Details have been released concerning a large law enforcement presence in the City of Lyle Tuesday afternoon and into the early evening.  


The Lyle Police Department received a call at approximately 12:28 p.m. Tuesday afternoon concerning 40-year old Dana Plotts of Lyle being seen entering a residence in the 400 block of 2nd Street.  Lyle Chief of Police Tom Herrick responded and requested assistance from Mower County Sheriff’s Deputies. Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik reported that a perimeter was set up at approximately 12:52 p.m. and after authorities attempted to make contact via a PA system and by knocking on the door, with no response, Mower County investigators were contacted to assist in drafting a search warrant for the residence due to the fact that Plotts had three non-violent warrants out for his arrest, which included a misdemeanor for non-payment of child support, a misdemeanor for contempt of court stemming from his child support case and a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation, inimical to public safety.  Sandvik stated that Mower County Detectives obtained a warrant and assisted in starting a search of the residence. Upon entry, items in the residence, specifically firearms raised concerns for safety and the Mower County/Austin Special Incident Response, or SIRT Team responded at approximately 4:00 p.m. to conduct a complete search of the residence in the safest manner possible.  

Sheriff Sandvik stated that after a complete search of all areas of the house and a garage, Plotts was not located.  He went on to state that as standard operating procedure, Lyle Public School was contacted and placed into soft lockdown due only to its proximity to the incident scene.  After the search was conducted, law enforcement contacted the school again and students were dismissed via soft lockdown procedures.  

Sheriff Sandvik went on to report that if anyone has any information concerning Plotts or any other people who they may know who have warrants are urged to call the Mower County Law Enforcement Center’s non-emergency line at 437-9400, and press option 1 to relay the information.