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CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE FOR CRIMINAL
COMPLAINTS,  ARRESTS and ACCIDENTS




Deputies # 21-7 Date: 3/25/15

COMPLAINTS

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ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Tasha Poulin Age: 27
Persons Address: Spencer
Date/Time of Arrest: 3/25/15 1800 hours
Location of Arrest: Clay County Jail
Arrest Charge: Failure to appear for initial appearance
Details of Arrest: Poulin turned herself in to the Clay County Jail and was placed under arrest.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond: $1000
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-7
Date: 3/22/15

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Persons Name: Elizabeth Dunbar Age: 38
Persons Address: Sioux City
Date/Time of Arrest: 3/22/15 2125
Location of Arrest: Hwy 71 and 475th St.
Arrest Charge: driving while barred
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation. Elizabeth Dunbar was driving with a barred license. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail where she was charged.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond: X
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10/21-4/ 21-3
Date: 3-22-15

COMPLAINTS

Business/Persons Name: Anonymous
Address:
Address of Complaint: 115 Meadow St. Apt. #3 Royal, Iowa 51357
Date Complaint Reported: 03-19-15
Date Complaint Occurred: 03-19-15
Type of Complaint: Disturbance
Details of Complaint: The Clay County Sheriff's Office received a report of banging and arguing at the above named residence.

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Matthew Howe (22)/ Karma Montag (20) Age:
Persons Address: Howe-Spencer, Iowa/ Montag-Royal, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: Howe-3-19-15-0302 hrs/ Montag-2341 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 115 Meadow St. Apt. #3 Royal, Iowa
Arrest Charge: P.C.S.-Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Details of Arrest: Deputies of the Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the disturbance complaint and upon investigation, an odor of marijuana was detected in the residence. Upon conducting a search, Deputies located marijuana and drug parpahernalia. Howe was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Howe was charged with P.C.S.-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia and was held to appear to before the Magistrate on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond. Later in the evening, Montag was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Montag was charged with P.C.S.-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and was released on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 3-19-15

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Persons Name: Luis Vazquez-Garcia Age: 30
Persons Address: Omaha, Nebraska
Date/Time of Arrest: 3-16-15/ 2114 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 4600 mile of Hwy. 71
Arrest Charge: Failure to Have a Valid Drivers License
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found, Vazquez-Garcia, had no drivers license. Vazquez-Garcia was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Vazquez-Garcia was charged with No Drivers License and was later released on a $470.00 cash bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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DEPUTIES # 21-10/ 21-8
ACCIDENT LOCATION: 3200 mile of 480th St.
DATE & TIME OF ACCIDENT: 3-16-15/ 0435 hrs.

1st VEHICLE

Drivers name: Kevin Skinner Age: 35
Drivers Address: Ida Grove, Iowa
Vehicle Description: 2008 Peterbilt Tractor pulling a 2005 Wilson Trailer
Vehicle Damage: $40,000.00 to tractor and $15,000.00 to the trailer
Vehicle Owner: Backroads Express LLC.

2nd VEHICLE

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IF ANY OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED….SEE ATTACHED 2ND NEWS RELEASE

INJURIES

Possible

ACCIDENT DETAILS

Unit 1 was traveling east in the 3200 mile of 480th St. The driver of Unit 1 fell asleep, crossed the center line and entered the north ditch. Unit 1 drove east in the north ditch and rolled over onto its side coming to rest on a fence.

CHARGES FILED REF. ACCIDENT

Name: Kevin James Skinner
Address: 800 2nd St. Ida Grove, Iowa
Charge: Failure to Maintain Control
Citation issued: XXX
Placed in Jail:
Charges Pending:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 3-17-15

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Persons Name: Adam Swanson Age: 32
Persons Address: Everly, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 3-11-15/ 0549hrs.
Location of Arrest: Ocheyedan St. and Wilson St. in Everly, Iowa
Arrest Charge: Driving While Revoked
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy saw Swanson driving and knew through prior knowledge he had a revoked drivers license. Upon making contact, Swanson was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Swanson was charged with Driving While Revoked, a Serious Misdemeanor and No Proof of Insurance, a Simple Misdemeanor. Swanson was held to appear before the Magistrate on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10/ 21-3
Date: 0317-15

