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1/11/2021 ASSAULT

On January 11, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of an assault that occurred in Rock Rapids, IA. As a result of the investigation, Lorene Lambertus, age 33, of Rock Rapids, IA was charged with serious assault. (DK)

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1/11/2021  OWI ARREST

On 01-10-2021, at approximately 03:40 am, a Lyon County Deputy was called to the Grand Falls Casino for an incident that occurred. Upon arriving, the Deputy’s patrol vehicle was nearly struck by a motorist leaving the casino. The Deputy turned around and followed the vehicle a short distance observing the vehicle crossing over the yellow center line (multiple times), crossing over the white fog line hitting the shoulder, and completely missing a right hand turn the motorist was trying to make. A traffic stop was initiated a short distance later. The driver, Suraj Rai of Sioux Falls, SD was arrested for Operating while under the influence – 1st. Offense and booked into the Lyon County Jail.  (LS)

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1/11/2021  DRUG CHARGES

On 01-08-2021, at approximately 10:00 am, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of S. Seventh Ave. and S. Greene St. in Rock Rapids. After an investigation, 58 grams of Marijuana, 2.4 grams of methamphetamine, and a variety of drug paraphernalia items were located inside the car. As a result, three individuals were arrested and brought to the Lyon County Jail. Jordan Lee Wichers of Pierson, IA., Kyran Lee Schuknecht of Sheldon, IA., and Marluzby Dominguez of Sheldon, IA. Lyon County K-9 Athos assisted in the investigation.

 

-Wichers is being charged with; possession of controlled substance- marijuana 2nd offense, possession of controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st offense, failure to affix drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended, and was given a written warning for defective or unauthorized muffler system.

 

-Schuknecht is being charged with; possession of controlled substance-marijuana 1st offense, possession of controlled substance - methamphetamine 1st offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

-Dominguez is being charged with possession of controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st offense.  (LS)

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1/11/2021  MULTI-JURISDICTION PURSUIT

On 1/10/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1400 block of 190th Street of rural Inwood. When deputies arrived on scene the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued the vehicle throughout rural Lyon County before crossing into Rock County, Minnesota. A Lyon County deputy was able to successfully deploy stop sticks near the intersection of 41st Street and U.S. Highway 75. The suspect vehicle became disabled a short time later in a farm field near the intersection of 41st Street and 150th Avenue near Ash Creek. As a result, James Kent Skoglund, 36, and Kimberlee Browne, 38, were taken into custody by Minnesota authorities and were lodged in the Nobles County Jail. Lyon County charges are pending against the two individuals. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol, and Rock County Sheriff’s Office.  (LS)

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01/07/2021 Charges Filed

On 1/7/2021, a Lyon County deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of N Virginia Street and Lacour Street in George. As a result the following people were charged with the following:

 

Isabelle Ann Bugay, 20, of Sibley, IA: Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense-serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, both simple misdemeanors.

 

Harleigh Ann Barker, 20, Ocheyedan, IA: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, simple misdemeanor.

 

Aurora Marie Star Sontag, 19, Round Lake, MN: Unlawful Use/Possession of License or Non-Operators ID Card, simple misdemeanor.

 

All three individuals were cited into court. The investigation is ongoing at this time. (SW)

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1/3/2021 ARREST

On 1/2/2021, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of N Virginia Street in George. As a result, Poe Stettnichs, 21, of Sioux Falls, was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended, Failure to Obey Stop Sign, Operating Without Current Registration, Fraudulent Use of Registration (2 counts), and a Snow Ordinance Violation under the George city code, all simple misdemeanors. Stettnichs was lodged in the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

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12/31/2020 WARRANT

On 12/31/2020 at approximately 6:34 am, a Lyon County Deputy arrested Jared Halma [27] of Inwood, IA on an outstanding warrant. Mr. Halma’s warrant was for Burglary 3rd Degree, a class D felony, and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief, a class C felony. Mr. Halma’s bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.(AA)

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12/31/2020

On December 30, 2020 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office cited Tyler Johnson, age 32, of Brandon, SD for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Lyon County K9 Rizzo assisted in the investigation.(AA)

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12/30/2020

On December 30, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle for a equipment violation. The driver was identified as Jajay Coronado, age 36, of Sioux Falls, SD. Coronado was found to be in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Coronado was cited into court for the violations.(mab)

