Warrant Arrest

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 10:45 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Janet Danielson (59) of Fort Dodge, on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for possession of controlled substance 1st offense, which is a serious misdemeanor. Bond for the warrant was set in the amount of $1,500.00 cash only. Danielson was unable to post bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await her initial appearance in front of a magistrate.

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

At 12:18 a.m. on May 11, 2019, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 4200 Block of 540th Avenue near Rodman to investigate a car deer accident. Upon investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined Andrew Williams (31) of Rodman was northbound on 540th Avenue when a deer emerged in the roadway from the east ditch. Williams struck the deer which caused an estimated $1,600 in damage to his 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Williams not injured in the accident.

Casino Grant

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation for the grant recently awarded. This grant enabled us to purchase two Scout III Thermal Handheld Monoculars. Deputies will utilize this new technology in searching for persons whether it be at an accident scene when people have been ejected from a vehicle or a crime scene/pursuit where persons have fled. We will also be able to use these devices to assist in clearing unsecured buildings and in situations when people wonder off due to age or mental health issues. Deputies will also utilize this technology in searching for heat sensitive evidence at crime scenes.

These devices will certainly aid the Sheriff’s Office in many ways and assist in protecting and serving the citizens of Palo Alto County. These devices will also add another level of protection for the personnel of the Sheriff’s Office. Being able to locate offenders in low light or no light situations will definitely give us the upper hand in protecting ourselves from injury.

Thanks again to the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation for assisting us in keeping Palo Alto County safe!

Warrant Arrest

On 5/5/2019 at 6:48 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gabriel Charles Sanculi, age 41 of Laurens, on a valid warrant out of Dickinson County for Contempt of Court. Sanculi’s charges stem from failing to complete jail time on an original charge of OWI-3rd Offense. Sanculi was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and held until being transferred to Dickinson 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.

Assault Charge

On 05/05/2019 at 9:39 a.m. the Palo Alto County Communication Center received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile female was bleeding from the head and needed medical attention at a residence in Ruthven. Further details provided indicated that the juvenile female was struck by her brother. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and issued a juvenile male a Juvenile Referral charging him with Serious Assault, serious misdemeanor. The juvenile male was released to the custody of his mother.

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 Alcohol Citations

On 5/4/2019 at 10:20 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint of a juvenile alcohol party that was occurring at 2002 Mitchell St in Ruthven. Upon an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited six (6) underage juveniles for possessing alcohol under the age of 18 yrs. of age. The six (6) juveniles’ charges were referred to the juvenile court services and were all released to a parent, guardian or designee. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office also cited and released Kailee Ann Hauge, age 18 of Ruthven, for possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Hauge was given a court date of 6/26/2019 to respond to the simple misdemeanor charges.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 5/4/2019 at 9:17 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 4300 block of 460th Avenue. During the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Loel Leon Hunt, age 72 of Winterset, IA, on two valid Clay County arrest warrants charging him with violating a no contact order. Hunt was transported to the Palo Alto and Clay County line where he was transferred to the custody of 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 Stolen Property Offense

On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, at 6:23 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office assisted Estherville Police and Emmet County Deputies in attempting to locate a vehicle, later identified as a Blue 1999 Ford Explorer and occupied by Karissa Matheason (33), Barry Grause (48), and Mark Lee (58), all of Sioux City. Estherville Police were investigating Matheason, Grause and Lee for theft from Bomgaars in Estherville. At 7:15 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint reference to a suspicious vehicle, matching the description of the Blue Ford Explorer, driving through a private property in the 3000 block of 450th Avenue.

The reporting party followed the vehicle and relayed the location information to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. In the 3900 block of 550th Avenue, Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and detain Matheason, Grause and Lee in order to assist Estherville Police with their investigation. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matheason, Grause and Lee for theft 2nd degree- possessing stolen property more than $1,000.00 but less than $10,000.00, which is a Class D Felony. Barry Grause was also charged with driving while suspended and reckless driving, 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 05/03/2019 at 6:42 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremy Aaron Galvin, 25, of Ruthven on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant on the original charge of Driving While Revoked, a serious misdemeanor. Galvin was unable to post the $1,000.00 cash/ surety bond. Galvin 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.

Drug Arrest

Following a joint investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Curtis Lee Stone (50) of Ruthven on 2 Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants for drug related charges. The arrest warrants stem from an 8 month long investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Warrant #1 charged Stone with Possesion of Methamphetamine With the Intent to Deliver, a Class B Felony and Possession of Marijuana With the Intent to Deliver, a Class D Felony. Bond on the warrant is $50,000.00 cash only. Warrant #2 charged Stone with Consiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony. Bond on warrant #2 is $25,000.00 cash or surety. Stone was unable to post the bonds on both warrants and 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.