Press Release (171)
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome our new deputy, Kris Mulder. He was sworn in yesterday.
Deputy Kris Mulder raised in Milford and graduated from Okoboji High School. Kris served our country in the Marines from 1990 to 2001. Kris was a member of the Lake Park Fire Department from 2002 to 2012. He has been very active in the community and is excited to serve the citizens of Dickinson County.
We welcome Kris and wish him the best with his career at the Sheriff's Office.
Left to Right: Sheriff Greg Baloun, Deputy Kris Mulder, Chief Deputy Tony Petersen, and Lieutenant Matt Grimmius
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all those who called or stopped by to express their appreciation yesterday for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Local businesses who stopped by or dropped off goodies include:
- Hawkeye Care Center
- AIA Branding Strategies, LLC
- Stan's Corner
- Lezlie Pohlman Agency
This Thanksgiving, law enforcement agencies will ramp up patrols and be on the lookout for seat belt violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday, 341 vehicle occupants were killed nationwide in traffic crashes. Fifty percent of those fatalities were not wearing seat belts. In Iowa, five people were killed over the 2015 holiday.
NHTSA reports that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent. Ejection from a vehicle is one of the most dangerous incidents that can happen to a person in a crash. Eighty percent of passenger vehicle occupants totally ejected from vehicles were killed; only one percent of the belted occupants were totally ejected during a crash.
Who is more likely to not wear a seat belt? In fatal crashes males are more likely to be unbuckled (53 percent) than females (40 percent) and drivers aged 13–15 and 25–34 accounted for 59 percent of the fatalities in 2014. (NHTSA)
Wearing your seat belt is the single most effective way to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in the event of a crash. Failing to buckle up is dangerous and against the law. Remember:
Click It or Ticket!
On November 4th, 2016 at around 6:05pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle near the intersection of Erie Avenue and Lake Street in Spirit Lake. The motorcycle was driven by Samuel Stoller (25) of Okoboji. Stoller was arrested and charged with careless driving, possession of a controlled substance; marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department and Bob’s Repair and Tow in Spirit Lake.
All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On October 29th, 2016 at around 4:27pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of 20th Street in Spirit Lake. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana.
Joe Peters (30) of Renton, WA was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department and Bob’s Tow and Repair of Spirit Lake
All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
DCSO investigated a single vehicle accident that occurred at 10:39 AM 10-23-2016 in the 2700 block of 220 Street (A-34). Selena Monjaraz (14) of Spencer was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban westbound on 220th street when she lost control of the vehicle and rolled through the south ditch and a fence, coming to rest on its wheels in a field. Monjaraz and her passenger Nuvia Ruano (25) of Estherville were both transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare with non-incapacitating injuries. Monjaraz was cited for failure to have a valid driver's license, no Insurance, and fail to maintain control. The Suburban was totalled.
DCSO thanks LRH & Terril ambulance, Milford Fire and rescue, and Milford & Okoboji Police for their assistance on scene.
On Friday October 21st at around 8:50pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident in the 1400 block of Highway 71 north of Highway 9.
Arthur Nohl (77) of Hancock, MN was driving a 2015 Ford F-150 northbound when he struck a cow standing in the roadway. The cow came to rest in the southbound lane. Daniel Penkert (71) of Council Bluffs, IA was driving a 2007 Saturn Vue southbound when he also struck the cow.
Nohl was uninjured. The damage to Nohl’s vehicle was estimated at $5,500. Penkert was possibly injured and his two passengers sustained minor or non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The damage to Penkert’s vehicle was estimated at $5,000.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance and Paramedics, and Superior Fire and Rescue.
On Thursday October 20th at around 12:49pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle rollover accident in the 2300 block of Highway 71 just south of Milford.
Francis Hoffrichter (82) of Milford was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer northbound when he fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle traveled into the median, Hoffrichter then over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll on its side and slide back across both lanes of traffic. When the vehicle entered the east ditch it rolled again coming to rest on its wheels.
Hoffrichter was suspected of having minor or non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Dickinson County Emergency Management, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance and Paramedics and Milford Fire and Rescue.
A three-month drug investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Milford Police Department, and the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force has resulted in four arrests.
Authorities say on September 8th, 2016 Jeremy Hoffman (28) and Angelic Peterson (24) both of Milford were charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (Methamphetamine) a class B felony, two counts of failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a class D felony, possession of controlled substance with the intent to deliver (Marijuana) a class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia a simple misdemeanor. Hoffman and Peterson were booked into the Dickinson County Jail on a $40,000 bond. Additionally, Peterson has two arrest warrants out of Plymouth County for $55,000 and Pottawattamie County for $7500.
Authorities say two additional individuals were arrested following a search warrant executed at Hoffman and Peterson’s residence. Douglas (58) and Judith Hoffman (55) both of Milford were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (Marijuana) a class C felony and possession of drug paraphernalia a simple misdemeanor. The Hoffman’s were booked into the Dickinson County Jail then released on their own recognizances.
Authorities say that also assisting in the investigation were the Clay County Sheriff’s office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Arnolds Park Police Department, and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.