Drug Arrest

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 10:10 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Karissa Matheason (35) of Graettinger, charging her with introducing controlled substance into a correctional facility, which is a class D felony. Matheason was being booked into the jail on a valid Palo Alto County warrant to serve a 30 day mittimus when Deputies identified a controlled substance that was discarded by Matheason during the book in process.

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 5/12/2021, at 17:32 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident in the 4800 Block of 370th Street. After an investigation it was determined that a 2020 Volkswagon Tourareg, owned by EAN Holdings, driven by Rashelle Wysocki(23) of Redford, MI., was passing a 2017 Freightliner semi, driven by Frank Fiebiger(58) of Fort Dodge, that was traveling east on 370th Street. In the 4800 Block of 370th Street Wysocki attempted to pass Fiebiger’s semi when she made contact with the front bumper. Damage to Wysocki’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000.00. Fiebiger’s semi had no reported damage. Wysocki was cited for unsafe passing.

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

STEP Wave

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN
May 24 – June 6, 2021

Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Summer will bring more gatherings, festivals, graduations and vacations; all requiring travel. Many states, including Iowa, have seen a rise in violators speeding well in excess of 100 mph and not wearing a seat belt. This can lead to disastrous consequences.

Unfortunately, with the increase in summer traffic, there could be a rise in traffic crashes and fatalities. Preliminary data shows last year in Iowa there were five traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend; five deaths that may have been prevented. During the month of May in 2020, 2,988 crashes occurred in Iowa. Of those crashes, 167 individuals were injured because they were unbelted. A majority of those injuries could have been prevented if they had been wearing seat belts.

The Click It or Ticket campaign will take place May 24 – June 6, 2021. One of the safest choices drivers and passengers in both the front and back seat can make is to buckle up and doing so, only takes a few seconds. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 90.7% in 2019. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2019. In Iowa the seat belt compliance rate is 95.2%. While this is outstanding, roughly 48% of fatal crashes occurring in 2021 are unbelted.

It is extremely important to understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau want to remind all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. Buckle up; phone down!

Warrant Arrest

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 1:40 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid mittimus on Bryson Kramer (28) of Wall Lake. The mittimus stems from a conviction of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. The mittimus orders Kramer to serve a jail term of 80 days as required by his sentencing. Kramer was served the warrant at the Palo Alto County Jail, where Kramer was being held on the original charge of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent.

Assault Charges

On 05/10/2021 at 9:07 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fight in progress at the Ruthven-Ayrshire School. Upon investigation the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged a juvenile male with Serious Assault, a serious misdemeanor. A second juvenile male was charged with Simple Assault, a simple misdemeanor. Both juveniles were released to the custody of a parent/guardian.

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 5/9/2021, at 12:22 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call on a single vehicle car accident at the intersection of 490th Avenue and 280th Street. After an investigation it was determined that a 2018 Chevrolet Cruz, owned and operated by Evans Nyabwari(27) of Emmetsburg, was trying to navigate a right turn off of 490th Avenue onto 280th Street, when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest in the south west ditch of the intersection. The vehicle sustained an estimated $2000.00 worth of damage as a result of the accident. Nyabwari was cited for failure to maintain control. Minor injuries were reported.

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

No-Contact Order Violation Arrest

On May 4, 2021, at 4:44 a.m., a Palo Alto County Deputy observed a semi and SUV parked in the 3700 block of 340th Street near Ruthven. The deputy made contact with the occupants and discovered a no contact order was in place between the occupants. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Scott Hickingbottom (40) of Pocahontas for violation of a no contact/protective order, a simple misdemeanor. Hickingbottom was taken 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.

Driving While Suspended

On 5/3/2021, at 20:01 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Caravan for a traffic violation. During the stop it was found that the driver, Jorge Garcia Perez(53) of Humboldt, was arrested for operating with a suspended Iowa driver’s license, and not having proof of financial liability. Perez was given a warning for driving on the wrong side of the road. Perez was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident, where he awaits 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 4/28/2021, at 5:10 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office recieved a report of a single vehicle car deer accident, in the 3500 Block of 480th Street. After an investigation it was determined that a 2019 Kia Forte owned by Sheila Linge(46) of Armstrong, was being driven by Bethanne Marson(21) of Sioux Falls South Dakota. While traveling west bound on 480th Street in the 3500 Block, several deer emerged from the south ditch and entered onto the roadway. One of the deer collided with the front end of the vehicle causing the vehicle disabling damage. The vehicle sustained an estimated $10,000 worth of damage. There were no reports of injuries.

Accident

On 04/26/2021 at 6:00 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3800 block 450th Ave, Emmetsburg, Iowa for a single vehicle car deer accident. A 2010 Toyota Yaris, owned and operated by Anthony Bloise of Hiawatha, was north bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the driver’s side of the vehicle. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500.00 in damage, and there were no reported injuries.