Press Release

Burglary

May 4, 2014

At approximately 1:20 A.M. on May 3rd, 2014 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a burglary in progress at 2210 Larch Ave., Washington. The caller reported two persons involved and that they were leaving the scene in a GMC Yukon. Law enforcement personnel responded to the scene and a Chevy Tahoe belonging to the Washington Police Department was intentionally struck by the suspects in the Yukon fleeing the scene. One suspect was taken into custody immediately and the second after a search of the area involving a K9 officer from the Washington Police Department.

Donald J. King (39) of Centralia, Illinois was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Trespass and Assault on a Peace Officer. Also arrested was Mark S. Grimes (26) of Centralia, Illinois who was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Trespass and Interference with Official Acts. They are both being held at the Washington County Jail on $25,000 cash bonds.

Law enforcement personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Adult Probation all responded to the scene. The Iowa State Patrol is handling the traffic accident and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

No injuries were reported however one officer was evaluated at the Washington County Hospital emergency room and released.

Donald KingMark Grimes

 

Damaged Tahoe

***A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.***

 

Phone Scam

April 16, 2014

The Washington County Communications Center has received a report of a scam that is affecting persons in the Washington County area. The caller is identifying themselves as an employee from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The caller ID has also been manipulated to show 653-2107 which is the actual business number for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Communications. The caller advises the recipient that they have won a million dollars and to receive the winnings they must send $3,000. This is a scam and citizens should be wary of this type of call and others like this. You should not have to send money or provide personal information to receive a legitimate prize. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office urges the citizens of Washington County not to participate in this or any other potentially questionable transaction.

 

Washington County Sheriff Support’s Current Membership Mailing

January 14, 2014 

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build
a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Dunbar today announced that Washington county
citizens will be receiving their renewal membership as an Honorary Member of the Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association, Institute.

Memberships will go out in the mail shortly to those citizens who have supported this program in previous years. The funding provides critical training for my office, as well as helping the Iowa Special Olympics and sending a deserving youth to a week-long YMCA camp in Boone.Contributions are tax-deductible and we don’t solicit membership by telephone.

          “The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”

If you’re not a current member and would like to join, I encourage residents to contact the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association by reviewing their web site at ISSDA.org, and navigate to the ‘Honorary Member’ tab or send an email to thegoldstar@mchsi.com

Thank you for your support.

Sheriff Jerry A. Dunbar

 

K-9 Retirement

January 10, 2014

Joe

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports that K-9 Officer “Joe” will be retiring from duty at the end of January. “Joe” began his career with his partner, Deputy Jason Schlabaugh, in August of 2007. “Joe” has been an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office day to day operations from routine patrol, drug investigations and search and rescue. “Joe” has also touched the lives of many children and citizens of Washington County through outreach and education programs with his partner Jason. The Sheriff’s Office does plan to continue the K-9 program with new K-9 officer in the future. Fundraising efforts will begin almost immediately and anyone interested in supporting the program through donations are being directed to the:

Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Sheriff’s K9 Fund
2181 Lexington Boulevard
Washington, IA 52353

 

Flooding

May 31, 2013

Emergency officials in Washington County have received word that the outflow at the Coralville Reservoir is increasing and that it could be over the spillway by next Tuesday. Water output at the dam is being incrementally increased to a maximum of 20,000 CFS, which will cause flooding in the Iowa City area.

Washington County residents to the South along the Iowa River should be aware and watch for dangerous flooding.

Below is a link to the US Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the situation:

http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/CoralvilleLake.aspx

 

Structure Fire

April 22, 2013

At approximately 9:45 P.M. on Sunday April 21st, 2013 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a hog finishing barn belonging to John Gent on fire at 2010 180th St., Wellman. The initial information indicated that the building was almost fully engulfed and that there were hogs inside. Emergency personnel from the Kalona Fire Department, Washington Fire Department, Wellman Fire Department, Washington County Rescue Squad, Washington County Ambulance, West Chester First Responders and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene in addition to Alliant Energy. No further information was available this morning and the fire is under investigation by the Kalona Fire Department. An update will follow when more details become available.

 

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 14th - 20th, 2013

Imagine never knowing what was going to be on the other end of the phone when you answered it. That’s what your local public safety telecommunicators have trained for. Some days the calls are routine – barking dogs, livestock on the roadway, and vehicle unlocks. Some days are unforgettable – a hysterical parent reporting their baby is not breathing, farm entanglements, suicides and domestic violence. We have even seen plane crashes, explosions, and homicides touch us here in southeast Iowa.  The men and women who answer 9-1-1 need to be prepared for anything. They are the “first” first responder on the scene and if they don’t react quickly, ask the appropriate questions, calm the frantic caller, and send the right response then the entire call is off track.

April 14th - 20th, 2013 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and honors those who answer emergency calls, dispatch emergency personnel and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the citizens across the nation. In Washington there are 10 telecommunicators with a total of 121 years of experience answering your calls. The dispatch staff includes Cara Sorrells (Supervisor), Teresa Todd (Assistant Supervisor), Sandy Lovetinsky, Jamie Mayer, Shelley Reed-Wulf, Melanie Huschka, Mandy Rourke,  Joni Huisenga, Issak Kleese and Elley Neuzil. Several current 9-1-1 telecommunicators from Washington County are past winners and nominees for the Iowa Chapter of APCO Telecommunicator of the Year Award. We are extremely proud of the entire staff for their dedication and plan to recognize these local behind the scenes heroes all week long with media interviews, awards, and more.

For more information, to set up an interview or a communications center tour please contact Supervisor Cara Sorrells at 319-653-2107 or csorrells@wps.co.washington.ia.us.

 

Search Warrants/Arrests

March 20th, 2013

Local law enforcement officials executed a search warrant and a consent search in the City of Washington on March 18th, 2013. The first consent search was executed at a residence at 414 West Jefferson St., Washington. Justin Allan Dennis (20) of Washington was arrested at the scene and charged with Possession with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Class C Felony). This is punishable by a term of incarceration up to 10 years and a fine of between $1,000 and $50,000. The search warrant was served at a residence at 415 West Madison St., Washington. Travis James Hartman (32) of Washington was arrested at the scene and charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Class B Felony). This is punishable by a term of incarceration up to 25 years and a fine of between $5,000 and $100,000. Both subjects were transported to the Washington County Jail where they are currently being held. Hartman’s bond is set at $100,000 cash. Justin Dennis has a bond set at $10,000 cash.

The building at 415 West Madison St., Washington has been shut down due to unsafe levels of methamphetamine residue until it can be cleaned up and tested.

Responding to the incidents were emergency personnel from the Washington Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, the Washington Police Department,  Washington County Ambulance, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Fire Department and the Department of Narcotics Enforcement.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Search Warrants/Arrests

Local law enforcement officials executed a search warrant yesterday in the City of Washington and located a methamphetamine lab. The building located at 322 North Avenue D has been closed due to hazardous contamination conditions from methamphetamine residue.  A second search warrant was also executed at a property located at 2930 Quince Ave., Washington.

Michael Joe Miller (39) and Jeffrey Michael Marie (30) of Washington were arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.  They are currently being held at the Washington County Jail. Marie is being held on a $25,000 cash bond and Miller a $100,000 cash bond. Preliminary hearings for both are set for March 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM. The charges are a Class “B” felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison with a minimum fine of $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000. 

Personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Washington Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Washington County Ambulance and the Washington Fire Department all responded to the scene.

 A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Search Warrants/Arrests

March 5, 2013

On February 20th, 2013 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed three search warrants, two within the City of Washington and one in rural Washington County.  On February 21st, 2013 a fourth search warrant was executed in rural Washington County.  The search warrants were a result of a several month long investigation into thefts and criminal mischief throughout Washington County, Johnson County, Louisa County and Henry County.  The results of the search warrants tied stolen and vandalized property back to all four counties.

Yesterday on March 4th, 2013 arrest warrants were served on four individuals in response to the earlier search warrants. Arrested were: 1) Nathan Douglas Mueller (22) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, seven C Felonies, twelve D Felonies and eleven Misdemeanors. Nathan Mueller faces a maximum jail time of 158 years and 270 days.  2) Michael Patrick Mueller (19) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, five C Felonies, seven D Felonies and three Misdemeanors. Michael Mueller faces a maximum jail time of 115 years and 120 days.  3) Travis Alan Peterson (21) of Washington who is charged with one B Felony, six C Felonies, eleven D Felonies and eight Misdemeanors. Travis Peterson faces a maximum jail time of 143 years and 180 days. 4) Alexander Lee Fields (19) of Washington who is charged with one C Felony and two D Felonies. Alexander Fields faces a maximum jail time of 20 years.
Some of the items taken were passenger vehicles, semis, an ATV, a riding lawnmower, a boat motor, vehicle parts and numerous hand and power tools.  The total amount of damaged and stolen property is estimated to be around $340,000.

Agencies assisting in the investigation and/or warrants were the Washington Police Department, Washington County Conservation, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa City Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and LEIN Region 6.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

 

Contaminated Apartment Building

January 17, 2013

The Washington Police Department reports that on Thursday January 10th, 2013 further testing was done at 306 North Marion Ave., Washington the Goncho apartment building. Testing was completed in the common areas on each floor and an adjacent apartment to apartment #3D. The results of this testing were presented to the City of Washington on January 16th, 2013. These results show unacceptable safe levels of methamphetamine residue.

Also on January 15th, 2013 a state and city fire inspector conducted an inspection of the building in regards to violations of city and state fire codes. Numerous violations were found and documented. Because of the high methamphetamine count and numerous fire and electrical code violations the building is being deemed dangerous and unsafe to occupy at this time. Residents of the building are being provided information on how to proceed and offered assistance with shelter, food and clothing.

The building will be secured at 10:00 A.M. today for safety and trespass purposes. Anyone found inside or on the property after it has been secured will be subject to criminal offenses. Prior to any further occupancy the building must be cleaned and the methamphetamine levels tested in all areas, as well as the fire and electrical violations addressed.

Tenants with further questions are encouraged to contact the landlord or the Washington Police Department at 653-2107.

