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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

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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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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

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

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To enroll in the DPS E-mail Notification system simply log on to https://dpsemailnotify.iowa.gov and follow the instructions to enroll as a new user.

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.

On July 3, 2018 at 10:20 am, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a single vehicle accident in the 200 block of 1st Street North in Maynard. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy it was determined that a 16 year old female was driving a 2013 Chrysler southbound when she lost control striking a bridge. The vehicle sustained $3,000.00 damage the bridge sustained approximately $1,000.00 damage. No injuries and the driver was cited for failure to maintain control. 

On 7-2-18 at approximately 11:19 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in the city of Oelwein. Upon further investigation two 17 year old juveniles were smoking marijuana. Both juveniles were transported to the Oelwein Police Department where they were released to the parents. Both juveniles will be referred to the juvenile court services for possession of marijuana and more charges are pending. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.

On 07/03/2018 at approx. 10:09 am Fayette County 911 received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle in the town of Clermont.  A short time later Fayette County Deputies located the vehicle outside a residence on State St. in Clermont. A female subject that was walking toward the porch of the residence that matched the description that the reporting party provided.  Through an investigation by the Deputy it was determined that 51 year old Margaret Carroll was operating her 2014 Chrysler 300c while under the influence.  Carroll was arrested and charged with operating under the influence first offense and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she awaits her initial appearance before a magistrate.

On 7-6-18, at approximately 0815 hours, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a personal injury accident near the intersection of Deerfield Rd and 310th St., Postville.  When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Kirk Mathew Vigen, 49 of St. Olaf, was northbound on Deerfield Rd, when he lost control of his vehicle.  Minor injuries were sustained and damage to the 2006 Hummer SUV was estimated at $6,000.  Vigen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, a simple misdemeanor.   Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Postville Fire Department, Clermont Fire Department, and Clermont Ambulance Service. 

On 07/13/2018 at approximately  08:38 am a Fayette County Deputy charged Mark Macinnis age 34, of West Union,  with Possession of Contraband in a Correctional institution.  Macinnis was arrested on a warrant out of Bremer County  by West Union Police Department.  He was transported to Fayette County Jail where narcotics where found hidden on his person.  Macinnis is being held at the Fayette County Jail where he will await his initial appearance.

On 7-9-18, at approximately 8:40 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 call of a vehicle that ran over a stop sign near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 150, just north of Oelwein.  Witnesses stated the vehicle nearly hit other vehicles in traffic before running over a stop sign and headed west.  At approximately 9:00 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office took another report of a similar vehicle near Bremer County Fayette County line on Highway 3.  Fayette County and Bremer County Deputies located the suspect vehicle 3 miles west of Oran on Highway 3.  After an investigation, Noelle Marie Borden 38 of Traer IA, was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor.  Borden was taken into custody and transported to Bremer County Sheriff's Office.  Borden was also charged with Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, in Fayette County.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2018 jeep Cherokee was estimated at $3,000.     

On 7-6-18 at approx. 1015pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation, Randy Heins, age 49 of Monona was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and child endangerment. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 7/7/18 at 9:57 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck two hogs on W Ave north of 200th Street.  An investigation determined that Keith Lavern Westpfahl, age 79, from Hawkeye was operating a 2000 Cadillac Deville northbound on W Ave when two adult hogs entered the roadway and were struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. No one was injured.

On 7-8-18 at approx 1017pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a car vs deer accident in the 7000 block of Filmore Road. Upon investigation it was determined that Jenna Osterhus, age 18, of Wadena was traveling east bound on Filmore Road when a deer entered the roadway. Her 2008 Buick car sustained approx 2500 worth of damage. There were no injuries reported.

On 7/7/18 at 2:15 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident in the area of Grain and Grannis Rd. An investigation determined that Alex Douglas Dettbarn age 26 from Strawberry Pt was operating a 2001 Ford Mustang northbound on Grannis road and entering a left hand curve. Brylie Lynn Clark age 18 from Fayette  was operating  a 2011 Chevy Malibu southbound on Grannis Rd, entering the same curve. Both vehicles made contact with each other on the drivers side.  There was an estimated $500 damage to the Mustang and an estimated $5000 damage to the Malibu. Dettbarn was issued a citation for fail to provide proof of financial liability (accident) no one was injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Fayette Fire Dept and Fayette Ambulance.  

 

On 7/17/18 at 2:48 PM Fayette County Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 3 west of Hwy 150. An investigation determined that Vryl K Livers age 59 from Lincoln NE was operating a 2002 Ford F350 westbound on Hwy 3. Livers was towing a Knight 4090 feed wagon when a tire blew on the feed wagon causing Livers to lose control of the vehicle. The feed wagon overturned onto the roadway. Livers and his passenger were not injured. There was an estimated $3000 damage. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol. The accident remains under investigation.

On 7/15/18 at 8:54 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 18 east of Golden Rd. an investigation determined that Christine Sue Wescott age 43 from Fairbank was operating a 2016 Nissan Altima westbound on Hwy 18 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Wescott was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Dept.

On 7/17/18 at 9:35 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 150 south of 190th St. An investigation determined that Megan Marie Penney age 26 from Clermont was operating a 2011 Ford Edge southbound on Hwy 150 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $2500 damage. Penney was not injured.

On 7-19-18, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of anonymous tip of a wanted individual.  With further investigation, Terry Lewis Shepard was arrested on a Bremer County Warrant.  Original charges, Operating Without Owner’s Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor and Providing a False Report to Public Entity, a simple misdemeanor, stem from an investigation in Bremer County.  Shepard was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail and held, until Bremer County extradited  

On 7-18-18, at approximately 9:00AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car deer accident in the 24,000 block of Canoe Rd. Elgin IA.  After Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that James Eugen Rose, 67 of Arlington, was northbound on Canoe Rd. when a deer came into the roadway colliding with Rose’s vehicle.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2007 Ford F-150 was estimated at $4,000.

On 7-18-18, at approximately 12:00PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Hwy 56 and W-51 Wadena IA.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Ronald James Versteegh, 55 of Cedar Rapids, was north bound on W-51, when his vehicle malfunctioned causing him to go into the ditch.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2001 Ford Econoline Van was estimated at $2500.  This accident remains under investigation. 

On 7-21-18, Kenneth Taylor, 33 of Dorchester, was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant; original charges Conspiracy, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Controlled Substance.  Taylor was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, and held on no bond hold. 

On July 20, 2018, at approximately 3:42 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs deer accident on Cedar Road and Filmore Road; approximately 3 miles south of Elgin. Upon investigation, it was found that Gage Dean Hanley, age 24 of Elgin, was driving a Tan 1995 Pontiac Bonneville north bound when he struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500 worth of damage.

