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PRESS RELEASES

IOWA SHERIFF 

4/24/2018 ACCIDENT

On 04/18/18 at 11:15 pm, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle accident in the 2000 Block of Kennedy Avenue. A tractor-trailer driven by Kaleb Modder [26] of George was traveling southbound on Kennedy when three deer attempted to cross the highway. Modder’s tractor-trailer struck two deer, causing approximately $10,000 damage to the vehicle.

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4/24/2018 ACCIDENT

On 4/17/18 at 6:33 pm, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hit and run accident. Wade Jepsen [54] of Rock Rapids was waiting at the stoplight located at the junction of Highway 9 and Highway 75 when his 1999 Dodge Durango was struck by a tractor-trailer which continued eastbound on 9 Highway. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Eric Van Meeteren [29] of Hull, was located at a later date and issued citations for improper accident and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The Durango sustained approximately $300 in damages, and no damages were reported to the tractor-trailer.

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4/22/2018 ARREST

On 4/22/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a vehicle that had gone in the ditch at the intersection of 180th street and US Highway 75.  A deputy was able to locate the vehicle and make contact with the driver of it in the 1200 block of S. Carroll Street in Rock Rapids.  During the contact the deputy observed signs of impairment and initiated a OWI investigation.  As a result of the investigation, Holly Moeller, age 59, of Rock Rapids, was arrested for operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.  She was also issued citations for failure to maintain control and for having an open alcohol container in the vehicle.  A passenger in the vehicle, Douglas Wiarda, was also issued a citation for having an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. (HS)

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4/17/2018 ARREST

On Monday April 16, 2018 at 6:00pm, a Lyon County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on A26 at US 75. It was determined that the driver Michael Kolbeck's license was suspended. Kolbeck was placed under arrest and charged with Driving While License Suspended, Driving While Revoked, and Excessive Speed (82mph in a 55 zone). Kolbeck was transported to the jail on those charges. (MAB)

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4/17/2018 ACCIDENT

On Monday April 16, 2018 at 9:00pm, The Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a call of a car/deer accident that had occurred on A26, west of Beech Ave. Mark Doohen of Lenox, South Dakota, was driving a 2017 Kia Sportage westbound on A26 when he hit a deer that was crossing the road. The vehicle received approximately $3000 in damage. (MAB)

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4/15/2018  ARRESTED ON WARRANT

On 04/15/18 at approximately 1:25 PM, Lyon County Sheriff Deputies did arrest Julian Barrientos [24] of Sioux Center, IA on an outstanding warrant. Mr. Barrientos had a warrant for Violation of Probation on the original charge of Eluding, a Class D Felony. Mr. Barrientos was booked into the Lyon County Jail and released on $5,000 bond.   (LS)

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4/13/2018 PURSUIT

On Tuesday April 10, 2018, at approximately 3:45 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a high speed pursuit which was entering Lyon County on 230th St. southeast of George. The suspect vehicle was described as a white 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup which was reported stolen from Estherville, Iowa on 4/9/2018 and was driven by 42 year old Jarrod Jay Bandow from Sheldon. The vehicle entered George from the south on Kennedy Avenue and continued on city streets at speeds reaching 60 to 70 miles per hour at times.

Bandow was eventually taken into custody after a short foot pursuit when he exited the moving vehicle on North Dell St. and was tackled by an Iowa State Trooper. The vehicle came to rest in a snow bank approximately 30 feet from a local residence, neither of which received any damage. There were no injuries as a result of the pursuit or subsequent arrest.

Bandow was transported back to the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar and will face charges there associated with the pursuit as well as being charged in Lyon county with Eluding (a class D felony), reckless driving, numerous stop sign violations and speeding.

Bandow has outstanding warrants from Clay County for possession of drug paraphernalia. Emmet County has a warrant for failure to pay on an assault with intent to commit sexual abuse charge and a warrant from Osceola County for failure to appear on a charge of theft in the fifth degree.

