Arrest Made In Spencer Bomb Threat Case

Spencer, Iowa — An arrest has been made in the Spencer Hy-Vee bomb threat case.
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The Spencer Police Department reports that on April 30, 2015, they arrested a 17-year-old boy from Spencer on charges of Terrorism and Arson Threats, which are both Class D felonies. The arrest stems from an investigation into a bomb threat to the Spencer HyVee on April 9th. After their investigation, officers believe that the boy had made the bomb threat while attending the Lakes Partnership School located in Spencer. They believe the boy posted the threat on a chat session with the HyVee customer care center located in West Des Moines.

Officers say the boy was taken into custody and later transported to the Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee.

The Spencer Police Department reports that the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation.


Drug Enforcement Operation Nets 73 Arrests

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office advises that their deputies recently participated in a drug enforcement operation, which covered several counties in multiple states and netted 73 arrests.

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They report that it took place from April 1, 2015 to April 21, 2015. We are told it included law enforcement agencies from federal, state, and local levels, covering Omaha Nation and Winnebago Nation Tribal Lands, Plymouth, Woodbury, Sioux, and Monona counties in Iowa, Union County in South Dakota, and Dakota County in Nebraska. The Operation was called “Blue Fog,” an enforcement operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tri‐State Drug Task Force which targeted low level drug dealers/users.

The Operation made 73 arrests and issued 19 drug citations; additionally, seven search warrants were executed.

Drugs seized were crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, marijuana wax, THC chocolate candies, THC gummy bears, Molly (Ecstasy,) Adderall, Hydrocodone, and Xanax pills. Other items seized were a meth lab, 30 drug pipes, 14 drug scales, a marijuana grinder, MSM (cutting agent for methamphetamine), a false bottom container, baggies, and other misc. drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is on‐going and additional drug arrests are pending.


Inappropriate Behavior Leads To Jail Time

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s inappropriate behavior around minors has led to jail time for a probation violation.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says that 33-year-old Daniel Stephen Leeney of Rock Valley, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a probation violation. After his jail sentence, Leeney is to continue on probation under additional conditions that he be
prohibited from being within 300 feet of a school, public library, child care facility, playground, recreational or sport-related activity area, swimming pool when used by minors, or be present on a school bus.

Leeney was originally sentenced on August 26, 2014, to 70 days in the Sioux County Jail and was placed on probation for two years, for the crime of Attempt to Entice a Minor Under 16, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Kunstle says Leeney’s probation violation began on September 18, 2014 when he exhibited inappropriate behaviors inside the Rock Valley City Hall. On March 19, 2015, Kunstle says that Leeney, in his spray-painted black car, slowly followed an 8-year-old girl walking home from school. Three days later, on March 21, Kunstle says Leeney “methodically” drove circles around a park, eventually leaving his car and sitting on a park bench while staring at an 11 year-old girl and her younger brother. He says that when the children’s father arrived, Leeney immediately fled the scene. Three days later, says Kunstle, on March 25, Leeney “systematically” followed two young teenagers around the public library.

On April 3, 2015, the State filed a probation violation based upon the above reports received by the Rock Valley Police Department that Leeney was displaying inappropriate and/or intimidating behavior towards several children and teenagers.


Woman Arrested, Accused Of Stealing, Cashing Checks

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux City woman has been arrested after authorities say she stole some checks and cashed them at an Orange City bank.
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According to Orange City Police, on Monday, April 27th, they arrested 33-year-old Agnes Rose Sully of Sioux City on charges of Forgery and Theft in the Second Degree, both Class D Felonies.

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum says the case started on October 30th, 2013, when Sully allegedly cashed two stolen checks at Iowa State Bank in Orange City. The checks had been drawn on the account of an Iowa State Bank customer.

The theft was discovered when the customer tried to use her debit card, but was unable to, due to insufficient funds in the account. Pottebaum says that’s when they looked into it further and found that checks had been stolen.

Chief Pottebaum says Sully was eventually identified with the use of surveillance video. Sully was subsequently arrested.


Man Taken To Hospital After Dirt Bike Accident

Sanborn, Iowa — A Sanborn man was taken to the hospital after a dirt bike accident near Sanborn.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:55 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 53-year-old Christopher Klump of Sanborn was driving a 1978 Yamaha dirt bike eastbound in the ditch of 330th Street, a half a mile east of the southeast corner of Sanborn.

The report says that Klump hit a low spot in the ditch near a culvert and lost control of the dirt bike, which ran into a barbed wire fence and wooden fence post. Klump was thrown from the dirt bike into the barbed wire fence. It says he was able to walk about a half mile to his home to call 911.

The Sanborn Ambulance took Klump to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.

Klump’s Yamaha dirt bike sustained $ 300 in damages.


Vandalism in Sheldon – UPDATE

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The individuals responsible for the damage to the trailer have been identified. Thank you for your help with this matter!

 

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department has asked KIWA for help in getting the word out about an incident that occurred recently:

Sometime over the weekend of April 24, a 20’ construction trailer that was parked on 25th Avenue by the Schemper Park was damaged. An unknown person or persons threw rocks at the side of the trailer, causing extensive damage to it.  It appeared that the rocks came from the Schemper Park.  Anyone with information or who could identify kids playing in that area this weekend is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department at 324-2525.