Single Vehicle Accident

On April 27, 2019, at 01:45, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 3800 block of 400th Avenue. It was reported that a vehicle, later identified as a 2009 GMC Sierra, was stuck in the ditch and the driver of the vehicle was attempted to get it out. Upon arrival of the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was found to be unoccupied. During the investigation into the accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Jeremy Galvin (25) of Ruthven was driving the vehicle northbound in the 3800 block of 400th Avenue. Galvin was using his electronic communications device and lost control of the vehicle, driving it into the west ditch, coming to rest in the soft mud at the bottom of the ditch. Galvin then left the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The accident is currently still under investigation and charges are pending.

Car Deer Accident

On 4/24/2019 at 8:50 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle deer collision that occurred in the 3900 block of 280th Street. Upon an investigation, it was determined that a 2011 Ford Taurus owned by the State of Iowa-Iowa State University but driven by Lisa Kay Berkland, age 51 of Ruthven, was westbound on 280th Street. While traveling, a deer emerged from the south ditch area of the roadway and onto the traveled portion. The Berkland vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $3000.00 worth of damages. There were no reports of injuries from the collision.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 04/24/2019 at 8:18 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident involving a semi and car in the 4800 block of 525th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a 1996 Freightliner, driven and owned by Timothy Riley Allen of Whittemore, was stopped in the roadway, facing north, in front of the residence at 4835 525th Avenue. Allen was stopped in the roadway due to a school bus that properly stopped at the residence. The school bus pulled away from in front of the residence and Allen began to accelerate in the roadway when the 1983 Polar trailer he was pulling was struck in the rear by a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Rachel Ann Fehr and owned by Darren Michael Fehr both of Mallard.

Damage to the Polar trailer is estimated at $2,000.00 and the Ford was deemed a total loss. Fehr was transported by private vehicle to Palo Alto County Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported. Fehr was issued a citation for Failure to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the West Bend Ambulance Service and the West Bend Fire Department.

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

Drug Take Back

Spring Cleaning Calls Again After Iowans Take Back Over 19 Tons of Medication in 2018

Iowans are pitching in more than ever to help prevent prescription drug misuse and environmental contamination by properly disposing of their unused medicine. A new survey by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) and data from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (IBP) found year-round prescription drug Take Back collections at local law enforcement centers and community pharmacies, when combined with the two special DEA-sponsored one-day events, netted more than 19 tons of leftover medication during all of 2018. Iowans have another opportunity to Take Back at the next DEA Take Back Day on April 27.

“The fact that Iowans ‘took back’ enough unused medicine to equal over 16 years of garbage waste from a single household last year is impressive when you consider most products come in small pills or packages,” said Dale Woolery, Director of ODCP. “Residents of our state participate in DEA-sponsored one-day prescription drug Take Back events at a rate 28% above the national average, which also shows many Iowans are actively working to be part of the solution when it comes to preventing opioid and other prescription drug misuse.”

“We intend to continue to work with our fellow stakeholders in Iowa Take Back—including the ODCP and the DEA—to build upon the success of the Take Back program,” said Jennifer Tiffany with the IBP. “We hope to prevent both opioid and prescription drug misuse and environmental contamination.” Last year, over a quarter-billion doses of controlled prescription drugs were dispensed in Iowa, along with many more medicines.

The IBP funds placement of medication disposal receptacles in local Iowa pharmacies, and the ODCP works with local law enforcement. Operated as independent local public services, Iowa’s permanent prescription drug Take Back sites have grown in number to 239 locations throughout the State, including in every county. Those sites and DEA Take Back information can be found at https://odcp.iowa.gov/rxtakebacks.

Locally the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office collected 24 pounds on the last Drug Take Back program on October 27, 2018. Since April of 2012, the first Drug Take Back program the Sheriff’s Office participated in, 239 pounds has been collected and sent to the DEA for incineration from Palo Alto County.

April 27, 2019 will be our next Drug Take Back collection day. You can drop off expired or unwanted medications at the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office front lobby at 2001 11th Street in Emmetsburg. You can do this every day of the year and at any hour as we have a permanent drop box at the Sheriff’s Office.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Sheriff Lynn J Schultes

Single Vehicle Accident

On April 19, 2019 at 4:19 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a single vehicle car accident in the 4300-Block of 280th Street near Graettinger, IA. It was reported the vehicle had caught on fire and a subject was trapped inside the vehicle.

A 2003 GMC Yukon Denali, registered to Jacob Schmitt (25) of Graettinger, was westbound in the 4300-Block of 280th Street when he crossed the center line and entered the south ditch, causing the vehicle to roll several times before coming to rest on its wheels. A passerby observed the vehicle in the field, which had caught on fire, called 911 and assisted Schmitt out of the vehicle before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Schmitt was transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville by the Graettinger Ambulance Service for non-incapacitating injuries. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Graettinger Fire Department, Graettinger Ambulance Service, and Palo Alto County Ambulance Service. The accident remains under investigation and the vehicle was a total loss.

Car Deer Accident

On 4/15/2019 at 10:25 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car deer accident that occurred in the 4000 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2009 Buick Lacrosse, owned by Eric Todd Sipress but driven by Leeann Elaine Sipress, age 37 of Mallard, was traveling southbound on 460th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion of the roadway and made contact with the driver’s side of the Sipress vehicle. The Sipress vehicle sustained an estimated $2500.00 worth of damage. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Car Deer Accident

On Saturday, April 13th, 2019, at 9:18 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car/deer accident in the 4100 block of 460th Avenue (Hwy 4). Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Heath Petersen (53) of Emmetsburg was driving a 2017 Ford Edge, northbound on 460th Avenue (Hwy 4), when a deer entered the roadway from the west ditch and was struck by Petersen’s vehicle. There were no injuries reported in the accident. There was an estimated $1,600.00 damage done to Petersen’s vehicle as a result of the accident.

Single Vehicle Accident

On 4/12/2019 at 4:47 a.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle non injury property damage accident that occurred in the 4400 block of 280th Street. Upon an investigation conducted at the scene, it was determined that a 2007 Toyota Corolla owned and driven by Herlinda Lopez Ramirez was traveling east on 280th Street. Herlinda Lopez Ramirez failed to maintain control of her vehicle, crossing the centerline of the undivided roadway. The Lopez Ramirez vehicle ran off the road and into the north ditch area of the roadway where is made contact with the ditch embankment. The Lopez Ramirez vehicle sustained an estimated $1500.00 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision. Lopez Ramirez was issued citations for failing to have a valid driver’s license and failure to maintain control.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Health System and the Palo Alto County Secondary Roads.

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 4/11/2019 at 10:36 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in the 4100 block of 430th Avenue. As a result of that traffic stop, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Eugene Mammen, age 27 of Mallard, on the charges of Operating while Intoxicated/Impaired-1st Offense (serious misdemeanor) and Open Container (simple). Mammen was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and held until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

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 4/11/2019 at 1:03 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle in the ditch south of Ayrshire. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2011 Nissan Cube, owned by Joshua Allen Lieb but driven by Rikki Marie Lieb, age 22 of Laurens, was traveling south in the 4400 block of 380th Avenue. Lieb failed to maintain control of the vehicle, crossing the centerline and exit the roadway into the east ditch. The Lieb vehicle made contact with the ditch surface and an adjacent fence before coming to rest.

The Lieb vehicle sustained an estimated $2000.00 worth of damages and the fence sustained an estimated $150.00 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries sustained as a result of the collision. Rikki Marie Lieb was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.

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