Accident and OWI Arrest

On Sunday, December 03, 2017, at 8:56 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle being rear ended by another vehicle in the 4200 block of 460th Avenue (Hwy 4). Following an investigation into the report, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Kelsy Miller (25), from Emmetsburg, was driving a 2005 Ford Explorer northbound in the 4200 block of 460th Avenue. A 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Alejandro Barajas Morales (31), of Spirit Lake, was following Miller’s vehicle and subsequently collided with the back end of Miller’s vehicle while both vehicles were traveling northbound. Morales then left the scene of the accident and was eventually stopped by the Emmetsburg Police Department in the city limits of Emmetsburg.

While investigating the accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated Morales for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Following the investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alejandro Barajas Morales for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 1st offense, which is a serious misdemeanor. Morales was also cited for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and failure to maintain a reasonable and proper speed, which are simple misdemeanors.

There were no injuries reported in the accident. There is an estimated $1,000.00 damage to Miller’s vehicle and an estimated $2,500.00 damage to Morales’s vehicle.

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 12/02/2017 at 2:00 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested April Ann Hawn, 29, of Superior on a valid Palo Alto County warrant. The warrant stemmed from an original charge of OWI 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor and ordered that Hawn spend 15 days in jail. Hawn was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and later transported to the Kossuth County Jail to serve her 15 days.

Car Deer Accident

On Friday, December 01, 2017, at 7:44 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a car/deer accident in the 3900 block of 420th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Michael Farris (45), of Emmetsburg, was driving his 2000 Ford F150 eastbound in the 3900 block of 420th Street. A deer entered the roadway from the north ditch and was struck by Farris’s vehicle.

There were no injuries reported in the accident. Farris’s vehicle sustained an estimated $2,000.00 damage in the accident.

Warrant Arrest

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mary Enderton (58) of Graettinger, Ia on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant stemming from a Violation of Probation Terms. Mary Enderton was unable to post the $5000 cash-only bond and was subsequently transported and booked into the Palo Alto County Jail where she await her intial 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.

Car Deer Accident

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 6:08 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a car deer accident that occurred in the 3400 block of 460th Ave at approximately 6:45 a.m. Following an investigation, it was determined that Kimberly Fay of Emmetsburg, Ia was driving her 2014 GMC Sierra southbound in the 3400 block of 460th Ave. when a deer exited the west ditch and entered the roadway. The Fay vehicle struck the deer causing an estimated $5000 damage. No injuries were reported from the collision.

Scam Letter

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn citizens that another scam letter is being circulated in the county. Our office was made aware by a concerned citizen that a letter is allegedly from an account manager with the TD Canada Trust Bank in Ontario Canada. In the letter, it states that an individual with the same last name as the potential victim has deceased and the bank is looking for the next of kin. The letter also states that the deceased has an account with unclaimed money. In this letter, the amount of money was 9.2 million dollars. In the letter it states to contact the account manager by email for more details to proceed with the completion of the transaction of money. For more details, please see the attached letter that was sent to the Palo Alto County resident. If you receive such an email please tear it up and do not act on it.

Canada Trust

Date: November 17, 2017

Dear:

I am aware that this letter has come to you as a surprise as we have not met before or handled any business deal in the past. Nevertheless, I have contacted you with genuine intentions and I hope I can trust you with this Inheritance opportunity which I explain below.

My name is Mr. Pethuel Andrew Timothee, an account manager with TD Canada Trust Bank, Ontario Canada. I retrieved your contact address in my search for the next of kin to a deceased customer of our bank MR. ERIC a citizen of your country, who lived and died in London from Cardiac Arre􀁽t in. the year 2007. Unfortunately this.customerdied intestate leaving his bank a􀂍count with an open beneficiary stall.ls. All efforts made by our bank to locate his relatives have been unsuccessful so I decided to write you as I have monitored this account in the bank for almost 10 years now and no one has come forth with any claim. I would like to present you to our bank as his next of kin to claim this dormant account worth $9.2 Million USD (Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

You will apply to the bank as an extended relative to the deceased customer while I work from the inside to make sure all. needed information and evidences are provided to you to back up your claim. The account has an open beneficiary status, which is why I have contacted you to come forth and claim the funds as the next of kin and beneficiary. Since he is from your country and you both share the same last name, it easy for you to become his official next of kin. If we do not make claim to the funds now, the funds would be reverted back to the system as unclaimed estate at the expiration of a 10 year dormancy period.

I assure you that this transaction would be handled under due inheritance procedures and every necessary legitimate arrangement will be put in place to make you the real beneficiary of the inheritance funds. It also requires all confidentiality at this stage and I believe that you are ready to keep this absolutely discreet until you are able to claim the funds from the bank. Once the funds are released to you, it will be shared between the two of us.

Please send your response to my personal email: ptimothee101@gmail.com indicating readiness to proceed with thi; transaction. Then I will give you more details and we shall have in-depth discussion regarding a.successful completion of this transaction.

I await your response

Sincerely
Mr. Pethuel Andrew Timothee
Email: ptimothee101@gmail.com

Warrant Arrest

On Sunday, November 26th, 2017, at 3:16 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Sheriff (31), of Primghar, on a valid O’Brien County warrant for contempt of court. The warrant stems from an original charge of possession of a controlled substance, which is a serious misdemeanor. Bond for the warrant was set in the amount of $1,850.00 cash only. Sheriff was transported to O’Brien County and turned over to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Drug Arrest

On 11/29/17 Julie Ann McManigal (44) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was arrested and brought to the Palo Alto County Jail on an arrest warrant. After conducting a search of her property, McManigal was charged with knowingly possessing contraband on the grounds of a jail, a Class D Felony, Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor, Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug Without a Prescription and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both Simple Misdemeanor. Following her arrest McManigal was placed in jail to await her initial appearance before a judge.

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

On 11-16-17 at 7:00am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a utility pole in the 4800-blk of 380 St, Emmetsburg was damaged and apparently struck by a vehicle.

After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined on November 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm, a 2010 Ford F150 driven by Benjamin J. Halverson age 35 of Cylinder, was east bound in the 4800-Blk of 380 St. Halverson lost control of the Ford and entered the south ditch and collided with a field driveway, going airborne and colliding with a utility pole owned by Mid American Energy Co.

The Ford was totaled in the accident. Damage to the utility pole was estimated at $ 4000.00 and no injuries were reported.

Benjamin Halverson was cited for Driving while Revoked, Failure to Report an Accident, Failure to Maintain Control and Operation of Non Registered Vehicle

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 11/22/2017 at 5:15 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a minor property damage accident that occurred in the 4000 block of 370th Street. A 1998 Ford F150, owned and driven by Jerimiah Klatt, age 20 of Graettinger, was traveling east on 370th Street. A deer emerged from the south ditch and onto the roadway. The Klatt vehicle made contact with the deer causing minor property damage and there were no reported injuries from the collision.