Warrant Arrest

On 07/19/2021 at 9:45 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Dallas Elliott, 21, of Emmetsburg on a valid Palo Alto County 2 day Mittimus Warrant. Following his arrest, Elliott booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to serve his 2-day jail sentence on the original charge of Driving while Barred.

Warrant Arrest

On 7/18/2021 at 1:01 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Wright (31) of Ruthven on valid Dickinson County warrants. The warrants had a $4000.00 cash or approved surety for domestic abuse assault 2nd offense, child endangerment, and contempt – violation of no contact order/protective order. Wright was transported to the Dickinson County line and turned over to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

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

Driving While Suspended

On 07/12/2021 at 12:50 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3500 block of Center St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop Jonathan Sutherland (36) of Ruthven, Iowa was placed under arrest and charged with driving while suspended, speeding, and no proof of insurance. Jonathan was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked in to await his initial appearance before a judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit 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.

Possession of Alcohol

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 12:44 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified by staff at the Ruthven Street Dance of two underage individuals consuming alcohol. After investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Alexander Long (19) of Ruthven, IA., and Treyton Cacek (19) of Ruthven, IA., for possession of alcohol under the legal age, a simple misdemeanor. Long and Cacek were issued citations to appear in court at a later date.

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 7/10/2021 at 9:53 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident involving a deer. According to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2015 GMC Acadia owned by Joseph Daniel Verschoor but driven by Carol Jean Williams, age 63 of Pocahontas, was traveling north on 380th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion. The Verschoor vehicle collided with the deer causing an estimated $5000 in damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Laurens Police Department and the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office.

Accident

On 07/10/2021 at 10:10 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle accident on the 4300 block of 280th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that Soneva Marie Goering of Jackson, Minnesota, was traveling west on 280th Street in a 2009 Toyota Sienna, registered to herself. Soneva was attempting to make a right hand turn into an entrance for Valley View Cemetery. Due to the angle of the entrance and Soneva’s direction of travel, she crossed over the centerline to make a wide turn into the cemetery. Soneva would not signal her intention to make a turn.

A 1999 Cadillac Escalade driven by and registered to James Walter Ingalls of Bancroft was traveling west on 280th Street behind the Toyota. James’s crested the hill, saw the Toyota crossing over the centerline, and thought the Toyota was drifting over to make a left hand turn into a field drive. James would slow but not stop as he intended to overtake the Toyota.

Soneva would ultimately attempt the right hand turn and be struck by the Cadillac. Both vehicles came to rest in a field on the north side of the road.

Damage to the Toyota is estimated at $7,000.00 and damage to the Cadillac is estimated at $8,000.00. No injuries were reported on scene. Soneva was issued a citation for failure to use turn signal.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Graettinger Fire Department and Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

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

OWI Arrest

On 07/10/2021 at 2:09 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 2800 block of 420th Ave, Graettinger, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Michael Pruitt (33) of Des Moines, was placed under arrest and charged with speeding and operating while intoxicated 1st offense. Michael was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in 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 7/9/2021 at 7:17 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to a multi-vehicle accident with unknown injuries that had occurred at the intersection of 370th St and 480th Avenue. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2006 Dodge Caravan owned and driven by Enrique Ortiz Alvaro, age 55 of Fairmont, MN, was approaching the intersection of 370th St and 480th Avenue with the intent to turn left or north. The Alvaro vehicle paused before doing so due to oncoming traffic traveling west. While pausing, a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 owned by Jordan Grimm but driven by Monika Kay Fehr, age 18 of Ottosen, IA, began to decelerate behind the Alvaro vehicle before coming to a stop. While stopped, a 2005 Chevy C3500 with attached utility trailer owned by Jordan Grimm but driven by a juvenile male failed to stop behind the 2001 Dodge Ram as other traffic paused for oncoming westbound traffic. The 2005 Chevy C3500 made contact with the rear portion of the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 thus forcing the 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 into the rear portion of the Alvaro vehicle causing the property damage accident.

As a result of the investigation and with the assistance of multiple witnesses, the juvenile male operating the 2005 Chevy C3500 was issued a citation for following too closely. Enrique Ortiz Alvaro was issued a citation for failure to have a valid driver’s license. All occupants were checked by medical personnel at the scene with no occupant being transported to PACH. The Alvaro 2006 Dodge Caravan sustained an estimated $3000 worth of damages. The 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 owned by Jordan Grimm sustained an estimated $8000 worth of damages and the 2005 Chevy C3500 with attached utility trailer sustained an estimated $28,000.

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

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

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor

On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 8:21 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Paula Jean Peters (46) of Whittemore for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a simple misdemeanor. The charge stemmed from an underage alcohol party the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated on July 4, 2021. Peters was issued a citation and cited into court on the charge.

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 7/5/2021, at 10:24 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 280th Street and 420th Avenue. After an investigation it was determined that a 2011 Hyundai Accent, owned and operated by Janet Hudek(94) of Pocahontas, was traveling west on 280th Street. At the intersection of 420th Avenue, Hudek stopped at the stop sign and proceeded west colliding with a Chevrolet Traverse, owned and operated by Taylor Possail(32) of Columbia, Mo. that was traveling south on 420th Avenue.
Hudek’s vehicle came to rest in the south west ditch of the intersection, and sustained an estimated $6000.00 worth of damage. Possail’s vehicle sustained an estimated $2000.00 worth of damage. There were no reports of injuries. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Graettinger Fire Department, Graettinger ambulance, Emmetsburg Ambulance, and Wickman’s Towing.