Single Vehicle Accident

On 02/14/2019 at 10:44 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle rollover in the 2900 block of 420th Avenue. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Kaci Ann Stearns (27) of Graettinger, was southbound on 420th Avenue in a 2007 Toyota Corolla, registered to Todd Mervyn Stearns of Emmetsburg, when she lost control of the vehicle in the roadway. The Toyota slid sideways into the east ditch, rolling several times before coming to rest in the field. The Toyota was deemed a total loss. Stearns and a passenger in the vehicle were transported to Palo Alto County Hospital by ambulance to be treated for non-incapacitating injuries. Stearns was issued citations for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to use Safety Belt, both simple misdemeanors.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene 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.

Transfer to Prison

On 2-14-2019 at 10:30 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office transferred Christopher J Smith, Emmetsburg, to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Smith received an indeterminate term of incarceration in prison not to exceed 10 years for a conviction of Possession of Methampheteamine, less than 5 grams, with the Intent to Deliver, Class C Felony.

Single Vehicle Rollover

On Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7:33 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle rollover in the 5400 block of 390th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that John Zauche (25), of Emmetsburg, was driving his 2004 Chevrolet Impala west bound in the 5400 block of 390th Street and while he was attempting to slow his vehicle down, Zauche lost control. Zauche’s vehicle slid sideways into the south ditch, rolled once and then came to rest. Zauche did not sustain any injuries in the accident. Zauche’s vehicle sustained an estimated $3,500.00 damage in the accident. Zauche was issued a citation for failure to maintain control of his motor vehicle, which is a simple misdemeanor.

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

Dog At Large Citation

On 02/10/2019 at 8:30 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to two chocolate labs running at large within the city limits of Ruthven. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Jeremy Steven Beal, 32, of Ruthven for Dog at Large, a simple misdemeanor. Dog at Large is in violation of Ruthven City Code 55.06. Beal was released on a promise 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.

Warrant Arrest

On Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 7:55 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant on Rebecca Joan Larson (36) of Spencer, Ia. Larson was transferred from Clay County authorities to Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office where she was arrested on on the Contempt of Court arrest warrant, original charge of Forgery – Class “D” Felony. Larson was unable to post the $5300 cash-only bond and subsequently placed in the Palo Alto County Jail where she awaits 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.

Two Vehicle Accident

At 12:12 p.m. on February 7, 2019, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a two vehicle accident in the 3400 Block of 420th Avenue (Highway #4). Upon investigation it was determined a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu being operated by Blake Swanson (19) of Estherville, IA., was traveling south on 420th avenue and was attempting to turn into a farm driveway located at 3443 420th Avenue. At the same time a 2000 Buick Le Sabre, being operated by Thedric Williams (39) of Graettinger, IA., was also traveling south on 420th Avenue behind the Swanson vehicle. Williams was unable to reduce his speed and collided with the rear end of the Swanson vehicle. Swanson’s vehicle would come to rest in the west ditch.

Swanson was uninjured in the event. Two passengers in the Williams vehicle received minor non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital. Both vehicles were deemed totaled as a result of the accident.

Thedric Williams was issued citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to maintain or use safety belt, and failure to maintain a reasonable and proper speed, all simple misdemeanors. A passenger in the Williams vehicle, Stephanie Gaona (35) of Graettinger, IA. was issued a citation for failure to maintain or use safety belt, a simple misdemeanor.

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

Single Vehicle Accident

On Thursday, February 07, 2019, at 04:15 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Jason Fiene (43) of Emmetsburg, was driving his 2007 Chrysler Sebring west in the 4400 block of Hwy 18 when Fiene’s vehicle began losing traction on the icy roadway. Fiene braked and over correct his vehicle, slid sideways and entered the north ditch. The front end of Fiene’s vehicle entered the creek parallel to the roadway and came to rest. There is an estimated $3,500.00 damage to Fiene’s vehicle and there were no injuries reported in the accident. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Fiene with failure to maintain control, which is a simple misdemeanor.

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

Two Vehicle Accident

On the afternoon of February 5th, 2019, at 12:17 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3000 block of 420th Ave for a report of a two vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer. Upon investigation, it was determined that Alexandria Farquhar of Graettinger, Ia was driving her 2006 Ford F150 northbound in the 3000 block of 420th Ave when a 2001 International semi trailer driven by Joseph Krzyminski of Ft. Pierce, Fl was slowing down behind an unknown vehicle that was turning onto 300th Street. Farquhar failed to slow down in time and subsequently collided with the back of the semi trailer. Damages were estimated at $100 to the Krzyminski trailer and damages to the Farquhar vehicle were estimated at $8000.00.

Farquhar and her passenger were checked on scene by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Services and released. Farquhar was subsequently cited and released with a citation for Failure to Stop in Assured Clear Distance.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene 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.

Disorderly Conduct Citation

On the evening of Monday, February 04, 2019, at 9:02 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident occurring at 113 1/2 W Robins in Graettinger, Ia. Upon investigation into the incident the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Mindy Murphy (36) of Graettinger, Ia on the charge of Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor. Murphy was cited and released on the promise to appear at a later court date.

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 Barred Arrest

At 10:02 p.m. on February 2, 2019, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 Block of South Street in Ayrshire on a 1987 Dodge Ram Charger that had no license plates. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office subsequently arrested Cameron Brown (19) of Royal, IA., on charges of driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, and failure to provide proof of financial liability, a simple misdemeanor. Brown was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was held until 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.