 

Semi Rollover Accident

January 3, 2013

At approximately 4:10 A.M. hours on January 3, 2013 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a semi overturned and on its side in the ditch on Highway 218 near 335th Street.  The driver was reportedly out of the semi and conscious with unknown injuries.  The operator of the Eichelberger Transportation LLC semi tractor-trailer, Craig John Lucas (38) of Washington was transported by the Washington County Ambulance to the Washington County Hospital with minor injuries.  Responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, the Crawfordsville First Responders, the Crawfordsville Fire Department and Washington County Rescue.  The accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

 

Motor Vehicle Accident

December 31, 2012

At approximately 10:15 P.M. on December 30th, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received a report via OnStar of a one vehicle accident with injuries north of 2990 Ivy Avenue, Washington.  Upon the arrival of emergency units on the scene it was determined that a 2008 Chevy Silverado truck was southbound on Ivy Avenue and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle entered the east ditch and struck a tree. The roadway condition was listed as icy at the time of the accident. The operator of the vehicle, Cody James Sobaski (22) of Brighton, was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated and transported to the Washington County Jail. A passenger in the vehicle, Eric Michael Harvey (22) of Brighton, was transported to Washington County Hospital by Washington County Ambulance personnel. He was then transported via Air Care air ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Information on his condition is not available. A second passenger, Cheyenne Lea Griggs (22) of Washington, was not transported from the scene.

Responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, the Brighton First Responders, the Brighton Fire Department, the Iowa State Patrol and the Washington County Rescue Unit. The Iowa State Patrol is handling the charges and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident and handling the state accident report.

***A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and thedefendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty***

 

WENS Press Release

December 19th, 2012

In the last 24 hours Washington County has received the first Winter Storm alerts via the WENS (Washington Emergency Notification System) system since its implementation. We are aware of the issues with the delivery of calls and the time parameter this morning for the delivery of calls. We are addressing the issue and apologize for any inconvenience it has caused.

 

Missing Person at Lake Darling Located

October 22,2012

On 10/18/12 911 Dispatch was notified of a suspicious vehicle parked at the Lake Darling State Park. A note was found with the vehicle.  A preliminary search was conducted of the area.

During the early morning hours of 10/19/12 additional search personnel were brought into the area.  Brighton Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office personnel located Jeffery Scott Knerr age 47 of Washington, deceased.

The incident is still under investigation and foul play is not suspected.

Personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Police Department, Brighton Fire Department, Brighton First Responders, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted with the incident.

 

Washington County Men Sentenced for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

October 19, 2012

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 17, 2012, Timothy Kukowski, age 58, and David Jay Butterbaugh, age 50, both of Washington, Iowa, were sentenced in federal court to substantialterms of imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture anddistribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. ChiefUnited States District Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Kukowski to 120 months in prison andsentenced Butterbaugh to 210 months in prison. After imprisonment, Kukowski will serve fouryears of supervised release and Butterbaugh will serve five years of supervised release. Bothwere also ordered to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

Sometime around late 2011 or early 2012, Butterbaugh and Kukowski agreed togetherthat they would manufacture methamphetamine using collections of large amounts ofpseudoephedrine and other precursor chemicals. The methamphetamine was manufactured atButterbaugh's residence in Washington, Iowa. Judge Gritzner found that the manufacture ofmethamphetamine in this case created a substantial risk of harm to human life and theenvironment, and the sentences imposed reflect that risk.

The case was investigated by the Washington-Louisa County Drug Task Force whichincludes the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Washington County Sheriff'sDepartment, Washington, Iowa, Police Department, Louisa County Sheriff's Department,Columbus Junction, Iowa, Police Department, and the Des Moines County Sheriff's Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Stabbing Incident

August 12, 2012

At approximately 6:15 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a subject who had been stabbed in the arm in the 300 block of East 2nd Street in Washington. Emergency personnel from the Washington Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and arrested Joshua Michael Bergen (18) of Columbus Junction for willful injury and public intoxication. The victim was transported from the scene to Washington County Hospital in Washington by Washington County Ambulance personnel where he was treated and released. The incident is under investigation by the Washington Police Department.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Fatal Accident in Kalona

***Update August 7, 2012***

Additional information regarding the accident in Kalona on Monday. Donald L. Breed, age 70, of Freeport, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Breed was walking in the area at the time of the accident. James Walter Greiner, age 73, was the driver of the vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.

August 6, 2012

At approximately 10:08 A.M. on Monday August 6th, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received numerous reports of a vehicle out of control in the parking lot of the Kalona Sale Barn with multiple subjects injured.   Emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Kalona Fire Department and Rescue Unit, the Kalona First Responders, the Washington County Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and University of Iowa Air Car Ambulance responded to the scene.   Personnel from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Ambulance Services assisted for mutual aid.    Emergency personnel reported five subjects injured were transported to area hospitals and one person was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.  More information will be released when it becomes available.  The accident is currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.      

 

Asphalt Pavers in the Area

July 16th, 2012


The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is urging the citizens of Washington County to be wary of subjects going door to door attempting to sell or complete asphalt work. A group of subjects were located today in the Riverside area after a citizen’s complaint and they were determined not to have the proper permits. Summertime is traditionally the time for asphalt scams and if you encounter something of this nature you are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 653-2107. The subjects in the area today were operating a blue 1991 Chevrolet C1500 pickup and a white 1995 International trailer. Again if you are approached by these subjects or another group and you believe it to be an asphalt scam please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those who contacted us today and brought this matter to our attention.

 

Tornado damages Washington County

May 4th, 2012

At approximately 9:10 P.M. on May 3rd, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received reports of substantial damage to structures in the 3200 block of Spruce Avenue northeast of Wayland. The residents of 3229 Spruce Avenue reported that a tornado had struck the house and that they were trapped inside due to debris blocking the doorways. A resident at 3205 Spruce Avenue also reported extensive damage. Emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Ainsworth Fire Department and the Crawfordsville Fire Department all responded to the area to assist. While responding the emergency units discovered trees down across roadways, power lines down and considerable debris. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar reports that there is a path of damage in Washington County approximately three miles long and about ¼ of a mile wide. The storm appeared to move into Washington County from Henry County southeast of Wayland. The unincorporated town of Noble has damage to structures in the Northern part of town as well as damage to other structures and debris at rural residences in that area. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm last evening.

 

Incident Investigation

April 13, 2012

On March 22nd, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 call from Shawn Reimers of Washington requesting medical attention for an unresponsive male subject in the 2800 block of the Wayland Road.  Law enforcement officials arrived on the scene and found a male subject, identified as Tim Peterson of Washington, unconscious and the caller Shawn Reimers.  Mr. Peterson was transported from the scene by Washington County Ambulance personnel.

During the investigation the Washington County Sheriff’s Office interviewed numerous people.   The investigation shows that Peterson flagged Reimers over in the 2800 block of the Wayland Rd.  Reimers stopped to see what Peterson wanted and did not recognize or know Peterson.

According to Reimers’ statement Peterson approached Reimers along with his Mastiff dog and confronts Reimers about his driving.  Reimers stated that he observed Peterson standing with a clenched fist while yelling at him.  Reimers then turned to leave the area because of Peterson’s demeanor and Peterson hit him with a closed fist. Reimers also advised that the Mastiff then started biting his foot.  Reimers stated that he was struck several times and ducked down to protect his head.  Reimers stated he stood up while throwing a single punch and struck Peterson in the head.  Peterson fell to the ground with the back of his head hitting the asphalt of the highway. Reimers stated that he saw Peterson wasn’t moving and drug Peterson from the highway.

Peterson has been unable to give a statement relating to these events

Medical records of Peterson show at the time he was taken to the hospital his blood alcohol level was at .144 BAC, almost twice the legal limit for OWI.  In speaking with doctors on how Peterson was struck and their review of Peterson’s injuries, doctors believe Reimers statements are consistent with Peterson’s injuries.

Under Iowa law, a person is justified in the use of reasonable force when the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to defend oneself from any imminent use of unlawful force.  Reasonable force is that force and no more which a reasonable person, in like circumstances, would judge to be necessary to prevent an injury.  Based on the results of the investigation, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Attorney’s Office concluded that Peterson initiated the confrontation and was the initial aggressor.  In response, Reimers used reasonable force to defend himself from Peterson’s unlawful use of force.  As a result, there is no evidence indicating Reimers acted in any other way than in self-defense.

In cooperation with the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Peterson is being charged with OWI.  Reimers is facing no charges at this time. 

***A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is ***
presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

House Explosion

March 31st, 2012

At approximately 8:30 P.M. on March 31st , 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received numerous reports of an explosion southeast of Riverside. Emergency personnel were dispatched and it was determined that it was a house explosion at 3070 192nd St., Ainsworth. The emergency units are still on the scene at this time and the roadway is blocked at Hwy 218 and 192nd Street. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted to investigate. Further information will be released when it becomes available.

 

Rural RiversideTrailer House Fire

March 27th, 2012

At approximately 2:42 P.M. on Tuesday March 27, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a trailer house on fire at 2871 130th Street, Riverside.  The home of Terry Lehmkuhl was reported to be fully engulfed in flames.  The Riverside Fire Department was dispatched and the Kalona Fire Department for mutual aid.  Also responding to the scene was personnel from the Washington County Ambulance Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  No injuries were reported and the Red Cross responded to assist the home owner.        
The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall. 

 

Sexual Assault Guilty Plea

March 13, 2012

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, a guilty plea was entered on behalf of Jason John Bex, 38, of rural Riverside, Iowa, by Judge Myron Gookin to the crimes of Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse Causing Bodily Injury, a Class “D” felony and two counts of Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Bex was accused of assaulting three teenage victims during 2009 in Washington County.  Following the entry of the guilty plea, Bex was immediately sentenced to prison terms not to exceed 5 years on the Class “D” felony and not to exceed 2 years for each Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The sentences were ordered to run consecutive to each other for a total prison term of 9 years.  Bex was then transported to the Washington County Jail by a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Bex will then be transported immediately to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale located in Coralville, Iowa to begin serving his prison term.

While in prison, Bex will be required to successfully complete a Sex Offender Treatment Program.  Upon the expiration of his prison term, Bex will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will be on parole to the Iowa Department of Corrections for 10 years.  Additionally, Bex will not be allowed to own, possess or transport a firearm or offensive weapon.

The Washington County Attorney’s office would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Luke’s Hospital Child Protection Center, the Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center, and the victims and their families for their invaluable assistance and cooperation throughout the investigation and prosecution of this matter.

 

IOWA COUNTY MAN AND WOMAN
SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING

PSEUDOEPHEDRINE

March 5, 2012

A man and woman who purchased pseudoephedrine pills for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine will each serve time in federal prison.

Andrea Stroud, 31, and Kent Bradley Miller, 46, both of North English, Iowa, were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Stroud’s sentencing was on February 14, 2012, while Miller was sentenced on March 1, 2012. Stroud and Miller had both pled guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine knowing or intending it would be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Stroud pled guilty on September 28, 2010, and Miller pled guilty on October 24, 2010.