On 7-24-18 at approximately 11:55 pm Fayette County received a 911 call of a disturbance taking place at the Heritage Farm Park Campground. A Fayette County Deputy arrived on scene and it was determined that one of the parties involved left and was possibly intoxicated. The vehicle was located a short time later and upon investigation Holly Bohr 45 of Postville was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. She is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

  On 7-26-18, at approximately 9:30 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls of a personal injury accident, including a semi & trailer and truck & trailer near the intersection of Highway 56 and Echo Rd.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Connie Jean Kriener, 64 of Waucoma IA, was traveling westbound on Highway 56 with a truck and trailer, when she collided with Robert Gene Card, 85 of Dumont IA, who was travelling eastbound in a fully loaded semi and trailer.  Through an investigation and multiple interviews, it was found that Kriener became distracted and realized she had gone into the eastbound lane, where the collision occurred, causing the semi to roll into the south ditch and its contents covered the roadway and ditch.  Card sustained minor injuries from the rollover.  Damage to Kriener's 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup and 1996 Wilson trailer was estimated at $8,000.  The 2011 Mack Semi and 2019 trailer was considered a total loss, damage estimated at $100,000.  Kriener was cited for driving on the wrong side of a 2 lane highway, a simple misdemeanor.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Tri-State Ambulance, Wadena Fire, Elgin Fire, Iowa DNR, and Iowa DOT. 

On 7-27-18 at approximately 1:30 AM the Fayette County Deputies took a female into custody on a warrant for Probation Violation. Connie Conner,43 of Fayette is being held on the warrant with bond set at $2500.00. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 27, 2018, at approximately 12:20am the Sheriff's Office responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Neon Road, just south of Nature Road; approximately 1 mile west of Auburn, IA. When Deputies arrived it was learned that a 17 year old female was operating a White 2006 Hyundai Azera Limited 4door south bound when she entered the southwest ditch. The Hyundai came to an abrupt stop due to a tree, which entered the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital and later air lifted to another hospital in LaCrosse, WI. The vehicle is a total loss. This accident remains under investigation. 

 On 7/29/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office filed possession of contraband in a correctional facility Class “D”  Felony against Amanda Renee Green age 33 from Monona after drug paraphernalia was found in her possession as she was being booked into the Fayette County Jail on a traffic charge. Green was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On July 30th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 pm Cory Arden Hursey age, 31 of Oelwein was located and arrested on a valid Fayette County Warrant for parole violation (original charge sex offender registration violation).  Hursey was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held with no bond.

On July 31st, 2018 at approximately 7:30 pm Darrick James Brehm age, 46 of Oelwein was located and arrested on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation (original charge of O.W.I. 3rd Offense). Brehm was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held with a $10,000.00  cash only bond.

 

AUGUST

On 8-4-18 at approx. 1:30 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Kenneth Hillman, 56 of Maynard was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.  He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On August 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a Semi tractor trailer pulling a load of hogs that had tipped over in the ditch 1/10 mi. north of 250th St. on U Ave. 4 mi. southeast of Waucoma. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy it was determined that Levi J. Byler age 28 of Stewartville Minnesota was driving a Blue 2015 Kenworth Semi tractor and pulling a 2012 livestock trailer southbound on U Ave. when the driver became distracted and lost control going into the west ditch rolling the semi-and trailer on its side. Semi and trailer owned by Livestock Express Inc. out of Waucoma sustained approx.. $20,000.00 damage and over 30 hogs were killed in the accident. No injuries reported. The driver was cited for failure to maintain control. Iowa DOT commercial vehicle enforcement, Waucoma fire Department assisted at the scene.   

On 8-5-18, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 28904 Pine St. Eldorado IA.  After an investigation, Dawn Cole, 47 of Eldorado, was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Cole was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaited initial appearances. During the investigation, Ray Gene Steege, 56 of Eldorado, was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Charges stem from an on-going drug investigation conducted by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

On 8-9-18 at approx.. 9:30 p.m. Fayette County Deputies arrested Erwin Raber, 20 of Hawkeye on a valid arrest warrant out of Fayette County. The warrant was for Sexual abuse in the third degree and bond was set in the amount of $10,000.00 . Erwin was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

On August 9th, 2018 Fayette County Deputies located and arrested Robert Arlin White II age, 36 of Arlington for domestic abuse assault second offense causing bodily injury/mental illness (aggravated misdemeanor). White was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance.

On 8-13-18, at approximately 6:45 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a violation of a no contact order at 125 2nd St. N Maynard.  When arriving on scene, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies found that a burglary had also occurred.  After an investigation and multiple interviews, Justice Joann Rylee Goodwin, 21 of Oelwein, was arrested and charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony, and Violation of a No Contact Order, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Goodwin was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaits initial appearance. 

On August 10, 2018 at 1:56PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Prairie View Staff that a resident had left Prairie View Residential Center, and upon staff attempting to get the subject back, he kicked the 2016 Dodge Caravan that the staff member was driving, placing a dent in the door.  When the Deputy arrived, the incident was investigated and determined that 57 year old Alan James Sarazin, originally from Dubuque had damaged the PrairieView Minivan.  He was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree.  Salazin was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On August 11th, 2018 at approximately 6:46 PM Fayette County Deputies were called to Gilbertson Park outside of Elgin in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival Deputies were directed to the campground and began an investigation. Upon interviewing witnesses deputies discovered that a domestic abuse assault had taken place. Amber Nycole Stewart, age 27 of Oelwein was charged with simple domestic abuse assault (simple misdemeanor). While on scene deputies were informed by a victim and witnesses that a separate incident of sexual abuse occurred earlier in the afternoon. After conducting an investigation into the incident, Taylor Lee Stewart, age 28 of Oelwein was subsequently charged with third degree sexual abuse (class C felony) and Public Intoxication (simple misdemeanor). Both parties were transported to the Fayette County Jail where they awaited initial appearance with a magistrate. 

On August 14, 2018 at 2:21 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle sitting in a driveway outside of Elgin.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 63 year old Vivian Brooks Crawford of Randalia had stopped to rest alongside the road, and it was discovered that she was intoxicated.  Crawford was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

  On 8/15/2018 at 9:30 A.M.  the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a two vehicle accident just east of Arlington on 70th Street and C Ave. Once deputies arrived they learned that a vehicle driven by Jami Lee Taylor, age 36 of Arlington  had failed to yield to the right of a vehicle driven by Kristine Ann Stocks, age 52 of Arlington. Both vehicles ended up in the east ditch with minor injuries. Arlington Fire and Ambulance assisted at the scene.  Taylor was cited for fail to yield to a vehicle on the right in an uncontrolled intersection.

On 8-16-18 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office served an arrest warrant on Mykala Meike 24 of Oelwein. The warrant was for probation violation. Meike was already in custody on an unrelated charges.  The Probation violation warrant is a NO Bond Warrant. Meike remains in custody in the Fayette County

On August 17, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to Arlington to resolve a civil dispute.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 45 year old Thomas Gray of Sumner and 41 year old Angela Gray, also of Sumner were there together while there was a No Contact order in place to keep them separated.  Both were arrested, and transported to the Fayette County Jail where they were held for an initial appearance.  Angela Gray was charged with Violation of a No Contact Order, and Thomas Gray was charged with Aiding and Abetting to the Violation of a No Contact Order, both simple misdemeanors.

On 8/17/2018 at 1:00 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Prairie View Residential Care Facility of an out of control resident. Once deputies arrived they discovered that James Henry Patterson, age 33 was out of control and had damaged property and overturned furniture. Deputies placed Patterson in custody and transported him to the Fayette County Jail. Patterson was charged with Disorderly conduct and is still in custody on a $500.00 cash bond.

