Police Blotter

At least he didn’t shoot himself in the foot


Oklahoman drunk when he put lead in his leg with .45, police say

Police charged an Oklahoma man Friday after finding he shot himself with an unlicensed firearm in the parking lot of a Storm Lake motel last week.

The Storm Lake Police Department has concluded its investigation into the self-inflicted shooting of a 26-year-old man in the parking lot of the Buena Vista Inn and Suites last Tuesday

Police allege a motel guest, identified as Mason Eastman, 26, of Haskell, Okla. exited his guest room and retrieved a .45-caliber handgun from his vehicle. He accidently discharged the weapon and shot himself in the leg.

Police further allege Eastman was intoxicated during the incident and didn’t have a permit to carry the weapon.

Eastman was charged with carrying weapons and public intoxication.  As Eastman remains hospitalized at BVRMC, he was served the charges at the hospital and a phone hearing was conducted with a judge.

 

Not a nap room


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Friday for sleeping on the floor of an apartment complex stairwell intoxicated and an outstanding warrant from Buena Vista County.

At 9 a.m. Friday, police were dispatched to 523 Russell St. in reference to a person sleeping in the stairwell at the Maplewood East apartment complex.

The loiterer, identified as Mastar Nywesh, 41, was intoxicated and wanted out of Buena Vista County on a warrant charging him with contempt of court.

Police arrested Nywesh on the warrant and charged him with public intoxication third offense. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

 

Drunk while trespassing


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Saturday for trespassing on a property on Ontario Street while intoxicated.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, police responded to 413 Ontario St. in reference to a report of a man trespassing on private property.

The reporting party alleged an adult male entered their home without permission and was heavily intoxicated. The person allegedly fell to the floor, exited the residence and started an argument with a person outside of the home.

Police arrested the person, identified as Thomas Baker, 42, for criminal trespass and public intoxication. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.

 

Walmart shoplifting


Police arrested an Albert City resident for attempting remove $20 in unpaid merchandise from the Storm Lake Walmart.

At 10:45 a.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to the Storm Lake Walmart Store in reference to a theft.

Store staff alleged Coltan Heronimus, 19, attempted to remove $20 in unpaid merchandise from the store.

Heronimus was charged with fifth-degree theft and booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.

 

 

Fight at Walmart


Police arrested a Storm Lake man Sunday for trying to start a fight at the Storm Lake Walmart.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to the Storm Lake Walmart in reference to a harassment report.

Police learned a customer, identified as Alfredo Delacruz, 24, approached two customers in the store and attempted to start a fight. Police were called and Delacruz left the area before the arrival of police.

Delacruz met with police at the Storm Lake Police station and was charged with third-degree harassment. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.

 

Lifted tires from Walmart


Police arrested an Alta man Friday for leaving the Storm Lake Walmart with unpaid tires under the impression he would return after a test drive.  

At 9:21 p.m. Friday, the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department arrested a wanted person in Alta.

Stanley Wofford, 44, of Alta, was arrested on a warrant issued by the SLPD that charged him with fifth-degree theft. 

Police learned Wofford had two tires placed on his vehicle at the Storm Lake Walmart store earlier this month. He then asked to test drive the vehicle at which time he reportedly never returned to pay for the tires.

Wofford was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.

 

Outstanding warrant


Police arrested a Storm Lake woman Saturday on an outstanding warrant alleging she used a credit card without express consent.

At 6 a.m. Saturday, a wanted person turned herself in at the Storm Lake Police Station.

Police arrested Delois Lenior, 53, who was wanted out of Buena Vista County on a warrant charging her with failure to appear in court reference unauthorized use of a credit card.

Lenior was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $700 bond.

 

13 of 14 tobacco checks clear, Murphy’s busted


Police conducted a tobacco compliance check of licensed tobacco vendors in the City of Storm Lake.

Police checked 14 businesses and 13 were found to be in compliance. A Murphy USA employee, identified as Mary Beth Mount, allegedly sold a tobacco product to a person under the age of 18 years. Mount, 52, was charged with providing tobacco to a minor, cited and released pending a court date.

 

He bailed on a running car to avoid woman’s wrath


Police arrested a Storm Lake woman Sunday for physically assaulting a driver while in a vehicle on East Fourth Street.

At 9:50 a.m. Sunday, an officer observed a vehicle sitting in the middle of the roadway, running and unoccupied in the 500 block of E. Fourth St.

Police checked on the vehicle and learned the driver had stopped the vehicle and fled to a nearby residence.

Police located the driver at 518 Superior St. and learned he engaged in an argument with Personia Pelep.  The driver claimed he fled on foot to avoid the altercation. Upon arrival at the residence Pelep physically assaulted the driver.

Pelep, 29, was charged with domestic assault and booked into the Buena Vista County Jail without bond.

Two children, aged 7 and 4, were at the residence during the incident but were unharmed. The SLPD filed a report to the Iowa Department of Human Services.