Police blotter

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

Tuesday, Oct. 16: At 9 am a resident brought a stray dog to the LEC. The animal was placed in the animal holding facility.

Monday, Oct. 15: Routine activity reported.
Sunday, Oct. 14: At 3:31 pm an officer investigated a backing accident in the 600 block of N. Wilson. Diego Rodriguez of Jefferson backed his 1995 Chevy 1500 pickup truck from a private drive but struck a legally parked 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan owned by Mona Sukovaty. Damage to the minivan was estimated at $1,200. Rodriguez was cited for unsafe backing upon a highway and failure to provide proof of security liability- accident related. His vehicle was not damaged. At 4 pm the LEC received several calls advising of a loud explosion near W. Monroe St and S. Grimmell Road. The officers determined a transformer was having issues and Alliant Energy was contacted.

Saturday, Oct. 13: Routine activity reported.

Friday, Oct. 12: At 1:45 pm an officer was requested at the middle school for a violent student. The officer arrived and learned a 10-year-old male had destroyed the room, broken cell phones and computer equipment, and had assaulted the teacher. The student was taken to ER to be evaluated by a doctor. He was later transported to an out-of-county facility. The teacher was taken to the Greene County Medical Center ER for minor injuries. Juvenile arrest warrants have been requested for the student for disorderly conduct/violent behavior- simple, criminal mischief- second degree (Class D felony),and assault causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor)*. At 8:52 pm a family member requested officers at the Jefferson Municipal Cemetery for a possible suicidal female. The officers were assisted by Greene County EMS. The family member advised they would take the female to the Boone County ER. She refused assistance from officers and Greene County EMS.

Thursday, Oct. 11: At 8:35 am officers assisted the sheriff’s office by placing all Jefferson schools into a brief lock down. The chief deputy lifted the lock down a short time later after determining it was safe to do so as he was dealing with a domestic situation. At 10:05 am an officer was flagged down by a male on crutches in the 700 block of N. Cedar St. The subject began yelling at the officer and challenging him to a fight. The officer maintained a safe distance while other officers were arriving. The male, Dean Emmet Salzwedel Jr, 39, of Ames, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct- simple*. At 3:43 pm while on school patrol an officer witnessed a male juvenile damaging a mirror on a vehicle parked at the high school. The officer made contact with the male. The vehicle’s owner was not supportive of criminal charges in the matter. The officer contacted the juvenile’s parent and made them aware of the situation.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: At 8:43 am a complainant reported her son’s skateboard had been taken on 10/06, he was at X-treme Skate Center. The officer is investigating. At 6:14 pm a resident requested a welfare check on a possible suicidal female. The officer made contact with the female and eventually transported her to ER to be evaluated by a medical doctor. At 6:45 pm the sheriff’s office requested assistance from officers in locating a possible suicidal female, possibly in Jefferson. The officer located the female and spoke to her. The information was passed to the deputy.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: At 8:05 am staff at Home Care Medical reported the theft of gasoline from a vehicle parked at the business. The officer is checking local camera footage. At 10:46 pm officers were requested at Greene County Middle School for a disruptive student. A 10-year-old male was charged in juvenile court with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief- fifth degree. At 11:10 am two more Greene County High School students were caught with Juul vaping devices. The two male students were given a three-day suspension from school and cited for possession of tobacco/vaping products.

Monday, Oct. 8: Routine activity reported.

Sunday, Oct. 7: ***** As a result of an investigation started on 9/18, warrants were requested for Michelle Marie Fritch of Nevada and Brent Eugene Leon Allen of Ames for theft- fourth degree*. ***** As a result of an investigation started 8/24, warrants were requested for Rodney Dean Halterman of Jefferson for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug tax stamp, theft- fourth degree and possession of drug paraphernalia*.

