February 27 news

SIBLEY, Iowa — A one-vehicle rollover early Tuesday morning in Osceola County led to a fatality, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities responded to the accident at 6:54 a.m. Tuesday on Nettle Avenue, about 2 miles west of Sibley. The report states Dennis Anthony Croatt, 61, of Granville, was southbound on Nettle Avenue when he lost control of his 1995 Ford pickup truck. The truck entered the west ditch and came to rest on its top.

Croatt was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

RUTHVEN, Iowa - A head-on collision Monday evening on Highway 18 just east of Ruthven claimed the life of a South Dakota man and injured two other people.

The Iowa State Patrol says 26-year-old Novo Lagao of Oskaloosa, Iowa was eastbound around 7:30 p.m. when the right tires of his vehicle traveled onto the shoulder of the road. Troopers say Lagao lost control as he was attempting to steer back onto the road. The vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound vehicle driven by 51-year-old Kevin Bahm of Winner, South Dakota. Bahm had to be extricated from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Lagao's vehicle, 46-year-old Ricardo Urtado of Eldon, Iowa, also had to be extricated from the wreckage. Both he and Lagao were transported by ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital with incapacitating injuries.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji is hosting a Blues and Rock Jam at 7 p.m. tonight with area musicians serving as the host band. Performing Arts Director Rachelle Fratzke said it's a good way to beat the winter blues and notes that musicians should arrive a little early if they'd like to play. A dance floor had been added for the jam session, which is free and open to the public.

IRETON, Iowa — A teenager looking for a lost shoe was struck by a vehicle Saturday night near Ireton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8 p.m., 33-year-old Guadalupe Mancilla of Sioux City was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on county road K-22, two miles west of Ireton. Sixteen-year-old Jessica Hatting of Le Mars was standing in the northbound lane of K-22, looking for a lost shoe.

A friend of Hatting, who was helping her look for her shoe, saw the vehicle coming and attempted to pull Hatting from the roadway. He wasn’t able to get Hatting all the way off the roadway in time and the vehicle struck Hatting, injuring her lower legs.
Hatting was taken to the Le Mars hospital by a private vehicle where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, — Two men who crossed state lines to commit sex acts with a minor were sentenced this week to federal prison.

The Justice Department reports that 23-year-old Mensur Malik of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received a sentence of over 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in September to one count of transporting a minor across a state line with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Twenty-three-year-old Salim Issa of Sioux Falls, received a sentence of nearly four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in September to one count of traveling across a state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

At his plea hearing, Malik admitted that in July 2012, he transported an underage girl from Clear Lake, Iowa, to Sioux Falls with the intent to engage in sexual activity with her. At his plea hearing, Issa admitted that, in July 2012, when he and Malik traveled from South Dakota to Iowa, he intended to have sex with the girl.

Both men were also sentenced to special assessments and a five-year term of supervised release after their prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system. Both Malik and Issa must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.


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