Police blotter

Following are excerpts of activities reported by the Jefferson police department:

Thursday, July 20: At 8:45 am an officer began gathering information and evidence in a reported child abuse that had occurred in the Hy-Vee parking lot the previous day. A subject came forward and provided the officer with information as to what he had witnessed. The investigation continues. At 10:11 am a caller requested a welfare check on a dog in the 400 block of N. Oak St. The officer made contact with the animal and the owner. The animal had food, clean water, and adequate shelter and shade. The owner was advised to bring the animal up to a current status on city animal license. At 10:28 am a caller requested a welfare check on a dog in the 500 block of W. State St. The officer checked on the animal and learned it had food, water, shelter and shade. At 12:15 pm a Jefferson PD officer assisted the Jefferson fire department and the sheriff’s office at an accident scene east of Jefferson on County Road E-53 (235th St). At 4:05 pm a caller advised of a dog in a vehicle parked in the 200 block of E. Lincoln Way. The officer checked on the animal. The vehicle was running with the air conditioning on. The animal was fine. At 5:15 pm an officer arrested James Kenneth Harris, 30, of Woodward on an outstanding arrest warrant for theft- fifth degree (simple misdemeanor)*. The theft occurred April 5 at Kum & Go. At 5:25 pm a complainant reported the theft of her daughter’s cell phone from the locker room at the municipal pool. Two cell phones were discovered to be missing from the same time period. The officer is investigating. At 7:43 pm a traffic stop in the 1300 block of N. Elm St led to the arrest of Victoria Renee Vote, 18, of Harcourt for possession of alcohol under legal age (simple misdemeanor)*.

Wednesday, July 19: At 1:20 pm staff at UnityPoint advised of a dog running freely in the area of the 1000 block of W. Lincoln Way. Officers were able to capture the animal and placed it in the animal holding facility. At 6:24 pm an officer checked on a female in the 600 block of S. Cedar St. A subject had requested an ambulance for the female, but she called back and advised it was not needed. The officer made contact with the female, who was complaining of being too hot. She refused medical attention and left the area on bike. ******* Niko Lee Rice, 23, of Jefferson was arrested  on a warrant for attempted murder upon the completion of an investigation that began on July 13 at 5 pm. Officers were called to as residence in the 400 block of E. State St for a reported domestic abuse assault occurring there. A neighbor in the area had heard screaming and approached the residence. She was met by a male and female exiting the property, involved in a physical fight. The female had obvious signs of injuries and trauma. The male approached the concerned neighbor and threatened to assault her, too. Officers arrived and made contact with the female and the neighbor. The female reported being assaulted by her boyfriend. She reported being continually struck with closed fists, choked by his hands, and him placing his belt around her throat to choke off her airway. The female had injuries and trauma to support the reported assault. She was taken to ER by Greene County EMS and later transported to a Des Moines hospital. As the officer was taking the report, a male arrived at the LEC. He was covered in blood and advised he had assaulted his girlfriend and needed to turn himself in. Shortly after his arrival, the male advised of taking a large amount of prescription medications. The male was transported to ER by Greene County EMS. He was later transported to a facility in Council Bluffs. A Council Bluffs officer arrested the male as he was released from the facility yesterday on Jefferson PD arrest warrants. He was transported back to Jefferson and booked on the charges. Niko Lee Rice, 23, of Jefferson has been charged with attempted murder – B felony, wilfull injury – C felony, domestic abuse assault/impeding air flow – D felony, and harassment- second degree – serious misdemeanor.

Tuesday, July 18: At 1:28 am staff at Kum & Go reported a stray dog there. The officer followed the dog home to 605 West Adams Street and spoke to the owner about the issue. At 9:19 am staff at Kum & Go reported receiving two counterfeit $100 bills. They provided video of the two subjects who passed the bills. The officer is investigating. At 7:06 pm a subject provided an officer with a digital camera that two males had dropped off at his residence. The subject did not know the identity of the males, but thought the camera may be stolen. The camera matched the description of a camera missing from a vehicle over the weekend. The officer checked the camera and located the suspects had taken photos of themselves with the camera. The investigation continues. At 8:51 pm a complainant reported he was working at Casey’s (E. Lincoln Way) and was harassed by a known male. The male entered the business and was attempting to have Smith come outside the business and have a physical fight with him. The officer is investigating and charges are pending at this time.

