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***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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MAY

On May 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM the Fayette County Sherriff’s Office responded to a car deer accident on Filmore Road just west of Dogwood Road. After an investigation it was determined that Gina Marie Fisher 21 of Edgewood was driving a 2013 Ford Escape when she struck a deer that ran into the roadway. There were no injuries reported and the vehicle sustained approximately $4000 in damages. The Wadena Fire Dept. assisted at the scene.  

On 5-9-14 at approx.. 9:02 PM. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 3,  ¼ of a mile West of H Ave. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2014 Ford Escape Eileen K. Bergan 47 of Edgewood was traveling east on HWY 3 when a deer ran into the roadway and struck the front end of the vehicle causing approx.. $4000.00 dollars damage.

On 5-8-14, at approximately 2:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kristina Grotegut,  age 22 of Clermont, for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry.  Charges stemmed from prior information given to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.  Grotegut was arrested and transported to Fayette County Jail where she will appear before a magistrate. 

On May 9, 2014 Teresa Marie Husted age 31 of Leon IA was arrested by Decatur County authorities on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation (original charge was Child Endangerment, 4th Degree Theft, and O.W.I. 1st Offense.) Teresa Husted is currently be held in the Fayette County Jail on $1500.00 Bond.

On 5-08-2014 Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle parked in the Parking lot at Prairie View Residential Care Facility, 18569 Lane Road Fayette. Upon completion of the investigation on 5-10-2014 Sheriff's Deputy charged Mitzie Lue Nicholson age 61 a resident of the facility with Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree (simple misdemeanor) the damaged vehicle was described as a 2000 Ford F150 which is owned by an employee of Prairie View, sustained an estimated damage of $100.00.    

On 5/11/2014 at 9:30 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary in progress in the town of Clermont. Once deputies arrived they discovered that Mathew Daniel Durnan, age 41 of Clermont had broken into a females residence and assaulted her. Durnan broke open the door assaulted the victim causing serious injury and once deputies were en route fled from the scene. The victim was treated for no life threatening injuries and Durnan was not located. This morning a warrant for the arrest of Durnan was issued for Burglary in the first degree, a class "B" felony, Domestic Abuse causing serious injury, a serious misdemeanor and violation of a no contact order a simple misdemeanor, if convicted Durnan could face up to 28 years in prison. Durnan turned himself in to the Fayette County Jail on 5/12/14.

  On 5-11-14, at approximately 7:00 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a one-vehicle personal injury accident near the intersection of Highway 93 and N Avenue.  Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Dakota James Everly, 16 of Winthrop Iowa,  was driving a green 2001 Ford Expedition eastbound on highway 93, when he lost control of his vehicle, rolled twice, and the vehicle came to rest in the north ditch. The driver was taken to Sumner Hospital Sumner Iowa by ambulance for injuries sustained in the accident.  The vehicle was estimated to be a total loss. The Driver was cited for failure to maintain control and use of electronic communication device while driving.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Fayette Ambulance and Fayette Fire Department.

  On 4/28/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office executed several warrants on a methamphetamine ring in the county, as a result of that investigation a warrant for Andrew Nels Marcussen was issued and he was being sought. On 5/8/2014 as a result of information gathered the Fayette County Sheriff's Office believed they had a location where Marcussen was hiding out.  The Sheriff's Office then contact the Department of Narcotic Enforcement (DNE) and briefed them on the location. Later that night Marcussen was taken into custody at a Waterloo location and found to be in possession of more methamphetamine. Their investigation will continue and charges are pending, however Marcussen was transported to the Fayette County Jail and remains in custody on a no bond warrant.

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      On May 13, 2014 at 6:30 am Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of approx 50 bags of trash that had been thrown in both sides of the road ditch on Lynx road 1 mi. West of West Union that spanned approx. 1/2 mile. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy Sean David Reisner age 23 of Oelwein and Tyler Mitchell Robinson age 20 of Lamont were both arrested and charged with littering. (simple Misdemeanor) Both were released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

 On 5-14-14 at approx.. 8:10 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Carey S. Elliott 21 of Fayette on two valid arrest warrants out of Fayette County both for probation/pretrial violation out of Fayette County bond was set in the amount of $10,000.00 dollars for both warrants. Elliott was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held.

On 5-19-14 at approx.. 11:30 p.m. Bernard D. Olson JR. 39 of Fort Atkinson was arrested by Winneshiek County Deputies and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office by a Fayette County Deputy on a valid arrest warrant for failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry. Olson’s bond was set in the amount of 5,000.00 dollars and he was held in the Fayette County Jail. 

On 5/19/14 at 9:00 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Ralph Winders age 28 from Oelwein on a Fayette County warrant for theft 2nd   (class “D” felony).  Winders was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $5000 cash only bond.

   On 05/17/2014, at approximately 5:00 PM, a Fayette County Deputy observed Robert TC Gould, 34, of West Union, driving west on Fillmore Road. Gould was known to be wanted out of Buchanan County and known to be suspended from driving. The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and Gould refused to stop, entering the City of West Union. Gould led Deputies and Officers through yards before ramming a Patrol vehicle in the 100 block Franklin Street in West Union. Gould was charged with Assault on a Police Officer (class D Felony) Eluding while participating in a felony (class D Felony) Driving While License Suspended (simple misdemeanor) Reckless Driving (simple misdemeanor) Criminal Mischief 4th (serious misdemeanor) and Fail to Maintain Seatbelt (simple misdemeanor). Gould was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $30,000 bond. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and Tri State Ambulance service.

On 05/18/2014, at approximately 2:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a Domestic Disturbance in the 14,000 block T Ave. After investigation, Fayette County Deputies arrested Max Joseph Hyman, 20 of Sumner. Hyman was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault (serious misdemeanor). Hyman was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held pending an initial appearance.

On 5-16-14 at 9:53 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a vehicle accident with injury on P Ave near 220th Street. Upon investigation it was determined that Summer Reyes, 17 West Union was traveling North on P Ave when she lost control of her vehicle and entered the east ditch. She was transported to Palmer Hospital for minor injuries. The vehicle was a total loss. The Fayette County sheriff's Office was assisted by the Hawkeye First Responders and Fire Dept. The accident remains under investigation.

On 5-16-14 at approximately 10:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report a vehicle driving erratically through Echo Valley Park. A Deputy located the vehicle in the park after hours. Upon investigation Daniel Douglas of Fredericksburg was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense a serious misdemeanor and Carry Weapons, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. He is being held at the Fayette County jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 05/15/2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brooke Marie Barker, 26, of Oelwein. Barker was charged with Theft 5th degree (simple misdemeanor). Barker was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she bonded out.

On 5-16-14, at approximately 4:30 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of an accident in the 200 block of Center Street, Elgin.  Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy it was determined that Steven Bilden, 26 of Elgin Iowa,  was driving a Tan 2001 Chevy 2500, pulling out of a parking space, when he struck a vehicle described as a 1996 green jeep driven by Barb Reinhardt, 49 of Strawberry Point.  Estimated damage to Bildens Chevy truck was $2500.  No one at the scene sustained injuries, and the accident remains under investigation. 

 On 5-16-14, at approximately 2:30 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of an accident near the intersection of V Avenue and 100th Street, Westgate.  Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies it was determined that Jeffrey Thomas Meyer, 56 of Calmar Iowa,  was Pulling a Case IH 1265  32 Corn Planter, eastbound on 100th Street,when turning onto V Avenue, the planter’s right wheel slipped into the ditch causing the planter to slide into the ditch and turn partially on its side.   While on scene Fayette County Sheriff Deputies shut down a portion of 100th Street from W Avenue to Unicorn Road so that a crane could pull the planter from the ditch.  Estimated damage to the Case IH 1265 was $1500, and no one at the scene sustained injuries.  Accident remains under investigation.    

 On May 20, 2014 Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a Clermont Business had received a Counterfeit $20.00 Bill. The incident remains under investigation. The Secret Service has been notified.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind businesses to be vigilant when handling money.  Anyone with information can call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (563)422-6067.

On 5-20-14, at approximately 7:00 P.M., Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office Arrested Leroy John Jarchow,  age 50 of Fredericksburg, IA on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant, charge being Contempt of Court – Failed to Serve Jail Sentence for Failure to Pay Child Support.  Jarcho is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail. 

On 5/16/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Corey Leigh Holfius, age 33 of West Union for public intoxication. Deputies discovered that Holfius showed up at the Fayette County Court House intoxicated to attend a hearing. She was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail .

 On 5-20-14, approximately 5:00 P.M., Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Glen A. Little,  age 53  of 707 Main St  Elgin  Iowa, on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant, charge being Failure to Pay Child Support.  Little is being  held at Fayette County Jail on a $500  bond.

 

  On May 22, 2014 at 5:29 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident on 40th street near the Oelwein Airport.  When the deputy arrived, it was discovered that 19 year old Nathan Scott Brown of Fairbank was driving east when he went off on the shoulder of the road and lost control.  His 1997 GMC Sierra entered the ditch and rolled onto its top.  Brown was treated for minor injuries and his truck was considered a total loss.  Brown was cited for Fail to Maintain Control.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department and Oran Fire Department.

On 5-26-14 at approximately 1:00 AM a Fayette County Deputy observed a vehicle parked on the side of the road with the engine running in the 18000 Block of Hwy 93. Upon investigation Sadi Whitson, 25 of Waterloo was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and Brandon Dean 33 of Gilbertville was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication 2nd Offense. Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail.

