May STEP

The Crash Dummies, Vince and Larry, are making a comeback this summer to remind people to “Buckle Up.” It is simple, takes 2 seconds and no doubt saves lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of crash victims killed at night (6 PM – 5:59 AM) were not wearing their seatbelts. According to the Iowa DOT, 94 people were killed in 2021 on Iowa’s roadways who were not wearing their seatbelts.

Law enforcement agencies across Iowa will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 23 – June 5, 2022. In an effort to combat fatality and injury crashes, officers will be exhibiting zero tolerance for drivers who are not buckled, speeding, or driving while distracted or impaired.

Not wearing a seatbelt is dangerous and puts everyone in the vehicle in jeopardy. Those not wearing a safety belt become a projectile and kill others who are buckled. In Iowa, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $135.50 (Iowa code 321.445).

Good habits start with young drivers. SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) is a peer to peer program for teenagers encouraging seatbelt use. To get your school involved, contact Cathy Slade at cslade@dccca.org or 515-766-8307.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Crash Dummies (Vince and Larry) remind you to always Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time. Stay tuned for more on the Crash Dummies “Wrecked It” Reunion Tour.

Media contact: Genie Sterbenz, GTSB Program Administrator, (515) 725-6121.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

On 05/14/2022 at 7:31 P.M. the Palo Alto Count Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault in the 1600 block of West St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the investigation Thomas Ferguson (28) of Ruthven, Iowa was placed under arrest for driving while revoked and disorderly conduct. Thomas was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and booked in 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.

Drug Arrest

On 05/13/2022 at 9:47 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Taylor Campbell (20) of Peterson, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of controlled substance marijuana 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor, and insufficient number of headlights. Taylor was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail, and booked in 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.

Arrest

On 05/14/2022 at 7:31 P.M. the Palo Alto Count Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault in the 1600 block of West St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the investigation Thomas Ferguson (28) of Ruthven, Iowa was placed under arrest for driving while revoked and disorderly conduct. Thomas was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and booked in 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.

OWI Arrest

On 05/13/2022 at 9:47 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Taylor Campbell (20) of Peterson, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of controlled substance marijuana 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia – simple misdemeanor, and insufficient number of headlights. Taylor was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail, and booked in 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.

Accident

On 5/13/2022, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle vs. deer collision. According to the investigation a 2014 Ford Taurus, owned and driven by Lori Jean Krei, age 59 of Spencer, was traveling south in the 3600 block of 450th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion. The Krei vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $4000 worth of damages.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Warrant Arrest

On 5/13/2022 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested David De Jesus Martinez-Orozco (38) of West Bend on a valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrant for 2nd Offense Domestic Abuse. Martinez-Orozco was unable to post the $5000.00 cash only bond and was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

Accident

On 05/13/2022 at 12:21 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of 530th Avenue and 400th Street. Upon investigation it was determined on 05/13/2022 at around 1:00 a.m. a red 2006 Chevy Impala registered to and driven by Adam Nicholas Leuer of Emmetsburg was southbound on 530th Avenue. Leuer failed to realize he was coming to a T- intersection when he reached the cross street at 400th Street. Leuer would drive off the T-intersection and entered the south ditch. The Chevy would sustain front end damage.

Damage to the Chevy is estimated at $8,000.00. Leuer would receive minor injuries but not seek medical attention. Leuer was cited for failure to prove security against liability (accident related), operation without registration, failure to maintain control and failure to wear safety belt, all simple misdemeanors.

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 Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 8:47 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a single vehicle accident with unknown injuries in the 4700 block of 280th Street near Graettinger. After investigation into the incident, it was determined Autumn Smart (25) of Welcome, MN., was eastbound on 280th Street, operating a 2003 Mercury Sable, when a severe thunderstorm was occurring in the area. Smart advised the blowing dirt caused blackout conditions and she was unable to see the roadway while driving. Smart’s vehicle entered the south ditch striking a turning trucks sign. Damage to Smart’s vehicle was estimated at $1,500. Damage to the sign owned by Palo Alto County was estimated at $500. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Graettinger Ambulance Service, Graettinger Fire Department, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Warrant Arrest

On 05/09/2022 at 11:21 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan Sutherland (37), of Ruthven on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant for driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor. Jonathan was located and taken into custody at 1100 block of Scott St., Ruthven, Iowa. Jonathan was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and was unable to post the $5000.00 cash or surety bond. Additionally Jonathan was charged with possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense – D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jonathan 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.