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ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Ronnie Dale Loder Age: 37
Persons Address: 3923 335th Ave.
Date/Time of Arrest: 03-10-15/ 2331 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 3923 335th Ave.
Arrest Charge: Clay County Arrest Warrant-Orig. Charge-Accessory to a Misdemeanor
Details of Arrest: The Clay County Sheriff's Office conducted an arrest warrant check on Loder and upon making contact, placed him under arrest and transported him to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Loder was held on a $300.00 cash or surety bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies# 21-10
Date: 3-11-15

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Lucas Parsons Age: 31
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 03-08-15/ 055 hrs.
Location of Arrest: Fostoria, Iowa Cenex-Gas Station
Arrest Charge: Clay County Arrest Warrant for Contempt of Court
Details of Arrest: Parsons was arrested in Dickinson County and was turned over to the
custody of the Clay County Sherifrs Office on a Clay County arrest warrant for failing to
serve a mandatory mittimus of 36 days in jail. Parsons was transported to the Clay County
Jail w/o incident and is currently serving his 36 day jail sentence.

Deputies # 21-5
Date: 03-09-15

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Shawn Pattison Age: 44
Persons Address: Graettinger, IA
Date/Time of Arrest: 03-09-15 10:25 AM
Location of Arrest: 3400 mile Hwy 18
Arrest Charge: Parole violation.
Details of Arrest: Pattison was taken into custody by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and his custody was transferred to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and he was transported to the Clay County Jail.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: X
Held in Jail for Other Agency:

Deputies # 21-4
Date: 03/06/2015

COMPLAINTS

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Address:
Address of Complaint: 3293 335th Avenue, Ruthven IA 51358
Date Complaint Reported: 03/06/2015 1644
Date Complaint Occurred:
Type of Complaint: assault/ unresponsive male
Details of Complaint: unconscious male who was hit/ assaulted. unconscious, non responsive, unknown if breathing.

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Ronnie Dale Loder Age: 37
Persons Address: 3293 335th Avenue, Ruthven, IA 51358
Date/Time of Arrest: 03/06/2015 1718
Location of Arrest: 3293 335th Avenue, Ruthven IA, 51358
Arrest Charge: Willful Injury-Class C Felony
Details of Arrest: Clay County Deputies were dispatched to 3293 335th Avenue in the rural Lost Island area of Ruthven for a male had been struck in the face and was unconscious and possibly not breathing. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted Loder who had called in the incident. Deputies then discovered the victim with signs of trauma. Deputies determined the victim had been struck by Loder. The victim refused to be transported to the Spencer Hospital by the Spencer Ambulance, but was later taken by personal vehicle. It was determined the victim had suffered serious injury in the incident. This incident remains under investigation. Further charges are pending.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10/ Clay County Jail Staff
Date: 3-4-15

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Persons Name: Jose Rodriguez-Escalante (21)/ Brian Chavarria (18) Age:
Persons Address: Rodriguez-Escalante-Spencer, Iowa/ Chavarria-South Sioux City, Nebraska
Date/Time of Arrest: Rodriguez Escalante-0308 hrs/ Chavarria-0318 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 4600 mile of Hwy 71
Arrest Charge: Rodriguez-Escalante-Supplying Alcohol to Minors/ Chavarria-Driving While Revoked
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found, three female passengers had been consuming alcoholic beverages and Rodriguez-Escalante supplied it to them. Rodriguez-Escalante was placed under arrest and upon further investigation, it was found the driver, Brian Chavarria, had a revoked drivers license and he was placed under arrest. The three females, Rodriguez-Escalante and Chavarria were transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. The three females were cited and released for Underage Alcohol Possession, a Simple Misdemeanor. Rodriguez was charged with Supplying Alcohol to Minors, a Serious Misdemeanor and Open Container (Passenger), a Simple Misdemeanor and was held on a $1,000.00 bond to appear before the Magistrate. Chavarria was charged with Driving While Revoked, a Serious Misdemeanor and was held to appear before the Magistrate on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 3-4-15

