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3/4/2021 ARREST

On March 3, 2021, Jessica Jensen, age 35, of Sioux Falls, SD was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jensen also had a valid trespass warrant. Jensen was transported to the Lyon County Jail.(AA)




3/3/2021 ARREST

On 03/02/2021 at approximately 5:07 p.m., Lyon County Deputies responded to a call of an intoxicated person at Casey’s General Store in George, IA. Deputies arrived and arrested Miller A Liwis [51] of George for Going Armed With Intent, a class D felony, and Consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place, a simple misdemeanor. A Liwis was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)



3/3/2021 ACCIDENT

On 3/2/2021, at approximately 8:40 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident at the T-intersection of 130th street and Elder Ave near Lester. Investigation at the scene determined that Bernardo Barrera Aguilar, 35, of Rock Rapids, and Lloana Barrera Aguilar, 30, of Chasta, Minnesota, were southbound on Elder Ave in a 2014 Ford Fusion. Bernando Barrera Aguilar lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch of 130th street at the intersection. Upon entering the ditch, the vehicle was overturned and came to a stop on the roof of the car. Lester EMS and Lester Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, where they were able to extricate the occupants of the vehicle. The occupants were transported to Avera in Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the accident.  (MAB)


2/15/2021 ARREST

On February 15, 2021, at about 6:45 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received multiple calls regarding an erratic driver in Rock Rapids.  Deputies responded to the area and located Jose Solis.  After an investigation at the scene, Solis was arrested for operating while intoxicated 3rd or subsequent offense, a class D felony and driving with a revoked license (OWI related), a serious misdemeanor.  He was lodged in the Lyon County Jail.  (LS)


2/28/2021 ARREST

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident in the 1900 mile of Highway 75. The driver was identified as Romel Vasquez-Lopez, age 21, of Rock Rapids, IA. Vasquez-Lopez was arrested for failure to maintain control and operating while intoxicated. Vasquez-Lopez was transported to the Lyon County Jail. No injuries or damages were reported from the accident. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Lyon County Ambulance, Rock Rapids Fire Department, and Trackside Service. (AA)



2/27/2021 PURSUIT

On Saturday, February 27, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 9 and Beech Ave. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit went eastbound through Larchwood and then southbound to Inwood. In Inwood, the vehicle turned westbound on Highway 18, towards South Dakota. While in Iowa, the Iowa State Patrol deployed spike strips and was able to deflate one of the vehicle’s tires. Once the pursuit entered South Dakota, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office took over and was assisted by the Canton Police Department. The vehicle eventually became disabled on Highway 11 and 281 St. The driver was identified as Janie Salines-Urquilla, age 28, of Sioux Falls, SD. Salines-Urquilla was found to have multiple felony arrest warrants in Minnehaha County. Salines-Urquilla is facing additional charges in South Dakota that are related to the pursuit and for her involvement in Iowa she is charged with the following –

Registration violation

Equipment violation

Driving on wrong side of highway – 2 counts

Passing violations – 3 counts

Speed – 3 counts

Fail to obey traffic control devices – 2 counts

Reckless driving – 2 counts

Aggravated eluding (AA)

 


2/28/2021 CITED INTO COURT

On Friday, February 26, 2021, Joshua Allen of Sioux Falls, SD was cited for possession of a controlled substance. (MAB)

 


2/23/2021 ARREST

On February 23, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Israel Hewitt, age 22, of Sioux Falls, SD. Hewitt was charged with driving while revoked, fail to file SR-22 insurance, and open container. Hewitt was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)


2/18/2021 ARREST

On 2/18/2021, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 2600 block of Kennedy Avenue (County Road L14) south of George. As a result, Jessy Neth, 21, of George was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Driving While License Suspended and Dark Window or Windshield, all simple misdemeanors. Neth was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)


2/17/2021 ARREST

On 2/17/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office charged Nathan Hanson, 26, of Rock Rapids, with Sex Offender Registry Violation-2nd Offense, a Class D Felony. Hanson was already in custody in the Lyon County Jail at this time. (AA)