Stroud was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment. Miller received a sentence of 87 months’ imprisonment. Both Stroud and Miller were required to pay a $100 special assessment, and each must serve a 3-year term of supervised release following their prison terms. Miller was already serving a 30-month sentence for violating a previous term of supervised release stemming from a prior federal methamphetamine conviction. There is no parole in the federal system.

Stroud and Miller are each being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington-Louisa Drug Task Force, the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file numbers are 11-CR-144 for Stroud and 11-CR-150 for Miller.

 

Suicidal Subject

February 29th, 2012

At approximately 8:30 A.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a missing suicidal 16 year old male subject from rural Wayland. Personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayland Police Department responded. At approximately 10:30 A.M. the Communications Center received a report of a subject fitting the description of the missing juvenile in the area of Hwy. 22 and Vine Avenue Riverside. The juvenile subject was reported to be in possession of a weapon by law enforcement personnel arriving on the scene. The roadway was shut down for a short time from Hwy. 22 to 130th Street on Vine Avenue. The situation was resolved without incident or injuries and the juvenile subject taken into custody.

 

Missing Person

February 23, 2012

At approximately 7:00 P.M. on February 21st, 2012 the Washington Police Department received a report of a missing 64 year old male from Washington. The subject had left his residence at approximately 8:00 A.M. that day and was unaccounted for. The reported missing male subject has been located in Washington County and the incident is now a suicide investigation. Personnel from the Washington Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

 

Harrison Sentenced on Drug Charges

February 10,2012

Davenport, IA – On Friday, February 10, 2012, Kevin Lee Harrison, age 48, of Columbus Junction, Iowa, was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment in connection with federal charges of conspiracy to knowingly manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States Chief District Judge James E.Gritzner also sentenced Harrison to 5 years supervised release following imprisonment,restitution in the amount of $2163.55 to be paid to the Drug Enforcement Administration for clean-up of a lab site, and a $100 payment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

From sometime in 2009 until July 27, 2010, Harrison conspired with co-defendant's Randy Lee Lowe and David Carl Kindred to manufacture methamphetamine. Lowe was earlier sentenced to 131 months imprisonment. Kindred was sentenced to 164 months imprisonment.

Ricky Forrest Kindred and Pamela Sue Hesser were indicted in a related case. Hesser was earlier sentenced to 84 months imprisonment. Ricky Kindred has entered a guilty plea and awaits sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Washington,Iowa, Police Department, the Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Police Department, The Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa.

Narcotics Arrests

January 27, 2012

Drug Arrests

On January 26th, 2012 the Washington Louisa County Drug Task Force in cooperation with the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Junction Police Department, Keota Police Department, Burlington Police Department, the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office and State Narcotics Enforcement executed two search warrants at 1003 West Madison Street and 502 North Iowa Avenue in Washington. Two individuals were arrested as a result and charged with narcotics offenses. David Jay Butterbaugh Jr. (50) of Washington and Timothy Will Kukowski (58) of Washington were charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and are currently being held at the Washington County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine is a Class B Felony punishable by a term of incarceration not to exceed 25 years with a maximum fine of $100,000 and a minimum fine of $5,000. 

***A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Vandalism in the City of Washington

January 27, 2012

On January 26th, 2012 the Washington County Communications Center received twelve reports of vandalism within the City of Washington. The reports were of vehicles and buildings that had been vandalized with spray paint in the 600 block of South 7th Avenue, the 500 block of South Avenue B, the 600 block of East Jefferson Street, the 400 block of East Harrison Street, the 600 block of South 2nd Avenue, the 600 block of East Washington Street, the 700 block of South Marion Avenue, the 700 block of South 8th Avenue and the 400 block of East Main Street.  These incidents are currently under investigation by the Washington Police Department and citizens are encouraged to report anything or anyone suspicious that they may see. Anyone with information concerning the crimes should contact 319-653-2107.

 

Federal Drug Charges

January 26, 2012

DAVENPORT, IA – On Thursday, January 26, 2012, Pamela Sue Hesser, age 50, of Lockridge, Iowa, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment in connection with federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States Chief District Judge James E. Gritzner also sentenced Hesser to 5 years supervised release following imprisonment, restitution in the amount of $6985.66 to be paid to the Drug Enforcement Administration for clean-up at various lab sites, and a $100 payment to the Crime Victim's Fund. Hesser previously pleaded guilty, admitting she conspired with co-defendant Ricky Forrest Kindred to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Ricky Kindred has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. In a related case, David Carl Kindred and Randy Lee Lowe were sentenced to 164 months imprisonment and 131 months imprisonment, respectively. Another defendant in that case, Kevin Lee Harrison, has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. This case was investigated by the Washington County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office, the Washington, Iowa, Police Department, the Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Police Department, the Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Missing Person Located

***Update January 18, 2012***

On January 18, 2012,  the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by members of Sharon Hopf’s family stating that they had been contacted by Sharon Hopf shortly after 8am. The family members were informed that Sharon Hopf was located at a business in Ft. Worth, Texas and that she seemed to be disoriented.  Sharon’s brother who lives in the Dallas, Texas area drove to the business and located Sharon Hopf.  In addition, the Ft. Worth Police Department responded and confirmed that Sharon Hopf had been found and did not need medical attention.  Hopf was released to the care of her family. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s office along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would like to thank the Hopf family, volunteers and multiple law enforcement agencies from Iowa, Missouri and Texas in assisting with the Missing Person’s Investigation. 

 

January 13, 2012

Law Enforcement Agencies Release further Information Regarding the Disappearance of a Washington County Woman

Crawfordsville, IOWA --On January 5th, 2012, Sharon R. Hopf, age 45, of rural Crawfordsville, Iowa, failed to show up at her business, Hopf Furniture, in Kalona, Iowa.  Later that evening, Hopf was reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by her husband and other family members who had been looking for her throughout the day. A link to the Hopf’s information on the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse website is listed below:
 
http://www.iowaonline.state.ia.us/mpic/Controller.aspx?cmd=personDetailCommand&id=27124

Since that time, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have been conducting an investigation into Sharon Hopf’s disappearance.  A nationwide “Attempt to Locate” bulletin was issued for Sharon Hopf and her 1999 Chevy Lumina.  As part of the investigation into Hopf’s disappearance, multiple interviews were conducted with her family members, friends and co-works.  In addition, various searches were conducted in Washington County and an aerial search was conducted by local pilots and the Iowa State Patrol’s Air Wing.

On January 7th, 2012, Hopf’s vehicle was located by the Warren County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office near Wright City, Missouri, which is located approximately 30 miles West of St. Louis, Missouri on Interstate 70.  The car was located at an abandoned home located at 28566 Hwy F just outside the city limits.  The surrounding area near the location of Hopf’s car was searched, but Sharon Hopf was not located. Hopf’s car was searched and processed for evidence. During that examination, several items were collected and will be examined for fingerprint and DNA evidence at the DCI’s Crime Laboratory.  On January 11th, 2012, the Warren County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office organized and conducted a thorough grid search of a one mile radius in the area where Hopf’s car was located with the assistance of other local law enforcement, the Gateway Search Team, EMS and Fire personnel.  Again, Sharon Hopf was not located.

At this point of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that foul play was involved in the disappearance of Sharon Hopf.  Therefore, there is no threat to public safety stemming from this incident in and around Washington County.  The investigation has developed information regarding Sharon Hopf and the various stress that she was dealing with in her day-to-day life. This information suggests that her disappearance is one of her own doing.  However, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, DCI and law enforcement agencies in Missouri will continue to investigate her whereabouts.

Law enforcement agencies from both Iowa and Missouri continue to investigate the disappearance of Sharon Hopf.  Persons with information regarding her whereabouts or information related to her disappearance are asked to contact one of the following agencies:

In Iowa:                Washington County Sheriff’s Office              (319) 653-2107

In Missouri:          Warren County Sheriff’s Office                     (636) 456-7088

For questions contact:  Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar at (319) 653-2107

 

The following statement was released on behalf of the family of Sharon Hopf and read by Perry Hopf, husband of Sharon Hopf, at the press conference:

My name is Perry Hopf and my wife is Sharon.  My family and I trust that everything that can be done to find Sharon is being done.  We want Sharon to know that we understand the stress she has recently been under and just want her to contact us and let us know that she is okay.  Sharon if you see this, please know that I love you and miss you, and that you are the most important thing to me.

***Update - Thursday January 12, 2012***

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation along with the family of Sharon Hopf will be holding a press conference on Friday January 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM.  The conference will be held at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Conference Room 2181 Lexington Blvd., Washington and all media is invited.  There will be prepared statements from law enforcement and family as well as a Power Point presentation of the overall investigation thus far.

The family will not be taking questions before, during, or after the press conference.  Law enforcement personnel will be limiting questions to two or three. Any questions in reference to the scheduled press conference should be directed to Sheriff Jerry A. Dunbar at 319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492.

 

***Update - Monday January 9, 2012***

Full Press Release PDF

Sharon Hopf

***Update - Sunday January 8, 2012***

Washington County Sheriff's Office officials are reporting that Sharon Hopf's vehicle has been located in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Sharon has not been located and the vehicle is being processed for evidence. Further updates will be released as more information becomes available.

***Update - Friday January 6, 2012***

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a reported missing Crawfordsville woman this evening. Sharon Ruth Hopf (45) of rural Crawfordsville is still missing. Officials have been unable to verify that she was last seen at a gas station in Washington around 0830 on January 5th. We do know that she left for work at approximately 7:00 AM from her rural Crawfordsville home and failed to arrive at her destination Hopf Home Furnishings in Kalona yesterday morning. Sharon is driving a White 1999 Chevy Lumina 4 door bearing Iowa license 419WXF. Anyone with any  information regarding the whereabouts of Sharon Hopf should contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492. We are including a photo of Sharon and the type of vehicle we are looking for.  

Missing Adult White Female Sharon Ruth Hopf age 45 of rural Crawfordsville.  Last seen at Cobb Oil Co. BP gas station in Washington around 8:30 A.M. January 5, 2012.  Sharon is driving a 1999 White Chevy Lumina 4 door, license 419WXF (IA).  Sharon failed to show up for work this morning at Hopf Home Furnishings in Kalona, Iowa.  Any information regarding the whereabouts of Sharon Hopf should be directed to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in Washington, Iowa.  319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492. 

 

Washington House Fire

December 22, 2011

At approximately 9:29 A.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received several 911 calls of a fully engulfed house fire at 625 East 10th Street in Washington, the home of Rachel Zabel and her 3 children.   Officers arriving on the scene reported a neighboring residence; 915 North 7th Avenue was also on fire.  The Washington Fire Department responded to the scene and the Ainsworth Fire Department responded for mutual aid.  Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Ambulance and Alliant Utilities.  There were no injuries reported and the State Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted to investigate the cause of the fire.  Further information will be released when it becomes available.

