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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."

 

 

***PRESS RELEASE***

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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NOVEMBER

On November 1, 2017, at approximately 12:00 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs deer accident on X Avenue and 240th Street; approximately 5 miles south of Waucoma. Upon investigation, it was found that Jaiden Rylan Jacobson, age 18 of Sumner, was driving a 2014 Red Kia Sorento LX south bound when she struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On November 2nd, 2017 at approximately 6:33 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near Bear and Cedar Road, North of Wadena. After speaking with the driver it was discovered that Shawn E. Kuhse, age 34 of Elkader was traveling North on Cedar Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer which caused him to lose control of his 2002 Dodge Stratus. Kuhse was cited for failure to maintain control (simple misdemeanor). The 2002 Dodge Stratus was deemed a total loss and no injuries were reported.

On November 2nd, 2017 at approximately 6:33 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near Bear RD and Cedar RD, North of Wadena. After speaking with the driver it was discovered that Shawn E. Kuhse, age 34 of Elkader was traveling North on Cedar Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer which caused him to lose control of his 2002 Dodge Stratus. Kuhse was cited for failure to maintain control (simple misdemeanor). The 2002 Dodge Stratus was deemed a total loss and no injuries were reported.

On 11/03/2017 a Fayette County Deputy arrested 51 year old Mark L. Franzen on a valid Fayette County warrant.  On 10/14/17 Franzen was involved in a single motor vehicle accident where he was found to be in operation of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.  Franzen sustained injuries from the accident and was transported via private vehicle to Palmar Hospital in West Union.  After an investigation it was found that Franzen was operating under the influence of alcohol 2nd offense. Franzen is currently on an appeal with the Iowa Department of Transportation for a previous charge of Operating under the influence 1st offense for an incident that occurred on October 2, 2017.  He was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he later posted a cash bond. 

On November 4th, 2017 at approximately 6:09 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area of 290th Street and Juniper Road in reference to a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Glenda June Forbes age 53 of Noblesville, Indiana was traveling Southbound on Juniper when she struck a deer, which was traveling across the traveled portion of the roadway with her 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor. No injuries were reported and the Mitsubishi Endeavor sustained approximately $2,500.00 in damages. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ossian Fire Department.

On November 4th, 2017 at approximately 7:29 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area of Acorn Road and B Avenue in reference to a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Teresa M. Shea age 49 of Volga was traveling Westbound when she struck a deer, which was traveling across the roadway with a  2006 Toyota Tundra. No injuries were reported and the Toyota Tundra sustained approximately $3,000.00 in damages.

On 11-5-17, at approximately 11:30 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of an assault that occurred at Prairie View Residential Facility, Fayette Iowa.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  Nina Singh, 27 a Prairie View resident, was arrested and charged with Assault and Interference with Official Acts, both Simple Misdemeanors.  Singh was transported to Fayette County Jail where she currently awaits initial appearance. 

On November 5th, 2017 at approximately 6:34 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Harding Road just outside of Clermont on the Montauk Hill. Upon arrival it was discovered that Dean Ohloff age, 66 of Postville was traveling Northeast bound when he struck a deer which was traveling across the roadway with his 2006 Chrysler Town and Country. No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $2,000.00 in damages. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Clermont Fire Department.

On 11/05/2017 at approx. 3:00 PM Jerimiah James Bennett, 37 was arrested on a valid Fayette County warrant for domestic abuse assault with the intent to inflict serious injury.  Bennett was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $9,999.99 bond. 

On 11-4-2017 at approximately 9:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was called to a car/deer accident on Hwy 18 and T Ave.  Upon further investigation it was discovered that 71 Year old Donald Martin of West Union was driving his 2010 Acura MDX eastbound on Hwy 18 when a deer entered the roadway, and Martin was unable to avoid hitting the deer. There was an estimated $8000.00 in damage to Martin's vehicle. No injuries were reported.

After a two week long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff's Office charged Cody John Mosher, age 24 of Waucoma with two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, a class C felony. Mosher allegedly had sexual relations with a 14 years old approx. two years ago at his residence in Waucoma and recently it was alleged by the same victim that he had nonconsensual sex with the alleged victim who is now 16 yrs old. This act also occurred at his residence in Waucoma. If convicted Mosher could be sentenced too twenty years in prison and have to register with the state as a sex offender. Mosher was arrested on 11/3/2017 and bonded out on the 4th with a cash bond of $20,000.00 cash bond. 

After a month long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff's Office filed charges on Thomas Allen Whitlatch, age 25 of Hawkeye for sexual abuse in the second degree, a class B felony. Whitlatch allegedly restrained an adult victim with ligatures and forced a sexual act upon the victim. Whitlatch was arrested on 11/3/2017 and taken to the Fayette County Jail and remains in custody on a $20,000.00 cash bond. If convicted Whitlatch could face 25 years in prison and be required to register with the state as a sex offender for 10 years.  Whitlatch is also being held on a pre-trial release violation and an additional $10,000.00 bond. 

 

    On 11-7-17, at approximately 10:30 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 call of a personal injury accident, involving a semi and an SUV, near the intersection of V Avenue and 170th St.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Eureka Elizabeth Labuschagne, 37 of Sumner was west bound on 170th and Lawain Galen Meier, 71 of Sumner, was north bound on V Avenue in a semi with trailer when the collision took place.  Investigation showed that the semi and part of the trailer were through the intersection as the SUV got to the intersection.  Labuschagne sustained minor injuries and transported to Sumner Hospital.   Damage to the 2005 Wilson Trailer and the 2002 Chevy Blazer were considered a total loss.  Labuschagne was cited for failure to have a valid driver's license, expired registration (both simple misdemeanors), and issued a written warning on Failure to Yield. Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sumner Fire Department and Sumner Ambulance.  

  On 11-7-17, at approximately 8:15 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch that was unoccupied at 90th St. and G Avenue.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Enrique Trujillo Jr. 20 of Oelwein, was west bound on 90th St. when he lost control of his vehicle, went into the ditch and hit a culvert.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2011 Chevy Malibu was estimated at $5,000.  Trujillo was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, a Simple Misdemeanor.  

On 11/8/17 at 4:26 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Whitetail Road west of A Ave. An investigation determined that Vanessa Kerinne Wenthold from Waucoma was operating a 2008 Chevy Silverado eastbound on Whitetail Rd when a deer ran into the side of the vehicle causing an estimated $5000 Damage. Wenthold was not injured.

On November 9, 2017 Katherine Ann Upton age 37 of Fort Atkinson turned herself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Katherine was wanted on two Fayette County Warrants for failure to appear/contempt of court. She was held in custody on $2000.00 cash until her appearance before a magistrate.  

On February 14th, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a theft report from Bryan Construction where items were taken from a rural Oelwein location.  On September 20, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that the stolen items had been taken to an area Recycling business and sold for cash. After completing a lengthy investigation Jeremiah Junior William Larson age, 40 of Oelwein has been charged with fourth degree theft (a serious misdemeanor). 

On 11/9/17 a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on Hwy 3 west of R Ave. During the stop it was determined that Aldijana Duric age 30 from Waterloo was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Duric was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was charged with driving while license suspended and speeding (75 MPH in a 55 MPH zone). Duric was held in the Fayette County Jail  pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On November 12, 2017 at 7:02 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault on 3rd Street South in the City of Maynard.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 58 year old Darren Carl Hamann of Maynard had an argument with two other people and subsequently assaulted them when the argument became heated.  Hamann was arrested and charged with Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct, both simple misdemeanors.  Hamann was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On November 12, 2017 at approximately 12:31 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a driving complaint westbound on Highway 93 near Randalia.  The reporting party passed by a red Chevrolet truck and had to swerve to avoid a female subject standing on the roadway attempting to flag them down.  The reporting party returned to check on them and noticed two persons acting strangely.  The reporting party drove away and called 911 when the red truck pursued them west on Highway 93.  A Sumner Police Officer located and stopped the red truck on Highway 93 in Sumner.  Upon investigation 27 year old Taylor Duane Slick of Sumner was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated  3rd Offense—a Class D Felony.  The Investigation also revealed that 32 year old Chyanne Marie Jha of Sumner had driven the vehicle prior to the reporting party encountering them along-side the road.  Jha was also arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense and Public Intoxication.  Slick and Jha were transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and held awaiting appearance before a magistrate.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sumner Police Department and the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office.   

On 11/12/2017 at approx. 6:06 a.m. Fayette County 911 received a call of a car verse deer accident on C Avenue just south of 30th street.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 21 year old Mason Shannon was traveling South on C Avenue when a deer entered the road way.  Shannon was unable to avoid the deer thus causing a collision to where Shannon’s 2011 Ford Fusion sustained approx. $2500.00 in damages.

On 11/12/2017 at approx. 10:44 a.m. Fayette County 911 received a call of a one vehicle roll over on C Avenue just north of 10th street.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that a 17 year old male was operating a 1995 Geo Prism when he fell asleep behind the wheel causing him to lose control and enter the east ditch, rolled over and came to rest on it wheels.  A passenger, 20 year old Brooke Nunemaker, sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Manchester Hospital via Strawberry Point EMS.  The 17 year old driver was cited for failure to maintain control and the vehicle was estimated to be a total loss.  Fayette County was assisted on scene by Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Strawberry Point EMS and Lamont Fire Dept. 

On 11-14-17, at approximately 7:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of a 2 vehicle accident in the 27000 Block of Hwy 150, just south of Eldorado IA.  Fayette County Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Cynthia Renea Holm, 54 of West Union, and Natalie Fitzgerald, 22 of Elkader, were both northbound on Highway 150, when Holm had to brake abruptly,  causing Fitzgerald to rear end Holm's 2007 Mercury Mountaineer.  No injuries were sustained.  Damage to the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer was estimated at $1500, and damage to Fitzgerald's 2009 Chevy Impala was estimated at $8,000.  This accident remains under investigation. 

On 11-15-17, at approximately 6:15 Am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car deer accident, near the intersection of 200th St and Highway 150, just south of West Union.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, and it was found that Antonios Anthopoulos, 27 of Oelwein, was south bound on Highway 150, when a deer came into the roadway striking his vehicle.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2000 Chevy Silverado was estimated at $5,000. 

On 11-15-17, at approximately 6:45 Am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle that was in the ditch , near the intersection of 90th St. and K Avenue. When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that  a  15 year old juvenile was northbound on K Avenue when a deer came into the roadway, causing them to swerve.  No injuries were sutained, damage to vehicle was minimal. The accident remains under investigation. (photo)

On 11-15-17, at approximately 7:05 Am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car deer accident near the intersection of Highway 150 and 110th St.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Andrew John Ryan Radabaugh, 22 of Manchester, was south bound on Highway 150, when a deer came into the roadway striking his vehicle.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2005 Chevy Blazer was estimated at $3,000. 

On November 16, 2017 Dubuque authorities arrested Herbert Paul Craven JR. age 52 of Dubuque on a Fayette County Warrant for Violation Of Probation (Original Charge of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury). Craven JR. is also being held on a Nationwide Warrant out of the state  Minnesota the Warrant is  for Domestic Abuse and Violation of  an order of Protection. He is currently being held without bond in the Fayette County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate.

On November 16, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Gregory Michael German age 37 of Lamont IA. German was located in the 200 blk of Mill St. in Wadena. German was wanted on a Buchanan County Warrant for Exploitation of a Minor and Dissemination and Exhibition of Obscene material. He was taken to the Fayette County Jail on $15,000.00 Bond and later transferred to Buchanan County.   

On 11-18-17, at approximately 10:15 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a single vehicle accident at the Recreational Center in West Union.  After Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Gerald Lee Olson, 76 of West Union, was leaving the Rec Center, when the vehicle's breaks locked up and collided with a tree.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis was considered a total loss. This accident remains under investigation. 

On 11/16/17 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Officer arrested Herbert Paul Craven Jr age 52 from Dubuque. Craven was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation. Craven was transported from the Dubuque County Jail to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held without bond.

On 11/18/2017 at approx. 7:52 AM Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle rollover accident on Cedar Rd just north of Bighorn Rd.  Once Deputies arrived it was learned that Susan Kress, 60 of Clinton was traveling south on Cedar RD in her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer towing a twin axle enclosed U Haul trailer.  Kress lost control of her vehicle thus entered the east ditch cause the vehicle and trailer to overturn and rest on the passenger side.  Kress was not injured and her vehicle is considered a total loss.  Kress was cited for failure to maintain control.  Fayette County Deputies where assisted on scene by Tri-State Ambulance and Wadena Fire Dept.  (photo)

On November 18, 2017 at approximately 02:18 AM a Fayette County deputy stopped a 2018 Ford truck for traveling in excess of the posted speed limit on Highway 150 south of Fayette.  Upon investigation 26 year old Nicholas Matthew Gonzalez of Miles, Texas was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.  Gonzalez was transported to the Fayette County Jail.  He was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Speeding. 

