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Sheriff Marty Fisher has announced his intention to run for his fifth term as Fayette County Sheriff. "I am truly honored to be the Sheriff of Fayette County and hope to continue to make the great strides we have been making over the last several years. I want to keep things moving in the right direction. We have a very dedicated staff that truly want to make a difference. We have made a huge impact on crime, had record number of inmates, almost 800 arrests for the past year, dispatch answered over 20,000 calls and our civil office is non-stop with weapon permits, paper service and committals. We are doing our best and will continue to make Fayette County a safer place for everyone."

 

 

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We want to refresh the citizens of the following news report sent out several months ago.  These groups are calling area residents and we want to make sure you are informed.  Please do not give money to these organizations, as they DO NOT support your local deputies.

Many residents have received calls from either the American Deputy Sheriff's Association or the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office DOES NOT support either of these groups.  They tell you the deputies need bullet-proof vests.  Each deputy in Fayette County is provided with a bullet proof vest.  These tactics are used to solicit money from you.  Before you ever give money, please contact our office to check on the validity.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office does support the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association.  The Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association does not solicit by phone.  They only solicit by direct mail.  This mailing is done with the Sheriff's signature at the bottom of the letter.  We have many honorary members and don't want the public to be confused with this.

Sheriff Marty Fisher
Fayette County Sheriff's Office

Fayette County UTV Ordinance

   

 

 

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Sheriff Marty Fisher would like to announce that the Fayette County Sheriff's Office is now using the Iowa VINE, Victim Information & Notification Everyday.

 

The IowaVINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes.  The toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-7-IAVINE or 888-742-8463.  This service is provided to assist victims of crime who have a right to know about their offender’s custody status. Users can register to be notified immediately of a change in the offender’s status, such as release, transfer, or escape.  When a notification is triggered, VINE automatically calls the number or numbers the victim has provided.  Calls continue for a designated period of time, or until the victim enters a four-digit PIN.

 

This system is fed information from the Fayette County Jail computer system to the national VINE network. This system will be used by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office Domestic and Sexual abuse Response Team (D.A.S.A.R.T) and other law enforcement agencies in the county. Currently agencies in DASART are West Union, Oelwein and Clermont police departments, however any agency in the county will be trained by the Sheriff’s Office and can have victims use VINE.  If you have any question on Iowa Vine and how the Fayette County Sheriff's Office will use it please call the Sheriff’s Office for details.  You can access the Iowa Vine by clicking the following link:  Iowa Vine

 

     

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : 

Fayette County Sheriff issue Appeal to Citizens in Fight Against Crime

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Marty Fisher today announced that Fayette County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association Institute.  

Membership appeals go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $20, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.  Contributions are tax-deductible and unlike other organizations in our state,. the Membership Program does not solicit membership by telephone..  "With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before," said Sheriff Fisher. "The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play."

The program is committed to its "No Telemarketing" policy and only sends invitations to citizens to become members by mail. Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can do so by contacting the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association Institute at PO Box 526, Atlantic, IA 50022, Phone (712) 243- 2206. Information also available online, www.issda.org Residents can also become members of the program by contacting the Sheriff's Office.  The membership program was formed to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and help local law enforcement officers protect the lives and property of citizens..

"As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in the country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance," said Sheriff Fisher. "I encourage everyone receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Honorary Member. It is a valuable investment in the future." If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sheriff Marty Fisher at (563) 422-6067 ext 231.

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Dispose of your Prescription Drugs Safely, at one of the drop off sites throughout Northeast Iowa

 The Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force in cooperation with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa are participating in the National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day Event. 

This year’s event is Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  The purpose of these event is to keep medications out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially our youth.   All drop off sites in Northeast Iowa are listed on www.DEA.govIt will list the time and location of each site in Northeast Iowa for April 30th.   

   For you safety and your privacy

 

·         Keep all substances in their original containers

·         All liquid containers must be sealed in a leak proof container

·         Mark out any identifying information on the container

·         Unidentified medications will be accepted- NO QUESTIONS ASKED

 We will accept:

·         Prescriptions and over the counter medications including

Vitamins, supplements, and herbals

·         Thermometers in zip-lock or sealed plastic bag

·         Aerosols or pressurized containers
 

We will not accept:

·         Starting this year we will no longer accept needles, sharps, or syringes with needles

                  For locations and drop off sites near you, go to www.DEA.gov or contact        your local law enforcement agency for locations. 

The Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force in its quest to make our communities a safer and drug free place, wanted to make the public aware of our latest endeavor. 

  With the assistance of Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, Winneshiek County Emergency Management Services and numerous volunteers; the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force participated in the National Prescription Drop Off Day Event.

  The Drug Task Force and its seventeen agencies had twenty different drop off sites throughout Northeast Iowa.   The purpose of these events is to keep medications out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially our youth.    Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in America; it is one of the fastest growing threats to our youth today.

 During our yearlong investigation, the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force has seized over two hundred dose units of illegally used prescription medications in the war against drugs.

  Our participation in today’s event yielded (738) seven hundred thirty eight pounds of prescription medications.  We are proud to have been involved with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa and their many volunteers.  

  We strive to make our communities a safer and better place to live.  Also several of our agencies participate in Dare Education for the 5th and 8th grade students in our communities.  We also provide Parent-Adult Dare Education to parents, computer awareness, safety programs, plus meth and drug awareness programs for adults and students throughout our communities.

  The following agencies are members of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force:

 Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department                 Calmar-Ossian Police Department

 Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department                 Clayton County Sheriff’s Department

Cresco Police Department                                        Decorah Police Department

Elkader Police Department                                       Fayette County Sheriff Office

Guttenberg Police Department                                 Howard County Sheriff’s Department                           

 Mar-Mac Unified Police Department                        Monona Police Department

 New Hampton Police Department                           Postville Police Department

 Waukon Police Department                                    West Union Police Department

 Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department              Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force County Mr. Andrew VanDerMaaten Attorney                                                                                                                                              

  

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is selling Casey’s Pizza Punch Cards.  These cards are for the Fayette County D.A.R.E. Program.  The punch cards are $15, and when purchased, if you buy 1 Lg specialty pizza, you received a free medium pizza of your choice.  The punch card has room for 10 punches/purchases, can be used at any Casey’s Store, and does not expire.  Proceeds go to the Fayette County D.A.R.E. Program.  All Fayette County Deputies have these cards available or contact thye Fayette County Civil Office during normal business hours (8-4 M-F) 563-422-6067  Thank you for your support! 

 JANUARY

On 1-1-17 at approx. 2:14 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Richard Ott, 23 of New Hampton was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and operating a non-registered vehicle. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On January 1, 2017 at approximately 10:26 PM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a black 2013 Ford Focus for speeding on Highway 3 west of Starmont School.  Upon investigation it was determined the driver of the vehicle, a 17 year old juvenile female from Delhi, was in possession of alcoholic beverages.  The juvenile female’s mother was contacted and she was cited into Juvenile Court Services for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age of 21. 

On January 2nd, 2017 at approximately 8:50 AM Fayette County Deputies responded to a disturbance in the City of Arlington. Upon conducting an investigation, James Dale Yearous, age 57 of Arlington was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault an aggravated misdemeanor.

On January 4th 2017 at approximately 6:38 Pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a car deer collision at the intersection of W Ave and Highway 3. Upon investigation, it was found that Marty Symmonds, age 52 of Sumner was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica northbound on W Ave when he hit a deer crossing the road. The vehicle sustained approximately $5000.00 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On January 4, 2017 Dallas County Authorities arrested Thomas Arthur Wimmer age 53 of rural Westgate on a Fayette County Warrant for Assault. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $5000.00 Bond.

On 1/5/16 at 4:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samantha jo Robinson age 23 from Hawkeye. Robinson was arrested on a Winneshiek County Warrant for theft 5th Degree. Robinson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held on $500.00 cash bond.  

On 1/5/2017 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott Allan Marcov, age 22 of Dubuque at a residence in Clermont for an active warrant out of Dubuque County. The warrant was for a 180 day mittimus/fail to serve jail time that he failed to complete . Once deputies arrived they were able to place Marcov in custody without incident. Marcov was transported to the Fayette County Jail to be held until he is turned over to Dubuque County.  

On 1-5-17, at approximately 10:30 am, Dusty Jaynes, 28 of Monona, was arrested on a valid Fayette County Arrest Warrant, Violation of Parole.  Jaynes was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, where he is being held on no bond.

On 1-5-17, at approximately 11:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a trespass that occurred at a residence near the Sumner area.  Information provided, stated that a male suspect showed up at the property and attempted to gain entry but fled the residence.  In the morning hours of 1-6-17, Manish Jha, 19 of Elgin, was arrested and charged with trespassing, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Jha was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

On 1-6-17, at approximately 10:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 call of a 2 vehicle accident near the intersection of 275th St. and S Avenue, St. Lucas Iowa.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Terry Boess,  52 of Hawkeye, was traveling southbound on S Avenue when he was struck by another vehicle.  James Franzen, 53 of Waucoma, was traveling eastbound on 275th St, when the collision took place.  No major injuries were sustained.  Damage to Franzens's 2017 Ford F-250 was estimated at $12,000, and damage to Boess's 2004 Ford Tauras was considered a total loss.  Franzen was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, a Simple Misdemeanor. 

On 1/8/17 at 6:53 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office  took a report of a vehicle on its top on Unicorn Rd north of 20th ST. An investigation determined that Pamela Francis Hagen age 55 from Oelwein was operating a 2006 Toyota 4runner southbound on Unicorn when she hit a patch of ice on the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the west ditch where it overturned onto the top. Hagen was not injured. The vehicle was considered a total loss. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Fairbank Fire Dept. and Ambulance. The incident remains under investigation.

On 1/10/2017 at approximately 7:56 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a one vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of Bush Road and Cable Road just south east of Wadena. Once Deputies arrived the driver Kristine Louise Morarend, age 63 of Strawberry Point had rolled her 2000 Jeep due to weather conditions and was trapped upside-down in the vehicle. Wadena Fire freed her from her seatbelts holding her in and she reported no injuries, her vehicle was considered a total loss. Wadena Fire and Tri State Ambulance assisted at the scene.  

While working this accident another vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Caliber driven by Patricia Ann Whittle, age 42 of Volga also lost control near the scene and entered the ditch and struck a tree. She was not injured but the vehicle sustained $5,000.00 in damage. Both accidents remain under investigation.

  On 1/10/2017 The Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a multi -vehicle accident west of Fayette on Hwy 93. Once deputies arrived they found that A vehicle driven by Robert Fagle, age 57 of Fayette was traveling east on Hwy 93 when he lost control due to weather conditions and crossed the center line striking a vehicle driven by Patrica R Dietz, age 25 of Sumner and another vehicle behind Dietz driven by Daniel E Hampe, age 23 of Iowa Falls. Dietz was taken by private vehicle to Sumner Hospital to be checked out and the others were not injured. Dietz's and the Vehicle Hampe were operating had to be towed but Fagle was able to drive away.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office had assistance from the Fayette Police and Fire Department. This accident remains under investigation at this time.