 

Pedestrian Vehicle Acident

December 19, 2011

At approximately 6:14 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received several 911 calls in reference to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in front of the BP One Trip on E Washington Street, Washington.   The injured party was taken to the Washington County Hospital by the Washington County Ambulance.  The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.  Also responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Rescue.  The accident is under investigation.

 

SOUTHEAST IOWA MEN SENTENCED ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

December 13, 2011

On Monday, December 12, 2011, David Carl Kindred, age 56, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a longtime Washington County, Iowa, resident, was sentenced to 164 months imprisonment in connection with federal charges of conspiracy to knowingly manufacture and distribute at least 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, and at least 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Kindred's co-defendant, Randy Lee Lowe, age
53, of Brighton, Iowa, was sentenced to 131 months imprisonment.

In addition to the sentences of imprisonment, Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced both men to 5 years supervised release following imprisonment and a $100 payment to the Crime Victim's Fund. Kindred was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,985.66 to the Drug Enforcement Administration for clean-up at various lab sites. Lowe was ordered to pay $1,362.11 in restitution.

In the course of their guilty pleas, both Kindred and Lowe agreed that from 2006 until July 27, 2010, they conspired to manufacture and distribute at least 50 grams of pure methamphetamine, and at least 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine. Both admitted that they had an agreement with each other and with co-defendant Kevin Lee Harrison to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Harrison has
entered a guilty plea and awaits sentencing.

Similarly, in a related case, Pamela Sue Hesser and Ricky Forrest Kindred have entered guilty pleas and await sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Washington County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office, the Washington, Iowa, Police Department, the Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Police Department, the Washington/Louisa County, Iowa, Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

 

Washington Apartment Fire

November 23, 2011

At approximately 10:40 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received a 911 report of an attic fire at an apartment building at 220 North 2nd Ave., Washington.  The Washington Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.  Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, and Alliant Utilities.  Families in five apartments were displaced and Red Cross was contacted to assist them.  There were no injuries reported.

 

Burglary

November 2, 2011


On October 31st, 2011 at approximately 9:30 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a report of suspicious activity at the Washington Junior High School 1111 South Avenue B, Washington. Upon the arrival of personnel from the Washington Police Department it was determined that there had been a break in. The subsequent investigation resulted in two consent searches on November 1st, 2011 at residences within the City of Washington. The Washington Police Department has charged juvenile Ty Lee Graf (15) of 704 East 14th Street, Washington with Burglary 3rd degree, Theft 2nd degree, and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree – all Class D Felony charges. Stolen property was also recovered from a previous burglary at Rider Sales in Washington. The Washington County Attorney’s Office is filing two juvenile delinquency petitions against Graf today. The first being for the charges stated in this release as well as an incident on October 26th, 2011 where he was found to be in Possession of Marijuana (serious misdemeanor) and Drug Paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor). The second petition related to an incident on October 4th, 2011 in which he was also found to be in Possession of Marijuana (serious misdemeanor). The incident is still under investigation and charges are pending on two additional juveniles for possession of stolen property. A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Chimney Fire

October 1, 2011

At approximately 10:40 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received a 911 report of a chimney fire at the Waylon and Tiffany Brenneman residence, 207 Schnoebelen St., Riverside.   The Riverside Fire Department responded and advised smoke was also coming from the soffit but no flames were visible.  Mutual aid was requested from the Kalona Fire Department for extra manpower.   Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside First Responders and Alliant Utilities.  No injuries were reported.

 

Recent Washington County Burglaries

September 30, 2010

On September 29, 2011 at approximately 1:00 PM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office served two warrants in the City of Kalona.  Deputies were able to recover several items that were taken in the five recent burglaries in Kalona.  As a result of this investigation an additional five business burglaries from earlier this year have been solved along with multiple vehicle burglaries throughout this year in Kalona.  Some of the items recovered also resolved three recent burglaries in the Columbus Junction area as well. Multiple charges of Felony Burglary and Theft are being filed against the following: Aaron Bender age 17 of Kalona, Dillon Whetstine age 17 of Kalona, and Logan Flanary age 16 of Kalona.


A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Aircraft Incident

August 3, 2011


At approximately 5:45 P.M. on Wednesday August 3rd, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a crop duster that had crashed near 2344 265th St., Washington, the Craig and Holly Jones residence. The caller reported that the pilot was out of the aircraft and appeared to be uninjured. Emergency units responded to the scene and it was determined that the pilot had to make an emergency landing and was able to successfully put the plane down in the Jones’ yard coming to rest against the residence. The pilot, Michael Hayman, of Leland, MS suffered minor injuries in the crash but declined transport by ambulance. The residence did receive minor damage. The incident is under investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted to respond to the scene. Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Fire Department, Washington County Rescue Squad and Washington County Ambulance.

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Rural Coppock House Fire

July 24, 2011

At approximately 06:54 A.M. on July 24, 2011 the Washington County Communications center received a 9-1-1 report that lightning had struck a residence at 2962 Coppock Road, Washington causing a fire in one of the upper floor bedrooms.  The Washington Fire Department responded to the home of Tanya and Chris Reighard and extinguished the fire.  Damage to the home was isolated to the one room. Everyone in the home had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.  Red Cross was contacted for assistance to the Reighard family.  Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Single Vehicle Accident

July 23, 2022

At approximately 10:36 P.M. on July 23, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a single vehicle rollover accident in front of the residence of 1260 Highway 22, Wellman.  The caller reported one occupant was out of the vehicle and had blood on his clothing.   Emergency units responded and the Washington County Ambulance transported Robert James Shindelar (36) of Washington to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  His condition is unknown and the accident is under investigation with charges pending by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.   Also responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Wellman Volunteer Fire Department, Wellman Rescue and the Wellman First Responders.

 

WENS

WASHINGTON COUNTY TO BEGIN WENS ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

July 11, 2011

Washington County will begin using an emergency notification system that may alert you by landline phone, cellular phone voice or text message and /or as an e–mail to your e-mail address. WENS alerts are messages that may alert you of an emergency situation, may ask you to take appropriate action, or both. The National Weather Service will automatically send severe weather warnings to affected areas of the county and Emergency Services (911) will be able to send other emergency messages as well. Text messages will be short (only 160 characters long). This is a free notification service but your cellular phone provider will charge you for receiving alerts via your cellular phone. Alerts will only be done in the event of emergency situations. Landline phones will automatically be entered in the system but any cellular phones or email addresses must be registered by the citizen who wishes to receive the service. Register today at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/washington_ia/wens.cfm


Frequently Asked Questions:


Why should I register?
While Washington County uses a number of emergency notification methods to notify you of an emergency, using the WENS system could save you critical time depending upon your location.


Is there a charge for registering to receive message through WENS?
This is a free service provided by Washington County and sponsored by Washington County Public Health. However, your cellular phone provider may charge you for receiving text or phone messages. If you are concerned about being charged for an alert check your service agreement from your wireless carrier for details. Service costs from your cellular provider are your responsibility.


Why are you sending text messages?
Attempting to call everyone could take hours. This is an important factor, especially during a time sensitive emergency. WENS alerts will be short and meant to make registrants aware that there is an emergency and direct them to take appropriate action.


Under what circumstances will I receive WENS alerts?
WENS alerts are used during emergencies that threaten life safety and /or may severely impact the citizens of Washington County. These alerts may include severe weather alerts, Homeland Security alerts, boil orders, evacuation alerts and other alerts that could affect you and your family.


Will the WENS system work if there is a power failure?
All systems, including e-mail and text message systems are subject to failures due to emergencies and disasters. While WENS is a valuable addition to our existing emergency notification systems, we cannot guarantee that it will work in all emergencies. This is why we try to have redundant systems of emergency communication notification including outdoor warning sirens, NOAA weather radio alerts, and emergency service announcements via the local media sources.


I do not want to receive WENS messages anymore. How do I unsubscribe?
At any time, you can simply return to the WENS website and click the unsubscribe button to stop receiving messages. Enter the contact information that you used to register and then select the unsubscribe box at the bottom of the page.


How do I update my information if my e-mail address, cellular phone number or other information has changed?
If your contact information has changed, follow the instructions above to unsubscribe the information that has changed. You must then register again with your new contact information.


Can I register my parents or other family members to receive alerts?
Yes. You may register as one voice phone number with multiple cellular numbers for text alerts and e-mails or you can individually register so that all of your phone numbers receive a voice message and a text message.


Will I receive advertising or SPAM on my phone?
No. Inspiron Logistics, the company behind the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) does not tolerate spam text or email messages. Washington County will only utilize the alerts in the event of an emergency.


How do I acquire additional information about WENS or report a problem with the system?
For more information contact: Dana Fleck at 1-866-998-9367 with Inspiron Logistics 2251 Front Street, Suite 105 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221. If you do not have internet access this is the number you will need to register at.


How do I register?
Register by clicking the WENS link at: http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/washington_ia/wens.cfm. Enter your phone number (landline, mobile/cellular, VOIP), e-mail address and/or text/SMS number. You will receive a confirmation that you have opted into the alert system to receive notifications. Your registration information is private and will not be shared. You may enter more than one number indicating if “text” or “voice” is desired.

 

 

Cemetery Vandalism

***Update***

July 5, 2011

On July 5, 2011 two juvenile suspects were charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree related to the vandalism of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Riverside. Charges were filed against Collin Culver (16) of Ottumwa and Jacob Creamer (16) of Ainsworth. In mid-May approximately 30 headstones were knocked over and damaged causing over $5000 in damage. A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

 

Traffic Accident

July 3, 2011

On July 3rd, 2011 at approximately 11:35 A.M. the Washington County Communications Center received numerous 9-1-1 reports of an accident involving two vehicles on Highway 92 West of Ainsworth. It was reported that one vehicle was in a yard and another blocking the roadway in the 2900 block of Highway 92. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel on the scene it was determined that a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus travelling eastbound was attempting to make a left hand turn on Highway 92 and turned in front of a westbound 2011 Toyota 4-runner. The 4-runner struck the right front of the Cirrus spinning it around and causing it to come to rest in the South ditch. The 4-runner came to rest in the North ditch and struck a tree. A total of four subjects were transported from the scene by Washington County Ambulance personnel to University Hospital in Iowa City. The accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and charges are pending. Also responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Ainsworth Fire Department, the Ainsworth First Responders, and the Washington County Rescue Squad.

