Police blotter – April 2018

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

Monday, April 30: Routine activity reported.

Sunday, April 29: At 1:56 am staff at Casey’s General Store reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $15. The officer was provided a plate number and is investigating. At 3:57 pm a complainant reported his neighbor’s dog jumped the fence and attacked his dog in the 500 block of W. Monroe St. The officer’s investigation led to the animal being deemed a vicious animal according to city animal ordinances.

Saturday, April 28: Routine activity reported.

Friday, April 27: At 9:56 during a traffic stop in the 1000 block of W. Adams St the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a probable cause search of the vehicle the officer located a green leaf substance and seized it for testing. The driver was cited for improper rear lamp and fail to provide proof of security liability. Charges are pending lab results on the seized items.

Thursday, April 26: At 1:38 pm an officer assisted the sheriff’s office with traffic control at an oil spill south of Jefferson on Hwy. 4.

Wednesday, April 25: At 8:30 am staff at the clerk of court advised an officer that a male had stopped in the office and advised of a scam phone call he had received. The male advised he was told he had been subpoenaed by the clerk of court office and asked him for personal information. He ended the call and did not give out any information to the caller. At 12:58 pm a caller reported three young males riding skateboards in the street in the 700 block of S. Elm St. The officer located the three on S. Chestnut St and spoke to them about the potential dangers of riding in the street. At 1:35 pm a caller advised of a dog running loose in the 300 block of E. State St. The officer learned the dog was from the 500 block of W. Madison St and contacted an owner. At 10:52 pm a caller reported a tree burning near a home in the 1600 block of County Road E-53 (235th St) east of Jefferson. The officer checked on the fire and learned it was a controlled burn. At 11:06 pm an officer arrested Kathleen Ann Specht, 58, of Jefferson on an outstanding Greene County warrant for probation violation.*

Tuesday, April 24: At 10:58 am an officer investigated a two vehicle property damage accident at Lincoln Way and Chestnut St. Tashina Taylor of Jefferson was eastbound on Lincoln Way driving her 2010 Chevrolet Impala. Jane Waldo of Jefferson was northbound on Chestnut St driving her 2004 Buick Park Avenue. Both drivers stopped at the posted stop signs at the intersection before proceeding into the intersection. The vehicles made slight contact with the other. Damage to Taylor’s vehicle was estimated at $1,500. Damage to Waldo’s vehicle was estimated at $500. At 2:18 pm officers assisted school staff members with two unruly students at Greene County Middle School. At 8:16 pm a complainant reported her cat got loose in the 1000 block of W. Washington St. The officer did not locate the animal, which returned home on its own later in the evening. At 8:58 pm officers arrested Edward Raymond Bryson, 60, of Jefferson on an outstanding Greene County mittimus warrant*.

Monday, April 23: At 2:01 am during a traffic stop on Highway 30 near Highway 4 an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a probable cause search of the vehicle the officer located a green leafy substance. Charges are pending lab testing of the seized material. At 7:07 am an officer was requested to assist a Greene County deputy who witnessed a backing accident in the 300 block of E. Lincoln Way. The officer assisted in towing one vehicle after the deputy located suspected narcotics in the vehicle and arrested the driver. At 2:15 pm officers were called to Maple and State Sts for a dog fight. The occupant at 503 W. State St opened his door and his pit bull slipped past him and ran to the neighbor’s property. The pit bull attacked the neighbor’s dog at 501 W. State St. As the owners of both animals attempted to break up the pair, three of them received minor injuries to their hands. The pit bull was required to leave the city after being deemed a “vicious animal” according to ordinance. At 9:34 pm an officer arrested Aimee Alderman, 40, of Jefferson on two JPD arrest warrants. Alderman was charged with accessory to a misdemeanor and interference with official acts (simple misdemeanors)*  after hiding her boyfriend from officers while he had an arrest warrant. ***** Officers have requested arrest warrants for Jennifer Marie Ashby, 45, of Jefferson, in two separate theft cases. The requested warrants are for theft- fifth degree (simple misdemeanor) for shoplifting events at Hy-Vee on 4/16 and Ace Hardware on 4/03.*

Sunday, April 22: At 1:01 pm a complainant reported the theft of a pair of trailer ramps in the 500 block of W. Russell St.

