Terrorism Charge Dropped

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man who was arrested on a felony charge of Threats of Terrorism has had that charge dismissed.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 53-year-old Michael Eugene Kats of Rock Valley early on Wednesday April 8, 2015.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a search after Kats allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and was also originally charged with Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer moved to dismiss the charge because of insufficient evidence. District Judge Patrick Carr dismissed the threat of terrorism charge on Monday.

Kats pled not guilty to the Harassment of a Public Officer charge, and has requested a jury trial. No date has been set.