 

 

Barn Fire

July 3, 2011

On July 2, 2011 at approximately 4:55 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a brush fire at 2440 180th St., Riverside that had gotten out of control and was beginning to catch a barn on fire. Fire department personnel from the Riverside, Kalona, and Washington fire departments all responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. Upon their arrival it was reported that the barn was fully engulfed. Also responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Ambulance. There were no injuries reported and the property where the fire occurred belongs to Julie Zahs.

 

Special Traffic Enforcement Project July 1-4

Coinciding with the Independence Day holiday, Iowa law enforcement agencies will again be out in full force July 1-4, 2011.  Officers will work hard to crack down on alcohol or drug impaired drivers and other traffic violators to prevent crashes and save lives.

Baseball games, fireworks, and parades can all be part of Iowans’ July 4th celebrations.  Unfortunately some people celebrate by consuming excess amounts of alcohol, and then electing to drink and drive, which can easily lead to tragedy.  The Iowa Department of Transportation recorded five fatalities during the 2010 Fourth of July weekend, up from two in 2009.  Iowa has been fortunate the past four years with no alcohol related crashes that resulted in a death.

Iowa law enforcement continues to emphasize the importance of buckling up, driving the speed limit and obeying all traffic laws, not only during increased travel periods like holidays but, throughout the year.  Iowa’s safety belt law has been in effect for 25 years.  There is no excuse for not buckling up.

During a similar enforcement effort conducted in July of 2010, 214 agencies had contact with 353 alcohol/drug impaired drivers, 1,008 safety belt violators and 4,592 speed violators.  In all, over 11,228 violations were recorded.  In addition, officers assisted 965 motorists, investigated 366 crashes and apprehended 107 wanted persons.

For more information, please visit www.iowagtsb.org, www.StopImpairedDriving.org or contact:

 

Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator
Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA  50309-0248
Phone:  515-725-6124
Fax:  515-725-6133
E-mail: hunefeld@dps.state.ia.us

Ainsworth Fire

June 30, 2011

On June 30th, 2011 at approximately 2:10 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a piece of construction equipment on fire North of Highway 92 across from Marr Park (2939 Highway 92., Ainsworth). Upon the arrival of emergency personnel it was determined that a scraper belonging to Townsend Excavating of Wellman was on fire. Fire personnel from the Ainsworth and Washington Fire Departments responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. No one was injured and the fire was believed to be electrical in nature. Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Ambulance.

 

Brighton House Fire

June 20, 2011

At approximately 2:55 P.M. on Monday, June 20th, 2011 the Public Safety Center received a 9-1-1 report of a house fire at 206 N. Harrison Street, Brighton, the Steven and Kathy Wagamon residence. Everyone was out of the residence.  Brighton Fire Chief Bill Farmer reported no flames were present but the home sustained some damage in the basement from an electrical problem.  Responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Brighton Fire Department, Brighton First Responders, the Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  No injuries were reported. 

 

Motorcycle Deer Accident

June 18, 2011


At approximately 3:58 A.M. on June 18, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a motorcycle that struck a deer on 190th Street near Dogwood Avenue, Keota in Washington County.  The caller reported the motorcycle was on fire and a subject was lying in the roadway.   Emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, Washington County Rescue, Keota First Responders and the Keota Fire Department responded to the scene.  Kevin Jay Wallerich of Keota (47) was transported from the scene to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.  No information is available on his condition.  

 

 

Cemetery Vandalism

***Update***

June 13, 2011

The City of Riverside is offering a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Cemetery vandalism reported May 15th, 2011. An anonymous citizen has offered to match that amount making the total reward $1000. Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492.  

 

Machine Shed Fire

June 9, 2011

At approximately 5:50 A.M. on Thursday June 9th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a uniloader on fire at 1824 Orange Avenue, Washington, the Robert Spenner residence. An additional call at approximately 6:00 A.M. reported that the machine shed was on fire as well. Emergency personnel from the Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Mutual aid was requested from the Kalona Fire Department and the Riverside Fire Department as well.  There were no reports of injuries at the scene. The cause of the fire was not available at the time of this release and is under investigation by the Washington Fire Department.

 

Vehicle/Bicyclist Accident

May 21, 2011

At approximately 1:10 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received a 911 call in reference to an accident with injuries involving a vehicle and a bicyclist at West 5th Street and North C Avenue in Washington.  The injured party was taken to the University of Iowa Hospital by the Washington County Ambulance and their condition at this time is not known.  The accident is under investigation by the Washington Police Department.  Also responding to the scene were emergency personnel from Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Rescue. 

 

Cemetery Vandalism

May 17, 2011

On May 15th, 2011 at approximately 12:20 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a report of several headstones vandalized at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Riverside. Washington County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to the scene and discovered approximately 30 headstones were knocked over and damaged. The incident is currently under investigation and the City of Riverside is prepared to offer a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. The exact amount of the reward will be determined at the next City Council meeting and will be provided when that information becomes available. Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to call (319) 653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492.

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Washington House Fire

Update

May 17, 2011

Washington Fire Chief Tom Wide reports that the fire originated in a gas fireplace vent on the side of the residence. The fire then travelled up the wall into the ceiling and attic. As stated earlier the residence sustained considerable damage.

May 15th, 2011

At approximately 8:00 A.M. on Sunday May 15th, 2011 the Washington Fire Department received a report of a house fire at 1600 Country Club Rd., Washington, the Robert and Krista Gaal residence. Mutual aid from the Brighton and Wayland Fire Departments was requested but then advised to disregard prior to their arrival on scene. The house sustained considerable damage and the cause is still under investigation at this time by the Washington Fire Department. Emergency personnel from Washington County Ambulance and the Washington Police Department also responded to the scene. The Red Cross has been contacted to assist the family. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

 

 

Riverside Homicide Update

May 3, 2011

Thomas Lee Hansen, 70, of Riverside, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, in connection with the death of Sharon Kay Gerot, 54, of Riverside, Iowa.  At an initial appearance on Monday May 2, 2011, John Robertson, of Iowa City, of the State Public Defender’s office was appointed to represent Hansen.  Bail was set at $2 million, cash only.  Hansen, through his attorney, waived a preliminary hearing.

The preliminary results of an autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s office at the University of Iowa Hospital on May 2, 2011 concluded that Ms. Gerot’s death was the result of a single gunshot wound to the head.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the person charged is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Larry J. Brock
Washington County Attorney

Riverside Homicide Press Release

May 2, 2011

Thomas Lee Hansen

Thomas Lee Hansen, 70, of Riverside, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony.  On Sunday May 1, 2011, the Washington County Public Safety / Dispatch received a call at approximately 3:43 p.m. reporting that a person had been shot at 1355 Deer Run Drive, Riverside, Iowa.  Officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s office, the Washington City Police department and the Iowa State Patrol responded, along with the Washington County Ambulance.  A female body was found lying outside of a residence located south and east of the city of Riverside, Iowa.  The female was identified as Sharon Kay Gerot, 54, and Ms. Gerot was pronounced dead at approximately 4:04 p.m. on May 1, 2011.

Hansen is being held in the Washington County jail, awaiting his initial appearance in magistrate’s court.  An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s office.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Washington County Sheriff’s office in investigating this incident.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the person charged is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Larry J. Brock
Washington County Attorney

 

Accident

April 30, 2011

At approximately 7:42 A.M. on April 30th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a vehicle that went off the roadway and into the ditch in the 1000 block of Highway 1 & 78. 

 Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and located the accident just West of Birch Avenue on Highway 1 & 78.  Vicki Haney (56) of Batavia was transported by Air Care air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.  Her condition is unknown and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.  Responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, Washington County Rescue, Richland First Responders and the Brighton Fire Department. 

 

MEXICAN ALIEN SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

April 21, 2011

DAVENPORT, IA—On April 21, 2011, Salvador Mendoza, age 30, was sentenced in federal court in Davenport for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms and more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine. The sentencing hearing was held before the Honorable John A. Jarvey, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Judge Jarvey imposed a sentence of 180 months in federal prison on each count to run concurrently to be followed by five years of supervised release.

The defendant, an illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested on October 14, 2009, at a trailer home in Washington County, near Riverside, Iowa. He was identified by state narcotics agents as a fugitive from a 2007 drug case that arose in Iowa City. Mendoza had been using multiple identifications. At the Washington County residence, narcotics agents found approximately 3½ kilograms of cocaine, a hydraulic press typically used for compressing cocaine, and other evidence of narcotics manufacturing and distribution. Mendoza was linked to
a large-scale cocaine operation that had been operating in the Scott, Johnson, Muscatine, and Washington Counties for several years. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Johnson County Drug Task Force, the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the Louisa-Washington County Drug Task Force, the Iowa City Police

Fatality Accident

March 31, 2011

At approximately 9:00 P.M. on March 30th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a vehicle in the ditch in the 1000 block of Orange Avenue near Kalona. The vehicle was reported to be on its top submerged in water. Emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Kalona Fire Department and Rescue Unit, the Kalona First Responders, and the Washington County Ambulance responded to the scene. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin. More information will be released when it becomes available. The accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Halcyon House Smoke Alarm

March 17, 2011

At approximately 7:49 P.M. the Washington Fire Department received a call of a fire alarm at Halcyon House, 1015 South Iowa Avenue in Washington.  The Washington Fire Department responded and   located smoke filling up on the fourth floor and the second floor of building three.  Residents were evacuated from both floors and checked by medical personnel on scene for safety precautions.    Fire personnel on scene advised the smoke was coming from the motor in the elevator. The Washington Police Department and the Washington County Ambulance also responded to assist.   Residents were able to return back to their homes and no injuries were reported.    

Pursuit/Accident

March 17, 2011

At approximately approximately 1:00 A.M. on March 17th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a Washington County Deputy involved in short pursuit westbound on 170th Street from Dogwood Avenue. The suspect vehicle then was involved in a rollover accident at 1189 170th Street, Keota. Emergency units were dispatched to the scene and the occupant of the vehicle was transported from the scene by Washington County Ambulance personnel to University Hospital in Iowa City. The incident is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and charges are pending against Zachary Williams (18) of Keota. Personnel from the Keota Fire Department and Keota First Responders also responded to the scene.

 

Ainsworth Mobile Home Fire

February 8, 20011

At approximately 4:58 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received 9-1-1 calls of a trailer on fire in the Ainsworth Mobile Home Park, 450 Old Military Road lot 8, the home of Jesus Ortiz.  Callers were reporting the trailer was fully engulfed.   Personnel from the Ainsworth Fire Department, the Ainsworth First Responders, the Washington Fire Department, the Washington County Ambulance, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross all responded.  No one was home at the residence and no injuries were reported.  

