Police blotter – March 2019

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

Sunday, March 31: At 1:49 pm an officer investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident in the parking lot at White Oak Station. Luis Ortiz of Jefferson backed his 2008 Ford Focus, into the guards around the fuel pumps, causing $500 in damages to the rear of the vehicle. No damage was reported to the guard, or pump.

Saturday, March 30: At 1:15 am the Dallas County sheriff’s office advised they had located a damaged vehicle in the ditch in their county. No driver was located in the area. They requested Jefferson officers to check with the registered owner who lives in Jefferson. The officers made contact with a female at the residence, who called her husband. He was the driver of the vehicle and advised he was fine. He was told by the officer to contact Dallas County authorities. At 10:47 am an officer arrested Keegan Wayne Williams, 22, of Jefferson on an outstanding Union County arrest warrant for burglary- second degree (Class C felony)*. At 8:18 pm a resident brought a stray dog to the LEC he had caught in the 300 block of W. Lincoln Way. The officer placed the animal in the animal holding facility. At 11:47 pm a resident turned in a clear plastic bag containing $138 in cash he had located in the street near E. Harrison and S. Cedar Sts. A short time later a female came to the LEC advising she had lost some cash in the area. She was able to describe the packaging and amount and denominations of cash. The officer returned it to her.

Friday, March 29: At 2:49 am the Greene County dispatcher received a cell phone call from a male who was not making sense. He kept advising the people were after him and asked for an ambulance to be sent to a residence in Carroll. At one point in the conversation the male advised he had just broken into the Wells Fargo Bank in Jefferson and need officers at his location immediately, as people were after him. The officer and a deputy searched the area for the male as he spoke with dispatch. The male advised he was running towards the Greene County courthouse. The officer and deputy located the male near the bell tower. The male advised he had a firearm under his arm as he was taken into custody. The officer’s investigation learned the male had broken into the rear door at Tech Zone. The male advised his cell phone had been bugged and he broke into the business to use a land line. Damage to the door was estimated at $300. The officer charged Roderick Alan Klampe II, 27, of Carroll with burglary- second degree (Class C felony), carrying weapons (aggravated misdemeanor), and possession of weapon while intoxicated and criminal mischief- fourth degree (serious misdemeanors)*. At 9:57 am a complainant located a small baggy of suspected narcotics on the sidewalk in the 200 Block of N. Wilson Ave. The officer tested the substance with a NIKS test, with a positive result for methamphetamine. The officer is obtaining a Destroy Order to destroy the item. At 6:33 pm a complainant requested assistance in locating her juvenile daughter, who had left home without her mother’s permission. The child returned home as officers were attempting to locate her. The officers stopped by the residence to speak with the female juvenile and learned the mother and daughter were involved in an argument again. The mother stepped in front of the door to keep the daughter from leaving the residence again. The daughter struck the mother in the face with a clarinet, causing injury above her left eye. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female for assault- serious*. The juvenile was later transported by Juvenile Services to a facility in Fort Dodge.

Thursday, March 28: At 8:41 pm an officer responded to the Redemption Center for a report of a male climbing into the outdoor wire bin for can donations. An officer is investigating. At 10:36 pm a complainant reported a possible electrical fire situation at a residence in the 200 block of S. Oak St. Everything was found to be okay.

Wednesday, March 27: At 7:36 am a complainant requested an ambulance at the Super 8 Hotel. An officer arrived to assist the ambulance crew and learned the complainant had been assaulted by a Jefferson male on 3/24. The officer is investigating the reported assault. At 6:08 pm a caller advised of an erratic driver westbound approaching Jefferson on Highway 30. The officer located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop on Highway 30 at Doreen Wilber Drive. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Ty Christopher Brotherson, 20, of Breda for possession of alcohol under age (simple misdemeanor)*. The officer also did an .02% violation as Brotherson’s blood alcohol content was more than 0.02%. This is an administrative action by the DOT, not a criminal charge.

Tuesday, March 26: At 7:55 am an officer responded to a one-vehicle property  damage accident in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Dawna Helms was distracted by another drivers as she entered the parking lot. Her vehicle jumped the curb and struck a large landscaping rock. Damage to her 2015 Buick Lacrosse was estimated at $1,000.

