Palo Alto County Search Warrant

On 07/31/2015 at approximately 10:25 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in reference to an individual shooting at an aerial spray plane owned by Steier AG Aviation of Whittemore, Iowa, while it was conducting routine spraying of a field in Palo Alto County. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the incident took place in the south west corner of section 25 in Fairfield Township while the plane was spraying a farm field. The plane was struck on the right wing flap by a bullet and was able to return to the landing strip and land safely.

 

During the investigation a suspect was developed and a search warrant was obtained for a property located at 5719 390th Street. Several items were seized from the property and are in the process of being analyzed. There have been no arrests made in the case and the investigation is ongoing.

 

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, and Algona Police Department.

Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age

On 8/1/2015 at approximately 10:43p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3600 block of 360th St. Upon an investigation into the traffic stop, four(4) subjects were charged with minor in possession of alcohol under the legal age. Darby Gillian Jones, age 19 from Spencer, IA was charged with possession of alcohol under legal age. Jones was also given a written warning for speed. Hannah Jaye Mitchell, age 18 from Milford, IA was charged with possession of alcohol under legal age. Tye Aaron Sanders, age 18 of Milford, IA was charged with possession of alcohol under legal age. A fourth subject, a juvenile under the age of 18 yrs of age, was also charged and referred to juvenile court services. Jones, Mitchell and Sanders were cited and released with a court date of 9/23/2015.

Arrest Warrant Served

On 07/31/2015 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Trent Michael Truelson, 23, of Pocahontas on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant for Assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. Truelson was unable to post the $1,500.00 cash only bond and was later booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

Arrest Warrant Served

On 7/29/15 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patrick Keith Johnson (46) of Curlew on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant for Driving While Barred an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Following his arrest, Johnson was unable to post the $6500.00 cash or surety bond and was booked into jail to await his intial appearance before a judge.

Assault

On Monday, July 27, 2015, at approximately 5:54 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault in progress at Sparky’s Convenient Store, in Mallard. Following an investigation into the incident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Krusen, 26, of Mallard for assault causing bodily injury= serious misdemeanor, and driving while suspended. Krusen was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, and booked in to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

 

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has an ongoing investigation into this incident and more charges are pending on the second party involved.

Asphyxiation

On 7-25-2015 at 1:50 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call that two males were submerged in a hog manure pump pit at 3268 510 Ave. Fire Departments from Cylinder and Emmetsburg were dispatched as well as two Palo Alto County Ambulance from Emmetsburg.

 

Upon Sheriff’s Office arrival, Gene Opheim, age 58 of Cylinder, Ia., was pulled from the pump pit and life saving measures began. Austin Opheim, age 32 of Cylinder, was extricated from the manure pit by fire personnel and life saving measures began. Gene and Austin were transported by ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital and both succumbed to their injuries.

 

The Opheim’s were making repairs to the manure pit at the time of the incident. Austin had entered the pit and was overcome by gases contained in the pit. Gene entered the pit in the attempt to rescue his son. 

Accident

On 07/24/2015 at approximately 3:18 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a two vehicle accident at the intersection of West Olive Street and North Jackson Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a 2001 GMC Savana driven by Lynn Therese Tatman of Graettinger was northbound on North Jackson Avenue when she collided with a westbound 2009 Chevy Impala driven by Katie Jo Cook of Spencer in the uncontrolled intersection. Damage to the GMC is estimated at $2,000.00 and damage to the Chevy is estimated at $8,500.00. There were no injuries reported on scene. Tatman was issued a citation for failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

10-50 Car/Deer

On 7/24/15 at approximatley 10:39 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a car/deer accident that happened in the 4500 Block of 420th Street. A 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Michelle Mae Iwen of Emmetsburg was east bound in the 4500 Block of 420th Street when a deer ran out onto the roadway causing the Caravan to strike the deer. Damage to the Caravan was estimated at $1500.00

Car / Deer Accident

 

 

On 07-23-15 at around 9:25 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car / deer accident in the 4900 block of 280th St. east of Graettinger. A 2000 Ford Mustang owned and driven by David George Olesen of Fenton was heading east in the above location when he struck a deer that entered the roadway from the south ditch. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1500 to the passenger front side. No injuries were reported in this accident.

 

 

Accident – Car/Deer

On 07/23/2015 at approximately 2:14 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a one vehicle accident in the 4100 block of 360th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that a 2015 GMC Canyon driven by Justin Victor Malm of Emmetsburg was traveling eastbound on 360th Street when he struck a deer that had entered the roadway from the north ditch. Damage to the GMC is estimated at $6,500.00. No injuries were reported on scene.