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Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–An additional arrest in an ongoing investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in and around Storm Lake was made this weekend.

On Friday warrants were issued by Storm Lake Police for 55-year-old Connie Urban of Newell on a class B felony count of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and a class D felony count of Possession of Pseudoephedrine for the Purpose of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

The warrants stemmed from an investigation where police allege that Urban purchased ingredients including pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. The arrest is connected to the previously reported arrests of Nina Zebley, David Botine, and Rodney Bainter.

Urban was located and arrested Saturday night by Newell Police. She was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Emmetsburg, IA (KICD)–Drug charges were levied against a Spencer woman following a Saturday traffic stop by a Palo Alto County Deputy.

18-year-old Kacey Lynn Olson was stopped for speeding. After investigation Olson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Olson was held in Palo Alto County jail in anticipation of an appearance before the Magistrate.

Fostoria, IA (KICD)–The Iowa State Patrol has released details from a van versus cow accident that landed four in the hospital earlier this month.

Authorities say 72-year-old Rodney VanDebrake of Sheldon was heading west on Highway 18 near mile marker 74 at approximately 9:45 last Friday evening. Vandebrake came upon a black cow standing in the middle of the westbound lane. He was unable to stop and struck the cow, sending his 2003 Oldsmobile van across the eastbound land and into the south ditch. After the black cow struck the front end and caved in the windshield, the cow came to rest within the westbound lane of Highway 18.

VanDebrake and a rear passenger had no complaints of injury. Two others in the van complained of minor injuries. All four occupants were transported by ambulance to the Spencer Hospital as a precaution.

Agencies assisting include the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Ambulance, Fostoria Ambulance and Bud’s Wrecker Service

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–A six month investigation into alleged dependent adult abuse culminated with an arrest on Sunday.

In April Storm Lake Police and the Iowa Department of Human Service started investigation after an adult female was admitted to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center with complications related to a pre-existing medical condition including liver disease that were believed to be the result of lack of proper treatment.

It is alleged that 32-year-old Erika Larios of Storm Lake traveled to a nursing home facility in Rock Island, Illinois in March and brought her to Storm Lake. At the time that Larios is accused of removing her mother from the facility her mother was receiving dialysis almost daily. Police further allege that while Larios’s mother was in the Illinois nursing home, Larios accessed her mother’s bank account where social security benefits were being deposited and reportedly withdrew the money and spent it at several locations in Storm Lake for her personal benefit. Rock Island nursing staff determined the funds were being stolen from their patient’s account and arranged for the funds to be deposited in a separate account in February 2013. Larios then removed her mother from the Illinois nursing home and moved her to Storm Lake after access to her mother’s bank account was blocked. Police further allege that Larios failed to arrange for the necessary dialysis treatment for her mother once arriving in Storm Lake which led to her April admission to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

The Iowa Department of Human Services removed Larios’s mother from her care following her hospital stay and placed her in a care facility in another community.

On Sunday Larios was charged with a class C felony count of Dependent Adult Abuse Causing Bodily and a class D felony charge of Dependent Adult Financial Abuse. Larios was served the warrant in the Buena Vista County Jail where she was being detained on unrelated charges. She is being held on a $10,000 cash bond

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–A car vandal was arrested over the weekend.

Storm Lake Police were called out Saturday afternoon and met with the reporting party who said a dispute over property took place the night before. The victim alleged that 32-year-old Erika Larios was told to leave the property at which time she picked up a rock and etched a four foot scrape onto the hood and fender of the victim’s 2006 Ford Mustang. Damage was estimated at $2,500.

Larios was found and charged with a class D felony count of 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief. She was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–Child endangerment charges were filed Friday after Storm Lake Police found a 1-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl standing in the street.

It’s alleged that the two kids were left unattended with their 10-year-old brother who was playing with friends in the neighborhood. The parents had gone to work and left the children in the custody of Kun Hyang Diau who left the children home alone while he left the area to run some errands.

Following an investigation police arrested Diau and charged him with Child Endangerment. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

The children were unharmed and were released to the custody of their parents.
A report has been filed with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Orange City, IA (KICD)–The United States Post Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for a string of mailbox incidents.

Last weekend there were 26 reports of vandalism to mailboxes, which occurred in the rural northeast area of Sioux County, near Sheldon. It is believed that the mailboxes were damaged when they were struck with some type of blunt instrument. Other mailboxes were pushed over or forcibly removed from their posts and thrown onto the roadway.

Several similar vandalisms are being investigated in Lyon and O’Brien County.