Man pleads not guilty to gun threat
Christian Eberle, 21, entered his written plea Thursday in Buena Vista County District Court to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying weapons, all aggravated misdemeanors. His trial was scheduled for Aug. 6.
According to court documents, Eberle pointed a 9mm Glock handgun with a green laser at two people as they were leaving the store in the early morning hours of April 17 and then fled in a vehicle. Police said that Eberle and the people had been in an argument inside the store.
Authorities located the vehicle about half an hour later in Albert City, Iowa, and took Eberle into custody. During a search of the vehicle, police officers seized the gun and two high-capacity magazines loaded with approximately 80 rounds of ammunition.
Vermillion man sentenced
SIOUX FALLS — A Vermillion, South Dakota, man was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in federal prison for selling fentanyl.
Dean Bourn, 37, had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls in February to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier sentenced Bourn to 88 months in prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bourn and Stuart Siecke bought fentanyl, an opioid used as pain medication, from co-conspirators in Minneapolis and sold it in South Dakota.
Siecke, 28, of Worthing, South Dakota, was sentenced Monday to 87 months in prison.
Man arrested on arson charge
STORM LAKE, Iowa — A Storm Lake man has been arrested for arson, after police said he started a house fire last month.
The Storm Lake Police Department has been investigating the cause of an April 9 fire in the 700 block of Hickory Lane. The arrest of Thavone Navongsa, 38, was announced in a Friday police release.
The fire caused $50,000 in damage, and Navongsa was arrested for second-degree arson. He was being held in the Buena Vista County Jail on unrelated charges, and the arrest warrant was served on him in jail.
The Storm Lake Police Department, Storm Lake Fire Department and Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire.
Verizon Wireless store opened on Floyd Boulevard
SIOUX CITY — A second Verizon Wireless store opened in Sioux City April 20.
The store, at 3073 Floyd Blvd., is owned and operated by Victra, the leading retailer of wireless products and services for Verizon Wireless, according to a press release from the company.
The new location offers the latest phones, accessories and unique support services — including Redux, a new system for drying out water-logged devices and hopefully preserving data, photos and contacts.
Bill to legalize medicinal marijuanaLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Nebraska has advanced out of a legislative committee.
Members of the Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Friday to send the measure to the full Legislature for debate.
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Legislature even though its sponsor, Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, has made concessions to heavily regulate the drug. If it passes, the bill would not allow smokable marijuana and would restrict the amount one person can legally possess.
Lawmakers could debate the measure next week.
Activists are working to put a separate legalization measure on the 2020 ballot with far fewer restrictions. The proposed constitutional amendment would legalize smokable marijuana and allow individuals to grow an “adequate” supply of the drug.
No injuries in Clay County, Iowa business fireSPENCER, Iowa — A fire occurred Friday at a rural Spencer business, but no one was hurt at the facility.
Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling said the fire call came after 3 p.m. for Isonova Technologies, in the 1500 block of W. 32nd Street. Isonova is an egg production plant.
A Spencer Fire Department official on Friday night said no one was injured, and it was unclear how extensive the damage was at the business.