Alton Man Faces Drug Charges

Alton, Iowa — An Alton man has been arrested on drug charges.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday evening, December 23rd, one of their deputies arrested 20-year-old Cody Langel of Alton.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on First Avenue in Alton. Upon further investigation they say the deputy discovered a controlled substance in the vehicle and suspected that Langel was under the influence of illegal drugs.

Langel was arrested and was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugged), possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says their Canine Unit and the Orange City Police Department assisted in the investigation.


Sutherland Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

Spencer MercerCherokee County, Iowa — A Sutherland man faces a laundry list of charges, including felony drug charges, after his arrest in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s officials say their deputies conducted a traffic stop and discovered that 30-year old Spencer Mercer, of Sutherland, was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Deputies say that, upon further investigation, they discovered Mercer to allegedly be in possession of, what they termed as, “supplies consistent with a meth lab” in his vehicle.

According to authorities, Mercer was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Cherokee County Deputies say the charges against Mercer include:   Possession With Intent To Manufacture or Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony; Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia, a Serious Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Driving While License Suspended, a Serious Misdemeanor.


Rock Valley Man Faces Attempted Burglary Charge

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested in what Rock Valley Police are calling an “ongoing investigation.”
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They report that they arrested Gabriel Alexander Barajas and charged him with Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. Both counts are usually aggravated misdemeanors.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Barajas was arrested on Monday, December 21st. He was held in lieu of a $3000 cash or surety bond.

Rock Valley officers say that since this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.


Larchwood Teen Injured In Saturday Accident

AccidentGeneric 2Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood teen was transported to the hospital following a 2-vehicle crash Saturday in Larchwood.

Lyon County Deputies say 15-year old Jaedon Weber of Larchwood was southbound on Edgerley Street in a 1998 Hyundai, when he allegedly failed to stop and yield to an eastbound 2010 Audi, driven by 31-year old Amanda Smith of Spirit Lake.  Weber’s car struck Smith’s left rear door, according to the report.

Weber was reportedly taken to the hospital with what Sheriff’s officials describe as “non-life-threatening” injuries.

Each vehicle received damages estimated at $5,000.


Hartley Man Gets 30 Years

prison razor wire fence_sxcPrimghar, Iowa — A Hartley man will serve 30 years in prison following his sentencing in O’Brien County District Court Monday.

According to court records, 41-year old Chad Demey was sentenced on a plea bargain for 3 counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, and 1 count of Lascivious Acts With A Child.  All of the charges are Class C felonies.

Court records indicate that Demey was sentenced to three 10-year sentences, with the sentences ordered to be served consecutively, for a total of 30 years in prison.  Upon his release from prison, Demey was ordered to serve probation for the remainder of his life, as well as serve a lifetime listing on the Sex Offender Registry.


Primghar Woman One Of Three Arrested In Spencer

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Spencer, Iowa — A Primghar woman was one of three people netted in a drug raid this past weekend in Spencer.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton says his department executed a search warrant at 511 E 19th St #16 on Saturday.  Warburton says during the search several individual baggies of marijuana were located along with scales, money, and instruments commonly used to smoke marijuana.

According to Warburton, as a result of the search, police arrested 35-year old Marissa Belle Hopcroft Primghar for possession of a controlled substance, namely marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.
Also arrested were 29-year old Christian Johnathan George of Spencer on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana, a class D felony, Failure To Affix A Drug Tax Stamp, a class D felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and criminal trespass, a simple misdemeanor, along with  28-year old Katherine Marie Blackson of Spencer, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, namely marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, according to Chief Warburton.
He says all subjects were booked into the Clay County Jail.  The Spencer Police Department was assisted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.