SANBORN—Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident about 6:25 a.m. Monday, April 13, at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 59 (Silver Avenue) about a mile east of Sanborn. Charlene Sygaco Schwien, 56, Hartley, was driving west on Highway 18 when she attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 58 and her 2000 Ford Windstar collided with an eastbound 2005 Honda Accord driven by Megan Lynn Kroese, 18, Sanborn, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. The Accord spun and hit a stop sign pole. Schwien was transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar. Kroese was transported to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. Schwien was cited for failure to yield upon making a left turn.
SHELDON—The Sheldon Police Department is seeking information regarding two criminal mischief incidents during which a sharp instrument was used to scratch the paint on vehicles, causing a significant amount of damage to the paint surface. The incidents occurred sometime on Wednesday, April 1, or Thursday, April 2, while the vehicles were parked either in the 500 block of 10th Street or the 400 block of Ninth Street. The O’Brien County Crime Dusters program is offering a $350 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender. Information may be provided by calling the police department at 712-324-2525. Information or tips on crimes also can be made by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button on the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department website at www.obriencountysheriff.com. Arrangements can be made to assist the people who want to remain anonymous but still be eligible for the reward.
SHELDON—A 20-year-old rural Sheldon man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about 3:50 a.m. Saturday, April 4, on the Highway 60 expressway near the O’Brien and Osceola County border about five miles north of Sheldon.
PRIMGHAR—A 29-year-old Paullina man faces numerous burglary charges following a joint investigation involving the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County sheriff’s departments and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina police departments.
SHELDON—Damon Michael Peters, 18, rural Ashton, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, on the 2800 mile of Oak Hill Avenue, about four miles northeast of Sheldon. Peters was traveling south when he became distracted, started to cross the centerline, then overcorrected, causing his 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to skid, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle entered the west ditch and flipped onto its top. Peters was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.
SHELDON—The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of David Charles Nachtigal, 32, Ashton, on Sunday, March 15, following a high-speed pursuit on Highway 18 that ended near Sheldon. The incident started after a motorist reported a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and all over the roadway about 12:45 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle as it entered Sanborn traveling west on Highway 18 and observed the vehicle all over the road and speeding as complainant had indicated. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not yield to law enforcement. A pursuit ensued with speeds up to 70 mph westbound on the highway toward Sheldon. The vehicle was disabled by spike strips deployed by Sheldon police on Sheldon’s east side, resulting in the vehicle coming to a stop and driver, Nachtigal, ultimately arrested. Nachtigal was charged with eluding, a Class D felony; second-offense operating while intoxicated, an aggravated misdemeanor; open container; speeding; and having outstanding O’Brien County warrant for contempt of court.
SHELDON—Brian Michael Strouth, 42, Sheldon, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on 330th Street east of Sheldon. Strouth was driving west when he became distracted by his cellular device, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. His 1999 Chevrolet Silverado went off the road to the north, struck a bridge railing, entered the north ditch, rolled over the creek and came to rest on its wheels. Strouth was transported by his wife to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. He was cited with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
SHELDON—The Sheldon Police Department has filed multiple criminal charges against a Sibley woman for her alleged involvement in several package thefts in Sheldon. Sheldon police received 26 separate reports from residents who had packages stolen from the front entry areas of their homes between December of 2013 and February of 2015. The packages had been delivered to the homes by several different shipping and postal delivery services. The packages contained a variety of items including clothing, electronics, craft items, shoes, tools and numerous other miscellaneous items.
MAY CITY—The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Kelly Kyle Hollowell, 55, Ocheyedan, on Monday, Jan. 26, for driving while his license was revoked, a simple misdemeanor, following a traffic stop near May City. He also was cited for improper registration and speeding. During the traffic stop Hollowell also was found to have a warrant from O’Brien County. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail in Sibley and released after posting $2,050 bond.
HARTLEY—Matthew Alan Williams, 33, Hartley, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, on the 6900 mile of 340th Street about four miles southeast of Hartley. Williams was driving west when he lost control of his 2001 Buick Park Avenue and it entered the north ditch and rolled, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. Williams was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
PRIMGHAR—The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board in cooperation with local communities and Connect Iowa is inviting local leaders to attend a FirstNet meeting about the future of public safety communications in Iowa.
SANBORN—The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a criminal mischief incident at the MidAmerican Energy pipeline terminal one mile east of Sanborn near the junction of highways 59 and 18. The incident is thought to have occurred between 2 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29. A vehicle was used to ram the main gate of the security fence that encompasses the property. The gate was heavily damaged and the vehicle sustained front end damage but had left the scene prior to an officer’s arrival.
