July 31 news

LUVERNE — A Lake Park, Iowa, man was arrested Monday night after allegedly attempting to steal more than $1,200 worth of barbed wire rolls from the Bomgaars Store in Luverne. Kirk Michael Kane, 50, is facing one felony count of theft and one second-degree assault. He also faces one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, The Rock County Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday night of an individual stealing items from the fenced-in area at Bomgaars. When deputies arrived at the scene, they surrounded the area and saw the suspect climbing down from the fence.

Kane ran to his vehicle and a deputy positioned himself in front of the pickup, warning him to stop. Kane allegedly accelerated directly at the deputy, who had to jump to the side at the last minute to avoid being hit. The truck spun around and the rear end swerved in the gravel as it proceeded out of the lot and east onto Gabrielson Drive, according to court documents.

Deputies began pursuing the vehicle. The truck then made a sudden stop, and deputies ordered Kane to get out.

Kane was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where he refused to speak with deputies. The pickup truck was inventoried, and numerous rolls of barbed wire were located in the bed of the pickup. A Bomgaars employee arrived and indicated that it appeared 18 rolls had been taken, noting that the price was $69.99 per roll.

According to court records, Kane’s criminal history is extensive and includes numerous thefts and burglaries. He is currently in custody at the Nobles County Jail and makes his initial appearance in court Monday.

WINDOM - Minor injuries were reported at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 60 east of Mountain Lake. The Minnesota State Patrol says vehicles driven by 69-year-old Jerald Fox of Dell Rapids, South Dakota and 62-year-old Larry Kronbach of Lamberton collided as both were traveling eastbound.

A passenger in the vehicle driven by Jerald Fox, 71-year-old Mary Fox of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, was taken to the Windom hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

A 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Jerald Fox was totaled; moderate damage was reported to a 2002 International driven by Kronbach. The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office and the Mountain Lake Police Department.

GEORGE, Iowa — A large barn was destroyed in a fire Wednesday near George.
According to Fire Chief Bill Sprock, the George Fire Department was called to the report of barn fire at 4068 180th Street, three miles north and a half a mile east of George about 11:20 a.m.

The fire department found the barn fully engulfed as they approached the scene. Sprock said three quarters of it were already destroyed. The fire department tried to save the outbuildings and the house. Two outbuildings started on fire, but were saved by firefighters.

He says the owners had been burning trees, and embers from that fire are thought to have started the barn on fire.

Chief Sprock reports that there was at least $20,000 in damage and the barn was completely destroyed, but no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The fire department was assisted by the Little Rock Fire Department .Sprock said they used 23,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 2:50 p.m.

SIBLEY, Iowa - Charges have been filed against a South Dakota woman who allegedly led officers on a high speed pursuit through Sibley after being accused of trespassing and violating a no contact order. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Shelley Rae High Bear of Avon, South Dakota got in a vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed as an officer approached her. The pursuit went through the city of Sibley, ending when the vehicle she was driving went into the ditch on the exit 48 ramp onto the northbound lanes of Highway 60.

No injuries were reported. High Bear was charged with eluding, violation of a no contact order, trespassing, interference with official acts, reckless driving, and five counts of failure to obey a stop sign.

High Bear was booked into the Osceola county jail on a $3,500 cash only bond. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,500

MILFORD, Iowa - The deadline for filing nomination papers to run in an upcoming special election in Milford to fill the position of Mayor and a seat on the city council is quickly approaching. Those interested in running for either seat have until Noon this Friday, August 1st, to get their papers submitted to the Dickinson County Auditor's Office.

As of Wednesday morning, Rody Pederson is the only person to file for the city council seat so far and Bill Reinsbach for Mayor. The two were appointed by the city council to fill the vacancies, but petitions were circulated and filed calling for a special election to fill the positions. That election will be held August 26th. -

BOYDEN, Iowa — A Boyden man is behind bars, charged in connection with the case of a stolen ATV.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM on Monday, July 28th, their deputies investigated a report of a theft of an ATV that was reported to have occurred at a hog confinement, two miles southwest of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 24-year-old Geoffrey Oolman of Boyden took the stolen ATV to a home in Orange City.

As a result of the investigation, Oolman was arrested and charged with Second Degree Theft.

At last report, Oolman remained in the Sioux County Jail on a $2500 bond.


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