Lyon County Deputies were assisted by Deputies from O’Brien and Osceola Counties as well as the Iowa State Patrol. (MAB)

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4/11/2018

In regards to the recently reported scam, there was incorrect information provided to the Sheriff's Office about the people going door-to-door selling AT&/Direct TV products.  This is not a scam, they are legitimate business people selling a legitimate product.  At the time of the original press release there salesmen did not possess a peddler's license in the community they were attempting to conduct business, they are working on obtaining these licenses.  Lyon County residents can expect these salesmen to be conducting business in our communities, legitimately, very soon.  In addition, the Sheriff's Office would also like to inform the public of some facts regarding door-to-door sales.  ALL incorporated cities in Lyon County require a peddlers license to be obtained prior to conducting door-to-door business.  Additionally, Iowa code chapter 555A governs door-to-door sales.  This chapter requires the salesman to provide a contract/receipt for any consumer goods at the time of the sale.  The receipt should contain a company name, seller's name, and all pertinent information regarding the transaction.  The purchaser of any goods from a door-to-door salesman has the right to cancel the sale/contract by midnight of the 3rd day following the sale.  If the contract/sale is cancelled, the salesman/company has 10 days to provide any monies received back to the purchaser, the purchaser also must return everything to the salesman.  As always, you have the right to indicate that your not interested in purchasing anything and request the salesman leave your property.(BS)

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4/11/2018 ARREST

On 04/11/2018 Tina Tracy of Sheldon, Iowa was arrested on 2 outstanding warrants from Lyon County. (BS)

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4/10/2018 SCAM ALERT

It has come to the attention of the Lyon county Sheriff's Office that there are persons going door to door in Larchwood and possibly other surrounding cities and rural areas. The people claim to be from AT&T and state that they have bought out Alliance Communications and/or Direct TV. They ask the resident for personal information to update their service.

 

THIS IS FALSE! Please do not give any personal information to these subjects. Alliance Communications and Direct TV are not involved in this and your service with them is still in force.

 

Please contact the Lyon County Sheirff's Office if these people come to your door. 712-472-8300 (BS)

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4/5/2018 ACCIDENT

On 04/04/2018 at approximately 1735 hours the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle ATV accident at 1202 S. 3rd Ave in Rock Rapids.

Kari Jurrens (31) of Rock Rapids was eastbound on 3rd Ave when she lost control of the ATV and hit the curb. When the ATV hit the curb, Jurrens flew off of the ATV and landed in the road.  Jurrens was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids and then onto Sanford in Sioux Falls by Air Ambulance.  Jurrens suffered non- life threating injuries.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance and Rock Rapids Fire Department. (MAB)

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4/1/2018:  ARREST MADE

On April 1, 2018, at 22:42 hrs, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of an unruly, intoxicated patron at the Grand Falls Casino who was refusing to leave the property.  Edwin Escalante (34) of Brandon, SD was identified by security as being the person involved.  Escalante was subsequently arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail for public intoxication and held on a $300.00 bond.   (LS)

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03/29/2018 ARREST

On 3/29/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of unwanted contact/suspicious person in George, Iowa.  While investigating the complaint deputies had contact with Fredrich Ludwig Trei III, of George.  During the encounter Trei refused to provide identification information.  When deputies attempted to detain Trei for further investigation into the original call, Trei resisted arrest.  Deputies gained control of Trei and later discovered a used hypodermic needle and methamphetamine on his person.  He was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail.  While inside the jail facility, jail staff located marijuana and a pipe.  Trei has been charged with possession of a controlled substance; methamphetamine as a 3rd offense (class D felony) introducing contraband in to a detention facility (class D felony) possession of a controlled substance; marijuana 3rd offense (aggravated misdemeanor) possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with an official act (both simple misdemeanors). (HS)

