Police Blotter

Woman shot dead in car at Lake View

Sac County sheriff says gun apparently went off by accident

The Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 24-year old female from Guthrie Center.

The shooting was reported at 11:38 a.m. Sunday and occurred just north of the intersection of Hwy. 175 on Hwy. 71 east of Lake View.

A male front-seat passenger was handling a loaded 9 millimeter handgun when the gun reportedly accidently discharged. The bullet struck the 24-year old female who was the driver.

She was taken to Loring Hospital in Sac City. She was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital where she died of her injures. The identities of those involved are withheld pending additional investigation and autopsy results.


Teen wants to fight SLHS administrator

Police arrested a Storm Lake 17-year-old for trying to incite a fight with a high school administrator while he was banned from the high school campus.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to Storm Lake High School, in reference to a 17-year-old male who left the school after threatening to fight the high school administrator.

Officers were advised that a Hispanic male wearing a red shirt was walking westbound in the high school parking lot; They detained him upon arrival.

It was later learned the 17-year-old had been advised to not to appear on school district property. As the 17-year-old appeared Monday, the administrator confronted him and the 17-year-old raised his arms and threatened to fight the administrator.

The 17-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, trespass, interference with official acts and harassment.

The subject was processed, released to a parent and referred to juvenile court services.


Man strikes woman

Police arrested a Storm Lake man Saturday for striking his girlfriend in the face while three children were present.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to 1201 W. Sixth St. in reference to a domestic assault.

Police met with a female who alleged that Mariano Ladore, 51, struck her in the face multiple times and attempted to strike her with a chair and an extension cord. The victim reported that her children ages 3, 4 and 12 were in the same room during the incident.

The victim was transported by ambulance to  Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the attack.

Police located Ladore at 1 p.m. at 317 E. Lakeshore Dr. #1 where he was arrested without incident.

Ladore was charged with domestic assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of child endangerment and booked into Buena Vista County Jail where he was held without bond.

A report was filed with the Iowa Department of Human Services.


Middle schooler charged with cell phone theft

Police charged a Storm Lake 12-year-old Wednesday for stealing a phone from another student at Storm Lake Middle School.

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to Storm Lake Middle School in reference to a stolen cell phone.

The reporting party alleged a $300 cell phone was stolen from the girl’s locker room on Wednesday afternoon. 

The victim and police used a “locate application” that provided information on the last moment the phone was activated and a possible suspect. Police located the stolen phone from another middle school student’s locker and charged a 12-year-old female with fourth-degree theft.

The 12-year-old was processed and released to a parent pending a court date.

The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.


$1,000 cash theft solved

Police cited a Storm Lake 13-year-old for stealing $1,000 in cash from a residence on Seneca Street.

Storm Lake Police received a theft report Aug. 23.

The reporting party advised police $1,000 in cash was stolen from the residence in the 1400 block of Seneca St.

After an investigation that lasted several weeks, police allege a 13-year-old stole the cash and used it to shop at several locations in Storm Lake.

The 13-year-old was charged with second-degree theft and released to a parent pending a court date.

The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.


Drunk at Casey’s

Police arrested an Onawa man Friday for causing a disturbance at Casey’s West while intoxicated.

At 3:32 p.m. Friday, police were dispatched to the Casey’s West Store at 222 W. Milwaukee Ave. in reference to a disturbance.

Witnesses advised police that Jayson Hart, 42, became upset with another customer in the parking lot and began screaming, yelling profanities and pounding on a car hood.

Police located Hart at the store and arrested him without incident. Police allegedly found Hart to be intoxicated.

Hart was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was transported to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of a high alcohol level. He was cited pending a court date. 

No injuries were reported.


Albert City man charged with scheme to steal

Police arrested an Albert City man Tuesday for conducting a scheme to remove $1,000 in merchandise from the Storm Lake Walmart.

At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, police were dispatched to the Storm Lake Walmart in reference to a theft.

Store staff alleged two store employees scanned expensive merchandise at lower prices than advertised or scanned fewer items than were removed from the store. Police allege up to $1,000 in merchandise was removed in nine occasions.

On Sept. 13, police arrested Michael Scruggs II, 38 and charged him with second-degree fraudulent practice. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Police are searching for a second suspect in the investigation.


Pocahontas cop charged

The Pocahontas County Sheriff arrested a Pocahontas man Thursday for assaulting his girlfriend.

The office arrested Gregg White for domestic assault causing bodily injury. White was booked into the Pocahontas County Jail without bond.

He is the assistant Pocahontas city police chief. He is on administrative leave. 


Outstanding warrants

Police arrested a Storm Lake man Monday for two outstanding warrants.

At 10:35 p.m. Monday, police responded to 1724 E. Milwaukee Ave. #7 to arrest Cortez Degraffenried, 23, who was wanted out of Buena Vista County on two warrants charging him with contempt of court and assault causing bodily injury. Degraffenried was booked into jail and held without bond.


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Tuesday on an outstanding warrant that alleged he wrote bad checks at the Storm Lake Fareway in June.

At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to 1500 N. Seneca St. #2 to arrest Isaac Swain, 50, who was wanted on warrants charging him with two counts of fifth-degree theft.  The warrants stemmed from Swain issuing two bad checks at the Storm Lake Fareway Store in June. Swain was booked into jail on $300 bond.


Police arrested a Storm Lake woman Wednesday for an outstanding theft charge.

At 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to 826 W. Fifth St. to arrest Katoya Jepson, 34, who was wanted by the SLPD on a warrant charging her with fifth-degree theft. Jepson was booked into jail on a $300 bond.


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Saturday on an outstanding warrant alleging he failed to pay fines incurred from 15 different cases.

At 10:51 p.m. Saturday, police responded to 107 Seneca St. to locate Gilbert Palomares Jr., 23, who was wanted on a warrant for failing to pay fines incurred from 15 charges in BV County. Palomares was booked into jail and held without bond.


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Sunday on an outstanding warrant.

At 12:50 a.m. Sunday, police arrested a wanted person at El Mariachi Dance Club at 523 Erie St.

Police arrested Tyshawn Newby, 21, who was wanted on a warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance. The warrant stemmed from a search warrant executed on July 15 at a residence located at 702C W. Ninth St.