Appeals Court Rules Rock Valley Man’s 2002 Attempted Murder And Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction Should Stand

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s conviction on charges of Attempted Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter will stand. That decision from the Iowa Court of Appeals.
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Sixty-four-year-old Philip Ter Maat was accused of killing his wife Melinda in 2002. Her body was found along a recreation trail in Rock Valley.

Ter Maat plea bargained a murder charge down to Attempt to Commit Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter, and did not appeal his conviction or the sentence.

However, in 2010 he filed a motion for correction of an illegal sentence, claiming that the two convictions violated the state’s “one death, one homicide” rule. The appeals court disagreed.

They said that “Attempt To Commit Murder” is not a homicide offence, it is only an attempt to commit homicide. The court drew a definition for homicide from a 2009 case that said that homicide is the killing of one person by another. Since “Attempt to Commit Murder” does not result in the killing of another person, they reasoned that it is not a homicide offense, and so Ter Maat’s conviction should stand.


Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Makes Three Arrests In Separate Cases

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has made three recent arrests.
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On Thursday, January 15th at approximately 2:30 AM, a Lyon County Deputy stopped a vehicle and charged the driver with Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device. The driver, 34-year-old Dawn Hanson of Rock Rapids, was found to be intoxicated. Hanson was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offence, which is a class D felony. At last report, Hanson remained in the Lyon County Jail.

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On Tuesday, January 13th, at about 8:00 AM, a Lyon County Deputy observed 58-year-old Chanh Sinsaath of George walking in the 100th block of North Virginia Street in George. The deputy had prior knowledge that Sinsaath had a valid warrant for his arrest. The warrant had been issued in March of 2014 and the charge was Failure to Appear on the original charge of Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. Chanh was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail where at last report he was being held on a $5,000.00 bond.

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On Monday January 12, 2014 the Sheldon Police Department conducted a traffic stop on 28-year-old Kari Buckley of Ashton. Buckley had active arrest warrants from Lyon County. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was notified, and Buckley was taken into custody by a Lyon County Deputy and transported to the Lyon County Jail. The warrants stemmed from failing to appear on a 2008 case. On Tuesday, January 13, Buckley bonded out of jail on a $1,000 bond.


Royal Woman Faces 10-Year Prison Term After Posing As Nurse To Get Prescription Drugs

Storm Lake, Iowa — A northwest Iowa woman faces a ten-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining prescription drugs.
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In December of 2013, Storm Lake police arrested 30-year-old Kayleen Leedahl of Royal on over 50 charges in connection with allegations of possessing and attempting to sell illegal drugs. Police allege Leedahl obtained 18 different prescriptions through fraud at the Storm Lake Wal-Mart Pharmacy. Police allege Leedahl posed as a nurse from various medical practices, and using doctors’ information called in fraudulent prescriptions. She then picked up the ordered prescriptions, and police further allege that she obtained the drugs with the intent to deliver or sell them on the street.

Leedahl pled guilty in a plea agreement to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. The agreement calls for ten years in prison when she’s sentenced on March 30th.

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Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Reports Three Non-Injury Accidents

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports three recent non-injury accidents:
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On January 7, 2015 at 3:04 PM Andy Jon Rahfaldt, 43, of Sibley was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Olive Avenue or L36, near the northwest corner of Sibley. Jeremy Wade Storm, 37, of George was driving a 2013 Buick Enclave westbound on 170th Street. Rahfaldt attempted to cross 170th Street from the stop sign causing the Storm vehicle to collide with the Rahfaldt vehicle in the left rear with it’s left front. Both vehicles wound up in the ditch in the southwest corner of the intersection. The Rahfaldt vehicle received approximately $9,500 in damage. The Storm Vehicle received approximately $7,500 in damage. Rahfaldt was cited for Failure to Yield.

On January 5, 2015 at 1:00pm Wade Henry VanderSchaaf, 34, of Remsen, IA was driving a 2014 Peterbilt Tractor southbound on Highway 60 behind Jason Lynn Jacobsma, 45, of Sibley, IA who was driving a 2007 International 7300. Due to the blowing snow, VanderSchaaf’s vehicle struck Jacobsma’s vehicle from behind. Both wound up in the west ditch. The Peterbilt landed on it’s side and received approximately $100,000 in damage. The International rolled and landed on it’s wheels and also received approximately $100,000 in damage. Twenty-seven hogs belonging to Texas Farms of Perryton, TX were injured or killed for a total loss of $4,000. VanderSchaaf was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

On January 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Jacob Zajic, 31, of Friend, NE was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country northbound on Highway 60 when three deer ran out onto the roadway. The van struck one of the deer with the right front end. The vehicle received approximately $1,500 in damage. No injuries reported.


California Woman Arrested On Drug Charges After Traffic Stop Near Boyden

Boyden, Iowa — A California woman has been arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop near Boyden on Monday, January 12.
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A little before 1 PM that day, a Sioux County deputy made a traffic stop on Kennedy Avenue, two miles north of Boyden. The deputy suspected that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver was 47-year-old Terry Tiedeman of Huntington Beach, California. She was arrested and charged with third offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a court-ordered protection order.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.


Larchwood Woman Arrested After Western Sioux County Accident

Rural Sioux County, near Fairview, SD — A Larchwood woman has been arrested after an accident near Fairview, on the Iowa side of the river.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:15 PM, 20-year-old Marisa Groeneweg of Larchwood was driving a 1999 Buick Century southbound on Highway 18, about six miles south of Inwood, when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.  

Groeneweg reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Buick sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Groeneweg was under the influence of alcohol.  

Groeneweg was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and failing to maintain control of her vehicle.