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PRESS RELEASES

IOWA SHERIFF 

 

6/20/2018  ARRESTS MADE

On June 16, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Ashley Timmer (32) of Sioux City and Dustin VanderBrink (29) of Rock Rapids.  They were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance - a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - a Simple Misdemeanor.  The charges stem after an encounter with law enforcement in the parking lot outside of the Heritage Days Street Dance.  Both subjects are currently out on bond.  (LS)

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06/18/2018 Lyon County now have AED’s in Patrol Vehicles

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that eight patrol units are now equipped with Automated External Defibrillators(AED’s). These AED’s were purchased through the Emergency Preparedness Grant Program.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Health Services of Lyon County for their assistance in getting the funds.

Local and regional preparedness partners identified this as a project that would increase the ability to save lives when law enforcement comes upon an emergency. This allocation allowed Health Services to provide eight AED’s to the Sheriff’s Office to put into the patrol vehicles. Health Services collaborated with the Lyon County Sheriff and ordered the Physio Control Life-Pac CR plus (AED). The cost was $1,695.00 per unit which totaled $13,560.00.  Funding for this project was the direct result of Health Services of Lyon County participating in the Emergency Preparedness Grant Program. (MAB)

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6/17/18  CAR/DEER ACCIDENT

On Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:03 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ashley Ave and 260th St for a single vehicle car deer accident. The driver, Cody King, age 26, of Canton, SD was operating a 1985 Ford Mustang when he struck a deer on the roadway. A passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries from broken glass but did not need medical treatment. The vehicle was disabled and sustained approximately $3,000 in damages.  (LS)

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6/12/2018  ARREST MADE

On 06/12/18 a Lyon County Deputy observed Timothy Watson [40] of George driving a motor vehicle without a license out of the Casey’s parking lot in George. Mr. Watson was stopped and after further investigation arrested for public intoxication, failure to have a valid driver’s license, and failure to provide financial liability, all simple misdemeanors. Mr. Watson was transported to the Lyon County Detention Center.   (LS)

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06/12/2018 DRUGS

On June 11, 2018 at 10:29 PM the Lyon County Sheriffs Office responded to the 1000 mile of Birch Ave for a disturbance. Several individuals were located at the scene. A 15 year old juvenile from Sioux Falls, SD was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. The juvenile was cited in to juvenile court and released to a parent. (sw)      

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                                                                      ATV’s and Golf carts

 

Due to the number of complaints on ATV’s and golf carts, below is a summary of the city ordinance.

(A full copy can be viewed at the City Office)

 

The ATV must have: (code of Iowa 321.234A,321I.10 & 321G)

Good Working Muffler

Factory installed headlights (if used after sunset)

Financial liability

Be registered

Operate with only the number of people it was designed for

 

MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AND BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE AND IN POSSESSION OF A VALID ATV EDUCATION CERTIFICATE, OR AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE

 

 

The golf cart shall: (code of Iowa 321.247)

Be equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign and a bicycle safety flag

Only operated from sunrise to sunset

 

MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE A VALID MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE

 

Violators will be issued a citation.

 

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office (HS)

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6/8/2018 ARREST

On Thurday June 7, 2018, at 21:54pm, a Lyon County Deputy stopped Bailey Grotewold (27) of Alvord, IA for a traffic violation in Alvord, IA. The deputy suspected alcohol use by Grotewold and continued his investigation. Grotewold was placed under arrest and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense a Serious Misdemeanor. Grotewold was additionally cited for Unlawful Operation of a golf cart on city streets a simple misdemeanor. (MAB)

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6/06/2018

On Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 9:25 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office went to 201 S Lincoln St to attempt to serve an arrest warrant. While at the residence the deputy suspected illegal drug use was occurring. As a result of the investigation Kris Davidson, 52, of Rock Rapids, IA was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. (MAB)

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6/4/2018 ACCIDENT

On Monday, June 4, 2018, at approximately 8:22 a.m. the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a pickup versus semi accident at 3584 260th Street. Sheriff's Deputies and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene.

