On 7-13-2015 at 11:30, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 57 year old Ronald Moriarty of Renwick, Ia. on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Probation Violation. Moriarty was unable to post the $5000.00 bond and was subsequently transported from Humboldt to Palo Alto County and was jailed.
On 07-13-15 at 9:25 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melissa Ann Nissen (21) of Ruthven on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant for Child Endangerment and Domestic Abuse Assault. There was no bond on this warrant until initial appearance before the judge. Nissen was transported without incident to the Palo Alto County Jail where she was placed in jail to await her appearance before the judge.
On Saturday July 11, 2015 at 8:33pm, a Palo Alto County Deputy was westbound in the 3600 block of Highway 18, near Ruthven, IA, when an eastbound vehicle lost control in front of the deputy. The tire of a 1997 Ford Explorer, driven by Kristen Lee Ramirez (27) of Ayrshire, IA came completely off the vehicle. The Explorer entered the south ditch sideways causing it to roll twice. An 8 year old child in the back seat was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. The deputy was able to avoid being involved in the accident and immediately rendered aid to the driver and her 3 passengers. Ruthven Fire and Ambulance as well as the Palo Alto County Ambulance responded. All 4 people in the Explorer were transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Ramirez was issued a citation for Failure to Secure a Child Under 18.
On 7/11/2015 at approximately 11:01 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Viktor Vechirko, age 23 of Wesley, IA, for Operating while under the Influence (OWI)-1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor. Vechirko was also cited for failing to have a valid driver’s license and speeding which are traffic violations. Vechirko was stopped while operating a 2001 Dodge Ram Truck. At approximately 12:36 a.m., the Palo Alto County Communications received a 911 call reporting this vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Ruthven. As a result of this information, Vechirko is also being charged with Theft 2nd Degree-a Class D Felony. Vechirko was booked into the Palo Alto County, without incident, to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.
On Friday, July 10th, 2015, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a car/deer accident in the 2700 block of 420th Avenue (Highway 4). Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Zulan Su, 37, of Estherville was driving a 2006 Toyota Sienna southbound in the 2700 block of 420th Avenue. A deer entered the roadway from the east ditch and was struck by Su’s vehicle. There were no injuries reported in the accident. There is an estimated $3000.00 damage done to Su’s vehicle.
On 7/9/2015 at approximately 2:32 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Curtis Wilke, age 39 of Emmetsburg, on valid warrants out of Palo Alto County. The warrants: Theft 5th Degree issued April 8th, 2015, Theft 4th Degree issued April 17th, 2015, Contempt-Fail to Pay issued April 17, 2015 and Dominion/Control of Firearm/Offensive Weapon by a Felon. Collectively the warrants carry a cash only bond of $11,825.00. Wilke was transferred from Emmet County Authorities and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident. Wilke was unable to post the $11,825.00 bond and booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his appearance before a magistrate.
On 7/8/2015 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aynslie Ladon Thorman, age 20, of Spencer, IA on a valid Palo Alto County warrant. The warrant, issued on 5/27/2015, is for Contempt of Court/Fail to Pay on an original charge of Possession of Alcohol under legal age. Thorman was transferred from Clay County Authorities and transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail. Thorman was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail, unable to post the $500.00 cash only bond and will wait for an appearance before a magistrate.
On 07-07-15 at approximately 4:20 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a truck that struck a calf that entered the roadway. A 2004 Kenworth T300 truck driven by Jonathan Owen Niece of Ankney, IA was heading south in the 3000 block of 420th Av. when he struck a calf that had gotten loose and entered the roadway. Niece was not able to avoid the calf. Damage to the truck was estimated at $1000 to the front guard on the truck. The calf, owned by Heather Ann Titus of Graettinger, IA died from the accident. The calf had an estimated value of $500. There were no injuries reported in this accident.
On 07-02-15 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car / deer accident in the 4300 block of 360th St. west of Emmetsburg. A 2004 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Tanya Lee Zeman of Whittemore, was heading west in the above location when she struck a deer that entered the roadway. Damage was estimated at $5000 to the vehicle. No injuries were reported in this accident.
On Saturday June 27, 2015 at 4:46am the Palo Alto Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dispute at 302 S Jackson in Graettinger, IA. Deputies arrived and spoke to all involved.
Kevin Paul Wallin (37) of St. Peter, MN was placed under arrest for Serious Misdemeanor Trespassing. Wallin was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked and released on a promise to appear citation for Trespass. Stephanie Ray Hanson (34) of Graettinger, IA tried to mislead the investigating deputy during his investigation and was subsequently cited for Interference with Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor.