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.


Car Driven By Rock Rapids Man Totaled Near Alvord

Alvord, Iowa — On Friday (1/11) at 5:30 P.M., Robert Olson, age 25 of Rock Rapids was driving his 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Garfield Avenue, approaching 210th Street. That’s K42 and A34, three and a half miles east of Alvord.

Due to the heavy fog he did not realize he was at the intersection and went through it. When he hit the gravel on the north side of the intersection, he lost control of the vehicle, which spun around twice and entered the east ditch.

Olson was uninjured, but the vehicle was a total loss. Damage amount done to his Pontiac Grand Prix was $3,000.


Sheldon Police Investigate Public Intox/Theft Case, Accident

sheldon police smallSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police report an incident and a property damage accident in recent days.

The police report that in the early morning hours of Sunday, before 2 AM, BuddZ’s reported an intoxicated person that wouldn’t pay his bill. The police arrested 27-year-old Luis DeJesus of Sheldon, and charged him with Public Intoxication and Fifth Degree Theft, both simple misdemeanors. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

A Sibley woman’s car and a Sheldon man’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, January 8 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 7:00 PM, 23-year-old Erika DeVries of Sibley was northbound on Washington Avenue in a 1992 Chrysler. A 2000 Jeep, owned by Barry Whitsell of Sheldon was legally parked on Washington. DeVries struck the Jeep and then according to the report, left the scene without leaving any information. She later reported to law enforcement that HER vehicle was struck by someone else while it was parked at the NCC Lifelong Learning Center.

DeVries’s Chrysler received $3500 damage. Whitsell’s Jeep received $4000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

DeVries was charged with a registration violation, striking an unattended vehicle, and false reporting.


Vehicle Driven By Primghar Man Damaged In Accident In Primghar

law lightbar bluePrimghar, Iowa — A vehicle driven by a Primghar man was damaged in an accident in Primghar on Sunday, January 13th.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that 30-year-old Nolen Harms of Primghar was attempting to turn into a driveway in the 400 block of Third Street Northwest in Primghar when he lost control on the ice and struck a telephone pole.

Harms made no attempt to call to report the accident. Someone else reported the accident 9 hours after the fact.

Harms received no injuries and was wearing safety restraints.

Harms vehicle received an estimated $1000 damage. The pole, owned by Iowa Telecom sustained about $2,000 damage.