On 08/18/2018  a Fayette County Deputy arrested Aaron Rochford, 40  for Criminal Trespassing.  After a month long investigation it was determined that Rochford entered a property in rural Fayette County in his 2003 Pontiac Bonneville.  The property was clearly posted with No Trespassing signs and photographs were taken of Rochford on the property.  Rochford was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits his initial appearance before a magistrate.

On 8-18-18 at approximately 1040pm Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of male causing a disturbance at the Echo Valley Reception Center. Upon Investigation Rex Heins 51 of Postville was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 1st Offense and Interference with Official Acts. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On August 19, 2018 at 6:35 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of 50th Street and E Ave.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 43 year old Kenneth Taylor of Strawberry Point was driving a 2004 Chevy Truck and approached an uncontrolled intersection without yielding to traffic on his right, and collided with a 2012 Dodge Truck driven by 23 year old Colton Janssen of Arlington.  Janssen’s vehicle rolled into the ditch.  Two people were injured and transported to Manchester Hospital.  Both vehicles were totaled.  Kenneth Taylor was cited for Failure to Yield to the Right.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Arlington Ambulance and Arlington Fire Department.

On August 17th, 2018 at approximately 7:56 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of harassment in the city of Westgate. After conducting an investigation James David Thomas, age 52 of Sumner was arrested and charged with Third Degree Harassment (simple misdemeanor). Thomas was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held pending an appearance with the magistrate. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office.

On August 17th, 2018 at approximately 4:24 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies took Charles William Evans, age 44 of Sumner into custody on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear (original charge Conspiracy to commit an aggravated misdemeanor). Evans was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on a $300.00 cash only bond. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

Don’t Become a Statistic 

It is August in Iowa… State Fair excitement, schools beginning a new year, and then, right around the corner will be Labor Day – the traditional end of summer.  This is one of the busiest travel times of the year as many people try and squeeze in one more vacation destination. Others will host or attend end-of-summer social events where alcohol will be served.  However you decide to observe the end of summer remember this:  it is NEVER okay to drink and drive! If your plans include activities where alcohol will be served make sure you have a plan before you arrive on how you will be getting home.

 Last Labor Day’s three-day weekend resulted in 10 fatalities in Iowa.  That was the highest Labor Day fatality count since 1995.  Four of those 10 fatalities were alcohol related.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the 2016 holiday (the last year data is available) there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide with 36% involving drivers who were drunk.  Almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes and 54% of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.

 To combat end-of-summer alcohol related fatalities law enforcement agencies in Iowa and across the nation will be stepping up enforcement from August 17 – September 3, 2018.  They will especially be watching for impaired and unbelted drivers and there will be zero tolerance to noncompliant drivers.

 The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.

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

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      On August 15, 2018, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office gave a presentation in the Waucoma area.  Content areas included stranger danger, internet safety, and human trafficking.  Deputy Schveiger, above, talked with young children about the difference between a stranger or dangerous situations and a trusted adult, such as a Sheriff's Deputy, Fire Fighter, EMS Service, Teacher, and Parent.  The presentation also covered the difference between safe places to go and areas to stay away from when out and about.   The 2nd half of the presentation concentrated on internet safety, being careful about what information we post and have out there, and how this could affect our futures, and how this information could lead to identity theft, online predators, or trafficking risks.  This presentation covers school aged children ages 4 and up, all the way to young adults in high school. This is also great information for parents and families to be aware of.  The turnout at Waucoma Even Center was great with approximately 100 people.  Sheriff Marty Fisher would like to let the public know that this presentation is available for the public and schools at request.  Feel free to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office with any questions or requests at 563-422-6067.   Let's be proactive not reactive!  

On August 24, 2018, at approx. 1:15 am a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for excessive speeding in Waucoma. During the stop it was determined that Daniel Michael Ruroden, age 42 of West Union, was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Ruroden was also found in possession of methamphetamine. Ruroden was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail. Ruroden was charged with Driving While License Suspended, Failure to have SR22 insurance, Excessive speed, Possession of Methamphetamine, and 2 counts-Possession of drug paraphernalia. Ruroden is being held in the Fayette County Jail pending an initial appearance with a Magistrate.

On 8-24-18, at approximately 6:15 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car deer accident near the intersection of Highway 150 and 130th St.  When arriving on scene, it was found that Tereasa Lenius, 50 of Fayette, was travelling southbound on Highway 150 when a deer came into the roadway striking her vehicle.  No injuries were reported, and damage to the 2014 Toyota Corolla was estimated at $7,000. 

On 08/21/2018 A Fayette County Deputy took custody of Austin Halstead-Clark, 23 on a valid Fayette county warrant for failure to appear.  Halstead-Clark was transported to Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $200.00 cash bond.   Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Bremer County Sheriff’s Office.

On 08/21/2018 a Fayette County Deputy arrested Alexander Michael Joseph Carlson, 22 on a valid Buchanan County Warrant.  Carlson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will await extradition.

On 8-22-18 at approx. 1:54 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Golden Road. Upon investigation Randy Torson 59 of Elgin was traveling in his 2004 Chevy Truck when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. His truck sustained approx. $1500.00 worth of damage and there were no injuries reported.

On 8-27-18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Lennora S. Steinbronn 71 of Oelwein for Aiding and Abetting to the violation of a no contact order. Steinbronn was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail where she was held awaiting her initial appearance. Zachary A. Smith 34 of Oelwein, who was currently in the Fayette County jail on unrelated charges, was charged for violation of a no contact order and he will make an initial appearance at a later date as well. More charges are pending.

On 8-24-18, Jason Fairchild, 44 of West Union, was arrested on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant; Charge Burglary in the 1st Degree, a Class B Felony. Fairchild also had warrants for Probation/Parole violations as well.  Charges stem from an investigation conducted by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in late August.  Fairchild was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 cash bond.  If convicted Fairchild could face up to 15 years in prison.   

On August 27, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft from Country View Dairy, west of West Union.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 18 year old Kyrsten Lynn Brummond of New Hampton and another minor female from the Charles City area had gone into the business on several occasions over the last few weeks to steal money.  Brummond was arrested and charged with several counts of Theft in the 5th Degree.  She was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.  The minor female was referred to Juvenile Court Services for Theft in the 5th Degree.  This incident remains under investigation and further charges are pending.

On 8-29-18, at approximately 12:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Derek James Delaney, 22 of West Union.  It was found through an investigation that Delaney drove to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on a suspended driver’s license.  Delaney was charged with Driving While License Suspended, Operating Without Registration, Fraudulent Use of Registration, Driving with No S.R. on File, No Insurance, all Simple Misdemeanors.  Delaney was also charged with Sex Offender Registry Violation, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  Delaney was taken into custody and escorted to Fayette County jail where he awaits initial appearance. 

On 8-30-18 at approximately 2:39 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Brad Seegmiller 36, Postville was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance.

On August 31st, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Cris Michael Brehme, age 40 of Wadena on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Sex Offender Registry Violation 2nd (Class D Felony). Brehme was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held with a $3,000.00 bond.

On 08/31/2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Ashley Rochford, 34 on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant for probation violation.  Rochford was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is held on a no bond hold.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Blackhawk County Sheriff’s Office.

