Estherville Man Dies In Lawn Mower Accident

Estherville, Iowa — Authorities have now identified a rural Estherville man who died Monday afternoon after he was trapped under a riding lawn mower. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive man trapped under a lawn mower at a residence just south of Estherville.

Sheriff Mike Martens says 57-year-old Timothy Mann was freed from under the mower by the caller and another person at the residence and they started CPR. Mann was taken by ambulance to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville where he was pronounced dead. Martens says it’s believed that a John Deere garden tractor was being rolled down a ramp from a trailer when Mann became entrapped underneath it.

Mann’s body has been transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy.

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Hartley Man, Melvin Man Injured In Accident In Northeast O’Brien County

Hartley, Iowa — Juvenal Hernandez-Montanez, age 39, from Hartley, Iowa was driving a 1997 Ford pickup and was eastbound on gravel road 310th Street. Michael Huls, age 51, from Melvin, Iowa was driving a 1996 Chevy pickup and was northbound on Vine Avenue (County road M12). Hernandez-Montanez did not stop for the stop sign at 310th Street & Vine Avenue and struck Huls in the driver’s side causing Huls to enter the east ditch and then flip over and come to rest on the roadway on the passenger side of the truck. Hernandez-Montanez sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Spencer Hospital by Hartley Ambulance. Passenger in Hernandez-Montanez vehicle, Juvenal Hernandez-Luna, age 6, also had minor injuries and was transported to the Spencer Hospital by Hartley Ambulance. Michael Huls had minor injuries and was transported to the Sibley Hospital by Sanborn Ambulance. Passenger in Huls vehicle, Diane Huls, age 64, also reported minor injuries and was transported to the Sibley Hospital by Sanborn Ambulance. Damage to the Hernandez-Montanez vehicle was estimated to be approximately $5,000 dollars and damage to the Huls vehicle was estimated to be $8,000


Melvin Man To Do Jail Time, Probation After March Altercation

Sibley, Iowa — A Melvin man has been sentenced to a couple of days in jail and probation after an altercation in March.
On March 23, 2012, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about a domestic disturbance in Melvin, Iowa. Following an investigation, 29-year-old Landon Norman Dather was arrested for destroying property at the residence and tackling a female victim to the floor.

On June 18, 2012, Dather was found guilty of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and Domestic Abuse Assault, both Simple Misdemeanors. The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $95.00, the cost of this action, restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution, if any. On the Criminal Mischief charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty (30) days, with all time suspended and placed on informal probation to the Magistrate Court. On the Domestic Abuse charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty (30) days, with all time suspended except for two (2) days. The Defendant shall successfully complete a Batters Education Program and comply with the programs recommendations.


Vehicles Driven By Teens From Sheldon, Little Rock Damaged In Accident Near George

George, Iowa — On Monday 6/18/2012 at approximately 11:30 pm, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two-vehicle accident on the 2000 Block of L-14, north of George.

Cheyenne T Van Beek age 17 of Sheldon, was traveling north on L14. Andrea J Schuck age 19 of Little Rock, was also traveling north on L14.

Van Beek slowed/stopped in front of Schuck due to the Schuck vehicle having its head lights on high. Schuck was unable to stop and rear-ended the Van Beek vehicle.

Van Beek’s 2007 Pontiac Torrent received approximately $1,800 in damage. Schuck’s 2001 Chevy Impala owned by Rhonda Schuck received approximately $2,500 in damage.

Schuck was cited for following too closely. There were no injuries.


Self-propelled Crop Sprayer Damaged In Accident Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — On Monday, June 18 at 9:41 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a farm vehicle accident that occurred on Grant Avenue, one mile northwest of Sioux Center.

Jonathan Fluit, age 27, of Rock Valley, IA was driving a 2007 John Deere Rowgator field sprayer northbound on Grant Avenue. Fluit went off the road and lost control causing the sprayer to roll onto its side in the east ditch.

No injuries were reported.

The John Deere, owned by Farmers Cooperative Society of Sioux Center, sustained approximately $60,000 in damages. The ditch area, owned by Sioux County, sustained approximately $200 in damages.

A small loss of chemicals occurred and was successfully removed from the location by Farmer’s Cooperative Society after consulting with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Fluit was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.


Alleged Illegal Aliens Living in Sheldon, Sioux Center Arrested For Identity Theft

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has apprehended two alleged illegal aliens.

On Thursday (6/14) the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Leticia Perez-Avila of Sheldon for identity theft and forgery, both class D felonies.

The arrest stems from a complaint received by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on May 22nd.

During the investigation, deputies found that Perez-Avila was using someone else’s name and Social Security number to gain employment at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers.

Also on Thursday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year-old Jose Benjamin Rivera-Diaz of Sioux Center for identity theft, a class D Felony.

The arrest stems from a complaint received by the Sheriff’s Office through its Text-A-Tip program on May 15th.

During the investigation, deputies found that Rivera Diaz was using fraudulent information to gain employment at Kooima Company in Rock Valley.