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ARREST

posted 2/18/24

On 2/17/2024, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Olivia Van Zee, 20, of Rock Valley for OWI 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor. (ML)

ARREST

posted 2/18/24

On 2/17/2024, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Paxter Medal, 34, of Rock Rapids on an O’Brien County Mittimus. Medal was turned over to a deputy from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.(ML)

ARREST

posted 2/16/24

On 2/15/2024, the Lyon County Sheriff’s office received a report of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of 240th St. and Dove Ave. Upon investigation, Rick Keough, of Rock Valley, was arrested on 1 count of operating while Intoxicated First Offense, Possession of Controlled Substance First Offense, and two counts of Driving while License Revoked. Keough was transported to the Lyon County Jail.

ARREST

posted 2/15/24

On 2/14/24, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a hit and run incident. The reporting party stated that another vehicle had sideswiped them in the 1900 block of Highway 75 around 19:40 pm. Upon investigation, it was determined that Harold Hasche, age 86, of Rock Rapids, failed to stop after hitting another vehicle and was driving while barred. Hasche was arrested and booked into the Lyon County Jail where he has since been released on a $2,000 bond. Hasche was also issued a citation for Hit and Run- Property Damage Only.

Arrest

posted 2/13/24

On 02/13/2024, Jaime Estenson [43] of Sioux Falls was arrested for Defraud Drug/Alcohol Test 1st Offense, a simple misdemeanor after attempting to use previously dispelled urine at a probation meeting. Estenson was arrested and booked into the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

 

ARREST

posted 2/7/24

On February 7, 2024, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested 18-year-old Michael Deweerd of Inwood, Iowa.  Deweerd was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. (ML)

Arrest

posted 2/5/24

On February 4, 2024, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Ixel Meza, age 20, of Sioux Falls, SD.  The arrest stems from a report of several vehicles that had been entered in the Grand Falls Casino parking lot.  The vehicles had various items taken stolen from inside of them.  After the investigation, Meza was transported to the Lyon County Jail and charged with three counts of third-degree burglary of a motor vehicle, an aggravated misdemeanor.  (SW)

 

Accident

posted 2/3/24

 

On January 30, 2024 at approximately 9:16 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a two-vehicle accident in George, IA.  Autumn Rylee Voss, age 18, from Little Rock, IA was operating a 2004 Pontiac Vibe westbound on 1st Ave N when she struck a legally parked 2022 Chevrolet owned by Bank Plus.  The Pontiac Vibe was a total loss and the Chevrolet received approximately $2,000 in damages. (SW)

 

Accident

posted 2/3/24

On January 30, 2024 at approximately 11:38 PM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident in Larchwood, IA.  Lina Marie Romero, age 32, from Larchwood, IA was operating her 2017 Ford Fusion northbound on Broadway St when she struck cement landscaping owned by the City of Larchwood.  The 2017 Ford Fusion was a complete loss and the landscaping received approximately $2,000 in damages.  This accident is still under investigation.  (SW)

 

Arrest

posted 2/3/24

On 2/3/2024, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Troy Fodness, of Alvord, for Driving While Suspended, No Insurance, and Operating Non-Registered Vehicle, all simple misdemeanors. Additionally, Fodness was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-3rd Offense, a Class D Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the 1800 block of 230th Street near Inwood. 

ACCIDENT

posted 1/8/24

Accident

On 01/08/2024, Michael Winter [52] of Rock Rapids was westbound on 3rd Avenue in Rock Rapids driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. Winter was unable to stop at the stop sign, and he slid through, striking a 2006 Ford F650 driven by Richard Morgan [66] of Sheldon, which was northbound on Union Street. Morgan’s truck sustained approximately $20,000 in damage while Winter’s sustained approximately $5,000. Winter weather was a contributing factor in the accident.(TB)

 

ARREST

posted 1/8/24

Arrest

On 01/08/2024, Paxter Medal [34] of Rock Rapids, was served an arrest warrant for Violation of Probation while incarcerated at the Lyon County Jail. His bond is $1,000 cash or surety.(TB)

ACCIDENT / OWI

posted 1/7/24

On Sunday January 7, 2024 at approximately 1:22 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a parked car being struck on Fell Steet near Carter Street in Larchwood, IA.  It was discovered that Koleby Joseph Harshfield, age 35, from Larchwood, IA was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Fell Street when he struck a 2007 Dodge Ram owned by Aaron Harmon, of Larchwood, IA.  The 2007 Dodge was legally parked on Fell Street.  