 On 5-25-14 at approx. 2:20 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle in Oran for a traffic violation. Upon investigation Alyssa Sullivan 24 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. She was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

 On 5/20/14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Glen Allen Keding, 58 of Fayette on the 10000 block of J Ave. on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault causing Bodily Injury, a Class D Felony.  Keding was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he had an initial appearance and is being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

On 5-27-14 at approximately 11:35 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a noise complaint from the 600 block of S Main in the city of Fayette. Deputies arrived on scene at 607 S Main Street and discovered a loud house party with underage drinking taking place. Upon investigation James Roth 19 of Marion was arrest and charged with Possession of alcohol under the legal age, Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication 1st Offense. He was taken to the Fayette County Jail . Chelsea Berry, 19 of Arlington and Jordan Hay 20 of Stanwood were also charged with Possession alcohol under the legal age.

On 5-27-14, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Don Allen Reinhart, age 34 of Elgin Iowa, for failure to comply with sex-offender registry.  Reinhart was transported to Fayette County Jail, and is being held until his initial appearance.   

On 5-28-14 at approx.. 9:10 p.m. a Bremer County Deputy arrested David E. Seeman 46 of Sumner on a valid Fayette County Warrant for failure to serve jail time. Seeman was turned over to a Fayette County Deputy and he was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will be held until he completes his jail sentence.  

On 5/25/14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Rodney Dewayne Peterman, 45 of Arlington for domestic abuse assault using a dangerous weapon and assault using a dangerous weapon, both are an aggravated misdemeanor.  Peterman was transported to the Fayette County jail where he later bonded out.

On 5/25/14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Harley David Bushaw, 18 of Arlington.  Bushaw was arrested in Arlington on a Fayette County Warrant for Operating without owner’s consent (Ag. Misdemeanor)  serious assault (Ag. Misdemeanor) driving while revoked (simple Misdemeanor) Driving while suspended (Serious Misdemeanor) and driving under suspension (simple misdemeanor). Bushaw was transported to the Fayette County jail.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department.

On 5/30/14 at 10:30 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bush Road west of B Ave to a report of a motorcycle accident with injuries.  An investigation determined that  Rex Lawrence Manson age 66  from Independence, IA  was operating a 2007 Honda Goldwing westbound on Bush  Road when the motorcycle left the roadway and entered the north ditch overturning onto its side. A passenger on the motorcycle Angela Manson from Independence was air lifted from the scene for her injuries. Rex was transported by Tri State Ambulance to Palmer Hospital in West Union for non-life threatening injuries.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol. Wadena Fire Dept and First Responders and Fayette Ambulance. The motorcycle was considered a total loss. Rex was cited for fail to maintain control.

On May 31, 2014 at approximately 6:41 PM a Fayette County Deputy responded to TJ’s Pizza in Clermont for a report of male subject, under the legal drinking age, attempting to purchase alcohol with a fake identification card.  Upon investigation it was determined 19 year old Michael Lane Burgin of Elgin was intoxicated.  Mr. Burgin was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held overnight on charges of Public Intoxication 1st offense, and Misuse of a License or Identification Card to Acquire Alcohol. It was determined through investigation that TJ’s Pizza employees did not serve Mr. Burgin alcohol, nor did Mr. Burgin consume alcohol in the establishment.  The incident remains under investigation.

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 On 6-1-14 at approx.. 10:33 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy located a vehicle broke down along the road in the 6000 block of K Ave. The deputy stopped to check on the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle was identified as being Angela S. Barajas 42 of Hazelton. A check revealed that her driver’s license was suspended in the state of Iowa and she was taken into custody. Barajas was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was charged with driving while suspended for non-payment of Iowa fine and driving while suspended for failing to have SR insurance as required.  Both charges are simple misdemeanors. Barajas was held awaiting her initial appearance.   

 On May 31 at 11:15 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of G Avenue and 40th Street. After an investigation it was determined that Brittany Barnard 21 of Cedar Falls driving a 2002 Ford Focus when she failed to completely stop at the intersection and struck a west bound 1998 Chevrolet Blazer that was being driven by 37 year old Christopher Atkinson of Hazleton. Both subjects were taken to Mercy Hospital where they were treated for head and neck injuries. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. A passenger in the Barnard vehicle, Ryan Wynthein 21 of Waterloo escaped injuries, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Arlington fire & ambulance and Strawberry Point Ambulance. Barnard was charged with failure to yield upon entering a through highway.

 On 5/31/2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremiah William Larson, of Oelwein. Larson was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault (simple misdemeanor). Larson was transported to the Fayette County Jail, where he was held awaiting an initial appearance.

On 5/31/2014, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office charged Deidre Joy Lee, of Oelwein with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (serious misdemeanor). These charges stem from an incident in the 200 block 9th Ave. SW in the city of Oelwein. 

On May 30, 2014 11:55 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a theft in progress of a farm wagon from a rural property located 2 miles West of Oelwein on 40th ST. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Robert Tournier age 46 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with Theft in the Fourth Degree (serious misdemeanor) Driving an Unregistered Vehicle and No Insurance. Dale Tournier was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by an Iowa DOT Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. 

On 5-29-14 at approx.. 6:30 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a tractor that had been stolen from a farm near Wadena. Upon further investigation Tyler B. Horton 24 of Wadena was arrested and charged with theft in the 2nd degree a class “D” felony on 6-2-14. Horton was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 5-30-14, at approximately 5:15 P.M.,  the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Eugene Matthews, 25 of Oelwein,  on a warrant for probation violation,  original charge being sex abuse in the 3rd degree. Matthews was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is being held on 10,000 bond.

 

JUNE

On June 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of Gun shots fired at 129 S. Cline Street in Wadena. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies, Daniel Edwin Allsup age 49 of Wadena was arrested and charged with Intimidation with a dangerous weapon a Class C felony and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) serious misdemeanor. Deputies conducted a search of the residence. Numerous firearms and ammunition and reloading equipment were seized. Along with controlled substance marijuana. No injuries reported. Iowa State Patrol, West Union Police assisted at the scene. Daniel Allsup was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he will appear before a magistrate.

On 6/4/14 at 7:30 AM Jessie James Bennington age 24 from Clermont turned himself into the Fayette County Jail on a Fayette County warrant for  1st degree Burglary,  Assault while participating in a felony and 4th degree criminal mischief. Bennington was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 6-4-14 the Fayette county Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott David Messler of Clermont on a Fayette County warrant for Burglary 1st Degree, Assault While Participating in a Felony, and criminal mischief 4th degree. Charges stem from a completing of a May 25th investigation where Deputies were called to a disturbance in an upstairs apartment in the 200 block of Center St. in Elgin.  He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $50000.00 bond.

On 6/6/2014 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office completed a sexual assault investigation which lead to the arrest and charges being filed on Thomas Andrew Cannon, age 29 of West Union. Cannon allegedly sexually assault a 15-year-old female that led investigators to filing Sexual abuse in the third degree, a class “C” felony on Friday. Cannon was arrested at his home in West Union and transported to the Fayette County Jail where his bond was set at $26,000.00. Cannon bonded out  late Saturday and will appear in court on a later date. If convicted Cannon could face up to 20 years in prison and have to register as a sex offender for 10 years after his release.  This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be filed at a later date.

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 On 6-8-14 at approx.. 11:24 a.m. a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding in the City of Fayette. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle John J. Stefan 25 of Postville driver’s license was barred. Stefan was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with driving while license barred, driving while license suspended, possession of marijuana third offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fayette County K-9 assisted on the traffic stop. Stefan also had a valid arrest warrant out of Allamakee County for failure to appear original charge was driving while suspended and his bond was $250.00. Stefan was held in the Fayette County Jail awaiting his initial appearance on the Fayette County charges.  

On 6-7-14 at approx.. 11:44 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy located a vehicle parked along the road in the 5000 blk. of Palace Rd. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle Michael J. Westercamp 21 of North Liberty was found to be intoxicated. Westercamp was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with operating while intoxicated first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, operation without registration, improper use of registration, and no insurance. Westercamp was held awaiting his initial appearance.   

On 6-7-14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an assault that had taken place at Prairie View Residential Facility. Upon investigation Dustin Reynolds, 29 was arrested and charged with Assault causing injury after it was discovered that he sprayed a fire extinguisher into the face of a staff member. He is being held as the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

  On 6-7-14, approximately 3:00pm, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mathew Todd Vrieze, 22 of Spring Grove MN, on a nationwide felony warrant from Houston County, Minnesota, violation of release conditions. Original charge was possession of hallucinogenic  drugs, schedule 1 2 3 and 4, not small amount (Marijuana).  Vrieze was taken into custody from a residence on Franklin Street in West Union and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits extradition.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the West Union Police Department.

On 6-8-14, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Fayette County Sheriff's was notified of a two-vehicle personal injury accident at the intersection of highway 3 and V-68.  Upon investigation it was discovered Darrel Cox, 72 of Fairbank, IA, was traveling northbound on V-68 when he failed to yield to oncoming traffic causing a collision at the intersection of highway 3 and V-68.  Mr. Cox was treated for minor injuries, transported to Waverly Hospital by Oelwein Ambulance and cited for Failure to yield to oncoming traffic.   The other vehicle, owned and driven by Heath Evens, 39 of Independence, was traveling westbound on Highway 3 when the collision occurred.  Both vehicles were considered a total loss.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oran Fire and Oran First Responders. 

