Drug Arrest

At 10:39 p.m. on February 16, 2018 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant on an individual at 1602 Gowrie Street in Ruthven. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office could detect an odor of marijuana emitting from the residence while trying to make contact with the wanted subject. Upon investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kimberly V Gonzales age 46 of Ruthven, IA for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver = class B felony, possession of a controlled substance 1st offense -marijuana, = serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia = a simple misdemeanor, and gathering for use of marijuana = serious misdemeanor. Gonzales was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and held on the charges.

The investigation into illegal drug use continues and more charges are expected.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

OWI Arrest

On 2/15/2018 at 10:48 p.m. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated suspicious activity in the 3600 block of 360th Avenue. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Perri Mae Higgins, age 22 of Klemme, IA, on the charges of Operation while Intoxicated-1st Offense. Higgins was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where she was held on the serious misdemeanor until her initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Warrant Arrest

On February 15, 2018, at 9:20 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office served an arrest warrant on Christopher Turner (26) of Spirit Lake, IA for a Violation of Probation – original charge of Domestic Assault – Serious Misdemeanor. Turner was unable to provide the $1500 cash-only bond and subsequently transported from Dickinson County authorities to the Palo Alto County Jail. Turner was booked into jail and is currently awaiting his initial appearance before the judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Warrant Arrest

On 02/15/2018 at 11:46 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Colby Irwin, 49, of Fort Dodge on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, serious misdemeanor. Irwin was able to post the $1,500.00 cash only bond and was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Car Deer Accident

On February 15, 2018, at 2:55 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the parking lot of Sparky’s One Stop in Mallard, Ia for a report of a car vs. deer accident. Upon investigation, it was determined that Kimberly Brady (50) of Rolfe, Ia was driving her 1993 GMC Sierra southbound in the 4400 block of 460th Ave. when a deer exited the east ditch and entered the roadway. The Brady vehicle collided with the deer causing an estimated $1500 damage to the vehicle. Brady was not injured during the collision.

Warrant Arrest

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 12:13 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Elizabeth Nelson (50) of Curlew, Ia on two valid Palo Alto County arrest warrants. The warrants stemmed from the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine – 1st offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana – 1st offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – a Simple Misdemeanor. Nelson was unable to provide the $2500 cash-only bond and subsequently transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where she awaits her initial appearance before the judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Two Vehicle Accident

On Febuary 12, 2018 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi/pickup accident at the intersection of 420Ave & 360St.

A 2001 Freightliner Semi driven by William J. Neuman of Elroy, WI was stopped at a stop sign at 420 Ave & 360 St. and was waiting to make a left turn onto 360 St. Newman noticed a non contact semi headed east on 360 St. and was signaling to make a left turn on 420 Ave. Neuman backed up to give the semi more room to turn and collided with a 2016 Chevy pickup driven Tad S. Hepner, who was sitting behind him waiting to turn.

The Chevy pickup damage was estimated at $600 and damge to the Benson semi trailer was estimated at $100.00

No injuries were reported at scene.

Warrant Arrest

On 2/9/18 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler Lee Brammer (26) of Thayer Iowa on 2 valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants for 2 Sex Offender Area/Activity Violations and 1 Department of Corrections Arrest Warrant for Violation of Release. Bond on the Palo Alto County Sex Offender Area/Activity Violations was $15,000 cash only and the Department of Corrections warrant was a No-Bond warrant. Brammer was placed in jail to await his initial appearance on the warrants.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Single Vehicle Accident

At 9:46 p.m. on Thursday, February, 8, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a semi-tractor trailer in the ditch in the 4000 block of 490th Street. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined a 2012 International Pro Star pulling a loaded livestock trailer had entered the south ditch and became hung up on a farm drive at 4054 490th Street. Jay Hardecopf (58) of Leroy, Minnesota was determined to be the operator of the unit and was not injured in the accident. Livestock producers in the area assisted by unloading the trailer before the semi-tractor trailer were pulled from the ditch. Damage to the semi-tractor trailer was estimated at $5000.

Search Warrant and Drug Arrest

On 2/11/2018 at 11:04 a.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 501 E Gage Street in Graettinger. As a result of the search warrant, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Robert Wagar JR, age 31 of Graettinger, on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)-1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor). Wagar Jr was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

Additionally, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jaquill Faheem Waters, age 23 of Graettinger, on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)-1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor). Waters was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.