Driving While Suspended

On 10/21/2021 at 7:54 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Broadway in Emmetsburg, Iowa. As a result of the stop the driver of the vehicle, Raymond Fleming (52) of Cylinder, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with failure to use headlights when required, and driving while license suspended. Raymond was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail 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 10/18/2021 at 5:28 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle that was just involved in an accident. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’ s Office, a 2015 Ford F550 Super Duty with a cement pumper unit in tow, owned by Bremik LLC of Algona, IA., was traveling west in the 4900 block of 370th Street. Quelub Isiah Heidelberg, age 19 of Algona, driver of the vehicle, advised he fell asleep while operating the vehicle. As a result, the Ford F550 made contact with the bridge guard rail and Heidelberg took evasive action which resulted in the vehicle and tow unit to lose control. After crossing the centerline of the undivided highway, the vehicle and tow unit entered the north ditch and the Ford F550 rolled onto its top and continued until coming to rest on its wheels. The concrete pumper also came to rest in the ditch to the south of the Ford F550. Estimated damages to the vehicle and included construction equipment are $80,000.

Heidelberg was medically observed at the scene by the Palo Alto County Health System. Heidelberg was issued citations for Failure to Maintain Control and Fail to use safety belt when required. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Palo Alto County Health System, the Emmetsburg Fire Department, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa Department of Transportation and Whittemore Truck and Trailer.

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 10/17/2021, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received information to the whereabouts of a vehicle and operator that was involved in a police pursuit in Clay County during the evening of 10/16/2021. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office went to 4445 420th Avenue to investigate. As a result of the investigation, the vehicle involved in the pursuit was located on the property. Consequently, Michael Ray Hood Jr, age 33 of Laurens, was taken into custody by the Laurens Police Department on a valid Pocahontas County warrant charging him with Failure to Appear on a previous criminal charge. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office seized the vehicle involved in the police pursuit for evidentiary purposes. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office collected additional evidence at the scene and further charges are pending when such evidence is tested at the Iowa DCI crime lab.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office, the Laurens Police Department, the Emmetsburg Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Bud’s Towing of Spencer.

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 10/16/2021 at 12:19 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 5100 block of 370th St., Cylinder, Iowa for a single vehicle car deer accident. A 2007 Toyota Camry, owned and operated by Mary Sloan of Milford, was west bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle sustained substantial damage estimated at $5000.00. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Accident

On 10/15/2021 at 10:10 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle car vs. deer accident. According to the information provided, a 2000 GMC Jimmy, owned and driven by Shane Michael Girres, age 37 of Graettinger, was traveling west on 340th Street when a deer emerged from the south ditch and struck the GMC. The Girres’ vehicle sustained an estimated $3000 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Warrant Arrest

On 10/14/21 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Michael Draper (36) of Swea City, on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for 5th Degree Theft. Following his arrest, Draper was unable to post the $500.00 cash only bond and was placed in jail 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.

Domestic Assault Arrest

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4:14 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a disturbance at 1701 Bruce Street in Ruthven, IA. After investigation into the complaint, The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Arnold Bittner (51) of Ruthven, IA. for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. Bittner was transported 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.

Accident

On 10/11/2021 at 7:53 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle vs. deer accident that occurred in the 3500 block of 360th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that a 2015 Chevy Impala driven by and registered to David Paul Schurg of Ruthven was eastbound on 360th Street when a deer emerged into the roadway. Schurg struck the deer in the roadway causing an estimated $7,000.00 in damage. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Accident

On Friday, October 8, 2021, at 8:17 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle versus cow accident in the 3600-block of 380th Avenue. After investigation, it was determined Larry Porath (71) of Emmetsburg, IA., was northbound on 380th Avenue in a 2007 GMC pickup when two calves appeared in the roadway. Porath’s vehicle collided with one of the calves causing an estimated $10,000 damage to the pickup. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Accident

On Friday, October 8, 2021, at 4:35 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a car accident at the intersection of Highway 18 and West Street in Ruthven. Upon investigation into the accident, it was determined Joshua Peters (38) of Palmer, IA., operating a 2004 GMC pickup, was westbound on Highway 18 when he attempted to make a U-turn in the roadway. A 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, owned and operated by Ronald Hanson (81) of Ayrshire, IA., was also westbound on Highway 18. Hanson would collide with the Peters as he was making a U-turn in the roadway.

Damage to Peters vehicle was estimated at $3,000. Damage to Hanson’s vehicle was estimated at $4,500. Hanson was checked out at the scene by the Ruthven Ambulance Service and was released from the scene. Peters was issued a citation for failure to yield upon entering through highway.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Ruthven Ambulance Service and Ruthven Fire Department.

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