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12/30/2020 ACCIDENT

On 12/29/2020, a Lyon County Deputy responded to an accident at the intersection of Iowa Ave and Lincoln Street in George. Renea De Kam [52] of George was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Impala Eastbound on Iowa Avenue. Abigail Mouw [16] of George was Northbound on Lincoln Street in a 1995 Chrysler LHS. De Kam and Mouw met in the intersection and collided. De Kam’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,500 in damages. Mouw’s vehicle suffered approximately $2,500 in damages. No injuries were reported. (DK)

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12/26/2020 ARREST

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Adam Sipe, age 41, of Storden, MN and Edith Sipe, age 46, of Storden, MN. The Sipe's were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). (DK)

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12/21/2020 ARREST

On 12/21/2020, at approximately 9:00 am, a Lyon County Deputy did arrest Autumn E. Long [20] of George on an outstanding warrant. Long was arrested and held on $1,000 cash or surety bond for Operating While Under the Influence 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor. (MAB)

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12/21/2020 ARREST

On Friday, December 18, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Xander One Star, age 30, of Sioux Falls, SD, Waylon Black Lance, age 31, of Yankton, SD, and Donna Murrary, age 25, of Pierre, SD. One Star and Black Lance were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Murrary was arrested for fugitive from justice for having a valid warrant in South Dakota for possession of dangerous drugs. (MAB)

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12/21/2020 ARREST

On December 21, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Anthony Espinoza, age 32, of Doon, IA. Espinoza was charged with driving while license barred, driving while license revoked, driving while license suspended, failure to have SR-22 insurance, failure to have ignition interlock device, and speeding (100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone). (MAB)

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12/20/2020 ARREST

On 12-19-2020 at approximately 9:00 PM, a Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy observed Alexander C. Delapaz (29) of Doon operating a motor vehicle while his driver’s license was revoked. Delapaz was arrested and charged with: driving while license denied or revoked, fraudulent use of registration, operating a non-registered vehicle, failure to provide proof of financial liability, and for not having SR-22 Insurance on file. Delapaz was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (DK)

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12/19/2020 ARREST

On 12/18/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Devin Burgers, 21, of George on an active Lyon County warrant for Violation of Probation. Burgers was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was served with the warrant and remains on a $2,500 cash or surety bond. (DK)

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12/17/2020 ARREST

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matewos Dawit, age 22, of Sioux Falls, SD and Stanley Ibanes Cortez, age 21, of Sioux Falls, SD. Dawit and Ibanes Cortez were found to be in possession of a controlled substance and were transported to the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

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12/17/2020 ARREST

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle in the 2900 mile of 250th St. The driver was identified as Florentin Chilel Ramirez, age 27, of Sioux Center, IA. Chilel Ramirez was placed under arrest and charged with failure to have a valid drivers license, failure to prove security against liability, and registration violation. (SW)

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12/15/2020  ARRESTED ON WARRANT

On 12/15/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Israel Hewitt, 21, of Mitchell, SD, on a valid failure to appear warrant on the original charges of OWI 1st Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Offense, both serious misdemeanors. Hewitt was extradited from Davison County, SD, and transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was served with the warrants.  (LS)

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12/15/2020 ACCIDENT

On 12-06-2020 at approximately 10:18 a.m. the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle roll-over accident in the 1700 BLK of Jackson Ave. The driver Mark A. Mulder of George, IA was chasing a  coyote through a cornfield in his 2008 Chevy Silverado. He tried to cut the coyote off from crossing the gravel roadway when he turned sharply causing the vehicle to roll on its top in the west ditch of Jackson Ave.  The driver and all occupants of the vehicle were assessed on-scene and released without injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by George EMS, George Fire Department, and Lyon County Ambulance.  (DK)

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12/14/2020  ACCIDENT

On Monday December 14, 2020 at approximately 7:30 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle accident on Blaine St near Fell St In Larchwood, IA.  Andrianna Snyders, age 14, from Larchwood was operating her 2013 Chrysler 200 southbound on Blaine St when she struck a parked, unoccupied 2017 Chevrolet 2500 pickup owned by James Van Beek from Larchwood.  The Chrysler was a complete loss and the Silverado received approximately $3,000 in damages.  

No injuries were reported.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Inwood Body Shop.  (LS)

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12/12/2020 ARREST

On Friday, December 11, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Tyrique Wright, age 24, of Sioux Falls, SD. Wright was arrested for failing to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge. Wright was transported to the Lyon County Jail. The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa DCI. (MAB)

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12/11/2020 ARREST

On 12/11/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Devin Burgers, 21, of George, for Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. Burgers was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (MAB)

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12/10/2020 ARREST

On Thursday December 10, 2020 around 3:00 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a call of a man walking on Highway 182 south of Larchwood. A Deputy made contact with the man, later identified as Yobani Orellana Martinez on Highway 182 near 150th St.  It was discovered that he had went into the ditch off of Highway 182 near 200th St causing approximately $4,500 in damages to his 2014 Ford Focus.  Orellana Martinez, age 20, from Sioux Falls, SD was arrested for operating while intoxicated first offense, a serious misdemeanor, public intoxication,  a simple misdemeanor and cited for failure to maintain control, failure to have a valid driver's license, and failure to provide proof of financial liability-accident related.  All of the citations were simple misdemeanors.  The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Inwood Body Shop. (AA)

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12/10/2020 ARREST

On 12/9/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Leonard Michael Doiel, 27, of Doon on 2 active Lyon County warrants. The first warrant was for Sex Offender Registry Violation-2nd or Subsequent offense, a class D felony. The second warrant was for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Doiel was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was lodged on a combined $5,300 cash or surety bond. (MAB)

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12/09/2020 ARREST

On 12/6/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Solis, 39, of Rock Rapids on a valid warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of OWI 3rd Offense. Solis was lodged in the Lyon County Jail with a $5,000 bond. (SW)

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12/8/2020 DRUG ARREST

On Monday, December 7, 2020 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 1884 Cherry Ave, Inwood, IA.  Upon completing the search warrant, law enforcement seized approximately 231 grams of marijuana, approximately 271 grams of marijuana wax, a large amount of drug paraphernalia, and evidence of drug distribution. Three unknown substances were also found and have been sent to the Iowa DCI Laboratory for further testing.

As a result, Anthony Jay Anderson, age 35, from Inwood, IA was placed under arrest for:

-two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance

-two counts of failure to affix drug tax stamp

-one count possession of drug paraphernalia

Anderson was transported to the Lyon County Jail and the bond was set at $15,000. Lyon County K9 Rizzo assisted in the investigation. (SW)

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12/8/2020 ACCIDENT

December 7, 2020, at 10:38 AM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a minor two vehicle

accident near the intersection of Union Street & 1st Avenue in Rock Rapids. Pamela J. Fargen (61) of

Rock Rapids was operating a 2006 Toyota west bound on 1st Ave and was struck by Kiaha L. Borman (18)

of Rock Rapids. Borman failed to yield upon entering roadway. Both vehicles had minor damage.

Borman was cited for failure to yield.  (SW)

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12/7/2020 ACCIDENT

On Sunday December 6, 2020 at approximately 10:53 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident on Highway 182 near 230th St.  The driver, and only occupant, was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls for non-life-threatening injuries.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Inwood Fire and Rescue, the Canton-Inwood Ambulance, and the Inwood Body Shop.  This accident is still under investigation.  (DK)

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12/6/2020 ARREST

On 12/5/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nathan Hoiland, 25, of Doon, for Possession of a Controlled Substance-2nd Offense-serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- simple misdemeanor. Hoiland was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

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12/1/2020 ACCIDENT

On 12/1/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 1-vehicle accident in the 1600 block of County Road A26 (180th Street). Investigation at the scene determined Mason Laird, 25, of Canton, SD, was operating his 2001 Chevrolet Impala westbound when his vehicle crossed the center line. The vehicle continued crossing the center line, nearly colliding with oncoming traffic before exiting the roadway to the south. The vehicle then vaulted the ditch and rolled numerous times before coming to a rest in a field. Laird’s vehicle was considered a total loss. Laird declined medical attention at the scene. Laird was cited for No Valid Driver’s License, Failure to Maintain Control, No Seat Belt, and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Inwood Fire and Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, and Trackside Towing. (MAB)

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12/01/2020 ACCIDENT

On 11/28/2020 at approximately 1100 hours the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a 2-car accident at the intersection on 270th Street and Highway 18. Ezequiel Ocampo (57) Sheldon was driving a 2015 Toyota Highlander Northbound on Highway 18. Kendrick Van Kekerix (21) of Inwood was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Eastbound on 270th. Ocampo struck Van Kekerix in the intersection. Ocampo received minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle. Both vehicles were a total loss. The accident is still under investigation. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Inwood Fire and Rescue and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance. (SW)

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11/30/2020 ACCIDENT

On 11/30/2020, at 7:39 pm, the  Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle roll over accident that occured on K-52 just south of Rock Rapids. Katherine Jane Kassel (28) from Rock Rapids was northbound on K-52 operating her 2008 Chrystler PT Cruiser. She went off of the sharp curve where her vehicle struck the ditch and rolled over, coming to a rest on its roof. Ms. Kassel was transported to Avera Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance for non life threatening injuries. Her vehcile was a total loss. The Lyon County Sheriff's office was assisted by Rock Rapids Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance and Trackside Towing. (MAB)

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11/29/2020 CITATION

On Sunday, November 29, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office cited Jesse Scheetz, age 39, of Sioux Falls, SD for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance 2nd offense. Lyon County K9 Rizzo assisted in the investigation. (DK)

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11/27/2020 ARREST

On 11/26/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kamphone Thammalong, 31, of Worthington, MN, on an active Lyon County warrant for Violation of Probation. Thammalong was also found to have an active Parole Violation warrant out of Minnesota and was charged as a Fugitive from Justice. Thammalong additionally faces new Lyon County  charges of OWI (Drugged) 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. (DK)

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11/26/2020 ACCIDENT

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident on Highway 18 near Beech Ave.  Kelsey Lea Blankespoor, age 29, from Inwood, IA was eastbound in her 2009 GMC Yukon XL when she struck multiple deer in the roadway.  The Yukon received approximately $2,500 in damages.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.  (MAB)

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11/25/2020

On 11/24/2020, at approximately 17:00 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car versus deer accident approximately a mile and a half east of George on A34. Nova Strouth (22) of Sibley, IA was driving a 2017 Chevy Cruz when she struck a deer on the roadway. Strouth’s vehicle sustained approximately $4000 in damage.(MAB)

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11/25/2020

On 11/18/2020, at approximately 6:10 PM, a Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy observed Robert D. Van Gorp [48] of George operating a motor vehicle while his driver’s license was revoked. Mr. Van Gorp was cited into court for Driving While License Denied or Revoked, a serious misdemeanor. (MAB)

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11/23/2020 Arrest

On 11/21/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexander Lee Verlon Smith, 28, of Sioux Falls, SD, on an active Lyon County warrant for failure to appear at an Arraignment hearing on the original charge of Unauthorized Use of Credit Card (3 counts). Smith was transported to the Lyon County Jail from the Minnehaha County Jail after waiving extradition. Smith is being held on a $3,000 bond. (MAB)

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11/19/2020 ACCIDENT

On Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:27 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident at the south junction of Highway 75 and A34. Rafael Magana, age 27, of Omaha, NE was operating a 2020 Freightliner M2106. Magana failed to come to a stop at the intersection and entered the west ditch. The Freightliner struck multiple trees and a fence line before coming to a stop. Magana reported possible minor injuries but refused medical treatment. The Freightliner sustained approximately $100,000 in damages and the fence line sustained approximately $750 in damages. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Tracking Service and Repair. Magana was cited for failure to maintain control. (DK)

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11/18/2020 NOTICE

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Lyon County, the Sheriff's Office will be implementing some safety precautions for both the safety of the employees and the inmates.

1. We will be suspending fingerprinting for businesses and individuals until a later date.

2. We ask that you not take any materials into the building to give to the inmates (books, etc.) until a later date.

3. We are suspending visitation with the inmates except for family members only. Gideons, Atlas and other groups will not be allowed to visit.

4. When coming to the office for business we ask that you wash your hands. If you have symptoms, please do not enter the building. We STRONGLY urge you to call if possible if you need anything rather than coming into the building.

Stewart W. Vander Stoep

Lyon County Sheriff

(DK)

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11/16/2020 ARREST

On 11/16/2020, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of S Adams Street in Rock Rapids. As a result, Ronald Sipma, 62, of Alvord was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended and Operating Without Ignition Interlock, both simple misdemeanors. Sipma was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he later posted bond and was released. (DK)

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11/16/2020 ACCIDENT

On 11/13/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 1 vehicle accident on the “S” curves at 100th Street and U.S. Highway 75 on the Minnesota/Iowa border. Investigation at the scene determined, Shaun Dean Swenson Jr., 17, of Luverne, MN was southbound on U.S. Higwhay 75 operating a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Shaun Dean Swenson Sr. Swenson lost control due to the icy road conditions and left the roadway into the south ditch. As a result, the Swenson Silverado sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage and a road sign owned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation received an estimated $150 worth of damage. Swenson was transported to Avera Rock Rapids for treatment of injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Rock Rapids Fire Department and Lyon County Ambulance. (DK)

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11/16/2020 ARREST

On 11/16/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s arrested Christopher Lee Haugen, 34, of Erhard, MN, on a valid warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charges Drugs 5th Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Haugen was taken into custody and transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was served with the warrant and charged as a Fugitive from Justice. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. (DK)

