OWI Arrest

On 04/03/2020 at 11:26 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 4900 block of 370th ST. Upon completion of an investigation, Richard Scott (44) of Cylinder, was arrested and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, and speeding. Richard was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked to await his 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 4/1/20 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisting the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office with an interview of a male subject at 312 South Washington in Graettinger. Following the interview, it was found that a female at the resident was wanted out of Clay County. Subsequently, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stephanie Jo Baas (42) of Emmetsburg, on a valid Clay County Arrest Warrant for 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft. She was unable to post the $5000.00 cash or surety bond and was released to Clay County authorities.

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

Possession of Weapon and Assault Charges

On Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, at 11:04 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious male, later identified as Christopher Quail (30) of Ruthven, in the parking lot behind the Ruthven School. While identifying Quail, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a valid Clay County arrest warrant for Quail for operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent. While attempting to arrest Quail for the Clay County warrant, Quail resisted arrest and a taser deployment was utilized by Deputies in order to take Quail into custody. Deputies later discovered Quail to be in possession of a concealed firearm, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

Following the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Quail with two counts of interference with official acts while possessing a firearm = class D felonies; two counts of assault on persons in certain profession causing bodily injury = aggravated misdemeanors; carrying a concealed weapon = aggravated misdemeanor; possession of controlled substance= serious misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia = simple misdemeanor; and criminal mischief 5th degree = simple misdemeanor.

Quail was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail.

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 3-30-2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office transported Konner J Mills, 20 of Peterson, Ia., to the Iowa Medical Classification Center at Oakdale, Ia. Mills received a prison sentence of incarceration not to exceed ten years on Probation Revocation on an original charge of Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, class C Felony. This was in regards to a shooting incident on 11-16-2017 in the 4200 block of 460 Ave.

Sheriff’s Office Changes

PERMITS TO CARRY AND PERMITS TO ACQUIRE
Per Governor’s Reynolds State Public Health Declaration dated 3-20-2020, acceptance of applications will be accepted in the following manners without involving in-person interactions and through the mail. We will accomplish this in either of the following processes:
1. Acceptance by mail. Completed form can be mailed to the Sheriff’s Office along with a color copy of the applicants Iowa Driver’s License or Identification card. A copy of the applicants training certificate; if required to provide, and the fee for requested permit. Fee can be paid by cash or check when sending through the mail.
2. Applications can be completed in the Sheriff’s Office lobby and pictures of the application, training and ID will be taken by the Sheriff’s Office staff to limit any personal contact.
3. Permits will only be accepted Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. when the Office Manager is in the building.
4. The only payment allowed when completing the application in the Sheriff’s Office will be made by credit/debit card with a receipt being emailed to the applicant if requested.
5. Permits to carry will not expire during this Proclamation which will terminate on April 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. unless sooner terminated or extended. For this reason, no permits to carry will be issued for reasons of expiration only. 3-20-2020
CIVIL SERVICE DOCUMENTS
All documents that need to be served upon individuals have to be mailed or emailed to the Sheriff’s Office. No in person drop off of documents is accepted.
OCCUPATIONAL FINGERPRINTING
Occupational fingerprinting is suspended. This suspension will continue until current contamination concerns are alleviated.
INMATE VISITATION
All inmate visitation is suspended. This suspension will continue until current contamination concerns are alleviated. No cash for inmate commissary will be accepted in person. Funds can be paid by debit/credit card with a receipt being emailed to the applicant if requested.

OWI Arrest

On 3/17/2020 at 4:07 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle that had spun out and ended up in the ditch. The accident occurred in the 4600 block of 460th Avenue. A 2001 Chevy Impala, owned and driven by David Lee Hauschen, age 64 of Cumming, IA, was traveling north on 460th Avenue. As a result of a mechanical failure of the driver’s side rear tire, the Hauschen vehicle began to spin and entered the east ditch before coming to rest.

Subsequently, Hauschen was investigated by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated/impaired and was placed under arrest. Hauschen was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office for additional testing and was charged with OWI-1st Offense, Driving while License Suspended and Failure to Prove Security Against Liability (No Insurance-Accident Related). Hauschen was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

After initially facing the charges in Palo Alto County, Hauschen will be transferred to the custody of Clay County authorities to face the charges of an arrest warrant for violation of probation on an original charge of OWI.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

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

Accident

On March 14, 2020 at 12:55pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an accident at 1601 Old Highway 18, Ruthven, IA.

After investigating the accident it was determined that a 2003 Dodge Dakota, driven by Gary A. Ellis of Laurens, had exited his vehicle in the parking lot of Lakeland EZ Stoppe, the vehicle then backed across Old Highway 18 and into the parkinglot of the Blue Daisy Café, colliding with the entrance of the business.

There were no injuries reported and damage to the Dodge was estimated at $3,500.00 and undetermined damage to the Blue Daisy Café at this time.

Warrant Arrest

On 3/13/20 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam Mykal Enockson (31) of Ayrshire on two valid No Bond Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants for Violation of a No-Contact Order. Following his arrest, Encockson was placed in jail to await his 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.

Accident

On 03/12/2020 at 1:55 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a car vs deer accident that occurred in the 4200 block of 360th St., Emmetsburg, Iowa. A 2012 Chevy Suburban, owned and operated by Bobbie Harris (42) of Emmetsburg was east bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle sustained major damage estimated at $5000.00 but was able to be driven to a private parking lot. There are no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Warrant Arrest

On 03/11/2020 at 8:28 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3500 block of 370th Ave., Ruthven, Iowa. Austin Mammen (21) of Ruthven, was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. Austin was placed under arrest pursuant to a Palo Alto County Warrant for possession of a controlled substance – 1st offense marijuana. He was also charged with interference with official acts -knowingly providing false identification information. He was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was served with the warrant. He was jailed to await his 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.