Drug Arrests

On 6/21/18 at approximately 8:38PM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office executed a traffic stop in the 4800 block of 380th Avenue, on a 2008 Chrysler Sebring driven by Jason Sassman of Spencer. Following an investigation and search of the vehicle, 28 grams of Methamphetamine was found and seized. Subsequently the driver, Jason Elmer Lawrence Sassman (47) and and a passenger, Mary Michele Korte (51) both of Spencer were arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine With the Intent to Deliver, a Class B Felony.

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 Tuesday, June 19th 2018, at 2142 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronnie Mere Jr. (37), of Olin, IA on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt-fail to appear for a show cause hearing. Mere was picked up from the Jones County Jail in Anamosa, IA and was transported back to Palo Alto County. Mere was unable to post the $1000.00 cash or surety bond and was subsequently booked into 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.

Warrant Service

On 06/19/2018 at 12:47 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant on Nathaniel Robert Mefferd, 33, of Ruthven charging him with 3 counts of Forgery, all Class “D” Felonies. Mefferd was in the custody of the Palo Alto County Jail at the time of the warrant service. Mefferd was unable to post the $10,000 cash bond. Mefferd remains in jail to await her initial appearance before a magistrate on the additional charges.

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

Warrant Service

On 06/19/2018 at 12:43 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant on Dawn Marie Vanderhoff, 32, of Ruthven charging her with 3 counts of Forgery, all Class “D” Felonies. Vanderhoff was in the custody of the Palo Alto County Jail at the time of the warrant service. Vanderhoff was unable to post the $10,000 cash bond. Vanderhoff remains in jail to await her initial appearance before a magistrate on the additional charges.

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 Monday, June 18, 2018 at 1:27 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served two valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants on Joseph Weber (22) of Welcome, MN for the original charge of OWI 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age, a simple misdemeanor. Weber was unable to secure the $2000 cash or surety bond or the $500 cash-only bond and subsequently transported from Emmet County Authorities to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked and is currently awaiting 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.

Domestic Assault Arrest

On 6/17/2018 at 8:53 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency phone call regarding a disturbance that occurred in the 300 block of N Fourth Street in Mallard. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew James Haley, age 18 of Mallard, on the charges of Domestic Abuse Assault (a simple misdemeanor). Haley was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, and held until 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.

Traffic Violation Arrest

On 6/17/2018 at 4:03 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a traffic violation that occurred in the 5300 block of 475th Street. A 2013 Ford Fusion, owned and driven by Nolan Ryan Grimm, age 20 of West Bend, attempted to evade a Deputy from the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. The Deputy continued to pursue the Grimm vehicle on gravel surfaces in the southeast portion of Palo Alto County. The Grimm vehicle continued leading authorities south on 490th Avenue into Pocahontas County. The vehicle pulled into a farm drive near the intersection of 250th Avenue and 410th Street which is north of Plover.

After the investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nolan Ryan Grimm on the charges of Speed, Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and Failure to obey a traffic control device. Grimm was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked without incident.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office and the Pocahontas 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.

Warrant Arrest

On Saturday June 16, 2018 at 10:28 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a pair of valid Palo Alto County Arrest Warrants on John W. Tatman (55) of Graettinger, Ia. Both arrest warrants were for Harassment, 3rd Degree. The arrest warrants were no-bond warrants and Tatman was subsequently 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.

Single Vehicle Accident

On 6/16/2018 at 4:42 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident with unknown injuries located at 340th Street and 400th Avenue. Upon an investigation completed at the scene by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis owned by Rolanda Fieseler of Ruthven but driven by Hunter Allan Gentry, age 18 of Ruthven, was traveling east in the 3900 block of 400th Street. Prior to meeting another vehicle which was traveling west, Gentry moved his vehicle to the side of the road then lost control. The vehicle driven by Gentry entered the south ditch of 340th Street and continued to travel east until making impact with the embankment of 400th Avenue, causing the vehicle to vault over 400th Avenue, entered the east ditch and struck a utility/power pole.

A passenger in the Gentry vehicle was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital with possible injuries. Gentry was treated at the scene by the Palo Alto County Health System and then transferred to the Palo Alto County Hospital by personal vehicle. A third passenger, a male juvenile, left the scene prior to emergency personnel arrived.

Damage was estimated at $4000.00 to the Fieseler vehicle and $5000.00 to a utility/power pole owned by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. Gentry was issued a citation for failure to maintain control. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Palo Alto County Health System, the Ruthven Fire Department and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.

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 6/14/18 at approximately 1:49 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate an accident that happened at the intersection of 480th Avenue and 380th Street. A 2001 Freightliner driven by Drew Douglas Herum of Dolliver, was driving south on 480th Avenue when he reached the stop sign at 380th Street. While stopping at the stop sign, Herum realized that he had pulled up to far into the intersection to allow oncoming traffic to turn onto 480th Avenue. Herum started to back up the Freightliner he was driving and struck a 2016 Jeep Cherokee driven by Johnny Cherie Hurley of Emmetsburg.

No damage was reported to the trailer the Freightliner was pulling. Damage to the Jeep driven by Hurley was estimated at $1500.00. No injuries were reported in the accident. Herum was issued a citation for Unsafe Backing.

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