As a result, Harshfield was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor.  

No injuries were reported and each vehicle received approximately $5,000 in damages.   (LS)

Arrest

posted 12/27/23

On Sunday December 24, 2023, at approximately 2:40 AM the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a call from security personnel at the Grand Falls Casino and Resort of a subject that was refusing to leave the property.  As a result, Luis Gerardo Cruz, age 39, from Brandon, SD was arrested for trespassing,  a simple misdemeanor. (SW)

ARREST

posted 12/14/23

On 12/14/2023, Anita Parra was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Parra’s warrant was for Violation of Probation, an aggravated misdemeanor. Parra was transported to the Lyon County Jail from the Brookings County, SD jail. Parra’s bond is $2,000 cash or surety.(ML)

ARREST

posted 12/7/23

12/4/23 David J. Case (47) of Sibley turned himself into the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding warrant. Case was booked into jail and released on bond. 

ARREST

posted 12/7/23

12/6/23 Cody A. Severson (25) of Inwood was arrested for driving while revoked, operating without interlock devise, failure to have SR insurance. Severson was transported and housed in the Lyon County Jail awaiting bond.

ARREST

posted 11/30/23

On November 30, 2023 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort for a male subject refusing to leave.  As the result Charles Eugene Sigro of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was arrest for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, introducing contraband into correction institution, trespassing, and two valid Lyon County arrest warrants. (ML)

ARREST

posted 11/30/23

On November 30, 2023 a deputy with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a red 2008 Chrysler 300 on Highway 9 near Jay Ave.  As a result Tara Christine Calligan of Rock Rapids, Iowa was arrested for operating while intoxicated and no proof of insurance. (ML)

Arrest

posted 11/24/23

Arrest

On 11/23/23, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an intoxicated male at Casey’s in George. Lyon County Deputies responded as the male was pulling away. A traffic stop was initiated, and Jessy Neth [23] of George was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence. Neth was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (SW)

ARREST

posted 11/20/23

On 11/18/2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Elvin Lopez Melgara of Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Lopez Melgara was charged with Providing False Identification Information, No Valid Driver’s License, No Insurance, and Failure to Obey Stop Sign, all simple misdemeanors. Lopez Melgara was transported to the Lyon County Jail. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in George.

ACCIDENT

posted 11/20/23

On November 17, 2023 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle rollover on Highway 9 between Jackson Ave and Jay Ave.  It was learned that Jose Richarz, of Larchwood, Iowa was operating a 2005 GMC pickup westbound when he entered the left ditch came back onto the road and went off the road towards the right.  The pickup then rolled and came to rest in the field.  The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lyon County Ambulance.(ML)

ARREST

posted 11/18/23

On 11/15/2023 at approximately 12:06 am, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle sitting in the middle of the intersection of 220th St and Jay Ave. and that the driver was slumped over. As a result, Nicholas Huff, of Sheldon, was arrested for OWI 1st and Booked at the Lyon County Jail. (TB)

ARREST

posted 11/18/23

On 11/18/2023, Dalton Fredrichsen was arrested on a Warrant for Violation of probation out of Lyon County. (TB)

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/VEHICLE

posted 11/12/23

On 11/10/23, around 11:45 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a suspicious person/vehicle in the 1800 block of Elmwood Avenue. The complainant stated that an unknown person parked in their driveway and approached the house before leaving once the homeowners turned their lights on. The person took off in their vehicle and parked about a half mile north of the residence. A Lyon County Deputy located the vehicle in the 1800 block of Elmwood Avenue. Upon Investigation it was determined that the driver, Grant Michael Mills, age 24, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was under the influence of alcohol and was suspected to have been involved in a recent accident. Mills was arrested for Operation While Intoxicated 1st Offense, Child Endangerment, and issued a citation for Open Container. The accident is still under investigation. Mills was held on a $4,000 Bond.

