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

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

This year’s event is Saturday April 30th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

   For you safety and your privacy

 

·         Keep all substances in their original containers

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

·         Mark out any identifying information on the container

·         Unidentified medications will be accepted- NO QUESTIONS ASKED

 We will accept:

·         Prescriptions and over the counter medications including

Vitamins, supplements, and herbals

·         Thermometers in zip-lock or sealed plastic bag

·         Aerosols or pressurized containers
 

We will not accept:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department                 Calmar-Ossian Police Department

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

Cresco Police Department                                        Decorah Police Department

Elkader Police Department                                       Fayette County Sheriff Department

Guttenberg Police Department                                 Howard County Sheriff’s Department                           

 Mar-Mac Unified Police Department                        Monona Police Department

 New Hampton Police Department                           Postville Police Department

 Waukon Police Department                                    West Union Police Department

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

 

 JUNE

On 6-1-16 at approx. 11:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's office took a report of a car v deer accident. Upon investigation Justin Schares 27 of Sumner was traveling on Y Ave. when a deer entered the roadway causing $3000 worth of damage to his 2010 Chevy Impala. There were no injuries.

On 6-1-16, at approximately 8:00 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a domestic disturbance at 14363 35th St. Oelwein IA.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, it was found that a domestic assault had occurred.  After an investigation, James Heath Rhea, 39 of Oelwein, was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Rhea was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

On June 4, 2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle that was all over the road north of West Union on Juniper Road.  When a deputy located the vehicle, it was also observed to be swerving on the road.  Once the vehicle was stopped, it was learned that the driver, 44 year old Darrick James Brehm of Ossian, was intoxicated.  He was charged with Operating While Intoxicated (3rd or Subsequent offense) which is a Class D Felony, Driving While License Barred (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Failure to Prove Security Against Liability (Simple Misdemeanor), Open Container (Simple Misdemeanor), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor). Brehm was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 6-3-16, at approximately 8:10 PM, Jody Allen Recker, 50 of Fayette, was arrested for Driving While License Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Recker was taken into Custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance. 

On 6-3-16, at approximately 4:45 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of an assault that occurred at 15698 40th St. Oelwein.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene multiple interviews were conducted.  After an investigation, Clorisa Lynn Dailey, 37 of Oelwein, was arrested for Serious Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor, and Sandra Lea Dailey, 67 of Oelwein was arrested for Serious Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor and Obstruction of  Emergency Communications, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Both individuals were taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where they await initial appearance. 

On June 5, 2016 at approximately 4:50 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch south of Hwy 18 on Neon Road, approximately 2 miles west of West Union. Upon arrival it was discovered that John Michael Lauer, age 21 of West Union, was intoxicated and was driving a Red 2014 Ford F250 Super Duty South bound on Neon Road when he failed to maintain control and went into the ditch. Lauer was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail, and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor) and Failure to Maintain Control. Lauer was later released on $2300 unsecured bond.

On June 7, 2016 at approximately 9:36 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female who had been assaulted in Arlington.  Deputies arrived on scene and investigated the allegations.  Upon investigation 18 year old Kayci Marie Danielle Hahn of Arlington was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Hahn was charged with Simple Assault. 

On June 8, 2016 Black Hawk County authorities arrested Dwight James Davis age 44 of Oelwein on a Fayette County Warrant original charge Interference with official acts. He is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $750.00 Bond.

On 6-9-16 at approx. 5:30 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s office took a report of a car vs deer accident on highway 150 north of 270th street. Upon investigation it was determined that Ashley Tangen, 24 of Calmar was driving north in her 2012 jeep liberty when a deer entered the roadway. She struck the deer causing approximately $4500.00 worth of damage. No injuries were reported.

On June 5th 2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s office received a report of a stolen vehicle in the City of Clermont.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 30 year old Nicholas William Konen of Fayette had taken the car, after being left in town by some friends, and drove it to his residence.  He left it in a field nearby his residence where is was located on June 7th, 2016.  The vehicle was recovered with no damage, and Konen was charged with Operating Without Owner’s Consent, which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  He was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On June 8, 2016 at 4:41 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a single vehicle accident on Juniper Road near King Road.  When the Deputy arrived, it was determined that 65 year old Margaret Jespersen of West Union had lost control of her vehicle and went off the roadway, rolling her 2014 Honda Odyssey into a creek.  Jespersen was transported to Palmer Hospital for injuries.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Tri State Ambulance, and Ossian Fire Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

On 6-12-16, at approximately 2:15 PM, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an individual slashing tires with an ice pick on Main St, Oran IA.   Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.  After multiple interviews, Dennis Lee Weaver, 69 of Oelwein, was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief, a Class D Felony, Aggravated Assault an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Weaver was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance.

On June 11th, 2016 at approximately 4:27 PM Sheriff’s Deputies were called to W33 and 18th Street in reference to a single vehicle motorcycle accident with personal injury. Upon arrival it was discovered that Holly Erin Opperman  age, 28 of Jesup was traveling Southbound on W33 when she lost control of her 2002 Suzuki motorcycle causing her to travel into the West ditch. Opperman was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein with minor injuries. Opperman was cited with Failure to Maintain Control (IA Code 321.288) a simple misdemeanor. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Stanley Fire and Oelwein EMS.

On June 13th, 2016 at approximately 5:15 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded a car deer collision on Montauk Hill in Clermont. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy, it was found that Patsy Ann Martin, age 45 of West Union, was driving a 2004 Chevy Trail Blazer southwest bound on Harding Road in Clermont when she struck a deer that was in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $3000.00 damage and no injuries were reported.

After a report of an alleged sexual abuse of a minor, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office conducted and intense investigation.  Once the investigation was completed charges were filed on Pedro Ramon Candido, age 41 of West Union For sexual abuse in the 2nd degree a class “B” felony and sexual abuse in the 3rd degree a class “C” felony. The investigation showed that Candido had performed multiple sexual acts upon an 11 year-old female and again upon the same female at the age of 12. Candido was arrested on June 15th and taken to the Fayette County Jail and is being held on a no bond warrant. The Fayette County Sheriff’s office was also working with the Department of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs (ICE) on the status of Candido. It was determined he was in the United States illegally and a hold was placed on Candido through (ICE) also. The victim is also being monitored by the Department of Human Services and they are working with the family. This remains an open investigation and more charges could be filed at a later date. If convicted Candido could serve up to 75 years in prison, be required to be on the state sex offender registry and could face deportation from the states.   

  

On June 14, 2016 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a Domestic Disturbance In Elgin upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah Cannon Young age 37 of Rural Elgin was charged with Simple Domestic Abuse Assault and Assault with a dangerous Weapon (aggravated Misdemeanor) An investigation showed that his wife, after being assaulted attempted to get away in a vehicle and as she tried to flee he rammed the vehicle she was driving which was a Green 1999 Bonneville three times with a 2000 Mercury villager. Both vehicles sustained several thousand dollars damage. His wife sustained no injuries as a result of the vehicles colliding and upon deputies being notified of the incident Jeremiah fled and is currently wanted on a Warrant for the above charges.

On 06/15/2016 at approximately 11:42 PM,  Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy arrested 47 year old Teresa Lynn Bolin of Waucoma on Criminal Mischief charges. Bolin was taken into custody at her place of residence in Waucoma without incident. She is currently being held at the Fayette County Jail on a $500 cash or surety bond.

On 6-16-16 at approx. 8:55 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault that had occurred in the city of Randalia. Upon further investigation the suspect Katie A. White 25 of Randalia had left the residence and was later located in the city of Hawkeye. White was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was charged with Domestic Abuse causing injury, a Serious Misdemeanor. White was held awaiting her initial appearance.

