Two Vehicle Accident

On Monday, October 9th, 2017, at 9:02 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint reference to a two vehicle accident in the parking lot of EPS in Graettinger. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that John Johnson (25), of Welcome, Minnesota was backing his 2003 GMC pickup out of his parking stall and failed to see a legally parked vehicle behind him. While backing, Johnson struck a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer owned and occupied by Edward Smith Jr. (51), of Fairmont, Minnesota. There was an estimated $200.00 damage to Johnson’s vehicle and an estimated $500.00 damage to Smith’s vehicle. Smith complained of minor injuries and transported himself to seek further medical attention.

Two Vehicle Accident

On Friday, September 29th, 2017, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call reference to a semi truck colliding with a John Deere tractor in the 5500 block of 430th Street. Following an investigation into the call, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that John Bruellman (59) of West Bend was driving a 2010 John Deere tractor east bound in the 5500 block of 430th Street and attempting to make a left turn into the address of 5581 430th Street. A 1996 Mack dump truck, driven by an unknown hispanic male, and owned by Otero Trucking Inc., was also driving eastbound behind Bruellman’s tractor and attempting to pass Bruellman at the same time Bruellman was turning into the driveway on the north side of the roadway. The Mack dump truck struck the back left tire of Bruellman’s tractor and both vehicles came to rest in the driveway of 5581 430th Street. There were no injuries reported in the accident.

There is an estimated $10,000.00 to Bruellman’s tractor and an estimated $2,500.00 to the Mack dump truck. The unknown hispanic male left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement’s arrival. This accident is currently still under investigation and charges are pending.

Theft Charges

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at 10:12 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint reference to a stolen vehicle, stolen debit card, and stolen cash from 4743 400th Street, Emmetsburg. The stolen motor vehicle was later recovered in Forest City, Iowa on October 5th.

Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gabriel Cowden (19), of Emmetsburg. Cowden was charged with theft 2nd degree = calss D felony, theft 4th degree = serious misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license = simple misdemeanor. Cowden was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, without incident, and booked in to await his initial appearance before a magistrate. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, and the Forest City Police Department.

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

At 2:47 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car vs deer accident in the 3400 block of 350th Avenue. A 2004 Chevrolet Impala being operated by Therese Henderson was north bound on 350th Avenue when a deer exited the west ditch and ran into the driver’s side front fender of the car. No injuries were reported and damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000.

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 10/03/2017 at 2:35 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Clayton Wise, 29, of Emmetsburg on a valid Black Hawk County warrant for Violation of Probation on the original charge of Theft in the 3rd Degree an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Wise was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident. Wise was unable to post the $15,000.00 cash/ surety bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await transfer to Black Hawk County. Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office later served a Palo Alto County warrant on Wise for Harassment in the 1st Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor, holding a $2000.00 cash only bond.

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 Sunday, October 01, 2017, at 6:45 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rachel Haley (40), of Spencer on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt of court, failure to appear. The warrant stems from an original charge of assault against a peace officer, which is a serious misdemeanor. Bond was set in the amount of $500.00 cash only. Haley was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident. Haley was unable to post bond and was subsequently booked into jail to await her initial appearance.

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 1:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident in the 5300 block of 320th Street. The Sheriff’s Office learned Jill Patricia Bremer age 41 of Lone Rock was traveling east on 320th Street when a deer exited the ditch. Bremer braked and swerved to avoid striking the deer. The 2000 Dodge Dakota Bremer was operating lost control and entered the north ditch. Bremer’s vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in the north ditch. Bremer was unable to exit the vehicle due to damage to the vehicle. Bremer was not able to locate her cell phone to call for help.

A friend of Bremer’s, Eric Rutherford, became concerned for Bremer as she had not returned home as expected. Rutherford traveled the route Bremer takes home and ultimately located Bremer trapped in her vehicle in the 5300 block of 320th Street. Bremer was extradited from the vehicle and transported by Rutherford to the Palo Alto Community Hospital.

Bremer would be treated by the Palo Alto Community Hospital and eventually transported by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital of Mason City. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office advises Bremer was wearing her seat belt which saved her from more severe injuries.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office advises the accident remains under investigation.

Driving While Suspended

At 10:58 p.m. on September 30, 2017 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Gowrie Street in Ruthven. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited and released Lucas Hugh Flannegan, age 32 of Ruthven, on a charge of driving while suspended in the State of Iowa. Flannegan was released on the non-scheduled violation 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 09/27/2017 at 3:33 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan Kley Tinsley, 42, of Mallard on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt of court on the original charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Impending air flow causing Bodily Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Tinsley was unable to post the $5,000.00 cash only bond. Tinsley was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

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 09/27/2017 at 3:33 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan Kley Tinsley, 42, of Mallard on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt of court on the original charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Impending air flow causing Bodily Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Tinsley was unable to post the $5,000.00 cash only bond. Tinsley was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

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