On 9/17/2022 at 12:24 AM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 Block of Elm Street in Ruthven. As a result of the traffic stop, Ryan Todd Stearns (41) of Spencer, was placed under arrest for Driving While Suspended. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Hayley Yvette Byerly (26) of Spencer, was placed under arrest pursuant to a valid Adams County arrest warrant. Streans was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge. Byerly was able to post the $300.00 cash only bond and was released from custody. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmetsburg Police Department.
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