Saturday, April 21: At 9:24 am staff at Hy-Vee reported the theft of alcohol.  An officer is investigating. At 6:04 pm an unknown subject dropped off a stray dog at the LEC. The officer placed the animal in the animal holding facility.

Friday, April 20: At 11:35 am a complainant reported a subject had yelled racial slurs at his passenger near Grimmell Rd and Lincoln Way. He provided the officer with a registration plate number for the reported subject. The officer is investigating. At 4:38 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of N. Elm and W. Clark Sts. Glennie Costello of Jefferson was southbound on Elm driving her 2005 Buick LeSabre. Joan Higgins of Jefferson was northbound driving her 2005 Nissan Altima. Costello turned left onto Clark St and struck Higgins’ vehicle. Costello was cited for unsafe left turn. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at $2,000.

Thursday, April 19:  At 12:19 pm staff at Hy-Vee reported the theft of alcohol. The officer recognized the subject in the video and is preparing an arrest warrant request. At 2:12 pm staff at the Greene County Medical Center emergency room advised of a dog bite. The officer learned the subject had entered the property in the 600 block of S. Olive St and spooked the animal, causing it to bite her hand. The animal was current on vaccinations and has left the city limits. At 3:55 pm a resident turned in an abandoned bicycle he had located at the middle school. The officer placed the bike in impound. At 6:17 pm a complainant reported a possible violation of a no contact order in the 300 block of N. Chestnut St. The officer is investigating.

Wednesday, April 18: At 10:44 a complainant reported the theft of keys from his vehicle in the 400 block of E. McKinley St. At 2:17 a mother whose son was entered as a runaway in December advised she believed him to be at a residence in Jefferson. The officer is working with DHS in the matter. At 3:16 pm a complainant reported she had allowed a caller, claiming to be with the Best Buy Geek Squad, access to her computer. The caller advised her of numerous problems with the computer and wanted to repair it for her. She believed this to be a scam and had called Best Buy, who advised they do not provide such a service.

Tuesday, April 17: At 10:54 am a traffic stop in the 900 bock of S. Elm St resulted in Shane Detlef Coil being arrested for driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor)*. At 5:39 pm Jon Boss reported his 2012 Volkswagen Passat had been struck and damaged. He was unaware of when or where it may have occurred and had just noticed the damage. The officer estimated the damage $3,000 to the rear of the vehicle.

Monday, April 16: At 11:29 am an officer checked on a female walking and crying in the 400 block of E. Russell St. The officer learned the female could not locate her young daughter. The officer located the juvenile at her daycare provider. At 12:11 pm a mother whose son was entered as a runaway in December advised she believed he was staying at a residence in Jefferson. The officer checked with the name provided by the mother but did not locate the juvenile. At 4:28 pm a complainant reported an unauthorized charge on her bank card. The bank had reversed the $9.99 charge and issued her a new card.

Sunday, April 15: At 5:42 am an officer investigated a one-vehicle rollover accident at Highway 30 and Grimmell Rd. The 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck was owned and operated by Jennifer Braga of Jefferson. The officer estimated damage at $2,000.

Saturday, April 14: At 4:10 am a complainant advised her husband had caught anintruder in their garage in the 500 block of Hickory Lane and she needed police to respond. The officer arrived and placed a 17-year-old male in custody. He was charged with burglary- second degree (class C felony).* The juvenile is also suspected to have been involved in a burglary at the same address in which a substantial amount of cash was stolen on 4/06. That incident is still being investigated. At 8:17 am Mallory Dillavou reported the window was knocked out of her vehicle while it was parked at Bomgaars during the storm. The officer estimated the damage at $500. At 8:22 am a complainant reported the stop sign was blown down at Edgewood Dr and S. Elm St. The DOT was notified.

Friday, April 13: At 12:28 pm staff at Peoples Trust & Savings Bank advised of two counterfeit $100 bills brought to the bank in a deposit. The officer is investigating. At 12:57 pm a complainant reported a barking dog in the 500 block of S. Chestnut St. The officer learned the JPD had dealt with this issue numerous times in the recent past. The owner was cited for barking dog- annoyance or disturbance. At 3:45 pm a complainant spoke with an officer about a possible sex assault occurring with his juvenile daughter last November. The officer is investigating. At 4:01 pm staff at Ace Hardware provided video of a theft at the store on 4/03. The officer recognized the female suspect in the video and is investigating. Two tool items were taken from the business with a total loss of $106.97 reported. Charges are pending. At 5:30 pm a resident brought a stray cat to the LEC in an animal carrier. The animal was placed in the animal holding facility by the officer. At 5:50 pm the JPD, Greene County sheriff’s office, Jefferson fire department and other local agencies responded to severe damage from the storm in the area of the Highway 4 overpass. Several streets had to be closed due to numerous power lines down. Streets in the area were impassable due to debris from area buildings.

