Vehicle Leaves Highway 9, Damages Fence, Leaves Scene Near Rock Rapids

Sheriff car rear genericRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigated a one-vehicle hit and run accident which occurred on Sunday February 10th, 2013 in the 2800 mile of Highway 9, or two miles west of Rock Rapids.

An unknown vehicle was traveling east on Highway 9 around 4:00 PM, when it entered the south ditch and went through a field fence. The vehicle then continued to travel through the field and exited back onto Highway 9 using a farm drive. Due to parts left at the scene, the vehicle is believed to be blue metallic in color, or at least have a blue metallic colored bumper, with damage to either the front or rear bumper.

The fence, owned by Jerry Caswell, of Rock Rapids received approximately $75.00 in damages.

Anyone with information on this vehicle is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-472-8300.


Sioux Center Police Arrest Three, Cite One In Separate Incidents

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo OnlySioux Center, Iowa — In the latest from the Sioux Center police:

The police made three arrests and a citation in the past several days.

On Friday (2/8), they arrested 38-year-old Jason Donald Anson of Sioux City. Anson was charged with Second Offense OWI.

On Thursday (2/7), Sioux Center Police officers arrested 20-year-old Drew Alan Kersten of Boyden on two charges of Criminal Trespassing.

Forty-four-year-old Mark Daniel Dobesh of Sioux Center was arrested on Thursday as well on a charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Sioux Center officers also cited 30-year-old Erin Danielle Rodriguez on Friday, February 1st, on a charge of Driving while License Suspended.


In other reports from the Sioux Center Police;

A pickup driven by a Hull teen and a car allegedly driven by a Sioux Center man were damaged in an accident on Friday (2/8) in Sioux Center.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 9:15 PM, 17-year-old Alexa Schut of Hull was southbound in the parking lot in front of Culver’s, in southern Sioux Center in a 2004 Ford. They report that 26-year-old Gregorio Marquez Ortiz of Sioux Center was allegedly westbound in the lot in a 2008 Chevy.

The police report that Schut’s pickup had been parked, when she proceeded to pull forward. She didn’t see the other vehicle traveling toward her because of the door frame. When she saw it, she tried to stop, but it was too late. A witness in the drive-up lane at Culver’s says that immediately after the accident, the two front-seat passengers in the Marquez Ortiz vehicle switched seats, and that Marquez Ortiz was actually driving, not Maria De Anleu, who was sitting on the driver’s side when the officer arrived.

Schut’s Ford received $200 damage. The Chevy received $2000 damage.

No charges have been filed.

There were no injuries reported.


Rock Valley Woman’s Pickup, Fence Damaged In Sunday Morning Accident

Larchwood, Iowa — A pickup driven by a Rock Valley woman was damaged, as was a section of fence in an accident near Larchwood on Sunday morning.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:25 AM, 32-year-old Tara L Sichmeller of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup westbound on Highway 9, about four miles west of Larchwood, when she lost control of her vehicle.

The vehicle entered the north ditch and took out a section of fence belonging to Paul Deubbelde of Larchwood.

Damage amount to Sichmeller’s Dodge Ram was $300 dollars.

No injuries were reported.


Inwood Man Arrested In Hull On Child Endangerment, OWI

law enforcement lightbarHull, Iowa — An Inwood man was arrested on Saturday in Hull on Child Endangerment and other charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Saturday — about 12:20 AM, one of their deputies arrested 25-year-old Guian Franco-Hernandez of Inwood on charges of operating while intoxicated, driving while suspended and child endangerment.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Division Street in Hull.

The deputy determined that Franco-Hernandez was driving while intoxicated and had an infant in the vehicle he was driving. It was also discovered that Franco-Hernandez’s driver’s license was suspended.


Second Victim From February 2nd Accident Passes Away

Fatal AccidentWorthington, MN — A second victim has now passed away as a result of an accident last Saturday, February 2nd near Worthington.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 6:40 PM, 30-year-old James Fisher of Luverne was westbound on I-90, west of Worthington in a 1998 Ford.  Forty-four-year-old Kevin Bakker of Spirit Lake was eastbound on 90 in a 2012 Nissan.

Fisher lost control and his vehicle went through the median into the eastbound lanes and was struck broadside by Bakker’s vehicle.

A passenger in the Bakker vehicle, 6-year-old Jonah Holmes was airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls, but died on Sunday (2/3) as a result of his injuries.  On Friday, (2/8) Kevin Bakker also passed away due to his injuries sustained in the crash.

Two passengers in Bakker’s car, 27-year-old Michelle Holmes and one-year-old Fisher Bakker were transported to Sanford Worthington by Sanford Worthington Ambulance.

James Fisher was transported to Sanford Worthington by Sanford Worthington Ambulance. He was treated and released.

Both vehicles were totaled.

The Worthington and Rushmore fire departments, Sanford Worthington Ambulance, and Adrian Ambulance assisted the Minnesota State Patrol.


Sheldon Man Arrested In Connection With Residential Burglary

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been arrested on several charges, including two felonies, after an investigation by the Sheldon Police.

Forty-three-year-old Leroy William Raffaelli Jr. was arrested this past Sunday, February 3rd, at his motel room at the Sheldon Motel.

Officers had obtained an arrest warrant for Raffaelli, for the crime of Credit Card Fraud. Officers served the arrest warrant at Raffaelli’s room at the Sheldon Motel. Officers then executed a search warrant at that room to search for some of the stolen items from a burglary and recovered a number of items of possible evidence.

Officers later obtained a second search warrant for his room upon finding the presence of a controlled substance there.

The burglary in question happened during the overnight hours of January 25th and the early morning hours of January 26th at a residence on Sixth Avenue in Sheldon.

Raffaelli was charged with Theft in the 1st Degree, a class C felony, and Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. He was transported to the County Jail in Primghar. An investigation is ongoing by the Sheldon Police Department. Additional charges will be filed on Raffaelli in Sioux County for Possession of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and multiple counts of Credit Card Fraud.

Raffaelli also faces several criminal charges by the Le Mars Police Department for two counts of Credit Card Fraud, Operating a Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were officers from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and the Le Mars Police Department.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.