Domestic Assault Arrest

On 5/30/2016 at 10:29 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received notification from Pocahontas County Authorities of an on-going domestic assault that was occurring at 5175 510th Street. Upon an investigation, it was determined that a physical domestic assault did occur at this address and Miranda Lynn Williams, age 25 of Rolfe, was arrested on Domestic Abuse Assault charges. Williams was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, where she was booked in and held until her initial appearance before a magistrate judge.

OWI and Drug Paraphernalia Arrest

On 05-29-16 at 5:32 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a vehicle in the ditch in the 2800 block of 560th Av. in Independence Township. Following an investigation into the incident, Jason Thomas Benge of Rolfe, Ia was arrested. Benge was charged with OWI 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor; failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Benge was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was placed in jail to await his appearance before the judge.

2 Vehicle Accident

On 05-27-16 at approximately 7:46 pm the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about an accident that occurred in the 5500 block of 475th St. west of West Bend, IA. A 2007 Volvo semi with a tanker trailer, driven by Jack Lieffort of Grand Meadow, MN was headed east in that location and was slowing down and pulling over to the side of the road when he was approaching a 2010 John Deere tracked tractor pulling a cultivator. The tractor and cultivator owned by Charles Wirtz and being driven by Michael Schneider of West Bend was heading west in the same area. Schneider did not get the cultivator over into his lane far enough and the cultivator caught the driver side mirror of the semi, pulling it off and causing damage to the door of the semi. There was no damage to the tractor and cultivator and approximately $1000 damage was done to the semi side mirror and door.
No injuries were reported in this accident.
Schneider was cited for failing to yield half of roadway when meeting another vehicle.

Trespass Arrest

ON MAY 26TH, 2016 AT 7:48 P.M., THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS CALLED TO 1506 SOUTH STREET, AYSHIRE FOR A VERBAL DISPUTE. HEIDI SCHWEITZER CALLED AND ADVISED THAT LYDIA SCHWEITZER WAS AT HER RESIDENCE CAUSING PROBLEMS. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS INCIDENT, THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTED LYDIA SCHWEITZER, 42, OF SPENCER FOR TRESPASS, A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR. LYDIA WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE PALO ALTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WITHOUT INCIDENT, AND BOOKED IN TO AWAIT HER INITIAL APPEARANCE BEFORE A MAGISTRATE.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 5-26-16 at approximatley 9:38 A.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a 2 vehicle accident that happened in the 1500 block of Rolling Street in Ruthven. A 1996 Ford Taurus driven by Shaylee Rae Horst was traveling east in the 1500 block of Rolling Street when her car was struck on the passenger side by a 1993 Ford F150 driven by Michael Wallace Mitchell of Estherville. Mitchell had been parked on the side of the road and was attempting to pull out onto the roadway when the front driver side of his vehicle caught the passenger side of the Horst vehicle. Damage to the Horst vehicle was estimated at $1000.00. Damage to the Mitchell vehicle was estimated at $100.00.
No injuries were reported at the scene. Mitchell was issued a citation for Failure to Yield Upon Entering the Roadway.

Burglary Charges

On 5-21-2016 at 1:13 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary of the consession stand at the Field of Dreams Complex south of Emmetsburg. During the burglary a window was broken and items were stolen from the building.

During the investigation 3 suspects were identified and on 05-24-2016 two 17 year old males from Emmestsburg were cited into juvenile court. Both males were charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, class “D” Felony and released to the custody of a guardian.

On 5-26-2016 at 1:13 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 year old Alexander J. Deford of Emmetsburg, on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Burglary in the 3rd Degree, class “D” Felony in connection to the same incident. Deford was not able to post the $9750.00 bond and was jailed.

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

Two O.W.I. Arrests

On 5/22/2016 at 2:09 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch. Information gathered from the reporting party was that the vehicle was located in the east ditch between Emmetsburg and Mallard on Highway 4. With the assistance of the Emmetsburg Police Department, the vehicle was found in the 4300 block of 460th Avenue. Upon an investigation into the accident, a 1997 Chevrolet K2500 owned by Gary Neal Anderson of Mallard but driven by Dean Albert Anderson age 28 of Mallard, was southbound in the 4300 block of 460th Avenue. Dean Albert Anderson failed to maintain control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch of 460th Avenue and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on its top. From the investigation, Dean Albert Anderson was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense and Failure to Maintain Control. Anderson was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail, without incident, where he was held until his initial appearance before a magistrate.

Subsequent to the investigation into the vehicle accident, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Gary Neal Anderson, age 67 of Mallard, for Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense, as he responded to his son’s call, prior to the Sheriff’s Office arrival, concerning the accident. Gary Neal Anderson was transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was held until his initial appearance before a magistrate.

The Anderson vehicle was deemed a total loss from the accident. There were no injuries reported during the investigation.

Warrant Arrest

On 05/21/2016 at 2:55 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Marie Reese, 22, of Mallard on a valid Palo Alto County warrant. The warrant charged Reese with Child Endangerment and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief, both an aggravated misdemeanor. The warrant stems from a complaint investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office on 04/19/2016. Reese was unable to post the $6,500.00 cash bond and was subsequently booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await her initial appearance before the judge.

Driving While Suspended Arrest

On 5-18-2016 at 7:00 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious vehicle complaint in the area of 18th and Monroe Street in Emmetsburg. Upon locating the vehicle, a traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver. Russell Warren Kohman, 40 of Hartley, was found to have a suspended drivers license. Kohman was arrested and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail without incident.

Car Deer Accident

On Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 4:30pm the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a Car vs. Deer accident that occurred in the 3700 block of 525th Ave, north of Cylinder, IA. Joseph Dwight Hilton (31) of Emmetsburg, IA was northbound when he struck a deer that had entered the road. Hilton was driving a 2006 Buick Lucerne. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,800.