Weapon Violation

On 10/16/2018 at 6:10 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Clay County authorities of a vehicle traveling west on State Hwy 18 in an unsafe manner. Palo Alto County authorities were provided a vehicle description and license plate information. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle in the 4000 block of Hwy 18. As a result of the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nola Jean Hunter, age 49 of Amsterdam, MO, on the charges of Carrying Weapons. Hunter was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and held on the aggravated misdemeanor 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.

Domestic Assault Arrest

On 10/15/2018 at 1857 hrs, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic abuse assault that occurred at 1007 Campbell Street in Ayrshire. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew Wayne Van Maanen, age 36 of Ayrshire, on the charges of Domestic Abuse Assault (causing bodily injury)-1st offense.

Van Maanen was located by the Hartley Police Department and transported by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office to the Palo Alto County Jail. Van Maanen 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 was assisted by the Hartley Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Single Vehicle Accident

On 10/15/2018 at 11:49 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident in the 4800 block of 460th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a 2016 Ford F-250, driven by Aaron Benjamin Sullivan of Des Moines, was northbound on 460th Avenue when he fell asleep. The Ford crossed over into oncoming traffic and entered the west ditch, crossed over the driveway at 4815 460th Avenue causing the Ford to be airborne. The Ford landed in the ditch on the other side of the driveway striking a no passing zone sign before coming to rest in the ditch.

Two passengers in the Ford were transported to Palo Alto County Hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries. Damage to the Ford is estimated at $10,000.00 and the damage to the sign is estimated at $500.00. Sullivan was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Mallard First Responders 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.

Warrant Arrest

On October 14, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrest Nathan Christopher Ehrig (37) of Emmetsburg on a valid Palo Alto County Mittimus. Following his arrest, Ehrig was placed in jail to serve the 2 day mittimus.

Tobacco Enforcement

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Palo Alto County youth.

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale.

“I-PLEDGE’s retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product sale,” Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes said. “The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.”

Palo Alto County Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishment as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.

“By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community.” Sheriff Schultes said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.”

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to https://abd.iowa.gov/.

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

Warrant Arrest

On October 12, 2018 at 2:20pm the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served Samie J. Royster (36) of Ruthven, a valid Palo Alto Arrest Warrant for Probation Violation on original charges of 2nd Degree Theft and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief. Royster was being held on other charges and was subsequently served in the Palo Alto County Jail.

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

At 5:24 p.m. on October 12, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a green Chevrolet Blazer driving all over the road. A Palo Alto County Deputy located the vehicle in the 3300 Block of 410th Avenue, where a traffic stop was initiated. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Hentges (58) of Whittemore, for O.W.I. 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. Hentges was also cited for Failure to Maintain or Use Safety Belt, a Simple Misdemeanor. Following his arrest, Hentges was placed in the Palo Alto County Jail to await 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.

Car Deer Accident

On October 12, 2018 at 10:30am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a Car/Deer accident in the 4800-blk 370St. A 2008 Ford Escape driven by Cynthia A. Baker of Emmetsburg was east bound in the 4800-blk 370 st, when collided with a deer. The collision caused approximately $3000.00 damage to the Ford. No injuries were reported at scene.

Drug Arrest

On 10/11/18 the Clay County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office reference a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for Samie Jean Royster (36) of Ruthven. Clay County Deputies had taken Royster into custody and arrangements were made for transport of Royster. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office transported Royster to the Palo Alto County Jail where she was served a valid arrest warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation, 3 counts of Child Endangerment (Meth Exposure), Failure to Affix Drug Stamp, and 6 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Royster was also served an arrest warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Royster was unable to post the total bond of $25,300.00 cash or surety and was placed in jail to await her initial apperance before a judge.

These charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Royster residence in Ruthven on 9-15-2018.

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

Warrant Arrest

At 11:05 p.m. on October 8, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Wesley Marcum Jr. (34) of Graettinger on a valid arrest warrant for unlawful use or explode any firework in the corporate limits of the City of Graettinger. The warrant was issued for Marcum’s arrest stemming from an incident that occurred in Graettinger on December 30, 2017. Marcum was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office where he was released after posting a $500 bond.

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