On January 10, 2017 between the hours of 6:00 am and 2:00 pm Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to numerous vehicle in the ditch throughout the county minor damage and no injuries reported in these accidents.

On 1/10/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff's took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 187 approx. 3 miles east of Arlington. Once deputies arrived it was determined that 19 year old Shania Falck of Strawberry Point was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup when she lost control and went into the north ditch. There was no injuries and no damage to the pickup. The accident remains under investigation.

On 1/10/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was called to a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived on scene it was determined that 37 year old Carl Johnson of Manchester was driving his 1998 Ford F150 west on Hwy 3 when he lost control at the intersection of Hwy 3 and E Ave. The vehicle entered the south ditch. There were no injuries and no damage to the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

On1/10/2017 the Fayette county Sheriff's office was called to a vehicle in the ditch 3 miles north of West Union on Hwy 150. When deputies arrived on scene it was determined that 27 year old Nikita Choate from Webster City was driving south on Hwy 150 when she lost control of her vehicle and entered the west ditch. There was no damage to the vehicle and no injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

On 1/10/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a one vehicle rollover on 60th St. just east of T Ave. Once deputies arrived on scene it was determined that David Allen Lee, age 35 of Westgate had rolled his 1997 Chevrolet S-10 due to icy roads. The vehicle is considered to be a total loss. The Fayette County Sheriff's was assisted by the Oelwein Fire Dept. The accident remains under investigation.

  On January 10th, 2017 at approximately 2:06 p.m.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered a semi in the ditch near the area of Highway 3 and W33. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Blaine Bader, age 55 of Eldora was traveling Westbound on Highway 3 in the semi and trailer belonging to Panama Transfer Inc. when he lost control due to weather conditions. Minor damages were sustained along with no injuries. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa D.O.T.  The accident remains under investigation.

On January 11, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Patricia Lynn Virginia Miles age 32 of Oelwein on a warrant for Parole Violation (Original Charge of Burglary in the 2nd Degree) Miles is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail without bond.

On 1-11-17 at approx. 9:50 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 210th St and Lincoln Rd. Upon further investigation Jaryn M. Sulzer 19 of Fayette was traveling south when she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and lost control. The 2005 Chevy impala entered the west ditch and rolled onto it top. No one was injured and Sulzer was charged with Failure to maintain control. The vehicle was considered a total loss and the Fayette County Sheriff’s was assisted by the West Union Fire Department and Tri state Ambulance.

On January 10, 2017 at approximately 6:03 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received report of a vehicle rollover accident in the 7,000 block of County Road W33.  Upon investigation it was determined 53 year old Marlys Franzen of Hawkeye was driving southbound on County Road W33 in a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche when, due to weather conditions, lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled.  Franzen and a passenger sustained minor injuries.  The vehicle is believed to be a total loss.  Franzen was cited for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability--Accident.

On 1/12/17 at 3:44 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a Domestic Abuse in progress at 1000 block of 231st Ave Ft. Atkinson.  After further investigation  Margarita Carmen Nienhaus age 63 was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 1-12-17, at approximately 5:55 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of a car/deer accident near the 6000 Block of Harding Road.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Mark Woodson, 51 of West Union, was traveling eastbound on Harding Rd, when a deer came into the roadway, striking his vehicle.  Woodson was transported to Palmer Emergency Room, with minor injuries.  Damage to the 2001 Chevy HHR was estimated at $6,000.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Clermont Ambulance.  (photo) 

On 1-13-17, at approximately 5:55 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of a vehicle in the ditch near Highway 18 and Ironwood Rd.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene it was found that Crystal Rodriguez, 28 of Postville, was westbound on highway 18, when she lost control of her vehicle and went into the ditch.  Rodriguez was cited for not having a valid driver’s license, a Simple Misdemeanor, and damage to the 1999 Honda was minimal. 

On 1-13-17 at approx. 9:45 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a suspicious vehicle driving around Clermont. A deputy located this vehicle in the 1000 block of State Street in Clermont. Upon investigation Daniel Holzer, 26 of Calmar was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Open Container as a Driver. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is awaiting his initial appearance.

On January 14th, 2017 at approximately 1:50 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 22,000 block of 40th Street in reference to a single vehicle rollover accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Kristin Curtis, age 41 of Denver, Ia was traveling Eastbound on 40th Street when she lost control of her 2005 Honda Accord due to weather conditions. The vehicle then traveled to the North ditch where it rolled onto its passenger side. Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Mercy Ambulance, Oran Fire, and an Iowa DNR officer. No injuries were reported and the Honda Accord sustained approximately $3,000.00 in damages.

On January 16, 2017 at 7:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a semi in the ditch on its side, on 306th Street near Vine Road north of Waucoma.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that a semi loaded with hogs, driven by 45 year old Joshua Brood of Plainfield was turning onto 306th street from Vine Road and lost control due to the weather conditions.  The Semi and trailer enterd the north ditch and tipped over onto its side.  There were no injuries reported, and only 3 hogs out of the trailer were deceased out of 160.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Waucoma Fire Department.

On January 18, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft from a rural Maynard farm property where copper wire was taken off of two grain bins and a battery was taken off of a farm tractor.. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office 563-422-6067 .

On January 17, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary at an area business (Rough Country Construction) located 2 mi. North East of West Union on Hwy 18. Items taken were several thousand dollars’ worth of hand held cordless and corded construction tools with brand names like Dewalt, Milwaukee, Stanley Bostitch, Malco, also taken was a Rigid gas powered air compressor.   Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 563-422-6067.  

Rough Country construction owner is offering $1000.00 reward for anyone who provides  information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.

On January 18, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Mary Nieto age 42 of Aurora Illinois for driving while license was suspended after it was determined that she had driven a  2008 Blue Jeep to the Sheriff’s Office to visit an inmate at the Jail. Mary Nieto was released  from Fayette County Jail after her appearance before a magistrate.

On January 20, 2017 at approximately 4:03 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a red Pontiac G6 for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road V68 and Highway 3.  The driver was identified as 25 year old Natalie Grace Kruger-Bartosh of Vinton.  Upon investigation Kruger-Bartosh found to be intoxicated.  Kruger-Bartosh was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Kruger-Bartosh was charged with OWI 1st Offense, Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign, Speeding, and Open Container.

On 1-24-17 at approximately 2:05 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call from a residence in Clermont, stating there was a male trying to get into the residence. Upon investigation Walter Maclaren, 31 of Decorah was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 1st Offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 1/23/17 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an assault that had occurred on 1/22/17. After an investigation, Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Michael James Teague age 41 from Maynard. Teague was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault causing injury (serious misdemeanor). The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for their injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.  

On 1-24-17, at approximately 1:10PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a bus that went into the ditch near the intersection of Highway 187 and 60th St, just south of Arlington.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Larry Lavern Purman, 72 of Elkader, was traveling northbound on Highway 187, when the transit bus went off the shoulder in loose gravel and went into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the bus was minimal.    The accident remains under investigation.

On 1-25-17, at approximately 5:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch in the 26000 Block of Harding Rd.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Carlos Dani Figuero Gonzalez, 19 of Postville, was traveling southbound on Harding Rd when he lost control of his vehicle and went into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2005 Nissan Altima was approximately $1000.  The accident remains under investigation.  

On 1-25-17, at approximately 1:45 PM a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Tina Marie Schuler, 38 of West Union, on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant, Probation Violation, original charge Possession of Methamphetamine.  Schuler was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she is being held on a no bond hold. 

On January 26, 2017, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lance Aaron Souhrada, age 42 of Cresco, on a valid arrest warrant for Fayette County for Failure to Appear for Child Support. Souhrada was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on a $500 cash only bond.

On 1/25/17 at 8:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of K Ave/W-33 and Hwy 3. An investigation determined that Linda Lee Jellings age 47 from Fayette was operating a 1988 Buick Electra eastbound on Hwy 3 when she lost control due to weather conditions. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch. There was no damage to the vehicle and Jellings was not injured. The incident remains under investigation.

On 1/25/17 at 2:15 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on C-33 west of V Ave. An investigation determined that Verla Lee Jurgensen age 78 from Maynard was operating 2007 Chevy Colorado eastbound on C-33 when she lost control due to weather conditions. The vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch. There was minor damage to the vehicle. Jurgensen was not injured.  The incident remains under investigation.

On January 28, 2017 at 12:13 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle rolled over into the ditch on 20th Street near Willow Road.  When the Deputy Arrived, it was learned that 52 year old Pamela Ortner of Jesup was turning west onto 20th Street from Willow Road and lost control due to weather conditions.  The vehicle, a 2007 Toyota FJC, was believed to have been totaled.  No injuries were reported and the accident remains under investigation.

On January 28, 2017 at 1:18 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Q Ave.  Upon Investigation, it was learned that 18 year old Victoria Barnes of Marion was attempting to turn north onto Q Ave. off of Hwy 3 when she hit a patch of ice and slid into the ditch, rolling the vehicle onto its side.  The vehicle, a 2011 Dodge Caliber, was believed to have $5,000 worth of damage and no injuries were reported.  The accident remains under investigation.

On January 28th 2017 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Fayette County Deputies were called to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of 130th Street and Y Avenue. Upon arrival it was discovered that Lisa Lynn Duffy, age 50 of rural Sumner was traveling Westbound when she lost traction due to weather conditions. Lisa was driving her 1999 Ford Windstar, which upon entering the South ditch tipped onto its top. No injuries were reported and the Ford Windstar sustained major damages.  The accident remains under investigation.

On January 28th, 2017 at approximately 4:17 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area of S Avenue just North of 100th Street in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. Upon arrival Deputies began an investigation. While conducting the investigation Brian Allen Fullhart age, 34 of Decorah became confrontational with Deputies. Fullhart was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication Third Offense IA code 123.46 (Ag. Misdemeanor), Interference with official acts with bodily injury IA code 719.1 (1) (serious misdemeanor), Criminal Mischief Third Degree IA code 716.5 (1) (a) (serious misdemeanor), and two counts Assault on a peace officer IA code 708.3A (4) (serious misdemeanor). Fullhart was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance. The incident remains under investigation.

On January 29, 2017 at approximately 4:17 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a white Chevrolet Truck for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of P Avenue and Highway 150.  The driver was identified as 28 year old Kyle Nichols of Independence who upon investigation was found to be intoxicated.  Nichols was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Fail to Obey Stop Sign.

On 1-29-17 at approx. 9:46 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle that had went into the ditch and rolled at the intersection of 40th St and Knight Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2007 Chevy Colorado pick-up truck, Jacob W. Guenther 19 of West Union was traveling West on 40th St when he lost control on the icy road and went into the south ditch and rolled on to the passenger side of the vehicle where it came to rest. Guenther nor his passenger were injured and the vehicle sustained approx. $8000.00 dollars in damage. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol. This accident remains under investigation.