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02/26/2018 ARREST

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic situation at the Grand Falls Casino. Deputies responded and located the two people involved. An investigation lead to Cole Westby, age 35, of Sioux Falls, SD being arrested and charged with domestic assault and public intoxication. Westby was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (sw)

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3/21/18 WARRANT REQUESTED

On Tuesday March 20, 2018 at approximately 20:50 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to the Grand Falls Casino for an unresponsive subject in the hallway of the hotel. The deputy and casino staff performed lifesaving measures on the subject and were able to revive the subject with the help of medical staff. During the encounter the deputy suspected that illegal drugs may have caused the medical emergency. Based on information learned during the event, a Search Warrant was applied for and granted for the hotel room. As a result of the search warrant illegal drugs were found. An arrest warrant for Jacob Dant (25) of Sioux Falls has been requested for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, a Serious Misdemeanor. This case remains under investigation.

 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Lyon County K9 Athos, Larchwood Rescue, Medstar and the Iowa DCI.  (bjs)

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03/16/2018 ARREST

March 13, 2018, West Lyon School officials contacted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a threat of a serious nature after they received information a student made a verbal threat towards another student.  This threat was allegedly made shortly after the Florida School shooting.  March 15, 2018, a juvenile student at West Lyon was charged with harassment 1st degree which is an aggravated misdemeanor.  The juvenile was released to their parents.    (HS)

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03/14/2018 ARREST

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 a Lyon County Deputy observed Justin Reinke, age 37, of Doon, IA operating a vehicle on Main St in Doon, IA. The deputy knew Mr. Reinke’s license was suspended and made contact with him. During the encounter it was also discovered that he had 5 outstanding Sioux County warrants. Mr. Reinke was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Lyon County Jail for the warrants. He was also cited for driving while suspended and violation of financial liability coverage. (sw)

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03/13/2018 ACCIDENT

On 03/10/18 at approximately 11:45 am, Molly Hansen [18] of Magnolia, MN was travelling southbound in the 1100 Block of Indian Avenue in her 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Hansen left the ice covered roadway to the right and struck several yard ornaments and a tree trunk, causing severe damage to her car. The yard decorations at 1123 Indian Ave were destroyed, causing approximately $600 in damages. Hansen’s car is expected to be a total loss.  (HS)

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03/11/18 ARREST

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:17 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Oak St in Inwood, IA for a registration violation. The driver was identified as Matt Fluit, age 29, of rural Inwood, IA. Mr. Fluit was observed to be in possession of an open container and also showed signs of intoxication. Following field sobriety testing, Mr. Fluit was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. Fluit was additionally cited for operation without registration and open container, both simple misdemeanors.  (bjs)

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03/08/2018 ACCIDENT

On 3/6/2018, at approximately 1205 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff's office responded to a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of N. Balwin and W. Dakota Ave. in George. Upon arrival at the scene it was found that Herman Christians(65) of George was driving a 2003 Grand Prix eastbound on W. Dakota. Vincent Luitjens(54) of George was driving a 1984 International dump truck owned by the City of George and was northbound on N. Baldwin. Luitjens was unable to stop at the stop sign due to the road conditions and struck Christians. Christians was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by Lyon County Ambulance. Also assisting at the scene were George Fire and Rescue. (MAB)

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3/7/18 ARREST

On March 6, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic assault call in Rock Rapids.  The responding deputy learned the suspect had fled the scene.  A description of the vehicle was provided to other responding deputies.  One of those deputies located the vehicle in question on highway 9 near Jackson Avenue.  As the deputy began to turn around to contact the vehicle, it sped off.  A short pursuit took place ending on Jefferson Avenue near 215th street, just west of George, Iowa, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a corner and went in to the ditch.  The suspect in the case, Christopher Freeman, age 25, of Rock Rapids, was taken in to custody without further incident.  Freeman has been charged with domestic assault and eluding law enforcement, both serious misdemeanors.  He has additionally been charged with the following traffic violations: speeding, fail to obey traffic control device, failure to maintain control and operating with out a valid license. (bjs)