On November 17, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested David James Fuller age 55 of Rural Fayette On a Black Hawk County Warrant for probation violation he was transferred to Black Hawk County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his appearance before a magistrate.

On 11-20-17 at approximately 12:57 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance at a residence in Hawkeye.  Deputies responded and upon investigation 58 year old Ned Roy Fox was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Fox was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault (Simple Misdemeanor) and held awaiting appearance before a magistrate. 

On 11/20/2017 at approx. 11:44 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a motor vehicle rollover accident on HWY 150 just north of 240th street.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 22 year old Daniel Hyke of Cresco was operating a 1999 Mazda pickup north bound when he attempted to pass another vehicle and was not able to make the pass safely when he lost control of his vehicle.  Hyke entered the east ditch causing his vehicle to roll, coming to rest on the driver side.  Hyke suffered minor injuries and the vehicle was considered a total loss, he was cited for failure to maintain control. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Tri-State ambulance and West Union Fire Dept. 

On 11/21/2017 at approx. 10:07 a.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s OFfice received a 911 call of a one vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of 100th St. and T Ave.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 56 year old Nazario Uribe was traveling west on 100th street in a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, when a vehicle in front of him slowed to turn south on T Ave.  Uribe swerved to avoid collision with the vehicle in front of him and lost control, entering the north ditch and rolling his vehicle on the driver side.  Uribe was not injured however his vehicle is considered a total loss.  Uribe was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to provide proof of financial liability-accident.  Fayette County Deputies were assisted on scene by Westgate Fire and EMS, and SEMS Ambulance.

On November 20, 2017 Johnson County Authorities arrested Adam Joseph Olsen age 34 of Iowa city on a Fayette County Mittimus for failure to do Jail time (Contempt of Court: Original Charge Possession of Marijuana). Mr. Olsen is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail until he has completed his 2 day jail sentence.

On November 17, 2017 a Fayette County Deputy arrested  Jonathan Troy Spencer age 56 of Waucoma  on an Outstanding Arkansas  warrant for a parole violation.  Investigation showed Spencer was a felon and when arrested a firearm was found in his residence.  He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Possession of control of firearms as a felon.  He is currently being held in Fayette County Jail on $5,000.00 bond. He Will be transferred to Arkansas to answer the charge of the parole violation at a later date.

On November 21, 2017 at 3:43 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a semi rollover accident on V Ave. north of Hwy. 93.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 21 year old Tad Chapin of Tripoli was turning out of a residence driveway, and made too wide of a turn, causing him to go into the ditch and roll the 2007 Mack Semi and Trailer onto its side in the ditch.  No injuries were reported and the semi sustained approximately $20,000 in damage.  This accident remains under investigation.

On November 25, 2017, at approximately 8:41 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle rollover on Juniper Road just south of Great River Road, approximately 5 miles north of West Union. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's deputies it was determined the driver, Jean Mary Zweibahmer, age 68 of Ossian was driving south bound in a Red 2005 Buick Rainier CXL on Juniper Road when she lost control causing the vehicle to spin and then go into the east side ditch. Driver and Passenger were transported to Palmer Lutheran Hospital  where the passenger,  Karl  Zweibahmer, 73 of Ossian was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Fire Department, TriState Ambulance, and Clermont Ambulance. This accident remains under further investigation.

On November 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a possible  No Contact order violation in the City of Arlington.  Upon investigation, it was learned that Cole Michael Johnson of Independence had violated a No Contact Order that was issued against him.  Johnson was located in Independence and arrested for two counts of Violation of a No Contact Order, and Driving While License Barred in Iowa.  Johnson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held for an initial appearance in court.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Independence Police Department.

On 11/28/17 at 4:49 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch and on its side on 80th St west of Q Ave. An investigation determined that a 16 year old from Charles City was operating a 2007 Ford Ranger westbound on 80th St  when she met an eastbound vehicle., trying to avoid the vehicle she lost control, entered the south ditch and overturned onto the passenger side. The driver was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein by Mercy Ambulance to be evaluated for minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Maynard Fire and First Responders. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The incident remains under investigation.

On 11-29-17 at approx. 8:57 p.m.  the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 187 north of 50th St. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2014 Buick, Kayleen L. Schott 43 of Arlington was traveling north when a deer entered the roadway and Schott was unable to avoid striking the deer causing approx. $5000.00 damage to the vehicle. No one was injured in the accident.

 

DECEMBER

On December 2nd, 2017 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies we’re called to the 1000 block of Bell Road in reference to a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Alan Thornton, age 61 of Decorah was traveling Westbound when he struck a deer that was traveling across the roadway in his 2017 Nissan Murano. Minor injuries were reported and the Nissan sustained approximately $8,000.00 in damages. The Fayette County Sheriffs Office was assisted by Arlington Ambulance and Fire.

On 12-1-17 at approx. 9:56 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs deer accident on Hwy 18 north of Clermont. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2015 Chrysler Van Michael L. Corcoran 27 of West Union was traveling south when a deer entered into the roadway and stuck the front end of the van causing approx. $4500.00 damage. No one was injured in the accident.

On 12/4/2017 at approx. 7:36 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a motor vehicle in the ditch on 110th street just east of Y Ave.  Ounce Deputies arrived it was learned that 18 year old Claire Egan was traveling East on 110th street, in a 2001 Toyota Camry,  when a deer entered the roadway.  Egan swerved to avoid collision with the deer and entered the north ditch.  Egan’s vehicle sustained approx. $3000.00 in damages and she was complaining of minor injuries.  Egan was transport via private vehicle to the hospital to be checked out. 

On December 4TH, 2017 at approximately 3:50 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 16,000 block of Highway 150 in reference to a three vehicle accident with injuries. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Logan p. Johnson age, 18 of Cresco was traveling northbound in his 2005 Ford F150 when he struck a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which was being driven by Paul Spies JR age, 25 of West Union.  As a result of being struck by Johnson’s F150 the 2014 Jeep Cherokee struck the third vehicle, a 2013 Chrysler 200 driven by Barbara Corbin, age 67 of Wadena. Spies and his passenger, Callie Ann Tope, age 25 of West Union then traveled into the east ditch where their vehicle rolled once. Upon interviewing the drivers it was discovered that Johnson became distracted before looking up and realizing the other two vehicles had stopped as Corbin was yielding to oncoming traffic so she could make a left turn. All parties involved were transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union for minor injuries. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2005 Ford F150 were deemed a total loss. The 2013 Chrysler 200 sustained approximately $5,000.00 in damages. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa D.N.R., Fayette Ambulance, Fayette Fire, and Tri-State Ambulance. Johnson was cited for use of an electronic device while driving (simple misdemeanor).

On 12/5/2017 a Fayette County Deputy arrested Darrick Eubanks age 23 of Waterloo on a valid Fayette County warrant for Failure to appear on a violation of a no contact/protective order.  Eubanks was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $1500.00 cash bond.

On 12/5/2017 a Fayette County Deputy arrested Chad Palmer age 45 of West Union  on a valid Fayette County warrant for violation of probation with original charge of attempted burglary 3rd degree.  Palmer was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $2500.00 cash bond. 

On 12/6/17 Patsy Ann Martin age 46 from West Union turned herself into the Fayette County Jail on a valid outstanding Fayette County  warrant for Tampering with a witness or juror. Martin was booked into the Fayette County Jail and is being held on $10,000 cash only bond.

On 12/13/17 at 6:27 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a two vehicle accident at the intersection of C Ave/Hwy 187 and 50th St.  An investigation  determined that Laine Earl Woltz age 18 from Arlington was operating a 2004 Chrysler Sebring southbound on C Ave. Woltz had stopped on C Ave waiting for oncoming traffic to pass before making a left hand turn onto 50th St . Adam Charles Fliehler age 21 from Arlington was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, also southbound on C Ave. Fliehler failed to see the Sebring stopped and ran into the rear of the Sebring.  There was an estimated $4500 damage to the Sebring and an estimated $1000 damage to the Silverado.  No one was injured. The incident remains under investigation.

On 12/12/2017 Fayette County 911 received a call reporting a violation of no contact order in Arlington.  Upon investigation it was learned that Cole Michael Johnson 24 had been in contact with the protected party and that Johnson had left the scene in a 2008 Chevy Silverado before deputies arrived. The Iowa State patrol later located the vehicle on Hwy 20 and arrested Johnson for driving while barred.  He was transported to Buchanan County Jail and held for an initial appearance.  Johnson is also facing charges in Fayette County for driving while barred, violation of no contact order, domestic abuse assault, stalking, and burglary.  If convicted of the charges Johnson could face 10 years in prison.  Fayette County was assisted by Iowa State Patrol.

On 12-17-17 at approximately 10:12 pm Fayette County took a 911 call of a single vehicle accident in the 29000 block of Harding Road. Upon investigation it was determined that Jade Lansing 18 of Postville was traveling northbound when her vehicle, a 2002 Buck LeSabre entered the north ditch. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on it wheels. Lansing was transported to the hospital by ambulance for injuries sustained in the accident. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Postville Police Department, Postville Fire Dept., Postville Ambulance and the Iowa State Patrol. This accident remains under investigation.

On 12-18-17 at approx. 1130pm Fayette County took a 911 call of suspicious activity taking place at 5419 60th Street near Arlington. Upon investigation Dylan Lamphier 19, Lamont and Spencer Borrett 19 Strawberry Point were arrested and charged with Reckless use of Fire, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The suspects are being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Ambulance. This case remains under investigation and further charges are pending.

On December 17, 2017 at approximately 5:39 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Quanisha Lanate Owens, 38 of Waterloo at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.  An investigation determined that Owens was Barred from operating in the State of Iowa.  Quanisha was charged with Driving While License Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and booked into the Fayette County Jail and held for an initial appearance in court.

On 12/19/2017 at approx. 11:44 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle roll over on C Ave. just north of Eisenhower Rd.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 42 year old Justin Harris was operating a 2006 Ford Cargo Van north bound on C Ave. when he slowed to pull over to look at his GPS.  Harris got to close to the ditch and tipped his van on to the passenger side.  There were no injuries on the scene and the vehicle sustained approx. $1500.00 in damages.  The accident remains under investigation.

**Over the last two weeks the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has been doing three SEPERATE on-going investigations involving students from North Fayette Valley High School, North Fayette Middle School and Starmont High School including sexting between students after law enforcement officials’ were notified of the incidents by parents and school officials.

At North Fayette Valley High School three students were charged. A 16 year old Male for Harassment 3rd for possession and forwarding inappropriate photographs of a minor, a 15 year old female for possession of a controlled substance and drug Paraphernalia and a 16 year old female of West Union for possession and delivery of the controlled substance marijuana, a class “D” Felony, Sexual Exploitation of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At the North Fayette Middle School a 13 year old male was charged with Invasion of privacy, a serious misdemeanor for taking a photograph of a student in the restroom without their knowledge.

 At Starmont High School the following were charged:

A 15 year old male was charged with Invasion of privacy, for taking an inappropriate photograph of a student without their knowledge and Harassment in the 3rd degree, simple misdemeanor.

A 15 year old male was charged with Harassment in the 3rd degree

A 15 year old female for Invasion of privacy for taking an inappropriate photograph of a student without their knowledge and harassment in the 3rd degree.

Under Iowa Law of Harassment in the 3rd degree subsection (5) “ Disseminate, publishes, distributes, post or causes to disseminate, publish, distributed, or posted a photograph of film showing another person in a state of full or partial nudity or engaged in a sex act, knowing that the other person has not consented to the dissemination, publication, distribution, or posting. (Simple misdemeanor) Deputies are still continuing to investigate these incidents and are examining cell phones and more charges could be filed at a later date.
Sheriff Marty Fisher would like to remind parents and or guardians to monitor your children’s electronic devices, know what they are looking at and what kind of content they have on their phones.  It is also important to communicate with your children so that they understand the consequences of these actions and that this kind of behavior is against the law and they can be criminally charged for such actions.

On December 22nd, 2017 at approximately 4:26 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 18569 Lane Road in reference to an assault. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Dallas Michael James, age 22 of Kelsey, Iowa assaulted another male resident. James was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct both simple misdemeanors. Dallas was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance.

On December 22, 2017, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Cole Michael Johnson, age 24 of Independence, on five warrants from Fayette County: Domestic Abuse Assault, Violation of No Contact Order, Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Stalking, and Driving while Barred. Johnson was then transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance. Johnson is being held on a $20,000 cash only bond.  

On December 23, 2017, at approximately 2:15 am the Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch on Great River Road in the 7000 block, just 3 miles west of Clermont. Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. It was found that Chase Henry Heying, age 24 of Ossian, was traveling west bound in a Gray 1997 Geo Prizm when he entered the north side ditch and struck a culvert. Heying received serious injuries and was transported to Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union. Heying was later flown to LaCrosse,WI, for further medical treatment. The vehicle is considered a total loss. This accident remains under investigation. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Clermont Fire Department and Clermont Ambulance.

On 12-24-17, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a welfare check in the city of Clermont.  Upon checking on a female subject, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office found that a domestic assault had occurred.  After an investigation and Multiple interviews, Thomas Robert Burrow, 69 of Clermont was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, Causing Bodily Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor.  A further investigation showed that Burrow had multiple marijuana/Hemp plants and paraphernalia in the residence where he stayed.  4lbs of marijuana/Hemp plants were seized.  Burrow was charged additionally with 10 counts of Drug Stamp Violation, D Felonies, Possession with Intent to Deliver, a Class C Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor,  and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.  If Convicted Burrow could face up to 64 years in prison. 

 

 

On December 28, 2017 at approx. 8:26 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle rollover accident on Eisenhower Rd/Hwy 187 just west of Arlington.  When deputies arrived it was learned that Charley Baker, 65 of Arlington was west bound on Eisenhower Rd. when he  lost control of his 2004 Pontic Sunfire.  The Driver entered the south ditch rolling his vehicle several times and coming to rest on the roof.  Baker was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for non-life threating injuries,  Baker’s vehicle is considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Arlington Fire and EMS.  The accident remains under investigation.

On 12/30/17 at 6:12 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call reporting a disturbance in Wadena. Upon investigating the incident Fayette County Deputy’s arrested   David Shannon Cooley age 36 from Wadena. Cooley was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On December 29th, 2017 at approximately 2:30 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area of Highway 187 and I Avenue in reference to a two vehicle property damage accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Terrance Martowski, age 25 of East Haven, Connecticut was rear ended by Chad Whittle, age 33 of Arlington, IA. Upon conducting an investigation it was further discovered that Martowski was making a left hand turn when a snow plow had passed causing low visibility due to blowing snow. Whittle then struck Martowski’s 2017 Hyundai Elantra with his 2006 Ford F150 causing Martowski to travel into the North ditch. Both vehicles sustained disabling major damages. Minor injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa D.N.R.

On 12-30-17 at approximately 10:30 pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Michael Lewis, 23 of Hazelton was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance(marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Driving While License suspended, driving on the wrong side of a two lane highway, and speeding. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance. This incident remains under investigation and more charges are pending.

On 12-31-17 at approximately 2:36 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Apple Road east of Clermont. Upon investigation it was determined that, John Youngblood 47 of Clermont lost control of his 2004 Ford due to weather conditions causing his vehicle to slide into the ditch. The vehicle received approx. $3000.00 worth of damage. There was also damage to a county road’s sign. There were no injuries and this accident remains under investigation.

 JANUARY

On 1-1-18, at approximately 7:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a disabled vehicle near the intersection of  R Avenue and 100th St.  After an investigation Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jade Mcallister, 33 of Oelwein, for Driving While License Revoked, a serious misdemeanor, and No Proof of Insurance, a Simple Misdemeanor.  McAllister was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaits initial appearance. 

On 1/1/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Jason Wayne Lafond age 37 from Cedar Rapids. Lafond was arrested and transported from the Linn County Jail to the Fayette County Jail. Lafond had a Mittimus warrant for failing to serve two days in jail as ordered by the court. (original charge-carrying weapons). Lafond will be held in the Fayette County Jail to serve his sentence then released to appear in court at a later date for a contempt hearing.

On 1-2-18, at approximately 8:30 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a stolen vehicle.  After an investigation the vehicle was located in a ditch on F Avenue just outside of Clermont IA.  It was found that the driver of the vehicle, Doney Howard Jr. 61 of Elgin, was south on F Avenue when he lost control and vehicle and it went onto its’ side.  Howard arrested and charged with Driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, and failure to Maintain Control, a simple misdemeanor.  No injuries were sustained, and damage to the 2002 Ford Explorer was estimated at $4,000.  Howard was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance.

On January 2, 2018, at approximately 11:18 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle in the ditch on O Avenue just south of 230th Street; approximately 3 miles west of West Union. After further investigation it was found that Darren Garth Peyton, age 34 of Calmar, was the driver was driving a Silver 2004 Pontiac Bonneville when he lost control and entered the west side ditch. Peyton was arrested for Driving While License Suspended (simple misdemeanor) and Failure to Maintain Control. There were no injuries reported and the car appeared to have no damage. Peyton was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail. Peyton is awaiting an initial appearance.

On January 1, 2018, at approximately 5:33 AM Fayette County Deputies responded to a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch on D Avenue south of Bush Road; approximately ˝ mile south of Wadena. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Heather Lynn Buchholz, age 37 of Wadena, was driving a White 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis south bound when she lost control due to weather conditions and entered the east side ditch. There were no injuries reported and the vehicle is a total loss. This accident remains under investigation.

On 01/01/2018 at approx. 1:50 a.m. Fayette County Deputies arrested Wade Guyer, 27, of Elgin on a valid Fayette County warrant for failure to appear.  Guyer was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $5000.00 cash bond. 


On 1-3-18, at approximately 9:30
am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a 2 vehicle accident, semi vs car, in the 18000 block of Highway 3.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Lawrence Ronald, 59 of Glenville MN, was east bound on Hwy 3 in a 2016 Volvo Semi.  Ronald was slowing for a right turn when he was hit from behind by an east bound vehicle. Chelsea Rasmussen, 24 of West Union was also eastbound on Hwy 3 in a 2004 Chevy Impala, as the collision occurred. No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2004 Chevy Impala was estimated at $4000.  Rasmussen was cited for Following to a Closely, a simple misdemeanor.  

On 1-3-18, at approximately 7:50am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of Hwy 187 and 30th St.  After Fayette County Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Robyn Hosch, 25 of Manchester, was northbound on Hwy 187, when due to weather conditions, lost control causing her vehicle to go into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2010 Hyundai Elantra was estimated at $3,000. This accident remains under investigation.

On 1/3/18 Story County Authorities arrested Joshua Jacob Snyder age 34 of Ames. Snyder had a valid Fayette County Warrant for fail to appear with the original charges being OWI and  possession of drug paraphernalia. Snyder was transported to the Fayette County Jail and where he is being held on bond a $2000 cash only bond.

On January 5th, 2017 at approximately 7:21 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Jose Israel Jun Hernandez, age 25  at Prairie View Residential Facility on two valid arrest warrants out of Linn County Iowa for probation revocation; original charges of burglary third degree, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, and theft third degree. Hernandez was transported to the Fayette County Jail and was held on a $12,000.00 cash only bond.

 On 1-5-18 at approx. 10:18 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an assault at a residence in the City of Clermont. After the investigation Reggie J. Rema 25 of Clermont and Pavel S. Makarov 31 of Clermont had gotten into to a physical altercation. Both Rema and Makarov were taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail where they were both charge with simple assault and were held awaiting there initial appearance.

On 1-7-18, at approximately 12:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a domestic assault that occurred at 202 2nd Avenue NE, Waucoma Iowa.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  After multiple interviews, Dustin Cassady, 35 of Waucoma, was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault, a simple misdemeanor, Driving while License Barred, an aggravated misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Cassady was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he currently awaits initial appearance. 

On 1/9/18 at 4:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call reporting a vehicle in the ditch at 90th St and F Ave. An investigation determined that Carter Jon Downer age 20 from Aurora was operating a 2008 Nissan Altima westbound on 90th St when he lost control and entered the north ditch and struck a utility pole. The vehicle was considered a total loss. Downer was not injured and was cited for fail to maintain control.

On 1/11/18 at 3:41 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mark Shannon Opperman age 42 from Hawkeye. Opperman was arrested on a United States Warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. Opperman was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held without bond pending an appearance in federal court.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department.

On January 13, 2018 at approximately 11:57 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in Oelwein for a domestic disturbance.  Upon investigation 35 year old Christopher Kearns of Oelwein was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Kearns was charged with Serious Domestic Abuse Assault and held awaiting appearance before a magistrate. 

On January 15, 2018 at approximately 4:00 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call to the Echo Valley Event Center on Hwy 18 east of West Union for a report of a burglary in progress. As Deputies arrived, a vehicle was leaving the scene and was stopped.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 34 year old Brian Fullhart of West Union had broken into the event center and stolen some items. Fullhart was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (Class C Felony) and Interference with Official Acts ( Simple Misdemeanor).  Also arrested at the scene was 34 year old Zoanne Fullhart, also of West Union, for Interference with Official Acts.  Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail where they were held for an initial appearance in court.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department.

On 1/16/2018 at 3:48 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the West Union Police Department were notified of a stolen vehicle out of Howard County which was later located at the Casey’s General Store in West Union. After a brief investigation, information was obtained that the driver may be in the West Union Library and that possible threats had been made to harm himself and or others.  The suspect was located in the library and taken into custody without incident.  Brandon Kimber age 19 of Rochester MN was arrested and charged with theft in the first degree for having possession of a stolen 2014 Toyota Venza. Theft in the first degree is a class “C” felony and if convicted could face up to ten years in prison.

On 1/17/18 at 4:39 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jade Lynn Ann Nuehring age 34 from Oelwein. Nuehring was arrested on a Fayette County warrant for fail to appear on a driving while barred charge. Nuehring was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held on $1500 cash bond.

On 01/17/2018 at approx. 12:28 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of accident that just occurred on Main St in Hawkeye.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that Curtis McCallum, 82 was operating a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country west bound on Main St. when he struck a 2004 Ford F250 legally parked on the north side of the road owned by Chris Etgeton, 47 of Sumner.  There was approx.  $500.00 in damages to Etgeton’s Ford F-250 and approx. $2500.00 Damages to McCallum’s Chrysler Town and Country, no injuries were reported.  This accident remains under investigation.

On 1/21/18 at 9:03 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch in the 24000 block of 170th St at the Bremer/Fayette County Line. An investigation determined that Michael David Alderson age 30  from Sumner was operating a 2007 Dodge Dakota westbound on 170th St when he lost control. The vehicle entered the north ditch, crossed over a private driveway and struck a tree. Alderson was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, Sumner Police Dept., Sumner Fire Dept. and Ambulance. The vehicle is considered a total loss and charges are pending.

On January 19, 2018, at approximately 9:25 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a multiple complaints of harassment in the Hawkeye area. After further investigation, Brian David Coonradt, age 53 of Hawkeye, was arrested for Harassment in the 3rd Degree (simple misdemeanor) and Extortion (D Felony). Coonradt was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he currently awaits an initial appearance.

On January 21, 2018, at approximately 03:59 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle that had struck a cow on Lincoln Road just south of 265th Street; approximately 4 miles north of West Union. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Angela Kay Corcoran, age  46 of Ryan, was driving a White 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LT north bound when due to foggy conditions she was unable to avoid striking a 350lb steer calf in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damage and no injuries were reported.

On November 4th, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a theft report where a stolen credit card was taken from a rural Oelwein location. On December 19th, 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a witness that the stolen credit card had been used at several area businesses. After completing a lengthy investigation Crystal Marie Howard age, 34 of Oelwein has been charged with burglary third degree and unauthorized use of a credit card (both aggravated misdemeanors).

On 1-22-18 at approx. 6:00 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 18 west of F Ave. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2014 Ford Escape Garrett W. Schmidt 22 of Melrose, WI was traveling west when a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle causing $6000.00 dollars. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Clermont Fire Department. No one was injured in the accident.

On January 23, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vandalism at a residence near Randalia.  After an investigation, it was learned that 20 year old Aaron Swearingen and 20 year old Paul Franzen, both of Fayette vandalized a vehicle, causing over $1000 of damage.  They were arrested and charged for Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.  Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail where they were held for an initial appearance in court.

On January 23, 2018 at approximately 11:08 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a red Jeep CJ7 driving erratically eastbound on Highway 18 near the Chickasaw County Line.  A Fayette County Deputy located the Jeep, witnessed the erratic driving, and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle initially failed to stop, but eventually pulled over.  The driver was identified as 22 year old Daniel Michael Cullen Jr. of West Union.  Upon investigation Cullen was found to be intoxicated and had a firearm concealed on his person.  Cullen was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, Carrying Weapons, Eluding a Law Enforcement Vehicle, Driving on the Wrong Side of a Two-way Highway, and Open Container.  Cullen was held awaiting appearance before a magistrate.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assited by the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office. 