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11/13/2020 ARREST

On 11/13/2020, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of IA 9 and IA 182, 1 mile south of Larchwood. As a result of the stop, Mark Kruse, 61, of George, was arrested and charged with the following:  

Driving While Barred- aggravated misdemeanor

Operation Without Ignition Interlock- simple misdemeanor

Driving While Suspended (3 counts)- simple misdemeanors

Violation of Financial Liability-simple misdemeanor   (SW)

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11/13/2020 ARREST

November, 13, 2020, at 10:03 AM, Lyon County Deputies arrested Darren L. Dubbelde (55) of

Larchwood, Iowa on a valid arrest warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault 1st Offense, which is a simple

misdemeanor. This arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred on November 6, 2020. Dubbelde

was arrested without incident and was transported to the Lyon County Jail.(AA)

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11/12/2020 ARREST

On Wednesday November 11, 2020 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office was called to an apartment in Inwood, IA for a domestic situation.  Upon investigation it was discovered that one of the tenants, Benjamin Elias Parsons, age 38, had an active arrest warrant out of Dickinson County, IA for failure to appear on original charges of child endangerment (two counts), domestic abuse assault, and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.  Parsons was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail and was later transported to the Dickinson County Jail by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.  (SW)

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11/11/2020  ROLL OVER ACCCIDENT

At approximately 5:08 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a one vehicle roll over accident with injuries. When deputies arrived on scene it was discovered that 37 year old Austin Zebulon from George was operating a 2007 Ford Econoline E250 cargo van eastbound on County Road A-34. Zebulon stated that as he reached the top of the hill the van began skidding and he lost control on the snow and ice covered roadway. The van entered the north ditch where it rolled one time and came to rest on its wheels. The van is considered a total loss. Zebulon was transported to Avera Hospital in Rock Rapids for treatment of minor injuries. Deputies were assisted on scene by the George Fire Department, the George Emergency Medical Services and the Lyon County Ambulance.  (LS)

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11/10/2020 ACCIDENT

On November 10, 2020, at about 3:35pm, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 150th street, about 1 mile south of Larchwood.  Miranda Myrlie, age 34, of Lester, Iowa, was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection.  Grace Eliason, age 17, of Lester, was approaching the same stop sign.  Eliason’s vehicle lost traction on the snow covered roadway and slid in to the rear of Myrlie’s vehicle.  Eliason’s vehicle received about $5,000 in damage.  Myrlie’s vehicle received $3,000 in damage. (SW)

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11/8/2020 ARREST

On Friday November 6, at approximately 8:00 pm, the Lyon County Sheriff's office recieved a report of a semi driving erratically. A deputy was able to make contact with the semi 2 miles north of Inwood. As a result the driver, Eric John Vis(41) was arrested for operated while intoxicated 2nd offense and cited for open container. (MAB)

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11/8/2020 ARREST

On 11/7/2020, a Lyon County deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of S 12th Avenue and Davis Court in Rock Rapids. As a result, Keegan Brown, 18, of Estherville, was placed under arrest for OWI 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age, a simple misdemeanor. Brown was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)

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11/1/2020  OWI ARREST

On October 31st, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Micah Stensland-Bos, age 23, of Luverne, MN.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop that took place in the 700 block of South Union Street in Rock Rapids.  During the traffic stop a deputy believed Stensland-Bos was under the influence of alcohol.  While conducting an OWI investigation, the deputy located a loaded semi-automatic pistol.  Stensland-Bos was arrested and charged with OWI 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor and carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor.  (LS)

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10/29/2020 ACCIDENT

On 10/28/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office covered a single-vehicle accident that occurred in the 3800 block of 230th Street of rural George. Investigation at the scene determined Robert Lopau, of George, was westbound in his 2000 Ford Explorer when his vehicle left the roadway to the south. The vehicle then traveled through the ditch for approximately one quarter mile before the vehicle became airborne and apparently rolled one full rotation and came to rest in a small pond. The vehicle was considered a total loss. Minor injuries were sustained by Lopau. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, George EMS, Lyon County Ambulance, and Trackside Service and Repair. (AA)

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10/27/2020 ARREST

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Jesus Mata, age 24, of Rock Valley, IA. Mata was arrested for failing to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Mata was transported to the Lyon County Jail. The sheriffs office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.(AA)

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10/25/2020 ARREST

On Sunday October 25, 2020 at approximately 3:30 AM Eric Tilstra, age 30, from Inwood, IA was arrested on Main St in Inwood for two active arrest warrants.  One warrant was from Lyon County for failure to appear on original charges of possession of a controlled substance.  The second warrant is from Plymouth County for violation of probation.  (AA)

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10/25/2020 ACCIDENT

On Sunday October 25, 2020 at approximately 1:40 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident on A-26 near Birch Ave.  Melissa Marie Hall, age 18, from Superior, IA was operating her 2003 GMC Envoy eastbound on A-26.  Due to the icy road conditions Ms. Hall lost control of the vehicle, spun in the roadway, and entered the north ditch where the Envoy turned onto it's passenger side.  