2/18/2021 ARREST

On 2/18/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Jair Arroto-Hernandez (33) of Rock Rapids. The defendent was charged with driving while license suspended and registration violations. (AA)


2/19/2021 ARREST

On 2/19/2021, at approximately 1:15 AM, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 1st Avenue and Carroll Street in Rock Rapids. As a result, Christopher Gustoff, 38, of Spirit Lake was arrested and charged with driving while revoked, operating a motor vehicle without ignition interlock device, violation of conditions of restricted license, and failure to provide proof of financial liability. Gustoff was transported to the Lyon County Jail. The incident is still under investigation. (AA)


2/18/2021 ACCIDENT

On 2/18/2021 at approximately 6:15 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident on the 400 block of North Oak Street in Inwood. Investigation at the scene determined that Kayla Roemen, 27, of Inwood, was southbound on Oak Street in her 2010 Ford Fusion. Roemen was stopped on the roadway and was waiting for northbound traffic to clear so that she could make a left turn into the driveway of her residence. Richard Roozeboom, 29, of Inwood, was also southbound on Oak Street. Roozeboom did not see that Roemen was stopped on the roadway, and he collided with the back end of Roemen’s vehicle. There were no injuries apparent at the time of the accident. Roemen’s vehicle sustained approximately $3000 of damage, and Rozeboom’s vehicle sustained approximately $2500 of damage.(AA)


2/17/2021 ARREST

On 2/17/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Matthew Stahl (36) of Chamberlain, SD. Stahl was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana and methamphetamine) and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana and methamphetamine). Also arrested was, Alexander DeLaPaz, age 29, of Rock Rapids, IA. DeLaPaz was charged with unlawful use of a license and had a valid Sioux County warrant for unauthorized use of a credit card. Stahl and DeLaPaz were transported to the Lyon County Jail. Lyon County K9 Rizzo and the Iowa DCI assisted in the case. This case is on-going. (AA)


2/14/2021 ARREST

On 2/14/2021, a Lyon County Deputy located an occupied vehicle in the ditch in the 2100 block of US Highway 75 at approximately 2:10 AM. As a result, the driver, a 16-year-old juvenile from Sioux Center was arrested and charged with operating without owner's consent, OWI 1st offense, possession of alcohol under legal age, failure to maintain control, driving without a valid license, violation of financial liability coverage, and failure to carry registration card. The juvenile was processed and released to a guardian in addition to being referred to juvenile court. Additionally, the passenger, Mario Martin Martin (54) of Sioux Center, was arrested and charged with supplying alcohol to a minor (a serious misdemeanor), and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and open container-passenger, both simple misdemeanors. Martin Martin was lodged in the Lyon County Jail. The sheriff's office was assisted by the Sioux Center PD and Trackside Towing. (DK)


2/13/2021 ARREST

On 2/13/2021, a Lyon County Deputy observed Ryan George Halma of Inwood, IA driving his 2006 Chevrolet Malibu in the city limits of Inwood. It is known that Halma's driver's license status is revoked. A traffic stop was initiated in the 200 block of South Main Street. Halma was arrested and charged with multiple offenses including: driving while license denied or revoked, driving while license under suspension, operate without interlock device, and a registration violation. Halma was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (DK)


2/13/2021 ARREST

On 2/13/2021, the Lyon County Communications center received a call for a 1-vehicle accident located at the intersection of Beech Avenue and IA Highway 9 west of Larchwood. The individual (later identified as CJ Eaglefeather Pigney of Sioux Falls, SD) became combative with the arriving first responders. Pigney then left the scene of the accident and walked to a residence located south of the intersection where Larchwood firefighters tried to stop him from going further onto the residence. Pigney became more combative getting into a physical altercation with a Larchwood firefighter pushing him and spitting in his face. After deputies arrived, Pigney was quickly taken into custody and brought to Avera Merrill Pioneer hospital in Rock Rapids where he was medically cleared. PIgney was arrested and charged with multiple offenses including: operating while intoxicated 1st offense, possession of controlled substance 1st offense, interference with official acts, assault on person in certain occupations, no valid driver's license, trespass 1st offense, and failure to provide proof of financial liability-accident. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance, Larchwood Fire Department, Larchwood EMS, and Trackside Towing. (DK)


