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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                                                                                                                                              

  

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. 

On November 17, 2016 at approximately 10:39 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to The Bank Bar & Grill in Westgate to investigate a report of underage persons being served alcohol at the establishment.  Upon investigation 19 year old Ethan Steinbronn of Westgate was cited for Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age.  The bar tender, 32 year old Jennifer Cavnar of Westgate was cited for Employee—Supplying Alcohol to Person Under Legal Age.  The incident was also referred to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, who controls the establishment’s liquor license.

On 11/19/16 at 4:58 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Cedar Rd north of 147th St. An investigation determined that Jillian Lee Miller 33 from Elgin was operating a 2010 Ford Flex southbound on Cedar Rd when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $2500 damage. Miller and 4 passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

On 11/15/16 at 5:17 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer at R Ave and 45th St. An investigation determined that Steven Richard Potratz, 64 from Westgate  was operating a 2006 Dodge Durango northbound on R Ave when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing an estimated $4500 damage to the vehicle. Potratz and a passenger were not injured.

On 11-18-16 at approx. 9:17 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy served an arrest warrant on Nathan A. McDowell 21 of Rowley. Clayton County had issued an arrest warrant for McDowell for violation of his probation and there was no bond on the warrant.  McDowell was later released to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

On November 21, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in Maynard on 2nd Street North.  After an investigation, Jacob Alan Baker, age 23 of Maynard, was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault causing Bodily Injury (Serious Misdemeanor). Baker was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance.

On November 20, 2016, at approximately 11:30pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault in progress in Arlington. Once Deputies arrived on scene and conducted an investigation and learned that the assault was over money exchange.  Deputies learned that Barbara Bernadette Swaggerty, age 50 of Oelwein, Swaggerty who was demanding more money would not leave the residence and when the home owner called the Sheriff’s Office, she assaulted him and fled the area.  Further investigation and statements showed that Swaggerty was soliciting money for payment of sexual acts. Swaggerty was then arrested on 11/22/2016 on a warrant for Assault causing Bodily Injury (Serious Misdemeanor); and charged with Trespassing (Serious Misdemeanor) and Obstruction of Emergency Communications (Simple Misdemeanor). Swaggerty was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she awaits an initial appearance. This incident remains under investigation and more charges are likely going to be filed.

On 11-27-16 the Fayette County Sheriff’s office took a report of a car vs deer accident in the 27000 block of Harding road. Upon investigation Travis Rovang of West Union  was travelling in his 2013 Chevy Malibu when a deer entered the roadway and was struck causing approx. $2500 worth of damage.

On 11-24-16, at approximately 12:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a domestic disturbance on 4th St. NW in Waucoma.  After a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Bern Daniel Larsen, 30 of Waucoma, was arrested for Domestic Assault. Larsen was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits initial appearance. 

Joshua James Levendusky age 34 of Oelwein turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. He was wanted for failure to appear on Municipal Infraction Violation of Nuisance abatement – (Junk Vehicle) he is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $300.00 bond.

On November 29th, 2016 at approximately 9:35 PM Fayette County Deputies were called to the 4,000 block of Highway 3 in reference to a semi vs. cow accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Victor Reicks age 39, of rural Waucoma was traveling Eastbound when he struck a cow, which was in the traveled portion of the highway. No injuries were reported and the Freightliner Semi sustained approximately 6,500.00 in damages. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Stanley Fire Department.

On 11/28/16 at 7:55 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that hit a cow on 210th St west of Hawkeye. An investigation determined that Meranda May Larson, 24 of Hawkeye was operating a 2001 Ford Focus west bound on 210th St when she struck a cow in the traveled portion of the roadway. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. Larson and two passengers were not injured.

DECEMBER

On December 1, 2016 at approximately 11:37 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car vs horse accident at County Road W51 and Diamond Road.  22 year old Wyatt Guyer was traveling south on County Road W51 in a 2001 Dodge Ram truck when he came upon a horse in the roadway.  Guyer’s vehicle struck the horse causing approximately $8,000 damage.  No injuries were reported.