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ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Douglas Straight Age: 49
Persons Address: Sanborn, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-28-15/ 0045 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 1000 mile of Hwy. 18
Arrest Charge: Driving Under Suspension
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Douglas Straight, had a suspended drivers license. Straight was placed under arrest and upon further investigation, a methamphetamine pipe was located in the vehicle. Straight was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident and was held to appear before the magistrate on a $300.00 cash or surety bond. Straight was charged with Driving Under Suspension, No Insurance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
DEPUTIES # 21-10/ 74-8
ACCIDENT LOCATION: 3300 mile of Clay County road B-53
DATE & TIME OF ACCIDENT: 02/24/2015/ 2239 hrs.

1st VEHICLE

Drivers name: Lorraine Gerringa Age: 62
Drivers Address: 1301 Campbell St. Ayrshire, Iowa
Vehicle Description: Silver 97 Chevy Blazer
Vehicle Damage: $1,500.00
Vehicle Owner: Same above

2nd VEHICLE

Drivers Name: Age:
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IF ANY OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED….SEE ATTACHED 2ND NEWS RELEASE

INJURIES

possible

ACCIDENT DETAILS

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to a complaint of a vehicle in the ditch and was advised by the reporting party of no one being around the vehicle and the vehicle was running. Upon investigation, it was found Unit 1 was traveling east in the 3300 mile of Clay County road B-53 and got a flat tire. Unit 1 continued to drive with the flat tire and the tire blew out causing the driver of Unit 1 to lose control and drive into the south ditch where it came to rest on a barbed wired fence. The driver fled the scene and was found approximately 3 ½ hrs later.

CHARGES FILED REF. ACCIDENT

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Placed in Jail:
Charges Pending: XXX
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-23-15

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Persons Name: Wesley Robert Lloyd Age: 25
Persons Address: 427 W. 4th St. Spencer, Iowa 51301
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-23-15/2343 hrs.
Location of Arrest: Clay County Jail
Arrest Charge: Harassment (1st Degree)
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy was called to the Clay County jail reference inmate, Wesley Lloyd, harassing a Correctional Officer by stating he was going to find out where he lived and gave the gesture of "slicing his throat". Lloyd was charged with Harassment (1st Degree), an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Lloyd was held to continue to serve a mandatory mittimus and was also held on a $2,000.00 cash or surety bond and will be seen by the Clay County Magistrate.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Clay County Sheriff’s Office
News Release
2-21-15

A traffic stop by a Clay County Deputy lands an 18 year old, Hartley, Iowa, female in the Clay County Jail on theft charges stemming from a string of locker room thefts at Clay Central Everly High School in January.

At approximately 11:36 p.m., Saturday, February 21st, 2015, a Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, the Deputy observed a pair of shoes that were similar to a pair in which were reported stolen to him in January. Upon a second approach to the vehicle to issue the driver, Kathryn Carroll, 18, 3272 White Ave., Hartley, Iowa, citations for the traffic violations and question her about the shoes, the Deputy saw the shoes were missing.

Upon further investigation, Carroll was questioned about the shoes and initially lied to the Deputy about any knowledge of the shoes and later confessed they were stolen and had them hidden in her boots. Carroll was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Upon further investigation at the jail, it was discovered Carroll was involved the five separate Everly Girls High School locker room thefts including the theft of an IPOD touch, a pair of MissMe Jeans, a pair of Sperry shoes, $70.00 cash and $50.00 cash.

