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Meth’s grip keeps Marathon woman bound up in court

A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Marathon woman who was allegedly discharged unsuccessfully from inpatient drug treatment three times in seven months. 

Buena Vista County District Court Judge Nancy Whittenburg Jan. 6 issued a warrant for the arrest of Teresa Hale, 50, because the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office showed there was “probable cause to believe (Hale) has violated the terms of probation.” She will be held in Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 bond when she’s arrested. 

Hale was allegedly terminated from inpatient drug treatment in Sioux City, Mason City and Spirit Lake, according to an affidavit filed by the Iowa Department of Corrections. She also tested positive for methamphetamine and quit jobs at Sparky’s and Bobalee Hydraulics without permission from her supervisor. 

“Ms. Hale has left three inpatient treatment programs against medical advice. She has continued to use methamphetamine,” reads a filing submitted by LaNee Shugars, a Sheldon probation officer who requested the warrant for Hale’s arrest. “She failed to make it to the (residential treatment facility) when first required to report. When she reported for the second chance, she drove there without a license, was over 12 hours late, had recently consumed methamphetamine and refused to allow staff to search her vehicle.”

In May, Hale was sentenced to three years probation in lieu of five years in prison for possession of methamphetamine third offense. She was arrested last February for driving with a revoked license; she then tried to smuggle around a gram of methamphetamine into Buena Vista County Jail, according to court documents. 


Probation violation for Storm Laker

A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Storm Lake man who was allegedly wanted on an outstanding warrant from Woodbury County. 

Associate Buena Vista County District Court Judge Andy Smith Jan. 6 issued a warrant for the arrest of Toe Kyi, 29, because the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office showed there was “probable cause to believe that (Kyi) has violated the terms of probation.” He’ll be held in the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000 bond when he’s arrested. 

Assistant County Attorney Ashley Herrig noted Kyi was wanted out of Woodbury County on an outstanding warrant, which means he violated the terms of his probation in Buena Vista County. Smith sentenced Kyi last November to two years probation in lieu of two years in prison for credit card fraud. Storm Lake Police charged Kyi in May with burglarizing a motor vehicle, stealing a credit card that was inside and trying to withdraw $1,500 from its associated account. 


Two women arrested after alleged assault

Two women were arrested after Storm Lake police officers responded to a reported assault in progress on Michigan Street. 

Officers responded to 1019 ½ Michigan St. at 6:11 a.m. Monday because of a domestic disturbance.

An investigation found Mary Ebine, 33, scratched a fellow female combatant, Christina Armisais, 32, on her face and allegedly bit her right forearm. 

Ebine was charged with assault causing bodily injury and booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000 bond, which she posted on Monday, according to court records. 

Armisais was charged with public intoxication. She was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. She remains held on a $500 bond. 

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