Sheriff’s report, March 2014

Sheriff badge freeFollowing are excerpts of activities reported by the Greene County sheriff’s office:

Monday, March 31: At 10:29 am a deputy was asked to assist with providing traffic control for a wide load westbound on Highway 30 over the Union Pacific overpass at Grand Junction At 10:30 am a deputy investigated a reported burglary and criminal mischief to farm buildings in the 900 block of County Road P-33 (S Ave) in Hardin Township. At 2:05 pm a deputy agreed to assist another out-of-county agency with an investigation and possible arrest. At 9:38 pm a deputy investigated the report of trespassing and a possible home invasion at a residence in the 500 block of S. 12th St in Grand Junction.

Sunday, March 30: At 11:18 am a deputy was advised of a large round bale of hay obstructing the roadway on County Road P-14 (I Ave) south of 180th St in Bristol Township. The bale was subsequently removed from the roadway. At 4:48 pm a deputy and the Scranton fire department were dispatched to a grass fire near County Road E-33 (Eaton Ave) and 195th St in Kendrick Township. At 7:39 pm a deputy was asked to check on several reported animals living in an abandoned house in the 400 block of 18th St in Grand Junction; the animals appear to be woodchucks or badgers.

Saturday, March 29: At 12:11 am a deputy was advised by a towing service of a one vehicle accident that occurred on 215th St near Imperial Ave in Bristol Township. The accident had occurred the previous day at about 6 pm. Craigg Michael Smith, 37, of Jefferson reported that he drove off the roadway while attempting to retrieve an item from the floor of his 1976 pickup truck. Damage to the truck was estimated at $2,000. At 3:30 pm the Paton fire department and a deputy were dispatched to a grass fire that was reported on 140th St near Orchard Ave in Dawson Township. The Paton fire units extinguished the fire without incident.

Friday, March 28: At 3:04 am a deputy transported a small white muzzled dog  from the 300 block of 3rd St in Rippey to the animal shelter in Jefferson. At 6:37 pm a deputy checked the report of cattle on the roadway in the 800 block of County Road P-14 in Bristol Township. The deputy moved the cattle from the road to an open field.

Thursday, March 27: At 7:39 am a deputy checked the report of a stationary vehicle with its lights on in the Rippey cemetery before sunrise. The vehicle was not found upon the deputy’s arrival. At 9:07 am a deputy transported a bicycle to the impound lot in Jefferson after a Department of Transportation employee found the bike along Highway 30 east of Grand Junction. At 9:43 am dispatchers at the LEC were asked by a Union Pacific railroad official to check on a brush fire adjacent to the railroad tracks near Scranton. Union Pacific was advised that it was a controlled burn and was being monitored. At 9:17 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 500 block of Main St in Grand Junction to check on a charcoal grill and bicycle that were placed at the residence by an unknown party.

Wednesday, March 26: At 8:49 am a deputy was dispatched to the 100 block of S. 8th St in Grand Junction for the reported theft of a new car battery from a vehicle in the early morning hours. After an investigation deputy Shane Monthei charged and arrested Joshua Jay Blumberg, 18, and Terry Ray Anschutz, 18, both of Grand Junction with possession of stolen property, theft-fifth degree and trespassing, all simple misdemeanors.* More arrests are expected after further investigation. At 6:12 pm deputy Nathaniel Chapman was advised that Colby Dean Onnen, 20, of Des Moines was in Jefferson. There was an outstanding warrant for violation of probation on a burglary charge. Chapman was assisted by a motor vehicle enforcement officer in taking Onnen into custody without incident.

Tuesday, March 25: At 12:20 am a deputy checked the report of someone driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent in Churdan. The vehicle was later returned to the owner. Charges are pending further investigation. At 3:39 am a deputy assisted a Jefferson police officer with an arrest in the 400 block of E. Washington. At 10:21 pm a deputy checked the progress of several reported controlled burns near Highway 30 and Hillcrest St west of Jefferson.

