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The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary which occurred early Wednesday morning 9-20-2017, shortly before 3 AM. Two individuals can be seen in the video below that gained entry to the saloon by breaking out a window. The alarm sounded. Deputies responded to the scene. The thieves fled the scene prior to the Deputies arrival. An empty cash register was taken in the burglary.

Anyone with information on this burglary is urged to call the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office at 712-336-2793 or Dickinson County Crime Stoppers at 712-336-2345 where you can remain anonymous.

The video can be seen on our Facebook page.

DCSO thanks the following agencies for their assistance on scene: Spirit lake, Okoboji, Estherville (K-9) Police, and the Emmet County Sheriff.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Motorcycle Accident on 9-4-17

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On September 4th, 2017 at around 8:31pm, the DCSO investigated a personal injury accident involving a motorcycle.  The accident occurred 2300 block of Highway 71 south of Milford.

There were three vehicles involved in the accident.  The first vehicle was a 2015 Chevrolet Impala driven by Kenneth Mathews (46) of Terril.  The second vehicle is unknown.  The third vehicle was a 2009 Harley Davidson FXDB driven by Christopher Swanson (50) of Spirit Lake.  All the vehicles were northbound in a single line.

Mathews slowed down to avoid hitting an animal in the roadway.  The unknown vehicle that was behind Mathews changed lanes.  As the vehicle was changing lanes, it clipped the driver’s side rear bumper causing minor damage.  Swanson also was changing lanes when the unknown vehicle changed lanes in front of him.  Swanson then used his brakes and swerved back into the right lane to avoid hitting the unknown vehicle.  As Swanson returned to the right lane, he rear-ended Mathews.  This caused Swanson and his passenger, Lori Swanson (48), to be ejected from the motorcycle onto the trunk of Mathews vehicle and then landed on the roadway.

Both Christopher and Lori Swanson were suspected of sustaining serious or incapacitating injuries.  They were transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Helmets were not worn during the accident.  Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $2,000.

Mathews did not report any injuries.  Damage to Mathews vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Jenning’s Tow & Repair.

On September 2nd, 2017 at around 8:29am, the DCSO responded to a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 260th Street and 225th Avenue.

Anthony Colosimo (56), of Clive, was southbound on 225th Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 260th Street.  Colosimo was riding a bicycle at the time.

Mitchel Johnson (16), of Spencer, was eastbound on 260th Street.  Johnson attempted to avoid hitting Colosimo but struck the bicycle on the back tire.  Johnson was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer.  Damage to the Explorer was estimated at $500.  Johnson reported no injuries.

Colosimo was suspected of minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Damage to the bicycle was estimated at $2,000.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Fire Department and the Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance.

On August 28th, 2017, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1800 block of 260th Street.

Bo Schnetter (36) and Brianna Gray (32) of Milford were subsequently arrested and charged with:

  • Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs – Serious Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department and the Spirit Lake Police Department.  Additional arrests are expected.

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

On August 12, 2017 at around 10:22am, the DCSO responded to a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 71 (Jackson Y).  During the investigation, it was determined that Clay Williams (24), of Milford, was attempting to pass multiple vehicles going westbound on Highway 9.  While Williams was passing the vehicles, a truck pulling a boat was eastbound, and he sideswiped both the truck and boat.

Williams was arrested and charged with reckless driving, no valid insurance (accident related), and unsafe passing.  Williams’ vehicle was towed and an inventory of the vehicle was completed.

During the inventory, the deputy could smell an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  A locked box was located in the vehicle.  The deputy then went and obtained a search warrant for the locked box.  When the deputy executed the search warrant, they located methamphetamine, LSD, and drug paraphernalia.

Williams was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance (LSD) with the intent to deliver, and drug paraphernalia.

Williams is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

The DCSO was assisted by Bob’s Repair and Tow of Spirit Lake.

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

On August 15, 2017, the DCSO executed two search warrants in Milford.  Upon further investigation, Kelsey Richard (30), of Lake Park, and Ryan Hesse (41), of Milford were arrested.

Richard and Hesse were charged with:

  • Burglary in the 3rd Degree – Class D Felony
  • Theft in the 4th Degree – Serious Misdemeanor

The case is still under investigation and additional arrests are expected.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Okoboji Police Department, and the Spirit Lake Police Department.

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

A joint investigation between the DCSO, Dickinson County Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Human Services resulted in the arrest of Shyanne Delgado (25), of Spirit Lake.

Delgado was charged with:

  • 2 Counts of Child Endangerment – Class C Felonies
  • 2 Counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person – Class C Felonies

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What’s Your Plan? 8-17-17

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Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer with last minute trips and family celebrations.  More traffic leads to the likelihood of more crashes but that doesn’t mean there should be more impaired drivers.  The Labor Day weekend has become one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities. 

Over the Labor Day holiday period in 2015 (the last year for which statistics are available) there were 460 crash fatalities nationwide of which forty percent (184) involved drivers who had a .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher. Thirty-three percent (152) were legally impaired (.08 or higher) and twenty-three percent (106) of the drivers had BACs of .15 or higher.  That means that 442 deaths could have been avoided if every driver had made the decision to not drink and drive.  There were seven fatalities on Iowa roads during the same period with only one involving a drunk driver but in 2016 preliminary data indicates that two of the three fatalities involved alcohol impaired drivers.

  • Even if you only plan to have one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home. It is NEVER okay to drink and drive.
  • Download NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s ITunes Store for IOS devices.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Take the keys away and make arrangements to get friends home if they have been drinking and are planning to drive.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau want you to have a safe Labor Day holiday.  Local law enforcement across the state will be stepping up enforcement from August 18 – September 3, 2017, with emphasis on impaired driving and seat belt use.  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Scam Alert 8-2-17

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A Dickinson County Resident received a call from someone reporting to be his grandson, and said that he was in jail in the Des Moines area.  The person on the phone was not his grandson.  The "grandson"/thief said that he needed bond money.  The thief convinced the grandfather to go to Walmart and purchase gift cards.  The grandfather then called the number given and gave the thief the numbers off the gift cards.  The cards were drained immediately. 

This crime remains under investigation.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office urges all to use caution in money handling, especially online or on the phone.

On Friday July 21st, 2017 at around 10:28am, the DCSO responded to a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 9 and 310th Ave (N14).

Chad Moenck (40), of Fort Dodge, was stopped at the intersection of Highway 9 and 310th Avenue facing west.  Moenck was waiting to be able to turn south onto 310th Avenue.  Taylor Morris (17), of Estherville, was westbound on Highway 9 approaching Moenck’s vehicle.  Morris was unable to stop on the wet roadway and skidded into the rear of Moenck’s vehicle.  The rear end of Morris’ vehicle went into the eastbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Amy Barajas (36), of Spencer.

Moenck was suspected of having minor/non-incapacitating injuries.  Moenck was transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Morris and Barajas were uninjured.

Moenck was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the damage was estimated at $8,000.  Morris was driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla and the damage was estimated at $3,000.  Morris was cited for Fail to Stop in Assured Clear Distance.  Barajas was driving a 2008 Cadillac Escalade.

The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Superior Fire & Rescue, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Bob’s Tow, and Cody’s Tow.  The Milford Fire Department was paged out for extrication but was told to disregard prior to their arrival.