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On June 25th, 2017 at around 4:22pm, the DCSO responded to a reckless driver complaint on Highway 86.  The deputy located the vehicle on Hill Street in Wahpeton.  Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the guesthouse.  The driver was identified as Beau Steven George Margeas (22) of Phoenix, AZ.

Upon further investigation, Margeas was arrested and charged with Third Degree Harassment, Reckless Driving, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Todd Michael Booge Sr. was also arrested and charged with Interference with Official Acts.

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

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for a Jailer position.

  • Excellent benefits with good pay
  • Must be flexible with hours

Send resumes to Jarrod Fischer, PO Box 214, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.

Deadline is Friday July 21st, 2017 before 4:30pm.

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer.

With fireworks now legal in Iowa there will be even more celebrating for the Fourth of July and the preceding weekend.  Unfortunately, that celebrating too often includes misuse of alcohol which may lead to drunk driving.  Because the high fatality rate over recent Fourth of July holidays there will be additional law enforcement on Iowa’s roads as well as the entire nation.

The most recent information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that nationally over the 2015 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 – 6:00 a.m. July 6)146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, and 92 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.  In Iowa there were five fatalities in 2015 with three alcohol related and five in 2016 of which four were alcohol related. 

Nationwide, the number of overall drunk-driving traffic fatalities increased by three percent from 9,943 in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015.  That is one person killed every 51 minutes or the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing with no survivors.

It is never okay to drink and drive.  With all of today’s options for getting home safely (designate a sober driver before the festivities begin, call a cab or Uber, or local transportation alternatives) there is no excuse to drive after drinking. Don’t risk endangering yourself or your loved ones.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

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

On June 24th, 2017 at around 10:54am, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident involving a bicyclist.

James Heim (68), of Spirit Lake, was eastbound on 215th Avenue when he struck a bicyclist in the roadway.  Heim did not see the bicyclist until it was too late.

The bicyclist was Gerald Zelinsky (79), of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.  Zelinsky was suspected of serious or incapacitating injuries.  He was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare and later flown to Sioux Falls.  Heim was uninjured.

Heim was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado.  The damage was estimated at $500.  Heim was cited for fail to stop within assured clear distance.

Heim was not participating in the University of Okoboji Campus Bike Ride.

The DCSO was assisted by the Dickinson County Emergency Management, Okoboji Police Department, Spirit Lake Fire Department and First Responders, and the Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance.

On June 23, 2017 at around 7:27pm, the DCSO assisted the Iowa State Patrol with a two-vehicle personal injury accident.  The accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 86 and 190th Street by Wahpeton.

Robin Graettinger (53), of Muscatine, IA, was southbound on Highway 86.  Graettinger signaled to turn left but was unsure if it was her turn.  She hesitated before turning east towards Wahpeton.  As she was turning left, Timothy Conry (49), of Ruthven, IA, was behind Graettinger and was unable to stop before he hit the rear driver side of the vehicle.

Graettinger suffered possible injuries.  There were also four passengers in the vehicle.  Annabel Graettinger was seated in the center of the back seat and was suspected to have minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  Jack McNamara was seated in back on the driver’s side and was suspected to have minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  The other two passengers were uninjured.  Conry was also uninjured.

Graettinger was driving a 2017 Honda CRV.  The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $20,000.

Conry was driving a 2015 Volvo Semi Tractor and trailer.  No damage was estimated.  Conry was cited for failure to stop in assured clear distance.

The Iowa State Patrol and the DCSO was also assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire & Rescue, and the Lake Regional Healthcare Ambulance.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Move Over or Slow Down

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MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN

NOT JUST A COURTESY, IT'S THE LAW! MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE!

RULES OF THE ROAD

Move Over or Slow DownMove Over or Slow Down

By following these two simple rules, you can help save lives, avoid receiving a traffic ticket and prevent the potential loss of your driver’s license. Iowa law requires motorists to:

  1. Change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle that has its flashing lights activated.(Iowa Code section 321.323A)
  2. Yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights or giving an audible signal by moving over to the right, stopping and waiting until the vehicle has passed before proceeding. (Iowa Code section 321.324).

These laws are designed to protect motorists, persons being transported in emergency vehicles and personnel at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. A good rule of the road is to change lanes or slow down anytime you are approaching a vehicle that is slow moving, stopped or stranded on the shoulder, if you can safely do so.