Monday, July 17: At 9:45 am a complainant reported an overnight burglary at a residence in the 400 block of N. Pinet St. Jewelry was missing from the residence. A list of subjects who had access to the residence was provided to the officer and he is investigating. At 9:46 am an officer initiated an investigation of the burglary of six storage units at 200 W. McKinley St. The locks were cut and are now missing. At 1:39 pm a complainant reported two male subjects in a silver truck stopped at her residence and attempted to sell her steaks. When she advised them she did not wish to purchase the steaks, they offered to trade the steaks for certain prescription pain medications. The complainant advised the two to leave her property and called police. The officer checked and found that the two had not registered for door to door sales at city hall. Officers did not locate the vehicle. At 3:42 pm officers investigated a backing accident at the Hy-Vee parking lot. Linda Jones of Jefferson and Julie Smith of Scranton were both backing from parking stalls when their vehicles collided. Damage to Jones’ 2015 Buick Enclave and to the vehicle Smith was driving, a 2008 Buick Enclave owned by IGWT Trust, was estimated at $500. No citations were issued as the accident occurred on private property. At 5:13 pm a complainant reported a burglary of her vehicle. She did not know if it had occurred at Walmart in Carroll or while her vehicle was parked in the 600 block of S. Olive St. A digital camera valued at $800 had been taken from the vehicle. At 7:56 pm a complainant reported a male swinging a large sword around in a yard in the 400 block of N. Cedar St, frightening her children. The officer advised the subject was not doing anything illegal, but offered to speak to the subject and advise him he was scaring her children. At 8:23 pm while on patrol an officer spotted a female walking in the 300 block of E. McKinley St for whom he there was an outstanding arrest warrant. The officer arrested Freedom Hope Ore, 36, of Grand Junction on an outstanding Greene County arrest warrant for assault- aggravated.*

Sunday, July 16: Christie Carlson reported her adult son had been assaulted overnight in the 1800 block of N. Mulberry St. The officer is gathering information about the reported event. At 1:59 pm a complainant reported finding a dead cat near E. Park and S. Cedar Sts. The cat had a small arrow in it. The complainant advised this is not the first cat he had found in the area, deceased with an arrow in it. At 4:46 pm a complainant reported the theft of a wallet from the Jefferson municipal swimming pool. At 6:28 pm a complainant reported the theft of a trailer from the 100 block of E. Clark St. The complainant had last seen the trailer about 10 days ago. During a traffic stop in the 600 block of S. Cedar St an officer arrested Cathryn Stone, 38, of Charles City for failure to appear on a Floyd County arrest warrant.

Saturday, July 15: Routine activity reported.

Friday, July 14: At 1:41 am an officer was requested at 701 S. Mulberry St. Someone had set of a large number of fireworks on the front porch of the residence. The officer did not locate anyone in the area. At 2:46 am a caller advised of a loud explosion near the 100 block of N. Locust St. The officer searched the area and located fireworks that had been set off in an alley in this area. The officer did not locate anyone in the area. At 2:18 pm a complainant reported criminal mischief to a 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck parked overnight at a residence in the 300 block of E. Lincoln Way. Someone had put a dent in the driver’s side of the vehicle. The officer estimated the damage at $100. The officer is investigating.

Thursday, July 13: At 10:47 am a complainant reported the theft of a box of paperwork from a residence in the 100 block of N. Olive St. At 5 pm officers were called to a residence in the 400 block of E. State St for a reported domestic abuse assault. The officers are investigating at this time. At 9:05 pm a complainant called to speak with an officer about subjects attempting to sell her possible stolen items. The officer is investigating. At 11:38 pm an officer performed a traffic stop with a vehicle in the 600 block of W. Russell St. During the stop, the officer noticed an open container of alcohol beside the driver. He advised the four occupants to step out of the vehicle as he conducted a probable cause search. The officer located open and unopened containers of alcohol in the vehicle. A small amount of suspected marijuana was located and seized from the vehicle. Nicholas Cleghorn, 20, of Ames, Michael Mourlam, 20, of Scranton, and Nathan Cleghorn, 20, of Ames were all charged with possession of alcohol under legal age. Nicholas Cleghorn was also charged with open container – passenger. Future charges are pending test results of the suspected marijuana.

 

Wednesday, July 12: At 7:05 am a complainant reported a possible violation of a no contact order at a residence in the 100 block of W. Madison St. The officer is investigating. At 6:43 pm a complainant provided an officer voice mails on a cell phone that violated a no contact order. The officer has requested an arrest warrant for Jake John Ball, 33, of Jefferson for violation of a no contact order (simple misdemeanor)*.

Tuesday, July 11: At 7:33 pm a complainant reported the theft of a cell phone from a residence in the 400 block of N. Maple St. At 11:37 pm a traffic stop in the 700 block of Wild Rose Lane resulted in Derek Eugene Ott being cited for driving while license suspended. A passenger in the vehicle, Russell Lee Gardner, was arrested after providing a false name to officers. He was charged with interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor)*. There were also outstanding arrest warrants for Gardner from Greene, Guthrie and Dallas Counties.

Monday, July 10: At 11:30 am a complainant reported that he had received an email from what he believed to be his bank. The email requested him to update his online banking information, which he did. The complainant learned a few days later that an attempt to obtain funds from his account was made in the United Kingdom. The bank is working with him and he has not suffered a loss. At 1:16 pm management at Bomgaars reported the theft of bags of pine shavings. A female loaded the bags of shavings and left the business without paying for them. The officer is investigating. At 3:35 pm staff at Sparky’s One Stop reported an abandoned bicycle there. The officer placed the bike in the impound lot. At 8:48 pm an officer spotted a male subject that he knew to be the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant. Michael Eugene Hamilton, 40, of Jefferson was arrested on an outstanding Greene County arrest warrant for burglary- third degree (class D felony)*. At 10:03 pm a complainant reported violation of a no contact order and provided proof to an officer. An arrest warrant has been requested for Rodney Wesley Reed, 54, of Grand Junction for violation of a no contact order (simple misdemeanor)*.

Sunday, July 9: At 8:59 am an officer was advised of a transient begging for money and arguing with customers at Casey’s (N. Elm St.) The officer made contact with the subject and advised him he was not welcome on the private property. At about 10:52 am, the officer received the same report from Oly’s Corner. The male had left the area after yelling at customers. The officer located the male a few blocks away and arrested him. Larry Lee Morgan, 33, of Des Moines was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct*. At 4:01 pm an officer investigated a backing accident in the 400 block of Greenewood Rd. Barbara Murphy of Jefferson backed from a parking space on the south side of the road but struck an eastbound vehicle driven by John Gerkin of Jefferson. Murphy was cited for unsafe backing upon a highway. Damage to her 2002 Ford Ranger was estimated at $2,000. Damage to Gerkin’s 2015 Toyota Highlander was estimated at $5,000.

Saturday, July 8: Routine activity reported.

Friday, July 7: At 6:10 pm an officer investigated a two vehicle property damage accident at E. Lincoln Way and Cedar St. Bruce Binkley of Jefferson was northbound on Cedar. He left the posted stop sign at Elm, but struck the left rear corner of a westbound driven by Linda Coffin of Grand Junction. Binkley was cited for failure to obey stop sign. Damage to his 2005 Hummer was estimated at $500. Damage to Coffin’s 2003 Ford Focus was estimated at $2,500. At 11:11 pm a Sac County sheriff’s deputy requested assistance in locating a juvenile from their county that may be in Jefferson. The officer did not locate the juvenile. At 11:32 pm a complainant reported hearing fireworks near the 300 block of W. South St. The officer spoke to a group of juveniles in the area about the complaint.

Thursday, July 6: At 10:15 am a complainant reported the theft of a bicycle and painting supplies from the driveway in the 300 block of E. State St.  At 5:10 pm a complainant brought her cell phone to the LEC with several text messages from her estranged husband on it. There is an active no contact order in place. The officer has requested an arrest warrant for Jake John Ball, 33, of Jefferson for violation of no contact order (simple misdemeanor)*. At 5:47 pm an officer investigated a one vehicle property damage accident at Highway 30 and N. Elm St. Karen Patrick of Bayard was westbound on Highway 30. She stopped as posted but then struck the stop sign adjacent to the intersection. Patrick was cited for turning at intersection violation. Damage to her 2013 Chevrolet Impala was estimated at $1,400. The sign was not damaged but had to be bolted back to the ground.

