Woman pleads not guilty to Le Mars bank robbery
LE MARS, Iowa — A Sioux City woman has pleaded not guilty to charges connected to a December bank robbery in Le Mars.
Karen Merrick, 35, entered her written pleas Dec. 26 in Plymouth County District Court to single counts of second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit felony theft, accessory after the fact and eluding or attempting to elude law enforcement. A trial date has not been set.
Merrick is charged with aiding and abetting Phillip White in the Dec. 12 robbery of Iowa State Bank, 301 Plymouth St. NW.
Witnesses reported seeing a man enter the bank and then leaving it and getting into a U-Haul van driven by a woman.
Merrick is charged with driving the van and leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit out of Le Mars and onto county roads before officers were able to flatten the van’s tires and bring it to a stop.
White, 32, of Sioux City, is accused of robbing the bank and faces charges of second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit felony theft. He has not yet entered a plea.
Police said that all money stolen from the bank was recovered from the van. The amount taken was not disclosed.
Woman awaiting sentencing for stealing SUV
SIOUX CITY — A woman out on bond while awaiting sentencing for helping steal a vehicle was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing an SUV.
Jessica Ott, 30, was booked into the Woodbury County Jail on a charge of first-degree theft. A complaint filed in the case said that Ott is a transient living in Sioux City. A complaint filed in a separate case listed a Blencoe, Iowa, address.
According to court documents, Ott took a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan between 9:30 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. Tuesday from the parking lot of Hy-Vee, 3301 Gordon Drive. Police stopped her in the vehicle in the 600 block of Floyd Boulevard.
Ott is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 25 in Woodbury County District Court after pleading guilty last month to second-degree theft for the Oct. 3 theft of car keys from a lockbox in the Mercy Medical Center emergency room. She and an accomplice used the keys to steal a car from the valet parking lot and were arrested later in South Sioux City inside the stolen vehicle.
Ott bonded out of the Woodbury County Jail after her guilty plea, but prosecutors have filed for a bond revocation because Ott twice failed to show up for meetings with an Iowa Department of Corrections official who was to supervise her release.
Sioux City man arrested for meth, marijuana
SIOUX CITY — A Sioux City man was arrested Sunday morning after officers found him passed out in the driver’s seat of a running car, with methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession.
According to a criminal complaint, at around 8:14 a.m. Sunday, police found Scott Moore, 31, of Sioux City, passed out at the wheel of a Kia Sorrento at the 2500 block of Court Street. The driver’s window of the car was partially down, and officers noticed a burnt marijuana odor coming from inside.
Moore had a small baggie (roughly 1.1 grams) of marijuana sitting on his lap. He had another baggie (roughly 15.1 grams) of suspected meth and a digital scale in the pocket of his jeans. In addition, officers found another baggie of meth (about 1.5 grams) in a cigarette pack in his pocket, along with a marijuana blunt.
In the center console of the vehicle, officers found a plastic container containing another 23.3 grams of marijuana. A glass meth pipe was also found in the vehicle.
Field tests confirmed that the crystal substance found in two baggies was methamphetamine.
Moore was arrested on charges including possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Woodbury County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Officials ID Wall Lake man killed
FORT DODGE, Iowa — Authorities have identified a Siouxland man killed Monday in an officer-involved shooting in Webster County.
Matthew Hurley, 45, of Wall Lake, Iowa, was found dead in his vehicle after exchanging gunfire with authorities responding to a call of a domestic disturbance just outside Fort Dodge.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified the officers involved in the shooting as Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Aaron Schmidt and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Chase Goodman.
A deputy responded to the domestic call shortly after 10 p.m. Monday and observed a vehicle matching the description of one given to dispatchers. The vehicle did not stop and led authorities on a pursuit that started outside Fort Dodge and ended near the intersection of Iowa Highway 175 and Oak Avenue in rural Webster County.
The Webster County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that gun shots were fired from the vehicle during the pursuit, and officers returned fire. The vehicle drove out into a field and came to a stop. After securing the area, officers approached the vehicle and found Hurley dead inside.
The incident remains under investigation pending an autopsy and toxicology and laboratory testing, the DCI said in a news release.
Police present donations to Nylen Cancer Center
SOUTH SIOUX CITY — The South Sioux City Police Department on Wednesday presented two donations as a result of recent fund-raising events to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.
Several of the officers who participated in one or both events met with Cancer Center interim director Krista McCullough and executive assistant Sherri Rossiter at the Dakota County Law Enforcement Center and presented a $1,000 check from the department’s No Shave November and December event in which officers grew out their beards for charity.
Another check for $787 was the result of October’s Pink Patch Project, in which officers wore pink department patches on their uniforms to raise awareness of breast cancer and research. The South Sioux City Police Officer’s Association then sold the patches. South Sioux City Police Investigator Clint Nelson said the department would soon be presenting another $307 check raised from the online sale of T-shirts as part of the project.
Woman dies after SUV strikes deer
QUIMBY, Iowa — Authorities say a Quimby woman died after her sport utility vehicle struck a deer in rural Cherokee County.
The accident occurred around 6:10 p.m. Sunday, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of Quimby on Iowa Highway 31. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says investigators think the driver was injured when the deer penetrated the SUV windshield. Her vehicle then ran into a roadside ditch.
The sheriff’s office says the driver died after being flown to a Sioux City hospital. She’s been identified as 21-year-old Christina Martin of Quimby.
— Associated Press