Alcohol and Drug Paraphernalia Arrests

On 11/13/2015 at 12:15 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a security check on 450th Ave. and while doing so identified a vehicle on the property without permission. Subsequently, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kalley Marie Berg, age 19 of Pine Island, MN, on a charge of Possession of alcohol under the legal age. Berg also submitted to a breath test and was charged administratively with a .02 violation. A passenger in the Berg vehicle, 19 yr. old Kristian William McGuire, was arrested for Possession of alcohol under legal age and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Berg and McGuire cited and released on their promise to appear at a later date.

Car Deer Accident

On 11/11/11 at 8:30p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3500 block of 530th Avenue. A 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, owned and driven by 68 yr. old David Keith Moore, was traveling north on 530th Avenue when a deer emerged from the west ditch and Moore struck the deer. Damage was estimated at $1800.00 to the Moore vehicle. There were no injuries.

Drive Safe This Thanksgiving

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies around the state would like to remind everyone to be safe this Thanksgiving holiday season.

Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 – 6 a.m. Monday, November 30) is the busiest travel time of the year for American motorists. Unfortunately, more motorists on the roads increase the likelihood of traffic crashes. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to prevent injury or death in a crash. The risk of a fatal injury goes down by 45% when seat-belted in a passenger car and 60% when in a light truck.

During the 2013 (the last year in which information is available) Thanksgiving weekend, there were 301 people, nationwide, lost their lives on roadways (two in Iowa), in which a staggering 58%were not wearing seat belts. Preliminary numbers indicate that there were three fatalities in Iowa during the same period in 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 12,584 lives were saved by seat belts in 2013 and an additional 2,800 more could have been saved if everyone had worn seat belts.

Iowa has one of the highest seat belt compliance rates in the nation at 92.96 percent but the unbuckled 7.04 percent represent 46 percent of the fatalities. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) Chief Patrick Hoye stated, “This is really troubling, almost half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts; we see way too many preventable fatalities in crashes.”

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office along with the Iowa DPS and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that whether you are traveling near or far take a moment to simply buckle your seat belt.

Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time!

Two Vehicle Accident

On Monday November 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident at 350th St. and 480th Ave., northeast of Emmetsburg. A 2014 Toyota Tundra, driven by Paul William Dietrich (84) of Emmetsburg, was eastbound crossing the intersection of 350th St. and 480th Ave. when he was struck by Eric Carl Bruhn, (29) of Cylinder, as he was driving northbound in a 1995 Freightliner Semi with trailer. Bruhn was approaching the intersection of 350th St. on 480th Ave when the Dietrich vehicle pulled away from a stop sign at the intersection. Bruhn tried stopping but collided with Dietrich sending Dietrich into the northeast ditch. Dietrich was transported by ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Bruhn was uninjured in the accident. It was determined that Dietrich failed to yield to the right of way of the Bruhn vehicle.
The damage to the Dietrich vehicle is estimated at $20,000. The damage to the Bruhn vehicle is estimated at $35,000. Both vehicles are considered a total loss.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Ambulance and Emmetsburg Fire Department.

Possession of Alcohol Charge

On Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 11:39 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic in the 4400 block of 360th Street on a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Kevin Nemmers, 19, of Swea City. During the traffic stop the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office seized alcohol from inside the vehicle, which belonged to Nemmers and cited him for possession of alcohol under the legal age= a simple misdemeanor.

Car Deer Accident

On Wednesday, November 04, 2015, at 4:30 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car/deer accident that occurred earlier in the day at 10:10 a.m. Following an investigation into the accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Robert Albertsen, 60, of Jefferson, South Dakota, was traveling east in the 4400 block of 360th Street. Albertsen was driving a white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and attempting to negotiate a curve in the road. A deer entered the roadway from the northeast ditch and was struck by Albertsen’s vehicle in the front driver’s side quarter panel and driver’s side door. There were no injuries reported in the accident. Albertsen’s vehicle sustained an estimated $1,600.00 damage.

Car Deer Accident

On Sunday November 1, 2015 at 5:50pm , the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a deer accident in the 5200 block of Highway 18 north of Cylinder, IA. Bruce Vernon Iwen (73) of Cylinder, IA was eastbound on Highway 18, driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota when he struck a deer. There was an estimated $9000 damage sustained to the Dakota. No injuries were reported in the accident.

Car Deer Accident

On November 1, 2015 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car/deer accident which happened in 4300-blk of 390 Street on October 31, 2015 at 10:30pm.

A 2006 Mercury Montego driven by Chad R. Theesfeld age (39) of Emmetsburg was eastbound on 390 St and collided with a deer.

No injuries were reported and $3,200 damage to the Mercury.

Motorcycle Accident

On November 1, 2015, at 12:10pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motorcycle accident which was located 5 miles south of Emmetsburg on 460 Ave.

A 2002 Harley driven by David L. Cooke age (60) of Havelock, IA was northbound in the 4200-blk of 460 Ave when his front tire blew causing the Harley to veer sharply to the left. Cooke lost control of the motorcycle and came to rest on the west shoulder.

Cooke was transported to Palo Alto County Health Systems by Emmetsburg Ambulance with unknown injuries.

The Harley had approximately $3000 damage to the motorcycle.

Drug Arrest

On 10/29/2015 at approximately 1100 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Grover Lee Huey, 39, of Estherville on a valid Palo Alto County warrants on the original charges of Conspiracy and Delivery of Marijuana, both Class “D” Felonies. Huey was unable to post the $10,000.00 cash or surety bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before the judge.