Saturday, Oct. 6: At 6:19 pm an officer was dispatched to Wild Rose Casino for a report of a burglary to a patron’s vehicle in the parking lot. The complainant reported his vehicle had been entered while in the parking lot and a checkbook taken. The officer investigated and a suspect was found. A warrant was issued for Anthony Charles Lange of Ankeny for burglary- third degree (motor vehicle)*. At 9:31 pm an officer conducted a traffic stop in 1200 block of E. Lincoln Way. As a result of the stop Jeremy Hamilton of Scranton was arrested for operating while under the influence- first offense*. He was also cited for speed and failure to display registration plate. At 11:20 pm a complainant reported an erratic driver westbound on Highway 30 near R Ave. east of Jefferson. An officer located the driver on Highway 30 just west of N. Elm St. The officer stopped the vehicle and as a result of his investigation Judy Ann Richardson of West Des Moines was arrested for OWI- second offense*. She was also cited for failure to provide proof of financial liability.

Friday, Oct. 5: At 12:12 pm an officer heard loud yelling and cursing coming from a residence in the 100 block of E. Monroe St. The officer followed the sound and spoke with the source, identified as Steven Dzuris. Dzuris had been warned for this behavior approximately 45 minutes earlier by another officer. The result of the investigation led to the arrest of Steven Logan Dzuris of Jefferson for disorderly conduct. At 3:33 pm a complainant reported vandalism to a vehicle while parked at Regency Park Nursing & Rehab. The officer is investigating. At 4:28 pm Nicki Studyvin reported her 2008 Ford Edge had been backed into while it was legally parked facing west in the parking lot at Casey’s General Store. Damage to the center of the rear bumper was estimated at $500. Studyvin reported the other driver turned north on Elm St. She photographed the registration plate of the Chevrolet Equinox she suspected of striking her vehicle. The officer knows the owner of the vehicle and is investigating who the driver was. At 8:52 pm Alise Palmer reported her vehicle was stuck in a ditch near the intersection of County Road E-53 and Linwood Ave on the west side of Jefferson. The vehicle was not damaged. Palmer was cited for driving while suspended and failure to have insurance.

Thursday, Oct. 4: At 11:36 am a complainant reported illegal dumping in the 500 block of E. Lincoln Way.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: At 11:54 am a complainant reported a theft at 1301 N. Elm St. An officer is investigating. At 4:57 pm an officer responded to Casey’s General Store for a gas drive off.

An officer is investigating. At 8:33 pm an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of S. Elm Street and W. Russell Sts because the vehicle was being driven carelessly. The driver did not yield to the officer’s emergency lights and continued south out of town.

The driver did not stop until he reached the intersection of Highway 4 and 270th St. The driver, Zachary Burbank of Jefferson, was cited for excessive speed and reckless driving. At 8:48 pm an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of W Washington St for a trespassing complaint.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: At 8:02 am a complainant reported her vehicle had been egged overnight while parked in the 500 block of W. State St. The officer developed two juvenile suspects and charges for criminal mischief are pending the completion of the investigation. At 8:22 am a resident turned in a bag of coins she had located at the laundromat in Jefferson. They can be claimed at the LEC if the bag can be described. At 5:20 pm a complainant spoke with an officer about a possible identity theft against him. The officer is investigating.

Monday, Oct. 1: At 4:12 pm while on patrol an officer witnessed a male juvenile smoking in a vehicle. The officer followed the juvenile to the Community Center, where he parked the vehicle. The officer made contact with the juvenile, who admitted to smoking a cigarette. During a consent search the officer located a smoking device on the juvenile, believed to be used for narcotics. The officer seized the item for lab testing. Future juvenile charges are pending lab results. At 8:52 pm a complainant reported a large group of juveniles running through yards in the 300 block of Grauer St. The officer was already speaking to the group about throwing toilet paper at the high school. At 9:21 pm a complainant reported numerous cars speeding and passing unsafely on Westwood Drive. The officer checked the area and did not locate the reported actions. At 10:30 pm a complainant reported juveniles throwing toile paper in the 300 block of Edgewood. The officer did not locate anyone in the area. At 10:44 pm an officer spoke to a group of juveniles in the 300 block of W. Harrison St about curfew hours. The students under 18 headed home for the evening.

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

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