Assault Charge

On September 17, 2020, at 6:45 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Johnette Sue Dodds (40) of Spencer, IA., for assault on persons of certain occupations – jailer – no injury, a serious misdemeanor. While Dodds was being booked into the Palo Alto County Jail on an arrest warrant, Dodds assaulted a jailer at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. The jailer did not sustain injuries in the assault. Dodds remained in custody at 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.

Warrant Arrest

At 6:40 p.m. on September 17, 2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnette Sue Dodds (40) of Spencer, IA. on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. Dodds was unable to post the $1,500 bond and was placed in the Palo Alto County jail where she awaits an initial appearance in front of a judge.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest was 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 September 17, 2020, at 10:19 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a semi car accident in the 300-block of Amin Street in Cylinder, IA. Upon investigation it was determined a 2018 Toyota Rav4, owned and operated by Marie Wheaton (71) of Algona, IA., was northbound in Cylinder when she crossed into the path of a southbound 2004 International semi-tractor trailer owned by Great Lakes Concrete Inc. of Spencer, IA., operated by James Tackett (50) of Milford, IA. The Wheaton vehicle stuck the driver’s side front rear axle of the trailer.

Damage to the Wheaton vehicle was estimated at $10,000. Damage to the trailer was estimated at $2,500. No injuries were reported at the scene and charges are pending.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Cylinder Fire Department, Palo Alto County Hospital Ambulance Service, and Wickman Towing.

Accident

On 09/15/2020 at 7:30 P.M,. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s was dispatched to the 5200 block of 370th for a single vehicle rollover accident. Upon completion of an investigation it was determined that a 2012 Toyota 4Runner, owned by Erin Carrigan of Emmetsburg, was west bound negotiating the curve when an animal entered the roadway. The vehicle was being operated by a juvenile male. The driver swerved to avoid the animal and left the roadway. When the driver attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway the passenger side of the vehicle collided with the guardrail on the bridge, and the momentum of that collision flipped the vehicle onto the driver’s side. The driver reported possible minor injuries and was examined by EMS on scene.

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

Accident

On 09/15/2020 at 10:40 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car/ deer accident in the 3200 block of 420th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a 2018 Chevy Colorado driven by John Lyle Boham of Council Bluffs was northbound on 420th Avenue when he struck a deer that emerged from the west ditch. Damage to the Chevy is estimated at $8,000.00. There were no injuries reported on scene.

Accident

On September 13, 2020, at 4:08 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a single vehicle accident in the 3500-block of 360th Street near Ruthven. Upon investigation into the accident it was determined a 2007 Saturn Ion, operated by Susan McGregor (57) of Mason City, IA., was westbound on 360th Street when the vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane of 360th Street and onto the south shoulder. McGregor would cross back across 360th Street and enter the north ditch which caused the vehicle to roll on to it’s top.

McGregor complained of injury at the scene and was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by the Emmetsburg County Ambulance Service. McGregor was treated for non-incapacitating injuries at the Palo Alto County Hospital. The 2007 Saturn Ion is considered totaled as a result of the accident.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Ruthven Fire Department, Ruthven Ambulance Service, Palo Alto County Ambulance Service, the Iowa State Patrol, and Wickman Towing. Investigation into the accident continues and criminal charges are pending.

OWI Arrest

On Saturday, September 12th, 2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated an erratic driving complaint in the 1300 block of Elm Street, Ruthven. During the investigation, Deputies located the suspect vehicle in the 1400 block of Center Street, Ruthven. Following the investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patrick Ferguson (22) of Estherville, charging him with careless driving = simple misdemeanor and operating while intoxicated 2nd offense = aggravated misdemeanor.

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 August 31, 2020, at 3:57 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two-vehicle car accident in the 400-block of West Lost Island Street in Graettinger. Upon investigation into the accident, it was determined a 2008 Toyota Sienna van, owned by Brian and Virginia Hellyer, operated by a 15 year old female from Graettinger, IA., was attempting to leave a parked position in front of the Graettinger School. A 2008 Mercury Sable, owned by Ambre Mueller, driven by a 17 year old female from Ruthven, IA., was westbound on West Lost Island. The Hellyer vehicle stuck the Mueller vehicle as it passed by. Damage to the Hellyer vehicle was estimated at $3,500. Damage to the Mueller vehicle was estimated at $5000. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Warrant Arrest

On August 31, 2020, at 3:18 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office Arrested Benjamin Robert Gray (37) of Spirit Lake, IA. on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for theft in the 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor. Gray was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was able to make arrangements to pay the $500.00 cash only bond.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest was the Dickinson 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.

Arrest

On Sunday, August 30th, 2020, at 10:36 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an altercation between two male subjects at 205 West Lost Island Street, Graettinger. Following an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathon Naig (46) and Jace Naig (18), both of Graettinger, charging both men with disorderly conduct, which is a simple misdemeanor. Jonathon Naig was also charged with possession of a controlled substance = serious misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia = simple misdemeanor. Jonathon Naig and Jace Naig were transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await an 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.