Dog at Large Citation

On 3-11-16 at 1:03 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a dog running loose in the city of Ayrshire. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Cassandra Jean Paulson (21) of Ayrshire on charges of allowing her dog to run at large in the city of Ayrshire, a Simple Misdemeanor. Paulson was issued a citation and released to appear in court at a later date.

Disorderly Conduct Charges

On Monday, March 7th, 2016, at 8:27 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint reference to a trespass and assault that took place at 1608 Bruce Street, Ruthven. Following an investigation into this incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that a 15 year old juvenile male, from Ruthven, entered another persons property and knocked on his door as a prank. The owner of the property, John Kinnetz, located the juvenile male a block away from his residence and confronted him. During the confrontation, Kinnetz and the juvenile male engaged in a verbal and physical altercation, in which both parties sustained minor injuries.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited the juvenile male with trespass and disorderly conduct, both simple misdemeanors. and was released to the custody of his parents. John Kinnetz was also cited for disorderly conduct, which is a simple misdemeanor. Kinnetz was issued a citation and given a court date to appear before a magistrate at a later date.

Two Vehicle Semi, Car Accident

On Sunday March 6, 2016 at 4:43 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision in the 4100 block of Highway 18 west of Emmetsburg. A 2005 Audi A4, driven by Gage Allan Puterbaugh (22) of Ruthven, IA, was westbound on Highway 18 when he collided with a 2007 Peterbuilt Semi Tractor Trailer driven by Scott Gregory Rouse (45) of Terril, IA who was eastbound on Highway 18. Puterbaugh drifted into the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder and then corrected back into the westbound lane. Rouse tried to avoid the collision and steered toward the westbound lane while the Audi was coming towards him. The two vehicles collided in the westbound lane.

The Audi sustained an estimated $10,000 damage which rendered the vehicle a total loss. The Peterbuilt sustained an estimated $6,000 damage. Both vehicles were towed away from the scene.

Puterbaugh was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by ambulance. He sustained what is believed to be minor / non incapacitating injuries. Rouse is believed to be uninjured.

Circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.

Drug Arrest

On Sunday March 6, 2016 at 2:50 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am near Lost Island Lake in the 3500 block of 330th St. The Deputy made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. It was determined that 18 year old Kelvin Anthony Higgins of Spencer, IA was found to be in possession of marijuana and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia. Higgins was placed under arrest and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail. Higgins was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Warrant Arrest

On 03-05-16 at approximately 9:13 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Lee Monson, 34, of Britt, on a valid Palo Alto County Mittimus from an original charge of possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone. The mittimus is for 180 days and carries no bond. Monson was transported from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was placed to serve his jail sentence.

St. Patrick’s Day Caution

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office along with other Law Enforcement agencies around the state want to remind everyone to be safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. That’s why the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and the Palo AltoCounty Sheriff’s Office warns Iowans to not drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 28-percent of all crash fatalities during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers, and that number rose to nearly half in the post-party hours of midnight – 6:00 a.m., of March 18, 2014.

Pedestrians walking while intoxicated are also at risk as lack of attention risks getting hit by a vehicle. In 2014, 35-percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

There is some good news, however. The number of fatalities over this holiday period decreased nationally from 32 in 2013 to 29 in 2014. Likewise, the number of fatalities involving drunk drivers declined from more than one-third to one-fourth. The bad news is that every one of those deaths could have been prevented.

Don’t let your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations end in tragedy. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau along with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, encourages Iowans to plan ahead by identifying a designated driver or utilize another form of safe transportation if you choose to drink this St. Patrick’s Day. The relatively small fee for a safe ride home is much cheaper than the thousands of dollars it will cost for a drunk driving arrest.

Let’s make this St. Patrick’s Day safer this year! Extra law enforcement officers will be on the roads March 16 – 19, 2016, in Palo Alto County to keep Iowa motorists safe. Whether you’re buzzed or drunk, it doesn’t matter. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving – drive sober and remember to buckle up!

OWI Arrest

On 3/4/2016 at 4:32 a.m., the Emmetsburg Police Department received information regarding a possible vehicle accident and passed the information to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. The Palo Alto Sheriff’s Office, along with the Emmetsburg Police Department, conducted a search of the roadways east and southeast of Emmetsburg and at 5:03 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office made contact with a subject in the 4800 block of 380th Street. This subject, Pablo Jose Hallenbeck, was said to be the operator of the vehicle involved in the accident. During the investigation, Hallenbeck, age 59 of Emmetsburg, was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail. As a result of the investigation, Hallenbeck was charged with Operating while Intoxicated (OWI-1st Offense) a serious misdemeanor, Public Intoxication and Failure to have a valid license. Hallenbeck was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle in question at 3756 490th Avenue. The 05 Buick Lacrosse, owned by Shari Lynn Pettit of Emmetsburg, ignited in the incident and had been totally consumed by fire. The vehicle was a total loss.

Felony Warrant Arrest

On 03/03/2016 at 1:45 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office William Allen Murray, 60, of Emmetsburg on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Violation of Probation on the original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class “D” Felony and OWI 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Murray was unable to post $10,000.00 cash/ surety bond. Murray was in the Palo Alto County Jail at the time of his arrested on unrelated charges.

Domestic Assault Arrest

On 2/27/2016 at 5:36 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency phone call regarding a disturbance in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. Upon an investigation conducted at the scene, The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Allen Devary, age 23 of Graettinger, for Domestic Abuse Assault. Devary was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail on the serious misdemeanor charge and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate.

Felony Drug Possession and Warrant Arrest

On 02/27/2016 at 5:00 p.m. the Emmetsburg Police Department and Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 2400 block of Main Street in Emmetsburg. Following the traffic stop the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Allen Murray, 60, of Emmetsburg on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt of court on failure to pay child support. Murray was unable to post the $500.00 cash only bond. Following Murray’s arrest a search of his person was conducted. A controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were located. Murray was subsequently charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Offense, a Class “D” Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Murray was later booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before the judge.