Eleven Individuals Sentenced Following 2011 Drug Bust in Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — Eleven people have now been sentenced after a Drug Bust in O’Brien County last year, some of them to indeterminate 10-year prison terms.

O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs says that the final criminal defendant involved in the July drug bust spearheaded by the Sheldon Police Department has been sentenced in the Iowa District Court for O’Brien County. Eleven individuals were initially arrested and charged with various drug offenses in O’Brien County after selling controlled substances to a confidential informant. Those eleven individuals have all pled guilty.

Sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine were 40-year-old Norman and 46-year-old Ronda Clark.
Sentenced for three counts of Delivery of Lisdexamephetamine was 26-year-old Crystal Sheriff.
Sentenced for two counts of Delivery of Methadone was 31-year-old Blake Verschoor.
Sentenced for Delivery of Methamphetamine was 32-year-old Joshua Naig.

All of those crimes are class “C” felonies.

Sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana were 29-year-old Matthew Feucht, 19-year-old Cody Schmith, 22-year-old Stephan Johnson, and 20-year-old Jacob Megason. Feucht was also charged with failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

All of those crimes are class “D” felonies.

Sentenced for Delivery of Propoxyphene was 22-year-old Justin McClain. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.

Twenty-seven-year-old Leo Noble was sentenced for possession of Hydrocodone. Smith and Johnson were additionally sentenced for possession of marijuana. Those crimes are serious misdemeanors.

Verschoor was sentenced to fines and two indeterminate ten-year prison terms, to be served concurrently.

Naig and Norman Clark were sentenced to pay fines and serve indeterminate ten-year prison terms. Feucht was sentenced to pay fines and serve two indeterminate five-year prison terms, to be served consecutively.

The other defendants were sentenced to lesser penalties, some of them to time at the RTF, fines, and probation.

Several of the defendants were also required to pay restitution to the Iowa Great Lakes Task Force and had their driving privileges revoked. Osceola County Attorney Robert Hansen prosecuted two of the cases as a specially assigned prosecutor, and O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs prosecuted the remaining nine cases.


1. Blake Verschoor, age 31, was sentenced for two counts of Delivery of Methadone (each a class C felony) and was required to pay fines totaling $2,000, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to concurrently serve two, indeterminate ten-year prison terms.

2. Norman Clark, age 40, was sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term.

3. Joshua Naig, age 32, was sentenced for Delivery of Methamphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term.

4. Crystal Sheriff, age 26, was sentenced for three counts of Delivery of Lisdexamphetamine (each a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. She was also sentenced to concurrently serve three indeterminate ten-year prison terms, but those terms of incarceration were suspended and she was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for three years. As a specific condition of that probation, Ms. Sheriff must temporarily reside at a residential treatment facility.

5. Ronda Clark, age 46, was sentenced for Delivery of Amphetamine (a class C felony) and was required to pay a fine of $1,000 and various court costs and surcharges. She was also sentenced to serve an indeterminate ten-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and she was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

6. Matthew Feucht, age 29, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp (each a class D felony) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,500, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to consecutively serve two, indeterminate five-year prison terms.

7. Cody Schmith, age 19, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felony) and Possession of Marijuana (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,065, plus various court costs and surcharges. On the felony conviction, he was also sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and he was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for three years. On the misdemeanor charge, he was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but seven days of that term suspended.

8. Stephen Johnson, age 22, was sentenced for Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felony) and Possession of Marijuana (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay fines totaling $1,065, plus various court costs and surcharges. On the felony conviction, he was also sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term, but that term of incarceration was suspended and he was instead placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years. On the misdemeanor charge, he was also sentenced to a thirty-day jail term, with all thirty days of that term suspended.

9. Jacob Megason, age 20, pled guilty to Delivery of Marijuana (a class D felon) and received a deferred judgment from the Court. He was required to pay a civil penalty of $750, and was placed on probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

10. Justin McClain, age 22, was sentenced for Delivery of Propoxyphene (an aggravated misdemeanor) and was required to pay a fine of $625, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but seven days of that term suspended, and placed on probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections for two years.

11. Leo Noble, age 27, was sentenced for Possession of Hydrocodone (a serious misdemeanor) and was required to pay a fine of $500, plus various court costs and surcharges. He was also sentenced to a 364-day jail term, with all but fourteen days of that term suspended, and placed on probation to the O’Brien County Sheriff for one year.


Arnolds Park Restaurant Destroyed By Fire

Arnolds Park, Iowa — An Arnolds Park restaurant has been destroyed by fire.

The Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire department reports that the call went out about 2 AM Monday morning to Mineral City in Arnolds Park. That’s about a third of a mile south of the East Lake/West Lake bridge on Highway 71.

No injuries were reported, and other nearby buildings appear to have been saved, but Mineral City is apparently a complete loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown as of yet, but is under investigation.

Location of Mineral City:

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Estherville Woman Drowns In East Lake Okoboji Over Weekend

Okoboji, Iowa — An Estherville woman has drowned in East Lake Okoboji.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 2 AM on Sunday morning, they received a 911 call reporting a person missing from a boat in East Lake Okoboji. The Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team was dispatched along with Spirit Lake Fire Department, DNR Lakes Patrol and several law enforcement agencies to the area of the boat ramp across from Kum & Go in Okoboji, about a half mile north of the East Lake/West Lake Bridge.

At approximately 6:45 a.m., while search operations were underway, crews conducting a shoreline search discovered the body of 26-year-old Jennifer Johnson from Estherville, in an area west of Chalstrom Beach. That’s about a half mile northeast of where the crews were originally sent.

An investigation into the incident concluded that the victim was swimming from a boat with others when she disappeared. The boat was driven by Tim DenHerder and owned by Josh Kirschbaum both of Spirit Lake.



Purple pushpin is where crews were dispatched. Red pushpin is where Jennifer Johnson’s body was found.


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Lyon County Engineer On Administrative Leave; Board To Discuss Temporary Agreement With Osceola County

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Details are still sketchy, but an investigation is underway into the Lyon County Engineer.

Secondary Road Engineer Jeff Williams was placed on administrative leave by the Lyon County Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting.

According to the board minutes, Engineer Williams himself requested the board enter closed session under Iowa Code section 21.5 (I). That code is the one used to enter into closed session to evaluate the performance of an employee.

After they came out of closed session, County Supervisor Steve Michael made a motion to put Williams on administrative leave with pay and benefits. He specified that the county should take possession of Williams’ keys and vehicle, and that Williams should not be allowed in county buildings while the investigation is pending. The motion passed unanimously.

On the Lyon County Board’s agenda this Monday is a temporary Osceola and Lyon County Engineer Agreement.

We contacted County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal, who would only say Williams is under investigation and no charges have yet been filed.


Three Lyon County Roads To See Construction; Consider Alternate Routes Says Engineer

Rock Rapids, Iowa — As the old saying goes, there are two seasons in Iowa. Winter and Road Construction. Well it’s not winter, so road construction continues on some county roads in Lyon County. In fact, traffic on Highway 75 in Lyon County could increase this summer as it’s the only north-south hard-surfaced road that won’t be under construction for several miles on either side.

According to the Lyon County Engineer’s office, bridge construction on K60 South of A34 continues with a late summer completion date. K60 is the Edna blacktop, and A34 is the road that runs from George past the Lakewood Corner and on to Alvord and points beyond. K60 remains closed from 3 miles south of Edna to A52 – the south Doon blacktop.

Road overlay work will begin in June on K52 south of Highway 9 at Rock Rapids to A52 (again, that’s the south Doon blacktop, so that road will be closed for over 10 miles.)

Road overlay work will also begin on K60 (again, the Edna road) south of A34 — or basically the same area that is now closed for bridge work.

And, road overlay work will also begin on K30 south of A34 at Alvord to the Sioux County line. That’s the Alvord to Rock Valley blacktop.

These roads will be closed with access for people living on them only. The County Engineer’s Office advises motorists to consider alternate routes.


Next Weekend Appears To Be “Festival Weekend” In Northwest Iowa

Northwest Iowa — Next weekend, June 16 and 17 appears to be a busy one in northwest Iowa.

The Christian Music Festival “Risefest” will be in Sheldon on Saturday the 16th. Not only will there be the latest Christian Music, but an adventure race, extreme skateboarding, seminars and more.

It’s Good Ole Summertime on the 16th and 17th in Sibley. It will kick off with a medallion contest early in the week.

It’s Cobblestone Days in Primghar on the 16th and 17th as well. We’ll talk to Clara Black next week and find out what’s going on.

Plus, it’s Heritage Days in Rock Rapids. Miss Rock Rapids and Little Miss Rock Rapids will be crowned on Wednesday evening in preparation for the festival. Angie Jager will tell us what more to expect next week.

Stay tuned to KIWA radio and kiwaradio.com for all the information on all the festivals!