Police blotter – January 2019

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

Thursday, Jan. 31: At 3:53 pm an officer investigated a backing accident in the 200 block of S. Vine St. Karen Shannon of Jefferson was backing her 2011 Chevrolet Traverse from a parking spot at the middle school. Traffic had stopped in the roadway, due to congestion in the area. Shannon backed into a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox owned and operated by David Walker of Jefferson. Damage to Shannon’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. Damage to Walker’s vehicle ws estimated at $2,000.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: At 3:48 p Dennis Louk advised he had backed into a mailbox and minimally damaged it at a residence in the 1200 block of Southfield Drive. The officer made contact with the owner of the mailbox and he and Louk worked out having it repaired.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: At 12:57 am an officer checked on an alarm activation at the Jefferson public library. All doors and windows were secure. At 1:53 pm a complainant reported damage to a rock retaining wall in the 100 block of Harding Rd. It appeared a vehicle had backed into the structure, causing damage to it. The officer gathered some vehicle debris left at the scene and is investigating the event. At 5:09 pm a complainant reported concern for a Husky tied outside in the 800 block of W. State St.T he officer spoke to the animal’s owner, who advised the animal scratches on the door when it is ready to come inside. The officer checked several times throughout his shift and did not see the animal back outside. At 11:05 pm a PAWS volunteer requested an officer do a welfare check on a dog tied outside in the 300 block of E. McKinley St. The officer checked and did not locate an animal outside at the address. The worker called in a short time later with the same request. Again, the officer checked and found no animal outside, just a chain lying on the ground.

Monday, Jan. 28: At 2:49 pm a complainant advised his juvenile daughter had seen a male subject in a face mask walking past her bedroom window at a residence in the 400 block of E. Madison St. He advised footprints are present in his yard. The officers determined the male was an Alliant Energy employee reading electric meters. At 9:58 pm an officer assisted a motorist at HyVee gain entry to her vehicle. Due to the cold weather, her key fob was not allowing the vehicle to unlock. At 10:20 pm a complainant reported a dog running freely near W. Washington and N. Walnut Sts. While looking for the animal, the officer located the animal’s owner out looking for it. The animal was caught and sent home with the owner.

Sunday, Jan. 27: At 12:56 am an officer was requested at Wild Rose Casino for an intoxicated male who had passed out on the gaming floor. The officer located the male’s co-workers and they took him up to his motel room for the remainder of the evening. At 1:22 pm an officer assisted an animal owner in the 600 block of S. Wilson Ave in catching his dog, which had gotten loose from him. At 3:24 pm a caller advised of a manhole cover sticking up in the intersection of N. Walnut and W. State Sts. The officer found the cover had broken in half and slight pressure would make it pop out. He placed a barricade over the manhole and notified the public works department. At 3:55 pm an officer located and placed loose blacktopping material back over a manhole cover at W. Washington and N. Elm Sts. The public works department was notified of the issue. At 10:56 pm an officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle with dark windows and no registration plate in the 200 block of W. State St. During a consent search of the vehicle, the officer located a large sum of cash. The officer also located a prescription medication bottle containing three pills in the passenger’s bag. The label had the name scratched off it. The female passenger attempted to give the officer a fake name, date of birth, and Social Security number. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Elisha Marie Mischke, 38, of Jefferson for interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor), providing false information to an officer (simple misdemeanor), false report of indictable offense to public entity (serious misdemeanor) and unlawful possession of prescription drug (serious misdemeanor)*. There are also outstanding arrest warrants for Mischke in other counties.

Saturday, Jan. 26: At 11:48 am an officer took a report from Holiday RV involving a check not being voided and cashed by a subject who had purchased a vehicle. The officer is investigating the event.

Friday, Jan. 25: At 12:11 pm staff at Greene County Middle School requested an officer there after locating suspected marijuana in the school. The officer determined the substance was not marijuana and destroyed the substance. At 4:57 pm a Greene County Schools bus driver reported a school bus passing violation that had occurred at 3:50 pm at the intersection of W. Russell and S. Olive Sts. Colton John Davis was cited for unlawful passing of a school bus.

Thursday, Jan. 24: At 9:43 am an officer checked Greene County Medical Center after dispatch received a 911 hang up from the facility. All was fine. At 5:11 pm a mother spoke with an officer concerning her daughter being bullied at the middle school. The mother does not think the school is doing enough to correct the issue. At 7:33 pm a caller requested a welfare check on a dog left outside in the 300 block of N. West St. The officer checked on the animal and determined it had food, water and adequate shelter.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Routine activity reported.

Tuesday, Jan. 22: At 12:43 am an officer performed a traffic stop with a vehicle in the 600 block of S. Locust St. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Thomas Richard Langford, 52, of Dana for operating while intoxicated- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. He was also cited for fail to provide proof of financial liability and careless driving. At 9:36 am staff at Casey’s General Store advised of a male subject present outside the business who had been trespassed from the property. The officer is investigating.

Monday, Jan. 21: At 5:52 pm an officer responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at S. West and W. Monroe Sts. Faith Wiederin was eastbound on Monroe St. Donald Ott of Jefferson was southbound on West St. Ott struck Wiederin’s vehicle in the intersection. Ott was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Damage to his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 was estimated at $10,000. Damage to Wiederin’s 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was also estimated at $10,000.

Sunday, Jan. 20: At 8:33 am an officer responded to Hy-Vee to take a theft report. Staff at Hy-Vee reported that two bottles of Captain Morgan were stolen from the store at 9:40 pm the previous day. Two young males walked into the store. One of the males removed the two bottles and they proceeded to leave the building without paying for them. After investigating the crime and obtaining surveillance video, the suspects were identified.  Arrest warrants have been requested for Royzell Henderson, 18, of Jefferson for theft- fifth degree (simple misdemeanor)* and possession of alcohol under legal age; and for Austin Easterlie, 18, of Bagley for theft- fifth degree- aiding and abetting (simple misdemeanor)*.

Saturday, Jan. 19: At 11:50 am officers responded to the intersection of W. South and S. Oak Sts for a two-vehicle property damage accident. Brian Tiffany was northbound on Oak St. Scott Weber was eastbound on South St. Tiffany left the posted stop sign and struck the passenger side of Weber’s vehicle. Tiffany was cited for failure to obey a stop sign. Damage to the front of his Grand Marquis was estimated at $3,000. Damage to Weber’s 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck was estimated at $5,000.

Friday, Jan. 18: At 4 pm staff at Subway spoke with an officer about unwanted vehicles parked in their parking lot. At 5:36 pm an officer assisted the Greene County sheriff’s office in attempting to locate a driver who had left Casey’s General Store in Grand Junction without paying for fuel. At 6:55 pm an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of E. Wilcox Way for a domestic disturbance.

Thursday, Jan.17: At 3:33 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 100 block of N. Elm St. Phyllis Staebler of Jefferson was southbound in the outside lane and attempted to merge to the inside lane. She struck a vehicle driven by Alexis Hooper of Grand Junction, who was southbound in the inside lane. Staebler was cited for failure to maintain control. Damage to her 2003 Pontiac Bonneville was estimated at $5,000. Damage to Hooper’s 2010 Ford Econoline van was also estimated at $5,000. At 2:54 pm two JPD officers assisted the Greene County sheriff’s office with the execution of an arrest warrant and the arrest of Rodney Halterman at 1028 130th St in Churdan. At 4:06 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of N. Maple and W. Clark Sts. Justin Geisler of Scranton was northbound on Maple St driving a 1993 Chevy S-10 pickup truck. Debra Taggart of Scranton was eastbound on Clark St driving her 2017 Ford Escape. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Taggart was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $15,000. Damage to Geisler’s vehicle was estimated at $10,000.

Wednesday, Jan. 16: At 1:53 pm an officer investigated a backing accident in the parking lot at Greene County High School. Kadrick Kinne attempted to back a 2012 Dodge Charger out of a parking space but struck a parked 2015 Chevrolet Cruze owned by Shawn Angell of Grand Junction. Damage to the Dodge Charger, which is owned by Kyle Kinne of Jefferson, was estimated at $1,000. Damage to Angell’s vehicle was estimated at $2,000. No citation was issued, as the accident occurred on private property. At 8:32 pm during a traffic stop at the intersection of Highways 4 and 30 an officer learned a passenger in the vehicle was wanted on a Boone County arrest warrant. Brittany Ann Neal, 24, of Churdan was arrested for violation of a court order*.