SEPTEMBER

On 09/01/2018 at approx. 2:45 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a vehicle in the ditch on Dove Rd just East of Dogwood Rd.  When Deputies arrived it was discovered that 63 year old Randy Torson was operating a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan when he lost control of his vehicle and entered the south ditch, striking power pole guide wires and rolling his vehicle.  There were no injuries reported and Torson’s 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan sustained approx. $4000.00 in damages.  Torson was cited for failure to maintain control.  Fayette County was assisted on scene by Elgin Fire Department.

On September 2, 2018, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael David Alderson, age 37 of Sumner, on a Bremer County Warrant. Original charges: Violation of No Contact order and Harassment 3rd degree. Alderson was then transported to the Bremer County Jail where he received an initial appearance. Alderson is being held on a $2000 cash or surety bond and a $500 cash only bond.

  On September 4, 2018 at 9:06 pm Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle that had went into the pond at Skip-A-Way RV Park and Campground located at 3825 Harding Road Clermont. Upon preliminary investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies it is determined that Steven Duane Baker JR. age 30 of Elgin was driving his White 2000 Mitsubishi Sport in the campground when he went out of control drove through a chain fence and into the pond. The area where the vehicle went into the pond was approx... 18-20 feet deep and upon the arrival of emergency personnel the vehicle was totally submerged. Rescue efforts were unsuccessful and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries reported. The incident remains under investigation. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa state Patrol, Clermont Fire Department, Decorah fire and water rescue,  Tri-State and Clermont Ambulance. 

Friday September 7, 2018 Oelwein Schools were put on lock out after being notified of an incident on the southwest side of town where authorities were looking for a suspect possibly armed that fled on foot. Sheriff Marty Fisher advised after a three day manhunt involving multiple agencies finally comes to a safe conclusion.  This morning, September 10, 2018 Emilio Austin Torres age 28 of Oelwein turned himself into Fayette County Sheriff without incident. He is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on warrants for 1st offense domestic abuse assault, Eluding – Injury, OWI, Drugs or participate in a felony, Interference with official acts – firearm, carrying weapons. Emilio Torres is being held without bond until his appearance before a magistrate. 

On September 6th, 2018 Deputies were called to the city of Oran in reference to a two vehicle property damage only accident. Upon conducting an investigation Joseph Michael Dietz, age 35 of Oran was cited for Failure to yield to the right (simple misdemeanor). No injuries were reported. Each vehicle sustained over $1500.00 in damages.

On 9-8-18 at approx. 3:34 AM A Fayette County Deputy encountered a male in  the city of Fayette in the 600 block of Washington Street. Upon investigation, Arvind Badsha 25 of Fayette was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 1st offense.  He was transported to the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 9-9-2018 at approximately  11:30 pm a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Diego Duran-Sanchez, 21 of Chicago, IL was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance. The stop remains under investigation and further charges are pending.

On September 9th, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took Nathan D. Slaughter age, 33 of Farmersburg into custody on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Parole Violation. Slaughter was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held without bond.

  On 9-11-18, at approximately 7:50 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls of a barn on fire at the 7304 Harding Road.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived on scene to a fully engulfed barn fire with hay and equipment.  Once the area was made safe, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted traffic control in order to get West Union Fire trucks and Clermont Fire trucks through the road construction along Hwy 18.  No injuries were sustained during the fire, and damage to the barn and equipment was considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by West Union Fire, Clermont Fire and Tri State Ambulance Service. A note to public, this fire will continue to burn in a controlled setting for a couple of days. 

On 9-10-18, at approximately 9:50 am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an assault that took place at Prairie View Residential facility.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  After multiple interviews with witnesses and staff, James Patterson, 33 of Fayette, was arrested and charged with Simple Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Patterson was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

On September 18, 2018, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office arrested Skuyler Jamel Ellington, age 28 of Oelwein, on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation (Original charge of Criminal Mischief – 3rd degree). Ellington was transported to the Fayette County jail and is currently being held on a no bond hold until he receives an initial appearance from a magistrate.

 

 
     On 9-18-18, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of an elderly male individual living at a residence in Waucoma IA, with no food, no running water, and no electric.  Information provided also stated that there were multiple dogs that were without food and water at this residence.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, and conducted an investigation.  Upon further investigation Tammy Kay Mincks, 40 of Calmar was arrested and charged with Dependent Adult Abuse, Intentional Serious Injury, a Class C Felony. Mincks was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where she is being held on $15,000 bail. The elderly victim, a 77 year old male was transported to Palmer Emergency Room and treated.  During the investigation, 5 neglected dogs were rescued out of the abandoned house and transported to Heart Rescue Service in Decorah IA.  On 9-20-18, The Fayette county Sheriff's Office arrested Rosetta Guess, 67 of Calmar, on 2 Fayette County Arrest Warrants.  Charges on Guess were Animal neglect Death or Serious Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor and Abandonment of cats and dogs, a Simple Misdemeanor. Charges stem from evidence found at the Waucoma address. During the Guess's arrest Fayette County Sheriff's office was assisted by Calmar Police Department and Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office. 

On 9-20-18, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took an additional report of animal neglect at a residence just south of Saint Lucas IA.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and conducted another investigation.    It was found that multiple dogs were left in an abandoned residence with no food or water and left for an unknown amount of time.  It also was found that Tammy Kay Mincks was the owner of the neglected dogs.  Mincks has been charged with Animal neglect Death or Serious Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor and Abandonment of cats and dogs, a Simple Misdemeanor.  3 more dogs were rescued and transported to the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.  If convicted Mincks could face up to 11 years in prison.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is still conducting an investigation, and more charges are still pending.  Sheriff Fisher would like anyone who may have information regarding these incidents to please contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 563-422-6067.

On 9/20/2018 at 4:01 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that was in the ditch half submerged in a flooded field at 60th Street and C Ave just outside of Arlington. Once deputies arrived they found the vehicle, however the occupants had fled the scene. At 5:55 A.M. the  Fayette County Sheriff's Office took another call in Arlington of a stolen vehicle. During that investigation investigators learned that two males had knocked on a door of a rural residence and provided the home owners with a false story. They were taken in, given dry clothing, and then drove to a local store where the subjects were picked up by a female. Later that day, Deputies found Seth James Rickman, age 18 and Devin Glen Schultz, age 22 both from Lacrosse, Wisconsin in a dorm room of a University of Iowa (UI) Student. With the help of the University of Iowa police, they were detained and later taken into custody by Fayette County Deputies and transported back to the Fayette County Jail.  It was also found that both Schultz and Rickman are on probation out of WI and Rickman had an arrest warrant for a probation violation. Schultz was charged with Operation of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent an Aggravated Misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fail to maintain control, driving with no driver’s license and no insurance, accident related. Rickman was charged with Aid and Abet to operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is working on getting criminal holds on both men and will extradite back to WI once the defendants are released from custody. 

“Please use caution when someone knocks at your door and report suspicious activity immediately, this will insure a quicker response time and your safety”  Sheriff Marty Fisher     

  On 9/21/18 at 5:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Filmore and Cedar Rd. An investigation determined that Anjela Viktorivna Bubiy age 21 from Postville was operating a 2013 Ford Escape northbound on Cedar Rd. Bubiy had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection then proceeded to cross Filmore Rd and failed to see a 2010 Ford Fusion westbound on Filmore Rd operated by Edward Charles Schmitt 74 from West Union. Both vehicles collided in the roadway with the Fusion going into the north ditch. Schmitt was transported to Palmer Hospital by Tri State Ambulance to be evaluated for non-life threating injuries. Three passengers in the Fusion were not injured. Bubiy was not injured and was cited for failure to yield upon entering through highway.  Both vehicles were considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Wadena Fire dept and First Responders,  Elgin Fire Dept. Clermont Ambulance and Tri State Ambulance.

