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Law Enforcement Reports

Spirit Lake, IA (KICD)–A multitude of drug charges were filed this weekend by Spirit Lake Police.

41-year-old James Kell of Ames was pulled over Saturday evening. K-9 Cairo helped Police locate crystal meth in the vehicle. Kell was booked into Dickinson County jail for meth possession and having an improper brake light.

A search warrant for Emerald Isle Tattoo & Body Piercing in Spirit Lake was then obtained. Numerous controlled substances and drug paraphernalia items were located. The three occupants were all placed under arrest.

23-year-old Samual Blatcher of Spirit Lake was charged with a class D felony count of meth possession 3rd offense, possession of marijuana 3rd offense, a class D felony count of gathering where drugs are used, possession of Lorazapem, Bupropion, and drug paraphernalia.

32-year-old Jesse St. John of Estherville and 19-year-old Sandra Navarrette of Okoboji were each charged with possession of Meth, Marijuana, Lorazapem, Bupropion, and drug paraphernalia.

The HEAT tactical team assisted with the search warrant.

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–Two arrests have been made in connection to a pair of Summer burglaries in Storm Lake.
On June 23rd police took a report of a residential burglary at 1020 Oak Lane where entry was forced and firearms, money, electronics and jewelry were stolen.

On the following day police took a report of a burglary to the concession stand at the Storm Lake Highs School Football Stadium. Entry at that time was forced and food and drink items were stolen from the facility.
As reported last week on KICD News a 40 cal handgun was found in a yard last week. Police linked the gun to the Oak Street Burglary and following additional investigation identified suspects in both of the above mentioned burglary incidents.
On Friday afternoon 18-year-old David Mulgae was charged with a class C felony count of 2nd Degree Burglary and a class D felony charge of 3rd Degree Burglary. Mulgae was served with the warrants in the Buena Vista County Jail where he is already being held on charges of Going Armed With Intent and other related charges.
17-year-old Eduardo Diaz of Storm Lake was arrested at the Storm Lake High School in connection with the investigation on Friday. He faces the same charges as Mulgae. Diaz was processed and transported to the Youth Detention Facility in Cherokee pending a court date.

Later on Friday police located and seized handgun ammunition, shoes, and other suspected stolen items from the burglaries at a pair of homes.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–A Taser was deployed by Storm Lake Police following investigation into a physical altercation between two subjects.

Upon arrival around 5:30 p.m. two men were seen standing outside the residence. As officers approached 57-year-old Armando Sarmiento he allegedly ran back into the house. Officers pursued Sarmiento into the residence ordering him to stop. Sarmiento ignored officers commands at which time the officer deployed their department issued Taser striking Sarmiento in the back. Sarmiento was then taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers.

After speaking with several witnesses to the incident Police determined Sarmiento was engaged in a verbal argument with a friend outside the residence. During the argument Sarmiento allegedly began striking the victim with a closed fist at which time witnesses called 911.

Sarmiento was transported by police to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center where he was treated for two punctures sustained during the deployment of the Taser. He was then released and transported to the Buena Vista County jail and charged with Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Interference with Official Acts all simple misdemeanors. He was booked and held on a $900 bond.

Sioux Center, IA (KICD)–A Hospers man was jailed last Tuesday operating while intoxicated-drugged and possession of cocaine.

21-year-old Benjamin Stark was pulled over late Tuesday evening near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Drug Recognition Expert assisted with the investigation.

Hawarden, IA (KICD)–Charges were filed Saturday afternoon in connection to a disturbance in Hawarden.

Witnesses reported that 50-year-old Samuel Harrison discharged several shotgun rounds toward three door-to-door sales people, who were working in the area. After firing the weapon, Harrison drove away in his vehicle.

Harrison was stopped and charged with assault, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. The Hawarden Police Department charged Harrison with 2nd offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol.

Orange City, IA (KICD)–Another scam has popped up in the area.

This past weekend a Sioux County resident had over $1,500 taken out of a bank account. Residents receive a phone call from a person who has a Middle Eastern or Indian accent. The caller tells the potential victim that he is a representative of Microsoft and they have been receiving error messages from the person’s computer. The caller goes on to talk the victim into signing up for a computer maintenance agreement, which requires the victim to give the caller their bank account information. Once that’s been done the caller is able to take money out of the victim’s bank account.

The sheriff’s office reminds everyone to be extremely careful of doing business and/or giving bank account or other personal information to people you don’t know.