Domestic Abuse Arrest

On Friday, June 18, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to 310 South Jackson Avenue in Graettinger for a disturbance. After an investigation at the scene, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Johnson (39) of Hartley, IA. for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor, and criminal mischief 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor. Johnson was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance in front of 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 06/17/2021 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 5400 block of 390th St. for a single vehicle motorcycle accident with injuries. A 2003 Honda motorcycle, driven by Brandon Fehr (20) of West Bend, was east bound and attempted to pass an SUV and semi when he lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle entered the north ditch where Brandon was ejected off of the motorcycle. Brandon was transported by Palo Alto County Ambulance to Palo Alto County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Honda motorcycle is deemed a total loss. Brandon was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service and Wickman’s Towing.

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 6/15/2021 at 10:06 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle vs. deer accident that occurred in the 5200 block of 370th Street. According to the investigation, a 2014 Chrysler Town and County Van, owned and driven by Marjorie E Froehlich, age 62 of Youngsville, LA, was traveling east on 370th Street and struck a deer that emerged from the south ditch and onto the traveled portion of the roadway. The Froehlich vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $5000.00 worth of damages.

Accident

On Monday, June 14, 2021, at 06:49 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following an investigation into the accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Tim Miller (19) of Emmetsburg was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla west in the 4400 block of 360th Street. A deer emerged from the south ditch and was struck by Miller’s vehicle which caused a tire to blow. The vehicle to slide into the north ditch, coming to rest in a creek. Miller did not sustain any injuries in the accident. Miller’s vehicle sustained an estimated $500.00 damage as a result of the accident.

Warrant Arrest

On 6/13/2021 at 10:05 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant on April Ann Hawn, age 33 of Milford, on two counts of Failure to Appear on original charges of Driving while Barred. Hawn was taken into custody at the Clay County Jail and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail. Hawn was held at the Palo Alto County Jail until her initial appearance before a magistrate 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 6/13/2021 at 6:16 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident involving a towed vehicle which occurred in the 3400 block of 350th Avenue. According to the investigation, a 2002 Chevrolet Truck owned and driven by Jeffery Allen Tait was pulling a 2008 homemade trailer with an International Harvester Model M tractor attached. For unknown reasons, the trailer began to sway while traveling north on 350th Avenue causing the tractor/load on the trailer to shift and the passenger side of the trailer grabbed the shoulder and rolled the tractor from the attached trailer. Damage was estimated at $8000 dollars to the International Model M tractor and $500 to the 2008 homemade trailer. As a result of the machinery/tractor skidding on the road surface, the road owned by the County of Palo Alto did sustain an undisclosed amount of damage. There were no injuries as a result of the accident.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ruthven Fire Department.

Warrant Arrest

On 06/12/2021 at 10:12 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Earl Van Deest, 45, of Aurora, Colorado on a valid Palo Alto County warrant. The warrant was for failure to appear on the original charges of Theft in the 4th degree and Driving while Revoked, both serious misdemeanors. Van Deest was able to post the $500.00 cash only bond and was released on a promise to appear in front of a magistrate at a later date.

Assisting in the arrest was the Iowa State Patrol.

Accident

On 6/11/2021, at 4:14 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a semi vs. cow accident in the 4300 Block of 535 Avenue. After an investigation it was determined that a 2013 Freightliner tractor trailer owned by Ladehoff Trucking, driven by Cole Ladehoff(19) of Templeton, Iowa, was southbound in the 4300 blk of 535 Avenue when a cow emerged out of the west ditch and onto the roadway and collided with the semi. The semi had an estimated $5000.00 worth of damage to the front passenger side. There were no reports of injuries. The Emmetsburg ambulance and West Bend ambulance assisted at the scene.

Accident

On 6/9/2021, at 5:13 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle accident in the 2100 block of 19th Street in Emmetsburg. It was determined a 2010 Dodge Ram operated by Tamara Liester (54) of Ruthven, IA. was backing up in the 2100 block of 19th Street. A 2021 Ford F-150 owned by the City of Emmetsburg Police Department was parked behind the Dodge pickup investigating another vehicle accident. Liester did not see the City of Emmetsburg Police Department vehicle and backed into it.

Damage to the City of Emmetsburg vehicle was estimated at $2,000. Damage to the Liester vehicle was estimated at $100. No injuries were reported. Liester was issued a citation for unsafe backing, a simple misdemeanor.

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Domestic Assault Arrest

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 11:21 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at 1905 Old Highway 18, Ruthven. Following an investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Heilstedt (57) of Ruthven. Heilstedt was charged with domestic assault causing bodily injury 2nd offense, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Heilstedt was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in 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.