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

July 1 – 5, 2016

The Fourth of July is best known for celebrations with family and friends, enjoying the summer weather with food and drinks. Those celebrations often include drinking alcohol which can lead to impaired driving. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 164 people were killed  in motor vehicle crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher over the three-day Fourth of July holiday in 2015.  In reality, 40 percent of the total fatalities were more than likely preventable.  The rate of alcohol impairment for drivers involved in fatal crashes was over three times higher at night than during the day. To date, there have been 154 fatalities on Iowa roadways this year, up 31, or 25% from this time last year.

State and local law enforcement agencies will step up their efforts Friday evening, July 1st through the morning of Tuesday, July 5th to eliminate drunk drivers on the roads and reduce speeding in order to protect all of the motoring public.

What can you do in order to reach your destination safely, not only this Fourth of July, but every day?

  • Do not drive; if you have been drinking, plan ahead and arrange a way to get home.
  • Buckle up; it is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury if you should be involved in a crash.
  • Don’t speed; speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2005 (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

According to the Iowa DOT, there were no fatalities over the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend in 2015.  Together, we hope to repeat that this Fourth of July weekend! The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) hopes you, your family and your friends have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Media contact:  Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.

On June 18, 2016, 52 year old Daniel Warren Wrice from Oelwein was serving a jail sentence at the Fayette County Jail.  Wrice was released later on the 18th to go to work. Later that evening a deputy stopped a vehicle that Wrice was operating. Deputies knew Wrice was not valid to drive.  Wrice was arrested and taken back to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Barred.  He was Held for an initial appearance in court and Sheriff Fisher is revoking his work release privileges.

On June 18th, 2016 at 8:50 PM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Rose Road north of Hawkeye for speeding.  Upon further investigation, it was learned that 43 year old Corey Wayne Moser of West Union, was intoxicated.  Moser was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 6-18-16 at approx. 9:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s office took a report of a car vs deer accident on Canoe road north of Elgin. Upon investigation Richard Shultz of Elgin was travelling north on Canoe Road when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. The 2012 Ford pickup sustained approximately $2000.00 damage. There were no injuries

On 6-19-16 at approximately 0035hrs a Fayette county deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Doug Ernst 49 of Edgewood was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense. He is being held at the Fayette county jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 6/16/16 at 8:18 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on 110th St east of W Ave. An investigation determined that Renee Lynn Letterman from Waterloo was operating a 2014 Toyota Corolla westbound on 110th St when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $3000 damage to the vehicle. Letterman was not injured.

On 6/19/16 at approximately 7:05 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on G Ave south of Kornhill Rd. An investigation determined that Jacob Jerome Daisy from Arlington was operating a 2007 Chevy Silverado southbound on G Ave when he lost control. The vehicle entered the west ditch and overturned coming to a final stop upright. Daisy had minor injuries and declined medical treatment. The vehicle was considered a total loss, Daisy was cited for fail to maintain control.

  On 6/17/2016 at 2:47 P.M. Fayette County Deputies responded to a call of a 4 year old child who had possibly shot himself and was suffering from a gunshot wound. The location of the shooting was identified as 210 Main Street in Elgin, Iowa.  The victim was transported to Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union where he was later pronounced dead.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s office with assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI,) began an investigation into the incident.  The victim was identified as 4 year-old Jayden Choate of Fort Atkinson, Iowa.  The investigation showed that Jayden did not live at 210 Main Street but was visiting the residence, along with his mother, a two year old brother, 5 month old sister and a family friend.  Preliminary information indicates that Jayden was inside the residence alone with his two siblings, when the shooting took place.  On 6/18/16, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy of Jayden and he was found to have died from a gunshot wound to his head, which at this time, appears to be accidental.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa DCI, The IOSME and the Iowa Department of Human Services are continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Sheriff Marty Fisher would like to thank the community of Elgin for all the support and individuals who assisted with this incident and to all emergency personnel who responded and helped.  Because Jayden was attending pre-school in the Turkey Valley School system, the Turkey Valley School District will have on hand counselors to assist any students who may have known Jayden.

On 6/18/2016 during a motorcycle rally staged in Elgin a Fayette County deputy observed a rider who had a revoked driver’s license. Deputies stopped Quintin Alan Recker, age 20 of Strawberry Point for driving while revoked. Recker resisted arrest and was later found to be in possession of drug Paraphernalia and controlled substance of Marijuana. Recker was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with driving while revoked, Interference with official acts, possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of the controlled substance, Marijuana. He was released on a bond the next day.

On June 20, 2016 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant on Justin Wayne Steege age 27  of Randalia for violation of Probation  (original Charge Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree). Justin Steege is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $5000.00 Bond.

On 6-21-16 at approx. 5:45 AM Jeremiah Young, 37 of Elgin was taken into custody by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Jeremiah has an active warrant out of Fayette County for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and He is being held on a $15000.00  bond.

On 6-23-16 at approximately 3:30 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a sexual assault that had taken place in the city of Elgin. The investigation revealed that a 45 year-old female was at her residence in Elgin, when Devin Cummings 49 of Cedar Rapids allegedly  sexually assaulted her. Cummings  was arrested and charged with 3rd Sexual Abuse a class C felony. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance. The victim was then transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union were she was treated and put into contact with victim services. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be filed at a later date.

On June 25, 2016 at 7:35 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gas drive off in the City of Waucoma.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that a vehicle filled up with fuel and also filled several gas cans with fuel, and then took off.  After further investigation, it was learned that 25 year old Cole McCrea of Decorah, and 23 year old Steven Nesbitt of Calmar had stolen the fuel from M&M Convenience Store in Waucoma.  McCrea was charged with Theft 5th Degree and Driving While License Barred.  Nesbitt was charged with Theft 5th Degree, and warrants have been issued for both subjects.

On June 23, 2016 at 5:58 PM, a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle in the City of Maynard after receiving a complaint.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 24 year old Brenda Sullivan of Cedar Rapids was Barred from operating a motor vehicle in the State of Iowa.  Sullivan was charged with Driving While Barred and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 6/24/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call from a concerned citizen in West Union of a person who was wanted and hiding in West Union, Deputies found and arrested Sierra Joy Bennett, age 21 of Guttenberg for an outstanding warrant for unlawful possession of a prescription drug with a $1,000.00 dollar cash bond. She was transported to the Fayette County Jail and later picked up by Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.  

On June 25, 2016 at 8:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle vs. deer accident on Hwy 18 and F Ave.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 59 year old Thomas Lorenz of Waterloo was driving westbound on Hwy 18 when he was struck by a deer that came out of the ditch.  Lorenz was transported to Palmer Hospital by Clermont Ambulance and treated for serious injuries.  His motorcycle, a 1978 BMW was believed to be totaled.

JULY

On July 2, 2016, at approximately 11:49 pm a Fayette County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a Blue 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL 4 door for a traffic violation on Highway 3 and E Avenue; approximately 5 miles South of Arlington. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Kyle Jamin Dundee, age 25 of Coggon, was driving with a suspended driver’s license (Simple Misdemeanor), and without SR22 insurance (Simple Misdemeanor). Dundee was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail. Dundee was later released on a $1150 unsecured bond.

On July 3, 2016 at approximately 2:16 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a disturbance at a residence on Mechanic Street in the city of Fayette.  Deputies responded and upon investigation it was determined 19 year old Mitchel Ray Tehel of Fayette was intoxicated.  Tehel was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with Public Intoxication, 2nd Offense. 

On July 3rd, 2016 at approximately 4:22 PM the Fayette county Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a four wheeler accident on a rural Elgin property. When the deputy arrived, it was learned that 52 year old Joseph Daughton of Clermont was riding his four wheeler up a steep incline with a passenger, when it rolled over backwards on him. The passenger was uninjured but Daughton was transported to Palmer Hospital by Fayette Ambulance. This incident remains under investigation and charges are pending. Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Clermont Ambulance, and Fayette Ambulance and first responders.