FIGHT LEADS TO ARRESTS

posted 11/12/23

On 11/11/23, around 11:00 PM, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of active fighting out at the Grand Falls Casino. Upon arrival the Lyon County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Iowa DCI Agents, located the subjects involved. Upon Investigation, a father and son, Francisco Alvarez, age 42, of Sioux Falls, SD and Franscisco Alvarez III, age 22, of Sioux Fall, SD were arrested on charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Both parties were transported to the Lyon County Jail. During a pat down search of Francisco Alvarez (age 42), a plastic baggy with white crystalline substance consistent with Methamphetamine was located in his front pants pocket. Alvarez (age 42) was then also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.  (LS)

Arrest

posted 11/6/23

On 11/6/23, around 3pm, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a reckless driver near Rock Rapids driving at a high rate of speed and making unsafe overtakes of motorists. The description of the vehicle that was given, was a White Sedan with no rear bumper. A Lyon County deputy located that vehicle and observed it going at a high rate of speed in which he conducted a traffic stop. Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver, Brock William Ackerman, age 21 of Harrisburg South Dakata, had a Revoked Iowa Driver’s License, No SR-22 Insurance, and no valid South Dakota Driver’s License. Ackerman was also issued a citation for speeding 73/55mph zone. Ackerman was transported to the Lyon County Jail and is held on $2,000 bond. (ML)

Arrest

posted 11/2/23

On 11/2/2023, Lyon County Deputies responded to a complaint at approximately 10:00pm of a strong marijuana odor near the 200-Block of 1st Avenue in Rock Rapids. Upon further investigation, Marcus Allen During (age 37) of Rock Rapids was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance - 1st Offense (a serious misdemeandor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a simple misdemeanor). During was transported to the Lyon County Jail. (ML)

Arrest

posted 11/2/23

On 10/30/2023, A Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Dakota St and N Baldwin St in George. As a result Evan Renzetti of George was arrested for driving with a suspended license and operating and unregistered vehicle. Renzetti was transported to the Lyon County Jail.(ML)

Accident

posted 10/20/23

On October 19, 2023 deputies with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident on 250th Street and 3rd Ave in Doon, Iowa.  It was learned that Philip Westra, of Boyden, IA, was operating a 1999 Chrysler Town & Country on 250th St. when it rear ended a stopped 2000 Ford F250 operated by Sylvia Westra, of Boyden, Iowa.  The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Doon Fire Department, Doon Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, and Trackside Towing out of Alvord, Iowa. (SW)

Arrest

posted 10/20/23

 

 

On October 19, 2023 a deputy with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sherry Moen, of Doon, Iowa, at her residence on an active Lyon County Arrest Warrant for theft 4th degree.  Moen was housed at the Lyon County Jail on that warrant. (SW)

 

Arrest

posted 10/20/23

On October 19, 2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shea Driesen, age 29, of Ashton, Iowa.  Driesen was arrested on a valid Lyon County arrest warrant for violation of probation.(TB)

 

ARREST

posted 10/19/23

On 10/18/2023, Heather Kruger [39] of George and Frederick Buckalew Jr. [25] of Rock Rapids were arrested for violation of a protection order, a simple misdemeanor. Kruger was transported to the Lyon County Jail. Buckalew was already incarcerated at the Lyon County Jail. (ML)

ARREST

posted 10/14/23

On 10/13/23, around 23:30pm, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Ford Taurus near 160th and Indian Ave for speeding. Upon investigation, Give Taka Lewi, age 29, of George was arrested and charged with Operation while Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Driving while Barred-Habitual Offender and issued a citation for speeding 74/55. Lewi was transported to the Lyon County Jail where he was booked and held on a $4,000 bond. (ML)

ACCIDENT

posted 10/13/23

On October 12, 2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and County Road A34. Investigation at the scene determined Gary Borman of Rock Rapids was stopped in traffic traveling southbound in his 2012 Dodge Ram 1500. Simeon Bulk, of Sioux Center, was also southbound in his 2013 Ford Taurus. The Bulk vehicle rear ended the Borman vehicle, causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Minor injuries were reported. Bulk was cited for following too closely. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Lyon County Ambulance, the Rock Rapids Fire Department, and Trackside Service, Repair, and Towing. (ML)

ACCIDENT

posted 10/6/23

On 09/29/23, at approximately 8:49 AM, Michael L. Bucholz [45] of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2010 Ford F150 registered to Prairie Sons, Inc. eastbound on 190th Street near Cleveland Avenue when the truck exited the roadway into the left ditch, totaling the truck. The accident was reported at 1:52 PM by a passing motorist who observed the truck in the ditch. The driver was not on scene when law enforcement arrived. Warrants have been requested for Mr. Bucholz for Driving While Revoked, Driving Under Suspension (No SR-22), and Failure to Maintain Control. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by TrackSide Service and Repair.

