Police Blotter

Woman jailed after assault in parking lot

Police were dispatched to El Mexicano II at 1509 N. Lake Ave. in reference to a 9-1-1 call on Tuesday at 11:36 p.m.

Police determined that there had been a minor vehicle collision in the parking lot. The driver of one of the vehicles then came to the driver of the second vehicle and became upset and allegedly started striking the person several times through the window of her vehicle with her fist, hitting the person in the face. The woman in the vehicle suffered minor abrasions to her face.

The suspect then fled from the parking lot in a silver minivan with the victim attempting to follow her.

Eventually the victim lost sight of the suspect’s vehicle. Statements were secured from the victim and she was seen by Buena Vista County Paramedics but was not transported to the hospital for treatment.

Police checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. A subsequent investigation and review of security camera footage in El Mexicano II led police to identify the suspect as Sanjuana Ibarra Sanchez, 48, of Storm Lake.

Police attempted to locate Sanchez at several locations and on Thursday at 12 p.m., Sanchez surrendered herself to law enforcement at the Buena Vista County Jail.

During the booking process Storm Lake Police learned that Sanchez had allegedly been employed at King’s Pointe Resort in Storm Lake under a false identity.

Following an additional investigation police charged Sanchez with second-degree burglary, a class C felony; assault causing injury; disorderly conduct; identity theft; and forgery, both class D felonies. She was booked into the county jail on a $10,000 bond.

Buena Vista County Paramedics assisted the Storm Lake Police Department.


Wanted man arrested

Police responded to 1415 West Sixth St. in reference to locating a wanted person on Thursday at 9:40 a.m.

Police located and arrested Ivan Tello Reyes, 26, of Storm Lake, on a warrant issued out of Buena Vista County charging him with contempt of court reference possession of a controlled substance.

Reyes was booked into the county jail on a $500 bond.


Intoxicated man arrested for harassment

Police were dispatched to the Midtown Convenience Store on Flindt Drive in reference to a disturbance on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The reporting party told police that a person in the store had allegedly engaged in inappropriate conversations with a staff member on multiple occasions, including Thursday morning. Police stopped the person as he was leaving the store and identified him as Fenton Flowers, 45, of Storm Lake.

Police allege Flowers was intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with harassment and public intoxication. Flowers was booked into the county jail on a $600 bond.


House has stovetop fire, no injuries

Firefighters responded to 505 West Seventh St. in reference to a reported house fire on Thursday at 6:03 p.m.

Upon arrival of firefighters, they determined that a grease fire on a stovetop had been extinguished by police officers prior to the arrival of the fire department. A pan of cooking oil had apparently overheated, causing a fire to ignite.

Heat damage was limited to the kitchen area directly above the stove with light smoke damage throughout the house. Damage is estimated at $500.

There were no injuries.

Chero Vista Investment Company of Storm Lake owns the home.

The fire department was on scene for 30 minutes ventilating the residence and was assisted at the scene by the Storm Lake Police Department.


BVU student files false police report

Police took a report of an assault at Buena Vista University on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Police were told that Joshua Waite, 19, of Spirit Lake, had been hit in the head with a blunt object near the BVU Fieldhouse. He was also kicked several times and knocked unconscious.

Waite was transported by ambulance to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center where he was examined for injuries. Officers and investigators responded to the medical center and the university campus to investigate the alleged incident.

Investigators allege that Waite did not have injuries consistent with his allegations and his statements were inconsistent.                        

Following an investigation late Sunday, police arrested Waite and charged him with false report to law enforcement. He was booked into the county jail on a $1,000 bond.

The BVU Security Department and Buena Vista County Paramedics assisted the Storm Lake Police Department.


Father and son arrested

Police were dispatched to 723 Grand Ave. in reference to a domestic disturbance on Sunday at 3:09 a.m.

Police met with a woman who alleged that her husband, identified as Servando Luna-Hernandez, 47, of Storm Lake, allegedly became upset at his four-year-old child for crying and spanked the child.

When the mother intervened, Luna-Hernandez reportedly assaulted his wife while she was holding the child.

Officers arrested Luna-Hernandez. While escorting him outside of the residence the couple’s son, Servando Luna Jr., 18, of Storm Lake, arrived at the residence and blocked the doorway, not allowing the officers to leave the home. Officers then arrested Luna Jr.