On December 4, 2016 at approximately 5:55 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 reporting a single vehicle accident in the area of 110th Street on Highway 150.  Upon investigation it was determined 20 year old Sarah Wallace of Waterloo was traveling north on Highway 150 when, due to weather conditions, lost control of her Buick van and entered the east ditch.  Wallace’s vehicle briefly went airborne over a box culvert and came to rest in a creek bed.  Wallace was transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union and treated for injuries.  Her vehicle is believed to be a total loss.  Fayette Ambulance, Fayette Fire Department and First Responders assisted with the accident.

On December 4, 2016, at approximately 2:08 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of harassment on Juniper Road. After further investigation, Sheriff’s Deputies were able to make contact with the suspect James Steven Koester, age 53 of West Union. During the investigation, Koester was found to be intoxicated. Koester was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor). Koester was  transported to the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance.

On December 4, 2016, at approximately 6:47 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident on Highway 150 and 110th Street; approximately 4 miles south of Fayette. Upon further investigation, Jacob Michael Lamphere, age 24 of Waterloo, was driving a Red 1993 Chevrolet K1500 north bound when his vehicle failed to stop due to weather conditions, and struck Amanda Lynn Lamphere, age 22 of Maynard, who was driving a Gray 2014 Jeep Patriot Sport in the back. No injuries were reported and both vehicles received over $1500 in damage.

On December 4, 2016, at approximately 6:31 am the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch on Kornhill Road and Grannis Road; approximately 2 miles east of Fayette. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Timothy Wayne Jessen, age 35 of Arizona, was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima west bound when he lost control of his vehicle and went into the ditch. It was determined that the accident was weather related and no injuries were reported. There was approximately $1500 in damage.

On December 4, 2016 at approximately 4:53 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 150 near 210th Street.  Upon arrival a Fayette County Deputy located a blue 2000 Ford Explorer on it’s side and in the ditch.  Deputies did not locate anyone in or around the vehicle.  The driver, 56 year old Daniel Hernandez of West Union, later reported the accident.  There were no injuries and the vehicle sustained approximately $5,000 damage.  Hernandez was cited for No Valid Driver’s License.

On 12-7-16 at approximately 12:13 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle north of St. Lucas in the St. Lucas waste water treatment Lagoons.  After an investigation, it was determined that Steven David Langreck 37 of Hawkeye was driving south in his 2008 Chevrolet 2500 Pickup when he fell asleep behind the wheel.  The Langreck vehicle entered the east ditch, went through a fence and into the lagoon.  Langreck escaped injury and the vehicle was considered a total loss.  Langreck was charged with failure to maintain control wit possible additional charges pending.

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

On 12/9/2016 at approximately 8:10 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff Deputies were called to the 28,000 block of Lincoln Road in reference to a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Katherine Johnson, age 65 of West Union was traveling Northbound in her 2011 Chevy HHR when she struck a deer, which was traveling across the roadway. No injuries were reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $2,500.00 in damages.

 

On December 9, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 150 just south of 175th Street; approximately 1 mile north of Fayette. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies it was determined that a 16 year old male of West Union, was driving a Black 2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4D south bound when he lost control and entered the east side ditch. The male was transported to Palmer Hospital for his injuries. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette Ambulance. This accident remains under investigation. 

 

On December 11th, at approximately 8:32 AM Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 3 and W Ave. Upon arrival, it was found that 18 year old McKinley Gage of Oelwein was driving a black 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo east bound on highway 3 when she struck the side of a county plow truck, driven by 48 year old Heath Block. There was significant damage to the front of the car, with minimal damage to the plow truck. No injuries were reported. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa State Patrol during the accident investigation.

On December 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a male subject attempting to enter a house in Clermont.  When Deputies arrived, the male subject, identified as 58 year old Mark Wayne Gingerich of Clermont, was located walking up the street.  After investigation, he was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor, and Criminal Mischief 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor.  Gingerich was transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he was held for an initial appearance in court.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer.

Tony Terrell Stewart age 34 of Lexington Mississippi formerly of West Union was arrested by Mississippi State authorities on November 10, 2016  on a Nation Wide Warrant out of Fayette County for violation of the state of Iowa sex-offender registry requirements.  After waiving extradition, he is now currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $10,000.00 bond.

On December 12, 2016, at approximately 3:15 pm the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrested Annelease Lynn Marie Anderson, age 22 of Chariton, IA. Anderson was wanted on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation; original charge Accessory to a Felony (Aggravated Misdemeanor). Anderson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she is held without bond, but awaits an initial appearance.

