Two Cited On OWI Charges After Two Separate Sioux County Accidents

skull key owi drunk drivingOrange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that alcohol was involved and arrests were made in two car accidents, which both occurred this past Thursday evening.

An Orange City man is charged with OWI and three other offenses in the first report.

They say that just before 8:30 PM, 38-year-old Daryl Van Regenmorter of Orange City was driving a 2002 Honda Accord southbound on Hospers Drive South, at the intersection with Highway 60, a mile south of Hospers. Van Regenmorter entered a curve in the roadway, and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a road sign.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Van Regenmorter was under the influence of alcohol.

Van Regenmorter was arrested for operating while intoxicated, child endangerment, open container of alcohol and failure to maintain control.

No injuries were reported.

The Honda sustained about $2,500 in damages. The sign sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

About two hours before that, at 6:35 PM, a Sioux Center woman was charged with OWI after a separate accident.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Paula Haarsma of Sioux Center was driving a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound on 390th Street, a mile east of Sioux Center. She lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a culvert.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Haarsma was also under the influence of alcohol.

Haarsma was arrested for operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

No injuries were reported.

The Dodge sustained about $2,200 in damages.

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

Appeals Court Upholds Orange City Man’s Conviction In Lottery Ticket Theft Case

gavel_sxcOrange City, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld an Orange City man’s conviction in connection with the theft of lottery tickets.

According to Sioux County Attorney Coleman McCalister’s office, in late November of 2010, the Casey’s General Store in Orange City discovered that 15 lottery scratch-off tickets were missing from their store and Read more

NW Iowa Law Enforcement “STEPs” Up Enforcement During St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

iowa abd green beer st patricksNorthwest Iowa — This being the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, law officers would be out in force anyway, but there’s also a special enforcement project going on.

Several northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies, including city police departments, county Sheriff’s Offices, and the Iowa State Patrol are telling us that they are taking part in the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) wave going on through St. Patrick’s Day. Enforcement agencies from around the state will be out in force looking for motorists who are violating traffic laws. Several northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies take part in the program — some of them as a condition of grants they are receiving from the state.

The sTEP program consists of five high-visibility enforcement waves throughout the year meant to get motorists to change their driving behavior by buckling up, slowing down, driving sober and obeying all traffic laws in order to reduce the number of traffic crashes and to save lives.

During the sTEP wave conducted over Saint Patrick’s weekend last year, there were 16,279 traffic violations reported by 234 law enforcement agencies that had more than 1,600 officers working the enforcement event.

The theme of this sTEP wave is “Don’t Press Your Luck, Drive Sober, and Remember to Buckle Up”.

The next sTEP wave will be conducted May 20 – June 2nd during the Memorial Day Holiday.

Sheldon Police Chief Again Warns Of Scams

Scam AlertSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says scammers continue to target northwest Iowans.

He says this past week, two different scams were reported.

The first report was from an elderly woman who received a call that her late husband had won the lottery. The caller allegedly was in the United States and was planning on coming to Sheldon to give her the $2.7 million in proceeds. In return, she was to send them some money to some address in Jamaica. She became suspicious and didn’t give them anything.

The second person wasn’t as lucky. This person was looking for a part time job and was looking on the internet and clicked on a secret shopper ad. This person thought it would be a neat part-time job. The company sent this person money orders which they were to cash. They were allowed to keep some of the money and needed to Western Union the rest of it to an address in Manilla. They fell for the scam, cashed a money order, wired the rest of the money to Manilla, and lost $680.

Bolkema says that if you receive anything wanting you to send or wire money anywhere outside the United States, DON’T DO IT!

The chief says the public needs to be reminded that, if something seems to be too good to be true, it’s because IT IS. If you legitimately win some lottery, you won’t need to pay anything, says Bolkema.

Bolkema says it’s unfortunate when anyone falls victim to scams, but scammers target the elderly more than anyone else.

Bolkema says people should always be very cautious and suspicious if they are asked to wire money or if they mail you a money order and ask you to send or wire them the extra.

Scams that have been reported to the Sheldon Police Department:

-the “grandma, I’m in Jail in Canada or Mexico”, “don’t call my folks”, “wire me some money to an address in another country and I’ll tell my parents later”

-you advertise your car for sale on the internet, someone offers to buy it, they mail you a money order for more than the purchase price and you wire them the rest

-callers call you wanting your bank information so they can update the amount of social security you are getting

-winning any lottery prizes (such as lotteries from foreign countries, lotteries from casinos in the US, winning the Readers Digest Sweepstakes, etc, etc, etc)

-receiving an e-mail saying someone tried to hack into your bank account, wanting you to enter new password information via the internet (referred to as phishing)

-callers reportedly being your credit card company, saying that someone misused your card, requesting you to confirm your information with them

-someone befriending you on a Christian dating website. This friend asked to send the victim electronics and shoes and then have the victim send that property to an address in Nigeria. (the property had been purchased with stolen credit cards)

-there are too many other types of scams to list them all.

“People need to be aware that there are hundreds of scams going on. Many of these scams are done against older people, relying on the fact that they are used to taking people at their word. Never give your banking or personal information out to anyone. Be very cautious about e-mails you receive from any unknown person or companies (most are either scams or computer viruses)

If you have a concern or suspicion about something, talk to your local bank or contact your local police department. Just because a money order or check appears to be legitimate, many times they are not. If you cash the money order/check, you probably will have to reimburse your bank if it comes back as counterfeit.”

Chief Lyle Bolkema
Sheldon Police

Hull Woman Injured In Accident On Thursday

Sheldon PD car police spdSheldon, Iowa — A Hull woman was injured in an accident on Thursday (3/14) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:40 PM, 21-year-old Emily Hidalgo of Hull was eastbound on Pine Street in a 1996 Pontiac. A 2003 Ford was legally parked, facing east on Pine. The report does not list the owner of the parked car.

Hidalgo lost control of her Pontiac, which struck the parked Ford.

The report says Hidalgo received non-incapacitating injuries but was not transported to a hospital.

Hidalgo’s Pontiac and the parked Ford sustained $2000 damage, each.

Hidalgo was charged with Failure To Maintain Control

Two Ocheyedan Men Taken To Hospital After Accident With Semi Near Kingsley

AmbulanceKingsley, Iowa — Two Ocheyedan men were taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday (3/12) near Kingsley.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:00 PM, 68-year-old John Jongma of Hawarden was westbound on C60 near Kingsley in a 2006 Mack semi, pulling a 2010 Cornhusker grain trailer. Forty-five-year-old Mark Bremer of Ocheyedan was northbound on Highway 140 in a 1999 Ford pickup.

The report says Jongma failed to stop for the stop sign. Bremer was unable to stop when he saw the semi. His pickup struck the left rear duals of the trailer causing functional damage to the trailer and totaling the pickup.

Bremer, and a passenger in his vehicle, 83-year-old Donald Bremer of Ocheyedan were both taken to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars by Kingsley Ambulance.

Jongma’s Mack semi received $5000 damage. Bremer’s Ford pickup received $10,000 damage.

Jongma stated that he did not realize there had been an accident until he reached his destination. He then contacted the Sheriff’s Office to provide his information.

Jongma was ticketed on charges of failure to obey a stop sign and leaving the scene of an injury accident.