Intersection Obstruction Leads To Accident

O'BrienSheriff obriensheriff O'Brien SheriffGaza, Iowa — Tall corn obstructing the view of a Paullina man causes accident.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:33 pm on Monday, August 17th, 84-year-old Orville Tewes was driving a 1997 Chevrolet  Pickup northbound on Starling Avenue, west of Gaza. Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Roghair was driving westbound on 440th Street in a 2005 Ford F350. According to the report, Crops located on the southeast corner of the intersection on Starling and 440th acted as an obstruction to Tewes’s vision. Tewes struck Roghair, causing the F350 to spin sideways and come to rest facing southeast.

The Chevy received $3783 damage. The Ford received $4589 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Semi Enters Ditch Near Hospers


sioux county sheriff emblemHospers, Iowa — A semi-tractor and trailer were damaged in an accident near Hospers on Monday, August 17th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:19 pm, 41-year-old Christopher Bammer of Mound City, Missouri was driving a 2005 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a trailer southbound on Highway 60. According to the report, Bammer lost control of the semi and entered the west ditch.

The Peterbilt received $7500 damage; the trailer received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hospers Fire Department, Hospers Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Semi Damaged After Blown Tire

sioux county sheriffAlton, Iowa — A Semi-Tractor was damaged in an accident near Alton on Thursday, August 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:10 pm on Thursday, 37-year-old Keith Lambertz of Valley Springs, South Dakota was driving a 2007 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer on Highway 60, two miles north of Alton. According to the report, the front driver’s side tire ruptured causing the undercarriage of the vehicle to strike the roadway.

The Peterbilt received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information

Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help with identifying who is responsible for damaging a tractor northeast of Hawarden.

They report that on August 12th, they investigated a report of vandalism that was said to have likely occurred sometime between June 25th and August 11th at 1996 Coolidge Avenue, or four miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, it was discovered that a window on a farm tractor had been shot by a BB or pellet.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Two Vehicle Accident In Orange City

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — A Le Mars woman’s vehicle and an Orange City woman’s vehicle were damaged in an accident in Orange City on Wednesday, August 12th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 8:30 am on Wednesday morning, 57-year-old Yevonne Loutsch was driving a 2009 Chevy Equinox northbound on Albany Avenue in Orange City. Sixty-year-old Don De Jong of Alton was driving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, owned by Laura Miller of Orange City, and was attempting t turn onto Albany Avenue. According to the report, De Jong attempted to make a left turn onto Albany and failed to yield to Loutsch. De Jong stated he did not see Loutsch’s Equinox.

The Chevrolet and Jeep each received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Accident Near Orange City Leads To Arrest

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured and later arrested after a two vehicle accident near Orange City on Tuesday, August 11th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 am on Tuesday, August 11th, 34-year-old Aaron Van Kley of Rock Rapids was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche southbound on Jefferson Avenue, one mile northeast of Orange City. Sixty-one-year-old John Leusink of Orange City was driving a 2008 Ford F450 eastbound on 430th street. According to the report, the two met in the intersection where Van Kley struck Leusink.

The release states Van Kley was transported by the Orange City Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital Area Health System for treatment of minor injuries.

The report continues that after Van Kley’s release from the hospital, he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. Additionally, he was cited for failing to yield right of way to a vehicle on the right and failing to use or maintain safety belts.

The Chevrolet received $6000 damage; the Ford received $5000 damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, Orange City Fire Department, and the Orange City Ambulance.