Police Blotter

Pella man fakes report of laptop theft at hotel


Police initiated an investigation into an alleged theft of a laptop computer at King’s Pointe Resort.

Scott Berning, 36, of Pella, reported to police that on Nov. 28, a laptop computer was stolen from his room at King’s Pointe.

Shortly after the alleged theft, Berning negotiated a cash settlement with King’s Pointe for the loss of his computer. Police say that Berning never had a laptop and that he falsified the report to police and the settlement with King’s Pointe.

After a three-month investigation, police on Wednesday charged Berning with theft and false report to law enforcement.

Berning surrendered to police Wednesday morning and was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

 

Marijuana, fireworks found in teen’s possession


Police were called to Fareway Monday morning after a report of a person with marijuana.

Police encountered a 16-year-old boy from Storm Lake at that location.

Police say the boy had a small amount of marijuana with an apple crafted into a smoking device for the marijuana and some fireworks.

Police charged the boy with possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fireworks.

He was processed and released to a parent pending a court date. The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.

 

Alleged threats made at Storm Lake Middle School


Police took a report Monday afternoon of a threat made to a Storm Lake Middle School staff member. Police were told that a 13-year-old girl wrote a threatening message on an assignment directed toward a teacher.

Police arrested the girl and charged her with harassment. She was processed and released to a parent pending a court date. The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.

 

Man cited for theft 


A theft was reported at Walmart Tuesday night. Police met with store staff who said the stolen item had been recovered and that the suspect left the store in a red Volkswagen.

Police were provided the license plate number and located the vehicle in a Buena Vista University parking lot.

With help from BVU Security, police located Robert Spencer, 18, of Dallas, Texas.

Police charged Spencer with theft and booked him on a $300 bond.