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03/05/2018 ACCIDENT

On Saturday March 3, 2018 at approximately 3:08 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a motorcycle versus dog accident on Highway 18 near Inwood.  Kendall Brook Anderson, age 43, was operating a 2018 Harley Davidson Motorcycle eastbound on Highway 18 when he struck a black lab dog on the roadway near Cherry Ave.  The dog, owned by Thomas Blom, age 45, from Inwood was killed and the motorcycle received approximately $2,000 in damages. (SW)

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3/1/2018  ARRESTED ON WARRANT

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:05 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Treva Donaldson, age 46, from Inwood, IA on a warrant for criminal mischief 2nd degree, a class D felony. The warrant stems from an incident earlier in February where Donaldson is alleged to have entered a rural Inwood residence and caused damage exceeding $1,000.  (LS)

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02/28/2018 ACCIDENT

          On Tuesday February 27, 2018 at approximately 9:24 PM Lyon County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a 2 vehicle accident in the 500 block of South Greene Street in Rock Rapids. A 2000 Dodge Durango driven by 19 year old Dylan Robertson from Rock Rapids was south bound on South Greene Street and struck the rear of a legally parked 1985 GMC C7000 straight truck filled with concrete owned by Ashleigh Benz of Rock Rapids. The impact of the collision pushed the GMC approximately fifteen feet. The Durango came to rest at the rear of the GMC with the roof peeled back to the center of the vehicle. Robertson exited the vehicle and knocked on the door of a residence and informed the occupant that  he had been in an accident. The occupant of the residence transported Robertson to the Sanford Rock Rapids Emergency Room by private vehicle before deputies and the Lyon County Ambulance arrived on scene. Robertson was treated for minor injuries sustained in the accident and released.

 

         There was approximately $4000 damage to the GMC while the Durango is considered a total loss. Robertson was cited for failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to use a safety belt, failure to have insurance and failure to transfer motor vehicle title.

 

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Lyon County Ambulance, Rock Rapids Fire Department and Dusty’s Auto Body. (sw)

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2/27/2018 ARREST

On Tuesday February 20th, around 10:00pm, a deputy encountered a suspicious vehicle in Island Park in Rock Rapids. Deputies suspected illegal drugs were present in the vehicle. Deputies were assisted by Lyon County K9 Rizzo. A search warrant was applied for and granted for the vehicle. Upon execution of the search warrant illegal drugs were found in the vehicle. An arrest warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance (serious misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor) have been issued for Matthew Smitham of Tacoma, Washington. Bond is set at $1300. If you know the where abouts of Smitham you are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office. (MAB)

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2/25/2018 ARREST

Sunday, February 25, 2018, Willian A. Ventura (30) of Sioux Falls, SD was arrested for Public Intoxication after the GrandFalls Casino security called the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reporting Ventura was being belligerent and would not leave the property.  Ventura was transported to the Lyon County Jail and was booked for simple misdemeanor public intoxication. (bjs)

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2/25/2018 ARREST

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of S 4th Ave and S Marshall St in Rock Rapids, IA. Terri Pedersen, age 38, of Rock Rapids, IA was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus northbound on S Marshall St. Paul Sprock, age 49, of Rock Rapids was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile 88 eastbound on S 4th Ave. The vehicle’s collided in the intersection causing an estimated $2,500 to each vehicle. As a result of the accident Mr. Sprock was arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and was also cited for failure to yield to vehicle on right. (bs)

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2/25/2018  ACCIDENT

Friday, February 23, 2018, at 10:54 AM,the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office respondedto a one vehicle rollover in the 1900 block of Dove Ave.  Mario A. Silva (33) of Hull Iowa was operating a 2006 Chrysler Town & County van registered to Teresa Garcia of LeMars.  Silva was traveling north on Dove Avenue and lost control causing the vehicle to enter the West ditch rolling onto its side.  Also in the vehicle was an adult female and three minor children, they were all taken to Sanford Hospital.  Only minor injuries were reported.  Silva was cited for Driving While Suspended, No Valid Driver’s License, and Failure to Maintain Control.  Assisting was Lyon County Ambulance, Lester Rescue, and Alvord Fire.   (bjs)