Monday, March 25: At 4:28 am an officer responded to a car-deer accident on Highway 30 just west of Grimmell Rd. Robert Bowen of Jefferson was westbound driving his 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, when a deer walked into the roadway in front of him. Bowen struck the animal causing a estimated $3,000 in damages to his vehicle. At 1:47 pm an officer responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the parking lot at Aureon. Jennifer Menard of Jefferson turned her 2000 Buick LeSabre too sharp when leaving a parking space and struck the front corner of Michael Rooney’s 2007 Mercedes-Benz. Both vehicles sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage. No citation was issued as it occurred outside the roadway on private property.

At 3:49 pm a complainant reported two juvenile females smoking in an alley near N. Walnut St and Lincoln Way. Officers made contact with the females. Dharyan Medina, 16, of Jefferson was cited for minor using tobacco. At 4:19 pm staff at Oly’s Corner reported a female customer had broken a food warming display case and refused to give the clerk her name. The officer is investigating. At 8:57 pm officers arrested Dalton Weber, 20, of Jefferson on outstanding JPD arrest warrants for criminal mischief- fourth degree and assault- serious (both serious misdemeanors) and disorderly conduct (simple misdemeanor)*. The charges stem from an incident on 3/24 at a residence in the 200 block of N. Oak St. At 11:24 pm officers arrested Amy Tasler, 39, of Grand Junction on an outstanding Clarke County arrest warrant for probation violation*.

Sunday, March 24: At 12:02 am an officer noticed a vehicle driving south in the 1500 block of N. Elm St. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of N. Wilson Ave. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Danielle Hermansen, 30, of Jefferson for operating while intoxicated- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. She was also cited for driving while license suspended. At 4:19 am a complainant requested an officer at a residence in the 200 block of N. Oak St for an intoxicated male breaking items in the residence. The officer responded and spoke to group outside the residence. The officer learned the male resident was upset with his live-in girlfriend and began breaking her belongings and throwing them out of the residence into the yard. The subject had also assaulted a male who attempted to stop his behavior. The male subject had gone inside and locked the doors and refused to speak with the officer. The officer has requested arrest warrants for Dalton Lee Weber, 20, of Jefferson for assault-serious and criminal mischief- fourth degree (serious misdemeanors) and disorderly conduct (simple misdemeanor)*. ***** An officer has received lab test results of items seized during a traffic stop on 12/01/18. The officer has requested arrest warrants for Randy Robert Lundberg, 51, of Jefferson for possession of marijuana- third or subsequent offense (aggravated misdemeanor), possession of methamphetamine- third or subsequent offense (class D felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor)*.

Saturday, March 23: At 3 pm officers assisted the Jefferson fire department with a small fire at 1006 N. Vine St. During building renovations, a subject was welding and started a small insulation fire in the wall. Minor damage was reported. At 7:13 pm a complainant reported an erratic driver on Highway 30 heading west toward Jefferson. The officer located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop in the 600 block of E. Highway 30. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Sylvester L. Trotter, 31, of Carroll for operating while intoxicated-third offense (class D felony) and driving while barred (aggravated misdemeanor)*. Trotter was also cited for open container of alcohol- driver and failure to provide proof of financial liability.

Friday, March 22: At 9:42 am officers assisted Greene County Ambulance and the medical examiner with a death at a residence in the 1000 block of W. Wall St. 1007 W. Wall St. At 1:53 pm a resident reported witnessing a tree fall on a residence in the 700 block of Pinet Place. The officer contacted the owner of the vacant property and advised them of the issue. At 9:20 pm staff at White Oak Station reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $9.

Thursday, March 21: At 7:328 am staff at Hy Vee reported a male subject trying to purchase items with a counterfeit $100 bill. The subject was given the bill back after it marked after being swiped with the money marker. The officer is working to identify the male and is investigating.

Wednesday, March 20: At 8:55 am staff at New Hope Bargain Shoppe called and advised a subject had dumped a bed at their front door overnight. The store can not resell the item. The officer has identified the vehicle involved and is working to contact the driver. At 12:59 pm staff at the Greene County Community Center advised of four juveniles smoking in the parking lot. The officer later made contact with the subjects at a residence and spoke to them about the issue.

Tuesday, March 19: At 11:05 am a caller advised of possible narcotic activity at a Jefferson apartment complex. The officer is investigating. At 12:23 pm an officer performed a probable cause search during a traffic stop with a vehicle in the 200 block of W. Vest St after smelling marijuana while speaking to the driver. The juvenile male driver admitted to marijuana being smoked in the vehicle, but advised it was all gone. The officer did not locate anything illegal in the search. The juvenile’s parent was advised of the situation.