2/12/2021 ARREST

On 2/12/2021, a Lyon County Deputy took a report from a local Rock Rapids gas station clerk. The clerk at the gas station were concerned with an individual's behaviour and his driving performance after he left the gas station. A deputy observed the individual (identified as Scott Christopher Rydell of Rock Rapids) driving erratically with multiple traffic infractions. The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 100 block of South Marshall Street. Rydell had heavily slurred speech, and trouble balancing. Rydell failed field sobriety tests and was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was booked for operating while intoxicated 1st offense, possession or carrying of dangerous weapons while under the influence, and fail to yield upon left turn. (DK)


2/12/2021 ARRESTS

On Friday, February 12, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of the following:

Jesse White Eagle (30) of Wolsey, SD was charged with providing false identification information and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Carly Holden (26) of Rapid City, SD was charged with providing false identification information, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and fugitive from justice. Holden was found to have a valid extraditable arrest warrant from South Dakota for failing to appear for possession of methamphetamine.

Dillon Harrington (26) of Wolsey, SD was charged with obstructing prosecution.

Lyon County K9 Rizzo, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iow DCI assisted in the investigation. (DK)


2/12/2021 ACCIDENT

On 2/12/2021 at approximatedly 10:30 PM, the LYon County Sheriff's Office responded to a 1-vehicle rollover accident at the south junction of the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and County Road A34 (210th Street). Investigation at the scene determined LeAnn Schroeder (48) of Archer, was westbound on A34 in a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country when she failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. The vehicle left the roadway off the T-intersection, entered the ditch, and rolled several times before becoming stuck in the timber. Schroeder was transported by ambulance for treatment of possible injuries. The vehicle was considered a total loss. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Lyon County Ambulance, Rock Rapids Fire Department, Trackside Towing, and Avera Rock Rapids. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and this incident is still under investigation. (DK)


1/30/2021 ARREST

On 1/30/2021, a Lyon County deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of county roads A34 and K60. As a result, Pablo Marchessini, 34, of Sibley, was arrested and charged with the following:

Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd or Subsequent Offense)-aggravated misdemeanor

Driving While License Revoked-serious misdemeanor

Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operation without Ignition Interlock, and Open Container-simple misdemeanors.

Marchessini was lodged in the Lyon County Jail. The sheriff’s office was assisted by Trackside Towing. (DK)


1/29/2021 CITATION

On January 29, 2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle on Highway 75 for a equipment violation. The driver was identified as Damon Randolph of Sioux Falls, SD. Randolph was cited for failure to have a valid drivers license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. (DK)


1/26/2021 ACCIDENT/ARREST

On 1/26/2021, at approximately 11:20 AM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Iowa Highway 9 and County Road L26 (Marsh Avenue). Investigation at the scene determined Peter Klein, 65, of Rock Rapids was eastbound on Highway 9 in a 1998 Chevrolet K1500 owned by Pete’s Drainage.  Johnathon Peters, 30, of Little Rock, was stopped at the stop sign on L26 facing northbound operating his 2003 Chrysler Town & Country. Peters failed to yield from the stop sign and pulled out in front of the Klein pickup. The Klein pickup struck the Peters van on the driver’s side causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Both drivers were transported to hospitals for medical attention. As a result of the investigation, arrest warrants were obtained for Peters on charges of OWI-1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and Failure to Obey Stop Sign, a simple misdemeanor. Peters was arrested on 1/28/2021 on the warrants. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Little Rock Ambulance, the Little Rock Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance, Trackside Towing, and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. (DK)


1/23/2021 ACCIDENT

On 1/23/2021 at approximately 1800 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a 2 vehicle accident near the intersection of HWY 9 and HWY 75 in Rock Rapids. Upon arrival, we found that Steven Winters (59), of Ocheydan, was eastbound on HWY 9 driving a 2013 Ford pickup and was pulling a gooseneck trailer. Steven was attempting to make a right hand turn into Junction 9/75 parking lot. Peyton Nolte (22), of Sioux Falls, was also eastbound on HWY 9, driving a 2017 GMC pickup. Nolte struck Winters on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. Winters' Ford pickup sustained approximately $8,000 in damage and Nolte's GMC pickup was totaled. (DK)


