Contraband in a Correctional Facility

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 9:25 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sean Christopher Thornton (20) of Spirit Lake, IA., for possession of contraband in a correctional institution, a class D felony. The arrest occurred at the Palo Alto County Jail when Thornton was being booked into the jail on un-related charges. Thornton was held in the Palo Alto County Jail until an initial appearance in front of 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 9/13/2021 5:51 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Rolling St. in Ruthven. As a result of the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Riley Janelle Fagen, age 19 of Ruthven, on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant charging Fagen with Theft 5th Degree. Fagen was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and held on a $500.00 cash only bond.

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

Contraband in a Correctional Facility

On 9/13/2021 at 2:30 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Kelly Jo Swanson, age 59 of Mason City, with the Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Institution, a Class D Felony. Swanson was being booked into the Palo Alto County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of her offense. Swanson was held at the Palo Alto County Jail 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.

OWI Arrest

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 7:24 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning an intoxicated driver. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle in the 4700-block of 580th Avenue. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amanda Marie Jacobson (42) of Ottosen, IA., for operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor. Jacobson was transported to 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.

Drive While Suspended

On 09/07/2021 at 3:43 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Main St., Emmetsburg, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle, Jasmine Mitchum (24) of Waterloo, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with driving while suspended, failure to display license plates, no proof of insurance, and operating a non-registered vehicle. Jasmine was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail to await 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.

Car Deer Accident

On 9/5/2021 at 9:08 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle non injury vehicle vs. deer accident in the 3200 block of River Road. According to the investigation, a 2005 Cadillac STS driven by Carson William Mattson, age 17 of Graettinger but owned by Amanda Jean Lawson of Graettinger was traveling north on River Road when a deer emerged from the west ditch and onto the traveled portion of the roadway. The deer contacted the Cadillac on the driver’s side portion of the vehicle causing an estimated $1500 to the 2005 Cadillac.

OWI Arrest

On 9/5/2021 at 5:48 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 4100 block of 460th Avenue. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested, Koby Michael Becker, age 23 of Humboldt, on the charges of Operating while Intoxicated-1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor and speeding, a simple misdemeanor. Becker was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and 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.

OWI Arrest

On 09/04/2021 at 10:27 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a golf cart in the 100 block of S. Brown St., Graettinger, Iowa. The driver failed to stop and continued to the 300 block of S. Cedar St. where both occupants then fled on foot, but were located and placed under arrest.

Joshua Claussen (36), of Graettinger is charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense – aggravated misdemeanor, fleeing and eluding – serious misdemeanor, driving while barred – aggravated misdemeanor, interference with official acts – simple misdemeanor, failure to stop at a stop sign – simple misdemeanor, driving on the wrong side of the rode – simple misdemeanor, driving in violations of restrictions – simple misdemeanor, no proof of insurance – simple misdemeanor, improper stopping, standing, or parking – simple misdemeanor, transporting an open container of alcohol – simple misdemeanor, and failure to use headlights when required – simple misdemeanor. James Tatman III (30) of Graettinger is charged with interference with official acts – simple misdemeanor, assault on person in certain occupations – serious misdemeanor, and public intoxication – simple misdemeanor. Both subjects were placed in the Palo Alto County Jail to await their 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 09/03/2021 at 12:30 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Kaye Peterson, 44, of Graettinger on four valid Palo Alto County warrants. The warrants were for failure to appear on the original charge of Driving while Barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, with a $4,650.00 cash only bond. Failure to appear on the original charge of Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, a simple misdemeanor, with a $350.00 cash bond. Two counts of Dog at Large in violation of Graettinger City Ordinance, both simple misdemeanors, both carried a $500.00 unsecured signature bond. Peterson was unable to post bond and was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to wait her initial appearance before the magistrate.

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

Drug Possession

On 08/25/2021 at 9:17 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious female subject at the park in Ruthven. A Deputy responded to the location and located Natosha Engelkes (29) of Ruthven, Iowa, and discovered she had an active warrant through Clay County for possession of drug paraphernalia. During the arrest Natosha was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Natosha was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine 3rd offense –D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor. She was place in the Palo Alto County Jail to await her initial appearance before a judge and extradition to Clay County.

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