Thursday, April 12: At 2:22 pm a complainant reported the theft of checks from her residence in the 500 block of W. Mahlon St. At 5:07 pm an officer arrested Eric Christopher Rosenow, 34, of Jefferson on an outstanding Greene County warrant for probation violation*. At 5:13 pm a complainant reported the theft of a video camera at the Greene County Community Center. The camera belongs to Greene County Schools and had been accidentally left in a restroom.  The officer obtained a suspect from video surveillance and is investigating. The camera is valued at $500.

Wednesday, April 11: Routine activity reported. See the following notice: Effectively immediately the Jefferson police department will no longer offer live traps for use by Jefferson residents, nor will the Jefferson police department remove any animal from a privately-owned trap.

Tuesday, April 10: At 9:27 am staff at Danielson Auto reported a stray kitten there. The officer placed the animal in the animal holding facility. At 11:38 am an officer arrested Jill Ranae Kanealy, 35, of Jefferson on three outstanding Jefferson PD arrest warrants. Two warrants were for theft- fifth degree (simple misdemeanor)*. The third warrant was for theft- fifth degree (16 counts)*. All charges are for reported thefts from Hy-Vee. At 5:29 pm an officer was requested at a residence in the 600 block of S. Elm St for a reported assault occurring there. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of a 16-year-old male juvenile for assault causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor)*. The juvenile was transported from the LEC by juvenile transport officers to a Fort Dodge Facility. A female juvenile sibling was taken to ER for minor injuries from the event.

Monday, April 9: At 2:25 pm a complainant reported a possible violation of a no contact order. The officer is investigating.

Sunday, April 8: Routine activity reported.

Saturday, April 7: As a result of a traffic stop at the intersection of Highways 4 and 30, Jamie Candelario Meracado, 36, of Webster City was arrested for driving while license barred.* The officer suspected Mercado to be under the influence of marijuana while he was driving. Mercado was also charged with operating while under the influence – second offense (aggravated misdemeanor)*. At 1:35 pm an officer assisted the sheriff’s office with a dog bite complaint at the Greene County Medical Center emergency room. At 6:19 pm a complainant reported criminal mischief to a vehicle in the 400 block of N. Wilson.

Friday, April 6: At 2:33 pm a burglary was reported at a residence in the 500 block of Hickory Lane in which a large amount of cash was stolen. An officer is investigating.

Thursday, April 5: Routine activity reported.

Wednesday, April 4: At 2:07 pm a complainant reported a male yelling near the middle school and trying to get into the north door of the building. An officer checked the area and did not locate the suspect. The officer spoke with staff at the middle school who were unaware that this had happened and advised everything was ok. At 8:06 pm an officer assisted the Greene County sheriff’s office with a traffic accident that occurred at the intersection of County Road E-53 (235th St) and Parkland Ave east of Jefferson. At 10:21 pm Robert Kovar was arrested for an active Greene County warrant for theft- fifth degree*. ***** As a result of an investigation that began on 3/13, an arrest warrant has be requested for Jordan Marie Teeples, 18, of Jefferson for possession of marijuana – first offense (serious misdemeanor)*.

Tuesday, April 3: At 5:05 pm a complainant reported a possible violation of a no contact order. The officer is investigating.

Monday, April 2: At 10:16 am staff at Casey’s General Store reported a vehicle struck the building and then left the area. The business provided the officer with a vehicle description and a registration plate number. The officer is investigating. The building had very minor cosmetic damage to the exterior brick skirting. At 5:57 pm a complainant reported his juvenile daughter had been bitten by a dog on 3/26 inside a residence. The dog is in quarantine and the officer is investigating the event. At 8:20 pm a complainant reported a possible violation of a no contact order. The officer is investigating.

Sunday, April 1: At 7:56 pm a complainant reported a possible attempted burglary at a residence in the 100 block of E. Central Ave. A screen had been cut on the mobile home. Entry was not gained.

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

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