Servando Luna-Hernandez was charged with domestic assault and child endangerment. He was booked into the county jail and held without bond.

Servando Luna Jr. was charged with interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.

A report has been forwarded to the Iowa Department of Human Services.


Frat party busted at King’s Pointe

Police responded to Cabin 501D of King’s Pointe Resort at Sunrise Park Road to investigate a possible underage drinking party on Sunday at 12:27 a.m. Police encountered a large group of people at the cabin affiliated with a University of Northern Iowa fraternity.

Storm Lake Police requested assistance from the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department in managing the large amount of people who were drinking alcohol. Many were under the legal age to consume alcohol.

Police saw a young woman sitting next to a tree near the cabin with no coat.  Police made contact with the woman and identified her as Katherine Rinken, 18, of Urbandale.

Police allege Rinken was in an intoxicated state and was taken into custody and placed into a police vehicle. 

As officers were dealing with other people at the cabin, Rinken reportedly slipped out of her handcuffs and was able to leave the police vehicle. She fled on foot and ran out onto the frozen lake.

She came back to the shoreline and was taken back into custody.  Rinken was charged with public intoxication, possession of alcohol and interference with official acts. She was booked into the county jail on a $900 bond.

In addition police cited 20 other people at the party, charging them all with possession of alcohol.

All 20 were cited and released pending a court date.

Those charged are as follows:

            Jessica Arebaugh, 20, Marion

            Madison McLaughlin, 20, Urbandale

            Ryan Biegger, 20, Clive

            Andy Saigh, 18, Cedar Falls

            Molly Thuente, 20, Johnston

            Samantha Striegel, 19, Cedar Falls

            Kayleigh Wilhelm, 18, Cedar Falls

            Nicholas Roudabush, 19, Cedar Falls

            Kean McBurney, 20, Toddville

            Nicholas Sailer, 19, Manchester

            Samuel Weinman, 20, Cedar Falls

            Taylor Hildreth, 19, West Des Moines

            Jacqueline Naeve, 20, Alburenett

            Hannah Janssen, 19, Johnston

            Claire Lawler, 18, Urbandale

            Joshua Knie, 19, Sterling, Ill.

            Breanna VanMeeteren, 19, Ames

            Timothy Scheve, 18, Clive

            Cody Mclees, 20, Cascade

            Leora Wood, 19, Cedar Falls

The Storm Lake Police Department was assisted at the scene by Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department.


Firefighters respond to gas leak

Firefighters responded to 500F West Eighth St. in reference to a report of a gas odor on Monday at 4 p.m.

Firefighters were told that Alliant Energy personnel had gone to the residence on a complaint of a gas odor.

They detected natural gas coming from within the residence and they were unable to get anyone to answer the door.

Gas company personnel and Storm Lake police officers evacuated people from the immediate area as a precaution.

Firefighters entered the residence and determined that no one was home. A gas line valve behind the stove was found to be cracked and leaking gas into the home. 

Gas was turned off and the home was ventilated by the fire department.

The occupants of the residence were located a few homes away and were examined by paramedics. They were determined to be unharmed.

There was no fire and no damage.


Student allegedly steals tablet from SLHS staff

Police were dispatched to Storm Lake High School in reference to a theft on Monday at 10:42 a.m.

Police were told that on Friday a student identified as Daniel Marquez Romero, 19, of Storm Lake, allegedly stole a Nook Tablet valued at over $300 from a school staff person.

The Nook was recovered and returned to the staff member during the investigation.

Following an investigation, police arrested Romero on Monday and charged him with fourth-degree theft.

He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,000 bond.


Wanted man arrested

Police observed a wanted person in the parking lot at Storm Lake High School on Monday at 3:55 p.m.

Police arrested Everardo Manriquez, 18, of Storm Lake, who was wanted by the SLPD on a warrant charging him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The warrant stemmed from an incident in March 2014 when police located a backpack at an apartment complex at 1405 Seneca St., which allegedly contained paraphernalia used to smoke methamphetamine. 

A review of security camera footage placed Manriquez in possession of the backpack.

Police booked Manriquez into the county jail on a $300 bond.