 

Rural Keota Fire

February 7, 2011

At approximately 10:44 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received information from the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office that the Keota Fire Department was en route to 2340 Elm Avenue in Washington County, the Mike Ladehoff residence.  The residence had smoke coming from a portable heater.  The Washington Fire Department was requested for mutual aid by Keota Fire upon their arrival as flames were visible.  Everyone had been evacuated from the residence.  The Keota First Responders, the Washington County Ambulance and personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded.  No injuries were reported. 

 

Tow Ban Lifted

February 3, 2011

The tow ban for Washington County has been lifted.

 

Travel Not Recommended

February 2, 2011

Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar and Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman are urging residents to stay home. Travel is not recommended at this time. Most roadways remain closed and crews are trying to make one lane passable for emergency crews only.  The tow ban remains in effect for Washington County and many cities within Washington County have declared a snow emergency. Local fire departments are also urging residents to check furnace vents and clear away snow and ice to prevent any house fires.

 

Kalona Commercial Fire

January 20, 2011

At approximately 6:00 A.M. on January 20th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received several 9-1-1 reports of a fire at Nisly Wood Products 1319 Highway 1, Kalona. Emergency personnel from Kalona, Wellman, and Riverside are still on the scene at the time of this release and additional assistance has been requested from the Washington Fire Department. No injuries have been reported and the cause is not known. Personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and State Department of Transportation are also on scene. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Motor Vehicle Accident

January 11, 2011

At approximately 12:00 A.M. on January 11th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received two 9-1-1 reports of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 3100 block of Hwy 22, Riverside. The caller reported his vehicle had been hit head on by another vehicle and that the airbags had deployed. Emergency personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, Riverside Fire Department and Rescue, Riverside First Responders, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Loren David Eden (60) of Lone Tree was transported from the scene to University Hospital in Iowa City. No information is available on his condition. Aaron Anthony Sandy (24) of Kalona was cited for failure to maintain control. The accident is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Situation in Riverside

January 6, 2011

Law Enforcement personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the City of Riverside this morning at approximately 9:00 A.M. in reference to a report of someone threatening to harm themselves. The party in question was not located and is believed to be fine at the time of this release. No further information is available at this time.

Accident

January 6, 2011

At approximately  8:30 A.M. January 6th, 2011 the Washington County Communications Center received multiple 9-1-1 reports of an accident with injuries ¼ of a mile South of Kalona on Hwy 1. The callers reported that one vehicle had been rear-ended and that another vehicle had rolled over. Emergency personnel from the Kalona First Responders, Kalona Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the scene. Two patients were transported from the scene to University Hospital in Iowa City by Washington County Ambulance personnel. The accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and charges are pending.

 

 

Vehicle Accidents

December 4, 2010

The Washington County Communications Center has received numerous reports of accidents this morning in Washington County. At approximately 6:20 A.M. a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a single vehicle rollover with injuries and a possible trap on Highway 218 at 150th Street. One patient was transported from the accident to University Hospital in Iowa City. No further information is available at this time as to condition of the patient. Emergency personnel responded to the scene from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Ambulance, the Riverside First Responders, and the Riverside Fire Department/Rescue Squad.

A second rollover accident was reported via a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy at approximately 7:05 A.M. on Highway 218 between 160th and 170th Streets involving a school bus. At least seven injuries were reported involving the passengers and the bus driver. Injured parties were transported to Mercy Hospital and University Hospital in Iowa City. No further information is available at this time. Emergency personnel responded to the scene from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Ambulance, Ainsworth Fire Department and First Responders, Riverside First Responders, and the Riverside Fire Department/Rescue Squad.

The Iowa Highway Patrol is handling another rollover with injuries reported at approximately 7:25 A.M. at Highway 218 and 265th Street. Lastly at approximately 8:25 A.M. the Communications Center received a report of a truck versus semi truck accident on Highway 22 one mile West of Wellman. Upon the arrival of emergency responders at the scene it was determined that no one was injured. Responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Kalona Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Wellman Volunteer Ambulance, and Wellman Fire Department/Rescue Squad.

 

Rollover Accident

November 28, 2010

 At approximately 10:15 A.M.  November 28, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received numerous 9-1-1 calls of a single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 218 south of Old White Way Road.  Emergency units arrived on the scene and located a Black 1998 Ford Explorer driven by George Albayalde Winland (19) of Fairfield.  Winland was transported by Washington County Ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Emergency personnel that responded to the scene were the Ainsworth Fire Department, Ainsworth First Responders, Washington County Rescue, Washington County Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  His condition is not known and charges are pending.

 

Accident

November 20, 2010

At approximately 7:00 A.M. November 19th, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Underwood Avenue. The caller reported that the vehicle had rolled and the operator was ejected. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and the operator, Jesse Steven Hahn (16) of Ainsworth, was air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by Air Care air ambulance. His condition is not known and the accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Riverside First Responders, Riverside Fire Department and Rescue, Washington County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

State Theatre Fire

November 17, 2010

State Theatre fire.

Update as of 12:20

The Washington Fire Department has determined that the fire started in a trash can in the projection room from a discarded cigarette. No damage estimate available at this time.

At approximately 9:20 A.M. November 17th, 2010 the Washington Fire Department reported smoke coming from the second story of the State Theatre, 123 East Washington Street, in Washington.  Washington Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and reported seeing smoke and flames. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Washington Fire Department remains on scene at the time of this release. Also responding were personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Ainsworth Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, and Alliant Utilities.

Missing Person

Update as of 9:00 AM November 16, 2010

Della Yoder has been located and returned to her residence.

We thank everyone for their assistance in finding her and bringing her home safe.

Della Yoder

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in locating a missing elderly female from Kalona. Della Faye Yoder (79) was last seen around 6:00 PM and is believed to be driving her White 2008 Chrysler Town and County van bearing Iowa license Z1056. Della is a white female described as 5'5 135 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green and black sweatsuit. Anyone with information should contact the Washington County Communications Center at 319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492.

 

House Fire Washington

October 29, 2010

Officials have released the name of the subject who died in a fatal fire last evening in Washington. Clara Anne Pearson (87) of 744 East Jefferson Street was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital following a fire in her home. There is no further information as to the cause of the fire and the State Fire Marshall is continuing his investigation with the assistance of the Washington Police Department and the Washington Fire Department.

October 28, 2010

At approximately 8:45 P.M. October 28th, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a fully engulfed house fire at 744 East Jefferson Street in Washington. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and transported one patient to Washington County Hospital where they were subsequently pronounced dead. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending the notification of the next of kin. The cause of the fire is unavailable at this time and the State Fire Marshall’s office has been contacted to respond to the scene to investigate. More information will be released when it becomes available. Responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, Washington Police Department, the City of Washington, and Alliant Utilities.

 

COUNTY TO BEGIN WORK ON AINSWORTH BOX CULVERT

October 12, 2010

On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Washington County Engineer’s Office will begin replacing the culvert under Old Military Road in Ainsworth with a new reinforced concrete box culvert.  This road was originally closed on Wednesday, September 8th due to a collapsed culvert underneath the road.

The contract for this project was awarded to Iowa Bridge & Culvert, LC, of Washington, IA for $110,959.40.  Iowa Bridge & Culvert will remove the collapsed culvert and replace it with a 3’ x 3’ x72’ reinforced concrete box culvert.  Assistant County Engineer Jacob Thorius said, “This project is an emergency repair job and will reopen a main road in Ainsworth.  Our office has been working hard to develop emergency plans in cooperation with the railroad and the city of Ainsworth to get the repairs made as soon as possible.”

Construction should be completed in about 1 month, depending on the weather.  During construction the intersection of Old Military Road and North Railroad Street will be closed to traffic in order to provide staging room for the contractor.  Questions pertaining to the project should be directed to the Washington County Engineer’s Office at (319) 653-7731.

 

Shed Fire

October 6th, 2010

At approximately 2:30 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a 9-1-1 report of a shed on fire at 3376 205th St., Columbus Junction, the Kevin Harrison residence. Emergency personnel from the Ainsworth Fire Department, the Riverside Fire Department, the Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. There were no reported injuries and no information is available at this time in reference to the cause of the fire. Some emergency units remained on the scene at the time of this release and updated details will be issued as more information becomes available.

 

Pavement Patching Planned on W61 & W55

August 24, 2010

Bids for pavement patching on two Washington County roads have been accepted and work will commence the week of August 30th.  Tek Builders of Mt. Ayr, IA will be patching areas on the Riverside Road (W61) from G36 north to the Riverside city limits as well as the Prairie Flower Road (G26).  Cedar Falls Construction will be patching the Wayland Road (W55) in various locations between the Washington city limits south to the Coppock Quarry Road (G62).

Drivers are warned that these roads will be reduced down to one lane and extreme caution should be used when travelling through the work zones.  Pilot cars and other traffic control devices will be in place.

Pavement patching work is expected to take approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

Second Water Rescue

August 15, 2010

At approximately 10:35 P.M. on Saturday August 14th, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received a second 911 report of a vehicle that had driven into water over the roadway at McKain’s Access on Dogwood Avenue near Brighton. The third party caller reported hearing people yelling from a vehicle that was caught in the water. Emergency personnel from the Brighton Fire Department, Brighton First Responders, Washington Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Washington County Ambulance, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The operator, Jake Franckowiak (19) of Washington, and a passenger, Michael Dice (20), of Washington had to be rescued by boat but were not transported from the scene by ambulance. As reported earlier the roadway was closed by Washington County Secondary Roads on August 12th due to flooding. Jake Franckowiak has been charged with failure to obey a traffic control device and trespassing. Michael Dice has also been charged with trespassing. The first report was received at 3:55 A.M. on Friday August 13th, 2010 and the operator, Kyle Sobaski (17) of Brighton, had to be rescued by boat but was also not transported from the scene by ambulance. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Attorney’s Office will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who violates these traffic control devices in flooded areas. Persons disregarding these postings will also be subject to paying for the cost of emergency rescue. Entering or approaching flooded areas is extremely dangerous and not only puts their own lives in jeopardy but also the lives of those emergency personnel who respond to the scene or any Good Samaritan who should try to help.    

 

Kalona Fire

August 14, 2010

On Saturday August 14, 2010 at approximately 11:54 A.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received a 9-1-1 call of a trailer on fire at 107 S. 6th Street lot 14, Kalona, the home of Stephanie Corkery.     The caller advised flames were visible coming from underneath the trailer.  The Kalona Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and extinguished the fire.   Kalona Fire Chief Steve Yotty advised the fire was electrical and the Corkery family will not be able to return to the residence right away.  No one was inside the residence and no injuries were reported.  Red Cross was contacted and will be assisting the family.  Responding to the fire was the Kalona Fire Department, Kalona Quick Responders, the Washington County Ambulance and personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.             