ROCK RAPIDS—The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department Dec. 30 reported it has charged James Kent Skoglund, 30, Ashton, and Seth Johnson, 29, Paullina, with second-degree theft, a Class D felony, stemming from the stealing a motorcycle in July from a residence in Rock Rapids. Skoglund is in custody in Sioux County on separate charges, and Johnson is in custody in O’Brien County on separate charges.
SANBORN—The Sanborn Police Department is investigating vandalism incidents in which new streetlights along Main Street have intentionally been damaged. Numerous light globes on the posts have been damaged over the past year. The most recent incident occurred between 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. It appears the globes might have been shot with a BB gun or pellet gun. Total damage to the light fixtures over the last year is estimated at $9,000.
PRIMGHAR—Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the intersection of 390th Street and Taft Avenue, about two miles east of Primghar. John W. Roy, 63, Omaha, NE, was traveling south on Taft when he pulled out from the stop sign and his 2014 Hino straight truck struck an eastbound 2001 Ford Mustang driven by Austin Robert Kuchel, 21, Hartley, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. The Kuchel vehicle went into the southeast ditch and rolled onto its roof. Kuchel and a passenger, Kayla Weishun, 18, Primghar, were transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar. No other injuries were reported. Roy was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and yield the right of way.
CALUMET—Tanya Marie Johnson, 38, Calumet, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, on the 200 block of East Second Street in Calumet, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. Johnson was driving west when she reported that her vehicle suddenly pulled sharply to the left, going into the south ditch and striking a bridge culvert and rolling onto its side.
PRIMGHAR—Stephen James Blom, 24, Lake Park, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 5:50 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, on 360th Street north of Primghar. Blom was driving west when he lost control of his 2006 GMC Envoy and it went into the south ditch, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. Blom was transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.
PAULLINA—Timothy Joseph Corbin, 55, rural Paullina, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, on the 5300 mile of 470th Street about two miles southwest of Paullina. Corbin was driving west when he lost control of his 1997 Chevrolet and it went into the south ditch and rolled onto its top, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. Corbin was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. He was cited with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
PRIMGHAR—Cindy Lee Ellenwood, 57, Spencer, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, on 390th Street near Primghar. Ellenwood was driving east when her 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer hit a large patch of mud or manure on the blacktop and lost control, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle went backward into the ditch, through a barbed wire fence and into a field. Ellenwood was transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.
HARTLEY—August Harley Halbur, 28, Hartley, was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, on the 2800 mile of White Avenue about four miles northeast of Hartley. Halbur was driving north when he fell asleep and his 1995 Lincoln Town Car went into the west ditch, struck a field drive and rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department.
SHELDON—A two-monthlong investigation into several business burglaries in Sheldon has resulted in the arrest of a Sheldon man. The Sheldon Police Department reported the arrest of Travis Dean Staab, 27, on multiple charges following an execution of a search warrant at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in an upstairs apartment ina home at 602 Sixth Ave.
SHELDON—Two men are in the O’Brien County Jail after they allegedly attempted to steal change from the Splish Splash Auto Bath car wash in Sheldon. The Sheldon Police Department reported at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, the men were observed while they were attempting to steal change from the automatic car wash bay. At the time of their arrests, the men had not yet accessed any money from the machine. Timothy Mark Gough Jr., 27, who listed an address of Corey Motel in Sioux City, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Vicodin; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia, open container; failure to have a valid driver’s license; and possession of burglary tools. Jason Samuel Bates, 37, who listed an address of 100 Dallas St. in Lexington, NC, was charged with possession of burglary tools. Gough and Bates were transported to the county jail in Primghar. Assisting the Sheldon Police Department with the arrests were deputies from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department.
HARTLEY—The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Jeremy Scott Rose, 35, Hartley, about 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, on a charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated on the 100 block of Central Avenue in Hartley. He was transported to the county jail and released the next day on an unsecured appearance bond. He will appear in district court at a later date.
PRIMGHAR— The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Shawn Douglas Baker, 22, Primghar, about 4:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on charges of possession of a controlled substance alleged to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in Primghar. Baker was transported to the county jail in Primghar and later was released on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond. He will appear in district court at a later date.
SHELDON—The Crime Dusters program of the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward of $1,500 for information regarding a burglary at Shopko Hometown and an attempted burglary at the east Casey’s in Sheldon late Tuesday night, Oct. 7.