Both vehicles were eastbound when the 2005 Freightliner, driven by Dale Timmerman (54) of Boyden, attempted to pass the 2006 Chevy Pickup driven Dale Fick (56) of Doon, which was attempting to turn left into a farm driveway. The semi truck struck the pickup causing an estimated $12,000 damage. The semi truck then entered the north ditch and struck a fence belonging to Bruce Fick. The Freightliner, wich is owned by Rick's Custom Inc. sustained an estimated $12,500 damage.

Mr Fick received minor injuries. (sw)

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6/4/2018 ARREST

On 6/2/2018 a Lyon County deputy had contact with Gary MacBeath, age 47, of Sioux Falls, SD.  The deputy suspected MacBeath was under the influence of alcohol and initiated an investigation.  As a result of the investigation MacBeath was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated 3rd offense, a class D felony.  MacBeath was lodged in the Lyon County Jail on $5000 bond. (sw)

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6/3/2018  PART TIME DISPATCHER NEEDED

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of part time dispatcher.  Starting pay $15.65 per hour.  Applications can be found on this website or can be picked up at the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at 410 S. Boone Street, Rock Rapids, IA 51246  (LS)

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06/02/2018 ARREST

On June 1, 2018 a Lyon County deputy made contact with Kyle Grooters, age 24, of Rock Rapids.  The deputy observed signs of intoxication and initiated an investigation.  As a result of the investigation Grooters was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.  Three passengers in the vehicle Grooters was driving were issued citations for having open alcohol containers. (HS)

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06/01/2018 ARREST

On Thursday May 31, 2018 a Lyon County Deputy stopped a vehicle for multiple traffic violations south of George on Jefferson Ave. The deputy suspected alcohol use and the juvenile driver was taken into custody. The juvenile passenger was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and released to an adult. The driver was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor,  minor in possession of alcohol, speed, and fail to wear seatbelt. The driver was transported to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and then released to a parent.

The Sheriffs Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and Warentjes Towing. (HS)

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5/31/2018  FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

    On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 7:30 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a four vehicle accident near the intersection of Hwy 75 and A34 (210th St), approximately five miles south of Rock Rapids.

    Mary Abrahamson (age 63) of Rock Rapids, IA was operating a 2003 tan Buick Century southbound on Hwy 75 when she struck a black 2013 Mercedes Sprinter van.  The van pushed into a black 2016 Kia Sportage which was pushed into a flatbed trailer hooked up to a silver 2015 Ram truck.

    The Mercedes, owned by Avera McKennan of Sioux Falls, SD and operated by Brendan Kelly Goetzinger (age 27) from Sioux Falls, SD, received approximately $11000 in damages.  The Kia, owned and operated by Christopher Jay Stanga (age 45) of Sioux Falls, SD, received approximately $8000 in damages.  The flatbed trailer being pulled by the Ram truck, both owned and operated by Salem Mujic (age 49) of Sioux Falls, SD, received approximately $1100 in damages.

    Ms. Abrahamson was transported to Sanford of Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance for non life threatening injuries.  

    Ms. Abrahamson was cited for following too closely, a simple misdemeanor.

    The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance, the Rock Rapids Fire Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.  (LS)

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05/25/2018 ARREST

On 05/22/18, a Lyon County Deputy arrested James Evan Slade [36] of Sioux Falls, SD for three active arrest warrants. Mr. Slade was arrested for a warrant with fifteen counts of violation of a protection order (simple misdemeanor), a warrant for probation violation (serious misdemeanor), and a third warrant with charges of violation of a protection order and harassment (simple misdemeanor). Mr. Slade is being held at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office with a bond of $9,500 cash only. (SW)

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05/21/2018 RETIREMENT

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Barbara Sprock for nearly 20 years of service. On 5/22/18, Barb will work her last shift before celebrating the retired life. Barb has been the voice behind the badge, keeping citizens, firemen, first responders and law enforcement safe since 1999. Although many citizens do not see Barb at work, they may have called 9-1-1 and been guided through emergency situations while she got help on the way. Barb served as the dispatch supervisor and also the local probation officer throughout her several years of service. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and all of Lyon County will truly miss Barb who will be spending her time with her grandchildren and lakeside. Best wishes in retirement Barb!

