Accident

On Monday, July 5, 2021, at 1:20 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a single motor vehicle accident in the 3400 block of 480th Street. After investigation, it was determined 2001 Chevrolet K1500 pickup was travelling eastbound on 480th Street when the vehicle entered the north ditch. The vehicle would then strike a farm driveway, go airborne over the driveway, and come to rest in the north ditch. A 16 year old driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, sustained possible injuries. The driver was transported to the Pocahontas Community Hospital by the Pocahontas Community Ambulance Service with possible injuries.

The 2001 Chevrolet pickup was deemed a total loss. The investigation into the accident remains under investigation and criminal charges are pending. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Pocahontas Community Ambulance Service and Wickman Towing.

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

Possession of Alcohol

On Sunday, July 4, 2021, at 11:31 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint of an underage alcohol party located 3365 580th Avenue. After investigation into the complaint, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Matthew Berte (20) of Whittemore, IA., Justin Buettner (18) of Emmetsburg, IA., Thomas Huckfelt (18) of Spencer, IA., Jerrit Westfall (18) of Ruthven, IA., Carter Hoffman (20) of Emmetsburg, IA., and Colten Moser (20) of Cylinder, IA. with possession of alcohol under the legal age. A 17 year old juvenile was also charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age and was referred to the juvenile court.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation was the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

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 7/1/2021 at 6:27 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of W Robins St in Graettinger. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Kaye Peterson, age 44 of Graettinger, on the charges of Driving while License Barred which is a non-scheduled aggravated misdemeanor and failure to prove security against liability (no insurance) non-accident. Peterson was transported to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail and held until her 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.

Disturbance Arrest

On 06/30/2021 at 9:12 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to 401 E Robins Street in Graettinger for a disturbance. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bowden Stallings (27) of Graettinger, on charges of Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor. Trenton Stallings (26) of Graettinger was arrested on charges of Willful Injury, a Class D Felony, Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Providing Alcohol To A Minor, a Simple Misdemeanor. Emma Hanson (18) of Estherville was issued a citation for Possession of Alcohol. Both Trenton and Bowden Stallings were placed in the Palo Alto County Jail to await their initial appearance before a Judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmet County Sheriff’s office, and assisted at the Jail by the Emmetsburg 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 Warrant

On Monday, June 28, 2021, at 11:25 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Randy Lee Timmons (36) of Mason City Iowa on two valid Palo Alto County arrest warrants for 1st Degree Harassment, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and 3rd Degree Harassment, a Simple Misdemeanor. Both warrants had “No Bond” and Timmons was placed in jail 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.

Criminal Mischief / Harassment

On 6-8-21 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a harassment that also involved criminal mischief to the bridge in the 4400 block of 320th Street. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Kady Jane Traub (18) of Rolfe, Isabella Grace Householder (18) of Emmetsburg, Macy Elizabeth McAllister (18) of Emmetsburg, and a 17 year old female, with Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor. Macy McAllister was also charged with Harassment in the 3rd Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor. Traub, Householder, and McAllister were all issued citations to appear in court at a later date. The female juvenile was issued a Juvenile Referral and released to her parents.

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

Arrest Warrant

On 06/27/2021 at 12:40 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Eric Pattison, 50, of Graettinger on a valid Clay County warrant. The warrant was a no bond warrant for a parole violation in the original charge of Habitual Offender. Pattison was transported to the county line and turned over to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, without incident.

Accident

On 6/26/2021 at 8:57 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the report of a single vehicle personal injury accident which occurred in the 4600 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation, a 1997 Honda Civic, owned and driven by Htay Rah age 34 of Storm Lake, was traveling north on 460th Avenua and drove onto the shoulder. The Rah vehicle re-entered the roadway before entering the west ditch and vaulted into a farm field and rolled once before coming to rest on its tires.

Rah was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. The investigation continues into the accident.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mallard Fire Department, the Mallard First Responders and the Palo Alto County Health System.

Accident

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 4:30 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a motorcycle accident in the 4200 block of 360th Street. After investigation, it was determined Shawn Birchem (53) of Sioux Falls, SD. was operating a 2003 Honda VYX 1800 eastbound on 360th Street. The motorcycle began to hydroplane causing Birchem to lose control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle would fall on to it’s left side and slide down the highway a short distance. Birchem was partially ejected from the motorcycle during the accident. Birchem was checked out by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service at the scene and was found to have no injuries. Damage to the Honda VTX was estimated at $3,000.

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

Warrant Arrest

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 1:22 a.m., a Palo Alto County Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the gas pumps at Sparky’s Convenience Store in Mallard, IA. The deputy made contact with the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. As a result of the encounter, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher M. Albers (39) of Sioux Falls, SD. on a Floyd County Iowa arrest warrant for 5th degree theft, a simple misdemeanor. Albers was able to post the $300.00 cash bond and was given a court date to appear on the charge in Floyd County.

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