Monday, March 18: At 7:43 am an officer responded to a bank alarm at Wells Fargo. All was fine at the business. At 6:46 pm an officer located a box of photos and other belongings in the parking area of Daubendiek Park. The officer determined the owner by some of the items and returned them to her in Jefferson.

Sunday, March 17: At 11:47 am officers responded to White Oak Gas Station for a report of a juvenile attempting to purchase tobacco with a driver’s license that was not hers. An officer is investigating. an officer was parked and running radar in the 300 block of W. Lincoln Way when he was approached by a female on foot. The female spoke with the officer about problems between herself and her husband. She advised if she went home, he would get hurt. The officer spoke to the husband and learned the female may have taken too many meds. The officer coaxed the female to ER to be evaluated.

Saturday, March 16: At 6:10 am officers responded to The Gardens for an active fire alarm. The officers determined there was a glitch in the alarm. The officer deactivated the alarm and maintenance employees were notified of the issue. At 6:29 am officers responded to Syngenta for a burglary alarm. Officers determined it was an employee who accidently activated the alarm.

Friday, March 15: At 3:35 pm officers assisted the Fort Dodge PD with attempting to locate a female originally from Fort Dodge. The Fort Dodge PD was asked to check her welfare as she had been missing for one day. Fort Dodge authorities “pinged” her cell phone which indicated the phone was near Jefferson. The female was later located by Fort Dodge authorities.

Thursday, March 14: At 12:01 am an officer assisted the Jefferson fire department and Greene County Ambulance at the mobile home court in the 100 block of E. Central Ave with a reported fire under a mobile home. The smoke was determined to be coming from an electrical breaker. No damage was reported. At 1:18 pm an officer removed an opossum from a garage in the 400 block of W. Head St and released it outside of town.

Wednesday, March 13: At 10:40 am a subject brought a stray dog to the LEC. The officer placed it in the animal holding facility. At 8:02 pm a subject brought two stray dogs running free near HyVee to the LEC. The officer placed them in the animal holding facility.

Tuesday, March 12: At 10:08 am a caller advised of a male subject who regularly carries a handgun without a concealed carry permit. The officer is investigating. At 2:31 pm a caller advised of witnessing a driver strike two parked vehicles at HyVee and then enter the business. The officer located the driver and the owner of the two vehicles. No one involved was interested in an accident report. There was very minor damage to the three vehicles involved. At 5:07 pm officers were requested at Wills Ag-Supply for a fight in progress. The officers arrived and spoke to an employer and a few employees who had witnessed the event. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Jason Allen Thede, 47, of Bouton for assault – serious*.

Monday, March 11: Routine activity reported.

Sunday, March 10: At 11:12 am a complainant advised of a possible dead American bald eagle on Highway 30 east of Jefferson. The officers located the bird and determined it to be a pheasant. At 5:21 pm a caller advised of a male juvenile throwing snowballs at buildings near N. Elm and W. Reed Sts. The officer located the juvenile and advised him to stop the behavior.

Saturday, March 9: Routine activity reported.

Friday, March 8: Routine activity reported.

Thursday, March 7: At 6:03 pm an officer investigated a two-vehicle accident at E. Clark and N. Locust Sts. Erin Bendickson of Panora was southbound on Locust St driving her 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe. Victoria Dawson of Jefferson was westbound on Clark St driving her 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The vehicles could not stop on the snowy streets and collided in the intersection. Dawson was cited for failure to yield to vehicle on right. Damage to Bendickson’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. Damage to Dawson’s vehicle was estimated at $2,000. At 9:52 pm a complainant reported a suspicious male had parked his vehicle near McKinley and Locust Sts and was walking through yards in the area. The officer located the subject a short time later. Adam Michael Winger, 38, of Jefferson was arrested for trespass- third or subsequent offense (simple misdemeanor)*. ***** Officers issued five citations for snow emergency parking violations.

Wednesday, March 6: At 8:31 am a complainant reported a vehicle almost struck her as she walked in the crosswalk at the corner of W. State and N. Vine Sts. She gave a description of the vehicle to the officer. The officer checked with area banks and located that a camera had caught the event. The officer is working to identify the driver of the vehicle and speak to him. At 1:10 pm officers were called to the 100 block of N. Vine St for an unresponsive female in a vehicle. The Greene County Ambulance Service transported the female to ER to be seen by a medical doctor. The officer located an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and a future charge is pending.

