UPDATE: Authorities now say 21-year-old Kirk Levin has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother, 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt of Early.
Early, Iowa — Sac County authorities were investigating a kidnapping on Thursday (1/3), when they found a body in a home. Initially it was assumed the crimes were not related. Now the body found in the home near Early has been identified as the mother of the man arrested in connection with the kidnapping incident.
Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure says the woman has been identified as 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt of Early. He says Schmitt is the mother of 21-year-old Kirk Levin and lived at the house where her body was found on Thursday morning. Law enforcement officials are awaiting autopsy results on Schmitt’s body.
Levin was arrested by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the kidnapping case, on charges of kidnapping, assault while participating in a felony, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The charges stem from the reported kidnapping of a woman from her home in Storm Lake on Thursday morning. The woman was reportedly taken by Levin to his mother’s home, about a half-mile from where the woman was found attempting to flee from a vehicle.
In the case of the found body — authorities believe Schmitt had been dead for about two days.
Until recently, Levin had been incarcerated in a state prison on a 2010 Sac County burglary conviction. He appeared in Sac County magistrate Court Friday morning where his bond was set at 200-thousand dollars. He remains in the Sac County Jail.
Hospers, Iowa — The string of northwest Iowa business burglaries continues. This time it’s two Hospers businesses that were hit.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday (1/2), at 3:04 AM, their deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Conoco Service Station, 209 Hospers Drive South. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered someone had broken a window and entered the business.
Later that morning, deputies investigated a second burglary that had occurred at Kelly’s Drive Inn and Pizza, at 100 Sunrise Drive. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that someone broke a window and entered the business in this case as well.
In both burglaries, the perpetrator(s) took cash.
Anyone with information regarding either of these crimes is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-A-Tip Program.
Inwood, Iowa — On 1/4/2013 at approximately 12:20 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one-vehicle accident 3/4 mile west of Able Avenue on Highway 18 near the Iowa/South Dakota border. The driver, Emily Zomer, age 24, from Inwood lost control of her vehicle while going around a curve on Highway 18. The vehicle entered the north ditch, traveled 550 feet before coming to rest in the woods. Zomer’s 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix received approximately $4,500.00 in damage. Zomer and her child were not injured in the accident.
Granville, Iowa — Four young people from elsewhere in northwest Iowa were arrested on drug paraphernalia charges in Granville on Wednesday after a citizen’s report.
Just into Wednesday — at midnight, in fact — the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of illegal activity taking place at the Granville Event Center on Main Street in Granville. Upon further investigation, deputies arrested 19-year-old Michael Wolff of Emmetsburg, 19-year-old Zackery Fay of Spencer, 20-year-old Ryan Dodge of Spencer and 18-year-old Corey Vergith of Spencer for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Maurice, Iowa — The string of business burglaries in northwest Iowa continues.
Police are trying to determine if there’s a link. The latest one happened between 10 PM on New Year’s Day and 7 AM on Wednesday, January 2nd, at Maurice Tire and Repair, which is located at 418 2nd Street in Maurice.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information concerning this crime to contact their office. You can also use the Sioux County Sheriff Text‐A‐Tip program to report any information if you wish to remain anonymous. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com