Police Blotter

Traffic stop leads to arrest

Police stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of Lake Avenue for a traffic offense on Saturday at 9:40 p.m. Upon contacting the driver, identified as Bounsa Vethitha, 19, of Storm Lake, police found that he was wanted on two warrants charging him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, issued by the Storm Lake Police Department. 

Vethitha was arrested on the warrants without incident.  Police also charged Vethitha with possession of alcohol following the alleged seizures of alcohol from the vehicle. Vethitha was booked into the county jail on a $1,600 bond.

A passenger in the vehicle identified as Rey Martinez, 19, of Storm Lake, was cited for possession of alcohol. He was issued a court date and released.

At 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, police conducted a bar check at Mo’s Bar and allegedly saw Rey Martinez in the bar drinking alcohol and visibly intoxicated.

Police arrested Martinez and charged him with public intoxication (second offense) and possession of alcohol. He was booked into the county jail on a $1,300 bond.           


Intoxicated man allegedly passes out in yard

Police were dispatched to 319 E. Sixth St. on Sunday at 6:15 a.m. Police located Martin Espinoza, 19, of Storm Lake, allegedly passed out in the front yard of the residence. He was breathing but unresponsive.

Police allege that Espinoza was highly intoxicated. He was transported by ambulance to BVRMC. He was released and police transported him to the county jail. He was charged with public intoxication and was booked on a $300 bond.


Intoxicated man allegedly passes out on sidewalk

Police were dispatched to E. Fourth Street and Superior Street in reference to a man down on Sunday at 3:23 p.m.

Police located Scott Nicholson, 56, of Storm Lake, lying face down on the sidewalk. Police learned that Nicholson left his residence, allegedly highly intoxicated, and was attempting to walk to a local bar. Witnesses told police that Nicholson fell multiple times prior to the arrival of police.

Police transported Nicholson to BVRMC. He had abrasions on his head, face and hands from his falls.

Police charged Nicholson with public intoxication and cited him at the medical center.


Woman charged with giving false information

Police were dispatched to La Juanita’s on Sunday at 2:50 a.m. At the restaurant police saw a verbal argument and intervened. Police also observed a person identified as Alexandria Pratt, 18, of Sioux Center, who police knew was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police made contact with Pratt and allege she provided false information as to her identity. The false information provided was on another person who was also wanted by police.

Pratt admitted her identity and police confirmed she was wanted on a warrant charging her with third-degree theft, stemming from a theft incident at Walmart in January where over $600 in merchandise was reportedly stolen.

Pratt was booked into the county jail on the outstanding warrant and further charged Sunday morning with providing false information to law enforcement. She was held on a $2,300 bond.


Man charged with trespass

Police were dispatched to Buena Vista University in reference to a trespass on Saturday at 3:04 a.m. BVU security staff told police that Dylan Basil, 24, of Forrest City, was not a student and was allegedly wandering around campus looking for people to party with. When asked to leave by security personnel he refused.

Police made contact with Basil, who told police he had verbally committed to play soccer for BVU earlier in the day but he was unaware of where he was supposed to stay or sleep.  Police allege that Basil was evasive in his answers and could not give clear information as to why he was on campus.

Police arrested Basil and charged him with criminal trespass. He was booked into the county jail on a $300.


Man calls 9-1-1, later jailed

Police stopped a vehicle in the 1000 block of Lake Ave. for a traffic violation on Friday at 7:21 a.m. Police made contact with the driver, Edgar Juarez, 18, of Storm Lake. Police cited Juarez for failure to display registration and failure to have insurance.  He was cited and released and his vehicle was impounded. 

Police allege that during the traffic stop Juarez became belligerent with officers. Shortly after being released, police allege that Juarez called 9-1-1, and became vulgar with 9-1-1 dispatchers, complaining about his traffic stop and citations.

At 7:54 a.m. Juarez entered the police station to get his vehicle released and he was arrested and charged with improper use of 9-1-1. He was booked on a $300 bond.