Joanne Lorraine Callaro, age 55, from Estherville, IA was a passenger of the Envoy.  Ms. Callaro was transported to Sanford of Sioux Falls, SD for possible injuries.  The Envoy received approxiamtely $4,500 in damages.  

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Larchwood Fire and Rescue and the Lyon County Ambulance. (AA)

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10/24/2020 ARREST

On 10/23/2020, a Lyon County deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of IA Highway 9 and county road L14 (Kennedy Avenue) for a registration violation. As a result, Lloyd Anderson, 59, of Worthington, MN, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Display Registration Plates, both simple misdemeanors. Anderson was released after posting bond. A passenger in the vehicle, Sarah Janis, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-serious misdemeanor, and Providing False Identification Information, a simple misdemeanor. Janis was charged as a Fugitive from Justice after an active and extraditable warrant was found for her arrest from Minnehaha County, SD, for failure to appear on the original charges of Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Janis was lodged in the Lyon County Jail.  (SW)

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10/24/2020 ARREST

On 10/20/2020, a Lyon County deputy arrested Chad Riebeling, 41, of Rock Rapids, on a valid Lyon County warrant for failure to appear. Riebeling was additionally charged with 2 counts of Driving While Suspended, simple misdemeanors. Riebeling posted a $500 cash bond and was released with a court date. (SW)

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10/24/2020 ARREST

On 10/20/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Linda Penilla, 30, of Inwood, on active Lyon County warrants for Possession of a Controlled Substance-serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Penilla posted bond and was released with a court date. (SW)

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10/23/2020 CAR DEER ACCIDENT

On 10/22/2020 at approximately 2345 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a car deer accident in the 500 Block of North Union in Rock Rapids. Taylor Fluit of Doon, IA was driving a 2015 Chevy Malibu Northbound when a deer came from the West side of the road. Fluit struck the deer which caused approximately $2,000 worth of damage. (SW)

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10/18/2020 ARREST

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael McGrew, age 39, of San Luis Obispo, CA. McGrew was arrested on warrants for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a class B felony and failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a class D felony. McGrew’s arrest stems from a February 8, 2020 incident in Lyon County that also resulted in the arrest of Daryl Blair and Marissa Weisbly. Lyon County K9 Rizzo assisted in the investigation. (DK)

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10/18/2020 CITATION

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a erratic driver southbound on Highway 182. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Krista Hevern, age 27, of Inwood, IA. Hevern was cited for driving while license suspended and possession of a controlled substance. (DK)

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10/15/2020  TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT

At approximately 1:46 P.M. on Wednesday October 14, 2020 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reference a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Iowa Highway 9 and Fir Avenue approximately 4 miles west of Rock Rapids. Upon investigation at the scene it was discovered that a 2012 Chevrolet Express G2500 van owned by Spee-Dee delivery from Saint Cloud, Minnesota and operated by 57 year old Jacquez Montel Johnson from Sioux City, Iowa was southbound on Fir Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign. Johnson’s vehicle collided with a 1992 Ford Ranger pickup owned and operated by 51-year-old Juan Ramon Gonzalez from Luverne, Minnesota. The collision sent both vehicles into the south ditch where they both came to rest on their wheels. Gonzalez was transported to Avera in Rock Rapids for treatment of minor injuries. Johnson was uninjured. Both vehicles are considered a total loss. Johnson was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and yield the right of way. Gonzalez was cited for failure to provide proof of financial liability and operation of a motor vehicle with an expired license. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Lyon County Ambulance, Rock Rapids Fire Department and Dusty’s auto body.  (LS)

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10/15/2020 ACCIDENT

On 10/14/2020 at 4:33 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle accident at 1922 210th Street. Gabriel Caastillo (16) of Alvord, Iowa was operating a 2008 Saturn east bound on 210th Street and was distracted by a cell phone, when the vehicle left the roadway. Caastillo then over corrected and crossed over the roadway and entered the north ditch striking a power pole and trees. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was considered a total loss and damage to the power pole owned by Mid-American Energy was estimated at $1,500. Caastillo was cited for failure to maintain control. (SW)

