Accident

On 07/11/2022 at 5:10 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4300 block of 360th Street, for a single vehicle, non-injury accident. Morgan Barrientos of Spencer, was driving a 2018 Chevy Silverado in the 4300 block of 360th Street. Barrientos drove on the wrong side of the construction barriers at the bridge construction zone when she struck the unfinished portion of the bridge concrete. The vehicle sustained and estimated $4000.00 in damage, and there were no reported injuries. Morgan was cited for failure to maintain control.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmetsburg Police Department, and Wickman’s Towing.

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 07/18/2022 at 7:54 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 4200 block of Shea RD for a single vehicle injury accident. A 2018 FEDEX box van, owned by A Plus Transportation INC of Coralville and operated by Kyle Holland of Spirit Lake, was north bound and failed to negotiate the curve in the road. The vehicle subsequently slid off of the roadway and into the ditch where it rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. Holland was transported to PACH by ambulance to be treated for his injuries. Holland was cited for Failure to Maintain Control/Reduce Speed.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by PACH EMS, and Wickman’s Towing.

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

Car vs Deer Accident

On July 17, 2022, at 2:43 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car/deer accident in the 3300 block of 460th Avenue. Cassidie O’Rourke (18) of Cylinder, was southbound on 460th Avenue, operating a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, when a deer emerged in the roadway. O’Rourke’s vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $3,000 in damage. No injuries were reported at the scene.

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

Domestic Arrest

On 07/15/2022 at 9:16 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance at 1403 Center Street in Ruthven. Following an investigation into the disturbance, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dominque Cheri Cullom, 31, of Estherville charging her with Simple Domestic Assault. Cullom was jailed after her arrest.

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 7/9/2022 at 10:06 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle vs. deer accident that occurred in the 4300 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Toyota Highlander, owned by Jason Stensland but driven by Carla Ann Stensland, age 51 of Ogden, was traveling south on 460th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch. The Stensland vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $7500.00 worth of damages.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Wickman’s Towing.

Warrant Arrest

On July 7th, 2022 at 7:10 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant on Charles A. Heilstedt, age 58 of Ruthven. Heilstedt was charged with Contempt -Resist Order or Process of Magistrate Court. Heilstedt was arrested in the 1900 block of Old Highway 18 in Ruthven and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident. Heilstedt was held until his 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.

Accident

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 08:41 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 280th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Sandra Holl (80) of Dolliver was driving a 2014 Chrysler 200 westbound in the 4400 block of 280th Street. Due to a suspected medical issue, Holl was not able keep control of her vehicle. Holl’s vehicle drove into the west ditch and came to rest in a corn field.

Holl sustained minor injuries in the accident and was treated by emergency medical services. There is an estimated $1,500.00 damage done to Holl’s vehicle.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Graettinger Ambulance Service and the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

Drug Arrest

On Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 1205 Main Street, Ruthven. Following the search warrant, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler Sturgill (28) of Ruthven, charging him with possession of controlled substance 2nd offense = aggravated misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia = simple misdemeanor. Sturgill was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in 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 Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 4:58 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following an investigation on scene, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Brent Thooft (40) of Fenton was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon east bound and approaching several vehicles stopped at the construction zone stop light west of the Des Moines River bridge in the 4400 block of 360th Street. Due to driver inattentiveness, Thooft failed to see the stopped vehicles ahead of him and collided with the rearend of a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Erika Thompson (45) of Emmetsburg.

Both vehicles were deemed a total loss in the accident. Thooft and Thompson both sustained injuries as a result of the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Thooft with failure to stop within a clear and assured distance, which is a simple misdemeanor. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Palo Alto County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

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 Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 09:33 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi truck and trailer roll over in the 5700 block of 320th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Duane Buchmeier (51) of Sherburn, MN was driving a 2012 Freighliner Cascadia west bound in the 5700 block of 320th Street, hauling feed to a nearby hog site. Buchmeier was unable to maintain control of the semi truck, drove onto the shoulder and ultimately rolled over into the north ditch. A further investigation determined that Buchmeier was under the influence of alcohol, which was a factor in Buchmeier’s ability to maintain control of the semi truck. There was an estimated $100,000 in damage to the semi, trailer, and feed loss. Buchmeier sustained minor injuries during the accident and refused medical assistance.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Duane Buchmeier for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, which is a serious misdemeanor and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, which is a simple misdemeanor. Buchmeier was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in 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.