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March 27, 2020, James Allen Whittaker, age 44, of Sheldon, IA was found guilty of the crime of Eluding, an Aggravated Misdemeanor committed on September 20, 2019. The Defendant is to pay a fine of $625.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge or $218.75, all court costs,the Sheriff's room board and medical fees, if paid by the Sheriff, court appointed attorney's fees, and a $300.00 probation supervision fee. The Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for one-hundred eighty (180) days with all time suspended except for seven (7) days during a two (2) year formal probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections. The Defendant shall receive credit for eighteen (18) hours and thirty-seven (37) minutes already served.
On Saturday, March 21st, 2020, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received information that individuals were using marijuana at a residence on 10th Street in Sibley. Deputies responded to the residence and made contact with two males in the residence. During the contact, deputies located and seized plant material consistent with marijuana and drug paraphernalia commonly used to ingest marijuana. As a result, Michael Augustus Scheidt, age 27, was cited into court for the alleged offenses; possession of a controlled substance 1st offense (a serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a simple misdemeanor).
March 21, 2020, an Osceola County Deputy arrested Bradley John Johnson, age 32, of Spirit Lake, IA for allegedly Operating While Under the Influence - 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. Johnson was also issued citations for Open Container and Expired Registration. Johnson was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail. Johnson was released the following day on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at 180th St and White Ave.
March 20, 2020 at approximately 2:51am, Ronisha L Stennis, age 29, of Omaha, NE was driving a 2017 Volvo registered to Spee Dee Delivery Serv Inc of St Cloud, MN. Stennis was traveling northbound on Hwy 60 1/2 mile south of the state line when she lost control due to the high winds and icy road. The Volvo then jackknifed and went into the northbound ditch. The Volvo received approximately $7,500 in damage. No injuries were reported.
March 19, 2020 at approximately 6:50pm, Forrest Chadwick Biller, age 31, of Sheldon, IA was driving a 2018 Freightliner registered to the Cooperative Farmers Elevator of Rock Valley, IA. Biller was driving eastbound in the 6100 mile of Hwy 9. As the Freightliner was climbing a hill, it lost traction and began sliding off of the road. The semi then jack knifed and came to rest in the north ditch. The Freightliner received approximately $4,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.
March 17, 2020, Aiden James Ellis, age 18, of Rock Valley, IA was found guilty of the crime of Possession of Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor committed on October 27, 2019. The Defendant is to pay a fine of $315.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $110.25, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees. An additional drug abuse resistance education surcharge of $10.00, and Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge of $125.00 are assessed. The Defendant is further sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended during a one (1) year informal probation to the Sheriff.
On Sunday, March 15th, 2020, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office made contact with a juvenile during a traffic stop near Melvin, Iowa. The juvenile was cited for driving without a valid driver's license and charged for allegedly possessing a controlled substance – marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, after green plant material consistent with marijuana and a marijuana roach were located on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The juvenile was transported to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and later released to a guardian.
March 14, 2020, at approximately 6:30pm, Allyson Beth Johnson, age 19, of Worthington, MN was driving a 2009 Saturn Vue eastbound on 230th St and lost control while navigating a left curve at the intersection of Olive Ave. The Saturn entered the east ditch and rolled over. The Saturn received approximately $8,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. Johnson was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control. Sibley Ambulance assisted at the scene.
March 14, 2020 at approximately 10:35am, Peter Cornelius Runia, age 87, of Ocheyedan, IA was driving a 2005 Buick Park Ave westbound on A22/170th St east of Hwy 59 when the vehicle went onto the right shoulder. Runia then over corrected and lost control sliding backwards into the south ditch coming to rest under a barb wire fence. The Buick received approximately $1,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.