Driving While Suspended

On 11/15/2020 at 1:19 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Main St., in Emmetsburg. As a result of the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle, Everardo Mendez (35) of Spencer, was placed under arrest for driving while suspended. He was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident and booked in 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.

Traffic Violations

On 11/14/2020 at 12:23 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of W Robins St., Graettinger, Iowa. As a result of the stop the driver, Nathaniel Nasers (38) of Graettinger, was placed under arrest and charged with transporting an open container of alcohol, no proof of insurance, and speeding. The subsequent investigation as a result of the traffic stop is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

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 11/14/2020 at 2:10 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident that had occurred at the Mallard Post Office. Upon investigation it was determined that Karen Ann Bachman of Mallard was exiting the parking lot in her white 2016 Dodge Dart when she struck a postal service drop box. The postal service drop box was forced into a large window on the post office breaking the glass.

Damage to the Dodge is estimated at $2,000.00, damage to the drop box is estimated at $1,200.00 and damage to the building is estimated at $1,000.00. There were no injuries reported on scene.

Accident

On 11/12/2020 at 5:39 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a car deer accident that occurred in the 3900 block of 420th St., Aryshire, Iowa. A 2013 Ford F150, owned and operated by Jordan Cody of Emmetsburg, was east bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle sustained minor damage estimated at $1500.00, and no injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

Warrant Arrest

On November 11, 2020, at 9:42 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ramon Valetti JR. (42) of Algona on a Palo Alto County arrest warrant. Valetti’s warrant was issued for theft 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor. Valetti was unable to post the $500 cash only bond and was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance in front of 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 11/5/2020 at 10:33 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle deer collision that occurred in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation, a 2003 Chevrolet 1500 owned and driven by Chadney Wojahn Clausen, age 54 of Mallard, was traveling south on 460th Avenue. A deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion of the roadway where the Clausen vehicle struck the deer. The Clausen vehicle sustained an estimated $4000 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Accident

On 11/05/2020 at 6:57 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3400 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa for a single vehicle car deer accident. A 2009 Saturn Outlook, owned and operated by Heather Carlisle of Algona, was east bound when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle sustained damage estimated at $5000.00, but was able to be driven from the scene, and there were no reported injuries.

Accident

On 11/5/2020 at 10:33 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle deer collision that occurred in the 3800 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation, a 2003 Chevrolet 1500 owned and driven by Chadney Wojahn Clausen, age 54 of Mallard, was traveling south on 460th Avenue. A deer emerged from the east ditch and onto the traveled portion of the roadway where the Clausen vehicle struck the deer. The Clausen vehicle sustained an estimated $4000 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Thanksgiving STEP

Click It or Ticket

Thanksgiving is the time of year were we are excited to travel to be with family and friends. Travel may look a little different this year but remembering to use your seatbelt shouldn’t. If you are traveling down the block or across the country, make sure you buckle up every time. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.

Face the Facts

• The national seat belt use rate in 2019 was 90.7 percent, which is good—but we can do better. The other 9.3 percent still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.

• Unbelted rear passengers are 2.7 times more likely to be killed than belted rear passengers.

• Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2018, 65 percent of the 22,697 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do—52 percent of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 39 percent of women killed in crashes.

• Iowa has a seat belt usage rate of 95.2 percent. Great Job Iowa but let’s get to 100 percent.

This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from November 16-29, 2020. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep people safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with this busy travel season.

The simple click of a seat belt can limit injury or save your life during a crash. Click It or Ticket Day or Night.

Be Safe, Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Domestic Assault

On 11/04/2020 at 1: 21 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3800 block of 340th St., Ruthven, Iowa for a welfare check. Upon completion of an investigation Johnny Bandomo (35) of Ruthven, was placed under arrest and charged with domestic abuse assault a D Felony. Johnny was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and booked in to await his initial appearance.

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