Police Blotter

Schaller man charged in string of burglaries

Dallas Wilde, 22, of Schaller, was charged with two counts third-degree burglary, one count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of failure to effectively affix a drug tax stamp after two farm burglaries occurred between June 21-24.

On June 27 a Buena Vista County Sherriff’s Deputy was investigating the crimes at 6572 70th Ave. in Schaller when he saw a suspicious vehicle in the area of a previous burglary. The vehicle contained two suspects, one of which admitted to an earlier theft.

A search warrant was issued for 6572 70th Ave. where police found several items matching what was stolen earlier. A large amount of controlled substance was seized from the residence as well as drug paraphernalia.

Wilde was arrested and is currently being held in the Buena Vista County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and further charges may be possible.


Minor arrested outside of local night club

Sean Naughton, 19, of Storm Lake, was arrested outside of Malarky’s Night Club and was charged with possession of alcohol, public intoxication and false information to law enforcement.

Police made contact with Naughton when they observed him attempting to hide a beer.

Naughton was booked into the county jail on a $900 cash bond.


Man attempts to start fight, later jailed

On June 30 at 3:03 a.m. at the 500 block of Erie Street a Storm Lake Police Officer heard yelling from 504 Erie St.

After an investigation, police determined a private party was underway. Police entered the building and observed Tyus Williams, 20, of Mexico, Mo., attempting to start a fight.

Williams was taken into custody and was later charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $600 cash bond.


Money stolen at McDonalds

Tracy Jacobson, 42, of Schleswig, was charged with second- and fourth-degree theft on June 27 after allegedly stealing $1,375 from McDonalds inside the Storm Lake Walmart.

It was reported to police on May 25 that $375 was stolen from a purse in the restaurant and on June 26 approximately $1,000 went missing from the cash deposit bag.

After an investigation police found Jacobson responsible for both thefts and seized $300 from Jacobson’s vehicle.

Police booked Jacobson into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $6,000 cash bond.


SL woman makes harassing phone calls

Police arrested Maria Mendoza, 53, of Storm Lake, on Monday after she allegedly made harassing phone calls to employees at the Century 21 office.

Police contacted Mendoza twice and told her to stop making the calls. At 10:30 a.m. police contacted Mendoza again, asking her to stop making the calls.

At 11 a.m. police arrested Mendoza and charged her with harassment. She was booked on $300 cash bond.


Wanted man jailed

On Monday, July 1 at 10:10 p.m. at the 400 block of Hudson Street, police arrested Bonifacio Grandos Cuellar, 28, of Storm Lake, who was wanted in connection with possession of a controlled substance.

Cuellar was booked and held without bail.


Teens arrested at party

A party was busted on July 1 at 11:30 p.m. at 720 Grand Ave.

Police arrived and made contact with several people and located several minors in possession of alcohol. Police charged Molly Lamoureux, 18, of Storm Lake, Alexis and Kerstin Tuttle, both 19, and Kellan Bell, 18, of Aurelia, and James Curbow, 19, of Alta, with possession of alcohol.

In addition, police charged Kyle Lilly, 21, of Storm Lake, with providing alcohol to a minor. He was booked on a $1,000 bond.


SL man charged with identity theft

Joaquin Lorea-Villegas, 34, of Storm Lake, was arrested on July 1 for identity theft and perjury.

Lorea-Villegas was transported to the Clay County Jail where he was wanted on two Clay County warrants. He was charged with identity theft and perjury to obtain vehicle licensing. Lorea is being held on a $5,000 bond.


Man charged with trying to strangle woman while ripping her clothes off

Stevie Harrington, 46, of Storm Lake, was arrested Wednesday morning at 12:05 a.m. on charges that he attempted to strangle his girlfriend while demanding sex.


Police were sent to 1318 West Sixth St. after speaking with Harrington’s girlfriend who reportedly told police Harrington demanded sex from her.         

After being denied, Harrington allegedly grabbed her by the throat and strangled her while ripping her clothes off of her. The female reported she attempted to call 911 for assistance, when Harrington grabbed her phone and kept her from calling 911.

Harrington fell asleep and the female was able to retrieve her clothing and escape the house.

Police took Harrington into custody at which time he allegedly became loud and defiant with police. When he was placed in the back seat of a police car, he reportedly started kicking the door and damaged the door of the police car.

Police transported Harrington to the Buena Vista County Jail and charged Harrington with domestic assault by strangulation, assault with intent to commit sexual assault with bodily injury, criminal mischief, interruption of emergency communication and disorderly conduct.

He was held without bond.

Harrington was also arrested on Friday evening, along with Veronica Anderson, 47, of Storm Lake, after a 911 hang up call.

Police went to 1318 West Sixth St. after Anderson allegedly called 911 and hung up. Police said an argument took place between the two and allege that an active order of protection was in effect, prohibiting the two from being with each other.

Both were aware of the active order.

Harrington was charged with violating of a no-contact order and public intoxication and was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Anderson was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting violation of a no-contact order. She was booked on a $300 cash bond.