2 Vehicle Accident

posted 9/26/23

On September 26, 2023 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident on Hwy 9 near Dove Ave.  It was learned that David Knobloch, of Alvord, was driving a 2003 Chevy S10 pickup with small trailer attached and was turning into a residence when Danielle Kielty, of Rock Rapids, driving a 2019 Honda Pilot went to pass Knobloch.  The two vehicle collided and the Honda Pilot entered the south ditch where it came to rest.  There was no turn signal on the trailer.  The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lester Fire Department, Lester Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, Trackside Towing out of Alvord, and Dusty’s Towing out of Rock Rapids. (SW)

 

Case Disposition

posted 9/21/23

Larchwood Seed Dealer Sent to Federal Prison for Wire Fraud and False Statements

Christie tried to cut out the seed distributor and sell seed directly to farmers.

A seed salesman who cut out of the seed distributor, and sold corn and soybean seeds directly to farmers for his own benefit, was sentenced September 20, 2023, to more than 2 years in federal prison.

Nathan Christie, age 44, from Larchwood, received the prison term after a March 24, 2023, guilty plea to one count of Wire Fraud and one count of False Statements to a Financial Institution.

Evidence in the case revealed that Christie, an employee of the seed company, took money directly from farmers for seed, but did not forward that money to the owner of the seed. Instead, he used the money to cover his gambling losses and to pay for other personal expenses leaving the seed bill unpaid.  To cover his fraud, Christie manipulated records to make it appear unsuspecting seed distributors had delivered the seed.  Christie was nearly caught when one of those distributors asked about a bill he had received from the seed company. Christie however, acquired money to pay the bill. Christie acquired $62,076.23 by forging his spouse’s signature on an Agriculture Security Agreement and another $350,000 by forging his spouse’s signature on a second real estate mortgage on their shared residence.  After this near-discovery of his fraud, Christie stopped using the first distributor’s account and found two new victim distributors.

On March 24, 2023, Christie appeared before United States Chief Magistrate Judge Kelly K.E. Mahoney and pled guilty to two counts of a two-count Information filed March 17, 2023.  The Court ordered Christie released on a personal recognizance bond without pretrial supervision.  On July 11, 2023, the United States filed a Motion for Revocation of Pretrial Supervision alleging Christie had violated the conditions of his unsupervised pretrial release by committing a new law violation in light of his arrest for Burglary, Third Degree - Non-Vehicle, as charged in Lyon County, Iowa, Docket No. FECR007731.  On July 18, 2023, the Court found there was probable cause to believe Christie had committed the above alleged new law violation, and the Court revoked Christie’s pretrial release and ordered him detained.  The state charge is still pending. 

Christie was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 30 months’ imprisonment on each count, to be served concurrently. He was ordered to make $202,440.80 in restitution to AgReliant and $258,825.25 to American State Bank, for a total of $461,266.05 in restitution.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Christie is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

 The case was investigated by the Lyon County, Iowa Sheriff’s Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ron Timmons and Forde Fairchild. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 23-04005.

ML

Arrest

posted 9/18/23

On September 16, 2023 a deputy with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 180th St. and Coolidge Ave.  As the result Coy Charles Stark, age 23, of Boyden was arrested on a valid Sioux County arrest warrant for 5th degree theft.  Stark was housed at the Lyon County Jail on the valid Sioux County warrant and was cited for speeding. (SW)

ARREST

posted 9/16/23

On September 2023 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arresedt Somphone Singsaath, age 49, at his residence in Inwood on a valid arrest warrant from the State of South Dakota.  Singsaath was housed at the Lyon County Jail on the charge of fugitive from justice. (ML)

