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On May 14, 2017 at around 6:48pm a deputy observed a motorcycle turn south onto N14 (310th Ave) from Highway 9 and accelerated at a high rate of speed.  The motorcycle was estimated at going 33 mph over the speed limit.  The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop by activating the emergency lights and siren.  The driver on the motorcycle was identified as James Fales Jr (36) of Laurens.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that Fales Jr was under the influence of alcohol.

Fales Jr was placed under arrest and charged with: Eluding, OWI 1st Offense, Reckless Driving, and Excessive Speed.  The DCSO was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, and Bob's Repair and Tow of Spirit Lake.

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

On May 13, 2017 at around 10:38am a deputy conducted a traffic stop on Michael Ziegmann (43), of Spencer, for not having a valid license to operate a motorcycle.  Upon further investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located.  Ziegmann was arrested and charged with: Fail to Have Proper License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department and Bob's Auto Body of Milford.

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

From May 22 – June 4, 2017, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation, as well as Iowa, will be stepping up seat belt enforcement.  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer season with many more families on the roads.  Iowa’s seat belt usage rate of 94 percent is one of the highest in the nation but the remaining six percent of vehicle occupants account for approximately half of all traffic fatalities.  SEAT BELTS ARE THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SURVIVE IN A CRASH. 

The Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau would like to bust some seat belt myths (2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration): 

Pickup trucks will not protect you in a crash if you are not wearing a seat belt.  Sixty percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled.  That compares to 42 percent of passenger car occupants. 

Where you sit in the vehicle does not matter.  Forty-seven percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts, but 57 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained. 

Country driving is not safer.  Nationwide, there were 12,797 traffic fatalities on rural roads compared to 8,262 on urban streets.  Fifty percent of those killed in rural crashes were unbuckled compared to 46 percent in urban crashes. 

Young drivers are not invincible and they are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing seat belts, especially young males. 

Remember:  The habit of buckling up is as simple as turning on a light switch.  It should be an automatic action for you and everyone in your vehicle. 

Day and night, front seat and back, Click It or Ticket!  You just may save a life. 

 

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

On May 2nd, 2017, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office received calls about a suspicious vehicle in the area.  It was described as a smaller two door car, red in color.  The license plates were red, white, and blue.  No other license plate information at this time.

There were two males saying they were from Dish Network/Direct TV and they were trying to sell their products.  The two males also used other people’s names that live in the area as references.  The males were very pushy in their sales technique.  A couple of the calls came in after 10pm.

If you see the vehicle or they stop at your residence, contact the Communications Center at 712-336-2525, as soon as possible.  Do not attempt to make contact with the suspicious individuals.

 

On March 23, 2017 at around 10:34pm, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Walleye Drive and 260th Avenue.  The vehicle was stopped for having expired registration that also did not match the vehicle.  The vehicle was being operated by Mark Johnson (45) of Curlew, IA.

Johnson was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant out of Minnesota.  Upon further investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle.

Johnson was charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Class D Felony
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor

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.

Iowa State Patrol press release

 

The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 150 street (A20) and 340 Ave (N-22), east of Superior Iowa, at approximately 9:18AM.

Amanda Bruender, (31) of Estherville Iowa, was northbound on N-22 driving a 2006 Nissan when she collided with a 2010 Buick driven westbound on A20 by Stephanie Egeland (46) of Estherville Iowa.  Egeland was trapped inside the vehicle and was extracted by mechanical means.  Both drivers were transported to Holy Family Hospital in Estherville with non-incapacitating injuries, Egeland by ambulance and Bruender by private vehicle.  A child passenger in Bruender’s vehicle was also transported to Holy Family with non-incapacitating injuries.  Both vehicles had an estimated $10,000 damage.   Egeland was cited for failure to yield right of way.

 

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted on scene by the Emmet and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Offices, Superior Fire and Rescue, Milford Fire/Lakes Area Extrication unit and two LRH Ambulance crews.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Designated O’Driver

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) are urging partiers this St. Patrick’s Day to find a safe ride home if you plan on drinking. 

Before you decide to go out and drink, line up a designated sober driver, utilize GTSB’s & AAA’s Tow to Go Program, or find another alternative ride home. 

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America.  Last year, there were zero fatalities in Iowa over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 17 – 20, 2016), but there were 458 crashes resulting in 756 injuries, of which 16 were serious.  A majority of the serious crashes on St. Patrick’s Day happen between midnight and 6:00AM. 

No matter if you choose to drink or be the designated driver - remember that wearing your seat belt will provide the most protection in the event you don’t have the “luck of the Irish” and are involved in a crash. 

Together, we can make this St. Patrick’s Day holiday a safe one and again have zero fatalities.

On March 1, 2017 at around 4:22pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of 240th Street and 225th Avenue.

Dayton Willison (25) (17), of Milford, was northbound on 225th Avenue and failed to obey a stop sign.  Kendra Dorn (21), of Adrian, MN, was westbound on 240th Street and collided with Willison at the intersection.  Both vehicles came to rest in the northwest ditch.

Willison was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and the damage was estimated at $20,000.  Willison was suspected of having serious or incapacitating injuries and was transported to the hospital.  He was cited for failure to obey stop sign.  A passenger in the vehicle suffered minor or non-incapacitating injuries.

Dorn was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade and the damage was estimated at $15,000.  No injuries were reported by Dorn.

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

This article was corrected on 3/6/2017 - Dayton Willison's age is 17, not 25.

On February 23, 2017 at around 10:27pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident in the 3300 block of Highway 9 east of Superior involving two vehicles.

Lindsey Baxter (26), of Hartley, was eastbound on Highway 9 and crossed the centerline due to the snow-covered roads.  Robert Sandman (32), of Milford, was westbound and tried to avoid a collision.  Baxter struck Sandman’s vehicle on the passenger’s side causing Sandman to go into the ditch.

Baxter was driving a 2006 Buick Lacrosse and the damage estimated was $8,000.  She suffered minor non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to the hospital.  Baxter was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to wear a seat belt.

Sandman was driving a 2003 Ford F150 and the damage estimated was $9,000.  No injuries were reported by Sandman.  He was cited for no insurance.

The DCSO was assisted by the Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Superior Fire Department, and Bob’s Repair and Tow.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wahpeton kidnapping / burglary

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DCSO investigated an incident that was reported to have happened on the evening of February 20, 2017.  

A 19 year old male was taken by force from his residence in the 1700 block of Lakeside Avenue in Wahpeton.  He was forced into a vehicle and taken to rural Dickinson County where he was assaulted.  The victim was then taken to Milford where he was able to escape by crawling out of the vehicles window as it traveled down highway 71.  The male ran to a place of safety.  The suspects fled the scene.

Two people were arrested in the incident.

Tanner Meysenburg (20), of Spencer IA, was arrested and is being held in the Dickinson County Jail on $52,000 bond.  He is charged with the following:

Kidnapping 1st degree

Burglary 1st degree

Robbery

Assault while participating in a felony causing injury

 

Meysenburg was also arrested on an arrest warrant with the following charges:

Attempted burglary 3rd degree

Trespass

Criminal Mischief 4th degree

 

Jordaen Duhn (23), of Spencer IA, was arrested and is being held in the Dickinson County Jail on $50,000 bond.  She is charged with the following:

Kidnapping 1st degree

Aiding and abetting Burglary 1st

Aiding and abetting Robbery

Aiding and abetting Assault while participating in a felony

 

 DCSO thanks the Dickinson and Spencer Communication centers, Milford and Spencer police for their assistance in the investigation.  

The incident remains under investigation.  All persons are innocent until proven guilty.