 On 6/11/2014 at 4:22 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s office responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Hwy 150 and 190th Street just south of West Union. Once deputies arrived they discovered that 2003 Chevrolet Truck driven by Kevin Luke Kuennen, age 44 of Maynard had failed to Yield upon entering the Hwy  to a 2014 Ford Explorer driven by Carylynne Ruth Jacobs, age 64 of Marion. The two vehicles collided and as a result Jacobs vehicle truck another vehicle parked along the road. Jacobs and her daughter Vanessa Marie Jacobs,  age 27 sustained minor injuries and were transported to Palmer Hospital by Tri State Ambulance. Kuennen was cited for Failure to yield upon entering a highway. Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

 On 6/9/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation of a sexual abuse. As a result of that investigation charges were filed on Alexander James Jones, age 15 of rural Hawkeye for sexual abuse in the second degree. The Sheriff’s office worked with the Department of Human Services in completing this investigation. The victims age and sex are not being released at this time. Jones was arrested and charged with sexual abuse in the second degree, a class “C” felony and processed at the Fayette County Jail on 6/9/2014 and later released back to his parents. Jones was charged in Juvenile Court Services and will make an appearance later.  

 On June 11, 2014 at approximately 8:25 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jarrod Bunn 24, of Wadena.  A warrant was issued for Bunn’s arrest for Interference with Official Acts.  Bunn is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $300 cash or corporate surety bond.

On 6/15/14 at 1:30 PM a Fayette County Deputy arrested Jesse Dean Inman age 35  from Maynard on a Fayette County warrant for fail to appear for driving while license suspended.  Inman was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he posted bond and was released to appear in court at a later date.

 On June 14, 2014 at 3:23 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’ s Office received a 911 call about a fight involving four females outside of the Echo Valley Speedway Lounge.  When the Deputy arrived, only one female was remaining at the scene.  After an investigation, it was determined that 22 year old Lakeisha Hardin of Waterloo had an active warrant out of Black Hawk County for Theft in the Fifth Degree.  Hardin was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail, and then she was transferred to Black Hawk County.  Other parties involved in the fight were not located at the time, and this incident remains under investigation.

 On June 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called about a male subject lying face down in the roadway on Hwy. 18 between West Union and Clermont.  When the Deputy arrived, it was observed that a male, later identified as 37 year old Aurelio Hernandez Lopez of Postville, was highly intoxicated and passed out, lying on the ground on the shoulder of Hwy. 18 near F Ave.  Lopez was taken to Palmer Hospital to be checked out for injuries, and then he was arrested for Public Intoxication and taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was held for an initial appearance in court.

On 6/14/14 at 7:20 AM a Fayette County Deputy on patrol located a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway on Lincoln Road north of 180th St.  The driver, Matthew Paul Vagts age 21 from West Union was found sleeping in the driver’s seat.  Vagts was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st Offense.  Vagts was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

On 6-12-14, at approximately 3:20 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office responded to a one-vehicle personal injury motorcycle accident on Rose Road, just south of Saint Lucas.  Through an investigation it was found that David E. Lassig, 66 of Stewartville MN was driving north bound on Rose Road with his 2008 Yamaha 1300CT, when he lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle.  Lassig was treated for injuries, transported to Palmer Emergency Room in West Union by ambulance, and later air lifted to the hospital in Lacrosse, WI.   Damage to Lassig's 2008 Yamaha 1300 CT was estimated at $5000.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by St. Lucas Fire, Waucoma first responders, and Tri State Ambulance.

On 6/13/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic disturbance at 608 Mill Street in Elgin. Upon investigation once deputies arrived, Ryan James Smith, age 21 of Elgin was arrested for domestic Abuse Assault and transported to the Fayette County Jail.

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On 6-14-14 at approximately 10:45 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a driving complaint of a vehicle, heading west bound on Highway 18.  Fayette County Deputies located the vehicle a short time later. Upon investigation, Gilda M Opperman, 58 of Hawkeye, was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor.  Opperman was transported to the Fayette County Jail, where she is being held pending an initial appearance.

On June 16, 2014 at 10:23 am Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a Motor Vehicle vs. bicycle personal injury accident 2 miles west of Elgin on Golden Road. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy it was determined that Alf Eugene Thorson age 88 of Clermont was driving his silver 2007 Chevy Impala westbound when he struck Bicyclist Robert John Scott age 78 of West Union who was riding his bicycle westbound. Robert Scott was transported to Palmer Hospital by Tri-State Ambulance for injuries sustained in the accident. No other injuries were reported. Accident remains under investigation.

6-17-14 -Overnight Fayette County was hit with extensive storm damage throughout the county.  The majority of the damage occurred in central Fayette county including the towns of Maynard, Randalia, and Westgate. There was also a barn reported blown down east of West Union on highway 56 and several other barns in the Westgate area. Storm damage varied from many trees, tree limbs and power lines blown down to grain bins and farm buildings. 

 

 

On 6/19/2014 at 3:50 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a subject trapped in a vehicle that had been overcome by water at the 18000 block of Hwy 93. Deputies were the first to arrive were they found Deangelo Bivins, age 24 of Westgate had attempted to drive through water on the road when his vehicle stalled. Deputies, first responders and citizens were able to rescue Bivins. While doing that rescue deputies found a female and two dogs stranded at 18338 150th St. where water had surrounded the house and started coming in the front door. Deputies noticed a 500 gal LP tank had started floating and was headed toward the house so deputies along with the assistance of the Maynard Fire Department rescued all three. No one was injured in the incident.

Sheriff Fisher would like to thank all the first responders, Fire Departments, Road department and citizens who assisted in yesterday's flooding. "It's good to know when we need help we can work together and get the job accomplished" 

On 6-21-14 at approximately 1:24 AM the Fayette county sheriff’s office took a driving complaint of a vehicle driving carelessly in the city of Hawkeye. A Deputy located the vehicle a short time later. Upon investigation Randy Hanson 21 of New Hampton was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and careless driving. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

On 6-21-14 @ 11:45 PM The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Brick City Bar and Grill of a female that was out of control and throwing objects. Upon investigation Glenda Pape 48 Clermont was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication and Obstructing Emergency Communications. She was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

On 6-28-14 The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was advised of an assault that had taken place at 24281 J Ave, West Union. Upon investigation Thomas Cannon, 29, West Union was arrested and charged with Assault Causing Injury and Interference with Offical Acts. The victim was transported by ambulance to Palmer Hospital for his injuries. Cannon was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $50,000.00 bond. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Tri-State Ambulance. This incident remains under investigation.

 On 6-26-14 at approx. 10:17 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on P Ave. north of 80th St. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2000 Buick Park Avenue, Mckayla L. Morey 18 of Maynard was traveling north on P Ave. when a deer ran into the roadway and was struck by the front of the vehicle causing approx. $4000.00 dollars damage.

On 6/26/14 at 5:55 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to Cedar Road north of Bighorn Road to a report of a two vehicle accident. An investigation determined that Matthew Richard Chicken, 35 from Clermont was operating a 2003 Buick Lesabre southbound on Cedar Road and attempting to pass a 1993 Buick Century operated by Nicholas Kyle Wander, 18 from Clermont.  While attempting to pass,  Wander crossed the center line and into the path of the passing vehicle. Both vehicles made contact in the travelled portion of the roadway. There was an estimated $2000 damage to the Wander vehicle and an estimated $1500 to the other vehicle. Wander was cited for careless driving. No one was injured.

On 6-20-14, at approximately 9:00 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a high speed vehicle pursuit of a motorcycle and a Buchanan County Deputy patrol vehicle.  The pursuit was north bond on W-33 coming into Stanley, however Fayette County Deputies could not locate.  Later that evening, approximately 11:00 pm, Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified that a driver of the motorcycle was at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein with serious injuries. Through an investigation, it was found that Derek Macke, 20 of Fairbank Iowa, was eluding Buchanan County Sheriff's Deputy and entered into Fayette and lost control of his 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle on Highway 3 near the Stanley turnoff.  Macke sustained serious injuries and later was transferred to University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.  The 2004 Susuki GSK-R600 motorcycle was considered a total loss.  Macke is being charged with Failure to Maintain Control, Reckless driving, Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, and Failure to Have a Valid Drivers's License for a motorcycle.  The accident remains under investigation at this time.  Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa State Patrol and Oelwein Police Department. 

 On 06-22-14, at approximately 7:45 P.M., Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 at the residence of 22327 60th St. Oelwein IA.  Through an investigation, Jacob Dennis Stamp 28 of Oelwein, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, a serious misdemeanor.  Stamp was transported to Fayette County Jail, where he was held.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa State Patrol.  

On June 26, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Julie A. Bachman, 45 of Oelwein on a warrant for Contempt for Failure to appear.  Ms Bachman is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $500 cash only bond and is awaiting an initial appearance.

On June 30, 2014 Christopher Michael Hale age 30 of Los Cruces, New Mexico was arrested by Dallas County Authorities on a Fayette County Warrant for Forgery, Interference with Official Acts, and Possession of Controlled Substance, marijuana.  Charges stem following a September 2009 arrest where Christopher Michael Hale was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy and he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  During the traffic stop Christopher used a false name and he was arrested and taken to jail on the misdemeanor charge of possession of controlled substance.  While in jail he forged court documents using the same false name and was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.  In December of 2009 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received information that Christopher Hale was not the person he claimed to be and an investigation was initiated with the assistance of the FBI and New Mexico authorities.  Christopher Hale was positively identified and a warrant was issued.  Hale is now being held in the Fayette County jail on $25,000.00 bond.

On 6-30-14, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office charged Gene Edward Rutkowski, 49 of Prairie View Residential Facility, with Assault, a simple misdemeanor.  An investigation was conducted, no arrests were made, but an assault charge was filed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.    

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JULY

On July 2, 2014 a Fayette County Deputy arrested 20 year old Ryan James Smith of Elgin, Iowa on a warrant for probation violation.  Mr. Smith was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a $25,000 bond.

On 7-1-14, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amber Spring Laughridge, 26 of Oelwein, for failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry.  Laughridge was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where she awaits her initial appearance. 

On 7-1-14, Nathan Gabriel Kirby, 27 of Oelwein was arrested on a warrant of probation violation, original charge criminal mischief 4th degree/ and domestic abuse assault.  Kirby was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail and is being held on 20,000 cash bond.

On 7/2/14 at 9:20 Pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to Harding Road west of Diamond Road to a report of a vehicle that struck a deer. An investigation determined that Dale Wayne Gordon from Sedona , AZ was operating a 2009 Honda PTO west bound on Harding Road when a deer entered the roadway and into the path of the west bound vehicle. There was an estimated $5000 damage to the vehicle. No one was injured.

On July 2nd 2014, a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Thomas Andrew Cannon, 29 of West Union, on multiple warrants; Probation Violation and Violation of Pretrial Release, original charges were Sex Abuse in the 3rd degree and OWI 2nd .    Cannon was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County jail, where he was held on a $12,500 cash bond. 

On 7-3-14 at approx.. 10:30 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy recognized a male subject known to the Deputy as being Herman L. Ronnfeldt 49 of Hazelton on Washington St. in the City of Fayette. A check revealed that Ronnfeldt’s driver’s license was suspended for failing to file SR insurance. The Deputy stopped the vehicle and took Ronnfeldt into custody and transported him to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with driving while license suspended for failing to have SR insurance.

  On July 5, 2014 a Fayette County Deputy responded to a report of an intoxicated driver leaving the Skip-A-Way camp ground in Clermont with a female passenger and infant in the vehicle.  The vehicle and driver, 29 year old Robert Bryan Rueber of Waverly, Iowa, were later located outside a residence in Clermont.  Upon investigation it was determined Mr. Rueber was intoxicated at the time he drove the vehicle.  Mr. Rueber was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense and Child Endangerment.

On 7-7-14 at approx.. 9:33 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car vs. deer accident on Hwy 150 north of West Union. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Timothy J. Vagts 48 of West Union was traveling north when a deer ran into the roadway and struck the deer. No one was injured and the vehicle sustained approx.. $2500.00 dollars damage.

   On July 12, 2014 at approximately 11:23 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident with injuries on Liberty Street in Arlington.  The driver, 40 year old Paul Raymond Hines of Arlington, was traveling south on Liberty Street when he lost control of the vehicle, which struck a utility pole and rolled.  Hines fled the scene on foot but was later located by deputies.  Hines was transported by ambulance to Palmer Hospital in West Union and later transferred to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo to be treated for injuries.  The vehicle Hines was driving was a total loss.  A mailbox and the utility pole were also damaged causing a power outage to a portion of the city of Arlington.  The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Arlington Fire and Ambulance, and Gary’s Towing. 

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On 7-10-14 at approximately 10pm the Fayette County was advised of a car vs deer accident on highway 93 just west of the city of Fayette. It was determined that Bradleigh Pfiester-Barker, 18 of Oelwein was travelling west bound on 93 when a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. The vehicle sustained approx. 3500 in damage and there were no injuries. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Fayette Police Dept.  

On 7-10-14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Harley Bushaw 18 of Maynard on a Black Hawk County warrant for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. He is being held at the Fayette County Jail, awaiting to be turned over to Black Hawk County.

On 7/11/14 at 10:51 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of South Frederick and 4th St SW in Oelwein. An investigation determined that Larry L Fowler from Festus, MO was operating a 2005 International Semi- tractor/trailer combo. Fowler was stopped at the  intersection with the intention of making a left hand turn onto South Frederick when he began backing up. Fowler failed to see a 2002 Jaguar behind him operated by Theresa Carolyn Gould from Oelwein. Fowler continued backing up while pushing the Gould vehicle approximately 15 feet. There was no damage to the tractor/trailer. The Jaguar sustained an estimated $3000 damage. No one was injured and the accident remains under investigation.

On 7/11/14 Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Samantha Polan, 25, of Oelwein, for Failure to Appear. Ms. Polan was transported to the Fayette County jail.

On 7/13/14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Saivon Sturgeon, 18 of Cedar Rapids on a Linn County Mittimus Warrant, no bond. Sturgeon was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will be held until later transported to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

On 7/11/14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies transported Shawn Douglas Manning, 25, of Dubuque, from the Dubuque County Jail to the Fayette County Jail. Manning was arrested by Dubuque County authorities on a Fayette County warrant for a Parole Violation. He is being held with no bond and awaits his initial appearance. 

  On 7-11-14, at approximately 8:20 PM, Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of 240th Street and Lincoln Rd.  Through an investigation it was found that Johnathon Wander, 16 of Clermont IA, was traveling west bound on 240th street, when he collided with an oncoming vehicle heading south bound on Lincoln Rd.  The owner of the 2012 Ford Econoline Van driving south was Lawrence Sabelka, 66 of Decorah. Damage to Sabelka's 2012 Ford Econoline was estimated at $3500 and Wander's 2004 Dodge Intrepid was considered a total loss.  Wander was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by West Union Police Department, West Union Fire, and Tri State Ambulance.

On 07/14/2014 at 5:31 P.M. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of V68 and 30th Street just north of Fairbank. Once deputies arrived they discovered that there were no injuries, but both vehicles sustained minor damage.   Duane Meyer, age 85 of Fairbank was attempting to make a U-Turn and enter back on V68 when he was struck by another vehicle driven by Jason R. Vargason, age 36 of Oelwein.  Meyer was cited for failure to yield upon entering a highway.

On 07/15/14 at 7: 09 P.M. a  Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Garett Gary Tolliver, age 21, of New Hampton for an excessive speed violation. Tolliver who was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour (MPH) was north bound on county road V-68  just south of Waucoma. Deputies then observed Tolliver turn east onto 275th street and that’s when Tolliver attempted to elude the deputies for several miles. Tolliver was eventually stopped and arrested for: Eluding a law enforcement vehicle, Serious Misdemeanor; OWI 2nd Offense, Aggravated Misdemeanor; Driving while license revoked, Serious Misdemeanor;  Reckless Driving, Simple Misdemeanor,  Failure to maintain control and Speeding. Tolliver was transported to the Fayette County Jail and awaits an initial appearance.

On July 15, 2014 at approximately 11:04 PM  a Fayette County Deputy stopped a white Pontiac G6 in the 16,000 block of 50th Street for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 50th Street and Highway 150.  Upon making contact with the driver the Deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Upon investigation 17 year old Austin Michael Arndt, 17 year old Samuel Adam Myott, and 17 year old Jared James Ladeburg, all of Oelwein, were arrested and transported to the Oelwein Police Department on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  All three were released to their parents and referred to juvenile court services.  Arndt was also cited for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.  The incident remains under investigation. 

On July 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm Fayette County Sheriff's Office recieved a call of a one vehicle accident 1/10 mi. West of Oelwein on Old Road. Upon further investigation by Sheriff's Deputy it was determined that Elliot Earl Phillips age 16 of Oelwein was driving a Blue 2009 Chrysler Sebring westbound when he lost control and went into the north ditch. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was a total loss. The accident remains under investigation.

On 7-16-14 at 11:41 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic assault that had occurred near Hawkeye. Upon further investigation Brandon L. Keehner 21 of Hawkeye was arrested for domestic abuse a simple misdemeanor and criminal mischief in the fourth degree a serious misdemeanor. Keehner was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 7/18/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested Raymond Joseph McNamara, age 54 of Oelwein for two counts of Harassment in the third degree. McNamara was Harassing a worker from the State of Iowa Department Of Human Services DHS in West Union by leaving threatening phone messages toward the worker. McNamara was arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail and awaits his initial appearance.

On 7-13-14, Fayette County Sheriff’s office received a call of a vehicle in the ditch at the 3000 block of C Avenue.  Upon investigation it was found that Megan Ann Flexsenhar, 20 of Masonville Iowa, was traveling north bound on C Avenue when she overcorrected and lost control of her vehicle.  No one at the scene sustained injuries and the damage to the 2005 Saturn Ion was approximately $500.00.

On 7-13-14, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of Harassment at 19724 70th St. Oelwein.  After an investigation,  Sidney Frank McMartin, 21 of Jesup, was arrested for trespassing on private property.  McMartin was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he was held pending initial appearance. 

On Monday, July 21, 2014 at around 10:20 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in the City of Hawkeye in reference to an assault.  Upon investigation, it was learned that 39 year old Michelle Lynn Halverson of Hawkeye, broke into a residence and assaulted the occupant.  Halverson was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd degree (class D Felony) and Simple Assault.  Halverson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held for an initial appearance.

On July 22, 2014, at 4:22pm Rocco Joseph Manzi III age 55 of Independence was turned over to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after he was arrested by Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies. Mr. Manzi III was wanted out of Fayette County on a warrant for Probation Violation. Manzi III is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $5,000.00 cash or corporate surety bond, and awaits an initial appearance.