On January 29th, 2017 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area of 130th Street and S Avenue in reference to a single vehicle rollover accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that a juvenile male was traveling Westbound in a 2006 Ford Ranger when he lost traction and traveled into the North ditch where the vehicle then rolled onto its top. Minor injuries were reported. The male juvenile was cited for Operation With Out Registration IA code 321.98 (simple misdemeanor) and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability-Accident related IA code 321.20B (simple misdemeanor). The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sumner Fire and EMS.

On 1/24/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office opened and conducted a drug investigation which lead to three residence in West Union being searched, 6 people facing drug charges and seizer of narcotics. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office filed the following charges on these individuals:

1) David Francis Shannon, age 40 of West Union was charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia.

2) Samantha Kay Darling, age 42 of  West Union was charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia.

3) Tina Marie Schuler, age 39 of West Union was charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia.

(NO PHOTO) 4) Tina Marie Nichols, age 49 of West Union was charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia.

5) Roger Palmer Nichols, age 48 of West Union was charged with Possession of drug Paraphernalia.

6) Herman Lee Ronnfedlt, age 52 of West Union was charged with Possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver a Class "C" Felony.

Schuler was arrested last week by the Sheriff's Office and today (January 30, 2017) warrants have been issued for the others arrests.  Ronnfeldt and Roger Nichols are both on Parole and warrants for parole violations have been issued also. Ronnfeldt who's also on the sex offender registry is currently unaccounted for and the Sheriff's office is searching for him. The narcotics and other items were sent to the State DCI lab for testing and more charges could be filed at a later date. The Sheriff's office was assisted by the Department of Correctional Services, First District probation and parole. 

On January 30th, 2017 at approximately 6:49 p.m.  Samantha Kay Darling, age 42 of West Union was located by Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies and arrested on a valid Fayette County warrant for probation violation (original charge of possession of controlled substance 3rd- and subsequent). Darling was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is being held on a $7,500.00 bond.

On 1-31-17, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a 2 vehicle accident near the intersection of Kornhill Rd and J Avenue.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Raymond Wheeler, 47 of Fayette, was eastbound on Kornhill Rd, when a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by Daniel Ray Howard, 49 of Maynard pulled out of a driveway attempting to turn west on Kornhill Road when he collided with Wheeler's 1993 Ford F250 pickup.  No Injuries were sustained.  Damage to the 2005 Chevy Silverado was estimated at $15,000, and damage to the 1993 ford F-250 was estimated at $5,000.  Howard was cited with Failure to Yield When Entering a Highway, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Fayette Fire. 

FEBRUARY

On 2/1/17 at 6:21 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Great River Rd east of Fleet Rd. An investigation determined that Karma Rae Knospe, age 52 from West Union was operating a 2004 Nissan Titan northbound on Great River Rd when several deer entered the roadway. Knospe was unable to avoid striking one of the deer causing an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. Knospe was not injured.

On 2-2-17 at approx. 4:30 AM Taylor Schmidt, 18 of Plainfield, IL turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff's Office on 2 outstanding Fayette County warrants for Theft and Burglary.. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

On 2/3/17 at 6:14 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on W Ave north of 255th St. An investigation determined that Donald Leroy Butikofer age 64 from Waucoma was operating a 2008 Pontiac Torrent southbound on W Ave when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Butikofer and a passenger were not injured.

On 2-7-17 at approx. 4 AM Fayette County Deputies arrested Nathan Washburn, 33 of Waterloo on a warrant for Probation Violation through Black Hawk County. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting transfer to Black Hawk County.

On February 4, 2017, Linn County Authorities arrested Ethan John Rickels, age 42 of Anamosa. Rickels had a valid arrest warrant for Failure to Serve Jail time on a Violation of No Contact Order (Simple Misdemeanor) charge. Rickels is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $5000.00 cash only bond pending an initial appearance with the Magistrate.

On February 4, 2017, at approximately 1:30 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of domestic disturbance in St. Lucas. After an investigation, Layne Ronald Upton, age 43 of St. Lucas, was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Emergency Communications (Simple Misdemeanor). Upton was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

On February 5, 2017, at approximately 3:14 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 3 and X Avenue; approximately 1 mile north of Oran. Upon further investigation, the Deputy found that Cecelia Kaye Ann Lujan, age 22 of New Hampton, was found to be intoxicated. Lujan was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor). Lujan was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she will receive an initial appearance.

On February 5th, 2017 at approximately 8:56 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at 50th St and R Ave near Oelwein. Upon further investigation, it was found 59 year old John Lee Klink of Oelwein was driving a red 2001 Pontiac Aztec southbound on R Ave when a mechanical failure caused him to enter the east ditch. The vehicle sustained approximately $5000.00 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported. The accident remains under investigation.

On February 6th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a car and deer collision that occurred at approximately 8:00 AM on Highway 18 and F Ave, west of Clermont. Upon further investigation, it was found that 48 year old Donald Lyle Oakland of Waukon, was driving a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma west bound on Highway 18 when he struck a deer crossing the road. The truck sustained approximately $6000.00 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On February 4, 2017 at approximately 11:04 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a single vehicle accident in the 14,000 block of Nature Road—west of Auburn.  Upon investigation it was determined 21 year old Katelyn Kay Fay of Sumner was traveling west on Nature Road when she lost control of her 2002 Mercury Sable and entered the ditch.  Fay was transported by ambulance to Palmer Hospital in West Union and treated for injuries.  The vehicle is believed to be a total loss and a power line pole was also damaged.  The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending. 

On February 5th, 2017 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies received a driving complaint near the area of K Avenue and Highway 187. Upon arrival ,an investigation determined that Christi Kay Lutgen, age 65 of rural Stanley was charged with Operating While Under the Influence First Offense (serious misdemeanor) and Open Container (simple misdemeanor). Christi was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance.

On February 1st, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Andrew Reed Babbitt age, 29 at 18569 Lane Road, Fayette on a valid Black Hawk County warrant for probation violation. Babbitt was transported to the Fayette County jail and later transported to Black Hawk County where he will be held without bond.

On 2/8/17 at 4:26 PM Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Samantha Kay Darling age 42 from West Union on a Fayette County warrant for fail to appear on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Darling was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held on $400.00 cash bond pending a appearance with a Magistrate.

On February 8, 2017 David Francis Shannon age 39 of West Union turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. David Shannon was wanted on a Fayette County Warrant  for Failure to appear on possession of drug paraphernalia he is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $400.00 Bond.  

On February 2, 2017 Herman Lee Ronnfeldt, 51 of West Union turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on two valid warrants for a parole violation and delivery of a controlled substance.  He is being held in the Fayette County Jail without bond.

On 2/9/17 at 3:27 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call reporting a vehicle rollover on Hwy 150 south of Eldorado. An investigation determined that Jordan Hunter Nelson age 21 from Decorah was operating a 2005 GMC Envoy southbound on Hwy 150 when he attempted to make a u-turn.  The vehicle left the roadway and entered the east ditch and overturned onto the driver’s side.  Nelson received minor injuries and was cited for fail to maintain control. The vehicle received an estimated $5000 damage. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Tri-State Ambulance and West Union Fire Dept.

On 2/9/17 at 6:00 PM the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vanessa Rae Young age 30 from Elgin, on a Fayette County Warrant. Young was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was served an arrest warrant for violating a domestic abuse protective order. Young was held on $1500 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 2/2/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report and conducted an investigation of a home burglary in  rural Waucoma. After a week long investigation and evidence gathered at the scene the Sheriff’s Office on 2/9/2017 made three arrests. John Glen Odegard, age 18 of Elgin, a male juvenile age 16 of Alpha and a 17 year old male from West Union were all arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree a class “D” felony.  All three were arrested and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where Odegard was taken to the jail and awaits his initial appearance. The other two were booked in and released to their parents and will face appearances in juvenile court on a later date. The home owner reported missing around $1,000.00 in cash.  

On 2-13-17, The Fayette County Sheriff's Office had multiple calls of vehicles in the ditch on Harding Rd. At approximately 8:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 call of a vehicle that went into the ditch just north of 29507 Harding Rd, Postville IA.  When the Fayette County Sheriff arrived on scene it was found that Cynthia Marie Torkelson, 27 of Monona, was south bound on Harding road and negotiating a curve when she lost control of her 2001 Mustang and went into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained, and damage to the 2001 Ford Mustang was estimated at $3,000.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Clermont Ambulance, Clermont Fire, Clayton County Sheriff's Office, and Postville Police Department. The accident remains under investigation. 

On February 15, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Jeremiah Cannon Young age 37 of Rural Elgin, Young was wanted on two Fayette County Warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order  and Having Dominion/Control of a Firearm/Offensive Weapon by Felon and Dominion/Control of a Firearm/Offensive weapon by a Domestic Abuse Offender. Young is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $11,500.00 bond.

On 2-15-17 at approximately 9:55 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle accident on T Ave near 175th Street. Upon investigation Mary Kriegel, 50 of Prairie Du Chen, was traveling north on T Ave when a deer entered the roadway. Kriegel struck the deer and lost control of her vehicle and entered the ditch. Her vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, sustained approx 2000 damage, but no injuries were reported.

On 2/20/17 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Steven Daniel Nesbitt age 24 of Calmar on a Fayette County warrant for fail to appear on a theft 5th charge. Nesbitt was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $5000 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

 At approximately 8:05 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took multiple calls of 2 different vehicles that went in the ditch near the 6000 Block of Harding Rd.  As Fayette County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene it was found that Kyle John Wander , 52 of Clermont was westbound on Harding Road, when he lost control of 2005 Dodge Neon, sliding into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage was not reportable.  The accident remains under investigation. It was also found at approximately the same time, 1 mile northeast of this location, Michael Arnold Elsbernd, 51 of Ossian, was also traveling westbound on Harding Rd, when he lost control of his 2001 Pontiac Bonneville and slid onto the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage was minimal.  The accident remains under investigation.

On 2-13-17, at approximately 7:25 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of vehicle roll-over accident on the Stanley curves, Highway 3, just north of Stanley.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Emily Nelson, 40 of Fayette, was east bound on Highway 3, when Nelson's vehicle lost control and rolled into the east ditch.  Nelson and her passenger were transported to Mercy E.R. with minor injuries.  Damage to the 2004 Dodge Caravan was considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Stanley Fire, Oelwein Ambulance, and first responders.    The accident remains under investigation.

  On 2-19-17,at approximately 6:45 am, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of a vehicle that had been in a roll-over accident.  The vehicle was located in a parking lot in the City of Clermont but no driver was found.  After a Fayette County Investigation, it was found that Steven Michael Gelo, 38 of Waukon, was traveling east bound on Harding Road in the early morning hours of 2-19-17, when he lost control of his vehicle and rolled into the ditch.  Evidence showed that the accident occurred near the 7000 Block of Harding Road.  Minor injuries were sustained.  Gelo was cited for Failure to Maintain Control a Simple Misdemeanor and damage to the 2008 Nissan Maxima was considered a total loss. 

