Accident

On May 17, 2022, at 9:52 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of car versus deer accident in the 5000 block of 370th Street near Emmetsburg. Upon investigation, it was determined a 2016 Ford Focus, owned and operated by Kory Oxley of Emmetsburg, IA., was westbound on 370th Street when two deer emerged in the roadway. Oxley’s vehicle made contact with one of the deer causing an estimated $5,000 damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Accident

On 05/17/2022 at 9:44 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3000 block of 350th St., Ruthven, IA for a single vehicle car verse deer accident. A 2017 Jeep Renegade, owned and operated by April Vanwyhe, was east bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the front driver’s side causing approximately $2500.00 worth of damage. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Accident

On May 17, 2022, at 9:52 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of car versus deer accident in the 5000 block of 370th Street near Emmetsburg. Upon investigation, it was determined a 2016 Ford Focus, owned and operated by Kory Oxley of Emmetsburg, IA., was westbound on 370th Street when two deer emerged in the roadway. Oxley’s vehicle made contact with one of the deer causing an estimated $5,000 damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

May STEP

The Crash Dummies, Vince and Larry, are making a comeback this summer to remind people to “Buckle Up.” It is simple, takes 2 seconds and no doubt saves lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of crash victims killed at night (6 PM – 5:59 AM) were not wearing their seatbelts. According to the Iowa DOT, 94 people were killed in 2021 on Iowa’s roadways who were not wearing their seatbelts.

Law enforcement agencies across Iowa will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 23 – June 5, 2022. In an effort to combat fatality and injury crashes, officers will be exhibiting zero tolerance for drivers who are not buckled, speeding, or driving while distracted or impaired.

Not wearing a seatbelt is dangerous and puts everyone in the vehicle in jeopardy. Those not wearing a safety belt become a projectile and kill others who are buckled. In Iowa, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $135.50 (Iowa code 321.445).

Good habits start with young drivers. SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) is a peer to peer program for teenagers encouraging seatbelt use. To get your school involved, contact Cathy Slade at cslade@dccca.org or 515-766-8307.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Crash Dummies (Vince and Larry) remind you to always Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time. Stay tuned for more on the Crash Dummies “Wrecked It” Reunion Tour.

Media contact: Genie Sterbenz, GTSB Program Administrator, (515) 725-6121.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

On 05/14/2022 at 7:31 P.M. the Palo Alto Count Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault in the 1600 block of West St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the investigation Thomas Ferguson (28) of Ruthven, Iowa was placed under arrest for driving while revoked and disorderly conduct. Thomas was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident 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.

Drug Arrest

On 05/13/2022 at 9:47 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Taylor Campbell (20) of Peterson, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of controlled substance marijuana 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor, and insufficient number of headlights. Taylor was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail, and booked in 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.

Arrest

On 05/14/2022 at 7:31 P.M. the Palo Alto Count Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault in the 1600 block of West St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the investigation Thomas Ferguson (28) of Ruthven, Iowa was placed under arrest for driving while revoked and disorderly conduct. Thomas was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident 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.

OWI Arrest

On 05/13/2022 at 9:47 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Taylor Campbell (20) of Peterson, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of controlled substance marijuana 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor, and insufficient number of headlights. Taylor was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail, and booked in 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.

Accident

On 5/13/2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle vs. deer collision. According to the investigation a 2014 Ford Taurus, owned and driven by Lori Jean Krei, age 59 of Spencer, was traveling south in the 3600 block of 450th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion. The Krei vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $4000 worth of damages.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Warrant Arrest

On 5/13/2022 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested David De Jesus Martinez-Orozco (38) of West Bend on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for 2nd Offense Domestic Abuse. Martinez-Orozco was unable to post the $5000.00 cash only bond and was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.