Tuesday, March 5: At 11:38 am staff at Durbin Automotive and Towing reported receiving a personal check from a customer that had been written fraudulently on a closed account. The officer is investigating. At 4:03 pm an officer assisted the sheriff’s office with a rollover accident on Highway 30 just west of M Ave west of Jefferson. At 5:42 pm officers were assisted by a sheriff’s deputy with a two-vehicle personal injury accident on Highway 30 near Grimmell Rd. Donna Wolterman of Jefferson was eastbound on Highway 30 driving her 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Anthony Rice of Paton was westbound driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Sheila Rice. Rice lost control of his vehicle and it spun across the centerline into Wolterman’s path. Wolterman’s vehicle struck the passenger side of Rice’s vehicle. Both drivers were extricated from their vehicles and taken by Greene County Ambulance to Greene County Medical Center for injuries. Rice was cited for failure to maintain control. Damage to the Malibu he was driving was estimated at $10,000. Damage to Wolterman’s Elantra was estimated at $15,000. ***** An arrest warrant has been requested for Joseph Mitchell Anderson, 18, of Jefferson for providing tobacco/vape products to a minor- first offense (simple misdemeanor)*. The charge stems from an investigation from 2/23 when officers located a juvenile in possession of vaping items. ***** An arrest warrant has been requested for Shawn Robert Clark, 43, of Stuart for theft- second degree (Class D felony)*. The officer’s investigation began 2/24 at Wild Rose Casino when a female reported the theft of her wallet at the casino.

Monday, March 4: At 11:03 am an officer arrested Kory Chris Schubert, 49, of Denison on an outstanding Cass County arrest warrant for probation violation*. At 11:15 am staff at Casey’s General Store reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $19.54. At 4:19 pm a subject advised his parents had fallen for the “grandchild” scam phone call. A caller identified himself as a grandchild. He gained the confidence of the couple and convinced them he was in jail and needed bail money. On two separate days the grandparents mailed requested money to the caller in a total amount of $30,200. The caller called again and requested an additional amount of $4,000 to be placed on Wal-Mart gift cards. The money was placed on 10 cards and the caller was given the numbers off the cards and removed the funds electronically. The officer is investigating, but these methods are virtually untraceable. At 6:28 pm a complainant advised of an unlicensed driver on N. Elm St driving to Carroll. The officer located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Kandice Maree Agar, 34, of Jefferson for operating while intoxicated- first offense (serious misdemeanor)*. At 9:26 pm an officer performed a traffic stop in the 1200 block of N. Elm St with a male subject the officer knew to have had his driving privileges revoked. The investigation led to the arrest of Michael Allen Olson, 57, of Jefferson for OWI- first offense and driving while license revoked (serious misdemeanors)*. He was also cited for failure to provide proof of financial liability.

Sunday, March 3: At 6:53 am officers were assisted by deputies in the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 300 E. State St. Items of narcotics and paraphernalia were seized for testing from the residence. Charges are pending lab testing of the seized items. At 9:26 am the Carroll County sheriff’s office requested assistance from Jefferson officers in looking for a stolen vehicle from Coon Rapids. The vehicle was not located in Jefferson. At 7:33 pm staff at Sparky’s One Stop reported an attempted forgery. A female and male attempted to purchase items by writing a check of a deceased female’s checking account. The officer is investigating.

Saturday, March 2: Routine activity reported.

Friday, March 1: At 9:12 am a resident complained of his neighbor pushing snow onto his property in the 200 block of S. High St. The officer spoke to the neighbor, who advised it will not happen again. At 7:35 pm a complainant advised her husband was suicidal and had a weapon. He had left their residence and was now sending her text messages threatening his life. At about 8:25, the officer was advised the complainant was being chased in her vehicle in Jefferson by her husband. The officer made contact with the two vehicles at S. Chestnut and E. Monroe Sts. The officer ordered the husband out of his vehicle, but he took off. The officer pursued him the short distance to his residence in the 300 block of E. Lincoln Way. The subject ignored the officer’s lights and sirens and would not stop his vehicle until he reached home. The subject ignored the officer’s commands to stop and show his hands and ran inside his residence. Jefferson officers were assisted by Greene and Boone County sheriff’s office during the one-hour standoff with the subject. At about 9:40, officers made entry into the residence and took Branden Gerrick Smith, 42, of Jefferson into custody without further issue. Smith was taken to ER and medically cleared by a doctor before being placed in the Greene County jail. Smith was charged with domestic abuse assault- third or subsequent offense (Class D felony), possession of firearm by a felon (Class D felony), eluding officers (serious misdemeanor), interference with official acts (simple misdemeanor) and reckless driving (simple misdemeanor)*.

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

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