Man Who Hit Sheriff’s Pickup Sentenced

Sibley, Iowa — The man who authorities say rammed his vehicle into a Sheriff’s pickup in Sibley last year has been sentenced.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Ricky Robert Jeppesen of Sibley pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. He had been originally charged with First Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class “C” Felony.

On October 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office says Jeppesen intentionally drove his 1997 Lincoln into a parked and unattended 2014 Ford Pickup belonging to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Jeppesen allegedly drove into the pickup twice causing the 2014 Ford to strike another parked and unattended 2007 Ford belonging to an on-duty dispatcher. The incident occurred in front of the sheriff’s office in the parking/driveway area.

Jeppesen was immediately taken into custody by an Osceola County Deputy. All three vehicles involved received extensive damage.

In addition to other fines and fees, Jeppesen was ordered to pay restitution to the Osceola County Sheriff in the amount of $597. He was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all of that time suspended except for 15 days which must be served. He will also serve two years probation.

Lennox Man Allegedly Runs From Deputy

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Lennox, SD man is behind bars in Lyon County after he was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia, and then later is accused of running from a deputy.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that 19-year-old Ozra Holzer of Lennox was stopped earlier this month, and a deputy found a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Holzer was then released from the scene, but five days later, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 arrest warrants were issued for Holzer for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

On Friday afternoon, February 20, 2015, a deputy stopped Holzer in Inwood. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office reports that Holzer allegedly fled the scene on foot and was later located as a passenger in a motor vehicle. Holzer was taken into custody on the two outstanding warrants and was also charged with Escape From Custody, a Serious Misdemeanor and Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Holzer is currently being held in The Lyon County Jail. The Sheriffs’ Office says the investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.

Vermillion Woman Sentenced On Meth Delivery

Orange City, Iowa — A Vermillion woman has been sentenced in Sioux County Court for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 34-year-old Shelly Lee Snow of Vermillion, SD, was found guilty in December of Conspiracy to Deliver and/or Possess with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, and was sentenced this past week.

On July 11, 2013, a controlled drug buy was set up by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office through a confidential informant being utilized and monitored by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Police placed a “wire” audio transmitting device on the confidential informant so they could hear what was going on inside the home during the buy. Deputies also gave the confidential informant $350 to purchase an “8-ball” of methamphetamine, after which he entered the home stating he was “looking to buy meth.”

Two deputies set up surveillance to monitor the Hawarden home where the controlled buy was to take place. Deputies observed a black Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle they knew to be driven by Shelly Snow, arrive at the home. The deputies also heard the female voice they recognized to be Shelly Snow through the “wire.”

Inside the home, the confidential informant handed the $350 to Shelly Snow saying he “needed an 8-ball.” Court records indicate she left the home, drove to Sioux City, returned to Hawarden, and someone else gave the meth to the informant.

Snow was sentenced to a suspended ten year prison sentence and three years of probation. Among other conditions, she also has to pay a fine and is to obtain a substance abuse and/or mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; maintain full-time employment; not frequent places that primarily serve alcohol and/or beer; abstain from all alcohol and illegal drugs, and be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.

Two Vehicles Collide In Sheldon

sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Sheldon on Wednesday, February 18th.

The Sheldon Police report that at about 2:48 pm, 17-year-old Mitchell Meyer of Sheldon was driving a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on 6th Street in Sheldon. Twenty-Five-year-old Jodi Daniels of George was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on 4th Avenue.

According to the report, Daniels failed to yield at the intersection and collided with Meyer.

Meyer’s Pontiac received $1500 damage; Daniels’s received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Police Release Details In Children’s World Crash

Sheldon, Iowa – We now have the details of the accident to which Sheldon emergency crews were called on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Children’s World. One child was taken to the hospital.
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The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:35 AM on Thursday, 24-year-old Yuri Mendoza Amador of Sheldon was driving a GMC Yukon westbound and had stopped in a parking spot in front of Children’s World.

The report says that she was dropping off her daughter. It says Mendoza Amador was wearing slippers, and when she went to brake, her foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator pedal. The SUV struck the Children’s World building.

A young child and the swing she was in was knocked over. The child was taken to Sanford Sheldon by Sheldon Ambulance.

Mendoza Amador’s GMC Yukon sustained $1000 in damages, and damage to the building was estimated at $20,000.

Mendoza Amador was charged with driving without a valid license.

Sheldon Fire, Ambulance, and EMA personnel assisted the Sheldon Police at the scene.

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Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to Children’s World on Thursday morning, February 19th.

According to on-scene reports, a vehicle had crashed into the building at 1221 East Sixth Street.

An eyewitness reports that at least one person was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

Responding were SCAT, Sheldon Fire and Police, and Sheldon EMA.

According to Children’s World officials, the building was evacuated to East Elementary. Since that time, MidAmerican Energy, a building inspector, and all other related authorities have reportedly been in and cleared the building as safe so that normal activities may resume. If you have questions you may call Tresa Chester, Children’s World Director, at 324-4837.

Two Sioux County Teens Arrested On Drug Charges

Orange City, Iowa — Two nineteen-year-olds, one from Alton and one from Orange City, have been arrested on drug charges.
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On Sunday evening, February 15, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Cody Langel of Alton. On Monday morning, February 16, they arrested 19-year-old Trey Beltmen of Orange City.

The arrests were a result of a drug investigation.

Langel was charged with delivery of cocaine. Beltman was charged with delivery of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and delivery of prescription drugs.

According to jail records, both are free after each posting a $5000 bond.