Sheriff’s report – February 2016

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

Monday, Feb. 29: At 2:34 am, a deputy was dispatched to the 2200 block of V Ave in Washington Township to investigate the report of someone hearing gun shots. The source of the alleged shots was never determined. At 10:41 am a deputy was dispatched to the 700 block of Eagle St in Scranton for the report of a careless driver. The vehicle and driver were found and the juvenile driver was issued a citation for the violation of a restricted license. At 11:45 am, a deputy was advised of off road dirt bikes being ridden on the roadway in the 200 block of 260th St in Scranton Township. At 1:30 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 300 block of Lovejoy St in Rippey to check a vacant residence. It was determined that someone had gained entry into the house with no damage other than the front door. At 3:13 pm a deputy was advised of a burglary and the theft of personal property from a residence on T Ave. At 4:08 pm a deputy spoke with a resident in the 300 block of 150th St in Cedar Township about some personal papers that were taken from his home.

Sunday, Feb. 28: At 9:28 am a deputy was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Hager St in Grand Junction to investigate criminal mischief to a vending machine in the laundromat. After an investigation the deputy charged a juvenile male subject with criminal mischief-fifth degree. Also charged and transported to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center was Dylan Mikul Casali, 18, of Grand Junction for criminal mischief-fifth degree (simple misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana-first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. At 2:47 pm a deputy assisted a JPD officer with the arrest of two adults in the 300 block of N. Chestnut St in Jefferson. At 3:07 pm a deputy was dispatched to 270th St and County Road N-58 (A Ave) to investigate the report of four off road dirt bikes being ridden on the roadway near Dunbar Slough. The bikes were not located at that time.

Saturday, Feb. 27: At 3:45 pm a deputy assisted a JPD officer and an Iowa State Patrol officer in executing a search warrant in the 400 block of E. State St in Jefferson.

Friday, Feb. 26: Routine activity reported.

Thursday, Feb. 25: At 9:15 am three members of the sheriff’s office, the Jefferson fire department and Greene County Emergency Medical Services were all dispatched to single vehicle rollover accident that occurred on County Road P-30 (Quaker Ave) near 250th St in Grant Township. Shellie Lee Leesley, 53, of Cooper was northbound on P-30 when she lost control of her 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix. Her car entered the west ditch coming to rest on its top. Leesley was transported to the Greene County Medical Center for further evaluation of minor injuries. Leesley will be issued a citation for failure to maintain control of her vehicle. At 12:17 pm two deputies assisted a JPD officer with a traffic stop in the 500 block of N. Elm St in Jefferson. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle. At 4:24 pm a deputy was advised by a Churdan resident that his identity was compromised and significant charges were debited to his credit card. He advised that the credit card company has started an investigation.

Wednesday, Feb. 24:  Routine activity reported.

Tuesday, Feb. 23: At 2:18 pm the chief deputy sheriff was present during for an eviction procedure in the 200 block of N. Oak St in Jefferson. Joseph Thomas Romeo, 46, of that address, was subsequently arrested by the deputy for criminal mischief – fourth degree*. At 3 pm a deputy responded to a two vehicle accident involving a Guthrie County deputy on Highway 141 near Bagley. At 7:26 pm a deputy spoke with a rural Greene County resident about an illegal hunting concern.

Monday, Feb. 22: At 3:21 pm, a deputy was asked to assist a juvenile court officer at the Greene County courthouse. At 4:17 pm, a deputy located a reported small white chihuahua dog running at large in Rippey and transported it to the shelter in Jefferson. At 8 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 400 block of 2nd St in Rippey to investigate the report of illegal dumping.

Sunday, Feb. 21: At 12:08 pm a deputy was dispatched to Scranton for the report of several erratic and careless drivers in two separate vehicles. The owner of the vehicles was determined.

Saturday, Feb. 20: At 8:25 pm a deputy responded to the 800 block of 202nd St in Kendrick Township after the report of the hearing possible gun shots. The deputy determined that it may have been the ignition of fireworks at a different location. At 10:02 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 800 block of Main St in Grand Junction to investigate the report of a white pickup being driven erratically through town. The deputy was not able to locate the described pickup upon his arrival.

Friday, Feb. 19: At 2:51 am a deputy was advised of a disabled vehicle on Highway 30 near County Road P-33 (S Ave) west of Grand Junction. The deputy checked the identity of the driver and passengers and subsequently arrested Mayja Johnson, 20, of Des Moines, on an outstanding warrant from Dallas County. The deputy also issued a citation to Johnson for driving while suspended. At 4 pm a deputy initiated a sexual assault investigation involving an out of state juvenile that occurred in Greene County. At 5:06 pm, a deputy was advised of cattle on the roadway at 170th St and County Road P-14 (I Ave). The deputy and the owner put the cattle back into the corn stalk field. At 11:11 pm a deputy assisted a JPD officer with arresting a male and female in the 200 block of Perry St in Jefferson on outstanding warrants from Dallas County. The deputy transported the two subjects to the Greene–Dallas County line to meet a Dallas County deputy.

