EPD Arrests

DISTURBANCE RESULTS IN ARREST

THREATENING TEXT RESULTS IN CHARGES

On September 21, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Estherville Police were called to Avera Holy Family Hospital regarding a patient who was causing a disturbance in the Emergency Room. The male eventually calmed down and Police left. At approximately 10:00 p.m. Police were called back to the hospital regarding the same male causing a disturbance again outside of the Hospital. The male left the area when Police arrived.A few minutes later Estherville Police were called the 800 block of North 7th Street regarding a male who was yelling and screaming. The male was identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Jon Polzin. Polzin was eventually taken into custody. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Assault on a Peace Officer, Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication. Polzin was transported to the Emmet County Jail.Polzin appeared in front of a Magistrate and was released on a $1000 unsecured bond.All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

On September 27, 2018 at approximately 5:50 p.m. Estherville Police met with a citizen who stated that he received a threatening text message. Estherville Police determined that the text was threatening death to others as well as himself with firearms. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the individual responsible for sending the text message was Jeremy Jon Polzin age 40, of Estherville.Estherville Police located Polzin a short time later and he taken into custody without incident. Polzin was charged with Threats of Terrorism a Class “D” Felony. He was transported to the Emmet County Jail. Polzin appeared in front of a Magistrate and is being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

ASSAULT RESULTS IN ARREST

On September 25, 2018 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Estherville Police were dispatched to 720 18th Avenue North regarding an assault in progress. Upon arrival, Estherville Police met with the male and female victims who advised that the male family member involved in the incident had just exited the rear of their house.During the investigation, it was determined that the victims had both been assaulted by a family member. A short time later, Estherville Police located 38-year-old John Michael Berry of Estherville. Berry was taken into custody without incident. Berry was charged with 2 counts of Domestic Abuse Assault 3rd, Obstruction of Emergency Communications, Criminal Mischief 3rd, and Public Intoxication.Berry was transported to the Emmet County Jail and appeared in front of a Magistrate. He is being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law 

NOISE COMPLAINT RESULTS IN ARREST

On September 9, 2018 at 2:17 a.m. Estherville Police were called to the 700 block of North 6th Street regarding a noise complaint. Estherville Police determined that there was a loud party at 708 North 6th Street. Upon contacting the occupants of the residence, Officers could smell the odor of Marijuana coming from inside the residence. Based upon their observations, Officers were able to obtain and execute a Search Warrant on 708 North 6th Street.Upon completion of the investigation, Estherville Police arrested 24-year-old Crystal Rodriguez for Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana, Gatherings where Controlled Substances are Used, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rodriguez was transported to the Emmet County Jail where she appeared in front of a Magistrate and was released on a $1500 unsecure bond. Estherville Police also cited and released 26-year-old Ramiro Alvarado for Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN FELONY DRUG CHARGES

On August 17, 2018 as the result of an ongoing drug investigation, Estherville Police executed a search warrant at 426 South 9th Street in Estherville. Upon completion of the investigation, Estherville Police obtained Arrest Warrants for 23-year-old Curtis Klingbeil of Estherville.On September 7, 2018, Estherville Police arrested Curtis Klingbeil on the outstanding Emmet County Arrest Warrants. Klingbeil was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Prescription Pills, Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Marijuana, Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.Klingbeil was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he posted a $5500 cash bond and was released.All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

INVESTIGATION OF DISTURBANCE RESULTS IN ASSAULT CHARGES

On September 9, 2018 at approximately 6:50 p.m. Estherville Police were dispatched to 204 South 13th street regarding a disturbance. Police were advised that a male was involved in an argument with female. Upon completion of the investigation, Estherville Police arrested 39-year-old Alex Williams for Assault. Williams was also charged with Violation of a Protective Order due the fact there was a female present during the incident who was the protected party in another case. During the arrest process, Williams assaulted an Officer. Williams was additionally charged with 1 count of Assault on a Peace Officer. The Officer was injured, however was not required to seek medical treatment.Williams was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he appeared in front of a Magistrate. Williams is currently being held on a $3,000 cash only bond. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are expected.All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

SEX ASSAULT ARREST LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES


On May 24, 2018 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Estherville Police were dispatched to the area of south 10th street and 7th avenue south to meet with a female victim of an alleged assault. Upon arrival Estherville Police met with a female victim who reported that a male had attempted to sexually assault her while she was in a bedroom at 908 7th Avenue South.

