Two Women Taken To Hospital After Sioux Center Accident

Sioux Center AmbulanceSioux Center, Iowa — Two women, one from Rock Valley and one from Sioux Center were taken to the hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Friday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:15 that night, 58-year-old Melissa O’Rourke of Rock Valley was driving a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country minivan northbound on Elmwood Avenue, about six miles northwest of Sioux Center. O’Rourke began making a left turn onto 380th Street. Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Tacke of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Kia Optima northbound on Elmwood Avenue behind O’Rourke. Tacke started passing O’Rourke, and struck her vehicle in mid-turn.

O’Rourke and a passenger in Tacke’s vehicle, 31-year-old Melissa Tacke of Sioux Center were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance.

The O’Rourke minivan sustained about $5,000 in damages. The Kia driven by Tacke sustained about $10,000 in

Joshua Tacke was cited for unsafe passing.

The Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Police Department and the Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

NW Iowa Law Enforcement Officers Make A Number Of Drug Arrests Including Three Felonies

law lightbar blueNorthwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa Law enforcement officers have made a number of drug arrests in the past few days.

On Saturday, (1/19), the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office assisted with a drug search and the arrest of a Texas man. Deputies report that at about 10:45 PM, they assisted an Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agent in executing a search warrant at the Grand Falls Casino, on the state line near Larchwood. As a result of the search, 26-year-old Sean C. Williams of Houston, TX was arrested. Williams was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. The Iowa State Patrol and Grand Falls Casino Security also assisted with the search warrant.

A Rock Rapids man was arrested on Friday in Rock Rapids on drug charges. Officers arrested 24-year-old Collin Campbell of Rock Rapids in the 300 Block of First Avenue. He was charged with Second Offense OWI and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

On Wednesday (1/16), a Sheldon man was arrested by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office. They report that they arrested 61-year-old Timothy Joseph Elbert of Sheldon on Washington Avenue in the 9 AM hour. He was charged with Second Offense OWI, Possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

And the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on felony drug charges and found a half a pound of marijuana on Wednesday (1/16).

A Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Meng Thao of Storm Lake, for a traffic violation east of Spirit Lake on Highway 9. A vehicle search turned up cash and 0.52 pounds of plant material believed to be marijuana. The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested and booked into the Dickinson County Jail.

Thao was charged with Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – marijuana, a Class D Felony, Drug tax stamp violation, a Class D Felony, Failure to have a valid driver’s license, a simple misdemeanor, and Excessive speed, a simple misdemeanor.

Nineteen-year-old Justin L. Fang and 26-year-old Kong M. Xiong both of Storm Lake, were also charged with possession with intent to deliver and drug tax stamp violations.

All three were released after posting $5000 bond.

Sioux Falls Man Seeks Medical Treatment After Accident Near Rock Valley

siouxsheriff_dinky2Rock Valley, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man was injured in an accident on Friday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:25 AM, 55-year-old Harvey Teunissen of Sioux Falls was driving a 1995 Ford Escort southbound on Highway 18, about seven miles west of Rock Valley.

Teunissen entered a curve where Highway 18 turns east when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the north ditch and struck a creek embankment.

Teunissen sought medical treatment on his own.

The Ford sustained approximately $3,500 in damages.

Man Who Made Facebook Threats To Shoot Himself, Others Formally Charged

Orange City, Iowa — The Hospers man accused of making a threat on Facebook to hurt others and himself after the Sandy Hook shootings has been formally charged.

The Sioux County Attorney’s Office has filed formal charges of First Degree Harassment against 22-year-old Ricky Lee Carver of Hospers.

Court documents give the exact quote from Facebook. Carver typed, “I’m gonna loose (sic) it u gonna hear about me killing a bunch of ppl then myself like my family.”

Carver’s comment didn’t mention schools and wasn’t directed at anyone associated with any school, but because the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut in which 26 people were killed had happened only three days before, officials locked down schools in Hospers and two nearby towns as a precaution.

Two Transported To Hospital After Boyden Area Accident

Boyden Accident 1-16-13Boyden, Iowa — Two Hull teens were transported to the hospital after an accident on Highway 18 near Boyden on Wednesday morning (1/16/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:45 AM, 19-year-old Kaleb Vis of Hull was driving a 2004 Ford F‐150 pickup eastbound on Highway 18, a mile west of Boyden.

Vis began passing an eastbound vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle, entered the south ditch and overturned.

Vis and a passenger, 18-year-old Louis Castillo of Hull were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Boyden Ambulance.

The Ford sustained about $14,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Boyden Fire Department and the Boyden Ambulance.

Orange City Man Sentenced To 180-Day Jail Term For Attempted Burglary, Drug Charges

sioux county courthouseOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has been sentenced to a 180-day jail term for Attempted Burglary and drug charges.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 36-year-old Shawn Michael Sunday of Orange City was sentenced for the crimes of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Possession of Prescription Drug or Device Without Prescription, a Serious Misdemeanor.

On September 21, 2012, the Orange City Police Department received a report from an Orange City resident of a possible burglary. The Orange City Police responded and discovered that the resident reported that someone had attempted to gain access to his home by prying on the deadbolt. The resident identified Shawn Sunday as a possible suspect and informed the police that Sunday intended to steal prescription medications from the home. A short while later, a police officer was flagged down by a motorist in Orange City reporting an intoxicated person at the corner of Colorado Avenue SW and 6th Street SW. The officer went to the location and found Sunday in a state of intoxication due to drug usage. The officer searched Sunday and found him to be in possession of marijuana and a number of prescription drugs to which he could not produce a valid prescription.

After pleading guilty on January 14, 2013, Sunday was sentenced to serve 180 days in the Sioux County Jail on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim and obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment.