Police blotter

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

Wednesday, Aug. 15: At 9:20 pm an officer assisted the Fort Dodge police department with a prank 911 text they had received that possibly originated in Jefferson.

Tuesday, Aug. 14: Routine activity reported.

Monday, Aug. 13: At 12:30 am an officer responded to a hit and run accident at the Greene County Medical Center parking lot. Carolyn Reineke advised her 2010 Ford Fusion was struck while legally parked in the hospital parking lot. An officer is investigating.
At 5:24 pm while on routine patrol, an officer located a male illegally operating an unregistered dirt bike on the roadway in the 400 block of E. McKinley St. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation, but the driver of the dirt bike took off at a high rate of speed, attempting to elude the officer. A second JPD officer also attempted to stop the vehicle. A short pursuit began on the east side of Jefferson, ranging from E. McKinley St, through the city skate park, on the Raccoon Valley Bike Trail down to E. Garfield St. The pursuit continued until the bike reached S. Mulberry St, where it began traveling southbound. The drive chain on the dirt bike broke in the 600 block of S. Mulberry St, causing the vehicle to stop. The driver of the vehicle was a 17-year-old male. The male dismounted the dirt bike and he was arrested without incident. The male was charged with eluding (serious misdemeanor) and interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor)*. He was also cited for reckless driving, operating a non-registered vehicle, and no valid driver’s license.

Sunday, Aug. 12: *****  On 8/08 a complainant spoke with an officer about a burglary that occurred at his residence in the 500 block of S. Wilson. The complainant reported the entry door to the residence was broken in and two handguns were stolen from his residence, along with an ankle holster and belt-worn holster. A white security safe was taken from the residence as well. The believed the burglary occurred around at about 2:30 pm that day. The complainant believed the suspect was Haley Lynn Brown of Jefferson. He advised he received a text message from her asking if he was at home; he was at his place of employment at the time. He had also received information from a friend that Brown’s GPS location on an Apple application called “Find a Friend” showed Brown at his residence at the time of the burglary. After the complainant arrived home, he spoke with Brown and another male in the parking lot of the Wild Rose Casino at roughly 4:30 pm. The complainant requested consent to search Brown’s vehicle, which she allowed. During the search, the complainant located his ankle holster, but Brown began to assault him and she left the scene. Later that evening, as a result of a traffic stop at 9:34 pm, Brown was arrested out of this same vehicle by a Jefferson PD officer for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She was transported to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center. Her vehicle was transported to the impound lot where an officer began to inventory the vehicle. During the inventory, a metal smoking device containing residue was located in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained the following day to search the vehicle. During the search, the aforementioned ankle holster was located in the vehicle, along with the smoking device and prescription medication not in Brown’s name. During execution of the search warrant on the vehicle, Brown showed up at the impound lot after she was released from jail and became disorderly with the officers on scene. She was subsequently arrested and taken back to the Greene County Law Enforcement Center and charged with disorderly conduct. Officers completed search warrants for cell phone and cell phone application records to help further their investigation along with completing interviews and a search of her hotel room, where more of the stolen items were located. Later that evening, officers found and recovered the stolen firearms from an outbuilding located in the 1000 block of W. Wall St where they were hidden. As a result, several arrest warrants were issued for Hayley Lynn Brown, 25, of Jefferson for the following: criminal mischief-fourth degree (serious misdemeanor), burglary- third degree, felon in possession of a firearm and theft- second degree (all Class D felonies), unlawful possession of prescription drug and possession of marijuana (both serious misdemeanors), and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*. Brown was on parole at the time these events took place. She is also being held on a parole violation. She is being held in the Boone County jail.

Saturday, Aug. 11: Routine activity reported.

Friday, Aug. 10: At 8:55 am Don Orris reported damage to the Doreen Wilber statue at the intersection of Vine St and W. Lincoln Way. An officer began reviewing surveillance video and found three Caucasian men approximately 40 years of age taking turns hanging off the statue and taking pictures while on it. This occurred during the early morning hours of July 24, during the RAGBRAI overnight stay in Jefferson. An officer is investigating the incident. At 10:58 am officers arrested Jody Lyn Schad, 43, of Jefferson and Jennifer Marie Ashby, 45, of Jefferson on outstanding Greene County arrest warrants. Schad is charged with theft- second degree, two counts (Class D felony), theft- first degree (Class C felony), possession of marijuana- second offense (serious misdemeanor), burglary- third degree, four counts (aggravated misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*. Ashby is charged with possession of marijuana (serious misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia*. At 12:12 pm an officer responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 1100 block of N. Elm St. Janet Padgett of Harcourt was driving her 2007 Mercury Mariner southbound in the inside lane and attempted to change lanes. She struck a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by Jane Finch of Jefferson in the outside lane. Padgett was cited for unsafe passing and failure to provide proof of security against liability- accident related. Damage to her Mariner was estimated at $500. Damage to Finch’s truck was estimated at $2,000. At 10:07 pm an officer responded to a one-vehicle accident in the Wild Rose Casino parking lot. Sheilia Toms of Lytton attempted to driver her 2005 GMC Yukon around a light pole but the front driver’s side bumper struck the pole. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,000. Damage to the light pole was estimated at $100. No citation was issued as the accident occurred on private property.

Thursday, Aug. 9: At 8:46 am a resident in the 100 block of W. Vest St advised of a large stuffed dinosaur left in her yard overnight. The officer removed the item from her property. At 7:20 pm an officer assisted the sheriff’s office with traffic control at County Road E-53 and County Road P-14 at the scene of a fatal accident. At 7:55 pm officers arrested Jeremy Joe Orfield, 25, of Jefferson on charges of sex abuse- second degree (Class B felony) and lascivious acts with a child/solicitation (Class D felony)*. The charges are the result of an investigation initiated 7/28 of a reported sex assault of a 9-year-old Jefferson girl. Orfield remains held at the Greene County jail.

Wednesday, Aug. 8: At 10:23 am a complainant reported numerous tools stolen from a storage shed at a residence in the 400 block of N. Chestnut St. The officer is investigating. At 11:10 am officers were requested in the 300 block of S. Wilson for an intoxicated female. Officers called the mobile crisis team to assist the female. At 1:29 pm a female was bitten by a dog while walking in the area of W. Washington and N. Oak Sts. The officer made contact with the animal and the owner. The animal was deemed “Illegal” by the officer and made to leave the city limits, per ordinance. At 10:34 pm an off-duty officer reported male juveniles yelling at him and revving their motor as they passed him while walking near Elm St and W. Lincoln Way. The officer is attempting to make contact with the juveniles and speak to them about the event. At 11:48 pm a resident located a stray dog in the 400 block of W. Head St. The officer placed the animal in the animal holding facility.

Tuesday, Aug. 7: At 12:49 while officers were executing a search warrant on a vehicle in the impound lot the vehicle’s owner arrived. The female began to scream profanities at the officers as they worked. Haley Lynn Brown, 25, of Jefferson was arrested for disorderly conduct (simple misdemeanor)*. *****The reported stolen handguns noted in the Aug. 6 activity report have been recovered at a Jefferson residence. Charges in the matter will be released after the investigation into the burglary is completed.

Monday, Aug. 6: At 10:20 am a complainant reported a downed wire near S. Wilson and Russell St. A tree branch had fallen and brought the cable wire down. Jefferson Telecom was contacted. At 5:07 pm a complainant reported a burglary at a residence in the 500 block of S. Wilson. Subjects broke into the residence and removed two handguns and a locked safe. Two suspects have been developed and the investigation continues. At 9:34 pm a traffic stop in the 1400 block of N. Elm St resulted in the arrest of Hayley Lynn Brown, 25, of Jefferson for operating while intoxicated- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. She was also cited for stopping on the paved portion of the highway, failure to provide proof of financial liability coverage, and failure to obey a stop sign.

Sunday, Aug. 5: Routine activity reported.

Saturday, Aug. 4: At 9:47 am a postal worker advised of a kitten trapped in a window well at the post office. The officer was able to free the kitten.

Friday, Aug. 3: At 4:01 am a complainant reported a stray dog on her porch in the 500 block of W. Harrison St. The officer made contact with the dog’s owner who was out looking for it. The owner picked up the dog. At 7:27 am an officer investigated an accident at Maple St and W. Lincoln Way. Paige McCarty of Perry left the posted stop sign on Maple St and struck the side of a vehicle driven by Whitney Campbell of Scranton. (Direction of travel was not provided). McCarty was cited for failure to obey a stop sign. Damage to her 2005 Chevrolet Impala was estimated at $1,000. Damage to the vehicle Campbell was driving, a 1998 Ford Explorer owned by Shelly Gilbertson of Scranton, was estimated at $3,000. At 7:47 am a caller advised of a dog lying in the grass in the 500 block of W. Clark St. The officer contacted the animal’s owner and gave her a time period to become compliant with animal licensing. At 9:14 am a complainant advised a neighbor was allowing his dog to defecate in her yard in the 800 block of W. State St and refused to clean up after his animal. The officer is working to contact the neighbor and speak to him about the matter. At 4:30 pm a resident advised he was missing his small terrier from the 400 block of N. Wilson. At 6:08 pm staff at Sparky’s One Stop reported a gas drive off for $22.58. The officer is investigating. At 8:10 pm a caller advised of a female who had fallen in Kelso Park. The officer arrived and made contact with the female. Kathleen Specht, 59, of Jefferson was arrested for public intoxication- third or subsequent offense (aggravated misdemeanor)*.

Thursday, Aug. 2: At 8:30 am a complainant reported a burglary to her vehicle in the 700 block of W. Adams St. An officer is investigating. At 11:59 pm an officer responded to a residence in the 600 block of W. Lincoln Way for a report of a domestic assault. As a result of the investigation an arrest warrant has been requested for Dale Ganoe, 40, of Jefferson for domestic abuse assault- second offense (aggravated misdemeanor)*.

Wednesday, Aug. 1: At 9:27 am a complainant advised of a missing juvenile. Officers located the juvenile a short time later and returned him home. At 5:58 pm a caller advised of a possible fight occurring between kids in Washington Park. The officer made contact with the juveniles, who advised they were play fighting. At 6:44 pm a complainant advised of kids throwing things at cars as they passed in the 100 block of N. Cedar St. The officer made contact with a parent and four children. The children were throwing “Whipper Snappers” near the curb, but not into the roadway.

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

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