Upon further investigation, Estherville Police arrested 43-year-old Wade Mitchell of Estherville. Mitchell was charged with Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 3rd , and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Mitchell was placed in the Emmet County Jail and was seen by a Magistrate. Mitchell was being held on a $3000 cash or surety bond and posted bond  

TRAFFIC STOP NETS STOLEN VEHICLE AND METHAMPHETAMINE 

On Friday May 20, 2016 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Estherville Police stopped a motorcycle in the 200 block of North 18th Street for a traffic infraction. Police met with the driver of the motorcycle who was identified as 53 year old, John Tatman of Graettinger. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Webster City, Iowa. Police placed Tatman under arrest for theft. As a result of the arrest, Police also located approximately 8.7 grams of methamphetamine on Tatman’s person. Tatman was transported to the Emmet County Jail and was charged with Theft 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Lighting Device Color and Mounting, No Insurance, Operation without Registration, Improper registration, and Defective Tires. Tatman appeared in front of a Magistrate later that day and his bond was set at $15,000 Cash or Surety. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


MARIJUANA COMPLAINT

On May 17, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. Estherville Police received an anonymous complaint of several individuals smoking Marijuana at 920 Central Avenue. Estherville Police went to 920 Central Avenue and determined that Marijuana was being used at apartment # 3. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence. The search warrant was executed and K-9 Max was deployed. During the search Police located a small amount of Marijuana as well as miscellaneous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

As a result of the investigation, Police arrested 24 year old Eduardo Gomez Andrade and 24 year old Fulberto Rodriguez Andrade. Gomez Andrade was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rodriguez Andrade was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both men appeared in front of a Magistrate. Eduardo Gomez Andrade was released on a $2000 unsecured bond and Fulberto Rodriguez Andrade pled guilty was fined $195.00. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


ASSAULT LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

On April 28. 2016 at 10:02 a.m. Estherville Police received a complaint in regard to an assault that had occurred at a residence in Estherville. As part of the investigation, Police were able obtain permission to search 1227 N 9 th Street. During the search Police deployed K-9 Max and located approximately 4 ounces of Marijuana as well as Paraphernalia.

Following the investigation, Police arrested 18 year old Brady Kompelien of Estherville. Kompelien was transported to the Emmet County Jail. He was charged with Assault a Simple Misdemeanor, Delivery of Controlled Substance Marijuana a Class D Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor. The Defendant appeared before a Magistrate and was released on a $5000 cash or surety bond.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

MALE LEADS OFFICERS ON PURSUIT

On Friday April 22, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. an Estherville Police Officer observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in the 200 block of North 6th Street. By the time the Officer located the vehicle, it was in the Avera Holy Family Hospital Parking lot. The Officer told the driver of the vehicle to stop, the driver failed to, and fled the area. Estherville Police pursued the vehicle through the streets on the north east side of the city. During the pursuit, the driver of the fleeing car struck 2 parked vehicles while fleeing from the police. One vehicle was parked in the 900 block of 13th Avenue North and the other was in the 1300 block of North 12th Street. The pursuit continued out into the County and reached speeds of over 100 MPH and eventually ended on Highway 4 south of Estherville.

At that time, Estherville Police arrested 19 year old Tanner Meysenburg of Spencer. Meysenburg was charged with Eluding a law enforcement vehicle a Class D Felony, OWI 1st Offense a Serious Misdemeanor, Driving While Under Suspension a Serious Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Control, and 7 charges of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign all Simple Misdemeanors.

Meysenburg was transported to the Emmet County Jail. Meysenburg was seen by a Magistrate and remains in Jail on a $5000.00 cash bond. The Estherville Police were assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

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

BURGLARY ARREST

On April 6, 2016 Estherville Police were called to Subway to investigate a burglary that had occurred. Police discovered that the restaurants back door had been pried open. The perpetrators entered the store and took over $1200 cash before leaving.

Upon further investigation, Police were able to obtain a search warrant for 708 ½ 5th Ave South in Estherville. Upon execution of the search warrant, Estherville Police discovered over 6 grams of Methamphetamine as well as cash.

