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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Booked into Clay County Jail

Gary McConnell
Gary McConnell, 41, Sibley: Possession of Controlled Substance Third or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Annette Woolery
Annette Woolery, 50, Ruthven: Warrant for Failure to Serve Jail Sentence

Kelley Peterson
Kelley Peterson, 26, Emmetsburg: Warrant for Serious Injury to Another by Intoxicated Use of Motor Vehicle


Donna Hanson, 68, of Everly, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. Oct. 9, in Everly, and charged on an O'Brien County warrant for fifth degree theft.

Thomas Bruns, 44, of Everly, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. Oct. 9, in Everly, and charged on an O'Brien County warrant for fifth degree theft.

Laileen White Buffalo, 34, of Spencer, was arrested at 3:56 p.m. Oct. 11, and charged on a Clay County warrant for contempt of court on an original charge of domestic violence assault.

Johnny Lee White
Johnny Lee White, 53, of Algona, was arrested at 10:57 p.m. Oct. 11, in the 3200 mile of U.S. Highway 18, and charged with operating while intoxicated, open container, excessive speed and failure to prove insurance.


The Clay County Sheriff's Office received a report at 2:30 a.m. Friday that a female was at the Spencer Hospital Emergency Room indicating she had been in a traffic accident. Cortney Rutter, 28, of Spirit Lake, was reportedly traveling northbound in the 3000 mile of 240th Avenue, when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch. The vehicle rolled onto its top. Rutter was cited for failure to maintain control and could face an operating while intoxicated charge pending toxicology results.

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Why is it that sirens only seem to make it to the web page for all to see at certain times and not others? Are there certain people we are attempting to highlight, who don't otherwise warrant an entire article, because it's not like they killed someone or anything?

Other times, people who rolled a vehicle have had a full article devoted to them, and a huge deal made of their predicament. But the normal sirens business is rarely seen or highlighted on the web site.

Just wondering if some people being in trouble are more interesting than others being in trouble or what. I dislike seeing my friends highlighted in the paper -- my friends who are good citizens and hold steady jobs, or are retired, and who have done wonderful, generous things for the community, which few people know of -- for what is quite likely not a big deal at all in the greater scheme of things.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 1:47 PM

I agree Amy. I know people who have been arrested for beating their kids, spouses, etc... And no mention in the paper...

-- Posted by iowamom23 on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 2:29 PM


Sadly, the society that we live in seems to take great pleasure in seeing others "fall" and have problems. When our neighbors do well, it causes us to respond with covetous jealousy. But when they have problems, it's news that we unfortunately seem to enjoy. I think it makes our own insufficiencies and problems seem less. Having been through this recently, I, for one, vow to try harder to have empathy for others and to not judge. I also vow to try to encourage and help others in need and not contribute to public humiliation and slander, especially when we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty in this country. Freedom of speech does NOT allow for slander of others that causes such hurt and devastation. You certainly never see any follow up of these stories in print, particularly when that news isn't sensational. Let's help each other and not be so small-minded...

-- Posted by onlyathought on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 5:42 PM

Cortney rutter is my step sister. I guess our families a bit hurt by her injuries being reported as "minor injuries". Cortney had been on the phone (bad idea) wasn't paying attention when ending the call and lost control on the gravel. She had her accident on 240th ave around 11ish pm. She then WALKED 8 miles!!!!!!! to the hospital by herself as cars passed her and didn't help and nobody answered the doors she knocked on!!!! She ended up being air lifted to sioux falls! She has a broken spot in her back, 3 broken neck bones, and 2 fractured neck bones!!!! She literally walked those 8 miles in the dark and cold while literally having to hold her head up with her hands! and that is minor injuries? And yes it reports possible OWI charges pending tox screen but they didn't mention that she was given a breathalizer and didn't blow over the legal limit on it! Im so glad she is ok as this could have came out WAY worse, but why down play the seriousness of what happened? because she is "pending" a owi charge from the blood test they took after she passed the breathalizer? The 2:30 am part is when the call came into the police that she was at the hospital, between 11ish and 2:30 she was walking holding her head up the whole way to get to the hospital!

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 8:56 PM

Sorry to hear that Ashly. I've been stranded before on the side of the rode - different circumstance but no one stopped. What is wrong with society.