On February 19, 2017, at approximately 1:59 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on R Avenue, approximately 1 mile north of Oelwein. Upon further investigation, the Deputy found that Flora Mae Epley, age 36 of Oelwein, was found to be intoxicated. Epley was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor), Aiding and Abetting to a Violation of a No Contact Order due to Domestic Abuse Assault causing injury (Serious Misdemeanor), Open Container (Simple Misdemeanor), and Failure to Obey Stop Sign (Simple Misdemeanor). During the traffic stop it was found that Epley was a protected party in a No Contact Order with Corey Ray Conner, age 40 of Oelwein. Conner was present in the vehicle and was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order due to Domestic Abuse Assault causing injury (Serious Misdemeanor). Epley and Conner were transported to the Fayette County Jail and await an initial appearance.

On 2-26-17 at approx. 1 am a Fayette Deputy stopped a vehicle south of Highway 3 on Unicorn Road for an equipment violation. Upon investigation it was determined that Jesus Soto-Lara, 20 of Independence was charged with an alcohol zero tolerance violation. He was processed and released.

On 2-26-17 at approx. 3 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle accident on Harding Road east of Clermont. Upon investigation it was determined that Steven Gelo, 38 of Waukon lost control of his 2012 Nissan Maxima and went into the north ditch. Gelo was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. This accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Postville Police Department and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.

On 2/26/17 at 3:15 PM  the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Joseph Hogan age 21 from West Union on a Fayette County Warrant for fail to appear on a possession of marijuana charge. Hogan was booked into the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $1000 cash only bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On February 26, 2017 at approximately 1:32 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a stolen vehicle from a rural residence south of Westgate.  The vehicle in question, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, was later located in the city of Sumner and stopped by Sumner Police.  The driver, 19 year old Mitchell Ray Tehel of Sumner, was found to be intoxicated.  Tehel was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and transported to the Bremer County Jail.  The incident remains under investigation and Tehel faces several other charges including Operating Without Owner’s Consent. 

On February 25, 2017 at approximately 1:29 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office notified of a vehicle accident where 28 year old Andrew Gatungo Miringu of Fayette stated his vehicle had gone in the ditch, but he did not know where he was located.  After a brief search a Fayette County Deputy located Miringu and his vehicle in the ditch of Highway 187 near 50th Street.  Upon investigation it was determined Miringu was intoxicated.  Miringu was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was later released by a magistrate.  Miringu was charged with Operating While Intoxicated—1st Offense, Driving While License Suspended, and Failure to Maintain Control.

On 2-26-17 at approx. 9:34 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Kashell E. Allison 23 of Waterloo at a residence in the city of Arlington. Allison had a valid arrest warrant for her arrest from Fayette County for Pre-trial release violation and bond had been sent in the amount of $10,000.00 dollars. Allison was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held.

On February 24th, at approximately 8:33 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a semi in the ditch on Highway 3, a half mile east of N Ave. Upon further investigation it was found that  David Gal, age 32 of Crestwood, Illinois, was driving a 2007 Volvo semi, when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to jack knife and enter the north side ditch. The semi sustained approximately $10000.00 worth of damage. The driver of the semi was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The cause of the accident was determined to be a combination of both the weather and road conditions.

On 2-24-17 at approximately 5 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a single vehicle accident in the 5000 block of Harding Road. Upon investigation it was determined that Noor Omar,42 of Postville, was traveling west bound in his 2003 Honda Odyssey when he lost control due to weather conditions. The vehicle entered the south ditch and sustained approx. $2000 damage.  There were no injuries. On 2/27/17 at 2:26 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a semi rollover at 3281 40th St. (AMPI) An investigation determined that Casey Roy Jones age 21 from Oelwein was operating a Capacity Yard truck while towing a trailer loaded with milk. Jones was attempting to make a U-turn in the parking lot when the unit overturned onto the driver’s side. Jones was transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester by Strawberry Point Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.  There was an estimated $25,000 damage. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Strawberry Point Police Dept. and Strawberry Point Fire Dept. The incident remains under investigation.

On February 25, 2017 at 6:31 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident on 250th Street east of Rose Road near Hawkeye.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 37 year old Crystal Steffen of Hawkeye was driving her 2000 Pontiac Grand Am east on 250th Street when she lost control due to the weather conditions.  Steffen went into the ditch and rolled over onto its top.  No injuries were reported but the Pontiac was a total loss.  Hawkeye Fire Department and TriState Ambulance assisted on the scene.  The accident remains under investigation.

MARCH

Designated O’Driver

 The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) are urging partiers this St. Patrick’s Day to find a safe ride home if you plan on drinking.  Before you decide to go out and drink, line up a designated sober driver, utilize GTSB’s & AAA’s Tow to Go Program, or find another alternative ride home. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America.  Last year, there were zero fatalities in Iowa over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 17 – 20, 2016), but there were 458 crashes resulting in 756 injuries, of which 16 were serious.  A majority of the serious crashes on St. Patrick’s Day happen between midnight and 6:00AM. No matter if you choose to drink or be the designated driver - remember that wearing your seat belt will provide the most protection in the event you don’t have the “luck of the Irish” and are involved in a crash.

Together, we can make this St. Patrick’s Day holiday a safe one and again have zero fatalities.

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On 3-2-17, at approximately 8:15 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Laquay Maurice Taylor, 25 of Oelwein for a traffic violation.  Upon investigation it was discovered that there was a valid protective order between Laquay Taylor and his passenger Jennifer Lauren Hall.  Taylor was arrested for Violation of a No-Contact Order, a Simple misdemeanor.  Jennifer Lauren Hall, 31 of Oelwein was also arrested for Aiding and Abetting to a Violation of a No-Contact Order, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Both Hall and Taylor were taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where they await an initial appearance.   

After a week long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest of an assault that was reported on 3/1/2017 which allegedly took place at a residence in Hawkeye, IA.  Spenser Kedrick Bilden, age 27 of Clermont was charged with the following charges; Assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse causing minor injuries, a class “D” felony and Indecent Exposer, a serious misdemeanor. Evidence was collected from the scene and sent to the State DCI labs for further testing. On 3/7/2017 Bilden was arrested on a warrant and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and remains there on a $20,000.00 dollar bond.  

On 3/4/2017 at approximately 6:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a one vehicle accident on 100th St. near W Ave. Upon investigation Lyle Gordon 69 of Westgate, was traveling east on 100th St. when a deer entered the roadway. Gordon struck the deer and caused an estimated $5000.00 to his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. No injuries were reported.

On March 5th, 2017 at approximately 6:54 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a car vs. deer accident near the 26,000 block of Harding Road. Upon arrival it was discovered that Glenn Wolcott age, 34 of West Union was traveling Southbound when he struck a deer that was traveling across the highway in his 2004 Dodge Durango. No injuries were reported and the Dodge Durango sustained approximately $1,500.00 in damages.

On March 5th, 2017 at approximately 7:55 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Steven Lynn Boleyn, age 51 of Elgin who had a valid Fayette County Warrant for failure to pay child support. Boleyn was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $150.00 cash bond.

On March 8, 2017, at approximately 12:34 am a Fayette County Deputy initiated a traffic stop approx. five miles west of Hawkeye on Hwy 18 for a traffic infraction. Upon making contact with the driver, Rocio Govea-Becerra, age 20 of Waterloo, it was determined that she had a revoked driving status. Govea-Becerra was charged with Driving While License is Revoked (Serious Misdemeanor), Failure to have SR22 Insurance (Simple Misdemeanor), and Operating without registration (Simple Misdemeanor).  Govea-Becerra was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is held pending an appearance with the Magistrate.

On March 8, 2017, at approximately 9:50 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a vehicle rollover accident on 210th Street near Y Avenue; approximately 5 miles west of Hawkeye. After an investigation, the driver, determined to be Nathaniel Joe Meyer, age 24 of Sumner, was operating a Silver 2006 Chevrolet Silverado K2500 east bound when he lost control and entered the south side ditch and then rolled onto its top. The truck is considered a total loss. Meyer was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to use Safety Belt. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sumner Fire Department and Sumner Ambulance.

On March 11 2017 at approximately 8:10 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was called to a two vehicle accident at 23179 150th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that Joseph Zabel, 61 of Sumner was exiting his driveway and was unable to see due to a vehicle sitting on the shoulder just east of his driveway. Mr. Zabel pulled out of his driveway and hit a small trailer pulled by Dustin Moody, 29 also of Sumner. Mr. Zabel's 2005 Ford Freestar sustained approx. $8000 in damage and the trailer sustained approx. $3000 in damage. The accident remains under investigation.

On March 12th, 2017 at approximately 7:16 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the 3000 block of Golden Road. Upon further investigation it was found that 19 year old Madeline Trumm of Elgin, was driving a red 2002 GMC Envoy South South East on Golden Road when she crossed the center line, overcorrected the steering, causing the vehicle to spin and enter the ditch on the south side of the road. The vehicle sustained approximately $2000.00 worth of damage. Madeline was not injured, and was cited for failure to maintain control.

On 3-14-17 Jason Reynolds, 46 of West Union was taken into custody on a warrant for parole violation. He is currently being held at the Fayette County Jail on a No Bond warrant.

On March 14, 2017 at 6:55 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on High Street in the City of Arlington in reference to a noise complaint.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 50 year old David Nuehring of Oelwein and 47 year old Theresa Lynn Woodson had a valid  No Contact order that was in place against each other.  Nuehring was charged with Violation of a No Contact Order, and Woodson was charged with Aiding and Abetting to the Violation of a No Contact order, both Simple Misdemeanors.  Both were arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where they are being held for an initial appearance.

On March 15th, 2017 at approximately 5:59 p.m. Fayette County Deputies located and arrested Federico Josue Luna age, 18 of Oelwein on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant for False Application for License/I.D. card. Luna was also charged with Interference with official acts. Luna was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held for initial appearance. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.

On March 15th, 2017 at approximately 4:11 p.m. Deputies were called to the area of R Ave. and 150th Street in reference to a two vehicle property damage accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Johnathan Harriman age, 42 of Hawkeye was stopped at the intersection in his 2008 Ford Econoline Van when he backed up to avoid collision with a semi and struck Shaina Boehmer age, 29 of Waterloo who was driving her 2010 Kia Sedona. No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained minor damages.

On March 15th, 2017 at approximately 8:14 p.m. Deputies received a driving complaint near the area of Lincoln Road and 210Th Street. Upon arrival deputies made contact with Joshua Jacob Snyder, age 34 who was found to be asleep in a 2003 Black Dodge Dakota. Upon conducting an investigation Snyder was charged with Operating while intoxicated (serious misdemeanor) and Possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor). Snyder was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance.

On March 14th, 2017 at approximately 9:09 p.m. Deputies responded to the area of Canoe Road and 245th St. in reference to a truck vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Steven McAllen age, 26 of Elgin was traveling Southbound on Canoe Road when he struck a deer that was traveling across the roadway. No injuries were reported and McAllen’s 2011 Chevy Silverado K250 sustained major damages.

