Accident

On Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 09:33 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi truck and trailer roll over in the 5700 block of 320th Street. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Duane Buchmeier (51) of Sherburn, MN was driving a 2012 Freighliner Cascadia west bound in the 5700 block of 320th Street, hauling feed to a nearby hog site. Buchmeier was unable to maintain control of the semi truck, drove onto the shoulder and ultimately rolled over into the north ditch. A further investigation determined that Buchmeier was under the influence of alcohol, which was a factor in Buchmeier’s ability to maintain control of the semi truck. There was an estimated $100,000 in damage to the semi, trailer, and feed loss. Buchmeier sustained minor injuries during the accident and refused medical assistance.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Duane Buchmeier for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, which is a serious misdemeanor and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, which is a simple misdemeanor. Buchmeier 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.

Arrest

On 06/25/2022 at 12:03 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Huston Park Campground at Lost Island for a disturbance and welfare check. Upon arrival a deputy met with subjects at a campsite and as a result of an investigation Esther Poeppe (27) of Sioux City, Iowa, was placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Esther was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked in to await her 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.

Warrant Arrest

On 06/21/2022 at 10:04 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Dean Jenkins, 31, of Estherville on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Simple Assault and Violation of No Contact Order, both simple misdemeanors. The warrant was a no bond warrant until his initial appearance. Jenkins was booked into jail 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.

Warrant Arrest

On Friday, June 17, 2022, at 11:28 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Megan Ashley Reese (33) of Laurens, IA. on a valid Palo Alto County arrest warrant. The warrant was issued for Reese’s arrest for failing to appear on an original charge of driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor which carried a $350.00 cash only bond. Reese would ultimately be released from the Palo Alto County Jail and given a court date to appear on the charge.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest was the Laurens Police Department.

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

Arrest

On Friday, June 17, 2022, at 09:34 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Molly Maguires Pub and an arrest warrant for owner Ronald Dean Smith (61) at 3684 530th Avenue, in Palo Alto County. The warrants stem from an ongoing criminal investigation between the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Revenue, and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Following the search warrant, Smith was charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct = Class B Felony, Fraudulant Sales Practice over $10,000 = Class C Felony, Sales Tax Evasion = Class D Felony, Felon in possession of a firearm = Class D Felony, No Sales Tax Permit = Serious Misdemeanor, Possession of Controlled Substance = Serious Misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia = Simple Misdemeanor, and Licensee Supplying Alcohol to a Person Under the Legal Age = Simple Misdemeanor. Smith was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and booked in to jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate. After the initial appearance, Smith’s bond for all charges was set at a total of $50,000 cash only.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with the investigation and the search warrant by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Palo Alto County Attorney’s Office, and the O’Brien 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.

Accident

On 06/16/2022 at 1:51 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident that occurred in the 4400 block of 545th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined a blue 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by and registered to Fred Ronald Wirtz of West Bend was southbound on 545th Avenue when a deer emerged from the east ditch. Wirtz struck the seer in the roadway. Damage to the Mercury is estimated at $1,500.00. No injuries report on scene.

Accident

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 4:01 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a semi rollover accident in the 2700 block of 380th Avenue near Graettinger. After investigation, it was determined David Hoagland (75) of Emmetsburg, IA. was operating a 2014 International Prostar semi connected to a 2005 Wilson flatbed owned by Jeffery Joyce and West Fork Ag LLC. Hoagland was westbound on 280th Street attempting to turn north on 380th Avenue. Hoagland turned to short causing the right rear trailer tires to slide into the ditch causing the trailer to roll on to its side. The semi-tractor remained hooked to the trailer and would become high centered in the roadway. Damage to the semi and trailer was estimated at $40,000. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Graettinger Ambulance Service, Graettinger Fire Department, Emmetsburg Ambulance Service, and Mitch’s Towing.

Accident

On 06/15/2022 at 1:42 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident that had occurred in the parking lot of AGP, located at 4739 380th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that a gold 2008 Peterbilt pulling a white 2016 Timpte trailer, both registered to TK Trucking LCC of Shell Rock, and driven by Anthony Louis Wahl of Shell Rock, was attempting to load at AGP. The loading area was congested with semis at the time. When Wahl pulled forward towards the loading zone he failed to notice a parked white 2013 Freightliner pulling a silver 2019 Walker trailer. The Freightliner is registered to Steven Joseph Erpelding of Algona. The trailer is registered to John Thomas Erpelding of Algona. The Freightliner was being operated by Gregory Lee Gremmer of Britt at the time.

The rear of the white 2016 Timpte trailer would strike the front passenger side of the 2013 Freightliner. Damage to the Timpte trailer is estimated at $800.00 and damage to the Freightliner is estimated at $3,000.00. There were no injuries reported on scene. No citations due to private property.

Accident

On Monday, June 13, 2022, at 6:48 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle versus goat accident in the 5200-blk of 280th Street. After investigation, it was determined Theodore Riley of Emmetsburg, IA. was westbound on 280th Street and had just crossed the intersection of 530th Avenue when two goats emerged in the roadway from the north ditch. Riley’s 2001 Chevrolet K1500 pickup collided with the two goats causing an estimated $1,500 in damage. The owner of the goats was contacted and removed the deceased goats from the roadway. No injuries we reported at the scene.

Accident

On Monday, June 13, 2022, at 12:29 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 100 block of North Cameron Avenue, Graettinger. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Rhonda Chrestiansen (85) of Estherville was stopped in a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, facing east, at the intersection of Olive Street and North Cameron. Chrestiansen left the stop sign heading east and failed to see a northbound 2017 Honda Pilot, driven by James Alger (80) of Spirit Lake. The front of Chrestiansen’s vehicle struck the driver’s side rear of Alger’s vehicle, causing Alger’s vehicle to spin and come to rest in the intersection.

There were only minor injuries sustained in the accident. There was an estimated $3,000.00 done to Chrestiansen’s vehicle and an estimated $3,000.00 done to Alger’s vehicle. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Rhonda Chrestiansen with fail to obey stop sign and yield to the right of way, which is a simple misdemeanor.

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