    On July 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a single vehicle accident one mile East of Diamond Road, on Harding Road. The vehicle was driven by Jeffrey Bishop age 43 of Clermont. Mr. Bishop lost control of his vehicle putting it into the ditch and then rolling it. Bishop was temporarily trapped inside the vehicle. Clermont fire department and Clermont ambulance personnel assisted. Mr. Bishop was transported to Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, where he was later air lifted to Waterloo. The vehicle is considered a total loss. This accident still remains under investigation.

    On 7/22/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff's Office made two arrests from a two week investigation stemming from three home burglaries reported on 7/12/2014 in Arlington. Three homes on South Street in Arlington were broke into  in the early morning of the 12th and thousands of dollars in tool, equipment and personal items were taken. On 7/22/2014 Samuel Michael Oberbreckling, age 25 of Oelwein and Patrick Anthony Farrell, age 23 of Strawberry Point were arrested by deputies and charged with one count of Burglary in the second Degree a class C felony and two counts of burglary in the third degree a class D felony. Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail and being held on a $20,000.00 Bond. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is now working on recovering some of the stolen property. If convicted both could face up to 20 years in prison.

On 7/23/2014 Misty June Marie Morrissey plead guilty to two counts of Delivery of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine) and was sentence to no more than 10 years  on each count and to run concurrent with each other and she must serve one third of that sentence in prison before she is eligible for Parole. Morrissey was arrested on 11/25/2013 by the Sheriff’s office on these charges from a lengthy investigation. 

On 07/25/2014, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bruce Joseph Mitchell, 54, of Hawkeye. Mitchell was charged with Operating While Intoxicated First Offense (serious misdemeanor) This arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 20,000 block T Ave.

On 7-26-14 at approx12:27 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Upon investigation Joesph Hedgman, 20 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, and Leon Jarchow, 19 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended. Both were transported to the Fayette county jail and await initial appearances. This incident remains under investigation. The Fayette County K-9 assisted on scene.

On 7-22-14, The Fayette County Sheriff’s office received a call of a domestic disturbance near the intersection of X Avenue and 140th Street, Sumner, IA.  After an investigation, Brian Anthony Miller, 33 of Sumner IA, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, a simple misdemeanor.  Miller was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he awaited his initial appearance. 

On 7/29/14  Johnson County Authorities arrested Jordyn  Cemeries Eston age 23 from Iowa City on a Fayette County Warrant for Probation Violation. The original change was Possession of Marijuana and Operating while intoxicated 1st Offense.  Eston was transported by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on $5000 cash bond.

On 7-28-14, at approximately 4:50 pm, the Fayette County Sheriff's office received a call of a vehicle that had blown a tire and went in the ditch, east of Oelwein, in the 7000 block of Highway 3.  When Arriving on scene it was found that Larry P Wilson, 67 of Decorah IA, was driving eastbound on Highway 3, with a 2002 Winnebago Motor Home, when the motor home had a blow out in the front tire.  The motor home came to rest in the south ditch, no one on scene sustained injuries, and the damage to the 2002 Winnebago motor home was approximately $5,000.

On 7-30-14 at approx.. 11:42 p.m. Lathan A. Schaufenbuel 21 of Fredericksburg was arrested by a Chickasaw County Deputy and turned over to a Fayette County Deputy on a valid arrest warrant. The warrant was for failure to comply with the sex offender registry and bond was set in the amount of $2000.00 dollars. Schaufenbuel was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held.

On 7-30-14 at approx..10:02 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy arrested Gene E. Rutkowski 49 of Fayette on a valid arrest warrant for failure to appear. The original charge was simple assault and bond was set in the amount of 300.00 dollars. Rutkowski was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he later posted bond and was given a court date to appear at a later time.  

On July 31, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Paul Raymond Hines, age 40 from Arlington, on a warrant. The warrant was for OWI 2nd Offense (aggravated misdemeanor), Driving while license revoked (serious misdemeanor), Reckless driving (simple misdemeanor, Leaving the scene of an accident, Striking fixtures upon a Hwy (2 counts), Failure to secure safety belt, Open container, and Failure to maintain control. These charges stem from an investigation into the accident that happened on June 12, 2014, in Arlington.

On 7-29-14, at approximately 7:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a disturbance at 28886 Walnut St Eldorado, IA.  Through an investigation, it was found that Daniel Wayne Niedert, 52 of Eldorado IA, was driving his 2006 Pontiac Montana Van northbound out of his driveway, when striking a utility pole near the residence.  Niedert was transported to Palmer Emergency Room for injuries.  Damage to the 2006 Pontiac Montana was considered a total loss.  Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by West Union Police Department, Iowa DNR, and Tri State Ambulance Services.  This accident remains under investigation.

AUGUST

On August 1st, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Thomas Andrew Cannon, age 29 of West Union, for three Clayton County Warrants. Cannon was transported to the Fayette County Jail, and later transported to Clayton County where he will receive an initial appearance. 

On 8-3-14 at approximately 1:00 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Upon investigation Curtis Pfister 51 of West Union was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st offense. He was transported to the Fayette County Jail and was held for an initial appearance.

On August 2, 2014 at approximately 11:07 PM Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Riverside Bar & Grill in Waucoma for a reported assault.  Upon investigation it was determined 36 year old Scott Alan Kleppe of Waucoma assaulted a male subject at the Riverside Bar & Grill.  Kleppe had fled the scene when deputies arrived and could not be located on the night in question.  The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending. 

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a month long investigation were two Juvenile Females had reported a sexual assault in Oelwein. As a result of that investigation the Sheriff’s Office filed five counts of Sexual abuse in the second degree on Jason Joseph Manus, age 36 of Oelwein and a warrant for his arrest was issued. The investigation showed that Manus in July and August of 2010 has sexually abused a fourteen year old four times and a nine year old once. Due to the statute of limitations some of the crimes founded could not be filed, however under Iowa Law a minor victim has 10 years after reaching their eighteenth birthday to report a sexual abuse.  On August 11, 2014 Manus was arrested (today) at his residence and taken to the Fayette County Jail and was booked in. He was arrested on a  warrant charging him with five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, each being  a class B felony and bond was set at $125,000.00 cash or corporate surety. If convicted on the charges Manus could face up to 125 years in prison and be placed on the sex offender registration. 

The Fayette County Sheriff’s would like to urge anyone who has any information on this investigation to contact us at 563-422-6067 Ex 231 or 232.  This is an ongoing criminal investigation and more charges could be filled at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in this case. This case will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorneys General Office out of Des Moines.

On 8-10-14 at approx.. 9:36 p.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle rollover on T Ave north of 100th St. Upon further investigation the driver of the 2003 Dodge Neon Sandra L. Mills 46 of Westgate was traveling north on T Ave when she lost control of her vehicle and went into the west ditch and the vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top. Mills was not injured in the accident. Mills was charged with failure to maintain control and the vehicle was considered a total loss. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Westgate Fire and EMS.

 On 8/8/14 at 11:55 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that left the roadway and entered a cornfield. The vehicle then backed out of the cornfield into the ditch. Deputy’s located the vehicle at the intersection of Lowery and South St in Arlington.  An investigation determined that Bertha Helen Schuchmann age 82 from Arlington was operating a 2000 Buick LaSabre southbound on Lowery St when she failed to stop at South St. The vehicle entered a field driveway and into a cornfield.  The driver then attempted to back out of the cornfield. The vehicle came to a final stop on the edge of the ditch. Schuchmann was not injured and was cited for fail to maintain control.

On 8-6-14, at approximately 9:40 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the Maynard Campground.  Upon arriving near the scene Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  Through an investigation it was found that the driver of the vehicle, Carrie Ann Berry, 33 of Maynard, was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.  Berry was taken into custody and charged with Operating while Intoxicated 2nd offense (an aggravated misdemeanor).  Berry was transported to the Fayette County Jail, where she awaited an initial appearance. 

On 8-9-14, at approximately 5:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a domestic disturbance at the residence of 317 Pearl St. Hawkeye, IA.  After an investigation, Jeffery Allen Steffen, 35 of Hawkeye, was arrested for domestic abuse assault, a simple misdemeanor.  Steffen was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he awaited initial appearance. 

On 8-9-14, at approximately 8:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received call of a driving complaint of a vehicle on and off the road on Highway 18, near Clermont.  After locating the vehicle, a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver.  Through an investigation, it was found that the driver of the vehicle, Pauiino Perez Castro, 23 of Postville, was operating the 2003 Dodge Neon while intoxicated.  Perez Castro was taken into custody and charged with Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, Open Container, Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License, and No Proof of Insurance, 3 simple misdemeanors.  Perez Castro was transported to the Fayette County Jail, where he is being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This case still remains under investigation.

On August 10, 2014, Kyle James Dahl, age 26 of Waterloo, was arrested in Black Hawk County on a Fayette County warrant for interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor), harassment of a public official (simple misdemeanor), failure to maintain control, no insurance, failure to carry registration card and failure to have a valid license. Dahl received an initial appearance and was released on a $1500 unsecured bond.  

On August 11, 2014  Jeremy Walker Jimenez, age 21 of Chester, was arrested by the Decorah Police Department on a Fayette County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended criminal charge (simple misdemeanor). Jimenez is currently being held on a $300 cash or corporate surety bond, and awaiting an initial appearance.  

On August 11, 2014, Fayette County Deputies arrested Harley David Bushaw, age 18 of Maynard, for a Pretrial Violation. Bushaw is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.