On 3-15-17 at approximately 10:16 PM a Fayette County  Deputy took a report of an erratic driver between West Union and Clermont. A Fayette County Deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Brenda Siegele, 53 of Patch Grove, WI. Upon investigation she was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, Open Container, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana),and  Failure to obey a Traffic control device.  Upon arrival of the Fayette County jail, it was discovered Siegele had a controlled substance on her person. In addition to the above charges, Siegele was charged with Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility. She is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On March 19, 2017, at approximately 11:30pm a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Harding Road near Birch Road for a traffic infraction; approximately 3 miles Northeast of Clermont. Upon making contact with the driver, Catelin Symone Haefs, age 27 of Milwaukee, WI, it was determined that she was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Haefs was arrested and charged with Operating while under the influence of a drug 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor), Failure to have a valid driver’s license (Simple Misdemeanor), 2 counts of Child Endangerment (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and Unlawful possession of Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanor). Haef was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is being held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On March 17th, 2017 at approximately 8:06 PM Fayette County Deputies were called to the city of Arlington in reference to a domestic disturbance. After conducting an investigation Lawrence Robbins age, 32 of Arlington was arrested and charged with Intimidation with a dangerous weapon  a class C Felony and Going armed with Intent a class D Felony. 


On March 20th, 2017 at approximately 12:18 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of Highway 18 and Rose Road. Upon further investigation it was found that 20 year old Benjamin McIntyre, of Hawkeye was driving a yellow 2001 Ford mustang west on Highway 18. McIntyre made a right turn onto Rose Road when he lost control, crossed the center line and rolled his vehicle into the west ditch. McIntyre was not injured, and was cited for failure to maintain control.

On March 22, 2017, at approximately 2:35 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a Tan 1999 Buick on Major Road for a traffic infraction. Upon making contact with the driver, Jeremy Duane Eicher, age 37 of Calmar, it was determined that he had a revoked driving status. Eicher was charged with Driving While License is Revoked (Serious Misdemeanor) and Failure to have SR22 Insurance (Simple Misdemeanor). Eicher was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held pending an appearance with the Magistrate.

On March 22, 2017 at approximately 10:23 PM a Fayette County Deputy stopped to assist a vehicle that was stopped in the intersection of J Avenue and Highway 3.  Upon investigation it was discovered that 49 year old Jeffrey Lee Coleman of Hazelton was intoxicated.  Coleman was arrested transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held overnight and charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense and Open Container—Driver. 

On March 22nd, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency 911 text from an address in rural Oelwein. Deputies responded to the address and upon investigation it was found that  Jeremiah Junior William Larson, age 39 of rural Oelwein had a valid Fayette County warrant for probation violation, original charge of possession of a controlled substance. Jeremiah was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $2,500.00.

      The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting an investigation on the illegal transportation of thousands of gallons of petroleum and diesel fuel from Waverly to Arlington and also Volga. The Sheriff’s Office learned a week ago that Zachary James Less, age 22 of Waverly, who co-owns the Pit Lane in Waverly, Arlington and Volga stations was transporting thousands of gallons of fuel from store to store only using a trailer and plastic tanks. A Search warrant was granted and on 3/24/2017 at 1:30 A.M. Less was stopped by the Fayette County Sheriff’s office with over 1,000 gallons of fuel hidden in his trailer and being pulled by his personal vehicle. The Iowa Department of Transportation Motor vehicle Enforcement units assisted in this investigation and found that on this incident, had violated numerous violations. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also executed a search warrant on the Arlington Pit Lane store to gather evidence in the ongoing criminal activity. Less was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and was charged with 23 counts of the following, No Placards when required, No shipping Papers for his load, No markings on the 1000 gal holding tank, no markings on the two 250 gal holding tanks, Load not secure in vehicle, Operating a CMV without a CDL, Driving without proper endorsements of a CDL, improper transport of Hazmat material, No breakaway device connected to towing unit and expired registration on vehicle. This is an active investigation for the Sheriff’s Office, they are looking into the criminal charges of “ongoing criminal conduct” these charges could be filed at a later date.  

On 3-26-17 at approximately 2:10 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Jonas Gingerich, 19 of Hazleton was charged with an .02 violation. He was transported to the Oelwein Police Dept. for further testing and processing and was later released.

On 3-26-17 Kendrick Bergemann, 18 of Milwaukee WI was taken into custody by the Fayette County Sheriffs Office on several arrest warrants including charges of Theft, Burglary, and possession of burglary tools. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail on 53,000.00 bond.

On 3-27-17 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Palace Road and 60th Street. Upon investigation Joseph Glueck 61 of New York was travelling northbound on Palace Road when he lost control of his vehicle and entered into the north ditch.  His 2008 Dodge Caravan sustained approximately $3000.00 worth of damage and no injuries were reported. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department. This accident remains under investigation.

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 2:18 AM a Fayette County Deputy encountered a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the convenience store in Arlington.  Upon investigation 32 year old Brian Edward Otdoerfer of Independence was arrested for Driving While License Suspended and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  The incident remains under investigation and more charges are pending. 

  On 3-30-17, at approximately 12:00 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of careless driving in the Waucoma area.  At approximately 12:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received additional information that the suspect vehicle, a Green 1997 Ford F-250, had gone into the ditch just south of Waucoma on W Ave. While deputies were responding another 911 call came to report his motor vehicle had just been stolen from his farm located on W Ave just south of Waucoma. Deputies then located the stolen vehicle and arrested, Patti Dee Farmer, 40 of Waterloo.  After an Investigation Farmer was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Driving While License Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Burglary in the 3rd Degree an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and 2 Counts of Operating without Owner's Consent, both Aggravated Misdemeanors. Deputies also learned the first motor vehicle was also stolen from Waucoma. Farmer was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where she awaits initial appearance.  Damage to both vehicles was minimal. 

On March 31st, 2017 at approximately 4:39 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Kayci Hahn, age 20 of Arlington on  a valid Fayette County warrant for child endangerment. Kayci was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held on a $3,000.00 cash bond.

On March 31st, 2017 at approximately 15:18 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident near the intersection of Filmore and Cedar Road. Upon investigation it was discovered that Lawrence McGraw, age 85 of Waukon was traveling Northbound in his 2008 Buick Lacrosse when he failed to yield the right away from the stop sign and struck David Hansen, age 72 of Moorhead MN who was traveling Westbound on Filmore Rd. in a 2014 Ram 2500 belonging to Corwin Chrysler. McGraw’s Buick sustained approximately $4,000.00 in damages and the Dodge 2500 sustained approximately $1,500.00 in damages. Minor injuries were reported. The accident remains under investigation.

APRIL

On April 1, 2017 at approximately 8:04 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a noise complaint at a residence on Front Street in the City of Westgate.  When the Deputy arrived, loud music could be heard a block away from the residence.  Upon investigation, 32 year old David Lee Staake of Westgate was confronted about the loud noise and became belligerent with the Deputy and assaulted him.  Staake was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Assault on an Officer and Interference with Official Acts.  Staake was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

On April 2nd at approximately 1:24 a.m. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on highway 150 and Jade Road. Upon arrival it was discovered that Sean Krummel age, 20 of Iowa City was traveling south on Highway 150 when he struck a deer that was crossing the highway in his 1998 Honda CRV. The driver lost control of his vehicle and rolled it into the west ditch. No injuries were reported and the Honda CRV was considered a total loss. Krummel was cited for failure to maintain control and possession of alcohol under the legal age.

On April 4, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested  Andrew Weldon Wood age 37 from Earlville, IA.  Wood was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was booked in on a Fayette County Warrant for 2nd degree burglary and was held on $25,000 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On April 5th 2017 at approximately 2:30 PM, Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 24 year old Steven Nesbitt of West Union on a valid Minnesota arrest warrant for failure to appear (original charge aggravated assault.) Nesbitt was transferred to the Fayette County Jail. Upon intake, it was found that Nesbitt had in his possession drug paraphernalia. Nesbitt was charged with Possession of Drug paraphernalia and currently remains at the Fayette County Jail. On the paraphernalia charge and also pending extradition hearing.

On 4/5/2017 at 12:17 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a three vehicle accident two miles south of West Union on Hwy 150. Once deputies arrived they found that a 2007 Chevy Impala driven by Pamela Lueder, age 62 of West Union was turning left into a driveway when a 2002 Ford Crown Vic driven by Teresa A Hageman, age 20 of Hawkeye had slowed for the vehicle turning, when a 2013 Nissan driven by Garrett T Johnston, age 21 of Linden, ran into the back of the middle vehicle forcing it into the vehicle turning left. No one was injured in the collision, however two of the vehicles were not drivable. The West Union Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance Service assisted at the scene. Johnston was cited for following too close.

On 4/6/2017 at 8:00 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident one mile east of Sumner on Hwy 93. Once a deputy arrived they found that a 2007 Dodge Durango driven by Tanner J Stewart, age 26 of Oelwein was turning right into a driveway when a 2000 Chevy 1500 driven by Bodie Garnier, age 18 of Sumner, ran into the back of Stewart’s vehicle. No one was injured and both vehicle sustained about $3,000.00 in damage. Garnier was cited for following too close.

On 4/7/2017 at 4:54 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 of an assault at a home in the city of Maynard. Once Deputies arrived on scene it was discovered that a robbery had taken place. Upon investigation it was discovered that Scott Orlo Peska, age 42 of Marengo went to a residence and entered it without permission.  After a struggle, Peska stole the victims cell phone. During the altercation the victim sustained an injury to her hand but required no medical attention. Peska then left the residence and was unable to be located. The following charges were filed on Peska: Robbery in the second degree, a class “C” felony, criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor and driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Warrants have been requested and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office is asking if have any information about the whereabouts of Scott Peska, please call your local law enforcement agency or the Fayette County Sheriff’s office at 563-422-6067 Ext 0.

  The Fayette County Sheriff’s office along with the Department of Human Services has completed an investigation in the city of Arlington on a child endangerment case. After the Sheriff’s Office week long investigation they alleged that Kayci Marie Danielle Hahn, age 19 had burned a 6 year old female with a cigarette for punishment, leaving a burn. Hahn who was in custody and control of her boyfriend’s children at the time, allegedly was upset at the child and used the cigarette as punishment. The child was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.  The victim and the other two children were removed from the home by DHS and placed with other family members. A warrant was issued for Hahn and she was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail on a $3,000.00 Bond.  Hahn posted bond the next day. This investigation remains under investigation and more charges could be filed once its complete.   

  On 2-21-17, at approximately 12:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen vehicle near the 9000 Block of Y Avenue, Sumner Iowa.  Fayette County Sheriff  Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation, and it was found that there was a loaded .22 hand gun in the vehicle.  The stolen vehicle, a 2003 Ford Escape, was later recovered by Waterloo Police Department.  After a lengthy investigation, Andrew Weldon Wood, 37 of Waterloo, was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, a Class C Felony.  Wood was also taken into custody by Waterloo Police Department on multiple charges.   Wood is currently being held at the Fayette County Jail on $10,000 Bond.  