On December 9th the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was called to a one vehicle accident on Hwy 18 and Ironwood Rd. It was determined that a 16 year old female from Clermont was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, went off the roadway and entered the right side ditch. There were no injuries and no damage to the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

On Dec. 6, 2016 at approximately 11:33 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject at 125 Railroad St. in Westgate running around the residence causing a disturbance.  The Defendant was asked to leave several times and would not comply.  Fayette County Deputies arrested Alanda Nevelle Starkey, age 32 of Waterloo for Trespassing and Harassment.  Starkey was transported to the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance.

On December 9,2016 the Fayette County Sheriff's took a report of a car/deer accident on Hwy 187 and 90th St. 20 year old Benjamin Goedken was driving a 2006Pontiac G6 west on Hwy 1187 when a deer entered the roadway and the driver was unable to avoid hitting the deer. The vehicle sustained approx. $7500.00 damage. No injuries were reported.  

On Dec. 12, 2106 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a one-vehicle accident on 306th St. Waucoma, IA. Upon investigation it was determined a 16 year old male driver from Calmar, IA was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango and failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road and into the ditch. There were no injuries and no damage to the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.

On Dec. 12, 2016 at approximately 6:46 AM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was called to a one vehicle accident on Echo Valley Rd. Upon Deputies arrival it was determined that 22 year old Troy Bishop of West Union was driving a 1999 ford pickup traveling east on Echo Valley Rd, lost control and entered the north ditch. The 1999 Ford is considered to be a total loss. The accident remains under investigation.

On 12-15-16 at approx. 1:18 a.m. a Fayette County Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on  8th Ave in the City of Oelwein. The driver of the vehicle refused to yield for the deputy and led them on a pursuit through the streets of Oelwein. The pursuit  reached speeds exceeding the limits as posted through town before the driver of the vehicle Kashell E. Allison 23 of Arlington wrecked near the intersection of 7th St SE and 1st Ave SE. Allison was taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver less than five grams a class “C” felony, Eluding a class “D” felony, possession of prescription pills (serious misdemeanor), operating while intoxicated first offense (serious misdemeanor) speeding, three stop sign violations, failure to maintain control. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department, Iowa Department of motor vehicle enforcement and the Mercy Ambulance service.

On 12/16/2016 at 11:06 A.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle accident on Hwy 3 and W-33. Once Deputies arrived they found Caitlin E Himes, age 20 of Tipton trapped in her vehicle and resting on its top. Once emergency crews freed her she was not injured and did not need any medical assistance. Himes lost control on snow/Ice covered roadway and rolled her vehicle into the ditch. Fayette County was assisted by Stanley Fire Department and Mercy/Wheaton Ambulance services.  This accident remains under investigation.

On 12/17/16 at 9:50 pm a Fayette County Deputy on patrol located a vehicle on its side in the ditch at the intersection of Hwy 93 and W-14. An investigation determined that Austin Dale Goodrich age 26 from Sumner was operating a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on W-14. He attempted to stop at the intersection and, due to road conditions, slid across the roadway and entered the east ditch where the vehicle overturned onto the passenger side. Goodrich was not injured. The vehicle sustained an estimate $1000 damage. The accident remains under investigation.

On 12/15/16 at 11:36 AM the Fayette county sheriff’s office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of 60th Street and W Avenue. An investigation determined that Victoria Anne Klemp 45 of Waterloo driving a 2015 Subaru Forester west bound when a north bound 2005 F-150 driven by Shane Randall Lenehan pulled out from the stop sign and struck the Klemp vehicle. The vehicles came to rest in the median, as both drivers escaped injury. The was approximately $ 3500 in damages to both vehicles. Lenehan was charged with failure to yield upon entering the highway, the Oran fire department assisted at the scene.

On 12/19/2016 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on Keith M. Taylor, age 53 for failing to register as a sex offender for the third time, a class D Felony. An investigation showed Taylor had moved to Elgin on 12/5/16 and he had failed to register within the five day limit under Iowa Law. On 12-20-16 at approx. 9:03 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Taylor at his residence in Elgin. Taylor had a valid warrant for his arrest for failure to register and provide false information 2nd or subsequent offense. Taylor was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on a $5000.00 dollar cash or surety bond.  

