Appeals Court Upholds Orange City Man’s Conviction In Lottery Ticket Theft Case

gavel_sxcOrange City, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld an Orange City man’s conviction in connection with the theft of lottery tickets.

According to Sioux County Attorney Coleman McCalister’s office, in late November of 2010, the Casey’s General Store in Orange City discovered that 15 lottery scratch-off tickets were missing from their store and Read more


Hull Woman Injured In Accident On Thursday

Sheldon PD car police spdSheldon, Iowa — A Hull woman was injured in an accident on Thursday (3/14) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:40 PM, 21-year-old Emily Hidalgo of Hull was eastbound on Pine Street in a 1996 Pontiac. A 2003 Ford was legally parked, facing east on Pine. The report does not list the owner of the parked car.

Hidalgo lost control of her Pontiac, which struck the parked Ford.

The report says Hidalgo received non-incapacitating injuries but was not transported to a hospital.

Hidalgo’s Pontiac and the parked Ford sustained $2000 damage, each.

Hidalgo was charged with Failure To Maintain Control


Two Ocheyedan Men Taken To Hospital After Accident With Semi Near Kingsley

AmbulanceKingsley, Iowa — Two Ocheyedan men were taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday (3/12) near Kingsley.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:00 PM, 68-year-old John Jongma of Hawarden was westbound on C60 near Kingsley in a 2006 Mack semi, pulling a 2010 Cornhusker grain trailer. Forty-five-year-old Mark Bremer of Ocheyedan was northbound on Highway 140 in a 1999 Ford pickup.

The report says Jongma failed to stop for the stop sign. Bremer was unable to stop when he saw the semi. His pickup struck the left rear duals of the trailer causing functional damage to the trailer and totaling the pickup.

Bremer, and a passenger in his vehicle, 83-year-old Donald Bremer of Ocheyedan were both taken to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars by Kingsley Ambulance.

Jongma’s Mack semi received $5000 damage. Bremer’s Ford pickup received $10,000 damage.

Jongma stated that he did not realize there had been an accident until he reached his destination. He then contacted the Sheriff’s Office to provide his information.

Jongma was ticketed on charges of failure to obey a stop sign and leaving the scene of an injury accident.


Reward Offered For Information In Hawarden Burglary Case

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — A cash reward is now being offered for information in the case in which a found vehicle led to the discovery that the owners’ home had been burglarized.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports the reward is being offered by a private party for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators and/or the recovery of property taken in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

It all started about 6:20 PM on the evening of February 23rd, when the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious vehicle that was parked near Sioux City.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that the vehicle found near Sioux City belonged to rural Hawarden residents. That led to the discovery that the vehicle owner’s home, northeast of Hawarden, had been burglarized.

Deputies found that the person or people who burglarized the home damaged a door to get inside. Several items were taken including a large safe, power tools, firearms, and cash.

The case remains under investigation.


Two Sioux Falls Residents Dead In SUV Versus Semi Crash Just Across State Line Near Casino

fatal ambulance IILarchwood, Iowa — Two Sioux Falls residents are dead as the result of a semi versus SUV crash just into Iowa on Highway 9 by the casino.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 PM, Randy L. Gergen of Granville was northbound on Highway 9, driving a 2007 Peterbilt semi tractor and trailer, near the entrance for Grand Falls Casino. Charles J. Rice of Sioux Falls was southbound in a 2000 GMC Yukon.

Rice began turning into the Grand Falls Casino and drove in front of the semi. The semi was unable to stop and struck the Yukon. Both vehicles ended up in the east ditch.

Rice and his passenger, Kristin Ann Loudermilk, also of Sioux Falls, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Gergen did not report any injuries.

Responding to the call were Larchwood Emergency Medical Service, Larchwood Fire Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, The Iowa State Patrol, and The Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement.


Sheldon Police Take Burglary Report, Cite One, Cover Hit-And-Run Accident In Separate Incidents

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police:

The police cited 26-year-old Carleton Monroe of Sheldon on Saturday (3/9) on charges of Dog at Large and Dog Causing Annoyance. He was cited and released.

They also took a report of a burglary on North Fifth Avenue in Sheldon. Someone reported the theft of a Toshiba laptop and assorted jewelry, valued at a combined total of $6055. The man who called in the report says it happened sometime on Thursday, March 7th. The Police are investigating.

A Sheldon woman’s car was damaged in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday (3/10) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:20 PM, 94-year-old Irene Voss of Sheldon was eastbound on Ninth Street in a 2000 Mercury. An unknown vehicle was southbound on Sixth Avenue.

Voss had stopped at the stop sign at Sixth Avenue. The unknown vehicle was stopped at the stop sign for Ninth Street. The vehicle proceeded into the intersection to go straight. Voss accelerated from her stopped position, also traveling straight. She collided into the right side of the unknown vehicle. The unknown driver did not stop and fled the scene.

A witness describes the vehicle as a silver or grey SUV driven by a Hispanic man.

Voss’s Mercury received $1750 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

No charges were filed.