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05/20/2018 ACCIDENT

On May 19, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to multiple 911 calls made from the area of Hidden Bridge public access area.  The 911 calls were in reference to a car accident that had occurred at this location.  When deputies arrived on scene, the driver of one of the vehicles, Tiffany Zumbrunnen, age 38, of Larchwood, Iowa, attempted to leave the scene and refused to comply with commands to stop made by a deputy.  Zumbrunnen was transported to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids by Lyon County Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries sustained both during the accident and after the accident when she attempted to cross a barbed wire fence.  While at the hospital Zumbrunnen remained combative with hospital staff and deputies and did assault them by biting, kicking and punching them.  As a result of this investigation, arrest warrants have been requested for the following charges:

-Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Aggravated Misdemeanor

-Assault on a Peace Officer Causing Bodily Injury, Aggravated Misdemeanors

-Assault on a Peace Officer, Serious Misdemeanor

-Possession of a Controlled Substance, Serious Misdemeanor

-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Misdemeanor

-Reckless Driving, Simple Misdemeanor

Zumbrunnen was also issued citations for failure to have a valid license, no proof of insurance (accident related) and failure to maintain control. (HS)

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05/20/2018 ARREST

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12:37 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on A18 near Beech Ave for traveling 79 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver was identified as David Plooster, age 25, of Sioux Falls, SD. Mr. Plooster was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested. Mr. Plooster was charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor and was also cited for speeding, a simple misdemeanor. (HS)

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05/20/2018 CITED

On Friday, May 18 2018 at 10:34 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a group of juveniles having a bonfire in the Gitchie Manitou State Park parking lot. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol responded. As a result of the investigation the following people were cited:

- Alexia Hall, age 18, of Victorville, CA was cited for possession of alcohol under legal age

- A 17 year old from Sioux Falls, SD was cited for possession of alcohol under legal age

- A 13 year old from Sioux Falls, SD was cited for possession of alcohol under legal age

- A 14 year old from Sioux Falls, SD was cited for possession of alcohol under legal age and  possession of drug paraphernalia

The juveniles in this case were released to a parent. (SW)

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05/20/2018 ARREST

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2:50 AM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Bortnem, age 37, of Estelline, SD. The arrest stems from several incidents during the night in Larchwood where Bortnem continued to attempt to make entry in to a residence after being told to leave.  Bortnem was transported to the Lyon County Jail and was charged with disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor. (SW)

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05/17/2018 ACCIDENT

Monday, May 14, 2018, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a hit and run accident in the 600 Blk of S Second Ave E.  A 2015 Dodge Caravan owned by Regional Transit was parked long the curb and was struck by an unknown vehicle that failed to report this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. (SW)

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5/16/18  Accident

On 05/15/2018 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 6th Ave and Carroll St in Rock Rapids. Abigail Gukeisen (18) of Rock Rapids was driving a 2006 Ford Fusion northbound on Carroll Street when she turned too short, hopped the curb and struck the fire hydrant causing approximately $5000.00 damage to the car. (bjs)

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05/15/2018 ARREST

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:00 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Dixon, age 46, of Larchwood, IA. The arrest stems from a warrant being issued out of Sioux County when Dixon violated his probation. (SW)

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5/14/2018 National Police Week

National Police Week is May 13 through 19. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office recognizes our Deputy Sheriff staff, as well as all law enforcement Nationwide for the work they do every day to keep us all safe.

 The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office personnel are:

 

Stewart Vander Stoep, Sheriff

Jerry Birkey, Chief Deputy

Kyle Oostra, Deputy Sheriff

Rick Bos, Detective

Nyron Moore, Deputy Sheriff

Chad Klosterbuer, Deputy Sheriff and Warrant Officer

William Minor, Deputy Sheriff and Drug Recognition Expert

Rob Ver Meer, Jail Commander and K9 Handler

Kyle Munneke, Drug Investigator and K9 Handler

Stephanie Schreurs, Deputy Sheriff

Mark Dorhout, Deputy Sheriff and Civil Deputy

Amy Stoner, Deputy Sheriff

 

We thank each of you for your service and dedication to public safety for the citizens of Lyon County.

