Car Deer Accident

At 9:17 p.m. on December 12, 2018, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car deer accident in the 5200 block of 370th Street near Cylinder. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined Jared Wingert (43) of Britt, IA. was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado east on 370th Street when a deer emerged from the south ditch and ran into the path of Wingert’s vehicle. Wingert was not injured in the accident. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

Operate While Intoxicated

On Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 03:18, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop, in the 1100 block of Broadway Street, on a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Thomas Ginger, of Primghar, after witnessing the vehicle drive through the front yard of 3804 460th Avenue. During the traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated Ginger for operating the motor vehicle while intoxicated. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ginger, charging him with OWI 2nd Offense= Aggravated Misdemeanor; Possession of Controlled Substance= Serious Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia= Simple Misdemeanor; and Introducing Drugs into a Detention Facility= Class D Felony. Ginger was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail 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.

Operate While Barred

On Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at 03:31 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle stuck on the shoulder in the 3300 block of 350th Avenue. Following an investigation into the report, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Vicki Forcht (44) of Spencer, was driving a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser north in the 3400 block of 350th Avenue. Due to dense fog, Forcht was unable to see the intersection and recognize her location. After driving through the intersection and reaching gravel, Forcht locked her brakes, causing her vehicle to slide into the east ditch. There was no damage done to Frocht’s vehicle.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Forcht’s driver’s license was barred. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Forcht, charging her with driving while barred, which is an aggravated misdemeanor; failure to maintain control and operating a non registered vehicle, which are both simple misdemeanors. Forcht was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await her 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.

Operate While Suspended

On 12/7/2018 at 5:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle that had entered the ditch and was now in the middle of the road. After an investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited and released Austin Christopher Schneider for driving while license privileges were suspended for failure to refile SR 22 liability.

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

Transport to Prison

On 12/7/18 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office delivered Dawn Marie Vanderhoff (32) of Ruthven, to the custody of the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Mitchellville, Ia. Vanderhoff received three 5 year prison terms on 3 counts of Aiding and Abetting 3rd Degree Burglary, with the sentences to be run concurrently.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 11/27/2018 at 3:07 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries which had taken place in the 3800 block of 360th Street. According to the investigation conducted at the scene by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Blue Bird school bus owned by the Ruthven/Ayrshire Community School district and driven by Joyce Marie Kreutner, age 67 of Ruthven, was traveling east on 360th Street and approaching the railroad crossing. Kreutner activated the emergency lighting on the school bus and came to a stop on the west side of the railroad crossing. A 2007 Volkswagen Touareg owned and driven by Brianna Rae Sanculi Guerra, age 36 of Ruthven, failed to notice that the school bus had come to a complete stop and made contact with the rear portion of the bus.

Damage to the Sanculi Guerra vehicle is deemed a total loss. The 2010 Blue Bird owned by the Ruthven/Ayrshire CSD is estimated at $12,000. Sanculi Guerra and Kreutner were transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital with undisclosed injuries by the Palo Alto County Health System. There were no students on the bus at the time of the accident.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Palo Alto County Ambulance and the Ruthven Fire Department.

The investigation is on-going by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Warrant Arrest

At 8:33 p.m. on November 20, 2018 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County Mittimus on Troy Marsh (47) of Laurens, IA. The mittimus requires Marsh serve 30 days in the Palo Alto County Jail, with credit for time served, on contempt of court for failure to pay child support. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Laurens Police Department.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 11/20/2018 at 5:28 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident involving two vehicles, one of which was on fire. The accident occurred at the intersection of 460th Avenue and 460th Street. According to the investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Agco Terra-Gator, owned by Gregory Luke Elbert but driven by Ryan Gene VanWyhe, age 36 of Estherville, was traveling south on 460th Avenue and approaching the intersection of 460th Street. A second vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Camry, owned and driven by Rebecca Ann White, age 30 from Fort Dodge, was also traveling south on 460th Avenue and was behind VanWyhe. VanWyhe vehicle turned to go east on 460th Street and was struck in the driver’s side by the White vehicle. After the collision, the White vehicle became engulfed in flames. White was able to escape the vehicle in which she was operating.

White received minor injuries as a result of the collision. VanWyhe was not injured at the time of the report. The White vehicle sustained severe damage and is considered a total loss. The Elbert farm equipment suffered an undisclosed amount of damage. White was issued a citation for Prohibited Passing (Passing too near a bridge, intersection or railroad crossing.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Health System, the Mallard Fire Department and the Mallard First Responders.

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

Theft Arrest

On Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5:24 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft of a mountain bike parked on the side of an apartment building at 1704 Mitchell Street, Ruthven. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Bailey (37), of Ruthven, charging him with 5th degree theft, which is a simple misdemeanor. Bailey 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.

OWI Arrest

On 11-19-2018 at 09:01am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office recieved a driving complaint in the 3800-Blk of 460Ave., south of Emmetsburg. The vehicle in question was stopped in the 200-Blk of N 5th St in Mallard.
Subsequently, Patrick J. Lynch, age 64 of Ayrshire, Ia., was arrested for OWI (2nd) aggravated mis and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon while intoxicated, serious mis. Lynch was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail.

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