Warrant Arrest

On Thursday, September 20th, 2018, at 8:51 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gage Puterbaugh (25) of Ruthven, on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for false report of an indictable offense to a public entity, which is a serious misdemeanor. Bond was set for $2,000.00 cash or surety. Puterbaugh was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail. Puterbaugh was unable to post bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 9/19/18 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jaime Candelario Mercado (36) of Webster City Iowa, on a valid Palo Alto County Mittimus. Mercado was transported from the Hamilton County Jail and placed in the Palo Alto County Jail, to serve his 15 day jail sentence on an original Driving While Barred charge.

Two Vehicle Accident

At 3:54 p.m. on September 18, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a two vehicle car accident at the intersection of 460th Avenue and 490th Street in Mallard. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Cassandra Wilson (23) of Pocahontas, was stopped at a stop sign. Cassandra entered the intersection and struck a 2001 Toyota being operated by Scott Lowman (46) of Emmetsburg. Wilson’s vehicle sustained an estimated $4,500 in damage. Scott’s vehicle sustained an estimated $4,500 in damage.

Scott was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

Wilson was charged with failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Palo Alto County Hospital, Mallard First Responders, and Mallard Fire Department.

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 Monday, September 17, 2018 at 8:49 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 4400 block of 360th Street for a report of a car deer accident. Upon investigation at the scene, it was determined that Mikayla Hein Malfero (22), of Estherville, was driving her 2009 Pontiac G6 westbound in the 4400 block of 360th Street when a deer exited the north ditch and was struck by the Hein Malfero vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1800 total. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Warrant Arrest

On 9/17/2018 at 6:38 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sara Euvon Hoover (35) of Fort Dodge, on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for Contempt of Court. Following her arrest, Hoover was placed in jail to await her 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

At 5:55 p.m. on September 15, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Blake Michael Gibson (21) of Emmetsburg on two warrants. Gibson was sentenced to serve time at the Residential Treatment Facility in Sioux City, Iowa in lieu of prison on original charges of Eluding Law Enforcement, two counts of burglary in the 3rd degree, and one count of theft in the second degree. These charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 15, 2017 where Gibson led law enforcement on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. Gibson left the Residential Treatment Facility before completion. Arrest warrants were issued for Gibson for the above charges, along with a sex offender violation. Gibson was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and held on the no bond warrants until his initial appearance in front of a judge. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.

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 September 14th, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received of a report of a car/deer accident in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. Dawn Siemers of Emmetsburg, was driving a 2016 Hyundai Tucson in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue, when a deer ran onto the roadway. There were no injuries reported in the accident. Siemers’ vehicle sustained an estimated $2,000.00 damage from the accident.

Warrant Arrest

At 9:55 p.m. on September 12, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested April Hawn (30) of Spirit Lake, IA on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant. Hawn had an active warrant for her arrest for Violation of Probation on an original charge of Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense. Hawn was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where she was held until an 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 Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Rolfson (33) of Graettinger, on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault causing Injury or Mental Illness – 1st Offense. The arrest warrant was a no bond warrant and Rolfson was subsequently 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.

Fatality Accident

On Saturday, September 08, 2018, at 2:49 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident located in the 3700 Block of 530th Avenue near Cylinder, Ia. Following an investigation, it was determined that Richard Bergstrom, age 61, of Cylinder, IA was driving his 2001 Ford Mustang southbound in the 3700 block of 530th Avenue and lost control of the vehicle. Bergstrom’s vehicle entered the east ditch which resulted in the vehicle rolling. Bergstrom was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. Bergstrom sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the accident and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Cylinder Fire Department, and Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.