On July 13, 2016 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Executed a search at 24281 J Ave. West Union. Several Items were Seized including drug paraphernalia. Kevin Dean Tiefel age 48 was arrested at the residence on the charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License was suspended after it was determined that he had been driving a Gray 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee that day on J Ave. On July 14, 2016  After completion of the Investigation Sally Lynn Pinkerton age 50 of Waterloo has also been arrested and charged with Possession Of Drug paraphernalia.  Kevin Tiefel and Sally Pinkerton were taken to the Fayette County Jail where they will appear before a magistrate.  

On 7/13/16 at 10:44 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a rollover on Q Ave. approximately a ½ mile north of 100TH street, after an investigation it was determined that Ethan Fink, 18 of Maynard was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado truck south on Q Avenue when he entered the west ditch and rolled the truck. Fink was transported to mercy hospital in Oelwein where he was treated for head and neck injuries, the Maynard fire department assisted at the scene along with the Iowa state patrol. The vehicle was considered a total loss Fink was charged with failure to maintain control.

On July 17, 2016, at approximately 3:23 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a male who had been in a fight and refusing to leave the property in the 19000 block of 60th Street; approximately 5 miles northwest of Oelwein. After Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation, Corey Ryan Mitchell, age 29 of Thayer, was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail for Public Intoxication 1st Offense (Simple Misdemeanor).

On July 17, 2016, at approximately 5:26 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch in the 17000 block of Highway 150 approximately 5 miles south of West Union. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Allyson Nicole Baetke, age 18 of Long Grove, was attempting to turn south bound in a Gold 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT,  when she lost control due to weather conditions. No injuries were reported and no damage to the vehicle.

On July 18, 2016, at approximately 1:00 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle at the intersection of P Avenue and 60th Street for a traffic violation; approximately 3 miles north of Oelwein. Upon further investigation, the driver Lloyd Wayne Scott Jr., age 29 of Oelwein, was found to be intoxicated. Scott was arrested and transported to the Fayette County jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense (Serious Misdemeanor). Scott was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 7/13/2016 Paul Kleist with Alliance Pipeline Inc. out of Maquoketa, Iowa presented the Fayette County Sheriff's Office with a $5,000.00 Check. The Sheriff's Office received the funds as part of a grant to help The office buy supplies and equipment to investigate and clean up Clandestine labs found in the county. In 2001 Sheriff Marty Fisher put together a Clandestine Lab team and assigned Chief Deputy James Davis to that unit.  In 2004 The sheriff's office donated a trailer to help carry equipment used with this battle on drugs. Since then, equipment and supplies used to process and properly dispose of lab material  found in the county have become outdated. The lab team is composed of Chief Deputy James Davis as site safety officer, Sgt. Kenneth Aeschliman and Reserve Deputy Mike Foland. Sheriff Marty Fisher stated that the team has disposed of over 200 labs in Fayette County and with the increasing method known as the one pot  process,  updated equipment will help keep the team and citizens safe.

On July 15, 2016 at 3:38 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 150 and 240th Street, north of West Union.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 52 year old Lesa Daniels of Monona was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota, and had crossed Hwy 150, colliding with a 1996 Lexus driven by 27 year old Christine Kerner of Calmar.  Daniels was cited for Failure to Yield to Upon Entering a thru Highway, and Kerner was charged with Driving While Suspended.  Kerner and a passenger were taken to Palmer Hospital by Tri State Ambulance for possible injuries.  Both vehicles are believed to be totaled.  West Union Police Department Assisted at the scene.

On 7-20-16, the Fayette county Sheriff's Office took a report of a suspended person driving,  The vehicle was located and stopped near West Union area.  After Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies conducted an investigation, Tammy Morrison, 38 of Waterloo was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended a Simple Misdemeanor, Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor, and Driving without proof of Insurance, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Morrison was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County jail where she awaits initial appearance.  Charges are still pending.

On 7-21-16, at approximately 7:20 PM, the Fayette County Sherriff's Office  received a 911 call of a domestic assault that had occurred.  After Fayette county Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation, Todd Michael Hannan, 57 of Fairbank was arrested for Aggravated Domestic Assault, Intent to Cause Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  Hannan was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he awaits initial appearance.   

On 7/26/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Gene Daughton, age 52 of Clermont for an outstanding warrant. Daughton was under investigation for an ATV accident where alcohol use was suspected, and after the results came back from the DCI lab, it was determined that Daughton was intoxicated. Charges were filed for operating while intoxicated third offense and a warrant was requested. Third offense operating while intoxicated is a class “D” felony and punishable up to five years in prison.  Daughton also failed to serve seven days in jail from a OWI II conviction last year and was served a warrant to complete that time also.  He is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail.

On July 27, 2016, at approximately 5:40 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a car vs. deer accident on Acorn Road; approximately 3 miles east of Wadena. Upon Further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Scott Douglas McLain, age 55 of Volga, was driving a Black 2003 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 south bound when he struck a deer that was in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damage and no injuries were reported.

 On 7-27-16 A Fayette County Deputy while on patrol observed a male known to have a suspended driver’s license operating a vehicle in the City of Oelwein pulling into the Casey’s parking lot. Upon investigation Michael Miller, 41 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with driving while having a suspended license. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 7-28-16, at approximately 6:15 PM, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an intoxicated person in the street in the Elgin area. After Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation, Kimberly Kaye Henriksen, 53 of Elgin, was arrested for Public Intoxication, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Henriksen was also charged with Introducing Contraband, a Class D Felony.  Henrikson was taken into custody, transported to Fayette County Jail, where she awaits initial appearance. 

On 7 -31-16 at approximately 11:30 PM Fayette County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance taking place in the City of Arlington. Upon Investigation Robert Meyer 48 of Arlington was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse 2nd offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On July 28th, 2016 Fayette County Deputies were called to Highway 93 just West  of the City of Fayette  in reference to a report of a  possible disturbance. Upon arrival Deputies met with Janel Kay Helfter, age 41 of Nashua. Upon making contact Deputies discovered Janel had a valid felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of T.H.C.  out of Barron County Wisconsin. Janel was placed under arrest and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where she awaits extradition.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette Police Department.

On July 31st, 2016 Deputies located and arrested David Weaver, age 48 of rural Randalia on a valid warrant (original charge of trespassing) out of Fayette County. Weaver was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

On 7-24-16 at approx. 9:53 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single vehicle accident on Oak road and 290th. St. Upon further investigation the 16 year old driver of the 1994 Chevy truck was traveling north when he failed to make the curve and entered the north ditch causing the vehicle to come to rest on its passenger side. The vehicle was considered a total loss and no one was injured in the accident.

AUGUST

On 8-2-16 at approx. 1:08 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a driving complaint.  The vehicle was discovered and upon investigation Austin Vagts 25 of Eldorado was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense, driving while license revoked, and interference with official acts. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail On $5000.00 bond.

On 8/2/16 at 12:37 hours the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was call to 9692 Echo Valley Road for a vehicle in the ditch. After an investigation it was determined that a 15 year old male of west Union was driving East in a 2005 Honda Accord when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the vehicle and entered the north ditch. The driver and his 12 year old passenger were transported to Palmer Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 15 year old driver was charged with Failure to Maintain Control the vehicle was considered a total loss. West Union Fire and tri state ambulance assisted at the scene.

On 8-7-16 at approximately 10:33 PM Fayette County Deputies were investigating an incident that occurred on 220th Street west of West Union, which led them to a residence south of West Union.  Upon arrival deputies encountered several persons under the age of 21 who were in possession of alcohol.  18 year old Aaron Swearingen of Westgate, 18 year old Kieran Harrington of West Union, 18 year old Jessica Boess of Hawkeye, and 18 year old McKenzie Kauffman were all cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age of 21.

