Police Blotter

Teen makes fake 911 call

Police were sent to Walgreens after a report of a man threatening a woman with a knife on Wednesday at 5:27 p.m.

On arrival police were unable to locate the suspect or the victim. Officers from the Storm Lake Police Department supported by deputies from the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department made a thorough search around Walgreens and could not locate either person.

Dispatchers kept the reporting party on the phone and after a period of time it appeared that the information being called in might be false. Police allege the caller provided false addresses as to where the call was originating from and provided false information about the caller’s identity.

On Thursday, police were told that a student at the middle school allegedly made statements that he had called 911 and reported a false fight the evening before.

Police made contact with the student on Thursday afternoon and identified him as a 14-year-old boy of Storm Lake. Following an investigation police allege that the 14-year-old made the calls and fabricated the story to the Buena Vista County 911 Communications Center.

Storm Lake Police charged him with two counts of false reports of emergency to law enforcement. He was processed and released to a parent pending a court date.

The case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Court Authority. The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department assisted the SLPD.


Woman arrested for theft at Walmart

Police were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a theft on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Police met with store staff who had detained Christine Williams, 50, of Laurens, who allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for $32 in merchandise.

Following an investigation, police arrested Williams and charged her with fifth-degree theft.

She was booked into the county jail and released after posting a $300 bond.


Man causes disturbance at attorney’s office, flees

Police were sent to the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office in reference to a disturbance.

Officers were advised that a person identified as Ceslestino Sosa Zamora, 21, of Storm Lake, was allegedly upset in the office and was yelling, cursing and throwing paperwork.  Zamora fled from the office in a red vehicle.

Officers responded to the county attorney’s office and also checked the area for the suspect.  A short time later the vehicle Zamora fled in was found at 1204 Oneida St. Police checked the residence but were unable to locate Zamora.

Officers patrolling the neighborhood around the Oneida Street address saw Zamora in the backyard of a neighbor’s house, hiding from police, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

Police allege upon taking Zamora into custody he provided them with false information as to his identity.

Following an investigation, police charged Zamora with disorderly conduct and interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail on a $600 bond.

No injuries were reported.


Firefighters respond to activated smoke detector

Firefighters responded to 302 Villa Dr. in reference to a smoke detector sounding in the residence on Friday at 2:25 a.m.

Firefighters determined that the water heater had vented and steam from the discharge of water activated the smoke detector. There was no fire.

Firefighters shut the water flow off to the water heater. There was significant water damage to residence.

Kristopher Van Houten of Storm Lake owns the property.


Firefighters respond to garage fire

Firefighters responded to 1684 570th St. in reference to a garage on fire at 5:24 p.m. on Thursday.

On arrival firefighters observed that the garage had collapsed and was burning on the ground. A smaller building adjacent to the garage was also burning on an exterior wall.

Firefighters extinguished both fires.

The cause of the fires is believed to be hot embers from a controlled burning of landscape debris.

Steven and Rebekah Christ own the property.


Man allegedly throws plate at wall in SLrestaurant

Police were sent to La Juanita’s in reference to a disturbance on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

On arrival police were advised that a man, later identified as Juan Najera-Fuentes, 37, of Storm Lake, had gotten in an argument with his wife and was allegedly screaming obscenities at her. He then threw a plate against the wall, which bounced off the wall and struck the woman, causing a small laceration to the woman’s forehead.

The victim declined to cooperate with police and declined medical attention. Najera-Fuentes had left the location before police arrived.

A short time later, police located Najera-Fuentes at Super 8 Motel, where he was arrested without incident.

Najera-Fuentes was charged with disorderly conduct and booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.


Two people arrested outside of night club

Police were on location at Malarky’s Night Club conducting a bar check when they saw two people arguing. Police intervened and told the two people to stop, and one person allegedly continued to yell. Police arrested the person and identified him as Benjamin Worje, 21, of Storm Lake.

Police charged Worje with disorderly conduct. He was booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.

As officers dealt with Worje, a second person identified as Laman Keye, 29, of Storm Lake, allegedly tried to interfere with officers and refused orders to leave. Keye reportedly attempted to hit an officer, at which time he was subdued and arrested.

Keye was charged with interference with official acts and was booked into the county jail on a $300 bond.

Keye sustained minor injuries from struggling with officers but declined medical attention.

No officers were injured.


Three people charged after bar checks

Police conducted a series of checks at local establishments that sell alcohol to ensure that alcohol was not being sold to people under the legal age.

Police conducted checks at ten local businesses.  Police determined that seven businesses were in compliance and were making the appropriate checks.  According to police, three establishments sold alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

Police charged employees at the following business with selling alcohol to a minor. All three were cited and released pending a court date.

Mayra Prado, 35, of Denison, was cited at La Perla.

Emily Leighton, 20, of Creston, was cited at Legacy.

Bonyadet Bourommavong, 37, of Storm Lake, was cited at Zimmy’s.

Additional checks are anticipated.


Loud music complaint leads to drug arrest

Police were dispatched to 706 Geneseo St. in reference to a report of loud music on Saturday at 3 a.m.

On arrival police made contact with the tenant identified as James Velisek, 41, of Storm Lake. Police issued a citation to Velisek charging him with loud noise. He was cited and released.

While on location, police made contact with Jason Flowers, 38, of Storm Lake. Police allege that Flowers had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested Flowers and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the county jail on a $1,300 bond.