Warrant Arrest

At 8:33 p.m. on November 20, 2018 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office served a valid Palo Alto County Mittimus on Troy Marsh (47) of Laurens, IA. The mittimus requires Marsh serve 30 days in the Palo Alto County Jail, with credit for time served, on contempt of court for failure to pay child support. Assisting the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was the Laurens Police Department.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 11/20/2018 at 5:28 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident involving two vehicles, one of which was on fire. The accident occurred at the intersection of 460th Avenue and 460th Street. According to the investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Agco Terra-Gator, owned by Gregory Luke Elbert but driven by Ryan Gene VanWyhe, age 36 of Estherville, was traveling south on 460th Avenue and approaching the intersection of 460th Street. A second vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Camry, owned and driven by Rebecca Ann White, age 30 from Fort Dodge, was also traveling south on 460th Avenue and was behind VanWyhe. VanWyhe vehicle turned to go east on 460th Street and was struck in the driver’s side by the White vehicle. After the collision, the White vehicle became engulfed in flames. White was able to escape the vehicle in which she was operating.

White received minor injuries as a result of the collision. VanWyhe was not injured at the time of the report. The White vehicle sustained severe damage and is considered a total loss. The Elbert farm equipment suffered an undisclosed amount of damage. White was issued a citation for Prohibited Passing (Passing too near a bridge, intersection or railroad crossing.

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

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

Theft Arrest

On Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5:24 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft of a mountain bike parked on the side of an apartment building at 1704 Mitchell Street, Ruthven. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Bailey (37), of Ruthven, charging him with 5th degree theft, which is a simple misdemeanor. Bailey 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.

OWI Arrest

On 11-19-2018 at 09:01am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office recieved a driving complaint in the 3800-Blk of 460Ave., south of Emmetsburg. The vehicle in question was stopped in the 200-Blk of N 5th St in Mallard.
Subsequently, Patrick J. Lynch, age 64 of Ayrshire, Ia., was arrested for OWI (2nd) aggravated mis and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon while intoxicated, serious mis. Lynch was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail.

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 11/19/2018 at 5:31 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle vs. deer collision that occurred in the 5200 block of 390th Street. According to the investigation, a 2005 Cadillac Deville owned and driven by Craig Iwen was traveling east on 390th Street. A deer emerged from the north ditch area and onto the roadway surface. The Iwen vehicle made contact with the deer. The Iwen vehicle sustained an estimated $5000.00 worth of damages. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision.

Single Vehicle Accident

On 11/17/2018 at 11:01, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle rollover accident that occurred in the 3100 block of 480th Avenue. According to the investigation done at the scene, a 1997 Ford Explorer owned and driven by Antonio Lucero Bejarano, age 73 of Ringstead, was traveling north on 480th Avenue. Bejarano lost traction and entered the east ditch and rolled, coming to rest on its top. Bejarano was checked by the Palo Alto County Health System at the scene.

Damage to the Bejarano vehicle is severe and deemed a total loss. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Health System and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. Bejarano was cited for failure to maintain control.

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

Single Vehicle Accident

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:21 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate an accident that occurred in the 3700 block of 380th Ave near Ruthven, Ia. Upon investigation, it was determined that Levi Kuhn (23) of Curlew, Ia., was driving his 2007 Chevy Silverado K2500 northbound in the 3700 block of 380th Ave when he lost control and entered the west ditch where it came to rest on it’s driver’s side. Kuhn was uninjured during the accident, and a 28 y/o female passenger was examined by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service and transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital for minor injuries.

Estimated damage to the Kuhn Vehicle is $1500 and he was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

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

Single Vehicle Accident

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:46 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 3300 block of 460th Ave. for a report of a vehicle in the ditch. Upon investigation, it was determined that Troy Satern (47) of Emmetsburg, Ia was driving his 1999 Ford F-150 southbound in the 3300 block of 460th Ave. when he lost control and entered the east ditch, coming to rest on his passenger side. No injuries were reported from the accident and damage is estimated at $1250.00. Satern was cited for Failure to Maintain Control as a result of the accident.

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 Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 4200 Block of 360th Street for a report of a two vehicle accident. Upon investigation at the scene, it was determined that Trey Johnson (19) of Graettinger, Ia., was driving a 1990 Buick LeSabre eastbound in the 4200 block of 360th Street when he lost control and entered the westbound lane. The Johnson vehicle collided with a 2014 Dodge Ram Van driven by Donald Karl (48) of Spencer, Ia, who was traveling westbound in the 4200 block of 360th Street.

Johnson and Karl were seen by the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service and released without injury. Estimated damage to the Johnson vehicle is $4,000 and the estimated damage to the Karl vehicle is $6,000. It was determined through the investigation that the Johnson vehicle did not have adequate tires for the conditions which resulted in loss of traction and Johnson was subsequently issued a citation for Defective Tires, a simple misdemeanor.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department 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.

Single Vehicle Accident

On 11/16/2018 at 8:45 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident that occurred in the 4400 block of 460th Avenue. According to the investigation conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, a 2005 Jeep Liberty owned by Tammy Sue Browning, but driven by Aubrey Joy Browning, age 19 of Spirit Lake, was traveling north on 460th Avenue and lost traction and began to spin towards the west ditch. The Browning vehicle entered the west ditch, made contact with the ditch embankment, overturned and came to rest on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Browning and a passenger were transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital by the Palo Alto County Health System. The Browning vehicle sustained severe damage and is deemed a total loss.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Health System and the Emmetsburg Fire Department. The investigation continues by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.