Arrrest

On 12/11/2021 at 4:08 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the intersection of 280th St., and 530th Ave., Cylinder, Iowa, to investigate a vehicle in the ditch. As a result of the investigation, Russell Menssen (45) of Ceylon, MN, was placed under arrest and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense – serious misdemeanor, driving without a valid license, failure to maintain control, driving on the wrong side of the road, and no proof of insurance – all simple misdemeanors. Russell was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Wickman’s Towing.

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 12/11/2021 at 12:02 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident which occurred on 3rd Ave SW in West Bend. After the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Juan Carlos Flores Sanchez, age 21 of West Bend, on the charges of Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Harassment (Simple Misdemeanor) and Public Intoxication (Simple Misdemeanor). Flores Sanchez was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail and held until his initial appearance before a magistate.

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 12/10/2021 at 9:10 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1100 block of Burns St., Ayrshire, Iowa to investigate a disturbance. As a result of the investigation, Adam Clement (40) of Ayrshire, was placed under arrest and charged with interference with official acts. Adam was transported to the Palo Alto County 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.

Accident

On 12/10/2021 at 7:05 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident in the 3500 block of 460th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a black 2012 Honda Pilot driven by and registered to Erica Leigh Exton of Wallingford was traveling southbound on 460th Avenue. A deer entered the roadway from the east ditch and was struck by the Exton vehicle. Damage to the Honda is estimated at $6,000.00. No injuries were reported on scene.

Arrest

On December 9, 2021, at 09:47 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Main Street, Emmetsburg on a 2002 Cadillac Deville driven by Curt Warn (60) of Emmetsburg. Following the traffic stop, Warn was arrested for driving while suspended, which is a simple misdemeanor. Warn 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 12/06/2021 at 8:57 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of W. Lost Island St., Graettinger, Iowa. As a result of the traffic stop, Jason Johnson (40) of Hartley, was placed under arrest and charged with driving while license suspended. He was also cited for operating a non-registered vehicle, and failure to provide proof of insurance. Jason was transported to the Palo Alto County 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.

Step Wave

Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to impaired driving. Iowa Law Enforcement across the state will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this holiday season to remove impaired drivers from the roads and help save lives. From December 17, 2021 to January 1, 2022, motorists will see an increased presence of law enforcement.

Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of traffic crash fatalities. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2015 to 2019 — one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in 2019. This is why Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Sobering Statistics according to NHTSA:
o 837 people lost their lives nationally in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December, 2019.
o During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2019 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (210) than during any other holiday period that year.
o An OWI can cost you $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, repairs, and lost time at work!
o Don’t be the reason someone doesn’t get home this holiday season.

Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating with an impairing substance. If you plan to indulge, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Call a taxi, friend or Uber! Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take the role seriously and do not partake in alcohol or any other drugs.

Tobacco Compliance

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Palo Alto County under age persons.

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 90%. By participating in the program, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale.

I-PLEDGE’S retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product sales. The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.

Palo Alto County Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as a part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to an underage person include a $135 fine for the first offense, a $325 fine for the second offense and a $645 fine for the third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.

“By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community.” Sheriff Lynn Schultes said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of underage persons in Iowa.”
To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to https://abd.iowa.gov/.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

On 11/21/2021 at 3:18 P.M., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in the 1800 Block of Washington Street in Ruthven for an unknown female causing a disturbance. After an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Theresa Bittner (57) of Ruthven for disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor. Bittner was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident, where she awaits 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 11/18/2021 at 11:51 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sara Wells (37) of Swea City, Iowa on two Palo Alto County arrest warrants for Theft 5th Degree, and Accessory After the Fact. The warrants carried a combined $850.00 cash only bond. Sara was unable to post bond and was transferred from the custody of the Kossuth County Sheriff’s, and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail 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.