On April 8, 2017 at 4:39 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to Prairie View Residential Center for a resident who was being aggressive towards staff members and other residents.  When officers arrived, 23 year old D’Quavis Grover of Waterloo, was arrested and charged with Simple Assault and Interference with Official Acts.  Mr. Grover was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR).

On April 10th, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, 42 year old Scott Peska of Marengo was taken into custody by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Peska had a valid warrant out of Fayette County, stemming from original charges of Robbery 2nd degree, Driving while barred, and Trespassing with injury or damage greater than $200.00. Peska was arrested earlier in the day by Benton County Sheriff's Office, and was transported and booked into the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, and is currently being held on a $20000.00 cash bond.

  On April 9th, 2017 at approximately 6:19 PM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle on fire on Highway V68, approximately one half mile north of Highway 18. Upon investigation, it was found that 22 year old Cameron Maurer of Dunkerton was driving a white 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 south bound on Highway V68 hauling a grain dryer, when his vehicle stalled out. Upon getting out of the truck, it was discovered by Cameron that the rear end of the truck was on fire, and by then had spread to the cab of the truck. Hawkeye Fire and Rescue was contacted, and they were able to put the fire out without further incident.  Both the driver and his passenger escaped without injury. The truck is considered a total loss, and minimal damage was done to the grain dryer.

On 4/12/17 at 4:00 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Olivia Odalay Ozuna age 23 from Hampton, IA. Ozuna was arrested on a Felony nationwide Warrant out of Polk County  for Probation violation. The original charge being , Possession of contraband in a correctional facility.  Ozuna was booked into the Fayette County Jail where she was held without bond and awaiting extradition to Polk County.

On 4-13-17, at approximately 8:30 AM, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in Oelwein to assist with a subject with a Fayette County Warrant.  When deputies arrived on scene Ryan Patrick Nolan, 21 of Oelwein, was arrested on a valid Fayette County Warrant, Probation Violation, original charge Domestic Assault.  Nolan was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County jail, where he awaits initial appearance.  Nolan was also charged with Assault on a Peace Officer, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Violation of a No Contact Order, a Simple Misdemeanor. 

On April 15, 2017, at approximately 3:37AM a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on East Bradford Street, and North Vine Street, in West Union. After further investigation the driver, Aimee Jolyn Upton, age 24 of Clermont, was found to be intoxicated. Upton was arrested for Operating while intoxicated 1st Offense (serious misdemeanor), Possession of Methamphetamine (serious misdemeanor), Unlawful possession of prescription drugs (serious misdemeanor), and Operating without registration (simple misdemeanor). Upton was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is being held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 4-17-17, at approximately 610 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a suspended driver that drove to the West Union Residential Facility.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, Galina Mikhaylovna Sagaydak, 37 of Mason City, was arrested for Driving while License Suspended a Simple Misdemeanor and Driving without SR22 Insurance on file, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Sagaydak was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaits an initial appearance. 

On 4-13-17 at approx. 11pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Juniper Rd at 292nd Street. Upon investigation Charles Drees 31 of West Union was traveling north on Juniper Rd when a deer entered the roadway and struck his vehicle. The driver's 2004 Chevy truck sustained approximately $3000.00 worth of damage. There were no injuries and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Ossian Fire Dept.

On April 18th, 2017 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Ryan Thomas Hanson, age 31 of Clermont for driving while license suspended after he was seen  leaving the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office driving a 2003 Chevy Malibu. Ryan Hanson was taken  to the Fayette County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate.

On April 18th, 2017 at 2:37PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two people that were stealing cans out of the redemption donation box in St. Lucas.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 58 year old Nancy Lee Opperman and 74 year old Donald Lee Lathum, both of West Union had stolen cans out of the redemption box.  They were both charged with Theft in the 5th Degree, a simple misdemeanor and were summoned into court.

On April 18th, 2017 at 3:53PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two female subjects fighting in the City of Arlington.  When Deputies arrived, and after an investigation, it was learned that 45 year old Angela Sue Barajas and 34 year old Victoria Colleen Dugan, both of Arlington had gotten into an argument, which then became physical before the two were separated.  Deputies arrested and charged Barajas and Dugan with Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor.  They were both transported to the Fayette County Jail where they held for an initial appearance in court.

On April 19, 2017 at 4:15 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call from staff at Prairie View Residential Center about a resident who was throwing rocks at vehicles and impeding traffic on 190th Street.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 20 year old Haris Covic of Ottumwa was damaging vehicles.  Covic was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Covic was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On April 20, 2017 David Lee Rath age 50 of Postville turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, David Rath was wanted on Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation Original Charge of Possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense. Bond $2500.00. David was released from custody after posting bond.  

On April 20, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject in someone’s garage east of West Union on Echo Valley Road.  When Deputies arrived in the area, the subject had walked away from the residence but was located in a field east of the residence and taken into custody.  Upon investigation, it was learned that the subject, identified as 54 year old Rodney Mohning of Volga, was wanted out of Clayton County for the theft of a vehicle in Volga earlier that day.  The stolen vehicle was then located in the City of West Union at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, where it was secured for further investigation.  Mohning was transported to Clayton County where he was then charged with Operating Without Owner’s Consent.  There were no local charges filed. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department, and an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR).

On April 21, 2017 Jason Dean Brehme age 39 of Wadena turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault an Aggravated misdemeanor. Charges stem from an investigation where’re the Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call to a residence in the 200 block S South Cline St. Wadena On April 20, 2017 at approx.. 12:30 am and prior to deputies arrival Jason Brehme had left the scene. Jason Brehme was held in the Fayette County Jail pending his appearance before a magistrate.   

On April 22, 2017, at approximately 1:18 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Canoe Road, approximately 1 mile south of Clermont. Upon investigation the driver was identified as Donald Dean Webster, age 67 of Elgin, who was found to be intoxicated. Webster was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor).

On 4-22-17 a Fayette County deputy stopped a vehicle for erratic driving. Upon investigation Loretta Borcherding, 42 of Elgin was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense. She is being held at the Fayette County jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 4/22/17 at 1:15 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle in the ditch at 70th St and Hwy 187. An investigation determined that Donna Marie Mohlis age 41 from Lawler was operating a 2012 Harley Davidson southbound on Hwy 187 when she lost control. The motorcycle entered the west ditch and received an estimated $10,000 damage. Mohlis was not injured. The incident remains under investigation.

On 4-22-17, at approximately 10:15 AM a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy was flagged down near 90th St and W-51, just north of Arlington IA.  Passenger in the vehicle, Patrick Allen Lynch 50 of Grimes Iowa, had sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy rendered first aid to the victim, until the ambulance arrived on scene.  Preliminary investigation showed that Patrick Lynch was target practicing with his son age 25 on private property north of Arlington when a 9mm pistol went off accidentally, causing a gunshot wound to Lynch's ankle.  Lynch was transported by Arlington ambulance to Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa.  Incident remains under investigation.  

On 4/24/17 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Clay Daniel Schrage age 40 from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Schrage was transported to the Fayette County Jail and booked in on a Fayette County Warrant for fail to appear on charges of 2nd degree theft and unauthorized use of a credit card. Schrage was held on $5000 bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On April 26, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56 year old Glen Arthur Little of Elgin on a Fayette County warrant for Failure to Appear, original charge of Driving While license Suspended.  Little was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On April 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle in the ditch on Neon Road, north of 210th Street.  When a Deputy arrived, it was learned that 25 year old Shai Donaldson of West Union was moving over to make room for an oncoming tractor, and pulled over too far, which caused her to be pulled into the ditch.  No injuries were reported, but there was $2000 damage to her 2014 Buick Encore.  This accident remains under investigation.

   

On 4/26/17 at 4:33 PM a Fayette County Deputy attempted to serve two arrest warrants on Lisa Diana Schroeder age 37 at her residence on East Plum St in West Union. Upon making contact with her,  Schroeder fled out the back door of the residence. A neighbor in the area noticed Schroeder running and called 911 to report that Schroeder had gotten into an  occupied vehicle and the vehicle was heading north on Pine St. The vehicle was stopped on North Pine St and Schroeder was taken into custody. While the deputy chased after Schroeder through the residence he detected a smell of marijuana and observed drug paraphernalia on the table.  A search of Schroeder residence was then conducted upon her arrest and evidence was gathered.  Schroeder was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was booked in on two Fayette County Warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and possession of controlled substance (marijuana). She was additionally charged with interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She is currently held in the Fayette County Jail  on $5000 cash bond. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Dept.

On 4/27/2017 at approximately 8:46 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a burglary at the Oelwein Municipal Airport on 40th Street just west of Oelwein. Upon and investigation and interviews deputies arrested Michael Lee Burton, age 51 of Oelwein for burglary in the third degree a class "D" felony and possession of controlled substance (Methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Burton was found hiding out in a storage unit on 20th Street in Oelwein and taken into custody without incident.

On 4/24/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s office acted on a tip that a fugitive by the name of Keith Marlon Taylor, age 54 of Postville was staying at a residence in Elgin. Once deputies arrived at the residence of Shannon Lee Thompson, age 36,  Thompson was questioned on the whereabouts of Keith Taylor and denied having knowledge of Taylor being in the residence.  However, after a search of the residence, Taylor was found hiding in the closet. Thompson was arrested and charged with Accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor. Taylor was arrested on three felony warrants for failure to register as a sex offender. Taylor was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a class “D” felony. Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail and awaited a court date.

On 4/28/2017 at 1:40 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 175th Street and Ivy Road, the Volga Lake entrance off of Hwy 150. Once the deputy arrived it was found that a 2008 Chevy Eqx driven by Jacob C Palmer, age 36 of West Union was stopped at the intersection and then pulled out on to the Hwy and failed to yield for a 2011 Dodge Caliber driven by Kenneth E Woodson, age 55 of Hawkeye. No one was injured and Palmer was cited for failure to yield upon entering a Hwy.

On 4/28/2017 at 2:22 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's office took a report of a one vehicle accident with a rollover at the intersection of K Ave and 40th Street. Once deputies arrived they found a 1998 Buick Century driven by Tiffany R Cole, age 32 of Oelwein had lost control at the intersection and entered the south ditch and rolled the vehicle twice. Cole sustained minor injuries and was transported by Wheaton Ambulance to the West Union Hospital. Fayette County was assisted at the scene by Stanley and Oelwein Fire. Cole was cited for failure to maintain control.  

On April 29, 2017 at approximately 3:46 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a vehicle rollover accident near the intersection of K Avenue and 90th Street.  Upon investigation it was determined 53 year old Dana Marie Twiley of Elgin was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer and attempting to negotiate the turn onto 90th Street from K Avenue when she lost control.  The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled over.  Twiley and two passengers were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein to be treated for injuries.  The vehicle was a total loss.  The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending. 

In the early morning hours of April 29, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was investigating an accident at 90th Street and K Avenue.  At approximately 4:10 AM the Fayette Ambulance Service was responding to the scene to provide medical attention to the injured when the ambulance struck a deer on Highway 150 near 120th Street.  The ambulance sustained approximately $3000 damage.  No injuries were reported. 

