Accidents lead to arrests
* On Saturday, Jan. 26, at approximately 2:31 p.m., Storm Lake Officers were made aware of a car accident which had occurred at Lake and Milwaukee.
A vehicle driven by Stephanie McCauley, 39, of Cedar Rapids had rear-ended a second vehicle. McCauley initially stopped and tried to persuade the other driver that there were no damages. When he insisted on calling police McCauley got into her vehicle and fled northbound on Lake.
The second driver phoned 911 and followed. A Buena Vista County Deputy heard the radio traffic and stopped McCauley in the 1400 block of Lake. McCauley was taken into custody and booked into BVC Jail.
During booking a small number of Xanex (controlled prescription drug) were found in her possession. She admitted purchasing the drug illegally.
McCauley was booked into the Buena Vista County jail for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, No Insurance, No Registration Card, all simple misdemeanors, Driving While revoked, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. McCauley was held on a $2,900 bond.
No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident. Damage to both vehicles was estimated to exceed $1,000. Storm Lake PD was assisted by Buena Vista County Sheriffs office.
* On Sunday, Jan. 27, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Storm Lake Police stopped a red 2000 Buick Park Avenue for a minor traffic violation in the 100 Block of East 8th Street.
The driver and registered owner was identified as Rhett Jolliffe, age 34, of Laurens. Two occupants in the vehicle were identified as Demetrius Tribble, age 19, and Derrick Bolden, age 21, both of Laurens.
While speaking with the driver, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was observed coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, police located and seized approximately 3 grams of marijuana and a burnt marijuana cigarette.
After completing the investigation, police determined all three subjects were smoking marijuana prior to being stopped. All three subjects were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Buena Vista county jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance a serious misdemeanor. They were each booked and held on $1,000 bond.
Jolliffe further failed a series of field sobriety test and submitted to a chemical analysis urine. Jolliffe faces further charges pending lab results.
Wanted persons arrested
* On Sunday, Jan. 27, at approximately 1 a.m., Storm Lake Police arrested Jaime Soria, age 20, of Lakeside, at his place of employment located 1009 Richland in Storm Lake(Tyson). Soria was wanted on three Buena Vista County warrants for Violation of probation reference Public Intoxication, OWI, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was transported to the Buena Vista County Jail where he was held on $3,000 bond.
* On Friday, Jan. 25, at approximately 7 p.m., the Storm Lake Police Department served two arrest warrants by arresting Maria Farias-Nunez, age 32, of Storm Lake. Farias-Nunez was taken into custody without incident at her residence, 1702 Rose Lane after arrest warrants had been issued for her. The first warrant issued for Farias-Nunez was out of Buena Vista County for Failure to Appear on original charge Theft 5th Degree, a simple misdemeanor. The second warrant issued out of Clay County was for Contempt of Court, Failure to Pay Fines, original charge No Insurance. Farias-Nunez was booked into the Buena Vista County jail where she was held in lieu of $900.
* On Sunday, Jan. 27, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Storm Lake Fire Department was dispatched to 401 Cayuga Street in reference to an automated fire alarm.
Upon arrival of fire fighters they determined that smoke from burnt food in a third floor apartment had activated the alarm system, there was no fire.
Fire fighters were on scene for approximately 15 minutes ventilating smoke from the apartment.
The Storm Lake Police Department assisted at the scene.
Driving while license barred
* On Jan. 25, a Clay County Deputy intiated a traffic stop in the 3000 mile of Hwy 18. Upon investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Shawn Steemke, 27, of Aurelia, was driving without a valid license. Steemke was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail where he was charged with driving while license barred, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Wanted person arrested then taken to Clay Co.
* Maria Isabel Farias-Nunez, 32, of Storm Lake, was taken into custody in Storm Lake on a warrant for contempt of court, failure to pay fines. She was transported by the BV Sheriffs Office to the county line where a Clay County Deputy took custody of her and transported her to the Clay County Jail. Farias-Nunez was booked into the jail and held on a $600 cash bond.