Nebraska Man Sentenced In Sioux County After He Was Found To Be A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a suspended prison term, probation, and several other sentence stipulations after he was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm in Sioux County.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 51-year-old Dennis Dean Naig of Hubbard, Nebraska, was sentenced for the crime of Felon in Possession of Firearm, a Class D Felony.

On September 11, 2011, an Iowa State Trooper stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 60 . Naig was a passenger in the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper noticed that Naig was holding a bolt from a rifle. A search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle that was missing its bolt, located in the trunk of the vehicle . Naig admitted it was his firearm and that he had bought it at an auction that day. A criminal records check by the trooper revealed that Naig was a convicted felon and therefore, under Iowa law, unable to lawfully possess a firearm. Naig was subsequently arrested and charged. Naig pled guilty on February 27, 2012.

Naig was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. He will serve two years’ probation. Also, he must pay a $750 fine, statutory surcharge, and court costs; abstain from all mood-altering chemicals; obtain and maintain full-time employment; and submit a DNA sample for profiling.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Hawarden Man Sentenced For Delivery Of Crystal Meth

A Hawarden man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after he pled guilty to a drug offense.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 42-year-old Samuel Scott Skogman of Hawarden was sentenced for the crime of Delivery of Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony.

On May 7, 2011, McAllister says Skogman delivered crystal methamphetamine to an undercover informant being utilized by the Hawarden Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriffs Department. Crystal methamphetamine, or ice as it is more commonly known, is a crystalline form of methamphetamine which is purer and more highly potent than powdered methamphetamine. Working together, law enforcement agents from both departments monitored the drug transaction and conducted an investigation. As a result of the investigation, charges were ultimately filed and an arrest warrant was issued for Skogmans arrest. Skogman was arrested on the outstanding arrest warrant on January 9, 2012. Skogman pled guilty to Delivery of Methamphetamine in District Court on February 27, 2012.

Skogman was sentenced to ten years in prison. He must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of one-third (3-1/3 years) before he is eligible for parole. Skogmans privileges to operate a motor vehicle will be revoked for 180 days and he must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment while in prison.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Washington Man’s Car Damaged In Accident Near Larchwood

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigated a one-vehicle accident that occurred On Sunday, February 26, 2012 at about 10:45 AM.

Jayson Korthuis (age 20) from Lynden, Washington was westbound on Highway 9 near Cleveland Avenue when he lost control of his 1997 Acura due to ice on the roadway. The vehicle crossed the centerline, entered the south ditch and struck a tree.

No injuries were reported and the Acura received about $4000 in damage.

Bucket Truck Tips Near Rock Rapids

An aerial bucket truck tipped over on Wednesday in a field southeast of Rock Rapids.

Two people were transported from the scene via Lyon County Ambulance. The Rock Rapids Fire Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded. Conrad DeNoble from Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative says it was not one of their trucks.

We will have further details when they become available from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Paullina Teen Transported To Hospital Following Monday Accident

A Paullina teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:25 PM on Monday (2/20), 17-year-old Joshua Fintel of Paullina was driving a 1989 Buick eastbound on 460th Street, about two miles west of Paullina when he began to lose control and cross the centerline. Forty-five-year-old Cody Granstra of Sheldon was westbound driving a 1993 Volvo semi truck when he noticed Fintel crossing the centerline.

Granstra began to drift toward the right shoulder to avoid a collision. The vehicles collided in the westbound lane. Granstra’s vehicle came to rest in the cornfield on the north side of the road and Fintel’s vehicle came to rest in the roadway facing west.

Fintel was taken by Paullina Ambulance to Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar.

Damage to Fintel’s vehicle was estimated at $1500 and damage to the semi was estimated at $18000.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Two Minnesota Men Injured In Allendorf Area Crash

Two Minnesota men were injured in a crash south of Allendorf on Monday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:15 AM, 28-year-old Casey Kaufman of Waite Park, Minnesota, was driving a 1997 Ford pickup, southbound on Highway 59, north of 170th Street. Seventy-year-old Lawrence Kruger of Sibley, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Pickup and pulled into a field driveway on Highway 59. Kruger began to back out of the field driveway and did not see Kaufman’s vehicle approaching. Kruger struck Kaufman’s vehicle on the roadway, causing Kaufman’s vehicle to enter the east ditch.

Two passengers in Kaufman’s vehicle; 35-year-old Chad Anderson of Cokato, Minnesota, and 48-year-old Michael Ronning of Monticello, Minnesota were extricated from the vehicle and transported to the Osceola Community Hospital.

Kruger’s vehicle sustained about $1,500 damage. Kaufman’s vehicle, owned by Universal Stainless Inc. of Clear Lake, Minnesota, sustained about $2,500 damage.

Sibley Fire and Rescue, Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue and both Sibley Ambulances assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director