EPD Arrests

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 were 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)

(link to previous Police Blotter - through 12/31/2015)