On April 27, 2017 at 5:28 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a male and female fighting in a vehicle while driving on Hwy 18 east of West Union.  When Deputies arrived in the area, the vehicle was stopped and upon further investigation, 19 year old Jazmine Lee Rathbun of Harpers Ferry was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Rathbun was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 4-28 at 11:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office  took a report of a car vs deer accident on Hwy 187 near 60th Street. Upon investigation Cameron Caudle 22 of Winterset was driving his 2004 Chrysler Town and Country when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing approx. $3500 worth of damage to the van. There were no injuries and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office was assisted by Arlington Ambulance.

On 4-29-17 at approx. 3 :00 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Matt Wilker 36 of Elgin was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. He was held at the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance.

On 4-28-17 at approx. 8:02 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Filmore Rd. (Hwy 56) and Cedar Rd. (W51). Upon further investigation the driver of the 2014 Freightliner Semi, David A. Walleck 50 of Postville stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection and did not see the 2000 Dodge Caravan driven by Gary A. Spies 65 of Elgin. Spies swerved and missed the semi but entered the north ditch causing approx. $500.00 dollars damage to his vehicle. Walleck was charged with Failure to yield upon a through highway. No one was injured.

MAY

On Wednesday May 3, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 66 year old Charles Kenneth Hubbs of Hawkeye for three warrants out of Fayette County for Failure to appear in court.  Original charges were two counts of Driving While License Suspended and one count of Failure to Maintain Control.  Hubbs was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 5-3-17 at approx. 8:40 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested James G. Langreck 27 of McGregor on an arrest warrant for parole violation. Langreck was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mar Mac Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 4, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy served arrest warrants on Kenin Ross Grey age 24 of Maynard for Theft in the 3rd degree he is being held in the Fayette County Jail on an additional $2,000.00  bond.

Randy John Butts age 39 of Oelwein for Pre-Trial Violation original charge of 3 counts of Control Substance Violation, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp and gathering where controlled substances are used. He is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on an additional $100,000.00 Bond.

On May 5, 2017, at approximately 02:47am a Fayette County Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop with a White Kawasaki motorcycle one mile north of the city of West Union for a traffic violation. The motorcyclist failed to stop and lead the Fayette Deputy on a pursuit through the town of West Union. The Motorcyclist drove at a high rate of speed through serval streets until the Deputy cornered the driver wedging her front bumper up under the back of the bikes tire stopping him on Main Street.  The motorcyclist was taken into custody without any further incident, he was identified as Benjamin Earl McIntyre, age 20 of Hawkeye. McIntyre was charged with Eluding law enforcement (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Reckless driving (Simple misdemeanor), Multiple misc. traffic violations. McIntyre is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

 “ This incident was handled perfectly by the policies of this office and the proper training to the deputy, no one was hurt and no danger to any of the public took place” Sheriff Marty Fisher

 ****Dash Cam Video of this Chase can be viewed on our Facebook page******

    On May 6th, 2017 at approximately 11:59 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a 2 vehicle accident on Highway 3 and G Ave, north of Aurora. Upon further investigation, it was found that April Perry, age 35 of Dunkerton, was traveling eastbound on Highway 3 in a red 2008 Dodge Caravan, when Aulden Adams, age 69 of Strawberry Point, traveling west bound on Highway 3 in a red 2009 Chevy Colbalt, attempted to make a left turn southbound onto G Ave.  The maneuver caused both vehicles to collide at the intersection.  Adams had to be extracted by mechanical means from his car, and both drivers were transported to Mercy hospital in Oelwein by ambulance, along with five passengers. Both Drivers and one passenger were later air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals to undergo treatment for their injuries. Both vehicles are considered a total loss. Oelwein Fire and Rescue, Aurora Fire and First Responders, Fayette County DNR, and Arlington Fire Department were on scene to assist with the accident.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:49 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject walking along Hwy 187 near Arlington walking into the travelled portion of the roadway.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 20 year old Seth Lee Rohrick of Oelwein was intoxicated in public.  Rohrick was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Rohrick was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 5/10/17 at 11:06 AM a Fayette County Deputy arrested Jeffrey Richard Woods age 52 from Oelwein on a Fayette County Warrant for violation of probation. Woods was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $5000 cash bond.

On 5/10/17 at 1:45 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Ashley Nicole Overton age 37 of Oelwein on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant of failure to appear.  Ashley Overton was then transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held on a $500 cash bond.

On 5-11-17 at approximately 9:56 PM a Fayette county deputy observed a vehicle pull over onto the side of the road and turn on his hazard lights. Upon investigation Derek Factor, 20 of Charles City was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended.  He is being held at the Fayette county jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On May 13, 2017 at approximately 2:50 am a Fayette County Deputy encountered a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Guppies on the Go Gas Station, in Elgin. Upon investigation, Alex Lee Odegard, age 23 of Cedar Falls, was found to be operating a Red 1995 Ford Ranger truck and he was intoxicated. Odegard was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor). He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance

On 5-14-17 at approx. 1:44 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject waiving  a gun in the City of Clermont near Turkey River saloon.  Upon further investigation Kyle G. Bishop 24 of West Union was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with being in possession or control of a firearm by a prohibited person (Class “D” felony). This incident remains under investigation and more charges are possible pending further investigation.

On May 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Lisa Diana Schroeder age 37 from West Union. Schroeder was arrested on three Winneshiek County warrants for Probation Violation, the  original charges being, Diving while barred, possession of controlled substance-marijuana and OWI 2nd Offense. Schroeder was booked into the Fayette County Jail where she was held on $21,000 cash bond and later released to the custody of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

Seat Belt Myth Busting

From May 22 – June 4, 2017, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation, as well as Iowa, will be stepping up seat belt enforcement.  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer season with many more families on the roads.  Iowa’s seat belt usage rate of 94 percent is one of the highest in the nation but the remaining six percent of vehicle occupants account for approximately half of all traffic fatalities.  SEAT BELTS ARE THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SURVIVE IN A CRASH.

 The Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau would like to bust some seat belt myths (2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):Pickup trucks will not protect you in a crash if you are not wearing a seat belt.  Sixty percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled.  That compares to 42 percent of passenger car occupants. Where you sit in the vehicle does not matter.  Forty-seven percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts, but 57 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained. Country driving is not safer.  Nationwide, there were 12,797 traffic fatalities on rural roads compared to 8,262 on urban streets.  Fifty percent of those killed in rural crashes were unbuckled compared to 46 percent in urban crashes.  Young drivers are not invincible and they are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing seat belts, especially young males.

Remember:  The habit of buckling up is as simple as turning on a light switch.  It should be an automatic action for you and everyone in your vehicle. 

Day and night, front seat and back, Click It or Ticket!  You just may save a life.

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On 5-20-17 at approx. 10:00 PM a Fayette County Deputy arrested Aimee Upton 24 of Clermont on a warrant for Failure to Appear. While taking her into custody it was discovered she was in possession of a controlled substance. Aimee was arrested on the warrant and Possession of a Controlled substance (methamphetamine). She is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On May 25th, 2017 at approximately 7:38 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a car deer accident on Highway 150, just north of 110th Street. Upon investigation it was found that 63 year old Larry Kaeding of Coralville was driving a silver 2006 Chevy Suburban northbound on Highway 150 when he struck a deer crossing the road. The vehicle sustained approximately $3000.00 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On 5/27/17 at 6:51 PM Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Kyle Gary Bishop age 24 from West Union. Bishop was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (Aggravated Misdemeanor) . Bishop was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $2000 cash bond pending an initial appearance.  

On 5/28/17 at 9:03 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an accident at 247th St and V68.  An investigation showed that Meghan Meyer, 37 of Strawberry Point, was northbound on V-68, when a vehicle came off of 247th Street causing a collision.  Cletus Moser, 87 of Hawkeye, was westbound on 247th Street when the collision took place.  No injuries were sustained.  Damage to Moser's 2007 Chrysler van was considered a total loss and damage to Meyer's 2006 Ford Expedition was estimated at $7,000.  Moser was cited for failure to Yield When Entering a Highway, a Simple Misdemeanor.   Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Waucoma Fire.

On 5-27-17, at approximately 9:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office came upon a car/deer accident on Neon Road, about 1 mile north of Maynard.  Investigation showed the accident happened early in the morning hours.  It was found that Anthony Beltz, 28 of Cedar Rapids was southbound on Neon road when a deer came into the roadway striking the 2005 Chevy Impala.  No injuries were sustained, and damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,000. 

On 5/28/17 at 8:50 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 150 south of Eldorado. An investigation determined that Rolan Antone Steinlage age 21 from West Union was operating a 2005 Ford Five Hundred southbound on Hwy 150 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage. Steinlage was not injured.

On May 27th, 2017 at approximately 7:08 PM a Fayette County Deputy observed a yellow Monte Carlo in the ditch near the area of 50th Street and L Avenue while on regular patrol. Upon approaching the vehicle Fayette County Deputy observed a subject who appeared to be sleeping. An investigation was conducted and it was determined that the subject inside the vehicle had drove into the ditch. Deputies identified the subject as Darrick Brehm, age 45 of Strawberry Point, IA. Darrick was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated third offense (D felony), driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor), and failure to maintain control (simple misdemeanor). Brehm was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance. No injuries were reported from the accident and the estimated cost of damage was under $1,500.00. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted  by the Iowa State Patrol.

On May 29th, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a trespassing complaint in the City of Arlington. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Angela Barajas age, 45 of Arlington had trespassed onto a property, which she had been previously told to stay off of. Barajas was charged with trespassing (simple misdemeanor) and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she awaits initial appearance.

On 5-29-17, at approximately 11:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch near Highway 281/Q Avenue, outside of Oelwein IA.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Richard Pryor, 76 of Oelwein, was traveling eastbound on Highway 281, when he lost control and went into the north ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2015 Ford F-150 was estimated at $5,000 .

On 5/30/2017 at 5:57 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call that  an assault had occurred at Prairie View Residential Facility.  When Fayette County Deputies arrived an investigation determined that James Epley, 35  had assaulted another resident.  Epley was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail and is being held for an initial appearance.

On May 25, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of an ongoing harassment in the city of Arlington.  Upon investigation an arrest warrant for Stalking (Class D Felony) was issued for 25 year old Alex Douglas Dettbarn of Strawberry Point.  On June 1, 2017 Dettbarn was arrested in Clayton County on the fore mentioned warrant and transported to the Fayette County Jail. 

On 05/31/2017 at 5:11 PM Fayette County Deputies arrested David Lee Staake 32 of Westgate.  On a Valid Fayette County warrant for 5th degree theft.  Staake was transported to the Fayette County Correctional Facility where he is being held on a $500.00 bond.