On 8/7/16 at 10:22 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle on its top on 220th St west of M Ave. An investigation determined that Brett Christopher Hanson 45 of Waucoma was operating a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 westbound on 220th St. when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch and overturned onto its top. Hanson was not injured. The vehicle was considered a total loss. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the West Union Fire Dept. The incident remains under investigation.

On 8-5-16 at 9:19 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Lincoln Road and 240th Street. After an investigation it was determined that a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero that was being driven by a 15 year old traveling west, had stopped at the stop sign and then pulled out into the path of a 1997 Freightliner dump truck that was being driven by Morrie Monroe 41 of Fort Atkinson (south bound). There was mi nor damage to the dump truck and approximately $2000. In damages to the Oldsmobile Alero. There were no injuries reported the 15 year old driver was charged with Failure to yield upon entering the highway.

On 8-8-16, at approximately 5:00 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received all call of Criminal Mischief near the intersection of Hull St. and Wilbur St. Hawkeye IA.  After Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene it was found that an individual had gone into the ditch and damaged a Fiber Optics box, then drove through a yard and hit a clothes line pole, before leaving the scene. Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect vehicle later that evening.  After an investigation, Charles K Hubbs, 66 of Hawkeye, was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor, and failure to Maintain Control, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Hubbs was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance.  Damage to the 2008 GMC Envoy was estimated at $2000. 

On August 9th, 2016 at approximately 9:37 PM, Deputies took a report of a car deer collision on Highway 18, just south of Clermont. Upon arrival, it was found that a silver 2011 Ford Edge, driven by Megan Penney, age 24, of Clermont, struck a deer crossing the road. The vehicle sustained approximately $2000.00 worth of damage from the accident. There were no injuries reported.

Celebrate the End of Summer by Saving Lives

 Summer is coming to an end, and before we know it, school will be starting and Labor Day will be here.  There will be last minute family vacations, shopping trips, and end-of-summer celebrations, which mean more people will be traveling on Iowa roadways.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) warns that some of those drivers may be driving impaired, and that puts anyone who is sharing the roadway with them at a higher risk of being involved in a crash. In an effort to remove these dangerous drivers, there will be a noticeable increase in traffic enforcement across Iowa from August 23 – September 5, 2016.

Almost one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States and Iowa involve drunk drivers.  That means an average of 10,000 people in the United States have died needlessly every year since 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people, nationwide, die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.  During the 2014 (the last year statistics are available) Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage in over five years.

In contrast, the simple act of wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing a driver or passenger can do to protect themselves in a crash.  A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report shows that seat belts save over 13,000 lives per year.  That is more than the population of most Iowa towns, and it only takes approximately four seconds to buckle up.

This Labor Day holiday and every day, buckle up and don’t drive drunk.  Working together, we can help keep people safe on our roads!

 Media contact:  Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.

 

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On August 14, 2016, at approximately 1:54 AM a Fayette County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of White tail Road and W Avenue, approximately 1 mile NW of Waucoma, for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle was Aaron John Heying, age 33 of Waterloo, was found to be intoxicated. Heying was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated First Offense (Serious Misdemeanor). Heying was held awaiting his initial appearance.             

On August 14th, 2016 Deputies were called to the 24,000 block of highway 3 for a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Dean Butterfield, age 68 of Oelwein was traveling westbound in his 2006 Ford Explorer when he stuck a deer that was in the travelled portion of the highway. No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $3,000.00 in damages. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Oran Fire.

On August 12th, 2016 at approximately 1:40 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 30,000 block of P Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival deputies discovered that Justin Linus Kuennen, age 35 of Saint Lucas had burglarized a residence at 30000 block of P Avenue and while perpetrating the burglary was in possession of a loaded firearm, which was determined to be stolen from the residence. It was reported that Kuennen left the property and drove to the City of Saint Lucas where he entered a business establishment with the loaded firearm. Kuennen was later found at his residence and was arrested and charged with; two counts of driving while revoked (simple misdemeanor), possession of a firearm by a felon (D felony), burglary in the first degree (B felony), and interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor). The incident remains under investigation and more charges are pending. Justin is currently in custody at the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a 40,000 cash only bond.

On 8-15-16, at approximately 5:40 PM, Randall Allen Studer, 29 of Oelwein, was arrested for Driving While License Revoked, a Serious  Misdemeanor, and No Proof of Insurance, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Studer was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

On 8/16/16 at 7:47 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call reporting a vehicle that struck a bridge on Cedar Rd at the intersection of Cable Rd. An investigation determined that Jacob Christopher Newman-Dekarske, 22 from Fayette was operating a 2002 Ford Edge eastbound on Bush Rd and failed to negotiate a curve.  The vehicle crossed the roadway and hit a bridge guardrail on the east side  then spun in the roadway and impacted the bridge on the west side. Newman-Dekarske was transported to Palmer Hospital by Tri State Ambulance for minor injuries. The vehicle was considered a total loss. Newman-Dekarske was cited for fail to maintain control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Wadena Fire Dept and First Responders.

On August 16, 2016, at approximately 1:58 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a vehicle driving in a cornfield in the 9000 block of Filmore Road, approximately 2 miles east of West Union. After further investigation, Deputies determined that Daniel Francisco Lopez, age 22 of Rochester, MN, was driving a Blue 1998 Dodge Dakota Sport west bound when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle sustained minimal damage and no injuries were reported. Lopez was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

August 16, 2016 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant on Kyley James Carpenter age 43 of West Union for Probation Violation (Original Charge Child Endangerment ) he is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail without bond.

On August 17, 2016 Harry Edward Schultz JR. age 35 of Oelwein was arrested by Johnson County Authorities on a Fayette County Warrant for possession of a controlled substance 3rd or subsequence offense he is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $25,000.00 bond.

On 8/17/2016 at 11:08 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an armed robbery at Charley’s Quick Shop in Arlington, Iowa. Once deputies arrived there learned that a white male about 5’ 9” wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black mask covering his face, dark jeans and dark shoes displayed a knife to the store clerk and demanded money. The suspect took cash and several packs of cigarettes and fled the store. The clerk reports the suspect then drove off in a newer white Cadillac escalade and drove south out of town on Hwy 187. Deputies did recover several items linked to the robbery on the roadway south on Hwy187. The Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has information about this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 563-422-6067 Ext 0.

On 8-19-2016 at approx. 11:51 PM Fayette County Deputies were called to Echo Valley Speedway for a disturbance. While dealing with the disturbance, a male identified as Loyd Williams III was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 2nd offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 8/21/16 at 8:36 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on R Ave south of 80th St. An investigation determined that Jonny Wayne McKenzie from Cedar Falls was operating a 2003 Ford Ranger northbound on R Ave when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $3500 damage. McKenzie was not injured.

On August 20, 2016 at approximately 1:22 AM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a disturbance in Clermont.  Upon investigation 29 year old David Lee Kleppe of Ossian was arrested and charged with 2nd Offense Public Intoxication.  Kleppe was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held overnight.  Additional charges are pending regarding damage Kleppe caused to a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. 

On August 21, 2016 at approximately 2:55 AM a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 150 north of Oelwein.  Upon investigation it was determined the driver, 19 year old Austin Dean Peters of Maynard, had been consuming alcohol.  Peters was transported to the Oelwein Police Department for .02 violation processing, which resulted in a 90-day revocation of his driving privileges.  Peters was released that night. 

