Alton Man Rolls Pickup And Trailer

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — An Alton man escaped injury when he wrecked his truck on Monday, May 11th near Orange City.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, at about 10:28 am, 24-year-old Joshua Van Wyk of Alton was driving east bound on 400th Street, four miles north of Orange City in a 2004 Ford F250 while pulling a 2014 PJ Utility trailer. According to the report, a tire on the trailer ruptured causing the trailer to sway. Van Wyk lost control of the pickup and entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Van Wyk’s Ford received $5000 damage, and the trailer received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.


Orange City Man Arrested

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has been arrested after officers say he took a vehicle without asking.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM, their officers were dispatched to 213 Seventh Street Northeast in Orange City. The reporting party told officers that her 1997 Chevy Suburban had been taken, damaged and then brought back.

Upon further investigation, police arrested 21-year-old Richard Daniel Ortiz of Orange City and charged him with Operation Without Owner’s Consent and Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Ortiz was booked into jail and at last report was being held without bond.


Women Taken To Hospital After Accident

Hawarden, Iowa — A woman from Honduras and a Hawarden woman were taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday near Hawarden.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:45 PM, 26-year-old Cassandra Cooper of Hawarden was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on Highway 10, a mile and a half east of Hawarden. Thirty-year-old Gladys Bonilla of Honduras was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier eastbound on Highway 10, according to the report. They say Cooper crossed the center of the roadway and struck Bonilla.

Cooper and Bonilla both were transported by the Hawarden Ambulance to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Pontiac sustained about $10,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $8,000 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hawarden Police department, Hawarden Ambulance crew and Hawarden Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


Sheldon Police Investigating Vandalism Spree

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department is requesting help from the public with identifying who is responsible for damaging several street and traffic signs in Sheldon during the past month. Officers say most of the signs have been struck by a vehicle and have either been broken off or bent over. They say a double arrow sign was also stolen from the intersection of Country Club Road and East 9th Street.
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The police also advise that a person or persons have been vandalizing the men’s restroom at the Sheldon City Park. The toilets were plugged in an attempt to make them overflow and the toilet paper dispenser was destroyed. The most recent incident at this restroom involved setting the trash can on fire.

It is unknown if the incidents are related.

Anyone with information on the identity of any of the people involved with these crimes is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department. Callers will be able to remain anonymous.


Hills Man Arrested After Doon Crash

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Hills, Minnesota man has been arrested after a crash near Doon.
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Monday’s arrest stems from an incident that happened last week. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of 240th Street and Ibex Avenue, about six miles northeast of Doon. They report that 37-year-old Sherry Baatz of Inwood was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was struck by a 8520 John Deere tractor, driven by 45-year-old Bradley Baatz of Hills, MN.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $4,800 in damages. No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office says the cause appears to have been due to a domestic incident.

Then on Monday, May 4th 2015, deputies arrested Bradley Baatz on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault for the incident that occurred on April 27th, 2015. Baatz was arrested at the Lyon County Courthouse and was transported to the Lyon County Jail.


Estherville Pair Arrested On Warrants, Drug Charges

Hull, Iowa — Two people from Estherville have been arrested on warrants and drug-related charges after a traffic stop in Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, May 4th, 2015, they arrested 40-year-old John Campbell and 31-year-old Haley Hansen, both of Estherville. The arrests stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 18 in Hull.

After investigating, they say that Campbell’s driver’s license was suspended. They say both Campbell and Hansen also had active arrest warrants issued by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. During the traffic stop, illegal drugs were also allegedly discovered inside the vehicle.

Both were arrested on their outstanding warrants, plus Campbell was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-drugged, possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Hansen was charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.