Arrest

On 1/21/21 at 7:53 a.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served valid arrest warrants on Shaunie Lynn Fleischfresser, age 18 from Pocahontas, charging her with OWI-1st Offense and Driving while License Suspended. The warrants for Fleischfresser stem from an investigation conducted on 12/31/2020 by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. At the time of this release, Fleischfresser was booked and held at the Palo Alto County Jail. The Iowa Department of Criminalistics Lab assisted with the investigation.

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 January 20, 2021, at 5:37 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a two-vehicle accident in the 3700 block of 360th Street near Ruthven. Upon investigation it was determined a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup had went into the south ditch on January 19, 2021. Subjects were attempting to pull the Dodge Ram out of the south ditch and had stopped traffic in the roadway. Sandra Iwen (69) of Emmetsburg was eastbound on 360th Street and had stopped in the roadway allowing the Dodge Ram to be pulled from the ditch. Angel Nieves Carballo (31) of Emmetsburg was operating a 1999 Ford Explorer and did not see the Iwen vehicle stopped in the roadway. The Nieves Carballo vehicle rear-ended the stopped Iwen vehicle.

Damage to the Iwen vehicle was estimated at $3,000. Damage to the Nieves Carballo vehicle was estimated at $4,500. Iwen complained of possible injuries at the scene and was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Ruthven Ambulance Service, Ruthven Fire Department, Emmetsburg Ambulance Service, Wickman Towing, and the Iowa State Patrol. The investigation remains under investigation.

Accident

On 1/19/2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3900 Block of 360th Street for a single vehicle rollover. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Daymain Buhsmann (29) of Curlew was driving a red Chevrolet pick-up, owned by Jade Farms of Ruthven, and was traveling Eastbound on 360th Street. In the 3900 Block of 360th Street Buhsmann lost control of the pick-up and went into the south ditch. The pick-up came to rest on its top. An estimated $4500.00 worth of damage was done to the pick-up as a result of the accident. Buhsmann was cited for failure to maintain control. There were no reports of injuries from the accident.

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 Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 1:38 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3800 block of 525th Avenue on a silver 2002 Cadillac Deville driven by Kurt Warn (59) of Emmetsburg. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Warn had a barred driver’s license and was arrested for driving while barred, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Warn 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.

Accident

On 01/18/2021 at 6:07 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car versus deer accident in the 2800 block of 420th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a white 2018 GMC Yukon, driven by Susan Diane Graettinger and registered to Joseph Bernard Graettinger both of Graettinger, was southbound on 420th Avenue when a deer emerged onto the roadway. The Graettinger vehicle struck the deer causing an estimated $6,000.00 in damage to the GMC. There were no injuries reported on scene.

Accident

On 1/17/2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to a car vs. deer accident. After an investigation the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Chelsea Zaragoza (30) of Ruthven, was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion in the 3400 Block of 360th Street, when a deer emerged from the ditch and onto the roadway. Zaragoza struck the deer with her vehicle causing an estimated $3000.00 worth of damage to the front driver’s side fender area. There were no reports of injuries from the collision.

Accident

On 1/16/2020, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two motor vehicle accident in the 4700 Block of 380th Avenue. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Lainnie Miller (20) of Graettinger was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Southbound in the 4700 Block of 380th Avenue, when she lost control of her vehicle. Miller’s vehicle slid across the center line and into the Northbound lane and collided with 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Kaleb Stinehart (31) of Laurens. Both vehicle are considered a total loss. There were no reports of injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Accident

On January 7th, 2021, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 4800 Block of 370th Avenue. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that William Hickman (31) of Laurens was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra pick up northbound in the 4800 Block of 370th Avenue. At the curve on 370th Avenue, Hickman’s vehicle went straight into the ditch, hit an embankment and became airborne before hitting a fence and some boulders. Hickman’s vehicle sustained an estimated $6000.00 worth of damage, and $200.00 worth of damage to the fence from the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Hickman for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. There were no reports of injuries from the accident.

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 1/7/2021 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Phillip Krusen (32) of Rolfe on 2 valid Palo Alto County arrest warrants. Krusen was served an arrest warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree and a No-Bond arrest warrant for Violation of a No-Contact Order. Following his arrest, Krusen 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.

Accident

On January 7, 2021, at 4:03 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Lakeland Convenience Store in Ruthven for a two vehicle that happened in the parking lot. Upon investigation it was determined a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 owned by Gustin Farms LLC, operated by Steven Gustin (50) of Dickens, IA., was backing from a parking spot and did not see another vehicle entering the parking lot. The Gustin vehicle made contact with a 2015 Buick Lacrosse owned and operated by Robert Simington (56) of Ruthven, IA. Damage to the Gustin Farms vehicle was estimated at $300. Damage to the Simington vehicle was estimated at $2,000. No injuries were reported at the scene.