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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Farm Accident 12-15-17

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On 12-15-17, the DCSO was dispatched to a farm accident south of Superior at around 12:41pm. Thomas Mart (72), of rural Superior, was working with a tractor/backhoe. Mart was pinned in the backhoe portion of the machine.

Lifesaving efforts were administered but were unsuccessful. Mart was pronounced dead at the scene.
The DCSO was assisted on scene by the Superior Fire and Rescue, and Spirit Lake Ambulance.

Jesse Wrinkle (35), of Spirit Lake, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison.  Wrinkle plead guilty back in August to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  In addition to the prison sentence, Wrinkle must also serve a five-year term of supervised release.  Wrinkle is currently being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.

On Tuesday November 21st, 2017 at around 2:48pm, the DCSO executed search warrants in the 1200 block of 10th Street, and at a storage unit in Milford.

During the execution of the search warrant, Ryan Hesse was eventually placed under arrest.  Hesse was charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) – Serious Misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Serious Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor

The DCSO was assisted by the DCSO K9 Sasha and the Milford Police Department.

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

On 11-20-2017 at about 3:30 p.m., the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1800 block of 242nd Avenue.

Keith Mitchell Lynch (53) of rural Spirit Lake allegedly assaulted a female and threatened her with a firearm. The female fled the residence and was treated and released for injuries received. The High risk Entry and Arrest Team (HEAT) was activated and took Lynch into custody at the residence.

A search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence where firearms and ammunition were seized.

Lynch was charged with 

  • Domestic abuse assault with a weapon - class D felony
  • Willful Injury - class D Felony
  • Intimidation with a dangerous weapon - class C felony
  • Going armed with intent - class D felony
  • Child endangerment - aggravated misdemeanor

DCSO thanks the following for their assistance:

  • Dickinson County Communication Center
  • Dickinson County Emergency Management 
  • Arnolds Park Police
  • Okoboji Police 
  • Milford Police
  • Spirit Lake Police
  • Iowa DNR
  • HEAT

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

On Friday, November 10th, at approximately 6:30pm, the Dickinson County Communications Center received a call in reference to a silver car, with Minnesota license plates, that was driving all over the road in the westbound lane of Highway 9, near the area of 270th Avenue in Dickinson County.

A deputy with the DCSO conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description a short time later in the 800 Block of Lake Street in Spirit Lake. Shauna Goodman (20) of Windom, MN was identified as the driver.  Cody Pitts (22) of Mountain Lake, MN was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. There was also a juvenile passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Pitts admitted to having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Pitts was taken into custody and charged with:

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor)
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver (Class D Felony)
  • Child Endangerment (Aggravated Misdemeanor)

Pitts was booked into the Dickinson County Jail without further incident. Pitts has since posted bond, which was set at $5,000.

Goodman was cited for no insurance and given a written warning for failure to obey stop sign.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department and the Dickinson County Communications Center.

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

On November 10th, 2017, the DCSO took a report of a stolen 2017 Bobcat E35i Excavator.  It belonged to Iowa Lakes Rural Water.  The deputy was able to find where the excavator was located since GPS was installed on it.  The GPS was showing that the excavator was located in the 1200 block of Highway 71, in a field on the east side of the highway.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that a 2007 Caterpillar 236B Skid Loader, and a 2014 Aluma Tilt Trailer were located at the same property.  The skid loader was reported stolen on October 25th, 2017 from Beck Excavating Inc.

A search warrant was issued for the property where the heavy equipment was located.  The skid loader had been painted a different color to conceal its identity.  The excavator, skid loader, and trailer were all seized from the property.  As a result of the search warrant, arrest warrants were issued for Samuel Stoller (26) of Okoboji.

On November 13th, 2017, Stoller was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants.  Stoller’s 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 was also seized as part of the investigation.

Stoller was charged with:

  • 2 counts of 1st Degree Theft (Class C Felony)
  • 1st Degree Fraudulent Practice (Class C Felony)
  • 1st Degree Criminal Mischief (Class C Felony)
  • 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief (Class D Felony)
  • Possession of Prescription Medication (Serious Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor)

Jakob Gamboa (26) of Sheldon, IA also was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Prescription Medication (Serious Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor)

Stoller was able to post bond, which was set at $21,300.  Gamboa was released on his own recognizance.

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

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come gather to share a meal and connect; it is also one of the busiest travel weekend of the year.  Don’t let your Thanksgiving end in tragedy.  “Year after year, we are devastated by stories of family members who are killed on their way to Thanksgiving festivities,” said Pat Hoye, Bureau Chief, Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.  “Seat belts are the most basic vehicle technology that has, without a doubt, saved the most lives.” 

Nationwide in 2015 (the last year in which data is available) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 301 passenger vehicle occupants as killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend and only fifty percent of those killed were buckled.  In Iowa there were five fatalities during that time in both 2015 and 2016.  

If you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, the odds are high that you will not survive.   In 2015 eighty percent of the people totally ejected from vehicles in crashes were killed.  Only one percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected compared to thirty percent of those who were unbuckled (NHTSA). Much like drunk driving these deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you that wearing a seat belt is not just for Thanksgiving – it’s a must every day of the year.  

Buckle Up – Every Trip.  Every Time. 

Media contact: Patrick Hoye, GTSB Bureau Chief, (515) 725-6120.

Sometime during the overnight hours of October 24 into the early morning of October 25, a Caterpillar 236B Skid Loader was stolen in the City of Okoboji. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact the Okoboji Police Department at 712-332-7845.

On October 12, 2017 at around 5:04pm, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident in the 1000 block of 170th Street. Courtnee Marco, of Sibley, was eastbound on 170th Street when she hit a mound of gravel on the side of the roadway and lost control. The vehicle then ended up in the ditch. Marco also had two passengers with her. One of the females became unresponsive. They were all transported to the hospital for possible injuries.

Marco was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $250. Marco was cited for failure to maintain control.

The DCSO was assisted by the Lake Park Fire and Rescue, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Jennings Tow and Repair.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rollover Accident 9-22-17

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On September 22, 2017 at around 1:03am, the DCSO responded to a vehicle in the ditch in the 2400 block of 260th Street.  It was determined that the vehicle had rolled once coming to rest back on its wheels.

A male identified as Joshua Link (28), of Terril, was located outside of the vehicle.  It is unknown if he was ejected from the vehicle or not.  Link sustained possible or minor injuries.  Link was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The vehicle was a 2001 Chevrolet K2500.  The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.  The vehicle was eastbound on 260th Street when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  The driver began to enter the south ditch when it struck a mailbox.  The vehicle then came back onto the roadway and then again went into the south ditch.  The vehicle then crossed the roadway and entered the north ditch causing the vehicle to roll.

The accident remains under investigation.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire & Rescue, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford.