12/23/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents


December 23, 2021

• Traffic

Jewell Lara Flores, Sheldon, No Valid Driver’s License.

Shannon Kazumi Techur, Sheldon, Open Container, Passenger.

Dakota James Allen Clark, Sheldon, Dark Window.

Thaddeus Ryan Mertz, Humboldt, Minor in Possession.

Jeremiah Timothy Hilston, Sioux Falls, S.D., Speeding.

Duanenisha L. Jackson, Sheldon, No Valid Driver’s License.

Joshua A. Bottjen, Primghar, Speeding.

Austin Vernell Jurgensen, Sutherland, Seatbelt Violation.

David Allen Wren, Watertown, S.D., Improper License.

Paul Arlen Siebrands, Sanborn, Failure to Maintain Control.

Travis S. Tifft, Sanborn, Littering, 2 counts.

Donald Lee Fastert, Rock Rapids, Axle Weight Violation, 2 counts.

Emily Marie Anzmann, Sutherland, Speeding.

Jackson William Stellish. Sioux City, Speeding.

Barry James Schultz, Milford, Seatbelt Violation.

Rene Ricardo Rodriguez Niebla, Miami, Fla., Violation of Restricted License.

Shawn Rutzen, Sheldon, Speeding.

Braxton Labryant O’Neil Beaver, Sheldon, Speeding.

Mercedes Lynne Babb, Primghar, No Proof of Insurance.

Joseph Armin Hirsch, Manhattan, Kan., Speeding.

Sydnei M. Kemper, Genoa, Neb., Speeding.

Nixxi Larae Stoops, Sheldon, No Valid Driver’s License.

Ethan C. Arnold, Kennard, Neb., Speeding.

Ted Allen Nelson, Honey Creek, Speeding.

David Paul Gittins, Jr., Neola, Speeding.

Jeffrey L Jensen, Alta, Speeding.

Chad Michael Weiss, Brainerd, Minn., Speeding.

Jim Riemersma, Sheldon, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device.

Brian Jay Elgersma, Sanborn, Seatbelt Violation.

Chad Jeremy Bray, Omaha, Neb., Speeding.

Christopher Ash Bennett, Lake Park, Seatbelt Violation.

Clinton Bradley Stegeman, Spirit Lake, Seatbelt Violation.

Ashley Nichole Portz, Jackson, Minn., Speeding; No Proof of Insurance.

Lesley Anne Duis, Sibley, Use of Electronic Device.

Laurie Kay Tengwall, Sioux Falls, S.D., Speeding.

Edward Daniel Taylor, Holstein, Axle Weight Violation, 2 counts.

Delores Vander Werff, Sanborn, Registration Violation.

Barry Nieuwenhuis, Hospers, No Deer License.

Sharon E. Zelaya Morales, No Valid Driver’s License.

Anthony John Delfs, Sioux City, Failure to Change Lanes for Emergency Vehicle.

Russell W. Rohlfsen, Granville, Driving While Suspended.


Paul Arlen Siebrands, Sanborn.

Bobby Lee Benoit, Primghar.

Riley James Erickson, Sheldon.

• Non-traffic

Phillip Michael Sheffield, Sheldon, Felony.

Devin Jae Heronemus, Sheldon, Simple Misdemeanor.

William J. Hotz, Jr., Peterson, Simple Misdemeanor.

Jeremy Michel Walters, Hartley, Serious Crime.

Caleb Michael Smith, Orleans, Serious Crime.

Victoria Ruth Samaniego, Hartley, Serious Crime.

• Dissolutions

Joseph J. Sweeney and Mary A. Sweeney.

Colleen Marie Petersen and Robert Dean Petersen.

• Melvin man sentenced to 31 months in federal prison

Todd Gruis, 50, of Melvin, pled guilty in federal court in Sioux City on Dec. 14 to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Gruis was sentenced to 31 months’ imprisonment and then will have to serve a two-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Gruis will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until he can be transported to a federal prison.

Gruis pled guilty on Sept. 7 to the charge. At the hearings, evidence showed that in early 2021, Gruis and a Minnesota man purchased methamphetamine via the “dark web” on multiple occasions. Methamphetamine was purchased by the Minnesota man who would have the packages sent to Gruis’ home. After delivery, the two would coordinate to split the methamphetamine in half.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick S. Greenwood and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.


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