Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–Two individuals have been arrested in connection to a 6 month long investigation by storm Lake Police into the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
35-year-old Nina Zebley of Fort Dodge and 50-year-old David Botine of Alta were seen allegedly buying ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine at Wal-Mart and then load them into the enclosed bed of a truck. Authorities made contact with the duo in the parking lot and allegedly found additional items used to manufacture methamphetamine with components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab located in the vehicle.
The Storm Lake Public Safety Lab Response Team responded to the scene and rendered the clandestine lab safe. A powdery substance which later field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe was found in the truck. Officers also located at this time, in Zebley’s purse, several prescription controlled substances, marijuana, methamphetamine, and several items of drug paraphernalia including a scale and methamphetamine pipes.
A search of Botine’s home turned up methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
It is alleged that Zebley and Botine conspired together since April of 2013 to obtain ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine including pseudoephedrine and lithium.
Zebley was arrested on a class C felony count of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, a pair of class D felony charges of Possession of Precursors in the form of Pseudoephedrine and Lithium with the Intent to Manufacture, and Possession ot Meth, Marijuana, Hydrocodone, Vyvance, Alprazolam, and Drug Paraphernalia.
Botine was charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth, Possession ot Meth, and Drug Paraphernalia.
Both subjects were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond each.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an excavator operator was injured when his machine fell through the floor of the old Spirit Lake City Hall.
The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The machine was being used to tear down the building. The excavator landed on one of its sides in the building basement.
The operator was taken to a local hospital for treatment of several cuts from broken glass.
A crane removed the excavator on Wednesday so work could continue.
Emmetsburg, IA (KICD)–A Fort Dodge man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the theft of copper from Palo Alto County field irrigation pits over the past several months.
Palo Alto County Deputies took 40-year-old Ricky Habben into custody on two class C felony warrants for 1st degree theft and class D felony charges of 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree criminal mischief.
Habben was held in Palo Alto County jail after being unable to past a $40,000 cash or surety bond and was held in anticipation of an appearance before a judge.
Hull, IA (KICD)–A fire at G & K Builders in Hull is believed to be suspicious in nature.
Back on August 31st fire fighters and Sioux County Deputies were called out shortly before 2:00 a.m. to find the office area engulfed by fire. The Sheriff’s Office has evidence that someone riding their bike in the area may be involved in breaking into the business and starting the fire.
Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you may use the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Text-a-Tip program.
Hull Hit & Run
Hull, IA (KICD)–Authorities are looking for a vehicle involved in a Wednesday morning hit and run in Hull.
The Sioux County Sheriff says 15-year-old Brittany Buren of Sheldon was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 westbound on Highway 18. A whiteChevrolet Impala turned left onto Highway 18 from Okey Street, and struck the Pontiac.
After the accident, the Chevrolet stopped briefly and then drove eastbound on Highway 18. The driver was reportedly an elderly female. It is unknown if the Impala sustained any damages; any damages would likely be to the front or driver’s side of the vehicle.
Anyone with information about the accident, the Chevrolet or its driver is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.