Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Makes Two Drug Arrests, One Trespassing Arrest

Sibley, Iowa — Two Sibley residents have been arrested on drug charges — one of them a felony — after a search by Osceola County Deputies.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 67-year-old Thomas Ray Stewart, and 58-year-old Debra Kay Stewart, both of Sibley on Monday, January 19th, 2015.

Osceola County deputies carried out a search warrant on Second Street Northeast in Sibley on Monday. During the search of the home, deputies found several items of drug paraphernalia, concentrated marijuana wax and marijuana plant material.

Thomas Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; Prohibited Acts, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a class “D” felony. Debra Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Acts.

Both were booked into the Osceola County Jail, and at last report were being held there, Thomas Stewart on a $5000 bond and Debra Stewart on a $2000 bond.

In other news from the Osceola County Sheriff’s office, one of their deputies arrested 57-year-old Randall Dean Bruns of Ashton on Monday, January 19th, 2015. Bruns was allegedly on private property without the owner’s permission. He was charged with trespassing and at last report was being held on a $300 bond.


Boyden Man Injured In Explosion On Monday At Site Of Friday Fire

Boyden, Iowa — Emergency responders were again called to the site of a Friday night fire on Monday, this time for an explosion and injury.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:15 PM on Monday, January 19th, they received a call of a farm accident that occurred at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden. They report that 34-year-old Scott Mulder of Boyden was unloading a feeder in a hog building when an explosion occurred near a pit area of the building.

Mulder sustained serious injuries and the Boyden Ambulance took him to Sioux Center Health Hospital. He was later flown by fixed-wing aircraft to a burn unit in Minneapolis, MN.

Fire departments from Boyden, Hull, and Orange City, the Sioux Center Fire Chief, and ambulances from Boyden and Orange City responded to the scene.


Deputy Checking To Make Sure Travelers Are OK Results In Alcohol Arrests

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A deputy’s stopping to make sure travelers were okay south of Rock Rapids has led to alcohol arrests.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015, one of their deputies came upon a vehicle on A34 at the stop sign of Highway 75, about five miles south of Rock Rapids. One of the passengers was standing outside of the car and a second passenger had her door open, so the deputy exited his car to check welfare of the passengers.

After investigating, the deputy believed all four passengers of the vehicle were under the age of twenty one and had been consuming alcohol. The driver, also under the age of twenty one, had not been consuming alcohol, according to the report.

Nineteen-year-old Jessica Mehls of Sibley was cited for possession of alcohol under the legal age. Three juveniles were cited for possession of alcohol and referred to juvenile court.


Milford Man Arrested On Drug Charges Near Harris

Harris, Iowa — A Milford man has been charged with drug offenses after he was arrested near Harris.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:20 AM on Sunday morning, January 18, 2015, one of their deputies arrested 21-year-old Brandon Michael Koch of Milford.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Highway 9 east of Harris.

Koch was charged with the alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Koch was transported to the Osceola County Jail and was later released on bond.


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.