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3/1/2018  ARRESTED ON WARRANT

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:05 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Treva Donaldson, age 46, from Inwood, IA on a warrant for criminal mischief 2nd degree, a class D felony. The warrant stems from an incident earlier in February where Donaldson is alleged to have entered a rural Inwood residence and caused damage exceeding $1,000.   (LS)

 

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2/25/2018 ARREST

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Sneller, age 29, of Doon, IA. Sneller was charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and driving while license revoked, a serious misdemeanor. Sneller was additionally cited for ATV violation and driving while suspended both simple misdemeanors.  (bs)

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2/19/2018 ARREST

On 2/18/18, at approximately 1:00 AM, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible drunk driver in a white car eastbound on county road A-26 near Dove Ave.  While the reporting party was giving the information the white car went into the ditch.  Lyon County deputies discovered the vehicle with Hayden Anthony Anderson, age 18, from Morris, MN inside of it.  Mr. Anderson was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and cited for failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor.  (MAB)

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2/15/2018  MINOR INJURIES INCURRED  (UPDATED on 2/16/18)

On Wednesday, January 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a driver that an object had come through her windshield. The location of the accident was the 2800 mile of 260th St (A52). The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and located a black 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer parked on the side of the roadway. The Trailblazer had a handle from a large ratchet strap stuck in the windshield. Sharai Garcia, age 33, of Rock Rapids was identified as the driver of the Trailblazer. At the scene the sheriff’s office also located a 2002 Freightliner truck tractor that was pulling a load of round bales. The driver of the Freightliner was identified as Wayne Den Hartog, age 57, of Sheldon, IA. An investigation determined that the ratchet strap holding the round bales broke resulting in the handle becoming lodged in the windshield and two of the round bales to roll off on to the roadway. Garcia was transported by Lyon County Ambulance to Sanford Rock Rapids for minor injuries. Den Hartog was cited for spilling loads on a highway. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Doon Fire Department, Doon Rescue Unit, Lyon County Ambulance, and the Lyon County Engineers Office.   (LS)

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2/15/2018  ARRESTS MADE

On 2/14/2018 at about 11:00 pm a Lyon County deputy made a traffic stop in the 100 block of North Lincoln Street in Rock Rapids.  During the traffic stop the deputy discovered the four occupants of the vehicle were in possession of illegal drugs.  After an OWI investigation conducted by Lyon County's drug recognition expert, the driver was additionally charged with operating while intoxicated.  The following subjects were arrested during this traffic stop:

 

Bailey Stettnichs, age 19, of Rock Rapids

-Operating while Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor

-Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

-Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

Amber Nyblom, age 19, of Rock Rapids

-Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

-Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

Dylan Robertson, age 19, of Rock Rapids

-Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

-Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

A 17 year old juvenile male from Rock Rapids

-Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

-Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

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2/15/2018  JUVENILES CITED

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office received several harassment complaints originating from the 600 block of North Union Street in Rock Rapids.  On February 10, 2018, after conducting a brief investigation into the incidents, three juvenile males from Rock Rapids were cited in to juvenile court for possession/use of fireworks, which is a simple misdemeanor.  (LS)

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2/14/2018  ARREST MADE

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:20 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle at South Main St and Highway 18 in Inwood, IA. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey Schleis, age 37, of Inwood, IA was subsequently placed under arrest for driving while revoked, a serious misdemeanor and was also cited for violation of financial liability coverage, a simple misdemeanor.    (LS)

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02/12/2018 ARREST

February 8, 2018, at 01:55 AM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call in reference to a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of 110th Street and Apple Avenue.  Deputies responded to this location and located the vehicle and made contact with the driver Nicholas C Kruse (37) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The deputy observed signs of intoxication and initiated an OWI investigation.  As a result of this investigation, Kruse was arrested for Driving While Suspended (simple misdemeanor) and Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense (Class D Felony).  Kruse was also issued traffic citations for failure to maintain control and failure to provide insurance. (MAB)

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02/11/2018 ARRESTS

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 305 Indiana East Ave in George, IA. As a result of the search warrant the following people were arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail.