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10/11/2020 ARRESTS

On 10/11/2020, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of A16 (180th Street) and IA Highway 182 for a speeding violation. As a result, Roberto Cruz Cespedes, 19, of Sioux Center was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Driving While Suspended and Speeding, all simple misdemeanors. Cruz Cespedes was additionally served with an active Sioux County arrest warrant for failing to appear on the original charges of Forgery, Theft 2nd Degree, Stalking, Harassment, and Violation of a No Contact Order. The bond on the warrants totaled $10,600. Additionally, a passenger in the vehicle, Andrea Garcia, 19, of Sheldon, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Offense-serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age-simple misdemeanor. Two other adult passengers,  Maria Garcia, 21, of Sheldon, and Alejandro Abundes, 18, of Sheldon, were released on citations for Open Container and Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age, respectively. Both Cruz Cespedes and Garcia were transported to the Lyon County Jail. (MAB)

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10/11/2020 ACCIDENT

On 10/10/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident in the 1800 block of IA Highway 9. Investigation at the scene determined Dwayne Roemen, of Brandon, SD, was operating a Case IH 3288 farm tractor eastbound on IA 9. Lisa Nafziger, of Sioux Falls, SD, was operating her 2010 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on IA 9. The Nafziger Jeep rear-ended the Roemen tractor. The Nafziger Jeep sustained an estimated $15,000 in damage and the Roemen tractor sustained an approximate $10,000 in damage. Both Roemen and Nafziger were transported to Avera Sioux Falls for treatment of their injuries. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Larchwood Fire Department, Larchwood EMS, Lyon County Ambulance, and Trackside Service and Repair. (AA)

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10/11/2020 ARREST

On 10/6/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kassie Ringsaker, 27, of Luverne, MN, on a valid Lyon County warrant for Theft 1st Degree, a Class C Felony. Ringsaker was extradited from the Martin County Jail in Fairmont, MN, and transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)

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10/11/2020 ARREST

On 10/10/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Chad Wessels, 49, of George, on an active warrant from Obrien County for Theft 4th Degree, a serious misdemeanor. Wessels was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he posted bond and was released with a court date. (AA)

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10/10/2020 ARREST

On Tuesday October 6, 2020 at approximately 8:47 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident on 150th St just west of Highway 182.  Cristobal Velez Gonzalez, age 27, from Lester, IA was westbound on Highway 9 when he went through the intersection of 182, lost control of his vehicle on the gravel, and entered the north ditch.  Velez Gonzalez's 2004 Chevrolet Impala received approximately $2,500 in damages.  Velez Gonzalez was arrested for operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor and cited for failure to maintain control and failure to obey a stop sign, both simple misdemeanors.  (AA)

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10/7/2020 ACCIDENT

On 10/6/2020 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office was called to the parking lot of the Avera hospital for a single car accident. Upon arrival it was found that Carla Knoblock (54) of Lester was driving a 2011 Hyundai, was turning around in the parking lot and got blinded by the sun and struck a light pole in the parking lot. Knoblock was uninjured. Her vehicle sustained approximately $6000.00 worth of damage. (AA)

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10/7/2020 ARREST

On 10/6/2020 at approximately 2045 hours the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received 2 calls referencing an erratic driver. The vehicle was stopped and it was found that Diego Lara Cruz (39) of Lester was operating the motor vehicle while under the unfluence a Serious Misdemeanor. Lara Cruz was transported to the Lyon County jail where he was housed.

Also during the traffic stop David Luna (27) of Lester was arrested for Interference with Official Acts a Simple Misdemeanor. Luna was also brought to the Lyon County Jail where he is currently being housed. (AA)

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10/6/2020  TWO SEMI COLLISION

On 10/5/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of IA Highway 9 and Jay Avenue. Investigation at the scene determined that Valentine Jenniges, 64, of Ellsworth, MN, was operating a 2005 Peterbilt Semi Tractor pulling a 2009 Timpte grain trailer westbound on IA Highway 9. Anthony Bosch, 67, of Brandon, SD, was operating a 2011 Kenworth Semi Tractor pulling a 2016 Wilson grain trailer northbound on Jay Avenue. The Bosch tractor/trailer combination failed to yield to the stop sign at the intersection of IA 9 and Jay Avenue and collided with the Jenniges tractor/trailer in the intersection. Both vehicles were loaded with corn at the time of the collision. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the following: Rock Rapids Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, the Iowa Department of Transportation Road Crew, Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator, Stockton Towing, and Trackside Towing.  (LS)

