Virgin Lake Body Recovered

On 7-22-20 at 1:16 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a passerby of a possible body in Virgin Lake, south of Ruthven, Iowa. Upon arriving at the east boat ramp in the 3700 block of 353 Ave, one body was observed 25 feet from shore. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations was called and the body was removed from the lake and transported to the Iowa Medical Examiners Office in Ankeny, Iowa.

The body was identified as 27 year old Rollin J Bontrager from Washington, Iowa. An autopsy was performed and a final report by the Medical Examiner’s Office will be released to law enforcement when final testing is complete.

On 7-31-20 search warrants were executed at 2 residence in Emmetsburg and three vehicles were also searched. Numerous items were seized and will be analyzed.

Agencies that are assisting in this investigation are the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Palo Alto County Coroner, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, the Emmet County and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Emmetsburg and Spencer Police Department’s, and the Iowa DCI Crime Scene Unit.

The investigation continues. Anyone that may have information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at 712-852-3535.

Media inquiries can be made to SAC Darrell Simmons, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations at simmons@dps.state.ia.us or by calling 712-322-1585.

Child Endangerment

On 07/30/2020 at 8:11 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report about a family disturbance in the 300 block of N. 4th St. Mallard, Iowa. Upon completion of an investigation Corry Bytwerk (31) of Spring Lake, Michigan was placed under arrest and charged with child endangerment (aggravated misdemeanor), domestic abuse assault 1st offense causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor), two counts of simple assault (simple misdemeanor), public intoxication (simple misdemeanor), interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor), and theft 5th degree (simple misdemeanor). Corry was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a judge. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office was assisted on scene by the Pocahontas 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.

Domestic Assault

On 7/29/2020 at 4:29 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic assault that occurred at 3018 340th Avenue. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nathan Lee Rouse, age 45 of Ruthven, on the charges of Domestic Abuse Assault-bodily injury (1st Offense)-a serious misdemeanor and child endangerment-an aggravated misdemeanor. Rouse was arrested without incident and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted 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.

Animal At Large

On 7/29/2020 at 4:17 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested, cited and released Heather Kaye Peterson, age 43 of Graettinger, for violation of Graettinger city code 55.06. This ordinance governs the animal at large or leash law within the corporate city limits of Graettinger. Peterson was given a court date of 9/23/2020 and must appear on the non-scheduled violation.

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

Driving While Suspended

On 07/28/2020 at 7:50 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of S. Brown Ave., on a vehicle for not displaying license plates. As a result of the stop the driver of the vehicle, Ricky Cole (55) of Graettinger, was placed under arrest and charged with driving while suspended. Ricky was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was jailed 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.

Drive While Suspended

On 07/21/2020 at 11:41 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Lake St., Emmetsburg, Iowa for a defective brake light. As a result of the stop the driver of the vehicle, Shane Girres (35) of Graettinger was arrested and chaged with driving while suspended, and no proof of liability insurance. He was issued a warning citation for the vehicle defect. He was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was jailed 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 07/20/2020 at 8:00 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriffs’ office arrested Peter Montag (58) of West Bend, Iowa pursuant to a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant. The warrant was for one count of 2nd degree sexual abuse, a class B felony, and one count of incest, a class D felony. Peter was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 cash or surety bond, 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.

Warrant Arrest

On July 17, 2020, at 8:40 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Allen Mattingly (30) of Ruthven, IA. on three Palo Alto County arrest warrants. The warrants stemmed from a car accident which occurred on April 26, 2020 in the 3400-block of 460th Street. The warrants were issued for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, burglary in the 3rd degree, an aggravated misdemeanor, failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor, and failure to maintain or use safety belts, a simple misdemeanor. The warrants carried a $4,200 unsecured signature bond. Mattingly was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was served the warrants and released with a court date to appear on the charges.

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 7/16/20 at 6:59 A.M., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate an unattended vehicle that had been in an accident in the 3800 block of 450th Avenue. Upon an investigation, it was determined that the accident had happened on 7/15/20 at 1:30 P.M. Ryan Robert Kliegl (27) of Emmetsburg, was driving his 1999 Lincoln Towncar south in the 3800 Block of 450th Avenue when the vehicle’s passenger side tires dropped off of the roadway. As Kliegl attempted to steer his vehicle back onto the roadway he slid out of control, crossed the center line, entered the east ditch, and the front passenger side collided with the ditch embankment.
No injuries were reported in the accident. Damage to Kliegl’s vehicle was estimated at $1500.00. Kliegl was issued citations for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Prove Security Against Liability (Accident Related).

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 7/14/20 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lawrence Charles Ruotolo, (50) of Primgar, on two valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants for Probation Violation. Ruotolo was in the Plymoth County Jail and was subsequently transported to the Palo Alto County Jail. Ruotolo was unable to post the $7500.00 total cash or surety bond and was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.