On August 20th, 2016 at approximately 8:15 AM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the 24000 block of 100th Street. Upon arrival, it was found that Lori Jane Patrick, age 52, of West Union was driving a red 2006 Ford Explorer east bound on 100th Street when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the ditch on the north side of the road. The vehicle sustained approximately $1500.00 damage. Patrick was transported by ambulance to Palmer Lutheran Hospital and treated for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

On 8/15/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s completed an investigation of a sex offender who is living in Oelwein who had been providing day care for two families. The investigation had found that Amber Spring Limkemann, age 29 of Oelwein had provided day care services on several occasions and she failed to register that employment with the state sex offender registry. On 8/19/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant and arrested Limkemann on a warrant for violation of sex offender registry second offence at her residence. She was transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office and held on a $5,000.00 bond. The Department of Human service were called in to evaluate the families given care by Limkemann. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be filed at a later date.

On August 23, 2016, at approximately 12:29 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle in the ditch on 245th Street just west of Rose Road; approximately 5 miles north of Hawkeye. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Daniel Edward Mueller, age 47 of Alpha, was driving a White 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL 4Door west bound when he swerved to miss a deer that was in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle rolled and sustained approximately $2000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

On 8/19/2016 at 7:24 P.M. the West Union Residential Facility reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a Ryan James Smith, age 23 had escaped out the back door of the facility and was on foot in the West Union Area. Smith who was in facility for drug charges was also being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office on new drug related charges.  Later that evening the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen vehicle just outside of West Union on 220th Street and Smith was a suspect, later another stolen vehicle was reported in the city of Hawkeye and while investigating that the first vehicle stolen was located. Video surveillance was obtained from the Hawkeye business were the vehicle was stolen and it showed Smith entering the vehicle. On 8/20/2016 the Tripoli Police reported they had recovered the stolen vehicle from Hawkeye.

On 8/20/2016 at 8:10 P.M. Smith was found in a residence in Elgin and placed into custody without incident. Smith was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, both aggravated Misdemeanor and Escape from a correctional facility a class “D” Felony.    

On 7-21-16 at approx. 9:09 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Kornhill Rd and Grannis Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the 1997 Ford pickup Cody L. Schmidtke 31 of Fayette was traveling west when he lost control of his vehicle and went into the ditch and rolled the pickup which came to rest on its top. Schmidtke had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life. Once he was freed from the wrecked vehicle he was air lifted to Allen Hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette Police, fire and Ambulance services, the Iowa State Patrol, Wadena fire and first responders, and Life guard air ambulance from Cedar Rapids. Schmidtke was charged with operating while intoxicated first offense.

On 8-28-16 at approx. 10:12 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disturbance taking place in the City of Hawkeye. Upon investigation Brian Coonradt, 52 of Hawkeye was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 8-27-16 at approx. 10:46 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a fight in the city of Westgate. Upon further investigation Anthony W. Gile 23 of Waterloo was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Disorderly conduct and was held awaiting his initial appearance. A check also revealed that Logan J. Bunn  30 of Maynard who was present, had an arrest warrant issued for him from Blackhawk County for failure to serve jail time as he was ordered to serve 7 days in jail and he had not served it yet. The original charge was driving while barred. Bunn was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and was later released to Blackhawk County.  

On August 27, 2016 at 6:33 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident on Juniper Road near 292nd Street.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that a 17 year old juvenile female was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Juniper Road, and attempted to pass another vehicle.  The juvenile lost control and rolled into the ditch several times.  She was transported to Palmer Hospital and treated for injuries.  The vehicle was totaled and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Ossian Fire Department.  The juvenile was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

On 8-30-16, Ethan John Rickels, 41 of Anamosa, was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Rickels was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaited an initial appearance. 

On August 31st, 2016 Abby Claire Green age, 18 of Waterloo was arrested on a valid Fayette County Warrant for Theft in the 5th degree (simple misdemeanor). Green was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held on a $750.00 dollar bond. Fayette County was assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.


September

*******The Civil Office at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office will be closed on Thursday September 15 and Friday September 16 due to building maintenance. We will resume normal business hours on Monday September 19. *******

 

On September 3, 2016 at 4:18PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a male subject who flipped his kayak on the Turkey River north of Gilbertson Park, and had gone unconscious.  When Deputies and emergency responder’s arrived, they had to hike thru the recently flooded woods and trails north of Gilbertson park for over a half mile in order to reach the patient who was stranded on an island on the river.  The patient was identified as 27 year old Alvin Colson of Platteville, Wisconsin.  It was learned after investigation, that Colson was kayaking with his family when he became lodged against a tree and was flipped over, hitting his head on rocks.  Air-care out of Waterloo was contacted and they landed near the scene due to the seriousness of the injury.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Elgin Fire Department and Tri-State Ambulance.

On September 3, 2016 at 6:06PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Harding Road, north of Clermont.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 62 year old Larry Nading of Elgin was travelling southbound on Harding Road when he failed to negotiate a curve.  Nading lost control and went into the ditch on his 2002 Harley Davidson, eventually being thrown from the bike.  Nading was transported to Palmer Hospital, and then flown to LaCrosse by MedLink Air.  The Harley Davidson was believed to be totaled.  Charges are pending and this incident remains under investigation.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Clermont Fire and Ambulance, and TriState Ambulance.

On September 3, 2016 at approximately 03:00am a Fayette County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a Silver 2009 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation, approximately 2 miles east of Maynard. Upon further investigation, Kenndon James Recker, age 23 of Stanley, was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor), and Open Container (Simple Misdemeanor). He was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he received an initial appearance, and was later released on a $2000 unsecured appearance bond.

On 9-4-16, at approximately 8:45 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 of a car deer accident near the intersection of Hwy 18 and P Avenue, just outside of Hawkeye.  When Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Donald Leroy Butikofer, 62 of Waucoma, was eastbound on Hwy 18, when a deer came into the roadway striking the vehicle.  No injuries were sustained and damage to the 2008 Pontiac Torrent was estimated at $4000. 

On 9-4-16, at approximately 4;15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a personal injury motorcycle accident near the intersection of Kornhill Rd and G Avenue.  When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene it was found that John Joseph Kommelter, 66 of Waterloo was, southbound on G Avenue when a dog came out into the roadway, causing a collision.  Kommelter sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to Palmer Emergency Room in West Union.  Damage to the 2008 Harley Davidson was estimated at $5000. 

On 9/7/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office conducted a search of a residence in West Union and recovered items from recent burglaries. Deputies arrested Wanda Lee Teidt, age 59 of West Union for two counts of Burglary in the third degree, both class "D"  Felonies, two counts of criminal trespassing, simple misdemeanors and two counts of theft in the fourth degree serious misdemeanor. After the search of Tiedt's residence she was placed under arrest and taken to the Fayette County Jail where she admitted to investigators to those burglaries. She is still a suspect in other crimes and this case remains open and more charges could be filed at a later date. Teidt was released later in the day to Pre-Trial Services by the courts.

On 9/8/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a person dumping items out of a vehicle on Spruce Road up by St. Lucas. Deputies then found that Wanda Lee Tiedt, age 59 of West Union was the person dumping the items. Deputies learned that when Tiedt was arrested on 7th for burglaries she was released, she then returned to her residence and took other stolen items from the residence and was attempting to return them to a place she burglarized when she was seen by a neighbor. Tiedt then threw the item out of the vehicle and drove off. Tiedt was found and arrested for littering and possession of stolen property, Theft in the fourth degree. She was then transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged.

On 9/12/2016 at 4:06 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of J Ave and 250th Street just north of West Union. Once deputies arrived they learned that Jerry L Erickson, age 63 of West Union had stopped at the stop sign and then pulling out into the path of a vehicle driven by Wayne P Holdeman, age 60 of Hawkeye. No injuries were reported but both vehicle were considered a total loss. Erickson was cited for failure to yield upon entering a roadway. The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the West Union Fire Department.

