Two Vehicle Accident

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 100 block of Main Street in Cylinder, Ia for a report of a two vehicle accident. Following an investigation it was determined that Martha Wells (77) of Emmetsburg, Ia was backing her 2011 Lexus R35 into a parking spot when she failed to judge the distance and struck a legally parked 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Perry Radig (69) of Whittemore, Ia. The damage to the Wells vehicle is estimated at $750 and the damage to the Radig vehicle is estimated at $1000. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Transport to Prison

On 4-24-2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office transported 36 year old Joseph M. Ackerman JR, from Spencer, Ia., to the custody of the Department of Corrections, Oakdale, Ia. Ackerman was sentenced to no more that 5 years in prison on a 3rd or subsequent OWI charge stemming from a serious personal injury accident, dating back to 9-26-2016, which occurred south of Ayrshire.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

On Sunday, April 23, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a road rage incident on Hwy 4/18 that concluded with disorderly conduct situation occurring in the area of the Brookstone Lodge in Emmetsburg, Ia. Following an investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Tatman (55) of Graettinger, IA on the charge of Disorderly Conduct, a simple misdemeanor. Tatman was subsequently transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked and is currently awaiting his initial appearance before the judge. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmetsburg Police Department during the investigation.

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 Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3400 block of 460th Ave. for a report of a car v. deer accident. Upon investigation, it was determined that Melody Blinkmann of Estherville, Ia was driving her 2017 Dodge Durango northbound in the 3400 block of 460th Ave. when a deer entered the roadway from the east ditch. The Blinkmann vehicle struck the animal, causing an estimated $2000 damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Semi Accident

On 4/20/2018 at 3:34 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a semi rollover which occurred in the 5200 block of 370th Street. Upon an investigation into the accident, a 2016 Freightliner owned by M & M Express of Paullina, IA and driven by Ervin Harold Scott, age 62 of Sioux City, was traveling east on 370th Street and approaching a curve. Due to the speed of the vehicle in correlation with the traversing curve, the vehicle began to skid causing the unit(s) to cross the center line and continue to travel east. The semi and 2008 Great Dane Trailer continued to travel east and collided with two(2) traffic warning signs owned by the State of Iowa. The unit(s) entered the north ditch and overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side.

Scott had to be extricated from the 2016 Freightliner and was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The semi and trailer were totalled in the accident as was 38,000 dozen eggs in the trailer.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Cylinder Fire Department, Palo Alto County Ambulance Service, Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Mitch’s Towing Service and Wickman’s Towing. The accident continues to be investigated by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Search Warrant and Drug Arrests

At 1:11 a.m. on April 20, 2018 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1108 Merrill Street apartment #2 in reference to a report of a noise complaint. A Deouty with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office could detect an odor of marijuana emitting from apartment #2. A search warrant was applied for and obtained by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Duane Poage (51) of Ruthven for violation of a protective order, a simple misdemeanor, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver less than 5 grams, a class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
Nicole Poage (46) of Ruthven was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver less than 5 grams, a class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The Poage’s were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail.

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 8:05 p.m. on April 18, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office received an anonymous complaint of a car accident in the 1400 block of Carr Street in Ruthven. Upon investigation the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined Adam Clement (35) of Ruthven was west bound on Carr Street when he lost control of a 1999 Chevrolet K2500. Clement entered the north ditch and stuck a tree. Clement removed the vehicle from the scene and was located at his residence. Clement was charged with failure to provide proof of financial liability accident related and failure to maintain control both simple misdemeanors. No injuries were reported in the accident and damage to the 1999 Chevrolet K2500 was estimated at $5,000.

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

Theft Arrest

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1500 Block of Gowrie Street in Ruthven, Ia for a report of a subject stealing cans from the Ruthven Fire Department donation wagon. Following an investigation at the scene, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerrold Sutherland (71) of Ruthven, Ia for 5th Degree Theft, a Simple Misdemeanor. Sutherland was cited and released on his promise to appear 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.

Drug Take Back April 28, 2018

On Saturday, April 28, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office from 10 a.m. till 12 noon. A white drop box is located just inside the lobby door to the Sheriff’s Office. We will also be in Mallard in front of the Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and in West Bend in front of City Hall from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Just look for the Sheriff’s patrol vehicle at each of these locations.

If the times above do not allow you to participate and you would still like to dispose of your medications, please give the Sheriff’s Office a call at 712-852-3535 and ask for Sheriff Schultes. I would be more than happy to make arrangements to assist you. Just remember, the white box in the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to drop off your medications here. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. On the local side the Sheriff’s Office collected 14 lbs. in October of 2017, but since we began participating in April of 2012 we collected 181 lbs. of medications.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Warrant Arrest

On 4-16-2018 at 14:30, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old Brandon L Theison, of Sioux City, Ia., on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Probation Revocation. Theison was not able to post the $5,000.00 cash only bond and was transported from the Woodbury County Jail to Palo Alto County Jail without incident.

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