 

Jeffrey Warner, age 36, of George, IA was charged with:

 

-          Distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana), a class D felony

 

-          Drug tax stamp violation, a class D felony

 

-          Gathering where controlled substances (methamphetamine) unlawfully used, a class D felony

 

-          Gathering where controlled substances (marijuana) unlawfully used, a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

Jason Boone, age 36, of Sheldon, IA was charged with:

 

-          Enhanced possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine) within certain real property, a class B felony

 

-          Drug tax stamp violation, a class D felony

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor

 

Brian Corey, age 37, of Sioux City, IA was charged with:

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), an aggravated misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), an aggravated misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

 

Heather Kruger, age 28, of Sibley, IA was charged with:

 

-          Unlawful possession of a prescription drug (lorazepam), a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Unlawful possession of a prescription drug (oxycodone), a serious misdemeanor

 

-          Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor (MAB)

 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

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02/10/2018 ARREST

On Thursday, February 1, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of illegal drug use that had previously occurred at 605 S Maple St in Inwood, IA. An investigation lead to a search warrant being executed on Friday, February 9, 2018. During the search warrant deputies located a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Amy Leu, age 51, of Inwood, IA was subsequently arrested and charged with the following:

Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

Contributing to delinquency of a minor, a simple misdemeanor

Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

Gathering where controlled substances unlawfully used, a serious misdemeanor

Distribution to person under age eighteen, an aggravated misdemeanor  (HS)

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02/05/2018 ARREST

On 2/5/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding suspicious activity.  The caller provided a description of the vehicle and the license plate for that vehicle.  A deputy located and stopped the vehicle in question on South Carroll Street near the intersection of South 8th Avenue.  During the traffic stop the deputy observed signs of intoxication and initiated an OWI investigation.  As a result of this investigation, Joshua Denekas, age 40, of Ashton, Iowa, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. (HS)

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02/01/2018

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:17 PM a Lyon County Sheriff's deputy while on patrol observed Anthony Espinoza, age 29 standing outside at 106 Hubbard Ave in Doon, IA. The deputy knew that Anthony had a valid Lyon County arrest warrant for failure to appear on a prior possession of a controlled substance. Anthony fled into the home when the deputy attempted to make contact with him. Anthony was arrested a short time later and during the arrest it was suspected that illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were in the home. The sheriff's office obtained a search warrant for the home. As a result of the search warrant the following people have been charged

Vanessa Beaubien, age 53, of Doon was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, serious misdemeanors and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

Albert Espinosa, age 55, of Doon was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, serious misdemeanors and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

Anthony Espinoza, age 29, of Doon was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. (MAB)

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01/27/2018 OVERNIGHT SHOOTING IN LARCHWOOD

On Friday January 26, 2018 at approximately 2am the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office got a report of a shooting at a residence in Larchwood. As a result of this the subject shot was transported to a Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD to be treated for his injuries. Assisting the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Larchwood Rescue, Larchwood Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. At this time the shooting is still under investigation. (HS)

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01/27/2018 ARREST

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Sneller, age 29, of Doon, IA. Sneller was charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and driving while license revoked, a serious misdemeanor. Sneller was additionally cited for violation of financial liability and registration violation.  (HS)

