Police Blotter

Teen allegedly threatens to assault student with knife

Police received information that a seventh grade student at Storm Lake Middle School threatened to bring a knife to school and assault a student.

According to police, a 13-year-old boy of Storm Lake was allegedly engaged in a Facebook argument with another 13-year-old student over a girl. 

On Nov. 6, the 13-year-old and the second student agreed to meet at South School and fight. The 13-year-old then reportedly advised he was bringing a knife to the meeting and was going to kill the victim. 

Police determined the fight never occurred and on Friday, the 13-year-old attempted to physically assault the victim at Storm Lake Middle School.  Students and faculty stopped the assault.  No weapon was used.

Police arrested the 13-year-old late Monday night and charged him with harassment and assault. He was processed and released to a parent pending a court date.

The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority.

Police credit the vigilance of an uninvolved parent checking their child’s phone and discovering messages about the threats, possibly averting a more serious incident.


Traffic violation leads to arrest of wanted man

A police officer stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of Flindt Drive for a traffic offence on Friday at 10:16 p.m. Police determined that a passenger identified as Andrew Thomas Jr., 22, of Aurelia, was wanted out of Woodbury County on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court reference third-degree burglary.

Police arrested Thomas without incident and booked him into Buena Vista County Jail on a $10,000 bond awaiting transfer to Woodbury County.


Driver flees, passenger drives away in traffic stop

A police officer stopped a vehicle in the 1100 block of East Fifth Street for a traffic violation.

As the officer approached the vehicle the driver got out of the car against officers’ commands.  The officer took hold of the driver, later identified as Denzel Eaton, 21, of Storm Lake, and Eaton pulled away and fled. The officer gave chase but lost sight of Eaton.

As the foot pursuit was underway another passenger in the stopped vehicle jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. Officers stopped the fleeing vehicle near the intersection of East Fourth Street and Geisinger Road where the second driver, identified as Lavonte McCullough, 20, of Storm Lake, was taken into custody.

Police charged McCullough with interference with official acts and booked him into the county jail on a $300 bond.

Police were able to identify Eaton using the police car dash camera.  Officers checked several addresses for Eaton in the early morning hours. At 7:45 a.m. Sunday Eaton surrendered himself at the police station.

Police charged Eaton with interference with official acts and no valid driver’s license. He was booked into the county jail on a $600 bond.


Two men charged with public intoxication

A police officer observed two people who looked heavily intoxicated walking in the 600 block of Lake Avenue on Sunday at 9:57 p.m. Police made contact with the two men at two different locations on Lake Avenue and identified them as Dak Chuol Ngut, 25, of Storm Lake, and Scotty Blankenship, 35, of Jefferson City, Tenn.

Police allege both men were highly intoxicated and arrested them.

Ngut was charged with public intoxication and booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.

Blankenship was charged with public intoxication (third offense). He was booked into the county jail on a $2,000 bond.


Three people face drug charges

Police were on location at 608 ½ Lake Ave. conducting an unrelated investigation when they detected the odor of marijuana on Sunday at 9:57 p.m.

Police allege that they detected the odor coming from 608½ Lake Ave. They made contact with the occupants and identified them as Alexander Ford, 23, Jordan Dornath, 18 and a juvenile female, all of Storm Lake. Police took all three into custody and sealed the apartment pending acquisition of a search warrant.

At 2:21 a.m. on Monday police executed a search at the Lake Avenue address. Police seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a scale and a grinder.

Police charged Ford and Dornath with gathering where controlled substances are used, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the county jail on a $2,300 bond each.

Charges are pending on the juvenile female.


Car of three allegedly found with drugs after traffic stop

A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop and found illegal drug activity had occurred in the vehicle prior to the stop on Saturday at 12:31 p.m.

Spencer Police Department K-9 Unit was asked to assist.   Upon the K-9 units’ arrival, contact was made with a 17-year-old girl of Sioux Rapids, and she turned over marijuana and drug paraphernalia to the officers. The Spencer officer and the dog walked around the suspect vehicle and did alert on the vehicle for illegal substances. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located.

Jordan Withers, 18, Nina Elliott, 18, and the 17-year-old, all of Sioux Rapids, were taken into custody and were transported to Clay County Jail.

Withers and Elliott were charged with possession of controlled substance, marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Withers and Elliott were held on a $1,000 cash or surety bond. The 17-year-old girl was cited into juvenile court for possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released to her guardian. 


SLwoman jailed

Police arrested a woman in connection with the alleged fraudulent use of checks via a mobile banking system Monday. Police allege that Alicia Mayberry, 30, of Storm Lake, on June 27 and Sept. 3 conducted an electronic deposit of a check via mobile banking placing the money into her bank account. She cashed the same check after deposit at Walmart. The check was returned to Walmart and the store was short by over $900.

Police arrested Mayberry at 10 a.m. on Monday at her residence at 1500 North Seneca St. #105. 

Police charged her with theft third degree and theft fourth degree.

She was booked into the county jail on a $2,000 bond.