On 12/25/16 at 5:52 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call reporting a vehicle in the ditch,  on its side on Harding Rd west of 280th St. An investigation determined that Dorothy Jane Anderson age 87 of Elgin was operating a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser west bound on Harding Rd when she lost control of the vehicle due to weather conditions. The vehicle crossed the roadway and entered into the south ditch and overturned onto the passenger side. Anderson was not injured and the vehicle sustained an estimated $3500 damage. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Clermont Fire Dept.  and Ambulance.

On December 23, 2016 at 10:11 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of W Ave. and 120th St. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Brooke Luanne Myers age 37 of Sumner was driving a 2010 white Chevy impala northbound where her vehicle went out of control and crossed the center of the roadway into the path of 1997 Peterbuilt Semi loaded with round bales which was being driven by William Boyd Headington age 52 of Decorah traveling southbound. The two vehicles collided and both went into the ditch the White Chevy went into the east ditch and the Semi went into the west ditch. Meyers was transported to Sumner hospital for minor injuries, Headington was uninjured. The White Chevy was considered a total loss and the Semi. Sustained approx.. $2500.00 damage. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Westgate and Sumner Fire Department and  Sumner ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.   

On December 23, 2016 at 10:15 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a two vehicle accident that occurred near the intersection of 120th ST. and W Ave. Investigation showed that Jeremy Joseph Menuey age 40 of Sumner had stopped his 2007 Chevy pickup truck along the edge of the roadway to assist a motorist when his vehicle was rear ended by a 2006 Cadillac SRX that was being driven by Bruce Wayne Niebuhr age 60 of Fairbank. The 2007 Chevy Pickup was then pushed into the east ditch. A 14 year old passenger in the pickup was taken to Sumner hospital and treated for minor injuries. No other injuries reported. The 2007 Chevy sustained approx.. $3500.00 damage. The 2006 Cadillac sustained approx.. $5000.00 damage. Westgate and Sumner Fire Departments assisted at the scene. Accident remains under investigation.  

On December 20, 2016 at 3:22 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Juniper Road near Great River Road.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that 21 year old Jessica Koch of West Union was driving north on Juniper Road when she lost control after going over snow that was blowing across the road.  Koch entered the ditch and struck an embankment, totaling her 2004 Jeep Liberty.  Koch reported no injuries and the incident remains under investigation.

On December 23, 2016 at 12:59 PM a Fayette County Deputy came upon a vehicle in the ditch at Hwy 18 and Golden Road.  The driver identified as 27 year old Thomas Steen of Elgin, and after investigation, it was learned that he pulled off of Golden Road in his 2003 Subaru Outback on to Hwy 18 and slid into the north ditch. No injuries accident remains under investigation.

On December 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 18 east of Clermont.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that Robert Magner of Dubuque, was driving his 2013 Chevy Spark and lost control and went into the ditch. No injuries reported accident remains under investigation.

On December 23, 2016 at 2:19PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 18 west of West Union.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that 35 year old Jennifer Ball of Fredericksburg was driving her 2005 Chevy Venture minivan, and lost control due to the icy road conditions and went into the ditch.  No injuries were reported Accident remains under investigation.

On December 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM a Fayette County Deputy came upon a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 18 east of F Ave.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 53 year old Daniel Wrice was driving east on Hwy 18 when he went into the ditch due to icy road conditions.  No damage was reported, but Wrice was arrested and charged with Driving While Barred and Failure to File SR Insurance. 

On December 23, 2016 at 3:42 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Hull Street, near Pearl Street in the City of Hawkeye.  When the Deputy arrived, it was learned that 66 year old Charles Hubbs of Hawkeye was driving north on Hull Street when he lost control due to icy road conditions and went into the ditch.  There was no damage reported and Hubbs was charged with Driving While License Suspended and given a promise to appear in court.

On December 23rd, 2016 at approximately 11:43 a.m. Fayette County Deputies were called to a two vehicle property damage accident near the intersection of W33 and Highway 187. Upon arrival it was discovered that Madison L. Monroe age, 19 of West Union was traveling Southbound in her 2003 Volkswagon Bug when she lost control due to weather conditions. Upon losing control Monroe struck Daniel C. Witt age, 48 of Decorah who was driving a 1996 Honda Odyssey belonging to Hometown Taxi. No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained minor damages. The incident remains under investigation.