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1/26/2018  ARRESTED FOR OWI

On 1/26/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Zachery Timmer, age 24, of Ellsworth, MN.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop that occurred on 1st Avenue near Buncombe Drive in Rock Rapids.  During the traffic stop a deputy noticed signs of intoxication and initiated an investigation for possible drunk driving.  As a result of the investigation Timmer was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail.  He was charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor, and issued a citation for careless driving.  (LS)

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01/25/2018 ARREST

On Thursday Jan 25, 2018 at 1:45 am the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of an intoxicated person at Grand Falls Casino that was being aggressive towards staff and being disorderly. Sarah Bernard (35) of Sisseton SD was placed under arrest and charged with Public Intox 1st Offense, a Simple Misdemeanor. Bernard was transported to the Lyon County Jail for that charge. (HS)

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01/24/2018 ACCIDENT

On 01/23/18, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two car accident on Highway 75 at the intersection of 250th Street. Thomas Watzke [62] of Des Moines was travelling northbound in a 2011 BMW 535XL when his vehicle hit a patch of snow/ice, causing it to spin out of control. Watzke struck John Van Velzen [29] of Doon who was travelling southbound in 2014 Jeep Compass. Both vehicles had extensive damage and are expected to be a total loss. (MAB)

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01/22/2018 1154am

TRAVEL NOT ADVISED

Sheriff Vander Stoep is advising no travel on any Lyon County roads. Visibility is near zero in most places. The Sheriffs Office will be responding to emergency calls only untill conditions improve. The National Weather Service is expecting 8-12" of snow to fall throughout the day.

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01/18/2018 ARREST

On Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:52 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped at motor vehicle on W Dakota Ave in George, IA. Robert Olson, age 30, of George, IA was identified as the driver and the front seat passenger was identified as Kyle Wilkerson, age 28, of Rock Rapids, IA. Both Wilkerson and Olson were found to be in possession of a controlled substance and also drug paraphernalia. Both Wilkerson and Olson were subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Lyon County Jail. Olson was suspected of being under the influence of a drug other than alcohol so Lyon County's drug recognition expert was called to perform a drug evaluation.  As a result of the evaluation Olson was additionally charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.  They were also issued citations for traffic violations.  (SW)

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01/17/2018 ARREST

On 01/14/18, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 710 S. Adams in Rock Rapids reference a domestic situation. Upon investigation of the incident, Keisha Van Veldhuizen [21] of Rock Rapids was arrested for domestic assault, a simple misdemeanor, and two counts of child endangerment, aggravated misdemeanors. Van Veldhuizen was released on $1,000 bond.  (MAB)

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01/16/2018 ARREST

On Sunday January 14, 2018 at 11:51 pm, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Amy R. Huisman (45) of Rock Rapids as a result of a traffic stop. Huisman was charged with Driving While Barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, Driving While Suspended and Fail to File SR-22 insurance, both simple misdemeanors. Huisman was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (MAB)

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01/09/2018 ARREST

On 1/9/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Molitor, age 61, of Rock Rapids, Iowa.  The arrest stems for a traffic stop near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and highway 9, 5 miles west of Rock Rapids.  During the traffic stop a deputy observed signs of intoxication.  After further investigation Molitor was placed under arrest and charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.  (HS)

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01/09/2018 CHARGES FILED

On Tuesday January 9, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff''s Office charged 29 year old Christopher Huffy from Sioux Falls,SD with Tampering with a Witness (Agg Misd) and 2 counts of Violation of Restraining/No Contact order. Huffy is currently in the Lyon County Jail on charges from another jurisdiction also. (SW)

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01/08/2018 ARREST

On Saturday January 6, 2018 at 11:15pm, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office stopped Joseph Kruger (35) of Chandler, MN for a moving violation SE of George. It was discovered that Kruger was suspended from driving in Iowa and was under the influence of alcohol. Kruger was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony, Failure to have Ignition Interlock Device, Driving While Suspended, Failure to File SR-22 Insurance and Excessive Speed (74 in a 50) all simple misdemeanors. Kruger was transported to the Lyon County Jail for those charges. (MAB)

