Car Deer Accident

On 11/11/2019 at 6:51 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle collision with possible injuries located in the 3900 block of 440th Avenue. Upon an investigation into the collision, a 2014 Ford Explorer owned by Matthew David Garrelts and driven by Jennifer Lee Garrelts, age 39 of Ayrshire, was traveling south on 440th Avenue when a deer emerged from the west ditch. The Garrelts vehicle collided with the deer. A minor child was checked out by medical personnel at the scene for injuries sustained from a seatbelt/airbag deployment. The Garrelts vehicle sustained an estimated $6000.00 in damages from the collision.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department and the Palo Alto County Health System.

Warrant Arrest

On November 10, 2019, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacob Leland Longman, age 41 of Graettinger, on two valid Palo Alto County Warrants for Harrassment 1st Degree and Domestic Abuse Assault w// Injury.

Longman was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he is awaiting his intial 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.

OWI Arrest

On November 9, 2019 at 10:17 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 4300 Block of 380th Avenue south of Ayrshire, for speeding. As a result of the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shae Shawn Joab (23) of Fonda, IA. for operating while intoxicated 1st offense – drug, a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and speeding, a simple misdemeanor. Joab was held in the Palo Alto County Jail.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was a Drug Recognition Expert with the Iowa State Patrol.

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 November 9, 2019 at 6:07 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car deer accident in the 4100 Block of 360th Street. It was determined a 2007 Ford Edge, owned and operated by Sheryl Darling (59) of Emmetsburg, IA. was westbound when a deer emerged in the roadway. Darling’s vehicle made contact with the deer which caused an estimated $4,500 in damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Car Deer Accident

On November 9, 2019, at 5:51 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car deer accident in the 3400 Block of 360th Street near Ruthven, IA. It was determined a 2019 Nissan Rouge, owned and operated by Gregory Miller (52) of Spencer, IA. was westbound on 360th Street when a deer emerged in the roadway. Miller struck the deer which caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Warrant Arrest

On 11/07/19 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Ann Titus (40) of Graettinger on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for 2nd Degree Theft. Following her arrest, Titus was booked into jail and later bonded out on the $5000.00 cash or surety bond.

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 11/6/2019 at 2:06 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle personal injury accident in the 4200 block of 580 Av. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office it was determined that a 2005 Kia Sorento owned and driven by Justin William Neff, age 37 of West Bend, was traveling north on 580th Av. At this time Neff was passing a slow moving vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle and entered the west ditch. The Neff vehicle spun before making contact with a utility pole owned by Corn Belt Power. The Neff vehicle sustained an estimated $4500.00 worth of damage and the utility pole sustained an estimated $7000.00 worth of damages. Neff was transported to Kossuth County Regional Hospital by Whittemore EMS with undisclosed injuries. Neff was issued a citation for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Whittemore EMS, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, the Palo Alto County Health System, West Bend Ford, Wickman’s Towing, City of West Bend Utilities and Corn Belt Power

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

Two Vehicle Accident

On 11/06/20109 at 1:50 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a two-vehicle accident that had occurred in the 3800 block of 360th St., Emmetsburg. A 2007 Freightliner semi, pulling a flat bed trailer being operated by Gerald Groon (73) of Akron, Iowa and owned by Kirk Banks, was west bound on the highway. The Freightliner was pulling off of the roadway to the right when a 1994 Chevy S10, owned by Samantha Carr of Ruthven and operated by a male juvenile, also traveling west bound attempted to pass the semi. The juvenile lost control of the Chevy in the wet, snowy conditions and fish tailed, striking the driver’s side of the semi-tractor with the rear end of the pick-up. The Chevy then came to rest in the south ditch. The Freightliner sustained minor damage estimated at $500.00, and the S10 sustained minor damage estimated at $1000.00. Both subjects involved reported no injuries. The male juvenile driver of the pick-up was cited for failure to maintain control/to fast for conditions.

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 09/22/2019 at 10:45 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of Bruce St., Ruthven, Iowa for failure to illuminate the rear license plate. The vehicle, a 2010 Chrysler sedan, was owned and operated by Lucas Ove (19) of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Lucas was also the sole occupant of the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle and subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and alcoholic beverages. Lucas was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by a minor, both simple misdemeanors.

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 11/05/2019 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeopardy Wilson (27) of Spencer, Iowa for a probation violation. Jeoparyd had been located and taken into custody by Clay County authorities. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office transported Jeopary from the Clay County Jail to the Palo Alto County Jail where she was served with the warrant for a violation of probation and jailed in lieu of $3000.00 cash or surety bond to await her 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.