Drug Search Warrant

At 8:23 p.m. on November 15, 2108, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of suspicious activity in the 4400 block of Burns Road, south west of Emmetsburg. An application for a search warrant was completed, and upon the execution of the search warrant the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Manz (33) of Sioux Falls, SD. for Possession of a controlled substance – marijuana 2nd Offense, a serious misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and possession of burglar tools, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Aaron Manz (36) of Emmetsburg, IA. for possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Kenneth Manz and Aaron Manz were both booked into the Palo Alto County Jail for the above charges. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Emmetsburg Police Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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

At 8:30 p.m. on November 13, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremy Troug (38) of Emmetsburg IA. on a felony arrest warrant for 1st degree theft. The warrant was issued for Troug’s arrest out of Pocahontas County and carried a $5000.00 cash or surety bond. Troug was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and later transferred to the custody of the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Emmetsburg 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.

Transport to prison

On 11-8-2018, Duane H Poage was delivered to the custody of the Iowa Medical Classification Facility. Poage received an indeterminate prison term not to exceed 5 year. This prison term was ordered after his probation was revoked on an original charge of Gathering Where Controlled Substance(Methamphetamine) Was Used, a class “D” Felony. These charges were filed after a serach warrant was executed at his residence in Ruthven, Ia., by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Single Vehicle Accident

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 12:48 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle roll over at the intersection of 310th Street and 360th Avenue. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Jennifer Trojahn (27) of Ruthven, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe west bound in the 3500 block of 310th Street and approaching a T-intersection. While attempting to turn north onto 360th Avenue, Trojahn failed to reduce the vehicle speed to a reasonable and proper rate, causing her vehicle to lose traction of the roadway. Trojahn then over corrected and lost control, causing the vehicle to slide into the west ditch and came to rest on its top.
There were no injuries reported in the accident. There is an estimated $3,000.00 damage to Trojahn’s vehicle as a result of the accident. Trojahn was cited with failing to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate.

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 11/8/2018 at 5:27 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle collision that occurred in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation done at the scene, a 2004 Ford Ranger truck, owned and driven by Kevin Leroy Kinnetz, age 56 of Emmetsburg, was traveling north on 460th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the roadway. The Kinnetz vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $3500.00 damage to the Kinnetz vehicle. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Warrant Arrest

At 4:11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 07, 2018, Isak Unger Heinrichs (48) of Albert City, Ia turned himself into the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant for O.W.I.- 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor and Failure to Maintain Control, a scheduled traffic violation. Unger was able to provide the $1500 cash-only bond for the O.W.I. charge and the $300 cash-only bond for the traffic violation and was subsequently released with a court date.

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

Driving While Revoked Arrest

On 11/06/2018 at 9:42 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted at traffic stop in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. Following an investigation into the stop, Adam Tate Clement (36) of Ayrshire was arrested and charged with Driving while Revoked, a serious misdemeanor.

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 11/06/2018 at 8:40 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Demetrious Antonio Wright, 37, of Spencer on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Probation Violation. The original charge was Serious Assault, a serious misdemeanor. Wright was unable to post the $5,000.00 cash only bond. Wright was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before the magistrate.

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

Hit and Run

At 4:48 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a hit and run accident that occurred near the intersection of 280th Street and 370th Avenue sometime between 9:00 p.m on 11-4-18 and 4:45 a.m. on 11-5-2018. A 2012 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Roger Schmitt of Graettinger, Ia, was parked near the road closed signs on the east side of the instersection when an uknown make and model of vehicle struck the Schmitt vehicle causing an estimated $750.00 damage. The unknown driver, possibly driving a gray colored vehicle, left the scene without reporting the accident or informing the owner. If you or anyone knows any information regarding this accident, please contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 852-3535.

Thanksgiving Safety

Traveling for Thanksgiving?

Reduce Your Speed. Obey Stop Signs. Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time.

Millions of travelers will hit the roads this Thanksgiving, traveling to family and friends’ homes for that long-awaited turkey dinner. To keep drivers and their passengers safe, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to share an important lifesaving reminder: Reduce Your Speed. Obey Stop Signs. Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49 percent of those killed were unbuckled. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55 percent of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America. These deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

We hope Thanksgiving only brings happy memories for our community members, but sadly, we suffer vehicle crash-related losses each year, and many are a result of drivers and passengers refusing to buckle up. Nearly half of all drivers and passengers killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend in 2016 were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crash. This statistic is just unacceptable when we know that seat belt use is one of the simplest ways to stay safe while riding in a vehicle.

NHTSA estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent. In 2016, approximately 14,668 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved. NHTSA’s research also reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash, and that younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled. In fact, in 2016, 52 percent of the males killed in crashes were not buckled up at the time of the crash, compared to 40 percent of females. The 13- to 15-year-old and 18- to 34-year-old age groups had the highest percentages (62% and 59%, respectively) of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.

We want everyone getting to their Thanksgiving destination safely, so our goal with the Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time. seat belt awareness campaign is to save lives—period. Hopefully, this campaign reminds travelers, and all drivers, about the importance of buckling up—every trip, every time. Remember also to Reduce your Speed and Obey Stop Signs! Thanksgiving should be a happy time, not a tragic one.