Suspect Found After Eluding Officers

Le Mars, Iowa — A man that eluded law officers for several hours in Plymouth County has been apprehended.
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Shortly after 3:30 PM on Saturday, August 29th, Le Mars officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home there.

A suspect fled the scene just before officers got there. A broadcast was put out to other area law enforcement agencies about the suspect and the vehicle he was thought to be driving.

A short time later, about 4:10 PM, a Merrill Police Officer saw the suspect vehicle, and attempted a traffic stop in Merrill. The suspect did not initially comply but did eventually stop his vehicle in Merrill.

However, the suspect and the Merrill Officer had an altercation at that point. Authorities say the suspect fled on foot into a nearby cornfield and remained at large at that point.

The LeMars Police Department and the Merrill Police Department say that the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Hinton Police Department, and Plymouth County Conservation assisted them. An Iowa State Patrol airplane also assisted in attempting to locate the suspect.

Throughout the next 24 hours the Sheriff’s Office reports that they received numerous tips from citizens about someone walking in the area of K42 and 250th and in and around Merrill.

At about 5:05 PM on Sunday, deputies from the Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect behind Branum’s Oil in Merrill. The suspect was taken into custody at that time. The suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Randall Lee Hurlbut of Le Mars.

Hurlbut was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and charged by the Le Mars Police Department with the following; Second Degree Robbery, a class C Felony; Domestic Abuse and Assault, a class D Felony; Third Degree Theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Obstruction of emergency communications, a simple misdemeanor.

Charges are also pending with the Merrill Police Department for assault on a law enforcement officer.

Caller Arrested After Falsely Claiming Shots Fired

Inwood, Iowa — A report of gun shots fired in Inwood on Saturday night, August 29, 2015 turned into an arrest of the caller on several charges.
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Lyon County Deputies report that about 9:40 PM, their dispatch received a 911 call of gun shots being fired on South Main Street in Inwood.

While the deputies were en route to the call, they also received reports from people inside their homes of a person yelling and cursing outside. Upon arrival at the scene the deputies located 27-year-old Adam Murphy of George. It was determined that Murphy’s report of gun shots was false.

Murphy was subsequently arrested and was charged with false reporting, a serious misdemeanor; and falsely claiming an emergency, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct, which are all simple misdemeanors.

Murphy was transported to the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids, where at last report he remained in custody.

Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

Remsen, Iowa — Authorities in Plymouth County arrested a school teacher this week in a criminal case that’s been under investigation since April.
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Authorities believe that a male student, age 17, attending Remsen-Union Community School, had a sexual relationship with a female teacher employed with the Remsen-Union school district. Warrants were issued for 24-year-old Samantha Kohls of Remsen.

Kohls has been charged with two counts of an employee of a school district engaging in sexual conduct with a student. Both counts are aggrevated misdemeanors. Bond of $2,000 has been set.

On Thursday, Kohls, who now resides in Cedar Falls, turned herself in to the Plymouth County jail, posted bond and was released.

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Sioux Sheriff Looking For Vehicle, Thief In Two Cases

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a vehicle and a potential thief in two separate cases.
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In the first case, officials say the took a report on Thursday afternoon, August 20th of a burglary that occurred on Fourth Street in Hull.

Deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators entered an unlocked vehicle parked on the street and stole $500 from a wallet and removed the license plate renewal sticker from the rear license plate on a vehicle that was parked on a driveway.

They believe the crime likely occurred on Thursday, August 20 between 12:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

In the second case, officials are searching for a vehicle that was the cause of an accident.

On Saturday afternoon, August 22, they report that 22-year-old Moises Ramos of Sioux Center was driving a 2005 Mitsubishi Galant eastbound on 390th Street, two miles west of Sioux Center, when he reported that he swerved to avoid a white, make and model unknown pickup traveling westbound in the eastbound lane. Ramos lost control of his vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

No injuries were reported.

The Mitsubishi did sustain about a thousand dollars in damage, but what happened to the white pickup is unknown.

Anyone with information about the white pickup involved this accident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Ramos was cited for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

Two Teens Injured In Le Mars Accident

Le Mars, Iowa — Two teens were taken to hospitals, one of them via helicopter after an accident on Thursday, August 20th.
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The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports they received a 911 call reporting an accident just south of 160th Street on Marble Avenue. That’s about a mile east of the Highway 75 and 60 junction near Le Mars.

The report says 17-year-old Tyler Kennett of Le Mars was eastbound in a 1995 Ford Ranger on 160th Street and made a right turn onto Marble Avenue. It says Kennet told law enforcement that he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled into the east ditch.

Kennett was flown to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care. The Le Mars Ambulance took a passenger, 19-year-old Troy Recker of Le Mars to Floyd Valley Hospital.

They say the Le Mars Police Department, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Le Mars Ambulance and Mercy Air Care assisted at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.

Hudson Woman Taken To Hospital After Crash

Hull, Iowa — A Hudson, SD woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Wednesday, August 19 near Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 11 AM, 25-year-old Jessica Davelaar of Hudson, SD was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata westbound on 320th Street, two miles west of Hull at the Perkins Corner. They report that 54-year-old Bruce Westra of Hull was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Highway 75.

The report says Davelaar stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and drove into the intersection where her car was struck by the Westra pickup.

The Hull Ambulance crew transported Davelaar to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Hyundai sustained about $12,000 in damages. The Chevy pickup sustained an estimated $10,000 in damages.

The deputy cited Davelaar on a charge of failing to yield from a stop sign and Westra on a charge of failing to use a seatbelt.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.