On 12/25/16  at 7:28 PM a Deputy on patrol located a vehicle in the ditch in Cedar Rd north of Dove Rd. it was determined that Marcus Bernardo III age 21  from Kingfisher OK was operating a 2009 Chrysler 3LX southbound on Cedar Rd when, due to weather conditions, the vehicle slid off the roadway and into the ditch. Bernardo and two passengers were not injured. There was no damage to the vehicle .  The incident remains under investigation.

On 12-28-2016 at approximately 5 am The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a disturbance taking place at a residence just north of the City of Oelwein on Palace Road. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Lessie Proctor, 30 of Oelwein had a valid arrest warrant out of Black Hawk County for failing to serve jail time. Proctor was taken into custody and transported to the Fayette County Jail before being turned over to Black Hawk County. The original charge for the warrant was Driving While License Barred. Fayette County Deputies were assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.

 On December 27th, 2016 at approximately 5:12 p.m. Deputies were called to the 23,000 block of Canoe Road in reference to a car vs. deer accident. Upon arrival it was discovered that Thomas Morgan age, 52 of Elgin was traveling Southbound when a deer ran out into the travel portion of the roadway. Morgan’s 2005 Chevrolet Impala sustained approximately $1,500.00 in damages and no injuries were reported.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on Annelease Lynn Marie Anderson age 22 with assault on a jailer (Class D Felony) charges stem from an incident that occurred at the jail on December 27, 2016 in which Anderson assaulted a female Detention Officer.  Anderson is currently an inmate in the Fayette County Jail for Probation Violation (original charge burglary)and held without bond. The female detention officer sustained minor injury in the incident.

    On 12/29/2016 at 12:37 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of two subjects entering a home while the owners were not there, in the city of Arlington. Once deputies arrived they discovered LaVern Allen Dearborn, age 54 of Surprise AZ and Kimberly Hope Bright, age 54 of Arlington had entered the residence and removed several items. Deputies recovered the stolen items and arrested both for Burglary in the third degree a class “D” felony. Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged, also upon entering the jail Dearborn was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and also charged with contraband in a jail, another Class ”D” felony. If convicted each could serve up to five years in prison on each felony. 

On December 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM a Fayette County Deputy Sheriff stopped a vehicle for speeding in the City of Arlington.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 53 year old Daniel Wrice of Oelwein was operating a motor vehicle while Barred from driving in the State of Iowa.  Wrice was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance.

On 12/29/16 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, in a joint effort with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division conducted tobacco compliance checks on retail establishments throughout Fayette County that sell tobacco products.  A minor under the supervision of a Fayette County Deputy entered retail establishments in an attempt to purchase tobacco and/or  tobacco related products. All of the establishments  checked were found to be in compliance with Iowa’s tobacco laws. All of the clerks at the retail establishment checked the minors ID card or requested his age. Upon verifying that the subject was a minor the sales were refused.

On December 30, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of domestic disturbance at a residence in the city of Waucoma. After an investigation, Kyle Alissa Guess, age 21 of Waucoma, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Domestic Abuse Assault (simple misdemeanor) and Assault (Serious Misdemeanor). Guess was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she awaits an initial appearance.

On December 31, 2016, at approximately 2:22 am a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Stone Street and Larrabee Street in Clermont for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Will James Schott, age 22 of Clermont, was found to be intoxicated. Schott was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor), Carrying Weapons (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Driving While License Revoked (Serious Misdemeanor), and Open container, operating without registration, no insurance, careless driving, and putting debris on the highway (Simple Misdemeanors). Schott was transported to the Fayette County Jail and awaits an initial appearance.

On 12-31-16 at approx. 11:37 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident in the 5000 block of Neon Rd. Upon further investigation a 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup was in the ditch and no injuries or damage to the vehicle was reported. Jennifer R. Anderson 35 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with Filing a false report and was transported to the Fayette County Jail. The driver of the vehicle Thomas D. Anderson 40 of Oelwein was charged with failure to maintain control and no insurance. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.

On December 30, 2016 at approximately 12:05 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a vehicle in the ditch at Highway 18 and Garden Road.  Upon investigation it was determined the driver of the vehicle, a maroon 2006 Pontiac Torent, lost control, crossed over the opposing lane of traffic and entered the south ditch.  The vehicle struck a ditch embankment, vehicle is considered totaled.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before deputies arrived.  The incident remains under investigation and a driver is being sought. 

JANUARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEBRUARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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