped in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue, and made contact with the car’s driver, who police identified as 28-year old Saverio Marino of Sheldon.

According to police, Marino allegedly was armed with a handgun, and was reportedly in possession of prescription drugs prescribed to someone other than himself, at the time of his arrest.  Police say he faces charges of Felon In Possession of a Firearm, which is a felony.  He was also charged with 1st Offense OWI, and a Prescription Drug Violation, both serious misdemeanors, along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure To Yield To An Emergency Vehicle, Failure to Obey A Stop Sign, or Yield Right Of Way, Passing in a No Passing Zone, Failure To Have a Valid License, Improper Use of Registration, and Operating Without Registration, all of which are simple misdemeanors.

Authorities say Marino was jailed at the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.

Primghar Accident Causes Over $1-Million In Damage

accident wordPrimghar, Iowa — More than $1-million dollars damage is reported following a single vehicle accident Tuesday evening east of Primghar.

According to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened when a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig, driven by 36-year old Joshauwa Wiley of Kansas City, Missouri, was eastbound on 380th Street and attempted a right turn, to go south on Starling Avenue.  Deputies say Wiley apparently turned too sharp and entered the ditch, causing the trailer to overturn, and the tractor to jackknife.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the semi was hauling four computerized power units for windmill turbines at the time of the crash.  Deputies say those power units, which are valued at a total of more than $1-million, were destroyed in the accident.  Wiley’s tractor-trailer rig sustained an estimated $72,469 damage, as well.

Wiley escaped injury in the crash, and was not ticketed, according to the report.

One Taken To Hospital After Sweeper Accident

Hospers, Iowa — A Winterset, Iowa man was taken to the hospital after a construction area accident near Newkirk on Monday.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 9:09 a.m., 51-year-old Robert Johnson of Winterset was driving a 2014 Broce Broom road sweeper eastbound on B40 or 400th Street near a construction area. The report says he stopped, reversed toward the south ditch and attempted to drive westbound when he lost control of vehicle and it entered the south ditch. The sweeper rolled onto its top in the ditch.

The Orange City Ambulance crew took Johnson to the Orange City Health System hospital for treatment of what were called “minor” injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Orange City Ambulance crew and Orange City Fire Department assisted on the scene.

Woman Airlifted To Hospital After Crashing Motorcycle

Sanford Air Med 9Hudson, South Dakota — A South Dakota woman was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following a motorcycle accident in extreme western Sioux County Saturday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year old Karen McCord, of Renner, South Dakota, was driving a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on 360th Street, about a mile east of Hudson, South Dakota, when she entered a curve in the roadway, lost control of her motorcycle, entered the south ditch and struck a fence.

Deputies say McCord was ejected from the motorcycle in the ditch.  She was transported by helicopter to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls for treatment of her injuries.

The accident report indicates that damage to McCord’s motorcycle is estimated at $4-thousand.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and Hudson Emergency Responders.

No Injuries In Car vs Semi Accident

accident wordSheldon, Iowa — No injuries were reported in a 2-vehicle accident that happened about 5 pm on Wednesday (September 7th) on Park Street in eastern Sheldon.

According to the accident report, a 2003 Dodge Stratus, driven by 25-year old Cody Schnider of Sheldon, was westbound on Park Street when a vehicle in front on him slowed suddenly to turn.  The report says Schnider was able to stop in time, but a 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer, which was following Schnider, and driven by 34-year old Phillip Westra of Boyden, was not, and lightly bumped the rear of Schnider’s car.

Police estimated the damage to Schnider’s Stratus to be $3,800, while the Freightliner sustained an estimated $500 damage.

No injuries were reported.