Fatal Accident Near Spencer

fatal ambulanceSpencer, Iowa — A Rossie, Iowa woman was killed an accident on Tuesday (3/12) near Spencer.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 9:15 AM, 40-year-old Mindee Wilcox of Rossie, Iowa was northbound on Highway 71, four miles south of Spencer in a 2003 Jeep. Fifty-six-year-old Gary Yeager of Hershey, Nebraska was southbound on 71 in a 2009 Kenworth.

Wilcox lost control on the ice-covered road. Her vehicle slid across the centerline and was struck by the semi.

Wilcox died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Yeager was not injured.


Saturday Night Accident Injures Seven Hawarden Residents

Hawarden Ax 3-12-13Hawarden, Iowa — Seven Hawarden residents were injured in an accident on Saturday night near Hawarden, and two of them were further transported to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:45 PM, 66-year-old Warren Vargo of Hawarden was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Venture van westbound on 420th Street two miles northeast of Hawarden when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the north ditch striking a fence and a Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) utility pole.

John Finley, age 24, Joshua Finley, age three, Natily Finley, eight months, Brianna Vargo, age 16, Sandy Vargo, age 28, Annissa Vargo, age six, and April Vargo, age eight, all of Hawarden were transported to the Hawarden Hospital by the Hawarden Ambulance for treatment of their injuries. John Finley and Joshua Finley were later transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by the Hawarden Ambulance for additional treatment of their injuries.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $4,500 in damages. The fence sustained approximately $300 in damages; the utility pole sustained approximately $1,000 in damages. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department, Hawarden Ambulance, Hawarden Police Department and Northwest REC.

The accident remains under investigation.


Sheldon Woman, Boyden Teen Transported To Hospital After Sunday Night Accident Near Boyden

Boyden Ax 3-12-13Boyden, Iowa — A Sheldon woman and a Boyden teen were taken to the hospital after an accident on Sunday night near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:00 PM, 22-year-old Kaitlyn Ruden of Sheldon was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on Highway 18, four miles east of Boyden. Nineteen-year-old Breanne Van Roekel of Boyden was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Highway 18.

Ruden lost control of her vehicle, which struck Van Roekel’s vehicle.

Ruden and Van Roekel were transported to the Sheldon Hospital by the Boyden Ambulance and Sheldon Ambulance.

The Trailblazer sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. The Impala sustained approximately $8,500 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Sheldon Police Department, Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Ambulance, Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation.


Remsen Drug Bust Nets Ten Arrests So Far

law enforcement lightbarRemsen, Iowa — Ten people have been arrested in a Plymouth County investigation into the transport and sale of marijuana in the Remsen area.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Le Mars Police Department drug task force.

Authorities report that they became aware that some people were bringing marijuana from Aurora, Colorado into northwest Iowa. The marijuana was then packaged and resold in the Remsen and Le Mars area. A vehicle that authorities believed was involved was stopped by the Iowa State Patrol on Saturday, March 2nd on I-29.

They report they arrested 56-year-old Randy Brent of Aurora, Colorado. Charges included possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Brent was also charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana which is a Class D felony.

As a result, the joint drug task force executed five separate search warrants. As a result of carrying out the warrants, authorities arrested 59-year-old Randy Holsinger, 22-year-old Jesse Holsinger, 22-year-old Cameron Gengler, and 20-year-old Jessica Weaver all of Remsen. They also arrested 28-year-old Kayla Hutton, 30-year-old Ryan Toel, 50-year-old Danie McEvoy, 35-year-old Timothy Ruhland, and 55-year-old Charles Maddox all of Le Mars.

Those arrested were charged with several different charges, ranging from possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, which are misdemeanors to conspiracy to deliver, and drug tax stamp violations which are Class D felonies. All of those arrested were charged with one or more felony count, except Weaver. They were all taken to the Plymouth County Jail, and either posted bond or were released after seeing a judge.

The Task Force has seized about 2 pounds of marijuana, over $15,000 in cash and 2 vehicles. The investigation continues and authorities report more arrests are expected.


Sutherland Man In Jail In Rock Rapids After Being Picked Up On Warrant For Failure To Appear On Several Charges, Including A Felony

Jail Door2Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sutherland man is in jail in Rock Rapids after he was picked up on a warrant for failure to appear on several charges, including a felony.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 37-year-old Aaron John Herrmann of Sutherland was arrested last week on a Lyon County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Sex Offender Registry Violation, an aggravated misdemeanor; Threat of Terrorism, a class D Felony; Domestic Abuse Assault, a simple misdemeanor; Violation of a No Contact Order, a simple misdemeanor; and Theft in the Fifth Degree, a simple misdemeanor.

Herrmann was arrested by the Paulina Police Department and transported to the O’Brien County Jail. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department then took custody of Herrmann and transported him from the O’Brien County Jail to the Lyon County Jail where he is currently being held on a $2,000 bond.


Sheldon Police Arrest Five In Separate Incidents In The Past Week

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

The Sheldon Police report they arrested a Sheldon man this past Wednesday evening at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center. They say they arrested 30-year-old Johnathon Christopher Olson that night on an O’Brien County Warrant for an original charge of Interference With Official Acts. Olson was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.

Sheldon Police also inform us that they have arrested four people for Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense, in the last week. All were taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.