A traffic stop by the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Peterson, early Monday morning, led to the arrest of one adult male, two juvenile males and two juvenile females on traffic, theft and trespassing charges.
At approximately 1:54 a.m. the Clay County Sheriff's Office received a reckless driving complaint in Peterson. Approximately 10 minutes later, a second complaint came in reference to a Dodge Dakota allegedly driving without headlights. The occupants were also alleged to be yelling and throwing fireworks out of the car window.
At 2:42 a.m. the sheriff's office initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Dakota in the 1100 mile of U.S. Highway 10. Upon investigation, the occupants were found to be in possession of traffic cones, traffic signs and fireworks. It was found that the traffic cones were stolen from an Alliant Energy truck in Peterson and the signs were stolen from different locations in the Peterson area.
Raymond Atsma, 18, Hospers, along with two 16-year-old females, and a pair of males, 17 and 16 -- all from Granville, were placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail without incident.
Atsma was charged with criminal trespassing and fifth degree theft -- both simple misdemeanors -- and was held on a $300 cash or surety bond.
The 16-year-old juvenile male was cited into juvenile court and released to the custody of his parents for fourth degree theft, a serious misdemeanor; and violation of a graduated drivers license, driving without headlamps, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, all simple misdemeanors.
The other juvenile male was cited into juvenile court for fourth degree theft, a serious misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, both simple misdemeanors, He was released to the custody of his grandparents.
One of the juvenile females was cited into juvenile court for fourth degree theft, a serious misdemeanor; and criminal trespassing, a simple misdemeanor before being released to the custody of her mother.
The other juvenile female was cited into juvenile court for criminal trespassing and was released to the custody of her grandparents.