As a result of the search warrant and the ongoing investigation, Police arrested 31 year old Bruce Flaugh of Estherville. Flaugh was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug. Estherville Police also arrested 22 year old Sierrah Rivera of Estherville. Rivera was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

MARIJUANA COMPLAINT LEADS TO ARREST

On March 21, 2016 at 9:42 P.M. the Estherville Police were dispatched to 300 South 18th Street # 209 in regard to a complaint of Marijuana use. Upon arrival, Estherville Police made contact with the occupants of # 209 and it was discovered that there was illegal drug activity occurring in the room. Estherville Police secured the apartment and made application for a search warrant. While Police wer e obtaining a search warrant, a scuffle ensued between an Officer and an occupant of the room while he was attempting to flush suspected Marijuana. A short time later, Estherville Police returned with a search warrant which was executed on room # 209. Police located several items of drug paraphernalia as well as suspected Marijuana.

As a result of the investigation, Estherville Police arrested 21 year old Darren Rodriguez of New York, New York. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana 1st offense a Serious Misdemeanor, Interference with Official Acts a Serious Misdemeanor, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor. Rodriguez was taken to the Emmet County Jail. Rodriguez appeared in front of a Magistrate and was released on a $2000 unsecured bond.

Estherville Police were assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


HIT AND RUN OWI ARREST

On March 10, 2016 at approximately 12:50 P.M. the Estherville Police were notified of a hit and run accident that had occurred at West 1st and Central Avenue. The reporting party stated his vehicle had been struck from behind by another vehicle while stopped for a traffic light at that location. The striking vehicle continued from the scene and the caller was able to follow it and contact an Emmet  County Dispatcher who in turn was able to direct Estherville Police to the striking vehicle’s location on West Central Avenue.

Upon making contact with the driver, he identified himself as Santos Hinojosa, age 38 of Estherville. Upon investigation, Estherville Police determined that Hinojosa was impaired and was placed under arrest for OWI 1st offense. He was transported to the Emmet County Law Center. While at the Law Center, it was determined that the male who initially identified himself as Santos Hinojosa was actually Rosalio Martin Lopez, age 24 of Estherville. Lopez was also charged with Forgery a class D Felony, Child Endangerment an Aggravated Misdemeanor, No Drivers License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and No Insurance which are Simple Misdemeanors and Operating While Intoxicated a Serious Misdemeanor.

The Estherville Police Department was assisted in the identity part of the investigation by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department Jail Division. 

Lopez is being held in the Emmet County Jail on an ICE hold at this time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 4:03 A.M. Estherville Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on West Central Avenue. Upon making contact with the driver, Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was in possession of a small amount of Marijuana and a Marijuana Pipe.

The driver was identified as 35 year old Dustin Moffett. Moffett was placed under arrest and was transported to the Emmet County Jail. Moffett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Moffett appeared in front of a Magistrate and was released on a $1500 unsecured bond. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


ESTHERVILLE BUSINESSES REPORT ATTEMPTED SCAMS


CHIEF OF POLICE | BRENT SHATTO | 114 North 6th St | Estherville, IA 51334 | (712) 362-3515 
Date: January 7, 2016 Contact Information: Captain Paul Budach Ref: News Release 712-362-3515 


On January 6th, 2015 during the evening hours, Estherville Police took reports from several business owners about an attempted scam. 


Estherville Police were advised that an individual had called several businesses in Estherville advising them that their utility bills were overdue. The caller advised them that their utilities needed to be paid immediately or their services would be cut off. The caller was then attempting at that time to obtain credit card information for payment of services. None of the businesses complied with the requests. The incident remains under investigation at this time. 


Estherville Police remind citizens that if they are contacted by anyone who asks for payment in regard to utilities or city services to contact Estherville Police at 362-3515 and never give your personal information to someone over the phone that you have not contacted. 


The police department has also taken reports over the last couple of days of door to door salesman attempting to give products away and others that are selling insurance. The recommendation from the police department is that you make you purchases from businesses and individuals that you know. The City of Estherville requires a door to door sales permit for vendors to have the ability to sell products in our town. If a salesman comes to your door, it is ok to ask them if they have a permit before doing business with them.



Link to previous Estherville Police blotter entries (through 12/31/2015)

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