On September 8th, 2016 Deputies were called to the intersection of Highway 3 and 187 in reference to single vehicle accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Gerald Luckeroth age, 90 of Oelwein was traveling Westbound on Highway 3 when he drove straight through the round-about intersection in his 2010 Dodge Caravan. Luckeroth struck two traffic signs and sustained approximately $1,500.00 in damages to his vehicle. No injuries were reported. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Strawberry Point Police Department, Strawberry Point EMS, and Strawberry Point Fire. The accident remains under investigation.

On 9/11/16 at 6:19 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch and  on its top at the entrance to Echo Valley Park. An investigation determined that Matthew Steven Point from Fayette was operating a 2007 Hyundai  Sonata eastbound on Echo Valley Rd when he lost control. The vehicle entered the east ditch and overturned onto the top. Point was not injured and the vehicle was considered a total loss. Point was cited for fail to maintain control .

In the early morning hours of September 12 the Waukon Police Department conducted a search warrant at 4 Lyle Dr in Waukon. The search was a result of recent break ins and thefts from vending machines in Waukon. The suspect was caught by a Waukon police officer while breaking into a pop machine on September 11. During the search, items related to the investigation were located along with drug paraphernalia. 29-year old Mitchell Halverson of Waukon was arrested and charged with criminal mischief third degree (aggravated misdemeanor), theft fifth degree (simple misdemeanor), interference with official acts, possession of burglar tools (aggravated misdemeanor), and possession of drug. The breaking and entry incidents remain under investigation and further charges are pending. The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office K-9 assisted at the scene. 

On 9-17-16 at approximately 1:30 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a car for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Clayton Ladsten, 18 of Sioux City was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance. 

 On September 16, 2016 at approximately 12:19 AM a Fayette County Sheriff's deputy responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway 3 east of Oelwein.  Upon investigation it was determined the juvenile driver of a 2005 Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch on Highway 3.   A possible minor injury was reported and the Honda Civic sustained approximately $3,000 damage.  The juvenile driver was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and No Valid Driver's License.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department. 

On September 18, 2016, at approximately 2:00 am a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for excessive speed on Y Avenue and Hwy 3; approximately 1 mile north of Oran. Upon further investigation it was determined that three of the passengers in the vehicle were in the possession of an alcoholic beverage’s and Jade Victoria Wells, age 18 of Washington, was cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age; Mitchell Franklin Evens, age 19 of Independence, was cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age; and a minor, age 17 of Independence, was cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age and referred to the Juvenile Court.

On 9-21-16 at approx. 9:33 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a tree on the road in the 14000 blk of 240th St. While deputies and the county conservation were responding to remove the tree Trent B. Woltzen  26 of West Union was driving east on 240th St when he was unable to see the tree do to the high winds and heavy rain. Woltzen's 2006 Chevy truck sustained approx. $3000.00 dollars damage. A short time later Jason J. Cannon 34 of Hawkeye was traveling east when he was also unable to see the tree in the roadway and ran over it causing approx. $8000.00 dollars damage to his 2006 dodge truck.  No one was injured in either one of the accidents and the tree was removed from the roadway. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette County Conservation and nearby residents.

On 9-23-16 at approx. 7:59 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a driving complaint in the city of Wadena. Upon further investigation it was found the driver of the vehicle Jeffery W. Johanningmeier 52 of Wadena driver’s license was suspended and he was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with driving while suspended. Johanningmeier was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 9/26/16 at 8:24 Pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office charged Lloyd Wayne Scott Jr age 29 from Oelwein with public intoxication after he arrived at the Fayette County Jail to serve a 48 hour jail  sentence as ordered by the court for operating while intoxicated.  Scott was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On September 17th, 2016 at approximately 3:29 p.m. Deputies received information of a suspended driver traveling from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies initiated a traffic stop at the 20,000 block of highway 150. Daryl Wilkins, age 35 of Decorah was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended a simple misdemeanor.

On September 21, 2016, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office transported Teresa Marie Husted, age 33 of Van Wert, from Osceola to the Fayette County Jail on a Failure to Appear on a Probation Violation Warrant. Husted awaits an initial appearance and has a bond set at $5000 cash or surety.

On September 25th, 2016 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Deputies responded to a car vs. deer accident at the 18000 block of Lincoln Road. Upon arrival it was discovered that Rose Wescott age, 67 of Wadena was traveling Northbound in her 2010 Dodge Journey when she stuck the deer. No injuries were reported and the 2010 Dodge Journey sustained approximately $3,500.00 in damages.

On September 25th, 2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Deputies responded to a car vs. deer accident at the 17000 block of O Avenue. Upon arrival it was discovered that Heather Henry age, 25 of West Union was traveling Northbound on O Avenue when she struck a deer with her 2015 Nissan Sentra. No injuries were reported and the Sentra sustained approximately $3,500.00 in damages.

On 9/26/16 at 7:41 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Golden Rd west of Hazel Rd. An investigation determined that Melissa Jolien Schupbach from Elgin was operating a 1997 Dodge Dakota eastbound on Golden Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. Schupbach and a passenger were not injured.

On 9/27/16 at 9:14 Pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 150 north of 60th St. an investigation determined that Cheryl Lynette Rummel from Maynard was operating a 2012 Chrysler Town and County van northbound on Hwy 150 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck, There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Rummel and a passenger were not injured.

On 9-25-16 following an investigation Manish Jah, 19 Elgin was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail awaiting his initial appearance.

   On 9/27/16 at 3:24 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 18 and T Ave. an investigation determined that Keith Eugene Reese, 39 from Owatonna MN was westbound on Hwy 18, Reese was operating a 2007 Dodge Ram towing an enclosed trailer. Reese was slowing down and attempting to make a left turn on T Ave. A 2016 Ford F150 operated by Michael Lee Johnson Jr, 38 from Tripoli was also westbound and failed to see the vehicle ahead attempting a left turn. Johnson attempted to pass in the intersection and ran into the back of the enclosed trailer. The Johnson vehicle sustained an estimated $7500 damage. The Reese vehicle and trailer sustained an estimated 10,000 damage. No one was injured, The incident remains under investigation.

OCTOBER

On October 1, 2016, at approximately 2:29 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Railroad Street and Main Street in Elgin for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation, the Deputy found that Charlene Joyce Guyer, age 34 of Elgin, was found to be intoxicated. Guyer was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Harassment of Public Official (Simple Misdemeanor). Guyer was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she received an initial appearance and was released on a $2000 unsecured bond.

On 10/1/16 at 4:29 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an erratic driver  in the city of Hawkeye. A Deputy located the vehicle and made contact with Ronald Lee Kuennen from Hawkeye. After an investigation Kuennen was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating while intoxicated 2nd Offense and driving while license suspended.  Kuennen was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate .

On October 1, 2016 at approximately 3:41 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a vehicle in the ditch and on fire at the intersection of Granite Road and Iris Road.  No one was in the vehicle, or in the area when a Fayette County Deputy arrived on scene.   Through investigation the vehicle was identified as a red 1991 Ford Bronco.  The investigation later revealed that 21 year old Daryl John Sawyer of Clermont was driving the vehicle when it entered the ditch.  He was not injured in the accident and was the only one in the vehicle.  His vehicle was a total loss.  Sawyer was charged with Wreckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Control.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ossian Fire Department and Tri State Ambulance Service. 

   On October 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Semi Rollover accident on Hwy. 187 south of Arlington.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 45 year old Scott Childers of Waucoma was driving a 2017 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer belonging to Livestock Express out of Waucoma.  The semi was loaded with hogs driving southbound on Hwy. 187 when he went onto the shoulder too far and lost control of the semi, rolling it onto its side in the ditch.  It was estimated that about 60 of the 200 hogs were deceased as a result of the crash.  Childers was not injured but was transported to Palmer Hospital to be checked out.  The 2017 Kenworth Semi and Trailer were believed to be totaled.  Childers was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Arlington Fire Department, Arlington Ambulance, Department of Natural Resources, and numerous neighbors in the area who came to help with the hogs.

