Law Enforcement Out In Force — Don’t Drink And Drive This St. Patty’s Weekend

This being the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, northwest Iowa law enforcement officers would probably be out in force anyway, but there is a special traffic enforcement project going on.
The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says that roughly 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state are on the roads this weekend for this year’s second special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) wave. They are looking not only for drunk drivers and safety belt violators but for all traffic violations.
Sgt. Nate Huizenga from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office tells us about the program.
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.
In northwest Iowa, the agencies that we know of that are participating include the Sioux, Osceola, and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices, and the police Departments in Sheldon, Sanborn, Paullina, Rock Valley, and Rock Rapids.
Iowa’s sTEP Coordinator Randy Hunefeld says that all law enforcement agencies in the state, whether big or small, need to be proactive with their traffic safety efforts and constantly continue to educate and enforce traffic laws to change driver behavior.
The theme of this sTEP wave is “Don’t Press Your Luck, Drive Sober, and Remember to Buckle Up”. Those of course are the two things the officers are focusing on the most.
In 2011, Iowa recorded 363 traffic fatalities. This is a 66-year record low, but it represents nearly one life lost each and every day. While this decreased number is far better than the 412 fatalities Iowa averaged during the previous five years, it is still an enormous tragedy, says Hunefeld.
He also says during last year’s March 2011 sTEP enforcement wave there were 242 participating agencies (167 city police departments, 72 county sheriff’s offices and three state agencies) that reported activity resulting in 18,284 traffic citations and warnings being issued.
The next sTEP enforcement wave will be the two-week period that includes the Memorial Day Weekend — May 21 – June 3, 2012, during the National Click It or Ticket campaign.

New SCAT Equipment To Save Lives In Sheldon Area

The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team — known in Sheldon as SCAT — has been training on some new equipment that will be used to save lives in the Sheldon area.

Known as the Zoll Auto Pulse, the new life-saving piece of equipment provides automatic chest compressions to a person who requires CPR, according to Cindy Freeman with SCAT.


She explains how it’s more efficient.


Freeman also says sometimes with the ambulance moving, it’s not very safe for the EMT if he or she is doing chest compressions, and this would eliminate that concern.

She says it will also continue with chest compressions when a human could not.


She says the money for the purchase is coming from SCAT fundraising. That means some of the money from this year’s chicken supper will go toward the purchase. Plus, she said some of the funding is coming from the city.

Freeman says as far as she knows, SCAT is the only ambulance service in O’Brien county that has the equipment.

Hartley Man Taken To Hospital After Alton Accident

A Hartley man was taken to the hospital after an accident Friday morning near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:10 AM, 57-year-old John Lambert of Sioux Falls was driving a 2012 Volvo Semi‐tractor pulling an enclosed trailer northbound on Jackson Avenue stopped at the intersection with Highway 60, four miles south of Orange City.   Fifty-one-year-old Preston DeBoer of Hartley was driving a 2003 Ford Escape southbound on Highway 60.  Lambert proceeded from the stop sign, colliding with DeBoer.

DeBoer was transported to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital by the Alton Ambulance.

Lambert was cited for failure to yield entering through highway.

Lambert’s vehicle sustained about $8,000 in damages. DeBoer’s vehicle sustained about $10,000 in damages.

The Alton Fire Department and the Alton Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Sioux Center Man Dead In Foggy Friday Morning Accident

A Sioux Center man is dead and two other were hospitalized after an accident Friday morning that occurred near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and B40 (400th Street), six miles northeast of Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports thirty-five year old Antonio Martinez‐Salazar was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer westbound on B40 when his vehicle crossed the centerline, colliding head‐on with a 2004 Chevy Tahoe driven by seventy-one year old Bruce Verhoef of Sioux Center.

Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sioux County Medical Examiner.  Verhoef and a passenger, 77-year-old Marvin Boone of Sioux Center were transported by the Orange City Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital.

Salazar’s vehicle sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.  Verhoef’s vehicle sustained approximately $12,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, the Orange City Police Department, the Orange City Fire Department and the Orange City Ambulance.

Six Charged With Drug Offenses After Primghar Drug Bust

Six people have been charged with drug offenses after a drug bust in Primghar on Wednesday (3/14).

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:10 PM, their deputies served a search warrant at the Ryan Alan Coates residence — an apartment on Fourth Street Northeast in Primghar. Drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of marijuana were seized from Coates’ apartment. A subsequent search at Samantha Ann Dowd’s residence — another apartment at the same address — resulted in more paraphernalia being seized and a substantial quantity of marijuana.

Six people were arrested on drug charges.

Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, were 21-year-old Ryan Alan Coates of Primghar, 28-year-old William Glenn Collins II of Primghar, 24-year-old Samantha Ann Dowd of Primghar, 34-year-old Carissa Lea Collins of Hartley, and 18-year-old Bobbi Jo Collins of Hartley.

Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, were Coates, 20-year-old Emily Joyce Otto of Primghar, William Collins, and Dowd.

Additionally, Coates was charged with Supplying Alcohol to minors, a simple misdemeanor; and OWI charges against Bobbi Jo Collins are pending.

All were taken to the O’Brien County Jail and released the next morning on bond.

They will appear in court at a later date.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Sanborn Police Department, Hartley Police Department, and the Department of Human Services assisted the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon Water Main Work May Interrupt Service For Some

The City of Sheldon will be doing some repairs today and may have to shut off some mains the areas affected is Washington Ave to Union Ave and from Hwy.18 to East 4th Street. The hours of possible interruption are 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This could cause some discoloration of the water. Please use caution if washing whites or delicates. This discoloration should only be temporary. The City of Sheldon thanks you in advance for your cooperation.