On 8-12-14 at 6:23 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle in the ditch in the 5000 block of Harding Road. After an investigation it was determined that Jillian Hernandez 29 of Fayette Was traveling west in a 2008 Pontiac G6 when she lost control of her vehicle after swerving to miss a deer. The Hernandez vehicle ended up in the south ditch. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle suffered approximately $ 2500 in damages. Hernandez was charged with FTMC.

 On 08-13-14 at approximately 4:25 AM a Fayette County Deputy stopped a white 2001 Chevrolet van for suspicious activity in the 2,000 block of County Road W45.  During a consent search and subsequent investigation, 21 year old Tonya L Huckins of Postville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  Huckins was transported to the Fayette County Jail where she was held awaiting an initial appearance. 

On August 12, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Barbara Sue Shaffer, age 44 of Oelwein, on a Pretrial Violation warrant. Shaffer was transported to the Fayette County jail where she is being held on a bond of $75,000.

On August 11, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies completed an investigation of the traffic accident that happened on July 22, 2014. This accident occurred on Harding Road just East of Diamond Road, and resulted in a single vehicle roll-over accident. The driver, Jeffrey Bishop, was cited for failure to maintain control.

On August 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a Rural Oelwein Residence. Upon further investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies, James Uluaki Wright age 39 of rural Oelwein was arrested and charged with Willful injury (class C felony) after deputies determined that James Wright had struck Robert M. Elliott age 35 of Oelwein with a baseball bat in the face.  Robert Elliott was taken to Mercy Hospital Oelwein by Mercy Ambulance to be treated for injuries sustained in the assault and he was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City. James Wright was also charged with violation of a no contact order and  a probation violation warrant (original charge of Domestic Assault).  Flora Mae Epley age 34 was arrested on the charge of simple assault at the scene after she had assaulted a minor female in front of deputies. Both subjects were taken to the Fayette County Jail and will appear before a magistrate. Oelwein Police assisted at the scene.

On August 13, 2014 at approximately 10:32 PM a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a black 2014 Ford Focus on Main Street in Arlington for driving without headlamps or tail lamps.  The driver was identified as 47 year old Scott Wesley Timmerman of Strawberry Point.  Mr. Timmerman’s driving privileges were determined to be under revocation and suspension.  Mr. Timmerman was arrested a transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held awaiting an initial appearance.

 On August 13, 2014 at approximately 8:52 PM, Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a car vs. deer accident on Harding Road and F Avenue. The owner, Michael Bechtel 42, of Waverly, attempted an evasive maneuver to miss striking two deer crossing the road when his vehicle was struck in the driver’s side by one of the deer.  No injuries were reported and his vehicle received an estimated $1500.00 damage.

On 8/15/2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Verle Woodward, age 28 of Oelwein for driving while suspended and no SR-22 insurance.  Woodward was seen driving himself to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for business and deputies knew he was suspended. Woodward was transported back to the jail and charged with driving while suspended and no insurance.

 

  On 8-15-14, at approximately 5:10 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a vehicle on fire near the intersection of Empire Road/157th Street, Wadena IA.  When deputies arrived on scene, it was found that Chad L King, 31 of Independence was westbound on 157th street when he lost control, going into the north ditch.  King attempted to drive the vehicle out of the ditch when the 97 Buick Park Avenue caught flames in the east ditch of Empire Road.  The damage to the 1997 Buick Park Avenue was considered a total loss, and no one at the scene sustained injuries.  King was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, No Proof of Insurance, and Open Container.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Wadena Fire.     

 On 08/13/2014, at approximately 8:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one vehicle rollover accident in the 15,000 block 10th Street. Upon Deputies' arrival, the driver had left the scene. After investigation, it was determined that Jordan Lee Horkheimer, 20, of Hazleton, was operating his 1996 Chevrolet C15, going west on 10th street, when he lost control of the vehicle, entering the north ditch and rolling the truck. Horkheimer was not injured in the accident and the vehicle was considered a total loss. Horkheimer was cited for Failure to maintain control, and Possession of Alcohol under the legal age. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Oelwein Police Department.

On 8-16-14, at approximately 9:40 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a hit and run accident that took place at City’s Edge Golf Course, West Union IA.  Through an investigation, it was found that Spencer J Heyer, 16 of West Union, parked his vehicle at the Country Club and later, approximately 5:30 PM,  found the vehicle had been damaged.  Damage to the 2004 Mini Cooper was estimated at $3,000.  The case still remains under investigation. 

On August 18, 2014 at approximately 5:53 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jason Scott Reynolds, age 43 of West Union, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry. Reynolds turned himself in to the Fayette County Jail  where he later posted $1000.00 bond.

On August 19, 2014 at approximately 22:58 hours the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of an intoxicated male subject who drove away from a residence outside of Arlington, enroute to Cedar Rapids.  Deputies located the vehicle, a red 2014 Dodge Dart, near Highway 187 and 20th Street shortly after the call came in.  Upon investigation it was determined 32 year old Steven James Herrald of Cedar Rapids was intoxicated.  Herrald was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was held on charges of Operating While Intoxicated 3rd offense (a class D felony), Driving While Barred, Driving While Revoked, Driving While Suspended, Open Container and Trespassing.  The Trespassing charge stemmed from an incident that occurred prior to Deputies locating Mr. Herrald.

On 8/23/2014 at 8:30 A.M. a Fayette County Deputy was at Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union with a Fayette County Jail Inmate who was being treated for medical issues. During his treatment the deputy released one of the inmate’s hands from hand cuffs and the inmate attacked the deputy and a struggle took place. The inmate managed to take and secure the deputy’s firearm and held the deputy at gun point, wanting to be further released to attempt an escape. The deputy then deployed a non-lethal device at the inmate. The inmate then shot the deputy. The inmate then took the firearm and inflicted a gunshot to himself.

The deputy is being treated at Palmer for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, the deputy was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time. The deputy was treated and released from his injuries. The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff’s Office has turned this investigation over to the Division of Criminal Investigations. Assisting at the scene was the West Union Police Department and the County Medical Examiner.

Palmer Hospital has limited entrance to some areas, however still have full services and entrance in the Emergency room if needed. Names of the deputy and inmate will be released at a later date and after a full investigation and notification is completed.

On 8-20-14 at 11:26 hours Fayette County deputies arrested Joseph Hedgman 21 of Oelwein on a Fayette county warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of OWI (driving while drugged). Hedgman  was transported to the Fayette county jail where he was held on a $2000 bond.

 On 8-20-14 Fayette County deputies arrested Christian Varela 22 of Oelwein on a Fayette county warrant for 4th degree criminal mischief. Varela was transported to the Fayette county jail where he was held on a $2000 cash bond.

On August 21, 2014,  Jeffrey Allen Steffen, age 36 of Waterloo, turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for a warrant. Steffen had a warrant for Violating a No Contact Order that was recently put in place due to a domestic abuse incident on August 9, 2014. Steffen is currently being held on a $1000 cash or corporate surety bond.

 On 8/15/2014 at 10:29 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle accident at the intersection of 265th street and Lincoln road. After an investigation it was determined that Karen Dennler 52 of Saint Olaf was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson when she attempted to pass a tractor and implement that was turning west on to 265th street.  Once she discovered it was turning west she entered the west graveled shoulder and tipped over the motorcycle. Dennler was uninjured. Daniel Schmitz 46 of Garnavillo was traveling with Dennler and pulled onto the west shoulder and tipped over his motorcycle. Schmitz was transported to Palmer hospital where he was treated for head and neck injuries. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by West Union fire and Tri-state ambulance. The motorcyles received minor damage and the accident remains under investigation.

On, 8-26-14, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ricky James Ohm, 43 of Fredericksburg, for failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry.  Ohm was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where he awaits his initial appearance. 

Heightened Enforcement over the Labor Day Holiday

 Des Moines, IOWA--- As part of the National Drunk Driving Campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” Iowa law enforcement officers will beef up their commitment to saving lives on Iowa’s streets and highways.  This initiative is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) effort to save lives by focusing on drunk/drugged drivers.  Together with law enforcement agencies across the nation, Iowa will have more than 250 city, county and state law enforcement agencies participating in this heightened enforcement event beginning August 25th and running through September 7th, 2014.

 “Driving drunk or drugged is a life threatening undertaking not only for those who do it but for all of those who use Iowa’s roadways,” says Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.  One of the deadliest and most often committed, yet preventable of crimes, drunk driving, has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.

 Hoye further advises that, “Through high visibility enforcement, officers will remain vigilant, not only addressing drunken driving issues, but all traffic violations.  Our number one goal is to save lives.”  Last year in Iowa, there were 317 citizens who died in motor vehicle crashes and 75 of those were attributed to drivers impaired by alcohol or other drugs. 

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 4 fatalities during the 3-day Labor Day Holiday last year, one of which was alcohol related.  Crash data has shown in the past five years, the months of August and September are the most deadliest months of the year.

For additional information, go to www.iowagtsb.org or www.nhtsa.dot.gov.  Or you may contact:

DriveSober300CMYK

Randy Hunefeld
sTEP Coordinator
Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
515-725-6124

hunefeld@dps.state.ia.us

On August 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM a Fayette County Deputy observed a vehicle run a stop sign in the City of Clermont.  Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver was identified as 24 year old Tyler Allen Hanson of Wadena.  After an investigation, it was determined that Hanson was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest and taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated (1st Offense), and Failure to Obey Traffic Sign or Signal.  Hanson was held at the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance in court.