On 1/25/18 at 9:12 PM a Fayette County Deputy on patrol came across a vehicle that had struck two deer on Kornhill Rd east of Eastern Rd. An investigation determined that Amy Sue Wendel age 22 from Wadena was operating a 2005 Chevy Cobalt westbound on Kornhill Rd when two deer entered the roadway and were struck. Wendel and two passengers were not injured. The was an estimated $2500 damage to the vehicle.

On January 30, 2018 Black Hawk County Authorities arrested Katie Jane Snow age 33 of Oelwein of a Fayette County Warrant for Parole Violation. Katie Snow is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail without bond pending her appearance before a magistrate.

On 1-30-18, at approximately 8:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a 3 vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 56 and Dogwood Rd.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Brandon Paul Davis, 27 of Wadena, was west bound on Highway 56, initiating a left turn, when a 17 year old female collided with the back of the turning vehicle.  A third vehicle traveling westbound, also being driven by a 17 year old female, nearly collided with the turning vehicle but went onto the shoulder of the highway.  One of the juveniles were transported to Palmer Hospital with minor injuries.  Damage to the 2007 Kia Optima was considered a total loss, and damage to Davis's 2013 Chevy Sonic was estimated at $5,000.  This accident remains under investigation. 

FEBRUARY

On 2/4/18 at 4:51 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Cedar Rd south of Filmore Rd. An investigation determined that Ilena May Proctor age 35 from Macon, Missouri was operating a 2003 Ford Mustang northbound on Cedar Rd when she lost control and entered the east ditch. There was an estimated $3000 damage to the vehicle. Proctor was not injured and the incident remains under investigation.

On February 3rd, 2018 at approximately 6:05 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near W13 and 30th Street. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Loyce L. Bunn age, 72 of Westgate was traveling northbound when she lost control of her 2006 Chrysler Town and Country Van, causing her to travel into the west ditch. No injuries or damages were reported. The accident remains under investigation.

On 2/3/18 at 6:47 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Cedar Rd north of Bighorn Rd.  An investigation determined that Dennis James Boone Jr age 46 from Hiawatha was operating a 2001 Buick Century south bound on Cedar Rd when he lost control and entered the west ditch. Further investigation determined  that Boone was operating the vehicle with a suspended license and under the influence of alcohol.  Boone was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense and driving while license suspended.

On February 3rd, 2018 a Fayette County Deputy arrested Skuyler Jamel Ellington, 27 of Oelwein on four Fayette County arrest warrants for Failure to Appear, original charges of Assault causing bodily injury, Driving under suspension, Disorderly conduct and Violation of pretrial Release . Ellington was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $5300.00 cash bond.

  On 2/5/2018 at 9:33 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of one vehicle accident on Cedar Road just south of Hwy 56. Once deputies arrived they found a 2007 Dodge truck operated by Tommy R Turner, age 60 of Grinnell had lost control on the icy road and entered the ditch. No injuries were reported and the driver was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Fayette County Sheriff's was notified that on Monday February 5, 2018 a rural Oelwein property on 45th ST. was burglarized and approximately $1,500.00 worth of items were taken.  With the evidence collected at the scene by Sheriff's deputies and an anonymous Facebook tip, Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search at 127 2nd Ave. SE Oelwein on February 7, 2018 and all the stolen property was recovered. Roger Dean Hall II age 30 of Oelwein is charged with Burglary 3rd degree (Class D Felony), Possession of Burglary tools (aggravated misdemeanor) and Driving While Barred. Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oelwein Police Department.

    On 2/7/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office charged and arrested Billie Jean Hageman, age 18 and Charles William Evans, age 43 both of Cresco with Conspiracy to commit theft in the third degree. They both attempted to cash checks that had been canceled at a local bank, however the banks would not complete the transaction. Both were arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail on a $2,000.00 cash bond. Evans bonded out on 2/7/2018 however Hageman remains in jail.

On 02-09-18 at approximately 12:30 AM a Fayette County Deputy arrested 47 year old Jason Scott Reynolds of West Union on an outstanding Fayette County warrant for Parole Violation--original charge: Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault. Postville Police and the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office assisted with the arrest. 

On February 8, 2018, at approximately 11:07 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew Allen MacTaggart, age 35 of Clermont, on a Mittimus for failure to do jail time (original charge: Driving While License Suspended). MacTaggart is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail until he has completed his 2 day jail sentence.

On 2/12/18 at 6:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mark Laverne Franzen age 51 of Elgin. Franzen was arrested on a Fayette County warrant for driving while license revoked. Franzen was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $2500 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On February 10, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office charged 27 year old Stephanie Arteaga of Waterloo for introducing contraband into a detention facility, a class C Felony.  Arteaga was held at the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance in court.

On February 11, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 150 south of Eldorado.  Upon investigation it was learned that 19 year old Alec Quandahl of Calmar was driving a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville when he was struck by a white tail deer that came out of the ditch area.  No injuries were reported, but the vehicle sustained $1500 worth of damage.  The accident remains under investigation.

On 2-17-18,at approximately 11:00am, David Apfel, 47 of Waterloo, was arrested for driving while license suspended, a simple misdemeanor.  Apfel was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

  On 02/12/2018 at approx. 12:36 a.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a single vehicle accident on Neon Rd. Just north of 18th St.  Once Deputies arrived it was learned that Adam Jans, 36 of West Union was south bound in his 2009 Chevrolet Silverado when a mechanical malfunction caused him to enter the west ditch.  Jans was not injured and his vehicle sustained approx. $3500.00 in damages.  The accident remains under investigation.

On 2/16/2018 a Fayette County Deputy observed Mark Laverne Franzen, age 51 of Elgin operating a vehicle on F Ave. just outside Elgin, the deputy had prior knowledge that Franzen had a revoked driver’s license and stopped him. Franzen was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with operating a motor vehicle while having a revoked driver’s license.

  On 2/20/2018 at 7:59 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's office took a 911 call of a one vehicle accident with injuries just south of 170th Street  on R Ave. south of Hawkeye. Once deputies arrived they found a 2007 Ford Taurus on its top that appeared to have rolled a couple of times. The driver Tanner Dale Grover, age 23 of Independence, Iowa was able to free himself and later pulled his passenger, a 17 year old female, from the vehicle. Both were transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union by Fayette Ambulance service with unknown injuries at this time. An investigation at the scene lead deputies to believe the driver, Grover may have been impaired. This is now  under investigation.  Charges are pending on this accident and Hawkeye Fire assisted at the scene.

On 2/22/18 at 7:04 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch at Kornhill and Grannis Rd. An investigation determined that Halvor Henry Johnson age 20 from McGregor was operating a 1990 Dodge W150 westbound on Kornhill Rd when due to weather conditions, the vehicle slid off the roadway  and entered the north ditch. The vehicle struck a utility pole causing an estimated $5000 damage to the truck. Johnson was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.

On February 26, 2018 at approximately 12:30 AM, a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction at Clay and Mill ST. in Clermont. During the stop it was confirmed that Danny James Huffman, age 51 of Clermont, was driving while barred. Huffman was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail where he was charged with Driving While License Barred (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Failure to have SR22 insurance on file (Simple Misdemeanor). Huffman is being held in the Fayette County Jail  pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

     After a month long investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office filed charges of Arson in the first degree on 19 year old Hayes Edward William Kern of Winthrop. On 1/21/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of smoke coming from a residence located at 14363 35th street just East of Oelwein. During the investigation it was found that the residence was in the process of being remodeled at the time of the fire. A short time before the fire was discovered  a co-owner observed a vehicle leaving the area of where the fire was reported. Upon completion of the investigation charges of Burglary in the third degree, a class “D” felony and Arson in the first degree a class “B” felony were filed on 2/21/2018.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oelwein Fire Department.  A warrant has been issued for Kern in the amount of $50,000.00 cash. Kern is currently in custody at the Buchanan County Jail on charges of Theft 2nd degree and Unauthorized use of a credit card (under $1000). When Buchanan County has completed their court proceedings, Kern will be transported to the Fayette county jail.

United States Attorney Addresses Rising Number of Deaths Due to Unintentional Shootings

Drug Users’ Illegal Possession of Guns Leads to Four Shootings in Iowa

           Between 2015 and 2017, there was a nationwide increase in the number of deaths due to unintentional shootings.  Unfortunately, Iowa has not been immune to this trend.  Unintentional shootings with illegally possessed guns present a danger to everyone in our community, but especially to children.  The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa and its law enforcement partners are committed to continuing to make Iowa safer by addressing this problem through the enforcement of all federal laws limiting who can possess firearms.  Under federal law it is illegal for an unlawful drug user to possess a firearm.  Four recent prosecutions involving unlawful drug users in possession of firearms highlight the risks associated with these types of violations as well as the commitment to deterring future violations.

           The four cases, described in more detail below, are the investigation and prosecution of Daniel Henriksen, 30, from Elgin, Iowa; Robyn Lynn Merchant, 55, from Vinton, Iowa; Raven Harris, 27, and Willie Earl Horsley, Sr., 31, both from Dubuque, Iowa, and Dale Edward White, 26, from Nashua, Iowa.  All of these cases involved an unintentional shooting resulting in death or serious injury, and all of these cases involved the possession of a firearm by an illegal drug user.  The cases demonstrate why guns and drugs are a dangerous combination.

           “Federal law prohibits certain people from owning or even handling guns,” said United States Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr.  “These include not only unlawful drug users, but convicted felons, convicted domestic abusers, persons with certain mental health histories, and illegal aliens.  All of these shootings – including those resulting in the deaths of children – would have been avoided if the people involved had been following the law.”  Deegan added, “As these cases also demonstrate, the consequences of illegally possessing a gun can include a felony conviction, going to federal prison, and being under court supervision for years.  These cases highlight the commitment of local, state, and federal law enforcement to continue the fight against gun crime and to make our streets safer as part of Project Safe Neighborhood.”

           The four recent prosecutions are:

     1.    On February 23, 2015, Robyn Lynn Merchant provided her 16-year-old son with a Walther HK MP5 .22 caliber rifle.  The following day, police responded to Merchant’s residence in Vinton after receiving a 911 call that a shooting had taken place.  When police arrived, they discovered a 14-year-old girl had been shot in an upstairs bedroom.  That bedroom belonged to Merchant’s 16-year-old son.  Merchant’s son was present in his bedroom at the time of the shooting.  Also present in the bedroom were two additional 16-year-old males.  The 14-year-old girl eventually died as a result of the gunshot wound.

 At the time Merchant provided her son with the firearm, he was an unlawful user of marijuana.  Her son regularly used marijuana in Merchant’s home, and a urine sample obtained from him the night of the shooting tested positive for marijuana.  The night of the shooting, police saw evidence of recent drug and alcohol use in plain view in Merchant’s son’s bedroom.  Police eventually seized a marijuana smoking pipe, drug paraphernalia, approximately seven ounces of marijuana individually packaged into eight separate plastic bags, and drug packaging materials from the bedroom.  During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Merchant and her son conspired with each other to distribute marijuana from their residence.  Some of their customers included other high school students who were friends of Merchant’s son.

On May 23, 2016, Merchant pled guilty to transferring a firearm to a prohibited person (a drug user).  Merchant was sentenced on October 24, 2016, in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Merchant was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.  She must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

 2.    On January 2, 2016, police responded to Dale Edward White’s residence after receiving a 911 call regarding a shooting.  Prior to the call, White and his father were handling a .22 caliber rifle in the living room of the residence they shared.  The firearm was loaded with .22 caliber ammunition.  During the handling of the firearm, the firearm unintentionally discharged, striking White’s father who eventually died as a result of this injury.  During the investigation, police seized 49 firearms from White’s residence.  These firearms included handguns, shotguns, and rifles.  Police also seized evidence consistent with drug use.  At the time he possessed these firearms, White was a user of methamphetamine and marijuana.

 On April 27, 2016, White pled guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a drug user.  On August 31, 2016, he was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  White was sentenced to 47 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. 

3.    On January 3, 2016, police responded to the residence of Raven Harris and Willie Earl Horsley, Sr., after receiving a 911 call regarding a shooting.  Horsley and Harris were both unlawful users of marijuana and kept in their residence a .45 caliber pistol.  Horsley and Harris had left the firearm in their bedroom, accessible to their minor children.  The children began playing with the firearm, which led to the shooting of Horsley and Harris’ two-year-old son.  The child suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals for treatment.

 On April 20, 2016, both Harris and Horsley pled guilty to being drug users in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  On August 30, 2016, they were each sentenced in Cedar Rapids to a five-year term of probation by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  On November 14, 2017, Judge Reade found that Horsley had violated the terms of his probation and sentenced him to 9 months’ imprisonment to be followed by a two-year term of supervised release. 