1/21/2021 ARREST

On 1/21/2021, a Lyon County Deputy arrested Samantha Jones (37) of Hills, MN on an outstanding warrant for Theft in the 1st Degree, a class C Felony. Ms. Jones was transported to the Lyon County Jail and held with a $10,000 cash or surety bond.(AA)


1/20/2021 ARRESTS

On 01/20/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft call at Ace Hardware in Rock Rapids. The theft occurred when 3 suspects fled the store with items that were taken from the store. Once the suspects left the store, the store owner followed the vehicle and was giving law enforcement current location of the suspects. Law enforcement was able to locate the vehicle, and attempted to stop the vehicle. After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of A34 and IA 182, where the suspects then fled on foot. After a short foot chase, all of the suspects were apprehended. The following subjects were charged.

Scott Flint, 42, Sioux Falls, was charged with:

 Theft in the 3rd Degree, aggravated misdemeanor;

Eluding, felony

Fugitive from justice,  simple misdemeanor 

Fail to obey Stop/Yield Sign,  simple misdemeanor

Pass in no passing zone, simple misdemeanor

Failure to maintain control, simple misdemeanor

Reckless driving, serious misdemeanor

Operating vehicle while intoxicated, serious misdemeanor

Possession of drug paraphernalia, simple misdemeanor

Possession of controlled substance, serious misdemeanor

Operate vehicle without owner’s consent, aggravated misdemeanor

Judd Tibbetts, 35, of Sioux Falls, was charged with:

Theft in the 3rd Degree, aggravated misdemeanor

Operate vehicle without owner’s consent, aggravated misdemeanor

Possession of controlled substance, serious misdemeanor

Possession of drug paraphernalia, simple misdemeanor

Jeremy Larsen, 29, Sioux Falls, was charged with:

Theft in the 3rd Degree, aggravated misdemeanor

All of the suspects were booked into the Lyon County Jail. Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol. The incident is still under investigation. (DK)


1/20/2021 ARREST

On 1/20/2021, Ronald Shuck (63) of George was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. Mr.Shuck was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (AA)


1/18/2021 ARREST

On 1/18/2021 at approximately 6:11 AM, a Lyon County Deputy arrested Shawna Henrichs (35) of George for 1st Degree Theft, a class C Felony. Henrichs was transported to the Lyon County Jail (AA)


1/15/2021 CITED INTO COURT

On 1/15/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office responded to a rural George address for a theft complaint. A juvenile at the residence was found to have committed a theft. The juvenile was cited into court for theft in the 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor.  (AA)


1/15/2021 CITED INTO COURT

On 1/15/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation on HIghway 9. The traffic stop resulted in Archie Tatum, age 45, of Hartford, SD being cited for possession of drug paraphenalia. (AA)


1/15/2021 ARREST

On 1/15/2021, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a single vehicle accident at the Grand Falls Casino and Resort. John Yarmen, age 44, of Sioux Falls, SD was operating a 1997 Dodge Dakota Pickup when he lost control and struck a light pole in the landscaping on the Grand Falls Casino property. Yarman's vehicle sustained approximately $500 in damages and the utility pole damages are estimated at $2,000. No injuries were reported. (AA)


1/12/2021 ARREST

On 1/12/2021, Lyon County deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of IA 182 and county road A26 (180th Street) by the West Lyon School. As a result, Krista Hevern, 27, of Inwood, was arrested and charged with OWI-Drugged 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and Driving While License Suspended, a simple misdemeanor. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by K9 Athos and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office's Drug Recognition Expert.(AA)


1/11/2021 ASSAULT

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


1/11/2021 OWI ARREST

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


1/11/2021 DRUG CHARGES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


1/11/2021 MULTI-JURISDICTION PURSUIT

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

 


1/7/2021 CHARGES FILED

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


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


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


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


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


1/3/21 ARREST

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