Motorcycle Accident

posted 9/14/23

On 9/13/2023 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident in the 1500-Blk of Dove Avenue.  Upon investigation it was found that Matthew Alons of Larchwood was operating his 1997 Honda motorcycle northbound on Dove Avenue when he lost control and entered the east ditch. Alons was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained major injuries. Alons was transported to Avera hospital in Rock Rapids before being airlifted to Sioux Falls. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lester Fire and Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, and Trackside Towing.  (LS)

Protection Order Violation

posted 9/14/23

On 09/13/23, Lyon County Deputies responded to a complaint of a protection order violation. Cole Zimbelman [32] of Rock Rapids was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order, a simple misdemeanor. Mr. Zimbelman was transported to the Lyon County Jail.  (LS)

Two Vehicle Accident

posted 9/14/23

On 9/13/2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of 250th Street and Kingbird Avenue. Upon further investigation it was found that Jack Koerselman of George was operating his 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis northbound on Kingbird Avenue. At the same time, Matthew Daniels of George was operating his 2008 Ford F-250 westbound on 250th Street. The two vehicles made contact in the intersection causing both vehicles to sustain disabling damage. Koerselman was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way to the vehicle on the right.  No injuries were reported.  (LS)

ARREST

posted 9/13/23

On 9/9/2023, at approximately 4:09 AM,  the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a male breaking into a house in George. Once on scene it was found that Frederick Buckalew Jr, Of George, had broken into one house and attempted to break into a second. He also caused damage to multiple vehicle windows on multiple different vehicles. The damage totaled approximately $3,700.00. Buckalew was charged with 2 counts of Burglary 2nd, a class C Felony, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief 2nd, a class D Felony, as well as Violation of a Protection Order, a Simple Misdemeanor. Buckalew was transported to the Lyon County Jail.

 

ARREST

posted 9/10/23

On 9/10/2023 at approx @ 2105 hrs, Juan Lopez Mendez (40), was arrested in Rock Rapids for Public Intox. (TB)

ARREST

posted 9/6/23

On 9/6/2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist an Iowa State Patrol Trooper on a traffic stop Inwood. The driver of the vehicle stopped was believed to be impaired. While attempting to place the driver of the vehicle under arrest for traffic violations, a struggle ensued which resulted in a Lyon County Deputy being punched in the face in addition to receiving other minor injuries. As a result, Jose Madrid, 41, of Sioux Center, was charged with Assault on Persons Engaged in Certain Occupations-bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, Assault While Participating in a Felony- a Class D Felony, and Interference with Official Acts causing bodily injury- a serious misdemeanor. Madrid was transported to the Lyon County Jail. Additionally, Madrid was charged by the Iowa State Patrol with OWI 3rd Offense- a Class D Felony in addition to other traffic violations. (ML)

ARREST

posted 9/4/23

On September 3, 2023, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Orlando Gil-Cantu of Rock Rapids.  The arrest stems from a traffic stop west of Rock Rapids on highway 9.  During the stop, a deputy became suspicious Gil-Cantu was intoxicated.  A subsequent OWI investigation confirmed the deputy’s suspicion.  Gil-Cantu was placed under arrest and charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.  He was also issued a citation for excessive speed. (ML)

ARREST

posted 8/29/23

On August 28, 2023 a deputy with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office conducted a motorist assist on 240th St. near Elmwood Ave.  As a result Cody Allen Severson, age 25, from George, Iowa was arrested and housed at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.  Severson was arrested for OWI 1st offense and child endangerment. (ML)

Arrest

posted 8/29/23

On 8/28/23, a South Dakota man was arrested for his involvement in a high speed chase through the town of Larchwood back on February 24, 2023. Isaiah Joseph Hines, age 20, of Sioux Falls was taken into custody from Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls and transported to the Lyon County Jail. Three warrants were issued for Hines with multiple charges tied to each. Hines involvement led to the charges of: Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphemine 1st Offense, Possession of Controlled Substance- Marijuana 1st Offense, Possession of Controlled Substance w/ Intent to Deliver, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, Eluding-While Participating in a Felony-Drugs, Possession of Controlled Substance-Cannabinoid, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Interference with Official Acts. Hines is currently housed in the Lyon County Jail and has a bond of $18,500. (SW)

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