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On June 8th, 2019 at around 2:19pm, the DCSO responded to a two-vehicle personal injury accident at the intersection of 250th Street and 300th Avenue.

Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Unfortunately, with the increase in summer traffic we will also see a rise in traffic crashes and fatalities. Last year there were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend; four deaths that may have been prevented. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017 there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide. A majority of those lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts. The national Click It or Ticket campaign will take place May 20 – June 2, 2019. State and local law agencies across the state will be stepping up seat belt enforcement with the goal of protecting you and your family.

On April 1, 2019 at around 4:00pm, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident in the 2600 block of Highway 71.

On March 4th, 2019, the DCSO executed a search warrant in the 2700 block of Center Lake Drive in Spirit Lake.  The search warrant was in connection to the recent burglaries on Bayside Drive in February.

On February 28th, 2019, the DCSO took a report of a theft from a vehicle that was unoccupied and stuck in a ditch.  The vehicle was stuck in the 2000 block of 140th Street.  The owner noticed that their wallet and a spotting scope were missing.

Americans have celebrated their Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day for decades.  Sadly, too much green beer can lead to dangerous driving after the celebrating.  Over the last few years there has been a dramatic spike in alcohol and drug impaired driving.  Over the 2017 (the last year in which statistics are available) St. Patrick’s Day holiday there were 59 fatalities nationwide with 37 percent involving drunk drivers. The most dangerous time to be on the road was the early hours of March 18, when 75% of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Search Warrant Executed 2-10-19

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On February 10, 2019, the DCSO executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of Erie Avenue in Spirit Lake.

On January 5, 2019 at around 7:06pm, a deputy noticed a vehicle traveling through Superior at high rate of speed.  The deputy initiated a traffic stop just east of Superior on Highway 9.  The driver was identified as Equan Ards (19) of Milwaukee, WI.  When the deputy approached the vehicle, he could smell the odor of marijuana.  The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was requested.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sasha alerted on the vehicle.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that there was marijuana located in the vehicle.  Ards was placed under arrest and transported to the Dickinson County Jail.

Ards was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), excessive speed, and failure to have a valid license.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On December 29, 2018 at around 3:17am, the DCSO responded to a person in the middle of the road, flagging people down, a few miles north of Terril on 310th Avenue.  A male was located walking in a ditch near the intersection of 310th Avenue and 200th Street.  The male was identified as Trey Trompeter (22) of Estherville.  It was determined that Trompeter put his vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of 310th Avenue and 190th Street.  The deputy could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Trompeter.  Trompeter was transported to the Dickinson County Jail for further testing.

Trompeter was arrested and charged with OWI 1st offense, fail to maintain control, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of contraband in a jail facility.

The DCSO was assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff's Office.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On December 22, 2018 at around 10:48pm, a deputy stopped a vehicle for excessive speed in 2100 block of 310th Avenue.  The vehicle was driven by Charles Williams (31) of Estherville.  As the deputy was speaking with Williams, they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that there was marijuana in the vehicle.

Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Dickinson County Jail.  Williams was charged with excessive speed and possession of a controlled substance.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.