 4.    On June 17, 2016, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel responded to Daniel Henriksen’s home in Elgin after receiving a 911 call reporting that a four-year-old boy had shot himself in the head.  Once at the residence, they located a child suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.  The child was transported to Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa, where he was later pronounced dead.  Investigators determined that Henriksen was the owner of the firearm used in the shooting.  During a search of Henriksen’s residence, officers seized several items of drug paraphernalia, including marijuana smoking devices.  Several of these items were analyzed at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory and tested positive for marijuana.

On September 1, 2017, Henriksen pled guilty to being a drug user in possession of a firearm, specifically the Glock 36 .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting.  Henriksen was sentenced on February 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Henriksen was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

          There is no parole in the federal system.

           These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and were investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (Henriksen); the Vinton Police Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (Merchant); the Dubuque Police Department (Harris and Horsley); and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Nashua Police Department, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol (White).

 These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

           Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file numbers are 17-cr-2021 (Henriksen); 16-cr-0017 (Merchant); 16-cr-1006 (Harris and Horsley); and 16-cr-2013 (White).

MARCH

On March 2nd, 2018 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took Nathan S. Guyer, age 23 of Clermont into custody on a mittimus warrant for failure to serve jail time, original charge of Operating While Intoxicated. Nathan will be held at the Fayette County Jail until completion of his jail sentence.

On March 2nd, 2018 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took Janel K. Helfter, age 42 of Fayette into custody on valid warrant for Providing False Information for a Citation. Helfter was held on a $1,000.00 bond.

On March 3rd, 2018 Fayette County Deputies arrested Bradley Richard James Cue, age 39 of Hazleton. After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that Bradley, who was barred from driving, had dropped off a female subject at the Sheriff’s Office to visit an inmate and at approximately 2:34 PM had returned to pick her up.  Bradley was charged for driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor), Possession of controlled substance-3rd or subsequent (class D felony), Possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor), and failure to provide proof of financial liability (simple misdemeanor). Bradly was held at the Fayette County Jail for initial appearance before a magistrate.

On March 3, 2018 at approximately 11:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an underage drinking party located north of Westgate on 110th Street. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies it was determined that there were multiple individuals in possession of alcohol under the legal age (simple misdemeanor). The individuals cited for possession are: Grant Franklin Cervetti Slifer, age 18 of Oelwein; Dennis H Detweiler, age 19 of Fairbank; Mason David Sanderson, age 19 of Hazleton; Alexya Desire Nuss, age 19 of Oelwein; Carter Wade Block, age 19 of Oelwein; Norman R Nisley, age 19 of Fairbank; Brady Leland Woodward, age 19 of Oelwein; Raymond J Raber, age 20 of Cresco; Erwin H Raber, age 20 of Sumner; and Ben E Gingerich, age 20 of Hazleton. Furthermore, 11 juveniles were referred to juvenile court for possession of alcohol under the legal age.

On 3-5-18 at approximately 1:00 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1200 block of Neon road. A Fayette county deputy located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on it at 18th Street and Neon Road. Upon investigation Amojean Stevenson, 18 of Oelwein was cited for violation of an instructional permit and a passenger Derek Factor, 20 of New Hampton was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for Failure to Appear with an original charge of driving while license suspended. Stevenson was cited and release and Factor was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

On 3-3-18 at approximately 2am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a car for an equipment violation. Upon investigation the driver, who is a minor, was discovered to be in possession of a quantity of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver was released to his guardian and the charges are being referred to juvenile court services for processing.

On March 5, 2018, at approximately 10:37pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch and in a creek on R Avenue near 130th Street; approximately 5 miles southwest of Randalia. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies it was determined that Bethany Ray Boleyn, age 20 of Hawkeye, was driving a Blue 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 4door north bound when she entered the east side ditch and went into a creek. Boleyn was transported to Mercy hospital in Oelwein for minor injuries. The vehicle is a total loss. The weather conditions were a factor and it still remains under investigation. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Fayette Ambulance.

    On 2/21/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Prairie View Management Facility that two court ordered patients had walked away from the facility and were unable to be located. The two missing patients were entered into the state computer as missing persons. On 2/25/2018 the Sheriff’s Office learned that the two missing patients were seen with two female staff members who were Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) licensed by the state.  An investigation took place and evidence was gathered that showed that Megan Marie Penney, age 26 of Clermont and Paige Lynn Johanningmeier, age 23 of Elgin had developed a relationship with the two patients and once they had left the facility it became sexual. On 3/6/2018 both were arrested and charged with Sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee, a class “D” Felony. If convicted both could face 5 years in prison and be required to register on the sex offender registry for 10 years. Both patients were found and one was taken to a hospital in Linn County and the other was returned to Prairie View for treatment.  Penney and Johanningmeier each posted a $2,000.00 bond and were released later that day.

On March 7, 2018 at 2:44 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a subject who was stealing from a rural residence near Hawkeye.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 54 year old Janell Ann Bergman of Maynard, who was currently employed by Quality Choices Incorporated (QCI) out of Oelwein, was in a home for the care of a handicapped individual.  Bergman was arrested and charged with Theft in the 5th Degree.  She was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 3-5-18, at approximately 7:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of a vehicle in the ditch in the 16000 Block of Hwy 3.  When arriving on scene it was found that Britney Lynn Huffman, 31 of Cedar Falls, was east bound on Highway 3, when due to weather conditions, the 2012 Penske box truck went into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000.  The accident remains under investigation.

On March 11, 2018 at approximately 3:55 PM, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a tow truck pulling a vehicle out of the ditch near the 25,000 block of Rose Road. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Dennis H. Detweiler age, 20 of Fairbank was traveling northbound in a 2009 Chevy Malibu when he lost control and went into the ditch at around 4:00 AM. No injuries were reported and the Malibu was deemed a total loss. Detweiler was cited for failure to maintain control (simple misdemeanor).

On March 17, 2018 at approximately 9:46 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disturbance on Pearl St in the City of Hawkeye. Upon further investigation Tracy L. Bowling 41 of Hawkeye was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowling was held awaiting his initial appearance.  

On March 17, 2018 at approximately 5:08 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a blue Pontiac Grand Prix on Highway 150 in Maynard for failing to display registration plates.  A passenger in the vehicle, 30 year old Zacharias James Stowe of Hazleton, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Stowe was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held until appearing before a magistrate.  

 

A two week investigation concluded with a search of a residence and an arrest.  In early March, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a burglary to a residence near Maynard.  Over the course of the next few weeks, the property had continued to be entered and more items were being stolen.  After conducting an investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged 40 year old Aaron James Rochford of Maynard on 3/19/18.  His residence, located in the 200blk of Maynard St. Maynard IA was searched and some of the items that were stolen were recovered.  He was charged with 2 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree (Class D Felonies), Theft in the First Degree (Class C) Felony, and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (Class D Felony).  Rochford was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.  This case is still under investigation and other charges are pending.

On 3/20/18 4:00 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Milea Jo Mickey age  36 from Maynard. Mickey drove to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to bond out an inmate in the jail. Mickey was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

  Following the arrests of two CNA’s on 3/5/2018 for sexual exploitation as former employees of Prairie View Residential Care facility the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has continued its investigation and other evidence gathered during that investigation has led to more arrests.  An investigation determined that former CNA’s employed by Prairie View Residential Care Facility had been discharged in the past for unhealthy relationships with patients. In 2015, Carolyn Marie Wiedrich, age 44 of Sumner  was found to have had a sexual relationship with a patient while employed by Prairie View. In 2016, Shelby Mariah Sebring, age 24 of Hawkeye and Jamie Leah Pagel, age 32 of Sumner also had sexual relationships with patients while employed by  Prairie View Residential Care facility in Fayette.  At the time the crime occurred all patients were court ordered to the facility for treatment.  The three women were arrested on 3/23/2018 and booked into the Fayette County Jail and charged with Sexual exploitation by counselor, therapist or school employee which is  a Class “D” Felony, and if convicted, could face five years in prison and be required to register on the sex offender registry.  Each of the women later bonded out on a $10,000.00 bond. This is an on-going investigation and the Sheriff’s office is also looking into further incidents where more charges could be filed.

Sheriff Marty Fisher stated “These CNAs have violated the trust of not only their employers, but also the families of these patients who put their trust in these individuals to care for their family members. “

On 3-27-18 at 12:30 am Fayette County took a report of a car vs deer accident in the 13000 block of County Road V68. Upon investigation John Rohde, 20 of Sumner was travelling north bound on V68 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. His vehicle a 97 Ford Ranger sustained approximately $3000.00  worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On March 26, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old Aaron James Rochford of Maynard on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 3rd Degree.  He was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on a $10,000 bond.

On 3-24-18, at approximately 1:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch near 165th St. and Highway 150, just north of Fayette.  When deputies arrived on scene the vehicle was unoccupied.  Through an investigation, it was found that Mark Mcgonigle, 56 of Fredericksburg, was southbound on Highway 150, when he lost control of the 2000 Dodge Dakota due to weather conditions and slid into the ditch.   No injuries were reported and damage to the vehicle was minimal. 

On 3-25-18, at approximately 12:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took multiple calls of vehicles in the ditch.  Deputies responded to T Avenue and 40th St, where it was found that Rudy Gingerich, 18 of Waverly, was southbound on T Avenue Gingerich hit a slick spot in the road causing the 2004 Grand Prix to slide into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and minimal damage to the vehicle. 

On 3-25-18, at approximately 12:35 PM, Fayette County Deputies responded to 70th St. and R Avenue, where it was found that Deann Loeb, 57 of Jesup, was northbound on R Avenue, when Loeb hit a slick spot on the highway causing the 2007 Ford Freestlyle to slide into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the vehicle was minimal. 

      On 3/29/18 at 6:23 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a physical altercation  at Prairie View Residential Facility between several residents living there.  Upon investigating the incident Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Tyson Eugene Leslie age 24,  Prestin Allen Misch  age 28 and Jose Israel Hernandez Jr age 25 all residents at Prairie View.  The  three individuals were transported to the Fayette County Jail where they were charged with Willful injury, (Class C Felony) and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.  The victim was transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union by Tri State Ambulance and later airlifted to Gunderson in Lacrosse for serious injuries.

APRIL

On April 3, 2018, at approximately 03:43 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs deer accident on Lincoln Road and Major Road; approximately 5 miles north of West Union. Upon investigation, it was found that Jeremy Paul Poulin, age 38 of West Union, was driving a Red 1998 Dodge Neon Highlander north bound when he struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On 4-3-18 at approx. 1:33 a.m. a Fayette County Deputy while on Patrol in the city of Clermont, witnessed Danny J. Huffman 51 of Clermont operating a vehicle on Mill St. The deputy had prior knowledge that Huffman was not valid to drive. Huffman was taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with driving while barred.  Huffman was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 4/2/18 at 6:31 PM  the Fayette County Sheriff’s  Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 35th St and L Ave. An investigation determined that Barche Edyta Cichon from Independence was operating a 2016 Toyota Prius westbound on 35th St and had stopped for oncoming traffic prior to making a left hand turn onto L Ave. David Richards Turner 68 from Arlington was operating a 2006 Ford Focus westbound and failed to see the stopped vehicle. Turner attempted to pass the vehicle as the vehicle began the left hand turn,  both vehicle sideswiped each other causing an estimated $3500 damage to both vehicles. Turner was cited for making an unsafe pass. No one was injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Stanley Fire Dept.

On 4/2/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office transported Mary Kristine Carpenter age 50 of Sumner to the Fayette County Jail after she was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant by Sumner Police Department. Carpenter was was booked in to the Fayette County Jail on a theft 5th degree charge and held on $575.00 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On April 3, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy served an arrest warrant on Richard Ernest JR Thompson age 58 of Hazelton for Voluntary Absence From Custody, Richard is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail without bond pending an appearance before a judge.

On 4-3-18, at approximately 9:15 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of a personal injury accident near the intersection of Delta Rd and W-51, north of Arlington IA.  After Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Sarah Marie Schnuelle, 20 of Castalia, was traveling southbound on W-51, as her vehicle hit a slick spot in the road, and went into the ditch hitting multiple fences.  Schnuelle sustained minor injuries and was transported by Arlington Ambulance Service to Palmer Hospital, West Union.  Damage to the 2005 Buick Lesabre was considered a total loss.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Arlington Ambulance and Arlington Fire.  This accident remains under investigation. 

On 4-3-18, at approximately 11:15 Am, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of Rose Rd and Nature Rd, just south of St. Lucas.  When arriving on scene, it was found that Jaime Lee Blundy, 36 of Sumner, was traveling northbound on Rose Rd, when she lost control in the icy conditions and went into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained, and damage to the 2004 Dodge Stratus was estimated at $3000.  The accident remains under investigation.