 

Water Rescue

August 14, 2010

At approximately 3:55 A.M. on Friday August 13th, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a vehicle that had driven into water over the roadway at  McKain’s Access on Dogwood Avenue near 295th Street, Brighton. The vehicle became stranded in rushing water and the operator was still inside. Emergency personnel from the Brighton Fire Department, Brighton First Responders, Washington Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Washington County Ambulance, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The operator, Kyle Sobaski (17), of Brighton had to be rescued by boat but was not transported from the scene by ambulance. The roadway was closed by Washington County Secondary Roads on the 12th due to flooding. The incident is currently under investigation by Sheriff’s Office officials.

 

Washington Building Collapse

August 8, 2010

Emergency personnel are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the City of Washington. At approximately 11:20 A.M. The Washington County Communications Center received a report of a building collapse at the former Perdock Dealership located at 221 West Washington St., Washington. Personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, the City of Washington, Alliant Energy, and Iowa Telecom responded to the scene. The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. No further information is available at this time and the cause of the incident is under investigation. Both lanes of traffic remain closed on South Avenue B at the scene and foot traffic is prohibited at this time in the area. 

 

Flooding In Wellman

August 3, 2010

On August 3rd, 2010 the Washington County Public Safety Center received calls from residents in Wellman of flooding in the Wellman area.  Due to rains overnight, the English River in Wellman caused flooding to many areas throughout the city of Wellman and rural Wellman. Anyone coming upon water across the roadway should not drive through it, turn around and take an alternate route. Anyone in the city of Wellman or rural Wellman experiencing damage from the storm or flooding should contact Wellman City Hall at 319-646-2154. Please leave your name, address, phone number, the type of damage and a cost estimate if possible. The Red Cross and Emergency Management have been contacted.

 

Motorcycle Accident

July 5th, 2010

At approximately 10:50 A.M. on July 3rd, 2010 the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a motorcycle accident with injuries at 2046 Riverside Rd., Washington. The caller reported that a male subject was injured in the East ditch. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and Steven Paul Arnold (63) of Washington was transported by Washington County Ambulance personnel to University Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City. His condition is not known and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Rescue, Riverside First Responders, and the Riverside Fire Department.

 

Stabbing Incident

June 28, 2010


On June 27th, 2010 at approximately 10:55 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a stabbing victim in the City of Ainsworth. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and the victim, Robert Creamer (38) of Ainsworth, was air lifted by Air Care air ambulance to University Hospital in Iowa City. His condition in not known at this time. The incident is still under investigation and charges are pending. No further information is available at this time. Responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Ambulance, and the Ainsworth First Responders.

 

Anhydrous Tank Rupture

May 27, 2010

The Washington County Public Safety Center received a 9-1-1 call at 8:05 P.M. of an anhydrous tank rupture in the area of 2565 220th Street, Washington and that a large anhydrous cloud was covering the G36 roadway.  Reports were coming in of subjects having difficulty breathing and their eyes were burning.  Emergency units responded to the area, the G36 roadway was closed and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes for about one hour.   Units responding to assist were the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, Washington County Rescue, Washington County Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol.  The cloud lifted and the roadway is now back open for thru traffic. 

 

Blankenship Press Release

April,16 2010

Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman and Washington County Attorney Barb Edmondson announced today that no charges will be filed in connection with the death of Robert Blankenship.

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2009, Blankenship was found to be unresponsive in the parking lot of the Fourth Avenue Bar and Grill.  He was transported to University Hospitals and Clinics, where he later died.

An autopsy showed that Blankenship died of a tear in a vertebral artery near the brain stem, which caused bleeding in his brain resulting in death.  According to the state medical examiner’s autopsy report, this type of injury results from a sudden stretching of the artery when the head rotates quickly after an impact to the head.  A person may be conscious or even standing after such an impact, and then suddenly collapse when the bleeding affects enough of the brain.  The autopsy showed that Blankenship had deep bruising to the right side of his jaw and neck, consistent with a hard impact to that area.  Blankenship also had other bruises and scrapes and older injuries which were not related to the fatal injury.  Blankenship’s blood alcohol result was 0.310, or nearly four times the standard of 0.08.

The Washington City Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted a lengthy investigation into Blankenship’s death.  Over 60 people were interviewed.  Nearly all of the witnesses at the scene were intoxicated.

According to the investigation, Blankenship and other friends spent the evening drinking.  Blankenship was at another local bar prior to the incident at the Fourth Avenue bar.  Witnesses reported a verbal and physical altercation at the other bar involving Blankenship and his companions, which resulted in them being kicked out of that bar.  Blankenship and his companions then went to the Fourth Avenue Bar and Grill.  The investigation showed that Blankenship was already intoxicated by the time he arrived at the Fourth Avenue.  

At the Fourth Avenue bar, Blankenship used racial epithets and shouted white supremacist slogans inside the bar.  Blankenship also punched a black man in the face without provocation.  The crowd then spilled out into the parking lot, where Blankenship and others was squaring off to fight.  Among the onlookers were Brandon Eichler, of Michigan, and William Lishman, also known as “Memphis”, of Tennessee.   They were part of a crew that was only in Iowa for  a brief time to work on a project in southern Washington County.  Neither Eichler nor Lishman knew Blankenship, and neither had been involved in any of the altercations inside the bar. 

According to the investigation, once outside, Blankenship was the aggressor toward  Eichler and assaulted him first.   Eichler, who is white,  hit Blankenship one time, on the right side of the head.  Eichler is left-handed.  After hitting Blankenship, Eichler left the fighting, and left the bar with Lishman and the foreman of their work crew as the fight in the parking lot continued.

According to the witnesses, after being hit by Eichler, Blankenship was still standing and still trying to engage in fighting.  Blankenship then suddenly collapsed.  Persons involved in the fight began leaving, and Blankenship was found to be unresponsive. 

Eichler and the crew finished their work in the next few days, and left the area.  Eichler was not aware that Blankenship had collapsed and died.

County Attorney Barb Edmondson explained that a ruling of homicide does not indicate criminal responsibility, just that the death was caused by another person.   Blankenship was the aggressor in the altercations inside the Fourth Avenue Bar and was also the aggressor and assaulted Eichler.   Eichler responded by hitting Blankenship one time and then left the fighting.  Eichler hit Blankenship with his fist, no weapons were used, and no excessive force was used.  Eichler did not intend to kill Blankenship, and did not intend to cause serious injury.  Because of the specific facts and circumstances of this case and the actions of Blankenship as the aggressor, no criminal charges will be filed.

 

 

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 11-17th, 2010

April 5th, 2010

A hysterical parent reporting their baby is choking, fires, heart attacks, barking dogs, and car accidents. Imagine never knowing what was going to be on the other end of the phone when you answered it. That’s what your local public safety telecommunicators have trained for. Some days the calls are routine – barking dogs, livestock on the roadway, and civil disputes. Some days are unforgettable – farm entanglements, suicides, and high speed pursuits. We have even seen plane crashes, explosions, and homicides touch us here in southeast Iowa.  The men and women who answer 9-1-1 need to be prepared for anything. They are the “first” first responder on the scene and if they don’t react quickly, ask the appropriate questions, calm the frantic caller, and send the right response then the entire call is off track.

April 11th - 17th, 2010 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and honors those who answer emergency calls, dispatch emergency personnel and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the citizens across the nation. In Washington there are 11 telecommunicators with a total of 101 years experience answering your calls. The dispatch staff includes Cara Sorrells (Supervisor), Teresa Todd (Assistant Supervisor), Sandy Lovetinsky, Jamie Mayer, Shelley Reed-Wulf, Melanie Huschka, Mandy Rourke, Jessica Jackson, Joni Huisenga, Michael Powers and Kristin Burton. We plan to recognize these local behind the scenes heroes all week long with media interviews, awards, and a luncheon on Saturday the 17th at 12:00 noon at the Washington County Communications Center.

 

Telecommunicator of the Year Awards Ceremony 2010

March 17, 2010

Area 911 Centers and Telecommunicators from Blackhawk County, Butler County, Hardin County, Washington County, Webster City, Louisa County and Marion will be honored March 23rd, 2010 at the Iowa APCO Spring Conference Telecommunicator of the Year Awards banquet in Des Moines. Butler County Dispatch was nominated for their exceptional handling of the tragic Parkersburg school shooting on June 24th, 2009 during which legendary football coach Ed Thomas of Aplington-Parkersburg High School was killed. Coach Thomas was a beloved member of the community and the dispatch center was overwhelmed with calls as well as emotions. They will be awarded the Team Telecommunicator of the Year award for their handling of the incident and their professionalism in helping to get a dangerous suspect caught before anyone else was injured.

Washington County Telecommunicator, Sandy Lovetinsky, will be recognized and awarded the Telecommunicator of the Year award as well. Lovetinsky will be recognized on her twentieth anniversary of service for her handling of an incident on May 24th, 2009. Lovetinsky received a call from a cellular 911 caller advising her boyfriend had passed out driving his Dodge Ram truck on Hwy 218 in Washington County. She was able to calm the hysterical caller and aide her in slowing the vehicle and pulling off to the shoulder. Her outstanding handling of the call saved the occupants and other motorists from what could have been a terrible accident.
 
Nominations are submitted from across the state for the Telecommunicator and Team Telecommunicator of the Year Awards and recognized at the Iowa Association of Public-Safety Communications Official’s banquet.  The Telecommunicator of the Year awards banquet starts at 6 PM at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites 4800 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA.  For further information or details contact one of the above centers or Teresa Todd, Chairperson of the Telecommunicator of the Year Committee at the Washington County Communications Center 319-653-2107 or 1-800-TIPS-492. 

 

Washington Schools Lock Down

March 5th, 2010

The Washington Police Department received information this afternoon from another law enforcement agency concerning a threat of school violence. The threat was made while two people were chatting on Face book and referenced a “Washington High School in Iowa”. No specific school was mentioned and it was undetermined which school the subject was referring to. As a precautionary measure the Washington Police Department asked the schools in Washington to move to a lock down status for a period of time. Extra patrol is also being given to the schools in Washington as they let out this afternoon.

 

Commercial Fire

March 3, 2010

On March 2, 2010 at approximately 1:30 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at Kalona Tire 717 F Avenue., Kalona. The Kalona Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and requested mutual aid from Wellman and Riverside Fire Department personnel. Kalona Fire additionally requested a foam trailer from the Coralville Fire Department as well. Emergency personnel remained on the scene for approximately four hours and the building was a total loss. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is still under investigation. Also responding to the scene to assist were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Ambulance, Kalona First Responders, Wellman Rescue Squad, Alliant Utilities, Kalona Auto Service, Slabach Construction, the City of Kalona, Mediacom, Kos Excavating, and Stumpf Construction.