Thursday, Feb. 18: At 1:51 pm a deputy assisted a JPD officer with a call in Jefferson. At 5:27 pm a deputy was dispatched to Churdan to investigate a reported assault in the 900 block of Fitzpatrick St. After an investigation by the deputy, a male subject was transported to the Greene County Medical Center for evaluation.

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Routine activity reported.

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Routine activity reported.

Monday, Feb. 15: At 11:46 am a deputy assisted a probation officer with locating a female in Rippey and transporting her to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center to be picked up by Story County officials on their outstanding warrant.

Sunday, Feb. 14: At 8:42 am a deputy assisted an Iowa State Patrol officer with an arrest and search of a vehicle on Highway 30 west of E Ave west of Scranton. Marijuana and two hand guns were found in the vehicle. At 8:16 pm a deputy transported Michael Lee Eastman, 42, of Jefferson to the Greene-Carroll County line where he was then transported by a Carroll County deputy to the Carroll County jail after an arrest by JPD fficers on an outstanding Carroll County warrant.

Saturday, Feb. 13: At 2:23 am a deputy was unable to locate a reported vehicle in the ditch on Eaton Ave near the “S” curve as it approaches 190th St in Bristol Township. At 10:34 pm a deputy was out of position and unable to locate a reported suspicious vehicle in the 900 block of 180th St in Bristol Township. At 10:47 pm a deputy was unable to locate the residence of an incomplete 911 call that mapped to the 1500 block of 120th St in Dawson Township. The deputy checked several different rural locations but was not able to find anyone home at the location mapped by 911.

Friday, Feb. 12: At 8:22 am, a deputy was dispatched to the 500 block of 2nd St in Rippey to investigate a reported burglary and theft of personal property. At 3:44 pm a deputy, the Jefferson fire department and Greene County Emergency Medical Services all responded to a single vehicle roll-over accident on County Road E-53 (230th St) near the “S” curves east of Jefferson. Mica Rae Terrill, 25, of Altoona was westbound when she failed to make the curve and entered the west ditch, coming to rest on its top. Terrill was transported to the Greene County Medical Center for evaluation of her injuries and later transported to Des Moines for a reported severe concussion. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. Her 2008 Toyota Scion was reported to be a total loss. At 7:25 pm a deputy was dispatched for a single vehicle that had slid of the roadway at the “S” curves on Highway 4 south of Jefferson. Andrew Elias Macias 17, of Manawa, WI, was southbound on Highway 4 when his 1997 Ford Ranger slid into the west ditch due to slick road conditions. Macias was not injured and his vehicle was removed the next day. At 11:46 pm, a deputy was asked to meet a Carroll County deputy at the county line to transport Joshua Matthew St. John, 36, of Carroll to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center after an arrest by Carroll County deputies on an outstanding Greene County warrant.

Thursday, Feb. 11: At 10:50 am a deputy was advised by a rural Churdan resident of receiving harassing text messages from her former husband. At 12:16 pm a deputy assisted the Dallas County sheriff’s office with trying to locate a suspicious vehicle in northern Dallas County.

Wednesday, Feb. 10: At 1:13 pm the sheriff was dispatched to the Union Pacific railroad crossing on Highway 144 in Grand Junction for a gravity flow grain wagon that had broken an axle while crossing the tracks, spilling corn onto the tracks. Joe Dolan of Grand Junction was pulling the large gravity flow wagon with a farm tractor. UP was advised of the situation and stopped a westbound train for a short time while the wagon and grain was quickly removed from the crossing. At 5:23 pm two deputies, Grand Junction fire and rescue and Greene County EMS all responded to a reported two vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 30 near X Ave east of Grand Junction. Jerri Lynn Riesberg, 53, of Carroll was westbound on Highway 30 driving a 2006 Saturn Vue when she crossed the center line and struck a 1994 Buick being driven by James Michael Lefeber, 34, of Jefferson. Riesberg was transported to Greene County Medical Center for further evaluation of minor injuries. She was issued a citation for crossing the center line. Lefeber was not injured but was issued a citation for failure to have a valid driver’s license. Both vehicles were determined to be total losses.

Tuesday, Feb. 9: Routine activity reported.

Monday, Feb. 8: At 8:32 am, a deputy checked an unoccupied vehicle in the ditch on Highway 30 near R Ave between Jefferson and Grand. At 10:55 am, a deputy, while on routine patrol, checked an unoccupied vehicle in the ditch on 130th Street just east of County Road P-29 (N Ave) in Dawson Township. At 12:35 pm the sheriff checked a vehicle off the roadway on Highway 4 between 300th and 310th St in Franklin Township.