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Routine activity reported.

Monday, Jan. 14: At 9:04 am staff at Greene County Middle School advised of a student who they believed possessed marijuana at the school. The officers made contact with the 13-year-old male and a parent. The officers were given consent by the boy’s parent to perform a consent search on the juvenile and his locker. The officers recovered a small bud of marijuana from the locker. It is expected a charge against the student of possession of marijuana- first offense (serious misdemeanor) will be sent to juvenile court. At 10:45 am officers assisted the medical examiner with a death investigation in the1000 block of W. Adams St. At 12:05 pm officers investigated a hit-and-run accident in the high school parking lot. A parked 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Marty McDonald of Scranton was struck, with damage estimated at $1,000. The officer is investigating to identify the other vehicle involved.

Sunday, Jan. 13: At 2:13 pm an officer responded to the 800 block of W. Mahlon St for a dog running loose. At 11:18 pm an officer responded to a residence in the 600 block of S. Oak St for a possible trespasser who was knocking on the door of the residence. The officer determined it was deer walking on the porch of the residence causing the noise.

Saturday, Jan. 12: At 10:05 am a complainant reported finding stolen property at her residence in the 500 block of E. Monroe St. She located a washer and dryer as well as sofa that were owned by Aaron’s Rent to Own in Shawnee, OK. An officer is investigating. At 12:10 pm an officer arrested Ryan Brown of Jefferson on outstanding Greene County arrest warrants for failure to pay child support*. At 12:11 pm an officer responded to Sparky’s One Stop for a possible counterfeit $100 bill.

Friday, Jan. 11: At 11:02 am an officer responded to the 500 block of S. Cedar St for a loose dog. At 3:16 pm an officer responded to the 200 block of Locust St for a loose dog. At 4:27 pm an officer responded to Greene County Community Center for a possible assault occurring. The officer found there were issues. At 5:06 pm staff at Morton Buildings reported the theft of a laser level valued at $640. An officer is investigating.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Routine activity reported.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: At 4:27 pm an officer met with a parent and juvenile female at the LEC and took a sex abuse complaint from them. The officer has begun an investigation into the report. ***** Arrest warrants have been requested for Cayleb Anthony Walker, 25, of Coon Rapids for assault- simple and assault causing injury (serious misdemeanor)*. The warrants stem from a reported incident on 12/22/2018, in which two females reported being assaulted by Walker in the 400 block of N. Vine St.  ***** An arrest warrant was issued for Jessica Ann Marie Kelton, 20, of Jefferson for possession of marijuana- second offense (serious misdemeanor)*. The warrant was requested after positive lab results on items seized during a traffic stop on 11/22/2018. The officer smelled marijuana during the stop and recovered items for testing during a probable cause search of the vehicle. ***** Arrest warrants were issued for Daniel Joseph Tasler, 27, of Jefferson for unlawful possession of prescription drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance- prescription medication (all serious misdemeanors) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*. The charges come from items seized during a traffic stop on 12/16/2018. The officer conducted a probable cause search of Tasler’s vehicle during the stop after seeing paraphernalia in “plain sight.”

Tuesday, Jan. 8: At 2:25 pm staff at Morton Buildings reported the theft of a miter box and stand from the business. The saw was located a short time later outside the business, near the building. It appears it was placed outside to be picked up later by an unknown suspect. The officer is investigating the event. At 5:20 pm a Greene County Community School bus driver reported a school bus violation. The bus was stopped, with the warning lights activated, and passed by a vehicle at about 3:30 pm on S. Chestnut St near Harding Road. The violation advised of a vehicle and driver description, along with a plate number. The driver was cited for unlawful passing of a school bus. ***** An officer completed the investigation of a burglary to a residence in the 300 block of N. Chestnut St reported on 12/14. Coins, Jewelry, and unwritten personal checks were reported missing from the residence. A suspect was developed from business surveillance video of a male passing the checks at businesses in Jefferson, Scranton, and Carroll. A search warrant was executed at 112 North Street in Bayard on 01/04/2019. Items were located and taken into evidence at the residence. The officer has requested arrest warrants for Shane Joe Spaulding, 39, of Bayard for burglary- third degree (Class D felony),theft- second degree (D felony), 11 counts of forgery (D felony) and ongoing criminal conduct (B felony)*.