 On August 27, 2014, at approximately  7:00 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to arrest Matthew Daniel Durnan, age 40 of Clermont, on two Fayette County warrants when the defendant fled on foot leading Deputies on a short foot chase to his residence in Clermont. Durnan then locked himself inside and refused to come out after multiple verbal commands. He then left his house and attempted to flee on a bicycle. He was quickly apprehended by Deputies and  was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’ s Office on a warrant for violation of a domestic abuse no contact order, and another warrant for failure to appear on domestic abuse charges. Durnan was also charged with interference with official acts. Durnan is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $1500 bond.

On 8-24-14, Jeffrey Neal Bishop, 43 of Clermont, was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Serious Misdemeanor.  Charges stem from a personal injury accident that took place in July of 2014. Bishop will appear in court at a later date.

On 8-30 at approx. 5:30 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one vehicle rollover accident in the 6000 block of Great River Rd. Upon investigation it was discovered Sam Ihde of West Union was traveling west on Great River Rd when a deer entered the roadway. The driver attempted to avoid the deer, but instead lost control of a 99 Ford Pickup truck and entered the ditch rolling the truck onto its roof. There were no injuries the vehicle sustained approx. $3000  damage. Clermont Fire Department assisted on scene. Ihde was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.

 On 08-30-14 at approximately 5:41 AM a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy came upon a red Toyota Truck, in the ditch, on County Road W51 approximately one mile north of Highway 56.  Upon investigation it was determined 29 year old Jake Alan Anderson of Postville was intoxicated.  Anderson was transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with OWI First Offense, Failure to Maintain Control, and Open Container. 

On August 30, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kimberly Sue Eckhardt, age 46 of Arlington, for driving while license barred. Eckhardt was transported to the Fayette County Jail for an initial appearance and was later released on a $2000 unsecured bond and a promise to appear.

On August 29, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Duane Thorson, age 60 of Elgin. Thorson was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor). Thorson was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

On 9/2/14 at 10:16 AM a Fayette County Deputy on patrol stopped to assist a motorist who was having mechanical issues  at the intersection of F Ave and Hwy 3. It was determined that the driver of the vehicle Jay Donald Sawvel age 22 from Dubuque, IA was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Sawvel was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Driving while License Barred. Sawvel was held in the Fayette County Jail pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

  On 9-5-14 at approx.. 1:14 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted burglary in progress in the city of Waucoma. Upon further investigation Jose M. Reighard 21 of Waucoma was attempting to gain entry into the residence but was unable to do so. Reighard fled the scene prior to the Deputies arrival. Reighard was later located and taken into custody. Reighard was then transported to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with Attempted 2nd degree Burglary a class “D” Felony, criminal mischief in the fourth degree (serious misdemeanor), Domestic abuse (simple misdemeanor) and first offense public intoxication (simple misdemeanor).  Reighard was held awaiting his initial appearance.

On 9-4-14, Fayette County Sheriff’s Arrested Tasha Marie Johnson, 28 of Oelwein, on a Fayette County arrest warrant, Failure to Appear: original charge Theft 5th.  Johnson was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail and held on $300 bond. 

On 9-1-14, at approximately 8:30 P.M., Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office Arrested Lisa Lynn McLaury, 45 of Hazelton, IA on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant, charge being Failure to Appear/Contempt of Court.  McLaury was held in the Fayette County Jail on $300 bond.

  On 9-5-14, at approximately 5:45 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a personal injury roll-over accident, south of Fayette on C-24.  When arriving on scene it was found that Gerald John Engels, 66 of Fayette, was driving north bound on C-24 when Engels lost control of his 1983 Ford truck striking the ditch and rolling. Engels was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Palmer Emergency Room for injuries.  The damage to the 1983 Ford F-150 truck was considered a total loss.  Engels was cited for failure to Maintain Control.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Fayette Fire, Fayette Ambulance, Fayette Police Department, and Fayette First Responders.  This accident remains under investigation.   

On September 5, 2014, Patrick Farrell, age 22 of Strawberry Point, turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant. Farrell had a warrant for  Burglary 2nd degree (2 counts), Burglary 3rd degree (2 counts), and Theft 2nd degree. Farrell is being held at the Fayette County Jail on $10,000 bond.   These charges stem from some home burglaries in Arlington in July of 2014.

   On September 7, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a driving complaint of a vehicle driving erratically, and causing  danger to other drivers. Once Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies located the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and lead them on a vehicle pursuit for several miles. The vehicle was apprehended with the assistance of the Oelwein Police Department. The driver was identified as Michael Lee Brunson, age 57 of Oelwein. Brunson was charged with Operating while under the influence 1st Offence (Serious misdemeanor), Eluding (Serious misdemeanor), Open container (Simple misdemeanor); Failure to obey stop sign, Failure to have valid license, Failure to prove security against liability, and Operating without registration. Brunson was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he will await an initial appearance on the charges.

On 9/15/14 at 10:00 Am Stephen Joseph Smith age 48 from Des Moines turned himself into the Fayette County Jail on a Fayette County Mittimus. Smith had been ordered by the Court to serve 2 days in the Fayette County Jail after being sentenced for Operating while intoxicated 1st Offense. Smith was held in the Fayette County Jail to serve the 2 day sentence.

On September 9, 2014 at approximately 8:03 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an accident at 190th Street and Lane Road. Henry Miller, age 62 of Fayette, was driving a truck East bound on 190th Street and pulling a fully loaded bail trailer without lights in the dark. Eric Kanagy, age 19 of Westgate, was also driving a truck East bound and could not see Miller. Kanagy struck Miller’s bail trailer head on. Kanagy’s truck was considered a total loss and Miller’s bail trailer has some functional damage. No one was injured in this accident. This accident is still under investigation.

On September 9, 2014, at approximately 8:20 PM  the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a car deer accident at the 6000 block of Harding Road.  Rebecca Jo Woller, age 43 of Fredericksburg, was heading West bound on Harding Road when a deer struck her vehicle. There was minimal damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

  On 9-12-14, at approximately 2:00 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a cement truck tipped over in the ditch on Highway 18, east of X Avenue.  When deputies arrived on scene it was found that the cement truck had tipped into a ditch off a farm drive just off of Highway 18.  Through an investigation, it was found that Roger Dale Ameling, 47 of West Union, was backing a cement mixer down a narrow driveway, when the wheels slipped off the east part of the drive, causing the cement mixer to tip and roll onto its side in the east ditch.  Cement and mix had to be removed from the mixer with water in order to move the mixer.  The damage to the 2007 Kenworth  W900 was estimated at $13,000.  No one at the scene was injured.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Waucoma Fire Department, Waucoma First Responders, and West Union Fire Department. 

 On 9-14-14, The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault that occurred at Prairie View Residential Care Facility, 18569 Lane Road Fayette, IA.  When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene, an investigation was conducted and it was found that two different assaults occurred between multiple people.   Zachary David Morris, 20 of Prairie View Residential Facility, was arrested for Assault Causing Bodily Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor and Neisha Dominique Sanders, 24 of Prairie View Residential Facility was arrested for Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Morris and Sanders were taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where they awaited  their initial appearance. 

 On 9-13-14 at approx. 12:30 am a Fayette County Deputy discovered a male passed out behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle in the Shell Parking Lot in West Union. Upon investigation Douglas Bass, Sumner was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1`st  Offense and open container as a driver. He was arrested and transported to Fayette county jail.

On September 12, 2014 at 10:30 am Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a Semi-Tractor Trailer on Hwy 150 approx. 4 mi. south of Fayette after deputy observed that the trailer’s rear door was unsecured and it’s contents of smashed aluminum cans were falling out onto the roadway. Investigation showed that the semi driven by Gary Martin Williamowski age 53 of Cedar rapids had lost 1000,s of aluminum cans, nearly a third of the driver’s load, out onto the roadway between 190th ST. 3 mi. South of West Union  and 100Th ST. 5 mi. South of Fayette along Hwy 150. No injuries and no damage was reported.  The trucking Company (Can Shed) out of Cedar Rapids and the IOWA Department of Transportation are working on clean up. Incident Remains under investigation.  

On 9/11/14 at 9:41 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 18 west of V-68. An investigation determined that Eric Douglas Heinen 43 from Cedar Falls was operating a 2013 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Hwy 18 when a deer entered the roadway and ran into the driver’s side of the vehicle. There was an estimated $3500 damage to the vehicle. No one was injured.

On September 9, 2014,  after a two week investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office have charged two juveniles in connection with a break-in at the Hawkeye Elementary School located at 345 East Burger Street in Hawkeye. Alexander James Jones 15 of Hawkeye and Colton Matthew Edwards 15 also of Hawkeye are accused of entering the school without permission and damaging computers and light fixtures and burning materials in the computer lab.  Jones and Edwards have been referred to Juvenile authorities on charges of second degree criminal mischief, third degree arson and trespassing.  

On 9-15-14, at approximately 5:30 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a person threatening to assault clients and staff at Prairie View Residential Care Facility, Fayette IA.  After an investigation, Neisha Dominique Sanders, 24 of Prairie View Residential Care Facility, was arrested for Simple Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Sanders was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail, where she was held for an initial appearance. 

On September 18, 2014 Black hawk County Authorities arrested Bruce Lee Miller age 20 of Waterloo on a Fayette County Warrant for failure to Appear( original charge Burglary 3rd degree, Theft and criminal mischief). Bruce is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on $5000.00 bond.