Monday, March 24: At 12:43 am the sheriff, the chief deputy and a deputy, along with fire units from Grand Junction and Jefferson responded to a reported structure fire at 301 E. First St in Grand Junction. Two older farm buildings owned by Raymond Gunn were fully engulfed upon the departments’ arrival. Gunn reported his burning of garbage earlier in the day on Sunday as a probable cause. No value estimate is available for the buildings and contents at this time. At 8:29 am a deputy and the Jefferson fire department were dispatched to a pickup truck fire at 1116 L Ave in Bristol Township. Justin Stream’s 1979 Ford F150 was determined to be a total loss. At 10:33 am the sheriff spoke with several residents in the 900 block of Main St in Scranton about their young children running freely about the neighborhood and being destructive to other people’s property. At 12:09 pm a deputy was out of position and unable to locate a reported white GMC full size van with no license plates that was eastbound from Casey’s General Store in Grand Junction. Boone County was advised of the vehicle description. At 12:10 pm a deputy was advised by a Greene County conservation employee of criminal mischief and vandalism to a sign and fencing at the wildlife area at Squirrel Hollow Park. The park official estimated the damage to be $200. At 5:12 pm a deputy investigated a barking dog nuisance complaint in the 200 block of Hill St in Churdan. At 5:25 pm a deputy and the Grand Junction fire and rescue department was dispatched to a reported two vehicle accident at the intersection of 2nd St and 18th St in Grand Junction. Phillip Michael Kenoyer, 25, of Grand Junction was eastbound on 2nd St when a red vehicle pulled out from 18th St and caused Kenoyer to take evasive action. Kenoyer’s vehicle entered the ditch and caught fire. The red vehicle did not stop and its identity is unknown at this time. Kenoyer’s 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a total loss. The accident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office. At 7:18 pm a deputy assisted a juvenile court officer with an investigation in Scranton.

Sunday, March 23: At 11:09 am a deputy investigated the report of an ATM card that was possibly stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Churdan; the theft is under investigation. At 2:39 pm a deputy assisted an investigator from the Department of Human Services with a possible child abuse case. At 6:26 pm two deputies and Churdan fire and rescue responded to a structure fire in the 1100 block of 170th St in Bristol Township. A garage owned by Cale Luther was determined to be a total loss after catching fire from a trash burn near the garage. Embers from the garage also ignited the roof of a nearby barn. No damage estimate was given at the time and damage to the barn was contained to the roof only. At 7:49 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 2300 block of 170th St in Junction Township for a reported harassment complaint. The altercation was between family members and is under investigation. Saturday, March 22: At 8:09 am a deputy was asked to check a discarded bicycle that was found in the ditch near the 700 block of 202nd St in Bristol Township. At 9:37 am a JPD officer assisted in placing a dog found in the county into the animal shelter in Jefferson as the deputy was on patrol in Paton. At 12:10 pm a deputy was advised of a careless and erratic driver southbound on County Road P-46 who turned east onto County Road E-26 and entered Boone County. The Boone County sheriff’s office was advised. At 2:41 pm a deputy assisted the JPD in locating a male who had not returned home in a timely manner. At 4:20 pm a deputy assisted the JPD with a minor backing accident in Jefferson. At 6:04 pm a deputy was advised of a theft of a welder from a farm shop in the 1700 block of 340th St in Franklin Township. The burglary was reported for informational purposes only and a report was not wanted. Friday, March 21: No activity. Thursday, March 20: At 10:20 am a deputy assisted the Ames police department in determining the identity and location of a Greene County resident. At 11:06 am a deputy was advised of an attempted phone scam to a resident in the 1000 block of Livingston St in Churdan. The caller said he was from Publishers Clearing House and told the local resident she had won a car and outlined steps to collect the car, including purchasing two $500 green dot cards at Walmart. The Churdan resident did not fall for the scam. At 5:51 pm a deputy and the Jefferson fire department responded to a trash burn in the 1700 block of Quaker Ave in Grant Township. The burn got out of control and started a small unoccupied chicken coop and tall grass on fire. The small shed was determined to be a total loss. At 6:40 pm while on routine patrol in Rippey a deputy located and arrested Fredrick James Lonsdale, 40, of Perry on an outstanding warrant for tampering with a witness, an aggravated misdemeanor.* Wednesday, March 19: A deputy investigated a harassment complaint in the 100 block of Lovejoy St in Rippey. At 10:54 pm a deputy assisted other law enforcement agencies with a drug investigation in Scranton. Tuesday, March 18: At 3:09 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 1800 block of T Ave in Franklin Township for the report of a theft of farm machinery and livestock equipment. The theft is under investigation. At 3:32 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 1000 block of Highway 144 (U Ave) in Junction Township to retrieve a bag of drug paraphernalia that was dumped at that location. Monday, March 17: At 8 am a deputy was advised of illegal dumping and littering after a secondary road crew reported picking up trash from a rural road southeast of Rippey. After an investigation by the deputy several citations will be issued. At 11:35 am a Scranton resident reported at the LEC the theft of 12 bee hives from the 700 block of 230th St in Jackson Township. An investigation was initiated. At 12:54 pm the sheriff’s office received a dog bite report from the Ames animal shelter after Mary Greeley Medical Center reported a female from the 400 block of 4th St in Rippey had gone there for treatment of a dog bite after she had been bitten by a neighbor’s dog. The deputy spoke with the female who said the dog had received all immunizations and she did not wish to pursue charges. At 3:16 pm a deputy spoke with a Grand Junction resident in the 400 block of S. 15th St about the possible theft of mail from her mailbox. At 7:45 pm a deputy responded to a dog nuisance call in the 100 block of N. Park St in Paton. Sunday, March 16: At 8:07 am a deputy responded to a one vehicle rollover accident near the Webster-Greene County line. The accident was determined to be in Webster County At 12;15 pm a deputy was asked to check for two dogs reported running at large in the 400 block of County Road E-19 (210th St) in Kendrick Township; the dogs were not located by the deputy. At 2:07 pm a deputy was dispatched to Sparky’s One Stop in Churdan to take a report after the building was struck by a vehicle. The accident is under investigation. At 2:11 pm a deputy investigated a harassment complaint in the 600 block of E. Main St in Grand Junction. At 3:53 pm a deputy on routine patrol in Grand Junction identified and subsequently arrested Jose Trinidad Hernandez, 24, of Grand Junction on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of possession of prescription medications– serious misdemeanor.* Saturday, March 15: At 12:22 am a deputy arrested Jose Eduardo Zambrano, 19, of Carroll for possession of alcohol under age* after a traffic stop on 170th St at B Ave. Friday, March 14: At 1:59 am a deputy was dispatched to the 1000 block of State St in Scranton for the report of someone disturbing the homeowner by knocking on the windows of a residence. At 5:07 pm a deputy was advised of a gas drive off from Sparky’s One Stop in Churdan. A vehicle description was given but the vehicle was not located at that time. The deputy planned to review store video on 3/17. At 9:13 pm deputies from Greene and Carroll counties checked the report of a possible under age party near B Ave and 170th St in Kendrick Township. Everyone at the party was evaluated and later released to the custody of their parents. Thursday, March 13: At 11:09 am a deputy investigated the report of possible identity theft by means of a Social Security number being compromised. The IRS has been advised of the situation. At 4:16 pm a deputy was advised of 4-wheeler all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes being ridden on the roadway near the boat ramp on County Road P-14. The ATVs were not located but the investigation is ongoing. At 7:56 pm a deputy responded to a car-deer accident that occurred on Highway 4 near 257th St south of Jefferson. Pauline Maxine Hadley of Bayard was southbound when a deer ran onto the roadway and struck the passenger side of her vehicle. Hadley was not injured. Damage to her 2011 Chevrolet Impala was estimated at $2,000. At 9:40 pm a deputy was advised of two deer being struck on Highway 30 