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1/6/2018  ARREST MADE

On Friday January 5, 2018 at approximately 11:00 PM a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Main Street in Doon for a registration violation.  It was discovered that the driver, Brandon Sneller, age 29, from Doon was suspended from driving and under the influence of alcohol.  Sneller was subsequently arrested for Driving While Suspended, a simple misdemeanor, and Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.   (LS)

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01/04/2018 CHARGES FILED

On January 4, 2018, the Lyon County Sherif's Office filed charges on 50 year old Artis Kattenberg and a juvenile male of Brandon, SD which stem from a house being shot in rural Lyon County on December 17, 2017. Kattenberg was charged with the following: Criminal Mischief 2nd/Aiding and abetting (D Felony), Reckless use of a Firearm/Aiding and abetting (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Contributing to edelinquecy of a minor (Simple Misdemeanor). The juvenile was charged with Criminal Mischief and and Reckless use of a firearm also.

 

These chargers stem from a call the Lyon County Sheriff's Office took on December 21, 2017 about bullet holes in a house in rural Lyon County.

 

Assisting in the investigation was the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, the Brandon Police Department, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).    (bjs)

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01/03/2018 ARREST

On January 3rd, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested 38 year old James Chatwell of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Able Avenue, west of Inwood.  During the stop a deputy observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  K9 "Rizzo" alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.  A search warrant was executed on the vehicle later in the day.  During the search warrant more drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine was located.  As a result of this incident, Chatwell was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance 3rd violation, a class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor as well as the following traffic offense: driving while suspended, failure to have valid insurance card, and speeding.  Chatwell is currently in the Lyon County Jail with a $5400 bond. (bjs)

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01/02/2018 ARREST

On Thursday December 28, 2017 a Lyon County Deputy observed a vehicle west of Larchwood on K-12 (Beech Ave) near Highway 9 parked along the road.  When the deputy approached the vehicle it began traveling south and then pulled into a driveway.  The deputy made contact with the vehicle in the driveway and discovered the driver, Scott Hassel, age 47, from Spirit Lake, IA was revoked from driving.  Mr. Hassel was subsequently arrested for driving while revoked, a serious misdemeanor. (SW)

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01/01/2018 ARREST

On Monday, January 01, 2018 at 12:50 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance at 202 S Tama St in Rock Rapids, IA. An investigation at the scene lead John Rivadeneira-Mosquera being placed under arrest for serious assault, a serious misdemeanor. Mr. Rivadeneira-Mosquera was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

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01/01/2018 ARREST

On Jan 1, 2018 at 12:40 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a person laying in the snow in the 400 block of S 3rd Ave in Rock Rapids. Upon contact with Tristan Fraser (19) of Rock Rapids it was determined that he was very intoxicated. Fraser was placed under arrest for Public Intox 1st Offense and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. (SW)

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01/01/2018 ARREST

On 12/17/2017 Lyon County deputies made contact with a vehicle being operated by Kevin Crafton of Sioux Falls, SD.  During the contact deputies became suspicious of drug activity.  As a result, Lyon County K9 "Rizzo" was deployed and alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.  The vehicle was then impounded.  Deputies applied for a search warrant based on the information learned during the contact and the K9 deployment.  During the execution of the search warrant deputies located methamphetamine and marijuana inside the vehicle.  Arrests warrants were later issued for Kevin Crafton for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, both serious misdemeanors.  On 12/29/2017 Crafton was arrested on the outstanding arrest warrants. (SW)

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10/06/2017 ***SCAM ALERT***

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be on high alert for scams. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating cases of a scammer saying they work for the Warrant Division of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer is advising the individual to stay on the line and drive to a location other than the jail and send money to them or they will be immediately arrested and put in jail.  Please be aware that our office does not contact people by phone in regards to arrest warrants. If you receive such a call please hang up and immediately notify the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. (HS)

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