On 9-23-18 at approx. 3:15 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on C14 near W25. Upon investigation Valerie Knospe 31 of Randalia, was operating her 2006 Chevy truck when a deer entered the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately 3500 worth of damage.  There were no injuries reported.

On 9-24 at approximately 11:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Highway 150 near nature road. Upon investigation Kelsey Exum 28 of West Union was driving her 06 Ford Explorer when she struck a deer. The vehicle sustained approximately $2000.00 worth of damage and there were no Injuries.

On September 24th, 2018 at approximately 7:55 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Lester Baade, age 74 of West Union was traveling Eastbound in his 2017 GMC Acadia when he struck a deer, which was traveling across the roadway. Minimal damage was reported and no injuries we reported.

On September 26, 2018, at approximately 2:43 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs deer accident on Golden Road in the 7000 block approximately 3 miles east of West Union. Upon investigation, it was learned that Kurt Anthony Stammeyer, age 53 of Elgin, was driving a Red 2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT when he struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Fire Department.

On September 26, 2018 at approx. 6:45 AM Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 1 vehicle accident with injuries on Cedar Rd. just south on Elgin.  Once Deputies arrived on scene it was learned that Jordan Kline 18, of Elkader was north bound on Cedar Rd in his 2001 Dodge Stratus when he failed to negotiate a corner, left the roadway and entered a wooded area to the west.  Kline’s vehicle rolled several times and came to rest on the driver’s side.  Kline was able to free himself from his vehicle and call for help.  Kline was transported to Central Community Hospital in Elkader by Tri-State EMS.  The vehicle is considered a total loss.  The accident remains under investigation.  Fayette County Deputies where assisted on scene by Elgin Fire Department and Tri-State EMS.

  On 9/25/18 at 6:27 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries on N Ave. north of 240th St. An investigation determined that Weston Frederick Fantz age 18 from Fayette was operating a 2002 Mercury Sable southbound on N Ave. when he attempted to make a 3 point turn on N Ave. while a northbound 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix operated by a 17 yr old male from Elgin crested the hill and could not avoid striking the Mercury in the middle of the roadway. Both vehicle collided in the roadway. The Grand Prix entered the east ditch and rolled several times injuring two juvenile passengers who were transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union by private vehicle . Fantz was cited for making an illegal u-turn. Both vehicles are considered a total loss. 7 other passengers between the two vehicles were not injured.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Tri State Ambulance and West Union Fire Dept.

On 9/25/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gary Eugene Thomas, age 58 of Hawkeye for Failure to comply with the sex offender registry first offense. Investigators learned that Thomas had not registered proper information on the regsirty as required by state law. Thomas was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was released the next day on an unsecured bond by the courts.

 

  On August 21st. 2018, at approximately 12:45 pm, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 509 Main Street in Elgin, Iowa reporting that a 5 week old infant was having trouble breathing.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene.  The victim was transported to Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa before being transported via medical helicopter to the American Children’s Family Hospital at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.  After a preliminary investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  On August 26th, 2018, the victim, identified as 5 week old Lydia Rios, died as a result of her injuries.  On 9/28/18, 28 year old Alicia Marie Rios, of Elgin, Iowa, was arrested by Fayette County Deputies and Agents with the Iowa DCI. Rios was charged with one count of Murder in the first degree, a class “A” felony and Child endangerment causing death, a class B felony.  Rios was taken to the Fayette County Jail and is currently awaiting her initial appearance. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Iowa DCI, the University of Wisconsin – Madison Police Department, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Fayette County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division.  If convicted, Rios could get Life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sheriff Marty Fisher stated “It should be noted that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” 

 

On 9-29-18, at approximately 12:30 pm, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls of a personal injury accident near the intersection of B Avenue and 20th St.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Timothy Lee West, 56 of Strawberry Point, was westbound on 20th St and Michael Baker, 52 of Earlville, was northbound on B Avenue when the collision occurred at the uncontrolled intersection, south of Arlington IA.  Both vehicles had a passenger and all 4 occupants sustained injuries and were transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Both vehicles, the 2014 Buick Enclave and the 2007 Chevy Suburban, were considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Clayton County Sheriff's Office, Clayton County Conservation, Clayton County Ambulance Service, Strawberry Point Ambulance Service, Lamont and Strawberry Point Fire and First Responders.  This accident remains under investigation and charges are pending. 

On September 30th, 2018 at approximately 6:47 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault that had occurred in the City of Waucoma.  Upon investigation, 31 year old Bern Daniel Larsen was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault Second Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Larsen was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

OCTOBER

On 10-1-18 at approx.. 9:33 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs deer accident on Eagle Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2011 Chevy Truck, Steven C. MCallen 27 of Elgin, was traveling west when a deer ran into the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking the deer. The vehicle sustained approx.. $6500.00 dollars in damage and no one was injured in the accident.

On October 1, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident at the Fayette County Jail where an inmate assaulted staff members.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 46 year old Jeremy James Meyer of West Union had assaulted staff members.  He was detained at the Fayette County Jail and charged with 2 counts of Assault on Correctional Officers, both Serious Misdemeanors.

On October 3, 2018 at approximately 1:44 AM a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy arrested 40 year old Aaron James Rochford of Maynard on a Chickasaw County warrant for 3rd Degree Burglary.  Rochford was transported to the Fayette County Jail and later turned over to the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office.

On October 5, 2018, at approx. 12:00 AM the Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance on Quail Road, just south of St. Lucas. After an investigation, Edward Jacob Schmitt, age 39 of West Union, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor). Schmitt was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will receive an initial appearance from a magistrate.

On October 12, 2018 at approximately 1:33 AM 33 year old Nathan William Rolfes of West Union was taken into custody in Black Hawk County on outstanding Fayette County Warrants for Probation Violation and Escape from Custody from the West Union Residential Facility.  Rolfes was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held without bond. 

On October 13th, Fayette County Deputies responded to a Car vs Deer accident just north of Nature Road on Lincoln Road. Upon further investigation, it was found that a juvenile male was driving the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban northbound on Lincoln Road when a deer entered the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking the deer. Damage was estimated to be $1500 on the vehicle.  No one was injured in the accident.  

On 10-14-14 at 12:57 AM  A Fayette County deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Chris Southerland 18 of Atkins was arrested and charged with possession on a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the Fayette county jail and is awaiting his initial appearance.

On October 12, 2018 Fayette County Deputy arrested 32 year old Nicholas Konen on a vailed Fayette county arrest warrant for Failure to serve jail sentence.   Konen failed to serve his sentenced time and was booked into the Fayette County Jail and will remain in custody until his sentence is served.

On October 12, 2018 Fayette County Deputy arrested 63 year old James Lee Clausen on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant.  Clausen is charged with extortion and was transported  into the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $12,5000 bond.  Fayette County Deputy was assisted by West Union Police Department. 

