Sioux Center Resident Receives Minor Injuries In ATV Accident Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — On Friday, June 8 at 1:35 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated motor vehicle accident that occurred on Indian Avenue, two and one-half miles north of Hull, IA. It was found through the investigation that this accident actually occurred on Thursday, June 7 at 5:45 p.m.

Brady Montagne, age 21 of Sioux Center, IA was driving a 2005 Yamaha 350 ATV southbound on Indian Ave. Robert Ketelsen, age 17 of Hull was driving a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup southbound on Indian Avenue. behind Montagne.
Montagne stopped on the roadway and Ketelsen collided with the rear of the ATV.

Montagne received minor injuries but did not seek medical attention.

Montagne was cited for driving while license suspended, a simple misdemeanor and failure to report a personal injury accident, a serious misdemeanor.

The ATV sustained approximately $1,000 in damages. The Ford also sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.
The accident remains under investigation.


Hawarden Man Injured, Semi Totaled In Worthington Area Accident

Worthington, Minnesota — A Hawarden man was injured in an accident on Monday (6/11) near Worthington.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 11:40 AM, 47-year-old Robby Munns was driving on the Nobles County Road 5 curves, south of Worthington — currently being used as the Highway 60 detour — in a 2004 Peterbilt semi, pulling a 1999 bottom dump trailer.

The semi left the roadway and rolled.

Munns was injured, and was taken to Sanford Worthington by Worthington Ambulance.

Both the semi tractor and trailer were totaled.


Eleven Individuals Sentenced Following 2011 Drug Bust in Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — Eleven people have now been sentenced after a Drug Bust in O’Brien County last year, some of them to indeterminate 10-year prison terms.

O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs says that the final criminal defendant involved in the July drug bust spearheaded by the Sheldon Police Department has been sentenced in the Iowa District Court for O’Brien County. Eleven individuals were initially arrested and charged with various drug offenses in O’Brien County after selling controlled substances to a confidential informant. Those eleven individuals have all pled guilty.

Sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine were 40-year-old Norman and 46-year-old Ronda Clark.
Sentenced for three counts of Delivery of Lisdexamephetamine was 26-year-old Crystal Sheriff.
Sentenced for two counts of Delivery of Methadone was 31-year-old Blake Verschoor.
Sentenced for Delivery of Methamphetamine was 32-year-old Joshua Naig.

All of those crimes are class “C” felonies.

Sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana were 29-year-old Matthew Feucht, 19-year-old Cody Schmith, 22-year-old Stephan Johnson, and 20-year-old Jacob Megason. Feucht was also charged with failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

All of those crimes are class “D” felonies.

Sentenced for Delivery of Propoxyphene was 22-year-old Justin McClain. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.

Twenty-seven-year-old Leo Noble was sentenced for possession of Hydrocodone. Smith and Johnson were additionally sentenced for possession of marijuana. Those crimes are serious misdemeanors.

Verschoor was sentenced to fines and two indeterminate ten-year prison terms, to be served concurrently.

Naig and Norman Clark were sentenced to pay fines and serve indeterminate ten-year prison terms. Feucht was sentenced to pay fines and serve two indeterminate five-year prison terms, to be served consecutively.

The other defendants were sentenced to lesser penalties, some of them to time at the RTF, fines, and probation.

Several of the defendants were also required to pay restitution to the Iowa Great Lakes Task Force and had their driving privileges revoked. Osceola County Attorney Robert Hansen prosecuted two of the cases as a specially assigned prosecutor, and O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs prosecuted the remaining nine cases.


1. Blake Verschoor, age 31, was sentenced for two counts of Delivery of Methadone (each a class C felony) and was required to pay fines totaling $2,000, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to concurrently serve two, indeterminate ten-year prison terms.

2. Norman Clark, age 40, was sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term.

3. Joshua Naig, age 32, was sentenced for Delivery of Methamphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term.

4. Crystal Sheriff, age 26, was sentenced for three counts of Delivery of Lisdexamphetamine (each a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. She was also sentenced to concurrently serve three indeterminate ten-year prison terms, but those terms of incarceration were suspended and she was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for three years. As a specific condition of that probation, Ms. Sheriff must temporarily reside at a residential treatment facility.

5. Ronda Clark, age 46, was sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. She was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and she was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

6. Matthew Feucht, age 29, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp (each a class D felony) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,500, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to consecutively serve two, indeterminate five-year prison terms.

7. Cody Schmith, age 19, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felony) and Possession of Marijuana (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,065, plus various court costs and surcharges. On the felony conviction, he was also sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and he was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for three years. On the misdemeanor charge, he was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but seven days of that term suspended.

8. Stephen Johnson, age 22, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felony) and Possession of Marijuana (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,065, plus various court costs and surcharges. On the felony conviction, he was also sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and he was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years. On the misdemeanor charge, he was also sentenced to a thirty-day jail term, with all thirty days of that term suspended.

9. Jacob Megason, age 20, pled guilty to Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felon) and received a deferred judgment from the Court. He was required to pay a civil penalty of $750, and was placed on probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

10. Justin McClain, age 22, was sentenced for Delivery of Propoxyphene (an aggravated misdemeanor) and was required to pay a fine of $625, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but seven days of that term suspended, and placed on probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

11. Leo Noble, age 27, was sentenced for Possession of Hydrocodone (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay a fine of $500, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but fourteen days of that term suspended, and placed on probation to the O’Brien County Sheriff for one year.


Hospers Teen Rolls Car Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — On Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 430th Street, two miles southeast of Sioux Center.

Stan Portz, age 16, of Hospers, IA was driving a 2002 Ford Focus eastbound on 430th St. Portz lost control of
his vehicle, entered the north ditch, and rolled.

Portz received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The Ford sustained approximately $8,000 in damages.

Portz was cited for failure to maintain control.


Sheldon Man Injured In Thursday Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man was injured in an accident on Thursday (6/7) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 2:05 PM, 65-year-old Larry Christians of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in the outside lane, in a 1986 Chevy, and had a green light. Fifty-three-year-old Robert Louderback of Hartley was eastbound on 18 in the inside lane in a 1999 Buick, and also had a green light.

As the vehicles met, Louderback attempted to make a left turn to go north on Washington Avenue. Louderback did not see Christians coming due to two other vehicles in the westbound inside lane blocking his view, and the Christians vehicle struck the turning Louderback vehicle on its right side.

Christians received minor injuries but was not transported.

Christians’ Chevy received $3000 damage. Louderback’s Buick received $5000 damage.

Louderback was charged with failure to yield on left turn and no proof of insurance.


Boyden Teen Arrested For Driving While License Revoked

Boyden, Iowa — On Thursday, June 7, at 7:18 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Lund, age 18, of Boyden.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that took place near 410th Street and Garfield Avenue, three miles west of Sioux Center, IA. During the traffic stop, a deputy found that Lund’s driver’s license had been revoked.

Driving with a revoked license is a serious misdemeanor.