OWI Arrest

On 05/08/2020 at 00:24 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 4200 block of 280th St., Graettinger, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation Mason Carrigan (21) of Emmetsburg was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense – serious misdemeanor, and speeding. Mason was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and booked into 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.

Possession of Alcohol

On 05/07/2020 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 3500 block of 360th St., Ruthven, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation, Alexander Long (18) of Ruthven, was issued a notice to appear for minor in possession of alcohol andwas also issued a citation for a defective muffler. Alexander was cited and released on his promise to appear in court at a later date.

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 4/28/2020 at 3:06 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car deer accident that occurred in the 4300 block of 360th St. According to the investigation, a 2011 Ford Escape, owned and driven by Joel Scott McGrauth, age 24 of Graettinger, was traveling west on 360th St. A deer emerged from the north ditch area and onto the traveled portion of the roadway and struck McGrauth causing an estimated $4500.00 in damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident.

Restaurants Opening

Governor Kim Reynolds issued some guidelines on the reopening of RESTAURANTS May 1, 2020 as indicated below. It is my suggestion to restaurant owners to remove tables and chairs to achieve the 50% capacity. This will give patrons the heads up the restaurant is full and will avoid potential confrontations with the owners. Spacing the tables and chairs according to the Governor’s guidelines will also assist with social distancing issues.

BARS are to remain closed as indicated below. Bars and restaurants are distinctly different when you compare the guidelines below. A BAR is an establishment where a customer may purchase alcoholic beverages and in which the serving of food is incidental to the consumption of those beverages and is limited to the service of ice, snack foods and the reheating of commercially prepared foods such as frozen pizza, pre-packaged sandwiches, or other prepackaged, ready-to-serve products.

The Sheriff’s Office is taking the stand that once the kitchen is closed and food is no longer being prepared and served, the establishment should close its doors. The preparation and serving of food and drink is what the Governor wants to re-establish, not the serving of alcoholic beverages alone; definition of a bar.

I put this information out to inform the public and establishment owners as phone calls have been received about these issues.

Please protect yourself by social distancing and by practicing good hygiene habits.

Sheriff Lynn Schultes

REOPENING OF BUSINESSES AND ESTABLISHMENTS
SECTION TWO. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that effective at 5:00 a.m. on May 1, 2020 and until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020:

A. Restaurants: A restaurant may reopen to serve food and beverages on its premises, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:
(1) Capacity limited: The restaurant must limit the number of customers present at indoor or outdoor spaces to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
(2) Groups limited: The restaurant must ensure that no group of customers seated together in the restaurant is larger than six people.
(3) Social distancing: The restaurant must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining alone.
(4) Self-service prohibited: The restaurant must not have any self-service of food or beverages, including buffets or salad bars.
(5) Social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The restaurant shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each restaurant to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

This paragraph does not reopen a bar, which must remain closed to the public except as provided in section 2, paragraph A of this Proclamation.

EXTENSION OF CLOSURES AND ORDERS
(Statewide)
SECTION THREE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby extend the following orders until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020:

A. Bars: A bar shall continue to be closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law as modified by the suspensions in this Proclamation, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. For the purposes of this section, a bar is an establishment where a customer may purchase alcoholic beverages and in which the serving of food in incidental to the consumption of those beverages and is limited to the service of ice, snack foods and the reheating of commercially prepared foods such as frozen pizza, pre-packaged sandwiches, or other prepackaged, ready-to-serve products.

Trespass Arrest

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 04:03 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown male inside of a residence at 4611 580th Avenue, West Bend. During the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office identified Dylon Vanabel (28) of Gillette, Wyoming inside of the residence. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vanabel, charging him with trespassing 1st offense, which is a simple misdemeanor. Vanabel 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.

Accident

On Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at 12:20 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a motor vehicle accident in the 3400 block of 460th Street, in Palo Alto County. Deputies responded to the scene of the accident to find an unoccupied silver 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, registered to William Mattingly (30) of Spencer, rolled over and laying on it’s top in the south ditch. The motor vehicle accident is currently under investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.

Accident

On 4/23/2020 at 11:14 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car deer accident which occurred in the 3300 block of 340th Avenue. According to the investigation, a 2015 Chevy Malibu, owned by Melissa Studer but driven by a male juvenile, was northbound on 340th Avenu when a deer emerged from the ditch area and onto the traveled portion of the roadway. The Studer vehicle made contact with the deer causing an estimated $2000 damage to the Studer vehicle. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Accident

On 04/23/2020 at 7:02 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident of a 4-Wheeler in the 200 block of 6th St., Mallard, Iowa. Upon completion of an investigation the driver of the 4-wheeler, Bernard Erb, was cited for operating without a valid driver’s license and failure to stop at a stop sign. There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident and only minor property damage.

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

Interference Charge

On April 21, 2020 at 8:40 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office charged Kimberly Moser (54) of Emmetsburg for interference with official acts causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. The charge stemmed from an incident that happened on April 8, 2020 at 206 Jefferson Street in Cylinder, IA. Moser was given a court date to appear on the charge.

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

Domestic Arrest

On April 16, 2020, at 9:19 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 4606 380th Street near Emmetsburg of a domestic disturbance. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rachel Bleuer – Stockwell (36) of Emmetsburg for domestic abuse 1st offense, a simple misdemeanor. Bleuer – Stockwell was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where she awaits an initial appearance in front of a judge.

Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was 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.