-- Posted by joev on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 10:03 AM


-- Posted by joev on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 10:03 AM

I'm assuming sirens are going to be on the website from now on, based on the poll that was on the site asking what people would like to see added.

I had no idea Cortney was so badly hurt, and I hope she recovers quickly. I'm sure what is published here is the press release from the sherrif's department, and it is only going to be basic facts.

And, perhaps this isn't about watching the people around us fall...perhaps this is to keep us informed of a possible, or continual, criminal element that is among us that we have no clue about unless we are told. I do appreciate the addition, and since the comments section exists, I suppose people can continue to correct the picture that is painted, as they wish.

-- Posted by a-thought-or-two on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 11:14 AM

Sirens is one main reason many people BUY the paper...why give it away?

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 7:25 PM

@AshlyMeyer I have no opinion on this at all but thought I would help you out with some information. The reason that they are awaiting the toxicology report could be because there was 3.5 hour lapse between the accident and the call to the police. Not only is a breathalyzer inaccurate but it also only shows the B.A.C. at that instant. With a toxicology report they can supposedly determine levels at an earlier time.

-- Posted by deweyh on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 8:05 AM

@ joev- I'm sorry to hear that you have been stranded. I know that in society we have to be careful and that not everyone can be trusted but I make it a point to at least go up to someone that looks like they might be in need of some help, keep the doors locked and just crack the window a bit and don't put it in park so i can make a quick get away if needed. If 1 person would have just done this an just called for an ambulance for her and done just simply only that she wouldn't have had to walk all that way alone, dark, and cold while suffering the injuries that she did. I can't imagine walking 8 miles in like 3 hours in the dark and cold alone, let alone with those injuries. We all have to be careful but that doesn't mean we have to not care about the next person either.

@ a-thought-or-two She is starting a long recovery road but at least she made it through with nothing else any more serious than those injuries. I understand that they are probably limited to what the sheriffs office provides them with. I guess it just gets me when they are so quick to judge alcohol and want to make sure that is added and then leave and not worry about the extent of the injuries. makes me feel like they are more worried about the charges and fine than they are about the well being of the person is all. But I do admit that i'm a fairly sensitive person when something like this happens to someone close to me so I may be looking at this through the wrong perspective I guess. I also appreciate the sirens section as like you said it helps the public put a face with a name and find some people that we may want to watch our encounters with. ex. If my daughter was dating age and I saw a man with domestic assult charges or whatever it might help parents stay more aware of who their kids spend alot of time around, etc.

@Deweyh- thanks for the info.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 6:58 PM

I see both sides of the sirens issue. But, hey I voted for recipes.

My thoughts are with Miss Rutter and hoping for a full and quick recovery for her.

-- Posted by HergerSeamas on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 12:04 PM

I feel for your sister-in-law, Ashley. To address these other comments, however, I have to say that printing only a sherriff's office report is BAD journalism. People believe that as truth when actually that is only one side of the story with lots of facts missing. And people believe that to be the truth with huge life-changing impacts. A true journalist would investigate both sides of a story and not print just what someone is accused of. As far as not associating with someone who has been "accused" of a crime, I certainly hope you never find yourself in that situation. Be very careful judging others who have not had the chance to even defend themselves or clear their name. The Constitution guarantees us that right.

-- Posted by onlyathought on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 12:52 PM

Sorry if I sounded too harsh. I certainly didn't mean to do that...just reacting out of empathy for someone who can't defend herself right now. Even if more charges come, I pray for restoration for her.

-- Posted by onlyathought on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 1:51 PM

andrea- i understand your point, but if i see someone repeatedly arrested for domestic, drug, alcohol, theft, etc. I will make sure that my kids don't associate with them. Yes that is probably judging someone too much but I think as a parent that is part of our job. If they wanted to really hang out with one of the people that was in the situations i listed above i'm sure I would look more into them before i made a final decision. Just think it can be an added tool for people in the community to use. I understand on these sites these people haven't been convicted of the crime but it gives us the information that we can later follow up on if we wish is kind of what i was getting at, but i do understand your view as well.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 5:45 PM

Agreed. :)

-- Posted by onlyathought on Wed, Oct 17, 2012, at 10:57 PM

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