On October 12, 2018 Fayette County Deputy took custody of 20 year old Tyler Moore on a valid Fayette County arrest warrant.  Moore is charged with trespass, theft in the 5th degree and burglary in the 2nd degree.  Moore was transported to the Fayette County jail where he is held on a $10,000.00 bond.  Fayette County was assisted by Oelwein Police Department. 

On 10-17-18, at approximately 8:30 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a single vehicle roll-over accident near the intersection of Golden Rd. and Edge Rd.  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Donald Rumley, 24 of West Union, was northbound on Edge Rd., when he lost control of the vehicle and rolled in the east ditch.  Minor injuries were sustained, and the damage to the 2008 Uplander was considered a total loss.  This accident remains under investigation.  

On 10-16-18, at approximately 1:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's office took a report of a disabled vehicle near the intersection of O Avenue and Highway 93.  After Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that the driver of the John Deere 8440, Robert Fagle, 58 of Randalia, was southbound on O Avenue when the axles broke on the trailer fully loaded with corn and the trailer came to rest on the roadway.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the trailer was estimated at $3000.00.

  On 10/18/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s took a report of a wanted subject hiding out in the Hawkeye area. An investigation led Deputies to a traffic stop after observing Lisa Diana Schroeder, 38 of Waucoma driving northbound on T Ave. It was known by Deputies that Schroeder was wanted out of Fayette County for parole violations and Winneshiek County for forgery and theft. Schroeder was arrested and Charged with Driving While Revoked a Serious Misdemeanor, Operating While under the Influence 3rd Offense, a D Felony, No Insurance, Fraudulent use of Registration, No SR on File, and Operating a non-registered vehicle, all Simple Misdemeanors.  Schroeder was taken into custody and transported  to the Fayette County Jail, where she was held. The investigation also led Deputies to a residence near Hawkeye and a search was conducted.  Jacob Roy Wehrkamp, age 42 of Hawkeye was arrested and charged with Driving While Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeaonr. Wehrkamp was taken to the Fayette county jail and held .  This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests and charges could be filed at a later date.

On October 20, 2018 at approximately 2:05 AM Fayette County Deputies stopped a blue 2010 Nissan Rogue for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road W51 and Highway 56.  Upon investigation the driver, 39 year old Jaime Amayo of Postville was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.  Amayo was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, No Valid Driver’s License, and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.  He is currently being held at the Fayette County Jail. 

On October 24, 2018, at approximately 12:48 am a Fayette County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction on 230th Street and Rose Road; approximately 2 miles north of Hawkeye. After further investigation it was determined that Robert Allan McLaughlin, age 58 of West Union, was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. McLaughlin was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor). McLaughlin is being held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

 

S.T.E.M Festival at Upper Iowa University 10-18-18

 

 

On 10-18-18,  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 2018 STEM Festival, at Upper Iowa University.  This year there were 378 attendees at the festival, ranging from  youth to young adults. The goals of the STEM Festival are to promote, inspire, and engage youth in (STEM Activities)  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to introduce students and parents to these careers.  There were a wide variety of interactive exhibits, including hands on, kinesthetic, activities for students and their families.   The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office showed students, families, and community members some of the technology based tools and equipment that modern day law enforcement agencies use.  Some of these tools exhibited were in car computers, duty belt equipment, equipment used in the Fayette County Jail, in car camera systems, and much more.  Students had the opportunity to hold and see some of the equipment, sit in the squad car, run safety lights, and even tour the back seat of a patrol vehicle to see the safety components in transporting a prisoner.  Students and families were engaged with Fayette County Deputies and Correctional Officers with many questions and comments about equipment, technology, and job duties.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the  STEM Festival Committee for inviting Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to the program and  having the opportunity to share some of the educational and technological advances in the law enforcement career. The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership lead by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa, Upper Iowa University, Central Rivers AEA, ISU Extension and Outreach, Fayette County Economic Development, IowaWorks, Keystone AEA, Northeast Iowa Community College,  North Fayette Community Schools, helping Services for Youth and Families, Tigerhawk Connections Learning Center, and Oelwein Community School District.  

On 10-21-18, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office participated in the 5th annual Trunk-N-Treat Festival in West Union.  This year there were 44 trunks participating and over 600 children who dressed up and joined in on the fun.  NFV high school students and the local Boy Scout Troop helped with games prior to.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Trunk-N-Treat Committee and all the help putting together this local event for everyone. 

West Union Trunk or Treat 2018

               

 Fayette County Sheriff's Office participates in the UIU Career Fair 2018

 

On 10/27/18 at 6:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office recieved a 911 call reporting a vehicle in the ditch at Hwy 18 and Garden Rd. An investigation determined that Lynn Ann Helgerson age 46 from Eldorado was operating a  2006 Buick eastbound on Hwy 18 when she lost control and entered the south ditch. The vehicle sustained minor damage and no injuries reported. Helgerson was cited for fail to maintain control.

On 10/27/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Allen Kenyon age 75 from Mason City. Kenyon was arrested on two  Fayette County Warrants for probation violation. Kenyon was held in the Fayette County Jail on $10,000 cash bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:48 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident on White Tail Road, west of the City of Waucoma.  When emergency crews arrived, it was discovered that two occupants in a 1990 Dodge Truck left the roadway and rolled several times in the ditch.  The driver was identified as 49 year old Mark Charles Kuennen of Waucoma.  He and his passenger Jamie Dawn Wenthe, 40 of Postville, were extricated by the Waucoma Fire Department and both were flown from the scene to Rochester by Gundersen Air and Mayo 1 to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash.  This accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, Waucoma Fire Department, Tristate Ambulance, and Winneshiek Memorial Ambulance.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:40 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident on 150th Street, at the intersection of T Ave.  When a Deputy arrived, it was learned that 18 year old Chloe Kime of Hawkeye was driving a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire on T Ave. when she failed to stop at the stop sign.  She drove into the path of a 2012 Chevy Impala that was driving west on 150th Street, driven by a 16 year old female.  No injuries were reported.  Kime’s vehicle was totaled, and  Smith’s vehicle had functional damage.  Chloe Kime was charged with Fail to Obey Stop or Yield Sign.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 6:56 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Car vs. Deer accident on Lincoln Road, south of Lion Road.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 52 year old Bonnie Bootsmiller was driving a 2018 Honda Odyssey south on Lincoln Road when she was struck by a white tail deer that came out of the ditch area.  Her vehicle sustained $6000 worth of damage, and no injuries were reported.

         On 10/29/18 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 112 ½ S Vine Street Apartment B. After a drug investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for a suspected drug trafficking operation going on. With the assistance of the West Union Police the warrant was executed and two people were taken into custody. Ryan James Smith, age 25 and Erika Nichole Pipkin, age 30 both of West Union were charged with Child Endangerment exposure of Methamphetamine, a Class “D” felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, Aggravated Misdemeanor and possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Deputies found methamphetamine in reach of a two year old child in the home so the Department of Human Services had to be called to assist. DHS removed the child and opened their own investigation. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be filed and more arrests are possible.

