Police Blotter

Man run over by forklift

Police were dispatched to Meridian Manufacturing at 2901 Expansion Blvd. in reference to an employee being struck by a piece of machinery on Friday at 2:06 p.m.

Upon arrival of police and EMS personnel they discovered that Douglas Knoke, 54, of Storm Lake, had been walking in the parking lot of the plant when he was struck and run over by a large forklift driven by Tyrone Jordan, 34, of Storm Lake.

Knoke was transported by EMS to the Storm Lake Airport, where he was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.

A Storm Lake Police Department traffic investigator responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. The investigation determined that Knoke was walking in a blind spot of the vehicle and had not detected its approach. He was struck in the back and knocked to the ground where the vehicle ran over him.

No charges have been filed.           


Two arrested at King’s Pointe after foot chase

A police officer on patrol in the parking lot of King’s Pointe saw two men yelling near the east side of the facility on Friday.

As an officer approached the two men, one of the men, identified as Alex Norwick, 19, of Pierre, S.D., allegedly swung at the officer with a closed fist. The officer avoided the strike and took Norwick to the ground where he was subdued and taken into custody.

The second man, later identified as Kyle Sarringar, 20, of Pierre, S.D., reportedly fled from police on foot and was chased by a second police officer. Sarringar ran south to the King’s Pointe cottages and ran into one of the cottages with several people in it. The officer pursued Sarringar and as he was entering the cottage Sarringar slammed the door on the officer’s arm. At that point Sarringar ran through the cottage and fled through a back door. Officers were unable to locate Sarringar following his exit from the cottage.

The officer sustained abrasions to his arm but did not require medical attention.

Norwick was transported to the county jail where he was charged with possession of alcohol, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail on a $1,200 bond.

Police continued to check the area on Saturday morning for Sarringar and at 1:35 p.m., police found him in room #10 at King’s Pointe, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

Police charged Sarringar with interference with official acts causing injury, assault on a police officer causing injury and possession of alcohol. He was booked into the county jail on a $4,300 bond.

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


Man arrested after allegedly yelling at officers

Police were dispatched to 524 Superior St. in reference to a loud party on Sunday at 9 p.m.

On arrival police spoke with the owner of the residence in the front yard and a person identified as Irwin Hernandez, 25, of Storm Lake, allegedly began yelling at officers.

While taking Hernandez into custody, police allege he pulled away and tried to hit an officer while holding a bottle. Police took Hernandez to the ground, where he was subdued and taken into custody.

Police charged Hernandez with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail on a $900 bond.

No injuries were reported.

The remaining people at the party were compliant and turned the music down and took the celebration inside the house.


Man allegedly urinates on side of nightclub, arrested

A Storm Lake man was arrested Sunday at 1:15 a.m. after allegedly urinating on a building.

During a security check at Malarky’s Night Club, security staff directed police officers’ attention to a person who was urinating on the front of the building near the main entrance.

Police made contact with person and identified him as Michael Neior, 25, of Storm Lake.

Police arrested Neior and charged him with public intoxication. He was booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.


Couple faces meth charges

Sac County sheriff’s deputies arrested Dennis Yorgensen, 54, and his wife Dorothy Yorgensen, 54, following a search warrant that was served at 1:15 a.m. on March 22 at 536 West Second St. Apt. #4 in Odebolt.

 During the search, deputies seized over five grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Deputies also seized some marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia, as well as $3,000 in cash.

 The Yorgensens were charged with possession with intent to deliver over five grams of methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Yorgensens are being held after their initial appearance in Sac County Jail on $101,300 cash bond each.

 Ida County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit assisted in the search.


Teens reportedly found with marijuana, alcohol

Sac County Sheriff’s Office and Lake View Police served a search warrant at 311 Main St. in Wall Lake at 11:19 p.m. on March 22.  The warrant was part of a joint investigation conducted by Lake View Police and Sac County Sheriff’s Office into the distribution of marijuana to underage minors.

During the search, marijuana, scales and assorted drug paraphernalia were seized. The homeowners, 37-year-old Laura Lawler and 37-year-old Jason Ransom, were arrested.

Lawler was charged with four counts of child endangerment, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and hosting a gathering where controlled substances are used.  She is being held after her appearance in Sac County Jail on $14,000 cash bond.

Ransom was charged with four counts of child endangerment and is being held in Sac County Jail on $8,000 cash bond.

Charges are pending on a 13-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl who were located in the residence for possession of marijuana. A 16-year-old girl also faces charges of possession of alcohol under the legal age.

Four children ages 16, 13, 11 and 8 were removed from the home following the search and the Department of Human Services have been contacted.

Sac County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit assisted in the search.