MOUNTAIN LAKE – The Minnesota State Patrol reports a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 30 in Cottonwood County near mile marker 76 at 11 p.m. Thursday. A 17-year-old female lost control of a 2005 Chevy Classic traveling westbound and rolled. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and the vehicle was totaled. Mountain Lake Ambulance assisted at the scene.
BREWSTER – Three vehicles collided at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Nobles County 1 in Brewster at 11:52 a.m. on Thursday, causing four people to suffer non-life threatening injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Amedia Colan, age 82, of Dundee, was southbound on County Road in a Dodge Dakota when she entered the intersection, colliding with the Honda CRV of Gail Klassen, age 65, of Windom and a Ford Focus, occupied by Todd Dibble age 57, of Westbrook and Jacob Weiler, age 89, of Mountain Lake. Klassen was taken to Sanford in Sioux Falls, the rest were taken to Sanford Worthington.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Spirit Lake city council will appoint someone to fill a vacancy created when Clyde Ihrke resigned to go to work for the city.
The council Tuesday adopted a resolution stating they intend to appoint someone to fill the position at their meeting October 28th. That person would have to stand for election to a full term in November of 2015.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A meeting to update the public on the status of Iowa's Water and Land Legacy and efforts to fund a state trust fund devoted to natural resources and outdoor recreation, which Iowa voters approved in 2010, will be held next week in the Iowa Great Lakes. Among those scheduled to be on hand at the meeting is Mike Shannon of Ducks Unlimited.
The October 22nd meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake.
SHELDON, Iowa – A two month-long investigation into several business burglaries in Sheldon has resulted in the arrest of a Sheldon man.
Sheldon Police say that on Wednesday, October 15th, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers from their department executed a search warrant at 602 6th Avenue at an upstairs apartment in that home, where officers reportedly seized numerous items of potential evidence, including marijuana, drug paraphernalia, clothing related items, and burglary tools. Officers say they arrested the tenant at that apartment, 27-year old Travis Dean Staab, on multiple charges.
Police say Staab was charged with one count of Burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Digital Plus burglary on September 2nd, one count of Burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Verizon Wireless burglary on September 14th, and another count of burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Shopko burglary on October 7th. Additionally, Staab was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Staab was transported to the O’Brien County Jail where he is being held on these charges.
Additionally, police say, Staab is being held on a warrant for parole violation.
Police say the investigation into these and other burglaries is ongoing, and additional charges are likely to be filed as this investigation develops.
Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were Deputies from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department and Officers from the Iowa Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Department.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Rochelle Sapp, the in-home daycare provider who was charged with causing the death of an Orange City toddler last year has been sentenced to 100 years in prison following a plea agreement in Orange City.
The 34-year old Sapp pleaded guilty to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, a Class D felony and one count of Child Endangerment Resulting In Death, a Class B felony. Sapp also entered an Alford Plea to multiple additional acts of Child Endangerment. An Alford Plea is a guilty plea, whereby the defendant doesn’t admit the criminal act, but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.
Following the announcement of the plea agreement, District Court Judge Edward Jacobsen sentenced Sapp to a 5-year prison term for Involuntary Manslaughter and a 50-year term for Child Endangerment Resulting In Death. Those sentences are to be served concurrently. Jacobsen sentenced Sapp to an additional 50 years on the multiple acts of Child Endangerment, for a total prison term of up to 100 years. Sapp will be eligible for parole under the terms of the plea agreement.
Sapp must also pay $150,000 of restitution to the Elgersmas, over $7500 restitution to the Sioux County Clerk to go to the crime victim’s assistance division, court costs, room and board, and other expenses. She also waived the right to an appeal under the current agreement. If she does appeal it will make the plea agreement null and void.
The charges against Sapp stemmed from an incident in October of last year, in which 3-year old Autumn Elgersma of Orange City suffered fatal injuries while in Sapp’s care.
LE MARS, Iowa — Plymouth County Authorities are looking for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident on Wednesday.
They say the driver of some sort of red vehicle fled the scene after smashing into the back of a small tractor early Wednesday morning near Le Mars.
They are looking for a red vehicle with what they believe may be substantial damage to the right front.
The 1940’s era Farmall tractor was going northbound on a county road when it was struck from behind and split in half. Seventy-six-year-old Mark Schroeder of rural Le Mars was driving the tractor. He was found lying on the road, next to the tractor, and was treated at the scene for a head injury. Schroeder was taken to a local hospital, but authorities say his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call the Plymouth County Sheriff.