  On 4/3/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation that showed Tony Lester Hertrampf, age 48 of West Union Failed to comply with the state sex offender registry. Hertrampf failed to report required information to the sex offender registry. He was issued a summons to appear by the court to appear in court at a later date.

On April 4, 2018 Allamakee County Authorities arrested Aimee Jolyn Upton age 25 of Postville on Two Fayette County Warrants for failure to appear Original Charge ( O.W.I. 1st., Possession of a controlled substance-Methamphetamine and unlawful possession of prescription drug. She is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $500.00 cash bond.

On 04/05/2018 at approx. 11:30 am a Fayette County Deputy arrested Aaron Rochford, 39 for Theft in the 2nd degree.  After several week investigation Rochford was believed to have taken property from a residence in rural Fayette county and then sold it to an out of county scrap yard.  Rochford was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits his initial appearance before a magistrate. 

On April 5th, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a revoked driver who had reported to the Sheriff’s Office to bond out an inmate. Upon conducting an investigation Molly K. Shlegel age, 30 of Castalia was arrested and charged for driving while license revoked (serious misdemeanor) and Fraudulent use of Registration (simple misdemeanor). Shlegel was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she awaits initial appearance with a magistrate.

On 4/6/18 at 4:00 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on 100th St east of N Ave. An investigation determined that Javon Wilson age 19 from Chicago, IL was operating a 2006 Chevy Cobalt eastbound on 100th St when he swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. Wilson lost control of the vehicle, crossed the roadway and entered the north ditch. Wilson and a passenger were not injured. There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.

On 04/07/2018 at approx. 07:34 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting an assault in progress at Prairie View Residential Facility.  Upon investigation it was discovered that, 24 year old Brandon Dean Slayden of Cedar Falls who is a resident at Prairie View, had assaulted 3 residents at the care facility and had also broken a television.  Slayden was transported to the Fayette County Jail, charged with 3 counts of assault causing bodily injury and 1 count of Criminal Mischief 4th degree.  Slayden was held for an initial appearance.

On 04/09/2018 at approx. 7:56 AM The  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Received a call reporting a head on collision on K Ave. just north of 50th St.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 56 year old Marjory Meyer was south Bound on K Ave. when she lost control of her 2014 Kia Sorrento.  Meyer entered the north bound lane striking 34 year old Joshua Bond whom was north bound in a 2013 Ford F550.  Meyer was transported via Oelwein Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein and Bond and his passenger did not seek medical attention.   Majory Meyer was cited for failure to maintain control.  Fayette County Deputies where assisted on scene by Oelwein Fire, Oelwein Ambulance and Iowa State patrol.

On 4-7-18, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office gave a small presentation on how to avoid scams and Identity theft at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado.   There were approximately 50 people present for the presentation. Fayette County Deputy Chris Schveiger covered ways to avoid suspicious scam phone calls, emails, and messages, and what to do if one would receive something suspicious.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that there are scams out there that identify themselves as family members, government officials, the IRS and various charities.  Do your research: search  whomever is calling you or messaging you.  Ask questions, shop safely and finally report this to local law enforcement if you feel you might be a victim of identity theft or a scam, or tell a trusted family member.    Never give out any credit card information, social security numbers, names, date of births or addresses.  This will protect you and limit you from being a victim of identity theft.  Finally, if something sounds too good to be true, it's probably not legitimate.  Protect yourself and don’t become a victim. 

On 04/09/2018 at approximately 05:29 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a one vehicle roll over on Highway 187 just north of 70th street; approximately 1 mile east of Arlington. When Deputies arrived it was learned that Albert Wesley Ensor Jr., age 35 of Strawberry Point,  was operating a Blue 2001 Ford Escape XLT when he lost traction on the icy roadway, entered the east side ditch, rolled over and came to rest on it wheels.  Ensor and a passenger were transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for serious injuries. The vehicle was estimated to be a total loss. Ensor was cited for Failure to have financial liability. Fayette County was assisted on scene by Arlington Ambulance and Arlington Fire Department.

On 4-10-18 at approx. 1:00 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a motorcycle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Justin Kuennen 36 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with Driving While License Barred and Failure to Obey a traffic control device. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 4/9/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report from West Central School Administration that a teacher at West Central High School may possibly be under the influence of alcohol.  Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy,  Daniel James Reisner age 49 from Sumner was arrested after it was determined that he was teaching a High School class while intoxicated. Reisner was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with 1st Offense public intoxication and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On April 10, 2018, at approximately 05:58am the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a semi-trailer roll over on Hemlock Road just west of I Avenue; approximately 1 mile east of Fayette. When Deputies arrived it was found that James Robert King, age 25 of New Hampton, was operating a 2010 Peterbuilt White semi and pulling a 2003 Silver Barrett Trailer west bound when he lost control and rolled the semi-trailer on its side. King was uninjured. King was transporting approximately 175 hogs, and due to the rollover he lost approximately 40 hogs. The semi-trailer sustained approximately $10,000 in damage. King was cited for failure to maintain control. Fayette County was assisted on scene by the Fayette Ambulance and the Fayette Fire Department.

On April 10, 2018 at 4:54 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject causing a disturbance in the City of Wadena.  Upon investigation, 36 year old Benjamin Patrick Moritz of Oelwein was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On April 11, 2018,The Postville Police Department arrested Christopher Lee Marshall, age 38 of Prairie Du Chien, WI, on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation (Original charge of Possession of Controlled Substance -1st Offense). Marshall was transported to the Fayette County jail and is currently being held on a $5000 cash or surety bond where he will appear before a magistrate.

On April 12, 2018, at approximately 11:00 pm the Fayette County Deputies arrested Roger Allen Kline, age 52 of Hawkeye, on a valid warrant. Kline is being charged with 3 counts of Kidnapping in the 1st degree (A felony) and 3 counts of Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree (B felony). Kline was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance. Kline is being held on a $1,000,000 cash only bond.

On 4/12/18 at 8:29 PM a Fayette County Deputy on patrol came across a vehicle that struck a deer at Hwy 3 and Q Ave. An investigation determined that Brittney Marie Berry age 24 from Oelwein was operating a 2015 GMC Acadia eastbound on Hwy 3 when a deer entered the traveled portion of the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. Berry and two passengers were not injured.

 

On April 14th, 2018 at approximately 6:43 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy located a car in the ditch near the 26,000 block of Canoe Road. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Lisa Ann Davis, age 56 of Clermont was traveling Southbound when she lost control due to the weather conditions. Lisa’s 2008 Chevrolet Impala sustained approximately 1,500.00 dollars in damages and no injuries were reported. The incident remains under investigation.

 

On 04/15/2018 at approx. 09:13 a Fayette County Deputy was on patrol when he came upon a vehicle in the ditch.  Upon making contact with the driver, 42 year old Anthony Morris, it was learned that Morris was south bound on K Ave when he lost control of his vehicle.  Morris entered a field drive way and struck a grain bin located on the property. He then continued to drive out in the field until his vehicle became stuck.  Morris’s 2010 Ford Expedition owned by Upper Iowa University was considered a total loss.  Morris was cited for failure to maintain control. 

On 04/15/2018 at 08:54 a.m. Fayette County 911 took a report of a single vehicle accident on K Ave and Hwy 3.  When deputies arrived it was learned that 26 year old Jordan Greco was South bound on K Ave in his 2007 Chevrolet Impala when he collided into a stop sign at the intersection of the two roadways.  Greco’s Impala sustained approx. $900.00 in damages.  This accident remains under investigation.

 

On April 14th, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle in the ditch in the area of Cedar and Dove Road. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Jared Kerr age, 20 of West Union was traveling Southbound on Cedar when he lost control due to icy road conditions. Kerr’s 2004 Chevy Malibu sustained approximately $2,000.00 in damages and no injuries were reported.

On 04/17/2018 at approx. 8:38 a.m. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a car vs deer accident on HWY 150 just north of 180th St.  When Deputies arrived it was learned that 62 year old William Jones was traveling south on HWY 150 when a deer entered the roadway.  Jones was unable to avoid colliding with the deer and his 2010 Toyota Prius sustained approx. $4000.00 in damages. No injuries were reported.

On April 17th, 2018 at approximately 9:32 PM Deputies were called to the 19,000 block of 40th Street in reference to a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival it was discovered that Brittany L. Lewin age, 18 of Oelwein was traveling Eastbound when she struck a deer with her 2007 Honda Odyssey. No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $1500.00 in damage.

On April 18th, 2018 at approximately 1:43 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near the 6,000 block of R Avenue. Upon arrival it was discovered that Jonas Helmuth, age 23 of Hazleton was traveling Southbound when he lost control of his 2007 Dodge Charger due to the weather conditions, causing him to travel into the East ditch. No injuries were reported and minimal damage was reported. The incident remains under investigation.

On April 20, 2018, at approximately 1:33 AM a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction near Y Avenue and 50th Street; approximately ˝ mile west of Oran. During the stop it was determined that Dale Patrick Winter, age 50 of West Union, was operating the vehicle with a barred driver’s license. Winter was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Barred (Aggravated misdemeanor). Winter is being held in the Fayette County Jail  pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 4-21-18, at approximately 12:40 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an assault that occurred at 12615 Maple St. Eldorado IA.  After Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation, Katarina Marie Vansickle, 44 of West Union, was arrested and charged with assault, a Simple Misdemeanor and Trespassing (causing injury), a Serious Misdemeanor.    Vansickle was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaited initial appearance. 

On 4-20-18, Makayla Meike, 24 of Oelwein, was arrested on 3 Fayette County arrest warrants; original charges Operating Without Owners Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor, and Driving While License Suspended, a simple misdemeanor.  Meike was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail and held on $2,000 bond. 

On 4-20-18,  Cory Arden Hursey, 31 of Oelwein, was arrested on a Fayette County arrest warrant for Sex Offender Registry Violation, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Hursey was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he was held on $2,000 bond.

On 4-21-18,  Teresa Marie A’Hearn, 40 of Waukon, was arrested on Clayton County arrest warrant, for failure to appear; original charge Felony Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Offense.  A’Hearn was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail and held on $20,000 bond.

On 4-21-18, at approximately 9:00 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of Y Avenue and Highway 3, just north of Oran IA.  When arriving on scene it was found that Tony Ray Howard, 47 of Oelwein, was traveling westbound on Highway 3, when he swerved to miss a deer that came into the roadway.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2012 Dodge Journey was minimal.  The incident remains under investigation.

On April 22, 2018 at 7:20 PM a Fayette County Deputy Stopped a vehicle for not having any license plates in the City of Fayette.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 30 year old Deidre Joy Lee of Oelwein was operating a motor vehicle while revoked from operating in the State of Iowa.  Lee was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

On April 21, 2018, at approximately 11:30 pm the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a fight at an apartment complex in the City of Elgin. After further investigation, Martha Louise Estrada, age 58, and Penny Ann Hanson, age 50, both of Elgin, had gotten into a physical altercation. Both Estrada and Penny Hanson were taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail. Estrada was charged with Assault (simple misdemeanor) and Public Intoxication 1st Offense (simple misdemeanor) Penny Hanson was charged with Assault (simple misdemeanor). Richard Allen Hanson, age 48, was also taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail and was charged with Public Intoxication 1st Offense (simple misdemeanor). All parties are being held awaiting their initial appearance.

On 4/23/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division conducted tobacco compliance checks at retail establishments that sell tobacco products throughout Fayette County. A minor under the supervision of a Deputy entered the retail establishments in an attempt to purchase tobacco products.  Three retail establishments were found to not be compliant with Iowa’s tobacco laws. The following retail clerks were issued citations for providing tobacco to a minor. Tiffany Faith Laba age 26, clerk at Guppy’s on the Go (Elgin), Kacie Marie Combs age 24, bartender at Elgin Tap and Jonathan Douglas Roach age 31, clerk at Casey’s General Store (Clermont). If convicted on the charges additional sanctions may be enforced upon the retail establishments by the State of Iowa.

On 4/26/2018 at 6:48 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s office took a report of a hunting accident that had occurred outside Westgate, Iowa where a male hunter had been out Turkey hunting and sustained a gunshot to his foot. No names are being released at this time while the Sheriff’s office and the Iowa Deportment Natural Resources (DNR) conduct their investigation. The victim was being treated at Sumner Hospital  and then later transferred to Covenant Medical center in Waterloo. 