Carroll was cited into Magistrate Court for Speeding and No Insurance and was charged with five counts of Theft (5th), all Simple Misdemeanors and was held on a $1,500.00 cash or surety bond.
Deputies # 21-10/ 21-24
Date: 2-23-15

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Persons Name: Talen Buchanan Age: 21
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-21-15/ 0452 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 2000 mile of Hwy. 18
Arrest Charge: O.W.I. (1st)
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Buchanan, had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Buchanan was run through several field sobriety tests and upon completion, was placed under arrest for O.W.I. Buchanan was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident and was charged with Speeding, a Simple Misdemeanor, and O.W.I. (1st), A Serious Misdemeanor. Buchanan was held to appear before the magistrate.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-23-15

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ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Richard Green Age: 56
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-18-15/ 0510 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 3515 190th Ave. Spencer, Iowa
Arrest Charge: Clay County Arrest Warrant for Contempt of Court
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy conducted an arrest warrant check on Green and upon making contact, he was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Green is currently serving a mandatory seven day mittimus and is on the work release program.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-23-15

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Persons Name: Curtis Wilke Age: 39
Persons Address: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-17-15/ 2318 hrs.
Location of Arrest: Clay County Jail
Arrest Charge: Dickinson County Arrest Warrant-Violation of Probation
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy met Wilke, who was already in the custody of the Clay County Jail, and was arrested on the Dickinson County arrest warrant. Wilke was turned over to jail staff for booking and is currently being held on a $3,000.00 cash or surety bond for the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-23-15

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Persons Name: Jessica Altenburg Age: 35
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-17-15/ 2315 hrs.
Location of Arrest: Clay County Jail
Arrest Charge: Dickinson County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Forgery, a Class "D" Felony
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy met Altenburg, who was already in the custody of the Clay County Jail for a Clay County arrest warrant, and arrested her on the Dickinson County arrest warrant. Altenburg was turned over to jail staff for booking and is currently being held on Clay County charges and is being held on a $10,000.00 cash or surety bond for the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
DEPUTIES # 21-10
ACCIDENT LOCATION: 2400 mile of Hwy. 18
DATE & TIME OF ACCIDENT: 2-17-15/ 0508 hrs

1st VEHICLE

Drivers name: Amber Sandvig Age: 24
Drivers Address: Estherville, Iowa
Vehicle Description: 2014 GMC Terrain
Vehicle Damage: $2,000.00
Vehicle Owner: Same

2nd VEHICLE

Drivers Name: Age:
Drivers Address:
Vehicle Description:
Vehicle Damage:
Vehicle Owner:

IF ANY OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED….SEE ATTACHED 2ND NEWS RELEASE

INJURIES

none

ACCIDENT DETAILS

Unit 1 was traveling west in the 2400 mile of Hwy. 18 and struck a deer that entered the highway.

CHARGES FILED REF. ACCIDENT

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Citation issued: Placed in Jail: Charges Pending:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-12-15

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Persons Name: Drew Evans(26)/ Benjiman Matthews (25) Age:
Persons Address: Evans-Emmetsburg, Ia/ Matthews-Spencer,Ia
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-6-15/ Evans-0248 hrs./ Matthews-0255 hrs
Location of Arrest: 10 block of E. Park St. in Spencer, Iowa
Arrest Charge: Evans-Driving Under Suspension/ Matthews-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, the Deputy smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was found the driver, Evans, had a suspended drivers license and was placed under arrest. Upon making contact with the rear passenger, Matthews, it was found he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Mattthews was placed under arrest and both subjects were transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Evans was charged with Driving Under Suspension, a Simple Misdemeanor and was held on a $300.00 cash or surety bond. Matthews was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and was held on a $300.00 cash or surety bond. The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department and Bud's Service.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-5
Date: 02/10/15

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Diana Hendrickson Age: 26
Persons Address: Milford, IA
Date/Time of Arrest: 02/10/15 21:20
Location of Arrest: Dickinson and Clay County line.
Arrest Charge: OWI 2nd Offense
Details of Arrest: Hendrickson had a warrant issued by the Spencer Police Department for OWI 2nd St. Milford Police went to her residence and arrested her on the warrant. A Clay County Deputy picked her up on the county line and transported her to the Clay County jail where she was released on a $2000 bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond: xxx
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-5
Date: 02/10/15

ARRESTS:

Persons Name: Diana Hendrickson Age: 26
Persons Address: Milford, IA
Date/Time of Arrest: 02/10/15 21:20
Location of Arrest: Dickinson and Clay County line.
Arrest Charge: OWI 2nd Offense
Details of Arrest: Hendrickson had a warrant issued by the Spencer Police Department for OWI 2nd St. Milford Police went to her residence and arrested her on the warrant. A Clay County Deputy picked her up on the county line and transported her to the Clay County jail where she was released on a $2000 bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond: xxx
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-4,21-3,21-5,21-7
Date: 02/05/2015

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Persons Name: Christopher Tike Gustoff Age: 32
Persons Address: 3655 240th Avenue Lot #11 Spencer, IA 51301
Date/Time of Arrest: 02/05/2015 15:00
Location of Arrest: Country Villa, Lot #11
Arrest Charge: Possession of Controlled Substance(Meth), Possession of Controlled Substance(Marijuana), Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Details of Arrest: Clay County Deptuties executed a search warrant at 3655 240th Avenue Lot#11. Upon execution of the warrant, items of illegal drugs,drug parphernalia, and unmarked prescription pills were located inside the residence. Gustoff was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail without incident, where he was charged and held to appear before magistrate.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
Citation Given & Released:
Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate: XXX
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 2-06-15

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Persons Name: Tammy Mcgruder Age: 44
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 2-05-15/ 1848 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 918 E. 11th St. Spencer, Iowa
Arrest Charge: 2 Dickinson County arrest warrants for failing to appear on the original charges of Theft (2nd), Identity Theft and Forgery.
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy conducted an arrest warrant check on Mcgruder and upon making contact, placed her under arrest and transported her to the Clay County Jail without incident. Mcgruder was later turned over to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office to be held on a $10,000.00 cash only bond.

Disposition of Arrested Person:
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Released on Bond:
Held in Jail to Appear Before Magistrate:
Held in Jail for Other Agency:
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 02-06-15

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Persons Name: Melody Gamble Age: 45
Persons Address: Swea City, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 02-05-15/ 0116 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 3300 mile of Hwy. 18
Arrest Charge: Driving Under Suspension
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Gamble, had a suspended drivers license. Gamble was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Gamble was charged with Driving Under Suspension, a Simple Misdemeanor, and was released on a $300.00 cash bond.

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Clay County Sheriff's Office
News Release
February 2, 2015

A Saturday morning shooting incident lands a Dickens man in the Clay County jail charged with Serious Assault.

On Saturday, January 31st, approximately 10:50am, the Clay County Sheriff's Office received notice from Spencer Municipal Hospital of a gunshot victim who presented at their facility. No other details were immediately available. Upon arrival, the responding Deputy learned Christopher Gustoff, 32, Spencer, was being treated for a gunshot wound in his upper, left arm. A pellet fired from a .177 caliber air rifle, was removed by medical staff and secured as evidence.

An investigation was initiated and it was learned Gustoff and two males, went to 103 South Drive, Dickens, the residence of Travis Lee Crawmer, 33. While Gustoff was on Crawmer's property, Crawmer opened a door of his residence and shot Gustoff. The pellet penetrated an outer and under shirt before entering Gustoff's arm. Gustoff and his acquaintances left Dickens and went to Spencer Municipal Hospital for treatment.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office made application for and received a search warrant for Crawmer's residence. The warrant was served approximately 3:10pm, Saturday, where the weapon was seized and Crawmer was taken into custody without incident. Crawmer was transported to the Clay County jail, charged with Serious Assault, a serious misdemeanor and held on a $1000 bond, or an appearance before the Court.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department and the Clay County Attorney's Office.

"A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."

Chief Deputy Bradley A. Hawley Clay County Sheriff's Office Spencer, IA 51301 bhawley@co.clay.ia.us
Deputies # 21-10/ 21-9/ 21-6
Date: 1-30-15

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Persons Name: Cody Kirchner (25)/ William Bell (56) Age:
Persons Address: Kirchner- Auburn, Iowa/ Bell-Yetter, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-30-15/ Kirchner-0225 hrs/ Bell-349 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 4700 mile of Hwy. 71
Arrest Charge: Kirchner-Driving Under Suspension/ Bell-P.C.S.-Methamphetamine
Details of Arrest: The Clay County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Kirchner, had a suspended drivers license. Kirchner was placed under arrest. With the assistance of the Spencer Police Department and K-9 Unit, a K-9 sniff was conducted on the vehicle in which the K-9 had a positive alert on the vehicle for drugs.