Sunday, Feb. 7: At 10:24 am a deputy checked a vehicle that had slid into the ditch on Highway 144 near 260th St south of Grand Junction. No damage was reported to the car or injuries to the driver. At 11:21 am a deputy was dispatched for a single vehicle roll-over accident that occurred on County Road P-29 (N Ave) and just north of 150th St in Dawson Township. Matthew Seth Losee, 41, of rural Paton was southbound on P-29 when he reportedly hit an ice patch and his 1999 Chevrolet Silverado entered the ditch, rolling onto its top. Losee was not injured but his pickup sustained major damage.

At 4:56 pm a deputy was advised of two dogs running at large in the 1600 block of L Ave in Jackson Township. The two black and white spaniels are being detained at that rural residence until the owner is located. At 11:18 pm a deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle accident on Highway 4 just south of 140th St. Gary Allen Buelt, 50, of Fort Dodge, reported that he was northbound on Highway 4 when a gust of wind caused him to lose control of his 2002 Ford pickup and it entered the west ditch. Buelt was not injured but his pickup sustained considerable damage. Buelt was given a ride back to Jefferson by the deputy.

Saturday, Feb. 6: At 8:00 am a deputy spoke with a resident in the 2400 block of 250th St in Junction Township about a trespassing concern.

Friday, Feb. 5: At 5:36 am a deputy was advised of the possible theft of medications from a residence in the 800 block of Terrace Ave in Junction Township. At 11:30 am the chief deputy sheriff investigated the theft of a car license plate from a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of County Road E-53 (235th St) west of Jefferson. At 6:06 pm a deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle accident in the 2000 block of Highway 30 east of Jefferson. Hunter Lee Schmidt, 27, of Elk Horn was westbound on Highway 30 when he lost control of his truck due to black ice. The 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck entered the south ditch and struck a utility pole. Schmidt was not injured but his vehicle sustained considerable damage. The utility pole was not damaged. At 6:26 pm a deputy was advised of a gas drive off from the Sparky’s One Stop in Churdan. The deputy will be reviewing the store video to determine the identity of the car. At 8:29 pm, a deputy checked a vehicle that was in the ditch on County Road E-53 west of T Avenue west of Grand Junction. Due to the road conditions the vehicle was not towed at that time. No state report was needed due to any personal injuries or damage to the car.

Thursday, Feb. 4: At 12:45 pm a deputy was asked to investigate a harassment and stalking concern in the 900 block of X Ave in Junction Township. At 8:07 pm a deputy was dispatched to the 300 block of 4th St in Rippey to investigate a possible burglary. The deputy determined that nothing was taken and the tracks found around the residence were left by an animal. At 10:15 pm a deputy assisted a Jefferson police officer with a traffic stop and the arrest of the driver in Jefferson.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: At 9:42 am a deputy provided traffic control just west of the Raccoon River bridge on Highway 30 while a vehicle was towed from the ditch. At 9:26 pm a deputy was dispatched to check the identity of a female that was causing problems and bothering patrons at the Misty Lanes Bowling Alley in Grand Junction. After an investigation, the deputy arrested Brianna Kara Wolf, 25, of Grand Junction on eight outstanding warrants.

Tuesday, Feb. 2: At 11:09 am the chief deputy sheriff was dispatched to single vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Highway 4 in Franklin Township. Martin George McCarthy, 80, of Desoto was northbound on Highway 4 and due to slush covered roads, lost control of his vehicle. McCarthy’s 2002 Toyota Tacoma entered the west ditch and struck a tree. McCarthy was not injured but his car was estimated to be a total loss. At 11:53 pm the sheriff was dispatched for the report of a single vehicle in the west ditch on Highway 4 just south of 140th St in Dawson Township. Due to the treacherous roadways the vehicle was left in the ditch and the driver and two passengers were transported back to Churdan. There was no damage to the vehicle nor injuries to the occupants of the vehicle. At 12:15 pm deputies were advised of another vehicle in the ditch in the 1800 block of County Road E-53 (235th St) east of Jefferson. No injuries to the driver or damage to the car was reported. At 12:38 pm the chief deputy sheriff checked another vehicle in the ditch on Highway 4 just south of 270th St south of Jefferson. No injuries to the driver or damage to the car reported. At 6:59 pm a deputy was assisted by the Rippey fire department and Greene County Emergency Medical Services with a single vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 305th Street and County Road P-46 (W Ave) south of Rippey. Lee Houghton, 50 of Sheldahl was southbound on P-46 and due to road conditions his GMC Envoy slid into the ditch. Houghton was transported By Greene County EMS to the Dallas County Hospital for head injuries. At 7:29 pm a deputy was dispatched to another single vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 4 and 140th St east of Churdan. No damage was reported to the vehicle and the driver was transported back to Jefferson by the deputy. At 9:16 pm a deputy was dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on X Ave and 150th St in Paton Township. No damage was reported to the vehicle and the driver was taken by the deputy to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center until her ride arrived.

 Monday, Feb. 1: Routine activity reported.

*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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