Eighteen-Year-Old Charged In Locker Room Thefts

Spencer, Iowa — A Hartley 18-year-old has been arrested in Clay County on charges stemming from the investigation into a string of locker room thefts at Clay Central Everly High School in January.
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Clay County authorities say that during a traffic stop Saturday evening, February 21st, a Clay County Deputy arrested the driver of the car, 18-year-old Kathryn Carroll of Hartley.

In the investigation during the stop, the deputy says he noticed a pair of shoes that were similar to a pair that had been reported stolen in January. When the deputy went back to the car to give Carroll traffic tickets and question her about the shoes, he says he saw that the shoes were missing.

Carroll was reportedly questioned about the shoes and the Sheriff’s report says she allegedly initially lied to the deputy about any knowledge of the shoes. The report says she later allegedly confessed they were stolen and she had them hidden in her boots.

After continued investigation at the jail, deputies say they now believe Carroll was involved in five separate Everly Girls High School locker room thefts, including the theft of an iPod Touch, a pair of jeans, a pair of shoes, $70 cash and $50 cash.

Deputies say Carroll was cited into magistrate court on speeding and no insurance charges, and jailed on five counts of Fifth Degree Theft, all simple misdemeanors. She was held on a $1,500 cash or surety bond.


Sheldon Police Investigating Package Thefts

Sheldon, Iowa — Are you missing a package that should have been delivered? If you’re in Sheldon, the Sheldon Police Department would like to know about your missing package.
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The police are investigating thefts of delivered packages to homes in Sheldon. The police are asking for you to contact them if you have expected delivery of a package and did not receive that package. The police say that it is common for some retailers to ship a new package once the customer has called them to notify them that they had not received the original package. Police are asking that you call even though you may have been compensated via a new or reshipped package.

You can reach the Sheldon Police by dialing 324-2525 and you are asked to leave a message at extension 253.


Passing Ambulance Takes Crash Victim To Hospital

Larchwood, Iowa — A passing ambulance gave aid to a crash victim near Larchwood and took him to a hospital, and then he was taken into custody on an OWI charge.
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On Friday, February 20th at approximately 8:30 PM, the Lyon County Ambulance was driving to Rock Rapids when they observed a car in the ditch at the intersection of Highway 9 and Cherry Avenue near Larchwood. The ambulance stopped and EMT’s provided medical assistance to the driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Justin Schwarz of Worthington, MN. Schwarz was then transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

After he was released from the hospital, he was subsequently arrested by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Larchwood Fire, Larchwood Rescue, and the Lyon County Ambulance.


Man Who Hit Sheriff’s Pickup Sentenced

Sibley, Iowa — The man who authorities say rammed his vehicle into a Sheriff’s pickup in Sibley last year has been sentenced.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Ricky Robert Jeppesen of Sibley pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. He had been originally charged with First Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class “C” Felony.

On October 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office says Jeppesen intentionally drove his 1997 Lincoln into a parked and unattended 2014 Ford Pickup belonging to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Jeppesen allegedly drove into the pickup twice causing the 2014 Ford to strike another parked and unattended 2007 Ford belonging to an on-duty dispatcher. The incident occurred in front of the sheriff’s office in the parking/driveway area.

Jeppesen was immediately taken into custody by an Osceola County Deputy. All three vehicles involved received extensive damage.

In addition to other fines and fees, Jeppesen was ordered to pay restitution to the Osceola County Sheriff in the amount of $597. He was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all of that time suspended except for 15 days which must be served. He will also serve two years probation.


Lennox Man Allegedly Runs From Deputy

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Lennox, SD man is behind bars in Lyon County after he was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia, and then later is accused of running from a deputy.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that 19-year-old Ozra Holzer of Lennox was stopped earlier this month, and a deputy found a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Holzer was then released from the scene, but five days later, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 arrest warrants were issued for Holzer for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

On Friday afternoon, February 20, 2015, a deputy stopped Holzer in Inwood. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office reports that Holzer allegedly fled the scene on foot and was later located as a passenger in a motor vehicle. Holzer was taken into custody on the two outstanding warrants and was also charged with Escape From Custody, a Serious Misdemeanor and Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Holzer is currently being held in The Lyon County Jail. The Sheriffs’ Office says the investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.


Vermillion Woman Sentenced On Meth Delivery

Orange City, Iowa — A Vermillion woman has been sentenced in Sioux County Court for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 34-year-old Shelly Lee Snow of Vermillion, SD, was found guilty in December of Conspiracy to Deliver and/or Possess with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, and was sentenced this past week.

On July 11, 2013, a controlled drug buy was set up by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office through a confidential informant being utilized and monitored by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Police placed a “wire” audio transmitting device on the confidential informant so they could hear what was going on inside the home during the buy. Deputies also gave the confidential informant $350 to purchase an “8-ball” of methamphetamine, after which he entered the home stating he was “looking to buy meth.”

Two deputies set up surveillance to monitor the Hawarden home where the controlled buy was to take place. Deputies observed a black Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle they knew to be driven by Shelly Snow, arrive at the home. The deputies also heard the female voice they recognized to be Shelly Snow through the “wire.”

Inside the home, the confidential informant handed the $350 to Shelly Snow saying he “needed an 8-ball.” Court records indicate she left the home, drove to Sioux City, returned to Hawarden, and someone else gave the meth to the informant.

Snow was sentenced to a suspended ten year prison sentence and three years of probation. Among other conditions, she also has to pay a fine and is to obtain a substance abuse and/or mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; maintain full-time employment; not frequent places that primarily serve alcohol and/or beer; abstain from all alcohol and illegal drugs, and be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.