Man Drives Through Railroad Construction Area

railroad crossing signMaurice, Iowa — An Orange City man’s vehicle was damaged as well as a railroad crossing on Thursday, October 1st near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:52 am, 19-year-old Diego De Lira of Orange City was driving a 2006 Nissan X-Terra eastbound on Highway 10, two miles north of Maurice. According to the report, De Lira attempted to cross the BNSF Railway Railroad crossing. The report continues that the railroad crossing was under construction and De Lira struck unprepared railway rails in the crossing as he attempted to drive through the railroad construction area.

The Nissan received $10,000 damage; the railroad crossing received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

De Lira was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.

Lane Change Leads To Accident

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two vehicle accident south of Sheldon on Friday, October 2nd.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:03 pm on Friday, 41-year-old Russell Marking of Grenada, Minnesota was driving a 2008 GMC pickup southbound on Highway 60 in the left lane, half a mile south of Sheldon. Twenty-two-year-old Karla Gamez-Alvarez of Sibley was driving a 2003 Ford F250 pulling a Big Tex dump trailer southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane. The report states that Gamez-Alvarez attempted to change lanes as Marking passed her and struck the GMC.

The GMC received $3000 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Gamez-Alvarez was cited for improper lane change.

Three Vehicle Accident Near Sioux Center

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:41 am on Tuesday, 20-year-old Angie Padilla was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Highway 75, two and a half miles south of Sioux Center, and stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto 440th Street. Fifty-five-year-old Jack Bradshaw of Maurice was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and stopped behind Padilla. 18-year-old Darric Wurth of Remsen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on Highway 75 behind Bradshaw and Padilla.

According to the report, Wurth struck Bradshaw, and the impact pushed Bradshaw’s vehicle ahead and struck Padilla.

The Monte Carlo received $6,000; the Silverado received $7,000 damage. The Malibu received $3,000 damage.

Wurth and Bradshaw reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

Wurth was cited for following too close. Padilla was cited for no proof of liability insurance/accident related.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Hull Burglary Report

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case in Hull.
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The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a burglary report on Wednesday morning, September 30th. They were told that a burglary allegedly occurred at the Hull Coop Elevator, 1206 Railroad Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators stole power tools and other assorted tools from a construction site at the elevator.

Deputies believe the alleged crime took place between Tuesday, September 29th, at 9:30 PM, and Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You can call them at 712-737-2280 or use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at

Medical Condition Causes Accidents

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Alton man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center recently.
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that 58-year-old Jeffrey Holtz of Alton was driving a 2011 Chevy eastbound on Seventh Street Northwest in Sioux Center. Sixty-two year-old Lynn Buseman of Alcester was westbound on Seventh in a 2003 Ford pickup.

The report says that the Buseman pickup was making a left turn to go west on Seventh Street Northwest from Sixth Avenue Northwest, after stopping at the stop sign. Buseman advised that the Holtz vehicle was eastbound at a high rate of speed. He says the Holtz vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign and collided into the rear driver’s side of the Buseman pickup, causing disabling damage to the Buseman pickup.

The report says that after the collision, Buseman told the officer that the Holtz vehicle left the scene and continued east. It was later discovered that the Holtz vehicle left the roadway and hit a mailbox on the south side of the road. The Holtz vehicle then reentered the roadway and continued east. It left the roadway again and drove over a “no parking” sign.

The front passenger side of the Holtz vehicle then collided with the rear passenger side of a parked 2007 Chevy Avalanche that had been parked outside of a garage. The vehicle then stopped.

It is believed that Holtz had a medical condition that was the cause of the accidents.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Holtz to Sioux Center Health hospital.

Holtz’s Chevy sustained $5000 in damages, and Buseman’s Ford pickup sustained $4500 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle. The parked Chevy Avalanche sustained about $500 in damages. The mailbox and sign were valued at $200, each.

No charges were filed.

Improper Pass Leads To Accident

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident near Rock Rapids on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:20 pm on Tuesday, 24-year-old Bradley Lupkes of Rock Rapids was driving a 2004 Chevy Impala south of Rock Rapids on Hickory Avenue. Fifty-eight-year-old Eldon Sneller of Doon was driving a 2004 Kenworth in front of Lupkes. According to the report, Lupkes was attempting to pass Sneller as Sneller was making a left turn at the residence of 1909 Hickory Avenue and struck the left rear of Lupkes’ Impala.

The Impala received $3000 damage, while the Kenworth received minimal damage.

No injuries were reported.

Lupkes was cited for improper passing and Sneller was cited for failure to wear safety belt.