NOVEMBER

On 11/4/18 at 12:07 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 60th St. and G Ave.  After an investigation it was determined that Loyce Bunn, 72 of Westgate was backing up a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan on G Ave. when she was struck by a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Stephanie Mendehall, 49 of Milwaukee, WI.  There were no injuries reported.  The Mendehall vehicle sustained approximately $2000.00 in damages while the Bunn vehicle sustained approximately $1500.00 in damages.  The incident remains under investigation.

On 11/4/18 at 2:37 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an assault that occurred at a residence on Harding Road near West Union. An investigation determined that an assault had taken place and the suspect had fled the scene.  Kelvin Lee Guyer age 21 from West Union was later located his residence in West Union, charged with assault and arrested. Guyer was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Dept.

On October 30th, 2018 at approximately 7:02 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs. deer accident near the area of Q Ave. and Highway 3. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Brooke Latham age, 24 of Westgate was traveling Westbound when she struck a deer, which was traveling across the roadway. No injuries were reported and Latham’s 2007 GMC Acadia sustained approximately $1500.00 in damages.

On October 31st, 2018 at approximately 7:55 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs. deer accident near the area of Highway 3 and Y Avenue. Upon conducting an investigation it was discovered that Nathaniel Weber, age 31 of Strawberry Point was traveling Eastbound when he struck a deer, which was traveling across the roadway. No injuries were reported and Weber’s 2012 Chevy Equinox was deemed a total loss.

On November 2nd, 2018 at approximately 7:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took Sean M. Stakke age, 27 of Postville into custody on a valid Fayette County Mittimus warrant for failure to serve his two-day sentence from an Operating While Intoxicated charge. Stakke will be held at the Fayette County Jail until the completion of his sentence. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Postville Police Department.

On November 2nd, 2018 at approximately 7:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Graig Bemiss, age 39 of Oelwein on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Violation of Parole. Bemiss was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will be held pending an appearance with the magistrate.

On November 2nd, 2018 at approximately 7:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took Connie Conner age, 43 of Sumner into custody for two valid Fayette County Warrants. Connor faces one warrant for Failure to Appear for an illegal possession of prescription pill’s charge and one mittimus warrant for failure to timely serve her jail sentence on a contempt charge. Connor will be held until the completion of her sentence at the Fayette County Jail. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sumner Police Department.

    On 11-4-18, at approximately 4:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a two vehicle personal injury accident near the intersection of O Avenue and 210th St just east of Hawkeye IA.  Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  It was found that Joshua Michael Boleyn, 19 of Elgin, was eastbound on 210th Street, and Jonathan Russell Steinbronn, 36 of Fairbank, was southbound on O Avenue when the collision took place at an uncontrolled intersection.  All 4 occupants in the vehicles sustained injuries.  2 individuals were transported by ambulance to Palmer E.R. in West Union and 2 individuals to Unity Point Health in Sumner IA.   Damage to Boleyn’s 2002 Chevy Silverado and Steinbronn’s 77 Ford truck were considered a total loss.  The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hawkeye Fire, Hawkeye First Responders,  Tri-State Ambulance, and Fayette Ambulance. 

On November 5th, 2018 at approximately 5:04 PM Fayette County Deputies responded to Car vs. Deer accident. After investigation, it was found Karla Wolfs, 65 of Elgin, was traveling north in the 19000 block of Acorn Road when she struck a deer. Wolfs' 2016 Jeep Cherokee sustained approximately $2000 worth of damage. 

On 11/4/18 at 6:31 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Lincoln Rd south of Eldorado. An investigation determined that Judy Mae McIntosh, 76 from Decorah was operating a 2006 Buick Rainier when a deer entered the roadway and was struck.  There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. McIntosh was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources.

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 4:10 pm the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls of a Semi-wrecker vs car collision on 230th Street near W Avenue; approximately 5 miles south of Waucoma. After further investigation by Sheriff's Deputies, it was learned that Thomas Edward Rolison Jr, age 18 of Waucoma, was driving south bound in a Maroon 2001 Ford Taurus when he entered an intersection colliding with a Red 2009 Western Star Conventional 4 Semi-Wrecker driven by John Paul Rasmusson, age 32 of Cedar Falls. Rolison was trapped in the vehicle and had to be mechanically extracted and was flown by Gundersen Air to a hospital in LaCrosse, WI where he later was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident. Rolison's car is considered a total loss. Rasmusson was uninjured and his vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damage. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Fayette County Conservation Officers, Tristate Ambulance, and Hawkeye Fire Department and First Responders. This accident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Technical Collision Investigator.

On November 6, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of 58 year old Glen Little of Wadena, IA.  Little had a valid Fayette County arrest warrant because for failing to serve jail time after a conviction of driving while barred.  Little will remain in custody until his sentence time is served.  Fayette County was assisted by Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.  

On November 6th, 2018, Fayette County Deputy took custody of Torrey Willie, 36 of Oelwein for valid arrest warrants for fail to serve jail time. Willie was transported to the Fayette County Jail, where he will serve his mittimus.

On 11-8-18 at approx. 10:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in the 26000 block of Harding Road. Upon investigation Paul Franzen JR, 21 of Elgin was traveling north in his 2002 Ford Explorer when he lost control due to the weather conditions and entered the ditch rolling the vehicle onto its side. There were no injuries and the vehicle sustained approx. $2500.00 worth of damage. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Clermont Ambulance, Clermont Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol. The accident remains under investigation.

 On 11-8-18 at approximately 11:07 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle that rolled over near the intersection of 160th St and W14 (R Ave). Upon further investigation the driver of the  1999 KIA Sportage,  Alexander S. Wallace 22 of Hawkeye was traveling north on W14 when he lost control due to weather conditions and entered the east ditch rolling his vehicle and coming to rest on his tires. Wallace was uninjured and the KIA was considered a total loss. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by The Hawkeye Fire Department and the Fayette Ambulance service.

On 11-10-18 at approximately 3:30 Fayette County responded to the city of Wadena for a welfare check. Upon investigation Jacob Steger 40, Elkport was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 3rd and Subsequent offense. He is being held at the Fayette county jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 11-16-18 at approximately 12:04 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Juniper Rd. north of Great River Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. Charles A. Drees 32 of West Union was traveling south when a deer entered onto the roadway and Drees was unable to get stopped. The vehicle sustained approximately $2800.00 damage and no one was injured in the accident.

On 11-15-18 at approximately 9:21 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 150 south of 190th St. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2004 Chevy suburban, Joan J. Boleyn 47 of Elgin was traveling north on Hwy 150 when deer entered into the roadway and was struck. The vehicle sustained approximately $3500.00 damage and no one was injured in the accident.

On 11/14/2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted tobacco compliance checks at retail establishments throughout Fayette County. A minor under the direct supervision of a Deputy entered retail establishments in an attempt to purchase tobacco products. Lisa Labree a clerk at Tico market in Elgin was found to be non-complaint with Iowa’s tobacco laws by selling tobacco products to the minor. Labree was issued a citation for selling tobacco to the minor. If convicted on the charges the establishments face administrative sanctions by the State of Iowa.

On 11/17/2018 at approx. 3:45 PM a Fayette County Deputy arrested Jacob Roy Wehrkamp 43 of rural Hawkeye on a valid Fayette County warrant for, possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense.  Wehrkamp was transported to the Fayette County jail where he is held on a $5000.00 bond.