On 10/3/2016 at 7:53 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Great River Road and L Avenue. After an investigation it was determined that Kelly Luzum 47 of Fort Atkinson was traveling East in a 2011 Buick Enclave when she was struck by a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by Gary Kueker 47 of West Union. There were no injuries reported. The Luzum vehicle sustained approximately $5000 in damages while the Kueker vehicle sustained approximately $3500 in damages. Kueker was charged with Failure to Yield Upon making a left hand turn.

On 10/6/16 at 2:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested Shaquille Isaiah Christopher age  23  at 18569 Lane Rd Fayette. Christopher was arrested on a Black Hawk County warrant for probation violation.  Christopher was transported to the Fayette County Jail and later released to the custody of the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.  

On October 7, 2016 at approximately 10:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 150 just north of 165th Street; approximately 1 mile north of Fayette. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Sara Rebecca Lorrne Torgerson, age 36 of Woodbury, MN, was driving a Gray 2011 Toyota Camry south bound when she struck a deer in the traveled portion of the roadway. No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damage.

  On October 8, 2016 at approximately 10:46 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a single vehicle rollover accident on 40th Street at the Wapsipinicon bridge.  Upon investigation it was determined 18 year old Mason Joseph Meyer of Strawberry point was driving a Pontiac Bonneville west on 40th Street at a very high rate of speed.  Meyer lost control of his vehicle, which struck the Wapsipinicon River bridge, propelled over the bridge and came to rest in the river.  Meyer and a juvenile passenger were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The vehicle Meyer was driving was a total loss.  Alcohol likely played a role in the accident, which remains under investigation, and several charges are pending.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oran Fire Department and First Responders, Fairbank Ambulance, Mercy Ambulance, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and Fairbank Police Department.

  On 10/11/2016 at 6:13 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle accident on Cedar Road approximately ½ of a mile north of Fillmore Road. Deputies determined that Larry Lee Seurer 38 of Wadena was driving north on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he lost control and was thrown into the west ditch. Seurer was transported by Tri State Ambulance to Palmer Hospital and later flown to Lacrosse with life-threatening injuries. Seurer was not wearing a helmet. There was approximately $ 4500 to the motorcycle, the incident remains under investigation.  On 10/14/16 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified that Larry Seurer had died from injuries sustained in the accident.

On 10/9/16 at 8:18 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a cow on W Ave south of 40th St. An investigation determined that Mark Thomas Ackley from Fredericksburg was operating a 2011 Nissan Armada northbound on W Ave when an angus cow entered the roadway and was struck. There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. Ackley was not injured.

On 10-15-16 at approx. 12:45 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a fight taking place in the City of Westgate at the Westgate Bank, Upon investigation Roby Winterink, 48 of Charles City was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Fayette county jail awaiting his initial appearance.

On 10/15/2016 at 07:46 hours the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident on Lincoln Road just north of 175th street. After an investigation it was determined that Allison Phillips 30 of West Union was driving south bound in a 2007 Chevrolet HHR when she slowed down for deer that were crossing the roadway. A 2006 Cadillac DTS driven by  Kyle Madden 27 of Oxford also south bound was not able to stop and rear ended the Phillips vehicle. There were no injuries reported, the Phillips vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damages and the Madden vehicle approximately $4000 the incident remains under investigation.

On 10/16/16 at 6:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of David John Perry age 51 from Hazleton form the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.  Fayette County had a valid arrest warrant for Perry for 1st degree theft. Perry was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $5000 cash bond.

On 10/10/16 at 5:30 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Niall Sean Lewis age 25 from Cedar Rapids from the Linn County Sheriff’s office. Lewis had a valid arrest warrant out of Fayette County for 3rd degree  Sexual Abuse. Lewis was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $15,000 cash bond.

On 10/16/16 at 2:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Dean Meyer  age 48 from Garnavillo, IA. Fayette County had a valid arrest warrant for violation of a domestic abuse no contact order. Meyer was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $1000 cash bond. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office assisted Fayette County with the arrest.

On 10/10/16 at 9:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested  Matthew Tully Schoeneck age 27 from Prairie Du Chein, Wi.  Fayette County had a valid arrest warrant for parole violation. Schoeneck was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held without bond .

On 10/16/16 at 6:45 PM a Fayette County Deputy conducted a traffic stop approx. two miles west of West Union on Hwy 18 for a traffic infraction. Upon making contact with the driver, Joshua Joel Gyorko  age 38 from Hawkeye it was determined that he was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Gyorko was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with driving while license revoked and held pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On October 17, 2016, at approximately 12:00 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a car vs. deer accident on N Avenue just south of 150th Street; approximately 3 miles west of Fayette. Upon Further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Wilma E Miller, age 46 of Maynard, was Driving a Black 2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4Door south bound when she struck a deer that was in the traveled portion of the roadway. The vehicle sustained approximately $750 in damage and no injuries were reported.

On 10/17/16 at 7:49 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took several 911 calls reporting a fight on Union ST in Clermont.  When Deputy’s arrived on scene and conducted an investigation it was determined that Mark Wayne Gingerich age 57 from Clermont had trespassed onto private property and started an altercation with another male. Gingerich was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Both subjects sustained minor injuries and both refused medical treatment.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Clermont Ambulance.

After a long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff's office arrested and charged 25 year-Old Niall S. Lewis of Cedar Rapids with sex abuse in the third degree, a class D Felony. Over the summer Niall lured a 14 year old female he had met on the internet to various locations and performed a sex act upon her. The investigation lead investigators as far as Cedar Rapids where evidence was collected and was turned over to the Cedar Rapids Police for further investigation. Niall Lewis was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail where he has a $15,000.00 cash bond. Lewis used social media to find underage victims and arranged meetings with them. This case remains open and more victims and charges could be filed at a later date.

After a week long investigation the Fayette County Sheriff’s office filed charges on Manish Jha, age 19 of Elgin for Forgery. Charges were filed with the courts on one count of Forgery a class D felony of which they issued Jha a summons to appear. If convicted Jha could face 5 years in prison and deportation from the united states. He is now in the states on a school Visa.

On 10-23-16 at approx. 6:00 AM The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle rollover accident on Highway 187 near C Ave. Upon investigation it was discovered a juvenile male driver lost control of his vehicle and entered the ditch causing the vehicle to roll over several times. The driver sustained injuries and was air lifted from the scene. The vehicle is considered a total loss. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Arlington Ambulance, Arlington Fire Dept. and Air Care out of Waterloo.  The accident remains under investigation.

On 10/24/16 at 7:19 PM Joshua Craig Schroeder age 36 from West Union turned himself in to the Fayette County Jail. Schroeder had a valid arrest warrant for fail to appear in a custody case. Schroeder posted bond and was released to appear in court at a later date.

On 10/24/16 at 7:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Nature Rd east of Oak Rd. An investigation determined that Trevor James Teslow from West Union was operating a 1994 Chevrolet C1500 eastbound on Nature Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $2000 damage.  Teslow and a passenger were not injured.  

On 10/24/16 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office transported Gregory Allen Peck age  29 from the Black Hawk County Jail to the Fayette County Jail. Peck had a valid arrest warrant for fail to appear on a criminal mischief charge. Peck was held in the Fayette County Jail on $750.00 bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On October 25, 2016,  Brett Allen Moritz, age 47 of Vinton was arrested by Vinton Police Department and was later transported to the Fayette County Jail from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office due to Moritz having three Fayette County Warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order (Simple Misdemeanor). Moritz has two no bond holds and a $9999.99 cash only bond. Moritz awaits an initial appearance.

