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Suspicious person call leads to discovery of stolen vehicle, woman’s arrest

Spencer police arrested a woman on Saturday after receiving a call about a suspicious person and learning the woman had driven a stolen vehicle to Spencer. Police Chief Mark Warburton stated in a news release that police arrested 32-year-old Alyson Weathers, who police stated was homeless, after responding to the 100 block of Fourth Street SE for the suspicious person call. Police were told that the person was in a residence and refusing to leave, according to the news release. Officers found Weathers when they arrived. They also found a vehicle that she “had allegedly driven to Spencer,” according to the news release.

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Sheriff’s office investigating Scharnberg Park burglary

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported burglary at Scharnberg Park. The sheriff’s office was called to the park on Tuesday. In a press release, the sheriff’s office stated that between 5 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, a person or multiple people went into the office building and took several items.

Items reported missing included:

2 laptops3 BB gunsA pair of Muck bootsOther miscellaneous items

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact the office at 712-262-3221. Remain anonymous by using Text-A-Tip or by calling Clay County Crime Stoppers at 712-262-6655.

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Police chief says domestic calls are up, businesses following closure orders

Spencer police have seen an increase in domestic incident calls now that more people are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Mark Warburton told the Spencer City Council on Monday that the number of domestic disturbance reports the police department has received are above normal. “When you’re bringing people together, family spending that much time together, we’re having some of those issues,” Warburton said. Overall, though, the number of calls to police has been lower than normal. “It’s definitely a slower time frame,” Warburton said.

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Driver leads Spencer police on chase with toddler daughter in vehicle

A Graettinger man faces charges of child endangerment, eluding and a slew of other traffic violations after he led Spencer police on a chase Saturday afternoon with his 16-month-old daughter in the vehicle. The driver, 40-year-old Frederick Connie, was eventually taken into custody, but not before trying to evade police. The Spencer Police Department stated in a press release that at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday it had responded to a report of a two-vehicle hit and run accident at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. Just moments later, responding officers found the suspected vehicle on the south side of town. But at that time, when police tried to stop the vehicle, it tried to elude police.

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Spencer woman taken in on warrant, arrested for additional drug charges

A Spencer woman with an active warrant was arrested early Thursday morning and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the time of her arrest. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release that Samantha Jo Bauler, 27, was a passenger in the vehicle that a deputy stopped in the 1900 mile of 350th Street. The deputy found Bauler had an active warrant. She was arrested at 3:34 a.m. and taken to the Clay County Jail. While being arrested, Bauler was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office stated.

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Spencer man damages Clay County Jail door

A Spencer man already being held in the Clay County Jail now faces a new charge after he damaged a cell door on Sunday. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release that Peter Dunphy, 48, intentionally caused $500 damage to the door. Dunphy now faces a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor. Dunphy was being held in the jail on charges from the Spencer Police Department, the news release stated. Court records indicate those charges are first-offense domestic abuse assault and interference with official acts.

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Two people face drug possession charges after warrant check, search in Spencer

Two people face charges after authorities found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a search of a Spencer residence Sunday night. The search followed a warrant check by a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy at 119 West 2nd Street on Juan Fernando Martinez Jr., 57, just before 7 p.m.

Martinez Jr. had an active Clay County warrant for driving with a denied, suspended, cancelled or revoked license, according to court records. He was taken into custody with help from the Spencer Police Department, a news release from the sheriff’s office states. While the investigation was taking place, Veronica Millison, 51, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed under arrest.

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Sheriff’s office looking for driver in hit and run injury accident

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman suspected to be the driver of a vehicle that fled the scene of an injury accident early December 15 in the 3000 mile of Highway 18. According to the sheriff’s office, the hit and run accident occurred at 4:35 a.m.

Wesley Lloyd, 30, of Spencer, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer east on Highway 18 and pulling a recreational trailer when a woman driving a dark-colored passenger car collided with the trailer and his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman fled the scene before emergency services arrived. Lloyd was treated by the Spencer Hospital Ambulance Service and then transported to Spencer Hospital for the injuries he sustained. Damages to Lloyd’s vehicle were estimated to be worth $8,000 or a total loss.

Sheriff’s office arrests man on warrant for domestic assault

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Wednesday on a warrant for domestic assault.

The sheriff’s office stated Wesley Lloyd, 30, was taken into custody at about 9 p.m. that night while at the Clay County Jail. Lloyd faces a charge of domestic assault causing bodily injury, which is a class D felony. According to court records, the charge is connected to an incident that occurred on November 25.

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Driveway confrontation leads to assault arrest

Authorities arrested a man for assault last Saturday following a confrontation with a male victim in a driveway on 130th Avenue in rural Clay County. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office stated Rickey Hickey, 61, was arrested at 6:35 p.m. that day following an investigation. The victim reported that he had pulled into the driveway at 4025 130th Avenue, about 3 miles west of Royal, to turn around. He was then stopped and confronted by a man authorities found to be Hickey. The victim said Hickey was upset and struck him in the face.