near County Road P-14 west of Jefferson. The deer were removed from the roadway. Wednesday, March 12: At 4:51 am a deputy assisted a JPD officer in securing a car after the officer conducted a field sobriety test and subsequently arrested the male subject. At 8:04 am a deputy was advised of a gas drive off from Casey’s in Grand Junction. The vehicle was reported to have gone east on Highway 30 upon leaving Casey’s. The vehicle was not located. At 3:25 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 100 block of Cartwright St in Rippey for a reported large black dog that had severely injured a smaller dog and the smaller dog’s owner as she tried to stop the larger shepherd from attacking her dog. Several deputies were not able to locate the dog at that time but will attempt to find the dog as soon as possible. Tuesday, March 11: At 10:07 am a deputy investigated the theft of scrap iron from a rural farmstead in the 100 block of 185th St in Kendrick Township. At 3:03 pm a deputy was advised of three dogs running at large in the 1800 block of M Ave in Jackson Township. At 7:25 pm a deputy checked a residence in the 800 block of Percival St in Grand Junction and subsequently arrested Arthur Henry Chambers, 45, of Grand Junction for a violation of his probation.* The deputy informed the probation officer of taking Chambers into custody. Monday, March 10: At 3:33 pm a deputy was dispatched to Rippey for the report of gun shots being heard. The deputy determined the sounds were fireworks being set off. At 10:30 pm a deputy investigated a harassment complaint in the 800 block of North St in Churdan. At 11:51 pm a deputy was advised of a gas drive-off from the Kum and Go in Perry that may be entering Greene County. The vehicle was not located at the time but a license plate and description was given. Sunday, March 9: At 12:40 am a deputy assisted the Jefferson police department with traffic control in the 200 block of E. Central Ave as the officer performed a field sobriety test during an OWI investigation and subsequent arrest. At 2:50 pm a deputy, K-9 Leo and the chief deputy were dispatched to a reported vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway on 240th St at D Ave west of Scranton with the driver slumped over the steering wheel. Upon the deputy’s arrival he found the driver to be unresponsive. After a search of the vehicle, Zachary James Farrow, 30, of Carroll was arrested for possession of marijuana, operating while intoxicated (OWI)- second offense and carrying a concealed weapon.* At 3:03 pm a deputy was advised of several youngsters being harassed by an adult female near the post office in Grand Junction. At 10:38 pm a deputy was advised of a car-deer accident that occurred on Highway 30 just west of County Road P-33 (S Ave) east of Grand Junction. Troy Nicholas Lester, 22, of Jefferson was eastbound when the deer ran from the north ditch and was struck. The airbags in Lester’s 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck deployed. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000. Saturday, March 8: Routine activity reported. Friday, March 7: At 1:38 am a deputy initiated a traffic stop for speeding on County Road E-18 (130th St) between R and S Ave west of Paton and subsequently arrested Justin Richard Jodoin, 23, of Churdan for OWI-first offense*. He was also cited for speed and failure to maintain control. At 1:49 pm the sheriff, chief deputy Williams, K-9 Leo, deputy Monthei and a state motor vehicle enforcement officer all responded to a one vehicle accident in the 1800 block of County Road E-53 (235th) St east of Jefferson. Michelle Denise Rader Smith, 42, of Jamaica was eastbound when she drove off the roadway and into the ditch before striking a metal storage shed owned by Robert Thorpe. Smith was not injured but was subsequently arrested after K-9 Leo indicated an illegal substance on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Smith was arrested and booked into the county jail on a charge of possession of marijuana.* She was also cited for failure to maintain control, operating without registration, and failure to prove security against financial liability. Damage to her 2006 Kia Spectra was estimated to exceed value. No damage estimate to Thorpe’s shed was provided. Thursday, March 6: At 8:48 am a deputy was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident that was reported on Highway 30 near County Road P-14 (J Ave) west of Jefferson. George Crouch, 53, of Jefferson was westbound when he may have suffered a medical event and drove approximately 300 feet into the north ditch before striking several cedar trees. He was transported to Greene County Medical Center by Greene County EMS for observation; he was later released. Damage to his 1994 Geo Metro was estimated to exceed value. At 10:39 am a deputy, a Carroll County deputy and the Coon Rapids PD responded to a one vehicle rollover accident that had occurred on A Ave and 280th St in Willow Township. Polly Marie Bauer, 45, of Coon Rapids reported she was eastbound on 280th and failed to make the left turn at the “T” intersection with A Ave. Her vehicle went through the intersection, striking a field driveway and rolling five times before coming to rest in a farm field 218 feet from the intersection. Bauer reported the accident had occurred at about 3 am and she got a ride home. She was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to prove security against liability. Damage to her 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX was not listed. Wednesday, March 5: At 4:14 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 100 block of Lovejoy St in Rippey for a reported harassment complaint through text messaging and emails. At 6:18 pm a deputy arrested Kole Alexander Higgins on an outstanding Webster County arrest warrant and transported him to the Webster-Greene County line where he was picked up by a Webster County deputy. Tuesday, March 4: Routine activity reported. Monday, March 3: At 4:42 am a deputy picked up a stray dog in the 1000 block of Cedar St in Scranton and transported it to the animal shelter in Jefferson. At 10:14 am five deputies from the Greene County sheriff’s office conducted a search warrant at 808 11th St N in Grand Junction and subsequently arrested Richard Allen Frye, 33, and Nicole Marie Frye, 33, for distribution to a person under age 18, aiding and abetting, and child endangerment.* At 4:49 pm a deputy spoke with a resident in the 600 block of County Road P-33 in Dawson Township about receiving harassing messages on Facebook. Sunday, March 2: Routine activity reported. Saturday, March 1: At 1:05 pm a deputy was dispatched to Dana for the report of two vehicles being driven recklessly through Dana. The deputy was unable to find the vehicles described upon his arrival. *In all cases when a defendant has been charged this is merely an accusation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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