Warrant Arrest

On 10-12-15 at approximatley 4:45 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Dean Ruden (46) of Storm Lake Iowa on a valid Palo Alto County Warrant for Contempt of Court. Following his arrest Ruden was unable to post the $500.00 cash only bond and was placed in jail to await his initial appearance before a judge.

Assault, Harassment and Trespass Arrest

On 10/11/2015 at approximately 8:19 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1407 Center Street in Ruthven regarding an assault that had occurred. As a result of the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Riley Alan Morton, age 23 of Ruthven, on the following charges: Serious Assault, a serious misdemeanor, Harassment 2nd Degree, a serious misdemeanor and Trespass, a simple misdemeanor. The arrest of Morton occurred at 1602 West Street in Ruthven. Morton was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail where he awaits his in initial appearance before a magistrate.

One Vehicle Accident

On 10/10/2015 at approximately 12:48 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a one vehicle accident in the 3100 block of 435th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a white 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Katie Lynn Olesen of Graettinger was southbound on 435th Avenue when she lost control of the vehicle. The Oldsmobile rolled onto its top and came to rest in the east ditch. The Oldsmobile was deemed a total loss.
There were no injuries reported on scene. Olesen was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.

Semi Truck Accident

On 10-07-15 at around 1:45 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident in the 3700 block of 480th Av. east of Emmetsburg.

A 2015 GMC Canyon pickup, owned and driven by James Richard Voigt of Algona, was heading south in the 3600 block of 480th Av. He fell asleep at the wheel and crossed Highway 18 and continued southbound in the 3700 block of 480th Av. At that time, a 2015 Freightliner semi owned by Max Yield and driven by Steven Russell Leman of Milford was pulling out onto 480th Av. from the Cenex station parking lot.

The pickup hit the Max Yield trailer towards the back tires. The GMC pickup was deemed a total loss. Damage to the trailer was estimated at approximately $30,000. Voigt was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Voigt was issued a citation for failure to obey a stop sign.

The Emmetsburg Fire Department and the Emmetsburg Ambulance service assisted at the scene.

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 youth.

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 92%. 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 training 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,” Sheriff Lynn Schultes said. “The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.”

Deputies will also be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as 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 a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 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 Schultes said. “Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.”

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to www.IowaABD.com

Two Vehicle Accident

On 10/5/2015 at approximately 7:53 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle personal injury accident in the 3500 block of 360th St. According to the statements and the accident investigation, a 2011 GMC Acadia, owned and driven by 46 yr. old Marcelle Marie Simington of Ruthven, was traveling westbound on 360th St. and approaching to turn right or north on Haugen St. in Ruthven. A 2013 Buick Verano, owned by Vaul Trust and driven by 90 yr. old Marvin Russell Pearson of Primghar, was traveling westbound behind the Simington vehicle. As Simington began to slow and turn she was struck from the rear by Pearson.
Pearson was transported to the Palo Alto County Hospital for possible injuries. Pearson was transported by private vehicle for possible injuries. The Pearson driven vehicle is considered a total loss as a result of the accident. The Simington vehicle sustained an estimated $3000.00 worth of damages. The investigation into the accident is on-going and additional information is forthcoming.

Two Vehicle Accident

On 10/5/2015 at approximately 5:52 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle personal injury accident in the 5000 block of 570th Avenue and south of West Bend. According to the accident investigation and statements received from the witnesses, a 1992 Kenworth Tractor/Semi pulling a 2004 Jet Grain Trailer, driven by 30 yr. old Mark Thomas Steier of Algona, was southbound in the 5000 block of 570th Avenue as was a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, driven by 18 yr. old Luke Dean Nielsen of Gilmore City. As a result of the visibility of the gravel road dust, the Nielsen vehicle collided into the rear of the Steier trailer.
The collision caused the Nielsen vehicle to become disabled. The Nielsen vehicle was totaled in the accident. The Steier grain trailer sustained minor damage as a result of the accident. There were minor injuries as a result of the accident.
After completion of the accident investigation, Luke Dean Nielsen was issued a citation for following too close. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Bend Police Department and the West Bend Fire Department and Rescue Unit.

3 Vehicle Accident

On 07/30/2015 at approximately 7:41 a.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a three vehicle accident at the intersection of 360th Street and 340th Avenue. Upon investigation it was determined that a Blue 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Jessica Ann Egeland of Ruthven was westbound on 360th Street when she failed to notice a Silver 2011 Chevy Silverado driven by Kyle Dean Krieger of Terril stopped in the roadway awaiting a left hand turn onto 340th Avenue. The Egeland vehicle struck the rear passenger side of the Krieger vehicle forcing the Krieger vehicle out into oncoming traffic. Subsequently the Krieger vehicle was struck by an oncoming Blue 2000 Chevy Malibu driven by Courtney Breanne Heikens of Spencer. All three vehicles were deemed a total loss.
No injuries were reported on scene.
Egeland was cited for failure to prove security against liability- accident related and failure to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate.

Warrant Arrest

On 9/28/15 at 10:41 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Calvin Robert Pomeroy (23) of Ruthven on a valid Story County Arrest Warrant for Consumption/Intoxication. Following his arrest, Pomeroy was able to post the $350.00 cash only bond and was released to appear in court at the Story County Courthouse at a later date.

Felony Warrant Arrest

On Sunday, September 27, 2015, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Martini, 37, of Ruthven on a valid Clay County warrant. The warrant stems from an original charge of unauthorized use of a credit card, which is a class B felony. The bond for the warrant is set at $9,750 cash or approved surety. Martini was transported, without incident, to Clay County and turned over to Clay County deputies.