Monday, Jan. 7: At 3:35 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle property damage accident at N. Oak and W. Washington Sts. Roberta McDaniel of Jefferson was eastbound on Washington driving her 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Lisa Rehm of Templeton was southbound on Oak driving her 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Rehm was cited for failure to yield to the vehicle on the right. Damage to each vehicle was estimated at $2,000. At 4:37 pm a complainant advised he had caught a stray dog near N. Elm and W. State Sts. The officer placed the dog in the animal holding facility.

Sunday, Jan. 6: At 10:14 am an officer was running stationary radar in the 800 block of E. Lincoln Way when a driver approached him and stopped. The officer knew the male driver from a traffic stop two hours earlier. The officer had learned after the previous stop that there was an outstanding Greene County arrest warrant for the male. George Joseph Glasgow, 47, of Grand Junction was arrested for the probation violation arrest warrant*. He had been cited in the earlier traffic stop for excessive speed, driving while suspended, failure to provide proof of financial liability and operation without registration. At 2:35 pm staff at Casey’s General Store advised a male had attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. The officer has developed a suspect and is investigating the event.

Saturday, Jan. 5: At 11:33 am a resident brought to the LEC a stray dog she had located running freely in Jefferson. The animal was placed in the animal holding facility. At 6:15 pm a complainant advised of a stray dog he caught in the 1300 block of Riverside Drive. The officer placed the animal in the animal holding facility. At 6:35 pm an officer, along with several residents, heard a loud explosion near Grimmell Rd and W. Russell St. The officer could not locate the source of the sound. At 8:03 pm an officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no registration plates at W. Central Ave and Grimmel Rd. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Keenan Lee Olson, 20, of Coon Rapids for carrying weapons (aggravated misdemeanor) and possession of alcohol under age – second offense*. He was also cited for driving while suspended, operation without registration, and failure to provide proof of financial liability.

Friday, Jan. 4: At 10:26 am Jefferson PD officers were assisted by Greene and Guthrie County deputies in the execution of a search warrant at 112 North St in Bayard. The warrant comes from an investigation of a burglary and stolen items, along with stolen checks from a Jefferson residence. The crime was reported to JPD on 12/14/2018. Several checks were forged and used in business in Greene and Carroll Counties. Charges are pending the end of the investigation. At 11:01 am staff at Greene County Medical Center ER reported a child there with a dog bite. The officer arrived and learned the youngster had reached over a fence to pet the animal when the animal bit him. The animal is current on vaccinations did not violate any Jefferson animal ordinances.

Thursday, Jan. 3: At 12:22 am staff at Wild Rose Casino requested an officer at for an intoxicated male refusing to leave and fighting with employees. The officer arrived and learned the male had left in a vehicle and gone east on Highway 30. The officer and a deputy located the vehicle at Sparky’s One Stop and spoke to the male driver inside the business. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Michael Allen Olson, 57, of Jefferson for operating while intoxicated- first offense (serious misdemeanor) and disorderly conduct (simple misdemeanor)*. At 7 am an officer began investigating a sex abuse involving a child. At 3:21 pm staff at Home State Bank advised of locating a counterfeit $100 bill in a business deposit. The information was forwarded to the US Secret Service.***** An arrest warrant has been requested for Steven Bret Wetzel, 49, of Churdan since testing was completed on items seized during a traffic stop on 12/01. Wetzel has been charged with possession of methamphetamine (serious misdemeanor)*.

Wednesday, Jan. 2: At 3:40 pm the Boone County Humane Society requested assistance from a Jefferson officer in locating a female in Jefferson. They had learned the female was selling sick puppies online. The officer checked the female’s last known Jefferson address and learned she moved to Boone three months ago. The information was passed back to the caller. At 10:54 pm a complainant reported two dogs left unattended in a vehicle at Wild Rose Casino. She was concerned the animals were too cold. The officer made contact with the animals’ owners inside and they elected to take the dogs home.

Tuesday, Jan. 1: At 6:30 pm a resident turned in a box of ammunition reloading supplies he had found in the roadway in the 100 block of W. Washington St. The owner can claim the items at the LEC.

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

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