Rural Sioux Center Boy Injured In Farm Accident

Rural Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a farm accident on Monday evening (4/16).

About 6:30 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and emergency crews from Sioux Center responded to the call of a farm accident that occurred at 2125 380th Street, 10 miles northwest of Sioux Center, near the village of Lebanon.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Dragstra was helping load pigs onto a trailer when the trailer rolled backwards and struck a gate. The gate then struck Dragstra.

Dragstra sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital in Sioux Center by the Sioux Center Ambulance.


Rural Spencer Man Dies In Mower Accident

Spencer, Iowa — A rural Spencer man has died as the result of a mower accident.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that they found 50-year-old Mark Smith trapped underneath the mower on Saturday (4/14). He was apparently driving west on 380th street in the 2500 block, four to five miles southeast of Spencer, when he entered the north ditch, causing the mower to roll and trap him underneath.

He was transported to the Spencer Municipal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A public gathering will be on Thursday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.


Ashton Man Arrested On Public Intox Charge In Hospers

(Hospers, Iowa) An Ashton man has been arrested on a public intox charge in Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Sunday (4/15), their deputies arrested 23-year-old Theodore Douglas Wood of Ashton at 213 Main Street in Hospers for public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from call received by the Sioux County Communications Center that a disturbance was taking place near the Hospers Public Library. Upon further investigation, it was found that Wood was intoxicated.


Ida Grove Man, Hull Woman, Sioux Center Man Charged In Theft Case

(Sioux Center, Iowa) An Ida Grove man, a Hull woman, and a Sioux Center man have been arrested in connection with a theft case.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday (April 14), they conducted an investigation into a tip regarding the theft of a motor vehicle that contained stolen merchandise. As a result of the investigation, deputies were able to locate the stolen property in Sioux Center. The property had been taken hours earlier from a residence near Battle Creek.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old David Turner Jr. of Ida Grove for operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, and driving without a license, a simple misdemeanor. They also arrested 38-year-old Cheryl Martinez of Hull for Aiding and Abetting in the theft, an aggravated misdemeanor, and 22-year-old Tyler Sandbulte of Sioux Center for Theft in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

The investigation is ongoing as deputies continue to assist the Ida County Sheriff’s Office with the case. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.


Sioux Sheriff Investigates Hospers Park Vanalism

(Hospers, Iowa) The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vandalism that occurred at the Southside Park in Hospers, IA. Sometime between Thursday, April 12 and Monday, April 16 someone kicked in two doors located on the west side of the shelter house. These doors access the men’s and women’s shower rooms. There was about $150 in damages caused by the vandalism. It appears that there is more than one person involved. If anyone has information concerning this crime they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737‐ 3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office text‐a‐tip program. You may remain anonymous.


Sheldon Police Report Arrests, Gas Drive Off, Theft, And Two Accidents

(Sheldon, Iowa) In the Sheldon Police Report

The police arrested 33-year-old Rhonda Bute of Sheldon on a warrant for fraud.


They arrested 47-year-old Thomas Doherty of Sheldon on Saturday for Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a class D Felony. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.


Someone at the RTF reported someone there stole $50 in cash from them on Saturday.


Someone at one of the Casey’s on Old 60 reported that sometime between 10 AM and 2 PM, someone stole their wallet. The wallet contained a savings account card, a driver’s license, and $342 in cash.


The City of Sheldon reports that sometime on the 7th, one of the stopsigns at Washington Avenue and 16th Street was damaged or destroyed, as was the bi-directional sign at Washington Avenue and 14th Street. The signs were valued at $50, each.


The police arrested 45-year-old Fernando Vasquez-Petatan of Sheldon on the 9th, for driving without a license. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.


The Casey’s store at 504 Second Avenue reported a gas drive off on the 9th. The gas was put into a maroon Jeep. It was valued at $45.


A Sheldon teen’s car was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, April 11 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 7:45 AM, 18-year-old Samantha Lemmon of Sheldon was eastbound on Elm Court, in a 2001 Chevy.

Lemmon says she was blinded by the sun. She failed to stop at a stop sign, and panic braked. The car then hit the curb on the east side of Union Avenue, travelled over the sidewalk and hit a cemetery headstone in East Lawn Cemetery.

Lemmon’s Chevy received $1200 damage. The headstone, owned by Richard and Anna Wolbrink was valued at $1500.

There were no injuries.

Lemmon was charged with no insurance and failure to maintain control.


A Sheldon teen’s SUV, a garage, and a parked car were damaged in an accident on April 9 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:00 PM, 18-year-old Mitchell McDonald of Sheldon was backing westbound on Elm Court, in a 2002 Ford Escape.

McDonald said that his tire caught the curb, causing him to lose control. The back end of his vehicle hit a garage belonging to the Christian Retirement Home. Also, when the SUV struck the garage, it knocked over some items in the garage, which fell onto a 2005 Buick LeSabre belonging to Katherine Muilenburg. The items scratched the paint on the hood. The damage was estimated at over $900.

McDonald’s Ford received $1800 damage. The garage sustained about $1640 in damage.

There were no injuries.

McDonald was cited for failure to maintain control.