Upon conducting a search of the vehicle, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were located. The passenger, Bell, was placed under arrest and was transported with Kirchner to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Kirchner was charged with Driving Under Suspension and No Insurance, both Simple Misdemeanors. Bell was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and P.C.S.-Methamphetamine a Serious Misdemeanor.

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Deputies # 21-10
Date: 1-29-15

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Persons Name: Basilio Meninzor Age: 28
Persons Address: Strom Lake, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-29-15/ 1807 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 4600 mile of Hwy. 71
Arrest Charge: Driving Under Suspension
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Meninzor, had a suspended drivers license. Meninzor was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Meninzor was charged with Driving Under Suspension and Speeding, both Simple Misdemeanors and was held on a $300.00 cash or surety bond.

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Deputies # 21-5
Date: 01/29/15

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Persons Name: Liliana Ransaure Age: 20
Persons Address: Spencer, IA
Date/Time of Arrest: 01/29/15 17:34
Location of Arrest: 900 Blk of Grand Ave, Spencer
Arrest Charge: Drive while license barred, no insurance, and fail to obey traffic control device
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy witnessed a vehicle turn south onto Grand Ave from East Park St. The intersection is mark for a no left turn onto Grand Ave, so the Deputy stopped the vehicle for the traffic violation. The driver was identified as Liliana Ransaure of Spencer and a check of her driver’s license shows she is barred for habitual offender. Ransaure was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail and was released on a $2000 bond.

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Deputies # 21-10/ 21-3
Date: 1-29-15

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Persons Name: Gladis Guzman-Hipp Age: 38
Persons Address: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-28-15/ 2057 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 1600 mile of Clay County road B-24
Arrest Charge: Failure to Have a Valid D.L.
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, it was found the driver, Guzman-Hipp, didn't have a valid drivers license. Guzman-Hipp was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Guzman-Hipp was charged with Speeding and Failure to Have a Valid Drivers License, both Simple Misdemeanors and was released on a $470.00 cash bond.

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Deputies # 21-10
Date: 1-29-15

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Persons Name: Robert Hesseltine Age: 39
Persons Address: Milford, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-27-15/ 1522 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 270th St. Hwy. 71
Arrest Charge: Clay County Arrest Warrant- Contempt of Court
Details of Arrest: Hesseltine was picked up by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office on a Clay County Arrest Warrant and was turned over to a Clay County Deputy. Hesseltine was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident and is currently being held to serve a mandatory seven day mittimus with credit for time served.

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Deputies # 21-10/ 21-5
Date: 1-26-15

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Persons Name: Sarah Eubank Age: 21
Persons Address: Orange City, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 01-26-15/ 2233 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 1100 mile of Hwy. 18
Arrest Charge: Driving Under Suspension/ P.C.S.-Marijuana
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon investigation, the deputy observed open bottles of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. Upon conducting a search of the vehicle for other open containers, marijuana was located in the center console. Upon further investigation, it was found the driver, Eubank, had a suspended drivers license. Eubank was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Eubank was charged with P.C.S.-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and No Insurance, Speeding and Driving Under Suspension, all Simple Misdemeanors. Eubank was held on a $1,000.00 cash or surety bond.

