A Milford man must serve at least 5 years in prison and pay a $5 million fine after he pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine.
The Justice Department reports that 32-year-old Terry Lowry of Milford was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Tuesday.
At the plea hearing, Lowry admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that from 2010 through February 2011 distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Spencer area.
Lowry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 4 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.
By Scott Van Aartsen
A Sheldon man has been arrested on an assault charge.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance Monday night that occurred at a home 3 miles west of Sioux Center. Upon further investigation it is alleged that 22-year-old Ralph Donovan Jr. of Sheldon had assaulted his girlfriend. Donovan was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor, and Driving While Suspended, a simple misdemeanor.
The Sioux Center Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
On Tuesday, February 28th, the officers from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Jose Alfredo-Munoz of Hull for providing false information and driving without a license, both simple misdemeanors.
The arrest was the result of a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of 320th Street — or Highway 18 — and Highway 75, two miles west of Hull. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered that Alfredo-Munoz did not have a valid driver’s license, and claimed to be someone else. Both charges are simple misdemeanors.
Remember the man who was arrested for following there snowmobilers off his land and displaying a gun? He is 43-year-old Darwin TeSlaa of Hull.
Now the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports they have cited the three snowmobilers as well. On Wednesday, February 29, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also cited 25-year-old Mark Pruisman, 43-year-old Brian Brantsen and 32-year-old Troy Vanden Hul, all from Sioux Center with trespassing, a simple misdemeanor. The trespassing charges stem from the incident involving the snowmobiles that were allegedly driven across property owned by Te Slaa.
A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a suspended prison term, probation, and several other sentence stipulations after he was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm in Sioux County.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 51-year-old Dennis Dean Naig of Hubbard, Nebraska, was sentenced for the crime of Felon in Possession of Firearm, a Class D Felony.
On September 11, 2011, an Iowa State Trooper stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 60 . Naig was a passenger in the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper noticed that Naig was holding a bolt from a rifle. A search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle that was missing its bolt, located in the trunk of the vehicle . Naig admitted it was his firearm and that he had bought it at an auction that day. A criminal records check by the trooper revealed that Naig was a convicted felon and therefore, under Iowa law, unable to lawfully possess a firearm. Naig was subsequently arrested and charged. Naig pled guilty on February 27, 2012.
Naig was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. He will serve two years’ probation. Also, he must pay a $750 fine, statutory surcharge, and court costs; abstain from all mood-altering chemicals; obtain and maintain full-time employment; and submit a DNA sample for profiling.
By Scott Van Aartsen
A Hawarden man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after he pled guilty to a drug offense.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 42-year-old Samuel Scott Skogman of Hawarden was sentenced for the crime of Delivery of Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony.
On May 7, 2011, McAllister says Skogman delivered crystal methamphetamine to an undercover informant being utilized by the Hawarden Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriffs Department. Crystal methamphetamine, or ice as it is more commonly known, is a crystalline form of methamphetamine which is purer and more highly potent than powdered methamphetamine. Working together, law enforcement agents from both departments monitored the drug transaction and conducted an investigation. As a result of the investigation, charges were ultimately filed and an arrest warrant was issued for Skogmans arrest. Skogman was arrested on the outstanding arrest warrant on January 9, 2012. Skogman pled guilty to Delivery of Methamphetamine in District Court on February 27, 2012.
Skogman was sentenced to ten years in prison. He must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of one-third (3-1/3 years) before he is eligible for parole. Skogmans privileges to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for 180 days and he must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment while in prison.
By Scott Van Aartsen