Police blotter – January 2018

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

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Routine activity reported.

Tuesday, Jan. 30: At 11:02 pm an officer was requested to assist the jailer with two inmates who were fighting.

***** An arrest warrant has been requested for Lucas Fulton Ausberger, 19, of Jefferson for possession of marijuana- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. The charge comes after testing was completed on items taken into custody during a traffic stop in 12/23/17. ***** Arrest warrants have been requested for Max William Pfeffer, 29, of Omaha, NE, for theft- second degree (Class D felony) and eluding law enforcement (aggravated misdemeanor)*. The warrants follow an incident on 1/23 when a driver fled from a Jefferson police officer who attempted to stop the vehicle for a non-functioning headlight. The vehicle was reported stolen from Omaha. Pfeffer was also issued 18 traffic citations for violations during the chase.

Monday, Jan. 29: At 5:31 pm staff at Sparky’s One Stop reported a small diesel fuel spill there. The Jefferson fire department responded to clean up the fuel. At 6:19 pm officers arrested Zachery Allen Waters, 21, of Paton on outstanding arrest warrants for probation violation (three counts) and operation without owner’s consent.*  Waters had a glass smoking device in his pocket during the arrest. The smoking device will be tested for narcotics and future charges are pending. Other items were removed from the residence for testing after officers were given consent to search the residence. The items will be tested and future charges are pending results of testing. At 6:21 pm an officer took a report of a backing accident that occurred in the drive thru lane at People’s Trust & Savings Bank. Hayley Brown of Jefferson backed into a 2012 Toyota Camry at the ATM. That vehicle was owned and operated by Melissa Pittman of Jefferson and sustained an estimated $100 in damage. Brown was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned by Mark Naberhaus of Scranton. That vehicle sustained no damage. At 9:29 pm a complainant reported the theft of her debit card at Regency Park. The card had been used for an unauthorized transaction at an ATM. The officer is investigating.

Sunday, Jan. 28: At 7:44 am a complainant reported criminal mischief to a truck parked in the 400 block of E. McKinley St. The driver’s side window had been broken out overnight. The officer did not locate any evidence, but is still investigating. At 10:26 am a complainant reported finding a girl’s pink bike in the ditch in the 1500 block of County Road E-53 (235th St.) The officer impounded the bike.

Saturday, Jan. 27: At 1:09 pm a complainant reported a stray dog running freely near W. Harrison and S. Pinet Sts. The officer located the animal, but could not get near it, as it ran away when he did. At 2:04 pm officers assisted the Jefferson fire department with a house fire at 300 S. Pinet St. It was determined the fire started on a mattress in an upstairs bedroom. Officers had been called to the address on 01/24 for another fire upstairs at the residence. A male juvenile had lit the curtains on fire with a lighter on that day. Two male juveniles were removed from the custody of their father and placed by DHS in a temporary facility. The house suffered a reported $25,000 in smoke and water damage. At 11:15 pm an officer assisted the sheriff’s office in responding to a underage drinking party at a residence in the 2200 block of Highway 25 south of Scranton.

Friday, Jan. 26: At 3:07 am an officer assisted a deputy with a vehicle vs. deer accident on Highway 4 near 250th St south of Jefferson. An ambulance owned by Greene County EMS was northbound returning from a transfer without a patient when it struck the deer. The deputy provided the accident report. At 7:24 pm an officer located a large pile of broken glass near E. Reed and N. Cedar Sts. The officer cleared the hazard from the street.

Thursday, Jan. 25: At 4:26 pm an officer arrested Hiram Silvano Black Jr, 29, of Jefferson on outstanding JPD arrest warrants for possession of marijuana- first offense (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*.