   
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On 4-26-18 at approximately 2:20 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at 4957 R Avenue Oelwein, IA after information from an ongoing investigation led authorities to believe that there was stolen property at the residence on R Avenue.  During the execution of the search warrant a 2007 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Motorcycle, which was stolen out of Grundy County, was located and seized as evidence.  Jeremiah William Larson Jr., 40 of Oelwein, was arrested and charged with Theft in the First Degree, a C Felony, Possession of Controlled substance 3rd Offense D Felony, and Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used  D Felony. If convicted Larson could face up to 10 years in prison on the C Felony Theft 1st Degree and up to 5 years each on the controlled substance charges (D Felonies) .

 Also arrested at the residence was  Kristy Leigh Hall, 23 of Oelwein on a warrant for Failure to Appear ($1000 bond). Hall was also charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia, simple misdemeanor. Darren Garth Peyton, 35 of Calmar was arrested   on a Parole Violation Warrant, no bond hold.  Sabrina May Reisner, 30 of West Union, was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Sean David Reisner, 27 of West Union, was arrested and charged with Driving While License Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  All 5 individuals were taken into custody, transported to Fayette County Jail, where they await initial appearances or are being held on bond.   Other charges are pending at this time.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Grundy County Sheriff's Office during the execution of the search warrant.         

On 4/26/18 at approximately 7:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s  Office took a report of a domestic abuse assault in the city of Hawkeye. Upon investigating the incident Fayette County Deputy’s arrested Adam Leroy McCartney 35 from Hawkeye. McCartney was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On April 27, 2018 at 11:12 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to one vehicle accident involving a deer. Upon their arrival they found that Patricia Dillon, 72 of Strawberry Point was driving a 2017 Ford Focus when a deer came out of the ditch and struck her head on. Dylan received minor injuries and was treated at the scene, The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Fayette Ambulance and Wadena first responders.

On April 30, 2018 Polk County Authorities arrested Twayne Garcia Deering age 43 of West Union on a Fayette County Warrant for failure to appear original charge of Assault on Persons in certain occupations / Police Officer, he was released from custody after posting a $500.00 cash bond.

 On 4/28/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Larry Joseph Smith age 53  and Kelly Jon Waslick age 49 both from Mason City. The arrests came after it was determined that Smith drove a vehicle to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to visit an inmate at the Fayette County Jail with a suspended driver’s license. Waslick took possession of the vehicle while Smith was in visitation. Waslick drove the vehicle from the parking lot and returned later to pick up Smith. It was determined that Waslick was also operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Smith and Waslick were booked into the Fayette County Jail and charged with Driving while license suspended.

MAY

On May 3rd, 2018 at approximately 2:05 PM  Fayette County Deputies were called to a residence in Maynard in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon conducting an investigation David Carl Devore, age 47 of Maynard was charged with Simple Domestic Abuse Assault (a simple misdemeanor). Devore was transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he was held pending initial appearance with a magistrate.

On 05/05/2018 at approx. 10:45 am Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a driving complaint on C Ave just south of Arlington. Upon a Fayette County Deputies arrival it was learned that Paul Romine, 49 was north bound on C Ave when he lost control of his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and entered the east ditch just south of Eisenhower Rd on C Ave.  After an investigation Romine was found to be operating under the influence.  Romine was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail where he awaits his initial appearance before a judge.  There was no damage to Romine’s 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and no injuries were reported. 

On 5/7/18 at 3:36 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident in the parking lot at West Central Community  School. An investigation determined that a 16 yr old female was operating a 2005 Chevy Impala and was driving through the parking lot to exit West Central grounds. A 2009 Dodge Caliber owned by West Central School and operated by Matthew Stephen Milder age 44 from Fayette was driving into the parking lot. Both vehicles came out from behind a parked vehicle and made contact with each other. There was an estimated $2500 damage to each of the vehicles. No injuries were reported.  The incident remains under investigation.

CHANGE HABITS TO SAVE LIVES

Beginning May 21 and until June 3, 2018 State and local law enforcement agencies across the United States will be stepping up enforcement with the Click It or Ticket campaign.  This concentrated effort will be on the lookout for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.  Click It or Ticket is not just about writing traffic tickets; it’s about saving lives.  In 2016, the last year in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has information, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.  That number is more than the population of Grimes, IA and of 99.5 percent of Iowa’s towns and cities.

 According to NHTSA 48 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes and they had a lower seat belt use rate.  It is even worse at night when 56 percent of the fatalities were unrestrained.

 Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau said, “If you have a friend or family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please encourage them to make it a habit.  It is such a simple thing to do and it very well could save their life”.

 The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time!

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

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 On May 8, 2018, at approximately 05:55 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a vehicle vs. deer accident on D Avenue and 90th Street; approximately 1 mile north of Arlington. Upon arrival it was discovered that Doric Jane Coan, age 58 of Wadena, was traveling south bound in her 2018 Blue Subaru Outback when she struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. Coan received minor injuries and was released from the scene. The vehicle sustained approximately $5000 in damage. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Ambulance.

Story County Authorities arrested  Joshua Jacob Snyder age 34 of Calmar On a  Fayette County Warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of O.W.I. and possession of a controlled substance marijuana 3rd offense.  Bond is set at $10,000.00. On May 10, 2018 he was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is currently being held.

On 05/10/2018 at approx. 1:00 AM a Fayette County Deputy arrested 71 year old Dennis Lee Weaver.  Weaver had a valid Blackhawk County arrest warrant for operating while under the influence 1st offense.  Weaver was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $1000.00 bond.  Fayette County was assisted by Oelwein Police Department.

 

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On 5-12-18 at 5:30 AM Vincent Mummau 56 of Strawberry point turned himself in on a warrant for violation of parole. He is being held at the Fayette County jail on $5000.00 bond.

On May 11th, 2018 at approximately 1:51 p.m. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident involving injury near the 200 block of Main Street in Maynard. Upon conducting an investigation it was determined that Howard Wolfgram age, 88 of Maynard was traveling Eastbound in his 2000 Ford Focus when he lost control and struck an unoccupied legally parked 1998 Ford Mustang belonging to April Estling, age 37 of Maynard . Estling’s 2003 Ford Explorer, which was also unoccupied and legally parked directly behind her Ford Mustang also sustained minor damages as result of the accident. Minor injuries were reported. The Ford Focus belonging to Wolfgram and the Ford Mustang belonging to Estling were both deemed a total loss. The incident remains under investigation. 

On 5/13/18 at 6:41 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a possible sighting of a vehicle towing a  trailer that was reported stolen out of Black Hawk County. A Deputy made contact with the vehicle and trailer at 60th St and P Ave. An investigation determined that Joseph James Pettis age 46 from Des Moines was operating a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban with a suspended license. The trailer he was towing was reported stolen from Black Hawk County approximately three hours earlier. Pettis was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with driving while license suspended and possession of stolen property. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

On May 15, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy served an arrest warrant on Sean David Reisner age 27 of West Union for probation violation he is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $7,500.00 Bond.

On 05/16/2018 at approx. 11:56 AM  Fayette County dispatch received a 911 a call from a resident at Praire View Residential Facility rural Fayette. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was learned that 33 year old James Henry Patterson had made the 911 call and after it was learned that the 911 was non-emergency. Patterson was charged with false reports to or communications with public safety entities and will appear in court at a later date.  

On 5-16-18 at approx.. 11:19 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of S Ave and 60th St for a moving violation. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle Demetrice D. Tompkins 32, of Waterloo for driving while license is suspended. Tompkins was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail where he was held. A passenger in the vehicle Adriana S. Tompkins 27, of Waterloo was issued a citation for, permitting an unauthorized person to drive and was released.

On 5/17/18 at 5:03 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch at Hwy 150 and Nature Rd. An investigation determined that Jonathan Edmund James Wander age 21 from Clermont was operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Hwy 150 when he lost control and entered the east ditch. Wander was not injured and there was minimal damage to the vehicle. Wander was cited for fail to maintain control.

On 5/17/18 at 6:07 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Henry Patterson age 33 at Prairie View Residential Facility. Patterson was arrested on a Fayette County warrant for misuse of 911 after he called 911 multiple times for non-emergencies. Patterson was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held on $300 bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 5-17-18, at approximately 7:50 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch at Scenic Rd and Upper Rd, outside of Waucoma IA.  When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Carrie Drilling, 48, of Waucoma was westbound on Scenic Rd, when deer came into the roadway.  Drilling swerved missing the deer causing her to go into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2003 Buick Century was minimal.  Drilling was cited for operating without no registration, a Simple Misdemeanor. 

On 5-20-18 at approx.. 10:37 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Unicorn road south of 110th St. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2005 Chevy 2500 Andrew G. Thorp 31 of West Gate was traveling south on Unicorn Rd when a deer ran into the roadway and Thorp swerved to miss the deer and entered the west ditch and struck a tree causing approx. $8000.00 damage to the vehicle. Thorp was transported to Mercy Hospital for possible injuries by private vehicle. Thorp was cited for failure to maintain control.

On 05/20/2018 at approx. 10:14 am Fayette County Communication center was notified of a 2 vehicle accident on Main St. in the city Of Elgin.  When a Fayette County Deputy arrived it was learned that 19 year old Colton Edwards was west bound in a 2005 Chevy Malibu on Main St. when he was following 86 year old Kenneth Anderson in a 2017 Hyundai Elantra.   Anderson braked for an animal in the roadway causing Edwards to collide with the rear end of Anderson’s vehicle.   Edward’s Malibu sustained approx. $500.00 in damages and Andersons Elantra sustained approx. $2000.00.  There were no injuries reported.  Edwards was cited for following to close.

On May 20, 2018 at approximately 5:12 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped an orange 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse on Highway 3 near J Avenue for traveling 102 miles-per-hour in a 55 miles-per-hour zone.  The driver was identified as 25 year old Brandon Lee Keehner of Oelwein.  Upon investigation it was determined Keehner was intoxicated.  Keehner was placed under arrest and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  He was charged with Speeding and Operating While Intoxicated.

On 5-19-18 at approximately 11:58 pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation John Bodensteiner, 32 of Ossian was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense. He is being held at the Fayette County jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 05/19/2018 at approx. 8:51 am The Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a two-vehicle accident at the 1000 Block of G Ave.  Once Deputies arrived it was learned that 22 year old Andrew Johnson was south bound in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado when he struck a 1770NT John Deere planter being operated by 35 year old Elliott Henderson.  Upon making contact with the planter Johnson entered the west ditch causing his vehicle to roll on its side.  It was further learned that Johnson operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and was cited and released on a promise to appear.  There was approx. $4000.00 in damages to both vehicles, no injuries were reported.  

On May 24th, 2018 at approximately 4:05 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received several driving complaints near the area of highway 150 near the Maynard turn off. Witnesses reported seeing a driver pass at high rates of speed and swerving all over the roadway. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy located a vehicle matching the description by witnesses near the area of Highway 150 and 80th Street. The vehicle, a 2018 Honda Civic was stopped at the 18,000 block of Highway 3. Upon conducting an investigation the driver Vinai Vang age, 44 of Solon was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated first offense (serious misdemeanor) and fifth degree theft (simple misdemeanor) after a sign from a local state park was found in his vehicle.

On 5/24/18 at 9:08 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Great River Rd east of Juniper Rd. An investigation determined that Zachery James Ross age 26 from Garber was operating a 2014 Ford F150 eastbound on Great River Rd when a deer ran into the side of the vehicle. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle, Ross was not injured.

On 5/25/18 at 2:19 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a  single vehicle accident with injuries on Lincoln Rd north of King Rd. An investigation determined that Eric Lee Smorstad age 24 from Decorah was operating a 2004 Ford F150 northbound on Lincoln Rd when he lost control of the vehicle and entered the west ditch. Smorstad was transported by Tri State Ambulance to Palmer to be  evaluated for non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the Scene by Iowa Department of Natural Resources, West Union Fire Department And Tri State Ambulance. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The incident remains under investigation.

On 5/25/28 at 5:15 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Cedar and Bear Rd. An investigation determined that Nicolette Marie Mabb age 42 from Wadena was operating a 2018 Ford Explorer southbound on Cedar Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Mabb and her passengers in the vehicle were not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Wadena Fire Dept.

On 05/22/2018 a Fayette County Deputy responded to Prairie View Residential facility to investigate a suspicious item found by staff.  Upon completion of an investigation, it was learned that 29 year old Matthew Bohl of Mason City was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Bohl was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits his initial appearance before a judge.

On May 23rd, 2018 at approximately 9:07 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a hit and run accident near the 100 block of Main Street in Hawkeye in front of Jimmy D’s. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Daniel Wayne Rummel, age 58 of Maynard was responsible for the accident and has been charged with leaving the scene of a property damage only accident. The incident remains under investigation with additional charges pending.