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10/4/2020 ARREST

On October 3, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jamie Kalkman, age 39, of Sioux Falls, SD.  Kalkman was arrested on an outstanding Lyon County, Iowa warrant for burglary 3rd degree, a class D felony.  Kalkman was lodged in the Lyon County Jail and bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. (DK)

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10/4/2020  DRUG ARRESTS MADE

On Saturday, October 3, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Santavion Metcalf, age 18, of Independence, MO and Arthur Depass, age 53, from Luverne, MN. Metcalf and Depass were charged with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute (cocaine and marijuana) and two counts of fail to affix a drug tax stamp (cocaine and marijuana). Metcalf and Depass were transported to the Lyon County Jail.  (LS)

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9/28/2020 ARREST

On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Reva Burns, age 29, of Le Mars, IA. Burns was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana and methamphetamine) and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana and methamphetamine). Burns was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (MAB)

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9/27/2020 ACCIDENT

On 9/26/2020 at approximately 9:55 PM, a Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a car versus deer accident. A maroon 2013 Honda Accord being driven by Benjamin Zollinger [23] of Rock Rapids was headed eastbound just west of Indian Avenue on Highway 9 when a deer entered the roadway. Zollinger’s Accord struck the deer causing approximately $3,000 in damage. (SW)

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9/27/2020 DRUGS

On 9/26/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office charged Deodise Bishop Jr., 64, of Aberdeen, SD, with Possession of a Controlled Substance-1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa DCI.  (SW)

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9/27/2020 ACCIDENT

On 9/25/2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident in the 1000 block of IA Highway 9. Michele Stewart of Rock Rapids was operating her 2015 Jeep Cherokee northbound on IA 9. Tony Anteneh, of Sioux Falls, was operating a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on IA 9, following the Stewart vehicle. The Stewart vehicle slowed to prepare to turn eastbound onto 100th Street and was rear ended by the Malibu driven by Anteneh. The Stewart vehicle received an estimated $3,500 in damage. The Malibu, owned by Anwere Badada of Sioux Falls, was considered a total loss. Anteneh was cited for failure to stop an assured clear distance. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Larchwood Fire Department and Trackside Towing.  (SW)

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9/26/2020 ARREST

On Friday September 25, 2020 Raeshon Lee Kaufmann, age 25, from Eagan, MN was arrested for Theft in the second degree - Class D Felony, Credit/Debit card Fraud-Class D Felony, and Theft in the fifth degree- simple misdemeanor.  The arrest stems from an investigation of a stolen motor vehicle west of Inwood, IA on 9/13/20.  The investigation showed that Mr. Kaufmann first stole a bicycle in Canton, SD and rode that bicycle just into Iowa where he found an unattended vehicle.  He then stole this vehicle and unlawfully used a debit card that was inside the vehicle multiple times while driving back to his hometown area.  The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Canton, SD Police Department and the West St. Paul Police Department.  (DK)

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9/21/2020 ARREST

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Matthew Blochowitz, age 20, of George, IA. Blochowitz was arrested for speeding (108 mph in a 55 mph zone), careless driving, reckless driving, eluding (OWI), and operating while intoxicated (3rd offense). Blochowitz was transported to the Lyon County Jail.  (DK)

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9/18/2020 ARREST

On September 18, 2020, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of several people trespassing in the Rock Rapids public swimming pool.  The responding deputies located 4 subjects inside the fence.  Daniel Schriever, age 18, of Rock Rapids, was arrested and charged with trespassing and interference with an official act, both simple misdemeanors.  A 17 year old male from Rock Rapids, a 17 year old female from George, and 15 year old female also from George, were all cited for trespassing and released to their parents. (DK)

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9/16/2020 ACCIDENT

On 9/15/2020 at approximately 0803 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident in the 2100 block of 240th Street. Upon arrival at the scene it was found that Ashlyn Eilts of Inwood was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and had rear ended a 2008 Volvo payloader that was driven by Dwight DeNoble of Larchwood.

Eilts was transported to Canton-Inwood Hospital by the Canton-Inwood Ambulance for possible injuries.

Eilts vehicle sustained approximately $10,000 worth of damage and the payloader sustained approximately $1,600 worth of damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Inwood Fire and Rescue and Canton-Inwood Ambulance. (SW)

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