Police Blotter

Man reportedly pulls gun in traffic dispute

Police arrested a Storm Lake man Saturday after he allegedly brandished a handgun during a traffic dispute.

At 12:20 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to Oneida Street in reference to a reported incident of a man threatening others with a handgun.

The reporting parties told police that they were traveling on Oneida Street and saw a vehicle backing out of a driveway. The reporting party honked their horn at the backing vehicle as a warning and continued past the vehicle backing out of the driveway.  The backing vehicle then followed them and pulled around the reporting party’s vehicle and cut them off.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, Hector Caballero, 23, got out of his vehicle as the reporting party continued to drive away.

The reporting party traveled south on Flindt Drive and Caballero accosted the reporting party with a black handgun.

Storm Lake Police and Buena Vista County Deputies executed a search warrant at Caballero’s residence while Caballero allegedly tried to escape out the back door.

No handgun was located.

Police charged Caballero with disorderly conduct and third-degree harassment.

He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $600 bond.        


Duo jailed after fight

Storm Lake Police arrested two men Friday who had engaged in a physical altercation.        

At 6 p.m. Friday, police took a report at 1012 Michigan St. in reference to Cesar Gracia, 18, of Varina, and Ismael Soria, 20, of Storm Lake, allegedly escalating a fight.

Police arrested both Gracia and Soria and charged them with disorderly conduct.

They were both booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond each.


Alcohol could be a factor in three-car pileup, police say

Storm Lake Police responded to a three-car pileup Saturday night with alcohol as a possible cause of the accident.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a Storm Lake officer observed Juan Rosales, driving a silver Nissan sedan without its lights on on Oneida Street.

As the officer turned his squad car around, Rosales’ Nissan collided head on with a 2007 Dodge Charger, driven by Eramoso Castro-Garcia of Storm Lake, which was southbound on Oneida Street.

After striking the Charger, the Nissan then collided with a 2002 Chevy, owned by Chanh Vangkham of Webster City, and a 2003 GMC Denali, owned by Roberto Cruz-Prudencio of Storm Lake, both of which were parked and unoccupied on Oneida Street.

Rosales was injured and was extricated from his vehicle by the Storm Lake Fire Department and transported by paramedics to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident and charges are pending the results of lab testing.

No other injuries were reported.

Damage estimates are as follows:

1999 Nissan: $5,000

2007 Charger: $5,500

2002 Chevy: $2,500

2003 GMC: $350


Man arrested after trying to start fights

Storm Lake Police arrested a Cherokee man Sunday for attempting to start a fight at a Hudson Street residence.

At 2:15 a.m. Friday, police allegedly observed Lee Harden, 29, attempting to start a fight at the residence.

Police arrested Harden and charged him with disorderly conduct.  He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $300 bond.


Man crashes motorcycle, charged with OWI

Storm Lake police arrested a Storm Lake man for OWI and two other traffic violations after a rogue motorcycle crash.

At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the SLPD responded to the intersection of East Ninth Street and Russell Street for a motorcycle accident.

Police allege that Jonathon Alterado, 25, was operating the motorcycle westbound on Ninth Street and lost control of the motorcycle, causing the accident. 

Police arrested and charged Alterado with OWI, failure to maintain control and violation of a restricted driver’s license.

He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,600 bond.

Damage to the motorcycle is estimated at $1,000.

No injuries were reported.


Man charged with OWI, child endangerment

Storm Lake Police arrested a Storm Lake man for OWI and child endangerment.

At 1:50 a.m. Saturday, police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of East Third Street and Superior Street for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Police made contact with the driver identified as Po Htoo, 45, of Storm Lake.

Police reported that Htoo was intoxicated and a 10-year-old was in the vehicle while Htoo committed the infraction.

Police charged Htoo with OWI and child endangerment.

Htoo was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $3,000 bond.


Assault lands woman in jail

Storm Lake Police arrested two Storm Lake women after a fight broke out Friday night.

At 10:46 p.m. Friday, the SLPD was dispatched to 505 East Fifth St. in reference to Irene Murillo-Figueroa, 19, and Clarissa Munoz-Iraz, 20, allegedly in a physical altercation.

Police arrested Murillo-Figueroa at the scene and charged her with assault causing injury and possession of alcohol.

She was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $1,300 bond.

Fifteen minutes later, police located Munoz-Irias at 600B West Ninth St.

Munoz-Irias was taken into custody and found to be suffering from superficial facial lacerations as a result of the alleged fight.

Police transported Munoz-Irias to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.  She was then transferred to the county jail where police charged her with assault and possession of alcohol.

She was booked on a $600 bond.


Wanted man jailed

Storm Lake Police arrested a Storm Lake man on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.

At 10:58 a.m. Thursday, an officer observed Christian Quintaro, 26, in the 400 block of East Fourth Street.

Quintaro was wanted on a warrant charging him with contempt of court for fifth-degree theft.

Quintaro was booked into the county jail and held without bond.