Three Primghar Residents Arrested In Drug Bust

law lightbar bluePrimghar, Iowa — Three Primghar residents have been arrested on drug charges.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday evening (3/6), their deputies conducted a search at the home of Melissa Zmudka on North McCormack Street in Primghar. The Sheriff’s report says that a significant amount of marijuana and methamphetamine were seized along with drug paraphernalia.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. They were 38-year-old Melissa Kay Zmudka of Primghar, 34-year-old Charlie Daniel Chapman of Primghar, and 51-year-old Kevin Karl Janssen of Primghar.

Janssen was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, which, like marijuana possession, is a serious misdemeanor.

The three were taken to the O’Brien County Jail and released the next morning on unsecured appearance bonds. All will appear in court at a later date.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Officers from the Iowa Great Lake Task Force including the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement, Sioux Falls Police Department and the Department of Human Services.


Accident Causes One Million Dollars In Damage To Railroad Truck, Injures Driver

O'BrienSheriff obriensheriff O'Brien SheriffRitter, Iowa — An accident near the Ritter derailment site caused a million dollars in damage to a railroad truck and equipment and injured the truck driver on Monday, March 4.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:35 AM, 47-year-old Charles Stone of Douglasville, Georgia, was driving a 2009 Volvo semi truck and was northbound in the 2800 mile of Northwest Boulevard, or Old Highway 60, a little over 3 miles northeast of Sheldon. Due to icy conditions, Stone lost control and the truck entered the west ditch, causing it to roll over onto its top. The truck Stone was driving was a specialized equipment truck used to work on the railroad tracks and had attached equipment.

The report says Stone had QUOTE “possible injuries”, but he had been wearing vehicle safety restraints.

The railroad vehicle & equipment sustained an estimated one million dollars in damage.

The derailment happened four days earlier, on February 28.


Rock Valley Teen Charged With Felony Sexual Abuse

rock valley police badgeRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen has been charged with felony Sexual Abuse.

The Rock Valley Police Department reports that an investigation by their officers led to the arrest of 19-year-old Whitney Statema of Rock Valley.

Statema was charged with Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree, a class “C” felony. She was booked into the Sioux County Jail on Tuesday (3/5).

Further information about the case was not released by the Rock Valley Police.


Sioux Sheriff’s Office Looking For Red Toyota That Hit Two Fence Poles And Drove Away

siouxsheriff2Hull, Iowa — On Wednesday, March 6, at 6:45 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, two miles northwest of Hull.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that sometime during the morning hours of Tuesday, March 5, a red Toyota SUV or pick‐up truck was driving southbound on Highway 75. The vehicle apparently lost control, entered the east ditch of Highway 75 where it struck two fence poles before leaving the area.

The poles sustained approximately $50 in damages. The Toyota would likely have damage to the rear and possible damage to the driver side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip program. Find out more at siouxcountysheriff.com


Orange City Pair Arrested On Drug Charges

Sheriff car rear genericOrange City, Iowa — A pair of Orange City residents were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday (3/5).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they carried out a search warrant at 905 Highway 10 West, Lot B, in Orange City on Tuesday.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the residents were in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Twenty-seven-year-old David Miedema of Orange City was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa McConnel of Orange City was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 15-month-old child present was not injured.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department.


Search On Warrant Turns Up Marijuana Growing Operation In The Presence Of Nine-Year-Old Child

marijuana pot 2Sioux Center, Iowa — Three people were arrested after a search turned up an alleged marijuana growing operation near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports they carried out a search warrant in the early hours Wednesday morning. The search was at a place on Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the occupants were growing marijuana in the residence.

Twenty-six-year-old Mark Pruismann and 26-year-old Justin DeBondt, both of Sioux Center; and 36-year-old Melissa Berg of Roberts, Wisconsin were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, child endangerment, possession of
marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A nine-year-old child present at the time was not injured.