Single Vehicle Accident

On 12/01/2019 at 1:44 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one vehicle, personal injury accident that occurred in the 3400 block of 460th Ave. A 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, owned by Michael Murphy and operated by Kyle Harding (29) of Emmetsburg, was traveling west on a private driveway. The vehicle approached the intersection at 460th Ave and the driver lost control of the vehicle and it continued straight through the intersection, entered and proceeded through the ditch and came to stop in a field. A front seat and back seat passengers both reported minor injuries and were transported by Palo Alto County Ambulance Service to the Palo Alto County Hospital. The vehicle sustained damage estimated at $5000.00.
Kyle was issued a citation for failure to maintain control/reduce speed. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Fire Department, and the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

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

Domestic Assault

On 11/26/2019 at 11:43 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a physical domestic altercation that had occurred in the 4800 block of 455th Ave., Mallard, Iowa. Upon completion of the investigation Patrick Prentice (28) of Mallard was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault resulting in bodily injury a serious misdemeanor. Patrick was taken into custody and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident to await his initial appearance before a judge. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Mallard First Responders, and Palo Alto County Ambulance Service.

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

Car Deer Accident

On 11/25/2019 at 10:53 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a car vs. deer accident that occurred in the 2800 block of 360th Ave. A 2010 Chrysler Town and County, owned and operated by Jerimiah Depyper (41) of Graettinger, was traveling north when a deer emerged from the ditch and collided with the vehicle. The vehicle sustained minor damage to front passenger quarter panel, and passenger side estimated at $3000.00. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene and no injuries were reported.

OWI Charges

On 11/25/2019 at 11:05 p.m., The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Adam Jacob Gambell, age 21 of West Bend. Gambell’s arrest comes as a result of an investigation into a traffic accident that occurred on 10/18/2019 in the 5500 block of 475th Street. Gambell was charged with OWI-1st Offense and Failure to maintain Control of a motor vehicle. Gambell 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.

Two Vehicle Accident

On November 24th, 2019, at 11:53 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a head on motor vehicle collision in the 5100 block of 390th Street. Following the investigation of the traffic accident, The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Kimberly Barnes (50) from West Bend was driving a Red 2003 Ford Focus eastbound in the 5100 block of 390th Street when she crossed the center line and collided head on with a westbound Red 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Billy Roberts Jr. (42) from Fenton.

Barnes sustained injuries from the accident and was treated by the Palo Alto County Hospital. Roberts Jr did not complain of any injuries. Both Barnes and Roberts Jr’s vehicles were deemed a total loss in the accident. The accident is still under investigation and charges are pending.

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

Warrant Arrest

ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2019, AT 10:02 PM, THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTED AUSTIN MAMMEN (20) OF AYRSHIRE ON VALID PALO ALTO COUNTY WARRANTS POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA= SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR AND POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE= SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR. THE TOTAL BOND FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WAS SET AT $1,200.00 CASH ONLY. THE TOTAL BOND FOR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA WAS SET AT $500.00 UNSECURED SIGNATURE BOND.

MAMMEN WAS TRANSPORTED, WITHOUT INCIDENT TO THE PALO ALTO COUNTY JAIL. MAMMEN WAS NOT ABLE TO POST BOND AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY 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.

OWI Arrest

On November 24, 2019, at 2:48 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Nissan Versa being operated by Matthew Ruyter (32) of Graettinger, IA. for running a stop sign located at South Elder Avenue and Robins Street in Graettinger. During the investigation it was determined Ruyter was intoxicated. Ruyter was transported to the Palo alto County Sheriff’s Office and would be placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and failure to obey stop sign, a simple misdemeanor. Ruyter was held in the Palo Alto County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance in front of a judge.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Drug Charges

On November 23, 2019, at 1:27 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office located two vehicles parked at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located at 4053 320th Street. Two male subjects were located sitting inside one of the cars. A Palo Alto County Deputy made contact with the male subjects and detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16-year-old juvenile from Graettinger, IA. for possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. A 17-year-old juvenile from Graettinger, IA. was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and possession of tobacco/vapor product 1st offense, a simple misdemeanor. The juveniles were issued juvenile referrals and released to a parent.

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

Warrant Arrest

ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2019 AT 12:10 AM, THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTED NATHAN LEE ROUSE (44) OF RUTHVEN ON VALID PALO ALTO COUNTY WARRANTS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE 1ST OFFENSE= SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT= AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR. THERE WAS NO BOND ISSUED FOR THE WARRANTS. THE WARRANTS STEM FROM AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURED ON NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019, AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 3000 BLK OF 340 AVE.

ROUSE 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.

Stolen Vehicle

On 11/20/2019 at 8:07 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen truck from Wickman Auto Salvage, 3778 450th Avenue. The truck was taken sometime between 7:00 p.m. on 11/19/2019 and 8:00 a.m. on 11/20/2019. The truck is a white 2007 Chevy Silverado LTZ extended cab. There where no plates on the Chevy at the time it was taken. The Chevy has noticeable hail damage along with black aftermarket rims. It will have a broken out driver’s side taillight and damage to the rear of the vehicle. Tire tracks indicate the truck was driven south on 450 Ave after it was removed from the storage lot.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident or the whereabouts of the Chevy Truck is asked to contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at 712-852-3535.