On Sunday, December 27th, 2015, at 5:27 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a domestic assault occurring at 3834 530th Avenue, Cylinder, Iowa. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gina DeMoss, 30, of Graettinger. DeMoss was charged with domestic abuse causing bodily injury= serious misdemeanor, as well as trespassing which resulted in the injury of another person= serious misdemeanor. DeMoss was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, and booked to await her initial appearance before a magistrate.
On 12-25-15 at 9:30 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to a one vehicle accident at the intersection of 290th St. and 370th Av. A 1998 Buick Park Av., owned and driven by Victor Norman Handy of Estherville, was heading west on 290th St. when he failed to stop at the T-intersection stop sign and proceeded into the intersection and into the west ditch. Handy received minor injuries in the accident and was checked out by the Palo Alto County Ambulance service and released. Handy was issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign. A juvenile in the vehicle was also checked out by the ambulance and was released. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at approximately $8000.
The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident in the 4800 block of 430th Av. on 12-24-15 at 11:56 am. A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned and driven by Kenneth Owen Norman of Laurens was heading northbound in the above location when he lost control on the snow covered roadway and entered the east ditch. Norman struck the embankment and the vehicle rolled over onto its top. Norman was taken by private vehicle to the Palo Alto County Hospital to be checked out for possible injuries. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5000. Norman was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.
On 12/24/2015 at 2:15 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle that went into the ditch in the 3600 block of 480th Avenue. Upon an investigation conducted at the scene, a 2005 GMC Envoy, driven and owned by Alexander Jon Larsen, age 27 of Ringsted, left the roadway and entered the west ditch on 480th Avenue.
Larsen was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and reading of the Implied Consent Advisory. Larsen was charged with Operating While Intoxicated and failure to maintain control. Larsen was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate.
On 12-23-15 at 5:15 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident 3 1/2 miles NE of Depew.
A 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Angela J. Leeper (43) of Burt, IA., was eastbound in the 5400blk of 300 St. when she lost control of vehicle. The Hyundai entered the north ditch causing some undercarriage damage of approximaely $700.00.
Leeper was assisted on scene by the Sentral Ambulance Crew for her minor injury. All other passengers, Lucas D. Nelson of Titonka, Cody A. Greve of Fenton and Robert A. Porter of Burt were not injured in the accident.
On 12-11-15 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault on a 17 year old male at 4854 English Road, a location southeast of Emmetsburg.
On 12-16-15 a search warrant was executed at a residence at 404 Grand Ave., Emmetsburg, IA., to locate evidence in this incident.
On 12-21-15 after further investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alex W. Bell (17) of Emmetsburg, on charges of Going Armed With Intent; a class D Felony, Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment; a serious misdemeanor. Angel A. Perez (17), of Emmetsburg, was charged with Aiding and Abetting Going Armed With Intent; class D Felony, Aggravated Assault and False imprisonment; a serious misdemeanor. Bell and Perez were transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora.
On 12-22-15 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexander J. DeFord (18) and Taylor A. Gile (18) both of Emmetsburg, on arrest warrants in connection with this incident. DeFord and Gile were charged with Aiding and Abetting an Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment; a serious misdemeanor. DeFord and Gile were both placed in the Palo Alto County Jail as they were not able to post the $7,500.00 cash only bond.
On 12/17/2015 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault on a 13 year old female student by a substitute teacher at the Graettinger Terril School in Graettinger. On 12/22/2015 at 5:20 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerry Edward Larsen, 76, of Humboldt on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Serious Assault, a serious misdemeanor. Larsen was able to post the $2,500.00 cash only bond and was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
On Monday December 21, 2015 at 6:37 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car deer accident in the 3200 block of 420th Ave. A 2013 Toyota Corolla, driven by Emily Lorraine Sorter (32) of Terril, IA., was southbound on 420 Ave when a deer entered the roadway and sturck the Sorter car. There was an estimated $3,000 damage to the Corolla. No injuries were reported.
On Monday December 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kathleen Brady Ferguson (37) of West Bend, IA on a Pocahontas County Warrant at her home. The warrant was for Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and carried a $2000.00 bond. Kathleen was transported and transferred to the Pocahontas County Jail as she was not able to post bond.
On 12-21-15 at 7:31 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a truck deer accident 3 miles east of Graettinger on 280st. A 2004 Chevy Silverado, driven by Kevin R. Pals (29) of Spencer, was pulling an enclosed H&H trailer westbound in the 4500blk of 280 st. and collided with two deer which were crossing the road.
Damage to Chevy was $800.00 and $100.00 to trailer. No injuries were reported.