On 10/26/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a 911 report of a two vehicle accident located at the intersection of Hwy3 and V-68.  Once deputies arrived they had found a white 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Nathan Ivan Gebel, age 39 of Lansing had failed to yield to a 2001 Chevy Pick Up truck driven by Steven Dale Chase, age 58 of Waterloo. Once the vehicles collided they ended up in the south east ditch. Gebel and his passenger Leonard William Graves Jr., age 66 of Decorah were transported by ambulance to Sumner Memorial Hospital for their non-life threatening injuries. Chase and his two passengers, Jerry Lee Derifield, age 40 of Waterloo and David Scott Chase, age 56 of Waterloo were transported to Oelwein Hospital and Steven Chase was taken to Allen Hospital in Waterloo, with non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Orin and Fairbank Fire Departments, Oelwein and Oran Ambulance services and the Iowa State Patrol. Gebel will be cited for failure to yield to a vehicle on the right.  

On 10/26/2016 The Fayette County Sheriff's office completed an investigation on Jordan Nichole Nehl, age 28 of Maynard for stealing checks from numerous victims and forging those check in various locations. Nehl had took the checks and cashed them for cash, and numerous other items in a large area. The amount of loss to all the victims totaled over $3,000.00 and the criminal conduct was over a month in time. Nehl was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class "B" felony and if convicted could face up to 25 years in prison. This is an ongoing investigation and more victims and amount of money lost could increase. Nehl was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail where she remains on a $5,000.00 bond.

On 10-27-16 at approx.10:28 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an underage party East of West Union on Echo Valley Rd. Upon deputies arrival an underage party was located. Five Juveniles were referred to the Juvenile Courts Office and the juveniles were released to their parents.

On 10/28/16 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a driving complaint in the city of Westgate. A Deputy located a vehicle matching the description and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of 100th St and Town Rd. As a result from the traffic stop, Justin Douglas Pattison age 33 from Sumner was arrested. Pattison was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Driving while license barred and improper use of registration. Pattison was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

An inmate at the Fayette County Jail died Monday October 31, 2016. Inmate 39 year old Mathew Thomas Braun of Rural Fayette was found unconscious by correctional staff in the inmate shower and changing room area of the jail at approx.. 9:46 pm. Correctional Staff and Medical services employed emergency medical protocols but were unable to revive him. Inmate Braun was pronounced dead by the Fayette County medical examiner.  Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher says “the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature and there is no indication of foul play; however, a determination into the cause of his death is still under investigation.” An autopsy has been scheduled. The investigation is being conducted with the assistance from the Fayette County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State Of Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office and the DCI has also been contacted. Mr. Braun was being held in the Fayette County Jail awaiting trial on 1st degree murder charge stemming from his arrest on September 17, 2012 after it was alleged that he had beat a fellow resident at Prairie View Residential Care Facility and the resident died from his injuries sustained in said beating.  

On 11/2/2016 at 10:14 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to 602 Union Street in Clermont in regards to a suspicious person / vehicle. After an investigation Mark Wayne Gingerich was arrested and charged with trespassing, Driving while revoked and no insurance. Gingerich was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

NOVEMBER

On 11-4-16, at approximately 8:25 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a personal vehicle roll-over accident just south of Hwy 187 and 90th St. Arlington IA. When Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene it was found that driver of the 2001 Ford Ranger, had left the scene.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office later made contact with the driver, William W Kobelt, 31 of West Union.  After an investigation,  Kobelt was taken into custody for Driving while License Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and Failure to Maintain Control, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Damage to the 2001 Ford Ranger was estimated at $5,000.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Arlington Fire. 

On November 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus on Harding Road at the intersection of Garden Road.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that a 2016 Valley CSD School bus driven by 77 year old Harold Hanson of Elgin was driving eastbound on Harding Road, when he approached a 2012 Ford Edge driven by 25 year old Krista Lane of Randalia, who was slowing down to make a turn onto Garden Road.  The school bus then collided with the passenger vehicle.  There were no injuries reported and it is estimated to be $2000 damage to Lane’s Ford Edge, and approximately $1000 damage to the school bus.  Hanson was charged with Following Too Closely.

On November 5, 2016, at approximately 4:26am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Car vs. Deer accident in the 28,000 block of Highway 150; approximately 1 mile north of Eldorado. Upon Further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Karen Elizabeth Baumler, age 33 of West Union, was driving a Silver 2010 GMC Acadia north bound when she struck a deer that was in the traveled portion of the roadway. Vehicle sustained approximately $3000.00 damage and no injuries were reported.

On 11-09-16 at approx. 10:25 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on Hwy 150 near 130th St South of Fayette. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle Jacob A. Ray 23 of Kalona driver’s license was suspended in Iowa. Ray was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with speeding, and two counts of driving while suspended. Ray was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 11-11-16 at approx. 1215 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a car vs cow accident on Highway 18 west of West Union.  Upon investigation it was determined that Steven Peters 59 of rural Elgin was travelling eastbound in his 2004 Ford Taurus when he struck a cow that was standing in the roadway.   Steven had to be mechanically extricated from the vehicle. He sustained injuries and was transported by Tri State Ambulance from the scene. The vehicle was considered a total loss and the cow was killed in the accident. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hawkeye Fire Department, Hawkeye First Responders, Tri State Ambulance and Med link Air. This incident remains under investigation.  

On November 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on the Northeast side of Waucoma in reference to a female that was intoxicated and sitting on the road.  When Deputies arrived, it was learned that 20 year old Kyle Alissa Guess of Waucoma was intoxicated and causing a scene in the neighborhood.  Guess was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct, both Simple Misdemeanor’s.  She was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 11/13/16 at 3:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on F Ave south of 60th St. An investigation determined that Abby Claire Green age 18 from Oelwein was operating a 2004 Honda Civic southbound on F Ave when she lost control and entered the west ditch and overturned onto the driver’s side, There was an estimated $1000 damage to the vehicle. Green was not injured and was cited for fail to maintain control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Arlington Fire Dept.

On 11/11/16 at 8:32 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck deer on G Ave south of 80th St. An investigation determined that Darrel Dean Everly from Elgin was operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on G Ave when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $2000 damage. Everly was not injured.

  On 11/10/16 at 5:46 PM Fayette County Deputy’s responded to a report of a vehicle that hit a tractor on 90th St west of D Ave.  An investigation determined that Derek Jerome Loomis from Denver, IA was operating a Massey Ferguson 1805  tractor with an attached trencher eastbound on 90th St.  A 2017 Ford Escape also eastbound on 90th St,  operated by Kevin Edward Blume, 34 from Maynard crested a hill and could not avoid striking the rear of the tractor. There was an estimated $10,000 damage to the tractor. The Ford Escape was considered a total loss. Loomis was cited for driving while license suspended.  No one was injured and the accident remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Arlington Fire Dept and Ambulance.

 On 11-14-16, Scott Anthony Franzen, age 39 of St. Lucas, plead guilty to 2 Felony Sexual Abuse Charges.   Charges stem from a Fayette County Investigation from 2015.  Franzen was charged with Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree, a Class C Forcible Felony and a 2nd count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a Class C Felony.  Franzen was taken into custody at the Fayette County Courthouse on 11-14-16, after pleading guilty, and is currently being held at Fayette County Jail awaiting his sentencing in six weeks. .  Franzen could face up to 20 years in prison. 

Between 11/10 and 11/12/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office made multiple  arrests on wanted subjects in Fayette County. Arrested were, Lloyd Wayne Scott Jr, 29 of Oelwein FTA on a charge of OWI,  Jeffrey Steffen 38 of  Sumner for Failure to complete court ordered classes and  Jordan Nehl, 27 of Maynard on a Buchanan County Forgery and theft 5th warrants. All subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail to await an initial appearance in court. 

 

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