Car/Deer Accident

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car versus deer accident in the 4400 block of 460th Avenue. It was determined Daniel Stokes (67) of Mallard, IA. was northbound on 460th avenue when a deer emerged in the roadway from the east ditch. Stokes’ vehicle collided with the deer causing an estimated $2,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.


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


Vehicle Pursuit

On Monday, August 8, 2022, at 8:11 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was asked for assistance from the Estherville Police Department in regards to a theft of items from a convenience store in Estherville. At approximately 8:22 p.m. a Palo Alto County Deputy observed a 2010 Jeep Patriot traveling east, which was a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The deputy got behind the Jeep Patriot in the 3800 Block of Highway 18 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the Jeep Patriot did not immediately stop and continued toward Ruthven. The deputy continued to pursue the Jeep Patriot until it eventually did stop on the side of the roadway just east of Ruthven.

As the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, the suspect vehicle took off and the driver would end up driving recklessly through several yards within the city limits of Ruthven. As the deputy continued to pursue the Jeep Patriot, the driver pulled back onto Highway 18 and headed east. The suspect driver and vehicle drove east of Ruthven as the deputy continued to pursue. While following the suspect vehicle, the driver turned the Jeep Patriot around and headed back west towards Ruthven. As the pursuit was re-entering the city limits of Ruthven, there was a stopped vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. It appeared to the deputy, that the driver of the Jeep Patriot was going to intentionally collide with the vehicle that had pulled over. At this point the deputy felt that for the safety of others, he had to try and stop the Jeep Patriot. The deputy subsequently drove his patrol vehicle into the rear driver side of the Jeep Patriot. This caused the Jeep Patriot to drive into the north ditch. The vehicle would eventually come to stop at the intersection of Haugen Street and Old Highway #18. The female driver exited the Jeep Patriot and attempted to get into a motorist’s vehicle which was stopped at the intersection. As the deputy attempted to take the female subject into custody, she began to resist and would end up assaulting the deputy.

Following an investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sierra Nicole Day (34) of Nevis, Minnesota for Eluding, a Class D Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance With the Intent to Deliver, a Class C felony, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, a class D felony, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor, Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor, Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Interference With Official Acts, a Serious Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, a Simple Misdemeanor, Speeding, a Simple Misdemeanor, Failure to Obey Stop Sign, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Driving On Wrong Side of Two-Way Highway, a Simple Misdemeanor, Items were seized from the vehicle in connection with the theft in Estherville. Estherville Police Department will be filing additional charges for the theft.

Following her arrest, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office requested a search warrant and items were also seized in connection with a burglary that occurred in Minnehaha County South Dakota on 8-8-2022.
No injuries were reported as a result of the vehicle collision. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Ruthven Ambulance Service, Iowa State Patrol, Emmetsburg Police Department, and Wickman 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/Deer Accident

On Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 9:25 PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a Life 360 crash alarm in the 4800 block of 380th Avenue. Tyler Dayton of Pocahontas, was driving a 2000 Buick LeSabre southbound on 380th Avenue, when a deer emerged in the roadway. Dayton’s vehicle collided with the deer, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.


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

Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant

On 08/16/2022 at 9:07 PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jayson Allen Wiley, (49) of Emmetsburg, on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for Bestiality and Child Endangerment, both Aggravated Misdemeanors. Wiley was unable to post the $6,500.00 cash only bond and was placed in jail to await his 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.

August Step Wave

Labor Day Crushing Results

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and we celebrate with barbecues and road trips. One of the deadliest and most often committed – yet preventable – crimes (impaired driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country. AAA indicates the 100 deadliest days occur from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) during the 2020 Labor Day holiday period (September 4 – September 8), there were 530 traffic fatalities nationwide. Forty-six percent of those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking and more than one-third (38%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were over the legal limit. The Iowa Department of Transportation reports seven fatalities occurred over the 2021 Labor Day holiday period. Ultimately, drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that puts all road users at risk.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau will be supporting law enforcement in Iowa with extra officers patrolling during the 2022 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from August 19 – September 5 in order to crush these results of rising impaired driving fatalities.

We can all do our part to crush drunk and driving. Remember that it is never okay to drink/drug and drive. Even if you plan to have only one, designate a sober driver or use a ride service to get home safely. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. These are small tasks that can make a BIG difference to save lives.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


Media contact: Amanda Woods, GTSB Program Administrator, (515) 725-6127.

Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant

On 08/20/2022 at 7:12 PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of 340th Street. As a result of the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Megan Reese (34) of Laurens, on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Reese was able to post the $500.00 cash only bond and was released 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.

Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant

On 8/20/22 at 12:10 PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles A. Heilstedt, age 58 of Ruthven, on a valid No Bond Palo Alto County arrest warrant for Contempt-Resist Order. Following his arrest, Heilstedt was placed in jail to await his 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.

Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant

On 8/20/22 at 8:37 AM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kevin R Rodgriguez Ocotlan, age 21 of Estherville, on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear on a Driving While License Suspended or Revoked charge. Following his arrest, Ocotlan was seen by a magistrate and released 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.

Single Vehicle Accident

On 8/19/2022 at 5:48 PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident that occurred near the 100 block of Iowa Street, in Cylinder. A 1995 Chevrolet G30 van owned and operated by Grant David Waldschmidt, age 34 of Cylinder, was driving south through an alley west of Iowa Street. Waldschmidt was operating the van in a careless manner and entered a yard behind 111 Iowa Street. The Waldschmidt vehicle collided with a tree and then a garage, before leaving the scene of the accident. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Grant David Waldschmidt (34) of Cylinder, on charges of O.W.I. 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Careless Driving, a Simple Misdemeanor. Following his arrest, Waldschmidt was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

Damage was estimated at $2500.00 to the Waldschmidt vehicle, $150 to the tree owned by Henry Bonnstetter and $4500 to a garage owned by Henry Bonnstetter. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted 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.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 8/19/2022 at 11:49 AM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call regarding a two vehicle, personal injury accident, that happened at the intersection of 380th Avenue and 480th Street. A 2007 Ford F-150, owned and operated by Anthony John Heiman, (46) of Ayrshire, was traveling east in the 3700 block of 480th Street. As Heiman reached the intersection of 480th Street and 380th Avenue, Heiman failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection. At the same time the Heiman vehicle entered the intersection, a 2006 Chevrolet Express G2500 Van, owned by AK Floor Coverings, LLC but driven by Kevin Allen Sheets, age 44 of Laurens, entered the intersection from the south. As the vehicles entered the intersection, the Heiman vehicle struck the Chevy Express Van driven by Sheets.

Following the contact, the Chevy Express van entered the west ditch area of 380th Avenue. After entering the ditch area, the van rolled before coming to rest on its wheels facing south. The Heiman vehicle entered the north ditch area of 480th Street.

Heiman was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by ground ambulance to be treated for possible injuries. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Palo Alto County Health/Mercy One and Wickman’s Towing. The Heiman vehicle sustained an estimated $12,000 worth of damages and the van owned by AK Floor Coverings, LLC sustained an estimated $15,000 worth of damages.

The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending at this time.


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