On 5-31-18, at approximately 11:10AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of a disturbance in the 100 Block of Cass St. Westgate IA.  Upon farther investigation, Amanda Danielle Bowser, 31 of Westgate, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Bowser was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaited initial appearance. 

JUNE

On 6-2-18 at approx. 11:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a disturbance taking place in the city of Hawkeye. Upon investigation Janice Jordan 61, Hawkeye, was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Causing Bodily Injury, She was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hawkeye First Responders, Tri State Ambulance and Sumner Ambulance.

 On 6/1/18 at 7:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a disturbance in the 700 block of Mill St in Clermont. During the investigation it was determined that Kinte Lee Smith age 37 from Postville had arrived at a residence and a verbal argument ensued. During the argument Smith kicked in the front door to the residence and fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Smith was located a short time later east of West Union where he was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and was charged with 4th degree criminal mischief. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department and Fayette County Conservation.

On June 5, 2018, at approximately 5:30 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle vs. deer accident in the 7000 block of Great River Road; approximately 3 miles west of Clermont, IA. Upon investigation, it was found that Sara Jane Vagts, age 55 of West Union, was driving a Red 2010 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 east bound when she struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $5000 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported. Clermont Fire Department assisted on scene.

On 6-5-18 at approx.. 9:56 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident at the intersection of Hwy 18 and Harvest Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2008 Chrysler Bridget A. Ronan 40 of Dorchester was traveling east when a deer entered the roadway and the driver struck the deer causing approximately $4500.00 damage. No one was injured in the accident.

On June 7, 2018 at approximately 10:54 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch in the 14,000 block of Highway 93.  Upon investigation 56 year old Sharon Kay Balik of Randalia was identified as the driver and determined to be intoxicated.  Balik was arrested on charges of Failure to Maintain Control and Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held awaiting appearance before a magistrate.

On June 10th, 2018 at approximately 9:10 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a disturbance near the 100 block of Park Ave. in Arlington. Upon conducting an investigation Roger G. Kitchen  age, 58 of Arlington was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct and interference with official acts (both simple misdemeanors). Mr. Kitchen was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance.

 On 6-10-18 at approx. 2:45 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for erratic driving. Upon investigation Jake Anderson 33 of Postville was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 6-5-18, at approximately 7:40 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a vehicle/tractor accident, just north of the intersection of Beechnut and Crystal Rd, Clermont IA.  When arriving on scene it was found that Earl Randolph Hendry, 57 of Monona, was traveling northbound on Beechnut Rd., initiating a curve, the same time as Jay Alan Dibble, 58 of Clermont, was traveling southbound initiating a curve. The Collision occurred between the vehicle and tractor, and no injuries were sustained.  Damage to Hendry's 200 Sterling Strait truck was estimated at $12,000.  Damage to Dibble's 84 john Deere 4440 was minimal, but the 2018 New Holland Discbine was considered a total loss. This accident remains under investigation.

On 6-12 at 2:30 AM Fayette County took a report of a car vs deer accident in the 6000 block of Golden Road. Upon investigation Margaret Weidemann 20 of Elgin hit a deer with her Chevy Cobalt. There were no injuries and the vehicle sustained $1500 worth of damage.

On 6/11/18 at 6:06 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandi Destiny Marie Bailey age 18 at Prairie View Residential Facility. Bailey was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for fail to appear on an assault charge. She was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held on $500 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 6/11/18 at 8:04 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Great River Rd east of Juniper Rd. an investigation determined that Kelli Jo Steinlage age 23 from West Union was operating a 2014 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Great River Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Steinlage was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Tri State Ambulance.

*The Fourth of July is a day of celebration in the United States.  Families get together for picnics and fireworks which usually requires traveling either long or short distances.  With increased road use and the possibility of increased alcohol consumption the risk of traffic crashes rise.  An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that on average, more people die in motor vehicle crashes on July Fourth than any other day of the year.  The study found that motorcycles and alcohol were both big contributors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016 (the latest year in which data is available) 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  This is a 28 percent increase from 2015 when there were 146 fatalities.  Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash 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 2016 of which four were alcohol related.  There were four fatalities in 2017 and one was alcohol related.

To combat the impaired driving problem over the Fourth of July holiday there will be increased law enforcement officers on all of Iowa’s roadways July 1 – 4, 2018 to spread the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.  It is NEVER okay to drive after drinking.  Have a plan to get home safely if you will be drinking. 

 The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau want to remind you that the best way to protect yourself in any crash is to be wearing your seat belt.  BUCKLE UP EVERY TRIP EVERY TIME

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On June 14, 2018, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Dean Slayden, age 24 of Parkersburg, on a Fayette County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Slayden is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $500 cash only bond pending his appearance before a magistrate.

On June 17, 2018 at approximately 10:02 PM Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Elgin for a domestic disturbance.  Upon investigation 20 year old Kiana Kay Jones of Elgin was arrested for Domestic Assault.  Jones was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held awaiting appearance before a magistrate. 

  After a month long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff’s office filed charges on Max Evan Meharry Stone, age 43 of Clermont. On May 17, 2018 Stone was arrested and charged with one count of Assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor and one count of providing a controlled substance to a minor, a class “D” felony.  A criminal investigation concluded that Stone had allegedly sexually abused two female juveniles over the last several years. On June 19, 2018 Stone was charged with an additional six counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, a class “B” felony and six counts of Incest, a class “D” felony. Stone’s charges fall under the Code of Iowa 901A.2 enhanced sentencing, “a person convicted of a sexually predatory offense which is a felony, who has a prior conviction for a sexually predatory offense, shall be sentenced to and shall serve twice the maximum period of incarceration for the offense, or twenty-five years, whichever is greater, notwithstanding any other provision of the Code to the contrary. A person sentenced under this subsection shall not have the person's sentence reduced under chapter 903A or otherwise by more than fifteen percent.” Max Stone was convicted in 1993 of two counts of lascivious acts with a child.  Stone is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $30,000.00 bond and is awaiting an initial appearance on the new charges.

On June 19, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcyle on Neon Rd Just north of 130th st that occurred on June 16th.  After an investigation, it was learned that 62 year old Duane Weisert was north bound on Neon Rd. when he lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson and entered the west ditch.  Weisert was transported to Sumner Hospital by private vehicle.  His 2012 Harley Davidson sustained approx. $2500.00 in damages.  This incident remains under investigation.

On 6/20/18 at approx. 10:40pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch in the 4000 block of Echo Valley Road, approximately 1 mile west of Elgin. After further investigation, it was determined that Steven Lee Martin, age 49 of Randalia, was operating a Maroon 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS west bound when he entered the south ditch. Further investigation determined that Martin was under the influence of alcohol. Martin was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Failure to Maintain Control.

On 6/19/18 at 9:20 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Harding Rd and 280th St.  An investigation determined that Jeffrey Jay Blue age 47 from West Union was operating a 2008 BMW 535 XI eastbound on Harding Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Blue was not injured.

On June 15th, 2018 at approximately 5:07 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a disturbance near the 4,000 block of X Avenue. After conducting an investigation Brandon Forcier, age 35 of Fairbank was arrested and charged with violation of a domestic abuse no contact order (simple misdemeanor). Brandon was held at the Fayette County Jail where he awaited initial appearance with a magistrate.

On June 20, 2018 at approximately 3:54 pm Daniel Richter age, 39 of Oelwein was placed under arrest for a valid Fayette County Warrant for theft in the fifth degree (simple misdemeanor). The warrant was issued after an investigation was conducted and it was discovered that Daniel had stolen two bottles of liquor from 6 Corners Gas and Grub in Arlington. Daniel was held on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond.

On June 20th, 2018 at approximately 6:37 pm Heather Brodie, age 37 of Oelwein was placed under arrest for a valid Fayette County Warrant for failure to appear (original charge of driving while suspended). Brodie was held at the Fayette County Jail on a $300.00 cash or surety bond.

On June 22, 2018, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office apprehended John Clarence Gager Jr., age 31 of Elkader, on a Fayette County Warrant for Parole Violation with a No bond hold. Gager was then transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance.

 On 6/23/18 at 5:38 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a F932 John Deere Commercial mower that struck a bridge and was in the ditch at 80th St and L Ave An investigation determined that Mark Alan Kuennen age 61 from Maynard was operating the John Deere southbound on L Ave when he hit potholes in the roadway causing the mower to hit the guard rail and end up in the ditch. Kuennen was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein by private vehicle for minor injuries. There was an estimated $1000 damage.

On 6-22-18 at approx.. 9:44 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle roll over on W Ave north of Hwy 3. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2008 Pontiac a 17 year old male, was traveling north on W Ave when he swerved to miss a deer and enter the east ditch rolling the vehicle over onto its top. The 17 year old was treated and released at the scene by Mercy Ambulance. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette County Conservation, Oran Fire and first responders and Mercy Ambulance. The Pontiac was considered a total loss.

On 6/6/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified that on 6/4/18 two thirteen year old females were picked up without permission and or knowledge of there parent and or guardian, in 100 block of East Bradford West Union, by a nineteen year old male. The two thirteen year old females then were driven out in the county where the girls were taken to a remote area north of West Union and allegedly sexually assaulted by the same 19 year old male. The females were returned to West Union same day. Upon completion of the  investigation Wilmer Elias Soy, age 19 of Postville was taken into custody on 6/21/18. Soy was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Kidnapping in the first degree, a class “A” felony. Soy is currently being held on $250,000.00 bond. Kidnapping is kidnapping in the first degree when the person kidnapped, as a consequence of the kidnapping, suffers sexual abuse. Kidnapping in the first degree is a class A felony. If convicted Soy could face life in prison without the chance of parole. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office along with the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Response Team (DASART), assisted the two female victims by providing them with resources to help them and their families throughout this process.  The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.  

Fayette County Sheriff - A 14-year-old Maynard boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday evening, June 28, 2018 and Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking for information from any potential witnesses.

  On June 28, 2018, at approximately 10:08 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received 911 calls of a moped accident on Highway 150 near 118th Street; approximately 2 miles south of Fayette. After further investigation by Sheriff's Deputies it was determined that the driver was a 14 year old Kaiden Douglas Estling of Maynard who was south bound driving a Blue 2016 Yongfu YN50QT-21 moped on Highway 150 when he was struck by another vehicle. Kaiden then lost control of his moped and ended up near the west side ditch.  The other vehicle fled the scene before Deputies arrived. After multiple lifesaving attempts,  Kaiden was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Fayette Police Department, West Union Police Department, Fayette Ambulance, and Fayette Fire Department. This hit and run accident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Technical Collision Investigator who is also being assisted by an Iowa State Patrol Technical Collision Investigator.

Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking that any potential witnesses with a better description or an account of what happened to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office 563-422-6067.

On 6/29/18 at 9:05 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an off road utility vehicle accident on 292nd St east of Juniper Rd. An investigation determined that Colin John Vagts age 23 from Eldorado was operating a UTV when he lost control. An 8 yr old passenger received serious injuries and was transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union where he was airlifted to Gunderson in Lacrosse then airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending.

On 6-29-18 at 11pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Jason Borsheim 38 was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Child Endangerment, No Insurance, and Improper Use of Registration. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

 On June 24, 2018 at approximately 2:40 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident at Hwy 3 and L Ave. East of Oelwein.  Donald Reierson Jr of Elgin was driving his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and entered the west ditch. An investigation determined that Reierson did not have a valid driver’s license.  He was charged with failure to maintain control, driving while suspended, no insurance, and registration violations. Reierson was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for his injuries.  He was later transported to Iowa City by helicopter. 

On June 26, 2018 at approximately 9:40 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle accident with injuries in the 18000 block of R Ave south of Hawkeye.  Deven Schultz 26, of Hawkeye was operating a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he lost control of the motorcycle.  Schultz was transported to Palmer hospital by Sumner Area Ambulance.  He was charged with failure to have a valid motorcycle license.

JULY 

On July 1, 2018 at 6:59PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress from an address on J Ave.  The property owner had confronted a male subject that was stealing items out of a machine shed, and the suspect fled the area.  As Deputies were responding, the suspect was located coming from the area, was stopped and taken into custody.  After an investigation, it was learned that 30 year old Nathan Allan Edgar of Van Buren Missouri, had broken into a machine shed near Oelwein, and had stolen items along with the vehicle he was driving, then went to the J Ave. area and burglarized another machine shed before being apprehended by Fayette County Law Enforcement.  Edgar was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree (Class C Felony), Burglary 3rd Degree (Class D Felony), Theft 2nd Degree (Class D Felony), Trespassing (Simple Misdemeanor), and Driving While Suspended (Simple Misdemeanor).  Edgar was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department.

 

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