 

DEPUTY FALLS THROUGH ICE

March 3, 2010

On February 28th, 2010, at approximately 6:30 P.M., Levi Powell called the Washington County Communications Center to report that while out riding 4-wheelers, he and his friends, Jeremy Brokaw and Cory Kanagy had found a safe lying on the ice on the English River.  Washington County Deputy Brandon Hamilton arrived and spoke with Powell and he pointed out where the safe was located. Deputy Hamilton and Powell walked out on the ice to take photos of the safe and eventually take the safe off the ice. Deputy Hamilton stopped to take a photograph and the ice gave way and he fell through. Deputy Hamilton was able to resurface and grab the ice, which at that time that part of the ice gave way and he went under a second time and was able to resurface again. When Deputy Hamilton resurfaced the second time, Powell laid down on his stomach and reached his hand out and pulled the deputy out of the water. Jeremy and Cory helped Levi and Deputy Hamilton up over the bank and got Deputy Hamilton inside of their truck to warm him up.  Deputy Hamilton was taken to Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and was later released.  The actions of Levi Powell, Jeremy Brokaw, and Cory Kanagy deserve a big thank you for their relentless efforts in assisting to save Deputy Hamilton from the freezing waters of the English River.  Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Wellman Ambulance.   

RESERVE DEPUTIES COMPLETE TRAINING

February 11, 2010

New Reserves

Reserves Kendall Yoder, Mike Bender, and Eric Long, are sworn in after completing State of Iowa Reserve Officer Certification training.

Kendall Yoder has been with the Washington County Reserve Unit since September 12, 2008.  Kendall is employed at the Washington County Jail and also owns his own business, Advance Detailing.  He graduated from IMS and has lived in the Kalona area his whole life.  Kendall’s hobbies include golf, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. 

Mike Bender has been with the Washington County Reserve Unit since July 28, 2009.  Mike is from the Washington area and graduated from Washington High School.  He is currently employed as a real estate agent in Washington.  Mike resides north of Washington, with his wife, Vickie, and they have two sons.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Eric Long has been with the Washington County Reserve Unit since June 23, 2009.    Eric is originally from Marion Iowa, and attended college at Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids for Criminal Justice.  He is currently employed with the Cedar Rapids Water Department as a plant operator.  Eric resides in Crawfordsville, with his girlfriend, Sheila.  He has two boys, ages 11 and 20, and a daughter age 21.    His hobbies include rock climbing, ultra-light camping, and riding his Harley. 

 

 

 

KALONA BUILDING FIRE

February 8, 2010

On February 8, 2010 at approximately 10:38 P.M. the Washington County Public Safety Center received a 911 call of flames coming from a pole barn at 1962 140th Street, Kalona belonging to Kevin and Judy Christiansen.  The Kalona Fire Department and Kalona First Responders responded along with mutual aid from the Wellman Fire Department, Riverside Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Alliant Energy, and Washington County Secondary Roads.  The 60’x 90’ building and all the contents were a total loss.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. No injuries were reported.

The fire rekindled Tuesday morning at approximately 7:55 A.M. due to some hot spots. Kalona Fire Department responded again. No fire units are on scene as of the time of this release.

 

WASHINGOTN HOUSE FIRE

January 22, 2010

At approximately 6:55 P.M. the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 report of a house fire at 1023 East Washington St., Washington, the Robert and Karen Crossett residence. Emergency personnel from the Washington Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance, and the Washington Police Department responded to the scene. Two persons were transported via ambulance from the scene to Washington County Hospital. They were later transported to the University Hospital in Iowa City. No further information is available at this time concerning the patients.

The State Fire Marshall's office was contacted and the origin of the fire was determined to be an electric blanket. The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom and the top floor of the residence suffered heat and smoke damage.

Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Department of Transportation for assistance on the roadway in front of the residence. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

 

Washington Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

January 22, 2010

Davenport, IA- On January 21, 2010, Donavan Scott Wyse, 40, formerly of Washington, IA, was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment for one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Marijuana, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered that Wyse will serve a term of 8 years supervised release following his incarceration and pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

On October 20, 2008, officers found Wyse sleeping in his vehicle with the engine running and a methamphetamine pipe in his hand. In the vehicle officers also found over one hundred freshly harvested marijuana plants and numerous packages of methamphetamine.

This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Washington Police Department, Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Riverside Woman Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

January 22, 2010


Davenport, IA- On January 21, 2010, Ann Marie Crim, 60, of Riverside, IA, was sentenced to 65 months imprisonment for one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered that Crim will serve a term of 3 years supervised release following her incarceration and pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

On August 28, 2008, officers executed a search warrant at Crim’s residence where they found numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the basement. Officers also recovered a handwritten journal written by Crim which detailed methamphetamine cooks, specific recipes, and the outcome of methamphetamine cooks during the years 2002-2007. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force, and the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force.


Middletown Man Sentenced on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

January 22, 2010


Davenport, IA- On January 22, 2010, Blaine Adam Dial, 22, of Middletown, IA, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to knowingly manufacture and distribute at least 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Dial was also sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, with that sentence to be served consecutively, for a total imprisonment of 180 months. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey ordered that Dial serve a term of 5 years supervised release following his incarceration and pay an assessment of $200 to Crime Victims Fund. In addition, the Court ordered Dial to pay $4969.00 in restitution to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to reimburse them for clean-up expenses related to the offense and $16, 553.34 to the Iowa Municipalities Workers compensation Association for expenses related to the medical treatment of a Louisa County Deputy Sheriff who was injured during the investigation.

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop of a vehicle that was found to contain various items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle was Blaine Adam Dial. Crystal Jade Schnedler was a passenger in the vehicle. Another passenger, Jason Dean Atkinson, was in possession of a Bohmische Waffenfabrik (German made) .32 caliber handgun. A Remington 870 Magnum Express 12 gauge shotgun was found in the trunk. During the search of the vehicle a Louisa County Deputy Sheriff was exposed to chemicals related to methamphetamine manufacturing. That exposure resulted in ongoing health problems for the deputy.

This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force and theWashington County Sheriff’s Office

 

WASHINGTON IOWA MAN SENTENCED ON
CRACK COCAINE CHARGES

January 20, 2010

Media Release from U.S. Department of Justice
Mike Bladel, Law Enforcement Coordinator


DAVENPORT, Iowa- On January 15, 2010, Darnell Oneal Gist, age 33, of Washington, Iowa was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 78 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute at least five grams of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Additionally, Gist was ordered to serve four years of supervised release and ordered to pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victims Fund. There is no parole in the federal system.

Gist admitted that beginning in November 2007 and continuing until February 10, 2009, he entered into an agreement to distribute at least five grams of crack cocaine. Gist admitted that as part of this conspiracy he distributed quantities of crack cocaine. Gist admitted that on February 10, 2009, he provided money to co-defendant Johnny Shaw for the purpose of traveling to and purchasing crack cocaine from Chicago. Coming back from Chicago, Shaw was stopped for a traffic violation and found to be in possession of approximately 18 grams of crack cocaine.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Johnson County Drug Task Force, the Iowa City Police Department, the Coralville Police Department, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

 

WASHINGTON IOWA MAN SENTENCED ON
METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES

January 20, 2010

Media Release from U.S. Department of Justice
Mike Bladel, Law Enforcement Coordinator


DAVENPORT, Iowa- On January 15, 2010, Mark Louis Young, age 43, of Washington, Iowa was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 135 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and a concurrent 120 months imprisonment for endangering human life while manufacturing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. After his release from prison, Young was ordered to serve five years of supervised release on the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charge and a concurrent three years of supervised release on the endangering human life charge. Young was ordered to pay $100 per count to the Crime Victims Fund. Young was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,253.16 for clandestine lab cleanup costs. There is no parole in the federal system.

As part of an investigation, on November 28, 2008, law enforcement agents performed a search of two locations in Washington, Iowa. Law enforcement agents seized numerous items consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine at both locations. One of these locations was Young’s residence, where he lived along with his wife and two minor children. After being advised of his rights, Young gave a statement to law enforcement admitting manufacturing methamphetamine at both locations since the fall of 2007. Specifically, Young admitted cooking methamphetamine at his residence and creating a substantial risk to the life of others residing there. Agents seized a total of approximately 1111 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Washington/Louisa County Drug Task Force, the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson County Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa State Patrol.

 

Washington Man Sentenced on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

January 19, 2010

Media Release from U.S. Department of Justice
Mike Bladel, Law Enforcement Coordinator


Davenport, IA- On January 15, 2010, James Alan Mason, 46, of Washington, IA, was sentenced to 75 months imprisonment for one count of Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition and 75 months imprisonment for one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, with those sentences to run concurrently, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered that Mason will serve a term of 4 years supervised release following his incarceration and pay $200 to the Crime Victims Fund. There is no parole in the federal system.

On November 24, 2008, officers executed a search warrant at the Mason residence. There, they discovered a marijuana grow operation, numerous firearms and a large cache of ammunition. The weapons included a .22 caliber Favorite Model 1915 rifle, a Remington Arms, Model 41P, .22 caliber rifle, a J. Stevens Arms Company .410 gauge shotgun, and a Springfield, Model 15, .22 caliber rifle.

Mason’s criminal history includes a December 27, 1994, Henry County conviction for the felony drug offense of Prohibited Acts, for which he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force and the Washington/Louisa Drug Task Force.

 

Twenty Years of Service

January 13, 2010

Sandy Lovetinsky

Washington County Communications 911 Telecommunicator Sandy Lovetinsky was recognized on Wednesday January 13th, 2010 from 8 AM – 4 PM for twenty years of employment. Personnel from the Communications Center, local Law Enforcement, Washington County Ambulance, the Washington County Courthouse, the Communications Commission, local Governments, friends and family stopped by the Communications Center for refreshments. Sandy was hired in the  Communications Center on January 2nd, 1990 and has been on duty during many serious incidents that have impacted Washington County including the tornado of 1998. We applaud her for her dedication and professionalism.  

 

Subject Charged With Second Degree Murder

January 11, 2010

James Blum

James Dean Blum, 70, of Washington, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.  On January 11, 2010, the Washington County Communications Center received a 911 call from Blum stating that he had possibly killed his wife.  Washington City Police  officers responded, along with the Washington County Ambulance.  

Patricia Blum was found unresponsive, and was transported to the Washington County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  According to the complaint and affidavit filed in the case, Blum was interviewed by the police and admitted that he meant to kill his wife.  Blum is being held in the Washington County jail, awaiting his initial appearance in magistrate's court.  An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner's office.

***A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the person charged is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

 

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