On 5/31/17 at 8:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a female causing a disturbance in the city of Waucoma. Upon investigating the complaint Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Teresa Lynn Bolin age 48 from Waucoma. Bolin was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Disorderly Conduct and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

JUNE

  On 6/1/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant a 110 W Burger Street in Hawkeye for a suspected manufacturing of Methamphetamine in a residence. After a two week investigation the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant on the residence of Brian Jay Sunnes, age 34 of Hawkeye located at 110 West Burger Street. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office and Oelwein Police Clandestine Lab team entered the residence and processed the scene. Several containers of evidence that were used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamine were taken from the residence and Sunnes was arrested on scene. The Hawkeye Fire Department and Tri State Ambulance were on scene to assisted in the decontamination of the suspect and Deputies.

Sunnes was transported to the Fayette County Jail and later charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine a class "B" felony, Possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. He remains in the Fayette County Jail awaiting his initial  appearance.   If convicted Sunnes could face up to 25 years in prison. This is an ongoing investigation and more arrest could be made at a later date.

Sheriff Fisher would like to point out all safety precautions were taken and the citizens of Hawkeye were never in any danger.

On 6/2/2017 at approximately 7:15 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an two vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Mill Street and Union Street in the town of Clermont.  When deputies arrived on scene they discovered that 53 year old Laura Matt was travelling west bound on Mill Street attempting to turn on to Union Street, when a 17 year old juvenile collided into the rear end of Matt’s Vehicle.  Matt’s 2016 Chevy Colorado sustained approximately $3000.00 in damages and the other vehicle, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix sustained approximately $5000.00.  The Juvenile was cited for failure to maintain control. 

On Saturday June 3rd, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a red Chevy Silverado coming into the City of Elgin at a high rate of speed, driving erratically.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 23 year old Jerod Mark Franzen of Elgin was operating while intoxicated.  He was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense and Reckless Driving.  Franzen was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will be held for an initial appearance in court.

On 6-2-17 at approx. 11:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a driving complaint of a vehicle all over the roadway.  The vehicle was stopped in the 7000 block of Harding Road. The driver was identified as John Disher, 51 of Savannah, Illinois. Fayette County’s Drug Recognition Expert determined the driver was impaired on a substance other than alcohol. The driver was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated(Drugged), possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fayette County was assisted by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.

 On Friday June 2, 2017 at 3:14 Pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle accident on Hwy. 150 near Goedken Park.  When deputies arrived, it was learned that 25 year old Michael Van Miller of Ossian was driving a motorcycle north on Hwy 150 when he came upon slowing traffic.  Miller attempted to slow down and lost control, tipping the 2002 Harley Davidson over.  Miller sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene and released.  The motorcycle sustained minor damage.  Miller was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Tri State Ambulance.

On 6-3-17 at approx. 12:36 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disturbance on 50th St near Oelwein. Upon further investigation Shawn E. Bentley 35 of Oelwein was arrested for Domestic abuse causing an injury, a Serious Misdemeanor. Bentley was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held.

  On June 5th, 2017 at approximately 1:57 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a single vehicle rollover accident near the area of Otter and Neon Road. Upon arrival it was discovered that a male juvenile had  lost control of the 2003 Ford Explorer he was traveling in and traveled into the South ditch of Otter Road. Upon entering the ditch the vehicle rolled onto its top. No injuries were reported and the male juvenile was cited for Failure to Maintain Control (simple misdemeanor).

On June 3rd, 2017 at approximately 9:55 p.m. a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle parked with its emergency flashers on near the area of 240th Street and Harding Road. Upon approaching the vehicle it was found to be disabled. Upon further investigation Timothy J. Hogan age 21 of West Union was arrested for driving while revoked for prior drug related convictions (simple misdemeanor) and also cited for No Insurance (simple misdemeanor). Timothy was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaited an initial appearance.

On June 2nd, 2017 at approximately 4:25 p.m. James G. Langreck age 25 of McGregor turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on a valid  Fayette County warrant for parole violation. James was arrested and is being held on a $100,000.00 cash only bond.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office along with local, state and federal agents, served a federal search warrant in Westgate this morning June 6, 2017. The warrant is a result of a lengthy multi-agency investigation involving local, state, and federal agencies. Sheriff Marty Fisher advised this is an ongoing federal case, and no further information or details will be released at this time. Sheriff Marty Fisher also advises the public that precautionary measures have been taken, and the situation is being managed to ensure there is no immediate danger to public safety.

Any inquiries pertaining to this investigation should be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On 6-6-17, at approximately 6:50 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 call of a semi vs car accident near the intersection of Hwy 3 and Y Avenue, just north of Oran Iowa.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Jacob Stamp, 31 of Oelwein, was west bound on Highway 3 when he was rear ended by Vicki Jean Levendusky, 58 of Oelwein, who was also west bound on Highway 3.  Levendusky was transported to Allen Hospital with suspected injuries and damage to her 2002 Ford Taurus was considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oran Fire, First Responders, and Fairbank Ambulance Service.  This accident remains under investigation. 

  On 6/7/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on W. Maple Street in West Union on a narcotic investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the use and possible sale of narcotics in the area that led to the search warrant of Kenneth Eugene Gerleman, age 57 of West Union. Deputies seized a large amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and some cash during the search. Kenneth Gerleman was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Possession with the intent to sell Methamphetamine a class “C” Felony and possession of drug paraphernalia. After Gerleman was processed he was found with methamphetamine hidden upon his person and then charged with Possessing contraband a dangerous drug in a Jail, a Class “D” felony.  If convicted Gerleman could face up to 30 years in prison. This is an ongoing drug investigation and Sheriff Marty Fisher anticipates more arrest and or charges. Upon investigation it was also discovered that a 15 year old male, who was not at the residence at the time, but living at the residence, so the Department of Human Services (DHS) was contacted and briefed of the incident. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department.

  On June 10, 2017, at approximately 11:30pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch on Apple Road; approximately 1 mile east of Clermont. Upon further investigation, it was found that Daniel Alexander Streeter, age 21 of Fayette, was traveling west bound in a Black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT when he entered the north side ditch. Streeter was transported to Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union by ambulance for life threatening injuries. Streeter was then air lifted to Gundersen in LaCrosse, WI, undergo treatment for his injuries. The vehicle is considered a total loss. Clermont Ambulance and Clermont Fire Department were on scene to assist with the accident. This accident still remains under investigation.

On 06/10/2017 at approx. 4:06 AM  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an intoxicated driver 5000 block of 30th St approximately 2 miles north of Aurora.  When deputies arrived it was learned Brandie Wiener 35 of Independence had collided with a parked vehicle and a phone box at this residence.  After Deputies investigated the incident they learned that Wiener was intoxicated.  She was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense.  Wiener was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she will be held for an initial appearance in court. 

On June 15, 2017 11:15 am Joshua Conrad Avenson age  26 of Westgate turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office he was wanted on a Fayette County Warrant for Contempt of Court, for resisting an order from the District Court. Joshua was released after posting $500.00 bond he will appear in court at a later date.

On 6/1/2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant of a Hawkeye home as a result of an investigation of manufacturing methamphetamine, where Brian Sunnes was arrested. From evidence and further investigation the Sheriff’s office has issued two more arrest warrants for Jeremy Michael Quario,, age 34 and Norma Rae Quario, age 30 both of Oelwein for Aid and Abet to manufacturing of methamphetamine, both a class “C” felony. On 6/15/2017 Jeremy Quario was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Fayette County Jail and is being held on a $25,000.00 cash bond. Norma Quario is still at large and the Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating her. If you have any information on her, your asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or call the Fayette County Sheriff’s office at 563-422-6067 Ext 0.  

On 6/15/2017 at 1:00 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of M Ave. and 130th Street just north of Maynard. Once deputies arrived they discovered that a vehicle driven by Joshua James Levendusky, age 35 of Oelwein went into the ditch and Levendusky was attempting to pull it out with the help of James Keeley Reuther, age 47 of Independence. After further investigation it was learned that Levendusky had a revoked driver’s license and was arrested, upon his arrest he was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Levendusky was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with driving while revoked, failure to maintain control and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Reuther who was assisting Levendusky was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was cited and released. He had a valid driver come get him and his vehicle.  

On 6-17-17 at approximately  11:50 pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Conchetti Bell, 40 of Waterloo was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On June 19, 2017, at approximately 4:00 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person walking on Highway 150, just south of Fayette. After further investigation, the person was identified as Zachary Gilbert Welsh, age 34 of Oelwein. Welsh was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail for Carrying Weapons (Serious Misdemeanor). Welsh is awaiting an initial appearance.

Save the Fireworks for the Driveway, Not the Highway

July 1 – 4, 2017

 

With fireworks now legal in Iowa there will be even more celebrating for the Fourth of July and the preceding weekend.  Unfortunately, that celebrating too often includes misuse of alcohol which may lead to drunk driving.  Because the high fatality rate over recent Fourth of July holidays there will be additional law enforcement on Iowa’s roads as well as the entire nation.

The most recent information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that nationally over the 2015 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 – 6:00 a.m. July 6)146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, and 92 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.  In Iowa there were five fatalities in 2015 with three alcohol related and five in 2016 of which four were alcohol related. 

Nationwide, the number of overall drunk-driving traffic fatalities increased by three percent from 9,943 in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015.  That is one person killed every 51 minutes or the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing with no survivors.

It is never okay to drink and drive.  With all of today’s options for getting home safely (designate a sober driver before the festivities begin, call a cab or Uber, or local transportation alternatives) there is no excuse to drive after drinking. Don’t risk endangering yourself or your loved ones.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

Media contact: Patrick Hoye, GTSB Bureau Chief, (515) 725-6120.

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On 6-19-17 at approx. 9:40 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle that had struck a cow on Hwy 18 West of West Union. Upon further investigation Craig A. Waskow 60 of Royse City, TX was traveling west when he was unable to avoid the cow. The 2017 Chrysler sustained approx. 3500.00 dollars in damage. No one was injured in the accident.

On June 21st, 2017 at approximately 6:05 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident near the area of 110th Street and R Avenue. Upon arrival Deputies discovered that the male subject involved in the accident had taken off on foot. Upon conducting a search, Fayette County Sheriff Deputies located the male subject hiding in a row of trees near 110th Street. Deputies identified the male subject as Jacob David Snay, age 23 of Oelwein. Upon conducting an investigation Snay was determined to be the driver of the 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan belonging to Mykala Mieke. Snay was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended (simple misdemeanor), operating while under the influence of alcohol first offense (serious misdemeanor), and failure to maintain control (simple misdemeanor).

 On 6-21-17 at 10:09 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident near the intersection of 190th St and O Ave. Upon further investigation Hannah M. Bishop 25 of Postville was traveling west on 190th St when a deer entered the roadway and was unable to get stopped and struck the deer. The 2015 Dodge Journey sustained approx. $2000.00 dollars damage and no one was injured in the accident.

On June 21, 2017 Ryan Patrick Nolan 20 of Oelwein turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Ryan Nolan was wanted for Violation of Probation Original charge Assaulting a Peace Officer and Domestic abuse. He is currently being held without bond pending his appearance before a magistrate.

 

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