Hawarden Teen Facing Burglary Charges

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden teen is now facing charges in relation to a burglary that happened in November.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, June 10, they charged a 17-year-old boy from Hawarden, after an investigation into a burglary that happened in November, 2014 at a business on Birch Avenue, two miles north of Hawarden.  

Sheriff’s officials believe the boy used a brick to break open a door to a construction business building. Once inside the building, a safe was stolen, they say.   

The Sheriff’s Office says the teen was cited into Juvenile Court on charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.


Two Vehicle Accident Near Sioux Center

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, IA — A Rock Valley woman’s vehicle and an Orange City man’s vehicle were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday, June 10th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 5:14 pm, 47-year-old Denise Greene of Rock Valley was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban southbound on Highway 10, one mile north of Sioux Center. Twenty-four-year-old Trevor Starkweather of Orange City was diving a 2005 Buick LeSabre southbound behind Greene. According to the report, Greene attempted to turn onto 370th Street and Starkweather struck Greene.

The Suburban received $2000 damage. The Buick received $8000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Starkweather was cited for following too close.


Object Hits Car

sioux county sheriff emblemAlton, IA — A metal object caused damage to a Le Mars woman’s vehicle on Wednesday, June 10th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 10:12 pm, 34-year-old Jill Rutledge of Le Mars was driving a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country southbound on Highway 60, three miles southwest of Alton. According to the report, Rutledge was passing another vehicle when a metal object struck the right side of her vehicle.

The minivan received $100 damage.

No injuries were reported.


Woman Falls Asleep Behind Wheel

O'BrienSheriffA Sutherland teen fell asleep behind the wheel damaged her vehicle on Friday, June 12th near Archer.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 6:50 am on Friday, 16-year-old Allyson Sweeney was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sedan westbound on B-40. According to the report, Sweeney crossed the center line and entered the opposite ditch. The Chrysler then collided with a culvert driveway and ramped over it, landed on the opposite of the driveway and eventually came to rest. The driver stated she fell asleep.

The Chrysler received $3500 damage.

Sweeney was taken to the Orange City Hospital by private vehicle.


Possible Evidence Found In Homicide Case

Estherville, Iowa — Authorities say they have found shell casings, projectiles, and a firearm that may have been used in the murder of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit in Estherville.
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Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that a multi-agency investigation by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is taking place. He says the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner in Ankeny has released their preliminary report. They say that the manner of death of Thomas Bortvit has been ruled to be a homicide.

Sheriff Martens also advises that search warrants have been carried out in regard to the investigation. During the searches, shell casings, projectiles and a firearm believed to have been used in the homicide of Bortvit were recovered.

These items have been forwarded to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory for analysis, according to Sheriff Martens. He says that the suspect charged in connection with the homicide, 18-year-old Lee Samuel Christensen of Estherville remains in custody in the Hennepin County, Minnesota Jail.

The Sheriff says Christensen has waived extradition to Emmet County and is expected to be returned to Emmet County in the near future.

He says the investigation continues.


Police Need Your HELP

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — Orange City Police are asking for help in solving a rash of vandalism incidents that happened sometime during the overnight hours of Tuesday, June 9th into Wednesday, June 10th.

Orange City Police say that at least 10 vehicles had their windows smashed all around Orange City in the incident, and they ask that anyone with information on these crimes contact the Orange City Police Department at 712-707-4251.