Iowa's road workers, Highway Helpers, law enforcement personnel, emergency personnel, and tow truck operators urge drivers to provide them the room they need to safely perform their jobs.


PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THE LAW

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Motorists are warned to move over or slow down or pay the price.

The scheduled fine for a conviction of violating Iowa Code 321.323A or 321.324 is $100 plus any surcharge and court costs.

Upon receiving a record of a person’s conviction for a violation of the move over law that resulted in a crash causing damage to the property of another person or bodily injury to or death of another person, the Iowa Department of Transportation shall suspend the person’s driver’s license/operating privileges, upon 30 days’ notice and without preliminary hearing, as follows.

  • For a violation causing damage to the property of another person, but not resulting in bodily injury or death of to another person, the Iowa DOT shall suspend the violator’s driver’s license or operating privileges for 90 days.
  • For a violation causing bodily injury to another person, the Iowa DOT shall suspend the violator’s driver’s license or operating privileges for 180 days.
  • For a violation causing death, the Iowa DOT shall suspend the violator’s driver’s license or operating privileges for one year.

A person convicted of a violation that resulted in a crash causing bodily injury to or the death of another person may be subject to an additional fine, beyond the scheduled fine for a violation of the move over law and any other penalties allowed by law. The additional fine is $500 for a violation causing bodily injury to another person and $1,000 for a violation causing death.

Back on May 10th, 2017, the DCSO assisted the Lake Park Police Department and the Spirit Lake Police Department execute search warrants at 108 E 1st Street Apartment #6 and 107 E 1st Street in Lake Park.  Curtis Caskey, Patrick Wascher, and Chanelle Gembler were arrested that night for drug related charges.

Upon executing the search warrants, items were found in relation to some burglary and theft calls earlier in the year.  Additional search warrants were issued for both residences for stolen property.  Some of the items were linked to an arson that occurred on February 4th, 2017 at 1822 110th Street.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Curtis Caskey and Lawrence Bartley were connected to the arson out in the county.

Curtis Caskey was charged with:

  • Arson in the 2nd Degree – Class C Felony
  • Burglary in the 2nd Degree – Class C Felony
  • Possession of Burglar Tools – Aggravated Misdemeanor

Caskey is currently being held on a $47,000 bond.

Lawrence Bartley was charged with:

  • Arson in the 2nd Degree – Class C Felony
  • Burglary in the 2nd Degree – Class C Felony
  • Burglary in the 3rd Degree – Class D Felony
  • Possession of Burglar Tools – Aggravated Misdemeanor
  • Theft in the 2nd Degree – Class D Felony

Bartley is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.

Additional cases are still under investigation and more arrests are expected.

The DCSO was assisted by the Lake Park Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, Milford Police Department, Dickinson County Emergency Management, Dickinson County Dispatch, HEAT Team, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (MN), and Iowa DPS - Division of State Fire Marshall’s Office.

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

On May 30, 2017 at around 6:50pm, the DCSO responded to a rollover accident near the intersection of 110th Street and 130th Avenue.

Jeffrey Bunkers (16), of Lakefield, MN, was northbound on 130th Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle causing him to go into the ditch.  The vehicle then rolled multiple times and came to rest upside down.  Bunkers was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.  He was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.  Bunkers was suspected to have minor or non-incapacitating injuries.

Bunkers was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.  The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $7,500.

The DCSO was assisted by: LRH Ambulance, Lake Park Police Department, Lake Park First Responders, and the Lake Park Fire Department.

On May 29, 2017 at around 3:34pm, the DCSO conducted a traffic stop in the 2400 Block of A34 (220th St).  The vehicle was seen leaving the roadway onto the shoulder and back onto the roadway.

The DCSO’s K-9 Sasha was utilized during the traffic stop.  Upon further investigation, Roberto Araiza (22) of Marcus, IA, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana).  Araiza was a passenger in the vehicle.

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

On May 28, 2017 at around 1:04pm, the DCSO responded to a motorcycle accident in the 1500 Block of M27.  Christofer Luinstra (24), of Harris, was southbound on M27 from Highway 9 when he failed to negotiate one of the curves in the road.  Luinstra then left the roadway and entered the west ditch.  Luinstra was suspected having minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Luinstra was riding a 1999 Victory V92, which the damage was estimated at $500.

The DCSO was assisted by: LRH Ambulance, Lake Park First Responders, Lake Park Fire Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.