Wednesday, Jan. 24: At 2:44 pm an officer assisted the Department of Human Services with a home visit in the 100 block of E. Central Ave after they had received information about possible drug activity occurring with children in the residence. Bradley Conklin, who resided at the residence, was not there at the time of the officer’s arrival. Officers made contact with Conklin, who drove to the residence. Conklin’s driving privileges are barred in the state of Iowa. After the officer spoke with Conklin, he allowed a consent search of the residence, which resulted in marijuana and drug paraphernalia being located and removed. As a result, Bradley Conklin, 35, of Jefferson was arrested for driving while license barred (aggravated misdemeanor), possession of a controlled substance – third or subsequent offense (Class D felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*. At 7:37 pm the Jefferson fire department and PD responded to 300 S. Pinet St for a possible residential fire. Upon arrival, an officer determined it was a window curtain on the second floor that was on fire. The fire was extinguished prior to the officer’s arrival. It was determined that a juvenile male in the residence set fire to the curtains using a lighter. The investigating officer will be exploring options to correct the behavior.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: At 12:04 am a traffic stop in the 300 block of S. Oak St resulted in the arrest of a wanted female passenger. Jessica Lynn Waddell, 36, of Jefferson was arrested on an outstanding Dallas County arrest warrant for failure to appear. Her original charge was driving while suspended.* At 8:10 am an officer investigated a backing accident in the parking lot at the Greene County Community Center. Thomas Schilling of Jefferson was driving a city-owned 2016 Ford F250 pickup truck spreading salt/sand in the lot. He backed into a parked 2011 Toyota Avalon owned by Marvin Book of Jefferson. Damage to Book’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. The city truck was not damaged. At 7:29 pm an officer attempted to stop a passenger car with a headlight out in the 300 block of N. Grimmell Rd. The driver fled from the officer. The officer began to pursue the fleeing vehicle. The driver circled back around and dropped of a female passenger at a residence in the 1000 block of W. Wall St before continuing to flee from the officers. Officers lost visual of the vehicle just west of Jefferson. A short time later, a Guthrie County deputy came across the vehicle in Bagley. After a short chase, the deputy located the vehicle parked in an abandoned farm site just south of Bagley. Officers, with the assistance of a canine, searched the area, but did not locate the driver. The vehicle was towed from the area and placed in the impound lot in Jefferson. The female passenger who was dropped off in Jefferson refuses to cooperate with officers by providing information about the driver. The officers believe the vehicle may be stolen form the Omaha area, but has not yet been reported as such. The investigation continues. The officers were assisted by the Greene, Carroll, and Guthrie County sheriff offices. At 8:25 pm a complainant reported a possible identity fraud occurring in his name. The officer is investigating.

Monday, Jan. 22: At 3:44 pm a complainant reported a cell phone stolen at the Greene County Community Center. At 3:52 pm staff at Medicap Pharmacy reported a registration plate stolen off a company vehicle. An officer is investigating. At 8:04 pm officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 500 block of N. Elm St. Brandon Turner of Garner was southbound in the inside lane while Kent Peninger of Grand Junction was southbound in the outside lane. Turner attempted to switch lanes but struck Peninger’s vehicle. Turner was cited for a turning at an intersection violation. Danage to his 2015 Chevy Tahoe was estimated at $1,000. Damage to Peninger’s 2008 Ford Focus was also estimated at $1,000.  ***** As a result of an investigation initiated 1/18 at a residence located in the 400 block of N. Chestnut St, arrest warrants have been requested for Trinity Glen Welch, 28, of Jefferson on charges of violation of a no contact order (simple misdemeanor) and domestic abuse assault displaying or using a deadly weapon (aggravated misdemeanor)*. ***** As a result of an investigation and execution of a search warrant 12/03/17 at 902 N. Pinet St, arrest warrants have been requested for Hiram Silvano Black, 29, of Jefferson and a juvenile male for possession of marijuana (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*.

Sunday, Jan. 21: At 9:33 am an officer investigated a hit and run accident that occurred in the Hy-Vee parking lot. A 2008 Chevrolet Uplander, owned by Nathaniel Truss of Scranton, was struck while parked at the business. The officer estimated damage to the vehicle at $500. The officer is working with the business to gather video of the event and develop a suspect vehicle involved. At 2:13 pm an officer was requested at the parking lot at Wild Rose Casino for a hit and run accident. A vehicle backed into a 2009 Chevy Silverado owned by Francis Halbach of Fort Dodge and left the area. Halbauch’s vehicle was not damaged in the incident. The officer is investigating.

Saturday, Jan. 20: At 11:27 am a traffic stop in the 400 block of S. Cedar St resulted in the arrest of Jody Lyn Schad, 42, of Jefferson. Schad was charged with driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor)* and cited for dark windows.

Friday, Jan. 19: At 6:04 am a complainant reported a male subject had taken her car without permission. The male advised her he had dropped off the vehicle in Jefferson. The officer located the vehicle parked in the 200 block of S. Walnut St. The officer advised the owner of the location of her vehicle. An arrest warrant was requested for Zachary Allen Waters, 21, of Paton for operation without owner’s consent (aggravated misdemeanor)*. At 3:22 pm staff at Greene County Middle School requested an officer to conduct a welfare check on a female students who resides in Jefferson who had not been in school since 1/04. The officer went to the residence and made contact with the parents of the child. They were not cooperative with the officer and would not allow him inside to speak to the child. DHS has been made aware of the event. At 5:07 pm an anonymous female advised of drug usage at a residence in Jefferson where children are living. The officer is investigating.

