False Information and Felony Warrant Arrests

On Sunday September 20, 2015 at 8:30pm the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Center St. and Burns St. in Ruthven, IA. A 2003 Ford Windstar was stopped for being driven without the rear lights activated. During the stop, it was discovered that two of the passengers in the vehicle lied about their identities to mislead the deputy. Anthony Dale Linderman (23) of Mason City and the female passenger were arrested for Interference with Official Acts which is a Simple Misdemeanor. Linderman and the female passenger were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in on the Interference charges.

After the original arrest and booking of the female passenger, the deputy discovered that she had given the deputy false identification a second time. The deputy was able to eventually positively identify the female as Betty Jo Hiveley (34) of Mason City, IA. Because Hiveley was booked and signed official documents under the false identity, Hiveley was charged with Identity Theft which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor in this case.

It was discovered that Hiveley had two warrants out of Cerro Gordo County. One warrant was for Violation of her Pre-Trial Release on an original charge of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd or Subsequent Offense. The second warrant was for Operating While Under the Influence. Hiveley’s Bond is set at $10,000 cash only for the two warrants.

Anthony Linderman had a Felony Warrant out of Cerro Gordo County for Failure to Appear on a Forgery Charge. Linderman’s Bond is set at $5000.

Drug Take Back Day

IT IS BACK! After a year hiatus, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015. We will be collecting your medications at City Hall in Mallard and Ruthven from 10:00-10:30.a.m., and at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office in Emmetsburg from 11:00-12:00 p.m. Please look for the Sheriff’s Office patrol cars and that is where we will be.

During the last event, which was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, participating agencies collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted medication. On this day, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites across the country accepted tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of medicines, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications.

In four years and nine Take-Back Days, consumers have disposed of at least 4.8 million pounds (2,411 tons) of unwanted medication. Locally, in the 6 Take-Back programs we participated in, 83 pounds was shipped to the DEA for proper disposal.

We are happy this program has been resurrected to allow the collection of and proper disposal of these often abused medications. Please bring in all of your expired or unwanted prescriptions medications to one of these sites. If you can’t make it that day and time and you live in Palo Alto County, please call Sheriff Lynn J Schultes at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at 712-852-3535 so arrangements can be made to secure your medications. All medications will have to be received on or before September 26th so they can be shipped to the DEA for incineration.

2 Vehicle Accident With Injuries

On 9/16/2015 at approximately 1:38 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident at the intersection of 280th St. and 570th Avenue. An investigation into the accident determined that a 2005 Buick Lacrosse; owned and operated by 64 yr. old Dorothy Irene Jahnke, was traveling southbound in the 2700 block of 570th Avenue and was approaching the intersection of 280th St. At this same time, a 2005 Chrysler Sebring; owned by Steven Harold Farris and driven by 52 yr. old Jeanette Kathleen Hintz, was traveling westbound on 280th St and approaching the intersection of 570th Avenue. As these vehicles entered the uncontrolled intersection of 280th St. and 570th Avenue, the vehicles collided.

Both drivers of the vehicles were transported to area hospitals with injuries believed to be non-life threatening. Both vehicles involved in the accident are deemed a total loss as a result of the accident.

Upon further investigation into the accident, Jeannette Kathleen Hintz was cited for Fail to Yield to a vehicle on right.

Search Warrant and Arrest

On 09/15/2015, following an ongoing investigation and the execution of two search warrants at 1108 Merrill Street Apartment #1 in Ruthven, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric James Webster, 27, of Ruthven charging him with two counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree; Class “D” Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance; Serious Misdemeanor, two counts of Theft in the 5th Degree; Simple Misdemeanors, and two counts of Trespassing; Simple Misdemeanors. Webster was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before the judge.
These charges stem from incidents that occurred in Ruthven over the past 4 weeks.

No Contact Order Violation Arrest

On 09-15-15 at 4:17 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in regards to a violation of a no contact order between Terrence and Tammy Williams. Following an investigation into this incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terrence Jamaar Williams, of Ruthven for violating the no contact order. He was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was placed in jail to await his appearance before the magistrate.

Warrant Arrest

On September 14, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Reese, 22, of Mallard on two valid Palo Alto County warrants. Both warrants stem from original charges of violation of a protective order= simple misdemeanors. Reese was also cited for driving while suspended= a simple misdemeanor. Reese was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident. There were no bonds set for the arrest warrants. Reese was booked in to the Palo Alto County Jail to await her initial appearance before a magistrate.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 9/13/2015 at approximately 6:01 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle accident with no injuries located in the 4000 block of 360th St. A 1994 Chevrolet Caprice, driven by 33 yr. old Amanda Lynn Eickholt, was traveling east on 360th St and was approaching the intersection of 400th Ave. and was being followed by a vehicle driven by 54 yr. old Connie Lou Halfpop. As the Eickholt vehicle slowed to turn north onto 400th Avenue from 360th St, the Halfpop vehicle attempted to drive her vehicle around the Eickholt vehicle near or within the intersection. As the Halfpop vehicle attempted to go around the Eickholt vehicle, the Eickholt vehicle collided with the Halfpop vehicle.

Damage to the Halfpop vehicle was estimated at $2500.00. Damage to the Eickholt vehicle was estimated at $1000.00. As a result of the investigation into the accident, Halfpop was issued a citation for Passing too near an intersection. Again, there were no injuries reported from the accident.

Warrant Arrest

On 09/12/2015 at 10:10 A.M., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Phillip Krusen, 26, of Mallard on a valid Pocahontas County warrant for Harassment in the 3rd degree. Krusen was unable to post the $300.00 cash or surety bond and was later turned over to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office.

2 Vehicle Accident

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 3:50pm the Palo Alto County Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident in the 2800 block of Highway 4. A White 2015 Chevrolet Impala driven by Jorgen Horstmann (65) from the country of Denmark was stopped on the shoulder of the highway facing north.   A Gray 2001 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Joshua Alfred Petrich (17) of Graettinger, IA was northbound as well on Highway 4. The shoulder in this area is small and the Horstmann vehicle was close to the white line when Petrich misjudged his distance away from the Horstmann vehicle and side swiped it.

 

The Horstmann vehicle sustained an estimated $4000 damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The Petrich vehicle sustained an estimated $4000 damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

 

No injuries were reported in the incident. 

Two Vehicle Accident

On 9/7/2013 at 2:47 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident located at the intersection of South Brown St. and West Patterson St. in Graettinger. The accident involved a vehicle and an all-terrain vehicle or ATV. According to an investigation done on scene, it was determined that a green 2003 Kawasaki KFX400, owned and driven by 25 yr. old Joshua Noris Shryock, had entered the roadway on South Brown St. from an off-road trail located to the south and east of the roadway. As the Shryock vehicle entered South Brown St, it made contact with a vehicle owned by Brandon Joseph Tripp and driven by 28 yr. old Danielle Elizabeth Prendergast. The point of impact of the Shryock vehicle was located in the front to left portion of the ATV. The point of impact of the Tripp vehicle was to the front left bumper area of the vehicle.

No injuries were reported to authorities during the investigation. Damage to Tripp vehicle is estimated at $2000.00. Damage to the Shryock ATV is estimated at $500.00.

As a result of the investigation, Joshua Noris Shryock was issued a citation of Careless Operation in violation of Graettinger municipal code 75.05(8)(D). Shryock was cited and released to appear on the violation.