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5/14/2018 ARREST

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:50 PM the Lyon County Sheriffs Office arrested Kyle Wilkerson, age 28, of Rock Rapids, IA. The arrest stems from a warrant being issued after Wilkerson failed to appear for sentencing on a possession of a controlled substance charge. (bs)

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5/10/2018 ARREST

On May 10, 2018 at about 3:30pm a Lyon County deputy stopped a vehicle west of Rock Rapids on US Highway 9 for traffic violations.  The driver, Reynaldo Ortega, Jr, age 32, of Sheldon, Iowa was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor and 3 counts of driving while suspended for failure to pay Iowa citations. The passenger, Sarah Schilling, age 37, of Ashton, Iowa was also arrested.  She was charged with providing false identification information and possession of drug paraphernalia, both simple misdemeanors.  Schilling was also served with 4 outstanding arrest warrants from 4 different counties in northwest Iowa once her true identity was learned.  K9 Rizzo assisted with this investigation.(sw)

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5/9/2018 ARREST

May 8, 2018, Lyon County deputies responded to 208 S Main Street in Inwood, Iowa in reference to a family disturbance.  Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Ryan G. Halma (35) and while investigating this situation it was discovered Halma was in possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and drug paraphernalia.  Halma was placed under arrest and transported to the Lyon County Jail. (sw)

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5/9/2018 Traffic Stop

May 7, 2018, at approximately 9:15 PM, a Lyon County deputy stopped a vehicle after observing a traffic violation at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Chestnut Avenue.  While investigating this traffic stop it was discovered a passenger in the vehicle, Brendon L. Ellis (20) of Pipestone, Mn was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ellis was cited and released on the simple misdemeanor charge. (sw)

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05/04/2018 ARRESTS

On Friday, May 04, 2018, at 3:42 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle near the intersection of A52 and K52. Tiffany Zumbrunnen, age 38, of Bruce, SD, was identified as the driver and the front seat passenger was identified as Todd De Bruin, age 49, of Hull, IA. As a result of the traffic stop the following charges have been filed.

Tiffany Zumbrunnen has been charged with –

Failure to have a valid driver’s license, a simple misdemeanor

Violation of financial liability coverage, a simple misdemeanor

Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor

Todd De Bruin has been charged with –

Possession of a controlled substance, an aggravated misdemeanor

Both Zumbrunnen and De Bruin were transported to the Lyon County Jail. (MAB)

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05/03/2008 ARREST

On May 3rd, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Gee, age 32, of Inwood.  Gee was arrested on a valid arrest warrant out of Marshalltown, Iowa.  The warrant was for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.  Gee's bond was set at $1,000 cash only.

 

On May 3rd, 2018 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Smith, age 46, of Rock Rapids.  Smith was arrested on a valid arrest warrant out of the State of California.  The warrant was for violating the conditions of his release. (HS)

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05/03/2018 ACCIDENT

At approximately 2230 hours the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a car vs cow accident in the 2200-block of A-42. Upon arrival to the scene it was found that Albert Vanbeek of Inwood was westbound on A-42 driving his 2003 Buick Park Ave when a herd of cattle ran in front of his car. Vanbeek struck a cow which totaled his car. There was approximately $5000 damage done to the car and the cow was worth approximately $1000.  (HS)

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5/03/2018 CAUTION

Please use caution when driving in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of 240th street, as approximately 300 cattle got out tonight. It is unsure as to how many are still missing. (MAB)

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4/30/2018 Update on Original Press Release:

Additional charges filed on Dant. Lab results on the illegal drugs came back positive for Methamphetamine and Fentanyl. The new charges are Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Fentanyl, both serious misdemeanors.