Thursday, Jan. 18: At 12 pm officers were advised of a possible violation of a no contact order in the 400 block of N. Chestnut St. An officer is investigating.

Wednesday, Jan. 17: At 3:53 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of S. Olive and E. Park Sts. Lucas Ausberger of Jefferson was northbound on Olive St driving a 2010 Kia Forte owned by David Ausberger. Janice Harbaugh of Jefferson was westbound on Park St driving her 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Ausberger did not yield at the uncontrolled intersection and their vehicles collided. Ausberger was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Damage to his vehicle was estimated at $3,500. Damage to Harbaugh’s vehicle was estimated at $2,500. Both vehicles were towed from the area.

Tuesday, Jan. 16: At 1:38 pm staff at Kum & Go requested an officer there for a shoplifting event. The officer arrived and made contact with an 11-year-old male who had stolen batteries from the business. The officer brought the juvenile to the LEC to be picked up by an adult. The officer will send a juvenile charge of theft- fifth degree (simple misdemeanor) to juvenile court. At 2:39 pm an officer investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident in the 100 block of Ram Drive. Kaitlyn McColley of Rippey left the roadway and struck a city-owned fence. McColley advised the driver in front of her had slammed on the brakes, causing her to leave the roadway as an evasive action. McColley was cited for failure to maintain control. Damage to the vehicle she was driving, a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville owned by Randall McColley, was estimated at $500. Damage to the fence was estimated at $200. At 6:49 pm staff at Bomgaars turned over possible narcotics located by an employee while cleaning the restrooms there. The small plastic bag contained a white powdery residue. The officer destroyed the item.

Monday, Jan. 15: At 7:57 am a complainant reported the theft of an air compressor valued at $2,500 from the new Wahl-McAtee building in the 1700 block of N. Elm St. The officer is investigating. ***** Officers issued two snow emergency parking violations. ***** An officer has requested an arrest warrant after receiving test results on items seized on a traffic stop on 12/14. The warrant requested is for Carter Eugene Fetters, 66, of Jefferson for possession of a controlled substance- second offense (serious misdemeanor)*.

Sunday, Jan. 14: At 5:42 pm a complainant spoke to an officer about charges on his credit card that he did not make. The officer is investigating.

Saturday, Jan. 13: At 6:05 pm a complainant advised of a kitten trapped in the storm sewer at the intersection of N. Elm St and Central Ave. The officers attempted to free the kitten, but were unsuccessful. At 11:37 pm a complainant reported a male lying in the street in the 500 block of N. Olive St. The officers made contact with the subject. The investigation led to the arrest of Craig Darwin Presley, 57, of Jefferson for public intoxication- second offense (serious misdemeanor)*.

Friday, Jan. 12: At 8:50 am a Greene County school bus driver turned in a school bus violation form to the LEC. The violation occurred in the 500 block of W. State St. The officer is investigating. At 2:33 pm law enforcement in Carroll County advised of a semi tractor-trailer heading east on Highway 30 that had been involved in a hit and run accident in Carroll. The officer was not able to locate the semi.

Thursday, Jan. 11: Routine activity reported. ***** Officers issued two snow emergency parking violation citations.

Wednesday, Jan. 10: At 10:57 am a complainant requested an officer in the 1200 block of N. Elm St. The complainant believed a male subject had a bike that he had reported stolen last month. The male advised the bike belonged to him and he had owned it for numerous years. The officer checked with a police department in Nebraska, who provided a serial number for the bike, as it had been licensed in that jurisdiction. This proved the bike was not the complainant’s reported stolen bike.

At 9:41 pm a complainant reported his 12-year-old daughter had been assaulted by another female juvenile at about 3:30 pm n the 400 block of S. Wilson. The complainant provided the officer with cell phone video of the assault he had obtained from his daughter’s friend. The officer is investigating.

Tuesday, Jan. 9: At 11:31 am officers were called to a residence in the 600 block of S. Chestnut St for a reported domestic abuse assault occurring there. Officers arrived and made contact with a female, who advised a verbal argument had occurred between her and a boyfriend. The male had left the area before the officer’s arrival. The female refused to cooperate with officers and denied being assaulted. The officer did not locate any injuries or markings consistent with an assault on the female. Brooke Lynn Hayes, 19, of Jefferson was placed into custody by the officer for an outstanding Carroll County arrest warrant. The warrant was for failure to appear on an original charge of theft- third degree. At 5:30 pm a complainant reported the theft of a bicycle from a residence in the 300 block of E. State St. ***** Test results are back on items seized on a traffic stop on 12/02 in the 100 block of W. Central Ave. The officer has requested an arrest warrant for Shawn J. Gifford, 27, of Jefferson for possession of marijuana- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*.