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Deputies # 21-10/ 21-9
Date: 1-22-15

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Persons Name: Kathryn Hamrick Age: 53
Persons Address: Dickens, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-20-15/ 2258 hrs
Location of Arrest: 3600 mile of 290th Ave.
Arrest Charge: O.W.I. (1st)
Details of Arrest: Upon receiving a suspicious activity complaint, a Clay County Deputy saw a vehicle parked in a public access area in the 3600 mile of 290th Ave. Upon pulling in to the access area, the vehicle drove away and upon turning north onto 290th Ave., the Deputy witnessed the vehicle had no tail lights and saw the vehicle drive into the west ditch. Upon investigation, it was found the driver, Hamrick, had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Hamrick was transported to the Clay County Jail for testing. Upon completion of testing, Hamrick was placed under arrest for O.W.I. and was turned over to jail staff for booking, charged with Open Container and Failure to Maintain Control, both Simple Misdemeanors, and O.W.I. (1st), a Serious Misdemeanor.

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Deputies # 21-7
Date: 1/19/2015 @ 14:57

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Details of Arrest: 31 Y/O Stefanie Odom and 32 Y/O Benjamin Schroeder both of Spencer were charged with violation of a no-contact order and 5th degree criminal mischief after Correctional Officers located messages Odom and Schroeder were attempting to communicate with. Both were in jail for violation of no-contact order.

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Deputies # 21-7, 21-9
Date: 1/18/15 @ 1 8:29

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Persons Name: Raymond Palmer and Pamela Kohl Age: 49 and 50
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 01/18/15 @ 18:29
Location of Arrest: 3800 Blk Hwy 71
Arrest Charge: Driving While Suspended, Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation. Upon investigation, 49 Y/O Raymond Palmer was found to be driving with a suspended license.
50 Y10 Pamela Kohl was a passenger and was found to be in possession of a controlled substance(marijuana). They were both placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail. Palmer was charged with driving while suspended and Kohls was charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Deputies # 21-7
Date: 1/18/15

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Persons Name: Greta Millen Age: 50
Persons Address: Cherokee
Date/Time of Arrest: 1/15/15 16:08 P.M.
Location of Arrest: 4900 mile Hwy 71
Arrest Charge: Driving while license suspended
Details of Arrest: A Deputy initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation. Millen was found to be driving with a suspended license. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail. She was charged with driving while suspended and no proof of insurance.

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Clay County Sheriff's Office
News Release
January 15, 2015

Two Polk County residents are in the Clay County jail following their arrests on multiple charges following a joint investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Arrested were Sherry Lynn Dawson, 44, and Michael Scott Weckman, 43, both of 6221 SE 5th Street, #81, Des Moines.

Suspicious activity Tuesday morning in the area of the Days Inn, Spencer, led officers to initiate an investigation which revealed Dawson was wanted in Polk County on a charge of driving while barred. As the investigation continued and additional information was gained, the couple was approached as they rummaged through recycling material in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Dawson and Weckman were identified and a warrant check on Weckman revealed he was also wanted in Polk County for felony parole violation, on an original charge of Theft-1st degree. The warrants were confirmed and each was placed under arrest.

When arrested, Dawson was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and it was learned Weckman was driving on a revoked license. Each was secured and taken into custody without incident. As the officers continued to verify Dawson and Weckman's activity, it was determined they were responsible for damage to property within the hotel room they had occupied, and an inventory of their vehicle led to the discovery of additional drug paraphernalia, a quantity of marijuana, property which is believed to be stolen and the possession of multiple tools believed to be used in thefts or burglaries.

Dawson and Weckman were transported to the Clay County jail, processed and held. Each are charged with possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief -3rd degree and theft-5th degree. In addition, Dawson is charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), while Weckman faces an additional charge of driving while revoked.

Both Dawson and Weckman are held on $2000 bond for charges in Clay County and each has a no bond warrant from Polk. They will be held in the Clay County jail pending their appearance before the Court and subsequent transport to Polk County.

"A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."