Wednesday, July 5: At 12:41 pm management at Kum & Go reported a male subject offered to sell “dope” to a cashier there. The officer is obtaining video and attempting to identify the subject. At 3:15 pm a complainant reported his credit card had been fraudulently used in Jefferson and Perry. The officer is investigating with help from Perry PD. At 4:53 pm a resident reported falling victim to a phone scam. She reported she had received a phone call from a subject claiming to work for Publisher’s Clearing House. She provided them with bank information to give a “donation.” She also went to Walmart and sent the subject $1,000 by wire. She was supposed to have a large sum of money deposited into her banking account, which never showed up. The bank closed her account and opened a new one for her. The officer has no way to investigate. At 7:29 pm an officer investigated a two vehicle personal injury accident at the intersection of N. Maple and W. State Sts. Susan Durlam of Jefferson was eastbound on State St. Mina Cummings of Jefferson was southbound on Maple. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Greene County EMS checked the subjects but no transport was made. Cummings was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Officers located suspected narcotics in Cummings’ vehicle and seized them for testing. Future charges are pending lab results. Damage to Cummings’ 2005 Chrysler Sebring was estimated at $1,500. Damage to Durlam’s 2005 Saturn Rely was estimated at $1,000. At 10:46 pm an officer performed a traffic stop in the 500 block of W. Lincoln Way after a driver failed to dim his high beams. During the stop, the officer detected the pungent odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, the officer located narcotic related items in a passenger’s purse. Arizona Skye Bunn, 21, of Boone was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana first offense (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*. ******At the conclusion of an investigation that began June 13 an officer has requested arrest warrants for Danielle Rae Dawson, 33, of Grimes on eight counts of unauthorized use of credit card – (aggravated misdemeanor)*. She reportedly took a family member’s credit card from Boone and used it at the Wild Rose Casino. Dawson faces similar charges from other agencies in Iowa for use of the card.

Tuesday, July 4: At 12:51 am a complainant reported subjects trespassing in the 600 block of W. South St. Officers made contact with two subjects there and advised them to leave. At 8:22 am a complainant reported an injured cat in her garage in the 500 block of N. Maple St. As the officer attempted to catch the animal, it ran from the garage and ran away. At 12:47 pm callers advised of a distraught female walking near W. Monroe and S. Vine Sts. The officer later located the female walking in the 400 block of East Lincoln Way. The female refused any assistance from the officer.  At 5:12 pm a complainant reported two stray dogs in her yard in the 600 block of W. Lincoln Way. The officer tracked down the animals’ owner and warned her for the animals at large. She was given a period of time to get the animals licensed with the city. At 5:58 pm a complainant reported hearing gunshots or fireworks in the 1200 block of S. Grimmell Road. The officer did not locate anything in the area. At 9:04 pm a complainant reported fireworks being set off near the 300 block of S. Maple St. The officer spoke to two groups in the area and advised them to stop shooting them off. At 9:06 pm a complainant reported fireworks being set off in the 800 block of W. State St. The office spoke to group in the area and it stopped. At 11:41 pm a complainant reported fireworks being set off near the 200 block of E. Adams St.

Monday, July 3: At 12:17 pm an Officer responded to a single vehicle accident at 115 W. State St. Virginia Destival, 65, of Jefferson backed her 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan from a parking space but the rear bumper made slight contact with a utility pole. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at less than $100. The pole appeared undamaged. At 2:02 pm an officer performed a traffic stop at the intersection of E. Clark and N. Cedar St. The stop resulted in the arrest of Rickie Eugene Tuhn, 56, of Jefferson on outstanding warrants for failure to appear from Dallas County.

Sunday, July 2: At 8:59 pm an officer investigated a complaint from management at Kum and Go of suspected drug paraphernalia having been found in the public restroom. The suspected illegal items were removed by the officer to be destroyed. At 1:37 pm an off duty member of the Greene County sheriff’s office reported a possible violation of a protective order taking place at Hy-Vee. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Gary Lee Bundy Jr for violation of a protective order and two outstanding Dallas County warrants for violation of a protective order*. The investigation is ongoing for possible further charges. At 4:42 pm an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of E. Lincoln Way. The stop resulted in Matthew Losee being cited for excessive speed. During the stop the officer smelled what he believed to be marijuana. A search of the vehicle located suspected marijuana. Further charges are pending.

Saturday, July 1: Routine activity reported.

* All charges are merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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