Monday, Jan 8: Routine activity reported.

Sunday, Jan. 7: At 9:17 pm a complainant reported a theft of a gaming system from a residence in the 300 block of N. Chestnut St. An officer is investigating.

Saturday, Jan. 6: At 1:04 pm a complainant reported harassment that occurred in the 300 block of W. Clark St.

Friday, Jan. 5: At 7:33 pm an officer responded to the 300 block of S. Walnut St for a hit and run accident. The driver of a red 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck backed out of the driveway at a residence in the 300 block of S. Walnut St and struck the rear passenger side door of a legally parked vehicle owned by Jim Mitchell. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be Kera Shriver, 25, of Auburn. She was cited for unsafe backing and driving while license suspended. Damage to Mitchell’s 2013 Ford F150 pickup truck was estimated at $1,000. Damage to the back of Shriver’s vehicle was estimated at $500.

Thursday, Jan. 4: At 7:48 pm officers investigated a backing accident at Greene County Medical Center. Katelyn Fees of Boone backed her 2009 Dodge Avenger into a parked vehicle owned by Eugene Stanek of Scranton. Damage to Fees’ vehicle was estimated at $750. Damage to Stanek’s vehicle was estimated at $200. No citation was issued as the accident occurred on private property.

Wednesday, Jan. 3: At 8:14 am a Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy contacted the Jefferson PD and advised they had located a 2012 Dodge Ram truck in a ditch at 4:40 am at the intersection of 190th St and Dakota Avenue in Calhoun County. The vehicle belonged to Renew Energy of Jefferson. The deputy spoke with the driver and passenger, Edward Goff and Samantha Cline-Hoskins, who advised they were heading to Des Moines. The deputy attempted to contact staff at Renew Energy to confirm the two should be in the vehicle, but could not get an answer. The deputy transported the two to Sparky’s in Rockwell City.

As business hours at Renew Energy started in Jefferson, they realized one of their fleet vehicles was missing, which was the 2012 Dodge Ram. At 11:40 am, it was also reported that another vehicle was stolen from the Sparky’s gas station in Rockwell City, a black 2008 Cadillac CTS.

At 12:39 pm, a Pocahontas County deputy located the Cadillac in that county. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended at 12:51 pm one mile west of Pomeroy on 170th St after the driver of the Cadillac lost control of it. The driver, Edward Goff, and passenger, Samantha Cline-Hoskins, were arrested and charged by the Calhoun County sheriff’s office with theft- second degree*. The Calhoun County sheriff’s office, Fonda PD, Pocahontas PD, Pomeroy PD, the Iowa State Patrol and Department of Transportation assisted in the pursuit.

At 6:53 pm, a complainant in Jefferson spoke with an officer about the situation. She advised that both Goff and Cline-Hoskins were residing with her. She noticed she had several items missing from her house. She noted a Sony Blu-Ray/DVD player, Nintendo Wii, HP Smart C7200 printer, a red suitcase, an SD card, electrical wiring, and a Rockford Fosgate amp were missing from her residence. The estimated loss was $950. An officer spoke with a Calhoun County deputy and determined that these items were in the bed of the 2012 Dodge Ram the two had stolen from Renew Energy and were operating.

As a result, arrest warrants will be requested for Edward Goff for theft- third degree (aggravated misdemeanor) and operation of a vehicle without owner’s consent (aggravated misdemeanor)*.

***** As a result of an arrest and investigation on 12/30/17, an arrest warrant has been requested for Ryan James Brown,, 45, of Jefferson for eluding (serious misdemeanor)*

Tuesday, Jan. 2: At 8:34 am an officer investigated a two vehicle property damage accident at Elm St and W. Lincoln Way. Larry Saddoris of Jefferson was westbound on Lincoln Way driving his 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck. Tim Buenz of Jefferson was southbound on Elm driving his 2013 Ford F150. As Saddoris left the posted stop sign Buenz struck his vehicle in the passenger side. Buenz advised that due to the sun in his eyes he didn’t see Saddoris enter the intersection. Buenz was cited for failure to obey stop sign. Damage to both pickup trucks was estimated at $500. At 1:33 pm an officer investigated a two vehicle accident at the uncontrolled intersection of W. Adams and N. Pinet Sts. Lisa Minnehan of Churdan was southbound on Pinet driving her 2009 Toyota Camry. Mollie Scott of Lake View was westbound on Adams driving her 2016 Ford Explorer. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Minnehan was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $500.   ***** Officers issued citations for 34 snow emergency parking violations.

Monday, Jan. 1: Routine activity reported.

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

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