Chief Deputy Bradley A. Hawley Clay County Sheriff's Office Spencer, IA 51301
Deputies # 21-10
Date: 1-15-15

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Persons Name: Amber Dowdy Age: 27
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-15-15/ 0110 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 3500 mile of Clay County road N-18
Arrest Charge: Supplying Alcohol to a Minor
Details of Arrest: A Clay County Deputy initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation and upon approaching the vehicle, the Deputy saw open containers of beer in the vehicle. Upon investigation it was found the passenger, Jaydi Steffen, 20, had been consuming the beer and was under the legal age of 21. It was also found Dowdy supplied Steffen with the beer. Dowdy was placed under arrest and was transported with Steffen to the Clay County Jail. Steffen was cited and released for Underage Alcohol Possession, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Dowdy was charged with Supplying Alcohol to a Minor, a Serious Misdemeanor and Open Container and No Insurance, both Simple Misdemeanors.

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Deputies # 21-10
Date: 1-13-15

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Business/Persons Name: Rebecca Rouse
Address: 3299 335th Ave. Ruthven, Iowa
Address of Complaint: Same
Date Complaint Reported: 1-13-15
Date Complaint Occurred: 1-13-15
Type of Complaint: 911 hangup
Details of Complaint: The Clay County Communication Center received a 911 hangup from Rouse and upon calling Rouse back, Rouse advised there was no emergency.

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Persons Name: Rebecca Rouse Age: 64
Persons Address: 3299 335th Ave. Ruthven, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 1-13-15/ 2139 hrs.
Location of Arrest: 3299 335th Ave. Ruthven, Iowa
Arrest Charge: Domestic Abuse Assault (Simple)
Details of Arrest: The Clay County Sheriff's Office received information of a 911 hangup from 3299 335th Ave. Upon arrival, the Deputy investigated the situation and it was found, Rebecca Rouse, assaulted her boyfriend. Rouse was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail w/o incident. Rouse was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor and was held to appear before the magistrate.

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Deputies # 21-10/ 21-4
Date: 1-12-15

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Persons Name: Benjamin Robert Schroeder Age: 32
Persons Address: Spencer, Iowa
Date/Time of Arrest: 01-12-15/ 1924 hrs.
Location of Arrest: Clay County Jail
Arrest Charge: 2- Clay County Arrest Warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order
Details of Arrest: Schroeder arrived at the jail to serve a 120 day jail sentence from a prior incident and was arrested by the Clay County Sheriff's Office on two Clay County arrest warrants. Schroeder was held to appear before the magistrate on a $500.00 cash only bond. Schroeder is currently in the Clay County Jail Serving his 120 day jail sentence.

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DEPUTIES # 21-5
ACCIDENT LOCATION: 3400 Mile N18
DATE & TIME OF ACCIDENT: 01/04/15 03:06 AM

1st VEHICLE

Drivers name: Cody Laaker Age: 22
Drivers Address: Fremont, NE
Vehicle Description: 2013 Dodge Ram
Vehicle Damage: $2000
Vehicle Owner: same as driver

INJURIES

Minor injury to 21 year old passenger.

ACCIDENT DETAILS

Laaker was north bound on N18 and lost control of the vehicle, entering the west ditch. The vehicle struck a field drive and railroad tracks and entered a field. Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office assisted Clay County with the accident investigation. Laaker was issued a citation for failure to maintain control. Clay County was also assisted by the Ruthven ambulance.
CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE FOR CRIMINAL
COMPLAINTS & ARRESTS

Deputies # 21-5
Date: 01/02/2015

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Persons Name: Jason Hallman Age: 30
Persons Address: Everly, IA
Date/Time of Arrest: 01/02/2015 10:30pm
Location of Arrest: 203 #4 East Wilson St, Everly, IA
Arrest Charge: Clay County warrant- Violation of a no contact order; O’Brien County warrant-Theft 5th.
Details of Arrest: Hallman was arrested on two warrants, transported to the Clay County Jail and processed without bond.

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Deputies # 21-7
Date: 1/1/15 @ 12:58 PM

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Persons Name: Harry Ritchart Age: 39
Persons Address: 307 Long st Royal
Date/Time of Arrest: 12/31/14
Location of Arrest: Royal
Arrest Charge: Domestic abuse assault
Details of Arrest: Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an assault at 307 Long St in Royal. After a brief investigation, Ritchart was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail where he was charged with domestic abuse assault.

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“A CRIMINAL CHARGE IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION, AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.”