On September 17, 2014 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received report of a vehicle in the ditch and on its side at D Avenue south of Arlington.  Upon investigation it was determined 16 year old Matthew Brian Janssen of Arlington was traveling north on D Avenue when a deer reportedly entered the roadway.  Janssen lost control of his vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled on its side.  Janssen was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for minor injuries.  The vehicle he was driving, a red 1993 Chevrolet truck, sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Arlington Fire/First Responders and B&L Body & Towing.

On 9/19/2014 at 9:00 A.M. Deputies responded to 220 Olive Street in Westgate, for a report of a disturbance of a man and a women yelling. Once deputies arrived they could hear yelling coming from inside the house and witnessed several small children in a window crying.  Deputies then gained entry and found that five small children ranging from 3 to 9 years of age had been locked into a bedroom. Apparently the boyfriend, Joshua Raymond Steinbronn, age 28 had locked the children in the room for hours denying them food and restroom. Further investigation showed Joshua Steinbronn had on several different occurrences locked the five children in a room and left them for over 24 hours at a time. The children reported to authorities that they had to urinate in cups and sometimes on the floor due to being locked into the room for such a long period of time. Authorities at this time are not sure on the role the mother played in this incident however the Department of Human Services were called in and took custody of all the children.

Steinbronn was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Jail and charged with five counts of False Imprisonment, a serious Misdemeanor and five counts of Child endangerment an aggravated misdemeanor. As a result of the incident a search was also conducted and Drug Paraphernalia was found and also a charge of drug paraphernalia was filed. As a result of the search charges were also filed on Megan Elise Owens, age 22 and Traeton Dean Wilharm, age 20 who were renting a room at the residence for possession of drug paraphernalia.  The mother of the five children is currently being investigated to determine if she had any part in the child endangerment and remains under investigation. Steinbronn was released the next day by the courts on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond and an order of protection was issued to protect the children.

On 9/21/14 at 6:17 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle that struck a deer on Hwy 3 east of N Ave. An investigation determined that Christopher Michael Benning from Aurora was operating a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on Hwy 3 when a deer entered the travelled portion of the roadway. There was an estimated $2500 damage to the vehicle. Benning was not injured.

 On-9-21-14, at approximately 1:00 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office took a report of a violation of a no-contact order near E 2nd St Wadena IA . Upon investigation, it was found that Roger Duane Thorson, 59 of Elgin IA and Connie Kaye Anfinson, 52 of Fayette IA, were in Violation of an existing No-Contact Order.  Thorson was taken into custody and charged with violation of a no contact order and Anfinson was taken into custody and charged with Aiding and abet to a violation of an order of protection.  Both individuals were transported to Fayette County Jail. 

On 9/16/14 at 12:49 PM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of C Avenue and 70th Street. After an investigation it was determined that Breina Burgin 26 of Lamont was driving south in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala and attempting to make a left hand turn onto 70th Street when she was rear ended by a 1996 Freightliner semi that was being driven by Duane Druecker 68 of Volga. (owned by Hiemes Trucking of Arlington) Burgin and her passenger Brenda Scott 57 of Strawberry Point were taken to Manchester Hospital and treated for head and neck injuries while Druecker was uninjured. There was approximately $3000 in damages to the Burgin vehicle and $1500 in damages to the Druecker semi. Druecker was charged with failure to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate. Strawberry Point AND Arlington Ambulance assisted at the scene, along with the Arlington Fire Department.

On 9/18/14 at 9:32 AM the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a car/ horse accident that happened at 23867 Quartz road. After an investigation it was learned that Andrea Rose 34 of Hawkeye was driving north in a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix when she was unable to avoid striking a small horse that had escaped from its fenced in area and ran into the roadway.  There were no injuries reported and no charges filed.  The horse was treated at the scene and is in stable condition.    

On September 22, 2014, at approximately 4:08 pm Michael James Carey, age 74 of Fayette, was driving a West Central School bus north on J Ave 7 mi. West of Arlington when he lost control of the bus and went into the East Ditch. Carey was transported to the Oelwein Mercy Medical Center for medically evaluation by Oelwein Ambulance. Carey had just finished dropping off the last student on the bus route before the accident. There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident. The Bus sustained approx. $3,500.00 damage. Arlington Fire Department assisted at the scene. Accident remains under investigation.     

On 9-21-14, at approximately 8:00PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, took a call of a car deer accident just outside Sumner on Highway 93.  When arriving on scene it was found that Susan Lea Friedrich, 54 of West Union, was driving east bound on Highway 93, just outside of Sumner, when a deer came into the road striking her 2012 Subaru.  Damage to Friedrich's 2014 Subaru Impreza was estimated at $6,000.  No one at the scene sustained injuries.    

 On September 23, 2014, James Melvin Rudolph, age 30 from Oelwein was arrested by Black Hawk County and transported to the Fayette County Jail on a  Fayette County Warrant for his arrest for Domestic Abuse Assault (Serious misdemeanor), Assault on  a Peace Officer (Serious misdemeanor), and Disorderly Conduct (Simple misdemeanor). Rudolph is being held on a $10,000 bond.

On 9-23-14, at approximately 7:15 PM, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office received a call of a car deer accident near the intersection of V-68 and 165th Street, Sumner IA.  When Deputies arrived on scene it was found that Todd William Briddle, 43 of Oran, was traveling south bound on V-68 when a deer came into the roadway striking his vehicle.  The damage to Briddle's 2012 Dodge Avenger was estimated at $6,000.  No one at the scene sustained injuries.  


 Megan Owens          Josh Steinbronn        Traeton Wilharm       Joyna Smith

On 9-24-14, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, received information that Joshua Raymond Steinbronn, 28 of Westgate, was at the residence of 220 Olive St. Westgate IA.  Information stemmed from a prior investigation where charges of Child Endangerment were filed on Steinbronn.  As a result of his arrest on 9/19/2014, a No-Contact order was issued between Steinbronn and the 5 children of Jonya Marie Ruth Smith, 29 of Westgate. The Sheriff’s Office has done several welfare checks on the children since the arrest, however reports that Steinbronn was at the residence continued to come in.  During an investigation with the DHS it was discovered that a hidden door leading under the house was in a closet in the residence.   With assistance from DHS, it was discovered that Steinbronn had been hiding in the hidden crawl space and had been in contact  with the children, multiple times in the last 48 hours, and Jonya Smith was aware of this. When Fayette County Deputies arrived on scene, Jonya Marie Ruth Smith, 29 of Westgate and all five children were at the residence on Olive St.   While on scene , Deputies also arrested Traeton Dean Wilharm, 19 of Sumner, and Megan Elise Owens, 21 of Oelwein on Fayette County Warrants for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with $1000 Cash Bond.  Joshua Steinbronn was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of Violation of a Protective Order, Simple Misdemeanors. Jonya Smith was arrested and charged with 5 counts of Child Endangerment, Aggravated Misdemeanors, 2 counts of Aid and abet of a No-Contact Order, Simple Misdemeanors, and Driving While Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Steinbronn and Smith were transported to Fayette County Jail and currently await their  initial appearances.  Owens and Wilharm were taken into custody on the Fayette County Warrants and transported the Fayette County Jail where they later posted $1000 bond.  This investigation still remains open and more charges pending. All five children were removed from the home by the DHS staff.  

Sheriff Marty Fisher would like to express his thanks to the concerned citizens who worked with the Sheriff’s Office during this investigation. 

On 9/29/14 at 7:00 AM Nicholas William Konen age 28 from Elgin turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on a Fayette County Warrant for Driving while license barred. Konen was held in the Fayette County Jail on $3500 bond pending an appearance with a Magistrate.

 On 9/25/14 Fayette County Deputies arrested Diana Adkisson 49 of waterloo on a black hawk county warrant for failure to appear on a pre-trial . Adkisson was taken to the Fayette county jail and then transferred to Black Hawk county authorities.

On 9-28-14, Oelwein police Department arrested Clyde Wesley Stancil Jr., 49 of Oelwein IA, on a Fayette County Arrest Warrant, original charge Domestic Abuse Assault.   Stancil was taken into custody and transported to Fayette County Jail where he is being held on $2500 cash bond.

On 9-27-14 at approx.. 11:23 p.m. a Fayette County Deputy Stopped a vehicle on East Main St in the City of Hawkeye for an equipment violation. Upon further investigation the driver  of the vehicle Tyler A. Baderschneider 22 of West Union was found to be intoxicated. Baderschneider was arrested and transported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with Operating while intoxicated first offense.

On 9-27-14 the Fayette County Sheriff’s office arrested Joseph Hedgmen of Oelwein on a warrant for failure to appear with the original charges being OWI 1st and Possession of Marijuana. He is being held at the Fayette County jail on a 5000 bond.

On September 25, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident at the intersection of Hwy 187 and I Avenue. Tina Charmane Persinger, age 48 of Auburn, was west bound on Hwy 187 when she struck a deer. Persinger’s vehicle sustained approximately $1500 in damage. Persinger sustained injuries during the accident and was transported by Arlington Ambulance to Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

On September 26, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jacob Allen Swearingen, age 18 of Westgate. Swearingen had a Fayette County Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, with the intent to deliver and a bond amount of $1000 cash or corporate surety. Swearingen was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he later posted bond.

On September 26, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Justin Wayne Steege, age 25 of Randalia, for Domestic Abuse Assault causing Bodily Injury (Serious misdemeanor). Steege was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance.  

 

 

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