On 11-17-18 at approx. 2:30 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 24000 block of Highway 150. Upon investigation Marvin Raber 22 of Waverly was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense. He is being held at the Fayette county jail awaiting an initial appearance.  

On 11/15/2018 at approx. 9:35 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Harding Rd just east of Clermont.  Once Deputies arrived it was learned that 25 year old Steven Yoder was east bound in his 2007 Ford F-150 when a whitetail deer entered the road way.  Yoder collided with the deer causing approx. $5000.00 in damages to his vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

On 11/16/2018 at approx. 6:00 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs deer accident on 60th Street just west of W Ave.  Ounce Deputies arrived it was learned that 57 year old Brenda  Lauer was east bound in her 2018 Chevrolet Malibu when a whitetail deer entered the road way.  Lauer collided with the deer causing approx. $7000.00 in damages to her vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

On November 19th, 2018 at approximately 6:47 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of domestic disturbance at 11551 152nd Street, Fayette, IA. Upon conducting an investigation, it was discovered that a domestic abuse assault had taken place and Michael R. Becker age, 33 of Fayette was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault second offense (an aggravated misdemeanor). Michael was transported to the Fayette County Jail and was held pending an appearance with the magistrate.

On November 19th, 2018 at approximately 6:08 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of contraband, which had been introduced into the Fayette County Jail. Upon conducting an investigation Billie Hageman, age 19 of West Union, IA was charged with two counts assault on persons in certain occupation (serious misdemeanor) and one count possession of contraband on or in grounds of correctional facility (D felony).

On November 20, 2018 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested 63 year old Susan Marie Worth of Hawkeye on a warrant for Obstructing a Criminal Investigation.  She was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held for an initial appearance in court.

On 11-20-18, Crystal Howard, 35 of Hazelton, was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for Failure to Appear, Original Charges; Dependent Adult Abuse Exploitation over $100, a Serious Misdemeanor, Unauthorized use of a Credit Card, under $1000, Burglary 3rd Degree (Automobile), and Theft in the 3rd Degree, all Aggravated Misdemeanors.   Howard was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she is being held on $500 cash bond.

 On November 23, 2018 at approx. 7:05 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Mary Monroe, 23 of Hawkeye on 2 valid Fayette County arrest warrants, failure to appear on, domestic abuse and driving while suspended.  Monroe is held at the Fayette County jail on a $600.00  bond.   

On November 24th, 2018, a Fayette County Deputy responded to a Car vs Deer accident on Lincoln Road south of Jade Road. After investigation it was found that Adrianne Ruroden of Fayette was traveling north on Highway 150 when she struck a deer. Damage was estimated to be $1500. No injuries occurred in the accident. 

On 11-25-18 at approx. 1:15 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Joshua Weeber, 24 of Dubuque was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license suspended. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail awaiting and initial appearance.

Illinois State Authorities arrested Jason Kyle Devries age 40 of Fulton Illinois, after waiving extradition from Illinois, he was taken into custody by Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy on November 21. 2018 and is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $20,000.00 Bond warrant for Forgery.

On 11-8-18 The Fayette County Sheriff's Office assisted in hosting the first annual Fayette County Safety Night in Fayette. This was a collaborating effort of multiple organizations, emergency responders, resources, and groups located in Fayette County. Deputy Chris Schveiger held a internet safety and online safety presentation, outlining the effects to ones future, career, or general well-being in a digital age. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office would like to extend gratitude and thank the many organizations that worked to make this event successful and inform the communities of the many resources they have available to them.

On November 26th, 2018 at approximately 3:02 p.m. Deputies were called to 2623 147th Street Wadena in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival Deputies discovered that Glen Arthur Little had been asked to leave the residence by the property owner and refused. Upon conducting further investigation, it was discovered that Little had drove a four-wheeler to the residence without a valid driver’s license. Glen Little age, 58 of Wadena was arrested and charged with driving while license barred (aggravated misdemeanor) and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated first offense (serious misdemeanor). Little was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held pending initial appearance with the magistrate.  Lane Lenth age, 54 of Wadena was also issued a citation in connection to this incident for permitting unauthorized person to drive.

On November 27, 2018, 48 year old Robert Dean Coonradt of West Union was arrested by a Fayette County Deputy on a Parole Violation Warrant.  Coonradt was transported to the Fayette County Jail and held for an initial appearance in court.

On 11-27-18, at approximately 6:30PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a personal injury car deer accident in the 13000 Block of Highway 150, just south of Fayette.   When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Dusty Des Dunn, 46 of Fayette, was northbound on Highway 150, when a deer came into the roadway striking the vehicle.  Minor injuries were sustained, and damage to the 2015 ford Escape was considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted Fayette Police and Fayette Ambulance. 

On November 27th, 2018 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested Nathan James Hageman, age 43 of West Union on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Parole Violation. Upon making contact with Hageman, Deputies detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the residence. Upon conducting an investigation. Hageman was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) 3rd offense (aggravated misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor). Hageman was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance with a magistrate.

On 11-29-18 at approximately 11:07 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a car vs deer accident in the 7000 block of Filmore road. Upon investigation it was determined that Justin Pfister 18 of Hawkeye was operating his Chevy Malibu when a deer entered the road way and was struck. There were no injuries reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $2500 worth of damage. 

 

DECEMBER

On 12/1/18 at  8:13 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Kornhill Rd west of 128th St. An investigation determined that Richard Scott McAllen age 55 from Hazleton was operating a 2006 Chevrolet CK1500 truck westbound on Kornhill when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. McAllen was not injured.

On December 2, 2018, at approximately 11:20 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a vehicle in the ditch in the 25,000 block of Garden Road; approximately six miles west of Clermont. When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene, the driver was not on scene. At the scene, there was a Black 2009 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Truck which had been driven north bound when it lost control and went into the west side ditch. The truck struck an electric pole which temporarily caused the electricity to be out in the area. After further investigation, it was determined that David Lee Kleppe, age 33 of Ossian, was the driver and only occupant. No injuries were reported. The truck is considered a total loss. Kleppe received a citation for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to use Seat Belt.

On December 5, 2018 at approximately 10:44 PM Fayette County Deputies responded to an erratic driver causing property damage in the city of Hawkeye.  While searching for the vehicle Deputies located 29 year old Ryan Allen Nichols-Church walking down County Road W14 south of St Lucas.  Deputies also discovered a vehicle matching the description of the fore mentioned report crashed in the ditch at the location where Nichols-Church was found.  Upon investigation Nichols-Church was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Nichols-Church was charged with Striking Fixtures, Public Intoxication, Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended and Failure to Maintain Control. 

On 12/2/18 at 10:25 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Heron Rd south of Grain Rd. An investigation determined that Chad Michael Rickert age 44 from Dike was operating a 2015 Dodge Ram Truck southbound on Heron Rd when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the west ditch. There was an estimated $3000 damage to the vehicle. Rickert was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The incident remains under investigation.  

On December 3, 2018 at approximately 12:26 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix on Highway 150 in the city of Oelwein.  42 year old Jammie Ann Beisell of Oelwein was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Beisell was charged with Driving While Barred.  Beisell also had an active warrant for her arrest through Wright County for failure to appear on a 3rd degree theft charge.

 

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