Scam

On 3-2-21, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a West Bend resident concerning a scam phone call. The resident had recevied an automated phone call from a male subject claiming to be Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes. This male advised the resident she was in legal trouble and needed to take care of the issue over the phone or there would be a warrant issued for her arrest. The resident hung up and has not received any more calls.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office does not make phone calls requesting individuals pay any form of monies or request any personal information over threats of warrants being issued. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official, ask them which agency they represent and make contact with that agency by calling them from a phone number you acquired from a trustworthy source. The relationship between the public and law enforcement is important and we will not use over the phone scared tactics to jeapordize that relationship.

Drug Arrests

On 03/01/2021 at 10:27 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3900 block of 460th Ave. (HWY 4), Emmetsburg, Iowa. As a result of the stop and subsequent investigation the driver of the vehicle, Larame Swenson (41) of Laurens, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver – D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor, and harassment 2nd degree – serious misdemeanor. He was also charged with speeding, failure to illuminate the rear license plate, and no proof of insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, Misty Pettit (31) of Laurens, was also placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana 1st offense -serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor. Both subjects were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, and booked in to await their initial appearance before a judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department.

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

Alcohol Party

On 02/27/2021 at 11: 24 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report about an underage drinking party in the 4000 block of 570th Ave, Whittemore, Iowa. As a result of the investigation Adam Deitering (20) of Emmetsburg, was placed under arrest and charged with minor in possession of alcohol, minor in possession of tobacco, and interference with official acts. Colten Neusch (18) of Armstrong, was also placed under arrest and charged with minor in possession of alcohol, and interference with official acts. Both subjects were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await their initial appearance before a judge.

The following individuals were cited for minor in possession of alcohol and released on their promise to appear in court on a later date: Tanner Van Wyhe (19) of Hartley, Katelyn Lahndorf (19) of Lone Rock, Courtney Berte (19) of Algona, Zaccary Mann (20) of Ringsted, Garett Fredericksen (20) of Estherville. Three juveniles were also cited and released for minor in possession of alcohol.

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

OWI Arrest

On February 26, 2021, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic in the 1300 block of Gowrie Street in Ruthven for a traffic violation. Upon investigation into the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marshall Broadie, (22) of Ruthven for operating while intoxicated 1st offense = a serious misdemeanor, open container of alcohol (driver) = a simple misdemeanor, and careless driving = a simple misdemeanor. Broadie was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s 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.

Warrant Arrest

On February 26, 2021, at 6:50 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Teresa Lynn Hale, (50) of Correctionville, IA., on three Palo Alto County warrants. The warrants stemmed from an investigation into a vehicle in the ditch on August 26, 2020. The warrants were issued for possession of controlled substance 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, restrictions on transportation of alcohol, a simple misdemeanor, and driving while license suspended, a simple misdemeanor. Total bond on the warrants was $4,500 with $3,500 of it being cash only.

Hale was incarcerated in the Humboldt County Jail on unrelated charges and was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail. Hale was unable to post the bond and was placed in the Palo Alto County Jail where she 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.

Assault Arrests

On 02/25/2021 at 5:30 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1300 block of Rolling St., Ruthven, Iowa, for an active disturbance. As a result of the disturbance and investigation Pashea Haht (21) of Ruthven, was placed under arrest and charged with domestic abuse assault – simple misdemeanor, and criminal mischief 5th degree – simple misdemeanor. Mariah Haht (22) of Sutherland, was also placed under arrest and charged with assault – simple misdemeanor. Both subjects were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await their initial appearance before a judge.

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

Accident

On 02/25/2021 at 10:18 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident in the 4800 block of 370th Street. Upon investigation it was determined a red 2009 Chevy Impala, driven by Justin James Bauer and registered to Amanda Jane Garman both of Wesley, was westbound on 370th Street. Bauer drifted across the roadway and onto the shoulder of the roadway. Bauer attempted to get the Chevy back onto the roadway and overcorrected and lost control of the Chevy. The Chevy entered the south ditch and rolled once before coming to rest in the ditch.

Bauer was transported to Palo Alto County Hospital for treatment of possible injuries. The estimated damage to the Chevy is $8,000.00. Bauer was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control, 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.

Arrest

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 1:20 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop in the 4700 block of 370th Street, on a 1996 Mercury Cougar driven by April Hawn (32) of Milford. During the traffic stop, it was discovered the Hawn was driving with a barred operators license. Hawn was then arrested for driving while barred, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Hawn was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office to await her 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 02/20/2021 at 10:07 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Samuel Patrick Sutherland, 37 of Dickens, on a valid Palo Alto County warrant. The warrant charged Sutherland with OWI 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor. The warrant stemmed from an investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office into a suspicious vehicle on 01/23/2021. Sutherland was unable to post the $2,500.00 cash only bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

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 February 17, 2021, at 9:50 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car versus deer accident in the 4100 block of 460th Avenue. It was determined a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, owned and operated by Melody Kuhn, (18) of Palmer, IA., was northbound when a deer emerged in the roadway. Kuhn’s vehicle collided with the deer causing an estimated $2,000 in damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.