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. (MAB)

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4/30/2018 ARREST

On 4/30/2018 at approximately 4:30pm, a Lyon County deputy stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Tracker in the City of George for multiple equipment violations.  As a result of the traffic stop Cody Marlow, age 18 of Ashton, Iowa, was arrested.  Marlow has been charged with driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor.  He was also issued traffic citations for driving while suspended and for having improper exhaust. Marlow was booked into the Lyon County Jail and his bond was set at $2000 cash or surety. (MAB)

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4/29/18  FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

On Friday, April 27, 2018 at approximately 3:56 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident somewhere on Iowa Hwy 9 between the four-way stop (Chestnut Avenue) and Lester.  Deputies responding to the scene discovered that there were four vehicles involved in the accident.  The following vehicles and their drivers were involved:

    Anthony Ageson (Lester, IA) driving a 1996 Chevy C1500 pickup - $800 damage

    Richard Noom (Kent City, MI) driving a 2012 Chevy Malibu - $3500 damage

    Jenae Douglass (Larchwood, IA) driving a 2002 Honda Passport - $500 damage

    Erica Meyer (Rock Rapids, IA) driving a 2005 Chevy Impala - $3200 damage

The vehicle driven by Ageson came to a stop in a long line of cars behind a school bus.  The Noom vehicle struck Ageson's pickup.  The Douglas vehicle was attempting to avoid the collision when it was struck by the Meyer vehicle.  There were no injuries reported.  (LS)

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4/28/2018  ARREST MADE

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 at approximately 12:05 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of an assault in progress at 405 S Carroll St in Rock Rapids.  When the first deputy arrived Luis Alberto Cumba Morales, age 37, was causing damage to the residence and threatening the occupants while being hostile.  The Deputy used a Taser to subdue Mr. Cumba Morales.  He was then transported to Sanford of Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance.  After being evaluated Mr. Cumba Morales was transported to the Lyon County Jail and charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree and Assault with a dangerous weapon, both aggravated misdemeanors.   (LS)

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4/27/18 VEHICLE INSPECTIONS

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that beginning May 1, 2018 we will be performing salvage vehicle theft inspections on vehicles purchased with a salvage title and repaired

 

Iowa law requires all vehicles designated "salvage" or vehicles that have a "salvage" title to be physically examined by a peace officer who has been certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to conduct inspections prior to issuance of an Iowa vehicle registration. The applicant must present to the officer an Iowa salvage title in the applicant's name, or a properly assigned title is acceptable. The fee for the salvage theft examination is $50.

 

The purpose of the salvage theft examination is to physically verify that no stolen parts were used to rebuild a vehicle and to authenticate the vehicle being rebuilt. A typical salvage theft examination takes approximately 45 minutes, but may take several hours if the vehicle identification numbers are not easily accessible or there are problems with the ownership documents. It’s important to maintain all receipts, invoices, and documentation for parts used to rebuild the vehicle and to bring these to the inspection as the officer will need to verify this information.

 

Please note, if during the repair of the salvage vehicle the cab or frame was changed, or if the public VIN was damaged or removed, you will need to contact the Iowa Department of Transportation, Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection to schedule an appointment at invbureau@iowadot.us or 515-237-3050.

 

Once the vehicle has been repaired and is ready for inspection, you will need to complete electronically the Affidavit of Salvage Vehicle Repairs form. This form also includes payment for the inspection. The $50 exam fee must be paid online by credit card to complete the approval process prior to inspection. An online instruction guide is available to aid in completing this information. The affidavit of salvage vehicle repairs form and online instruction guide can be found at https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vehicleregistration/salvage.

 

A permit to drive the vehicle to the inspection site is included online when you have completed the affidavit of repairs and made payment. This permit allows you to drive the vehicle to and from the inspection site only on the day of inspection.

 

The applicant must present to the examining officer an Iowa salvage title in the applicant's name along with all receipts, invoices, and documentation for parts used to rebuild the vehicle.

 

To schedule a salvage vehicle inspection, contact a certified law enforcement agency nearest you. In Lyon County you can contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-472-8300. (bjs)

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4/26/2018 ARREST

On 04/26/18, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Evan Slade [36] of Sioux Falls on an outstanding warrant for two counts of violation of a no contact order, both simple misdemeanors. Slade is being held on $300 cash only bond at the Lyon County Jail. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Barry Bailey [41] of Sioux Falls on 04/26/18. Bailey is being held at the Lyon County Jail on $2,000 cash or surety bond for failure to appear for a probation or revocation hearing. Mr. Bailey’s original charges were two felony counts of unauthorized use of a credit card. (HS)

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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

 

(LS)

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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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