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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 18, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014:   7200 Block NW 26th St.
    4500 Block NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
 Sunday, October 19, 2014:    4500 Block NW 6th Dr.
     3100 Block NE 46th Avenue
     
 Monday, October 20, 2014:    5000 Block Delaware Ave
     4300 Block Morningstar Dr.
     
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014:   300 Block Brown Street (Runnells) 
    4700 Block NE 3rd Street
     
 Wednesday, October 22, 2014:   5500 Block NE Oakhill Drive 
    4400 Block Delaware Avenue
     
 Thursday, October 23, 2014:   4200 NE 94th Avenue 
    8000 Block NW 37th Street
     
 Friday, October 24, 2014:   3100 Block NE 46th Avenue 
    6200 Block NE Delaware Avenue

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 4, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, October 4th, 2014:   5000 NE Delaware Street
    4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, October 5th, 2014:   900 Block NE 46th Avenue
    1500 Block NE 66th Avenue
     
Monday, October 6th, 2014:   1300 Block NW 66th Avenue
    4500 Block NW 6th Drive
     
Tuesday, October 7, 2014:   3100 Block NE 46th Avenue
    6500 Block NE 41st Avenue
     
 Wednesday, October 8, 2014:   5800 NE 27th Avenue 
    4400 Block Delaware Street
     
 Thursday, October 9, 2014:   7100 Block NW 6th Dr. 
    1600 Block NE 70th Avenue
     
 Friday, October 10, 2014:   9100 Block NE 46th Avenue 
    300 Block NW 66th Avenue

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014:   5000 NE Delaware Street
    4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, September 28th, 2014:   NO DEPLOYMENT
    NO DEPLOYMENT
     
Monday, September 29th, 2014:   4500 NW 6th Drive
    800 NE 50th Avenue
     
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014:   4800 NW Beaver Drive
    500 NE 70th Avenue
     
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014:   900 S Boone Street (Sheldahl)
    5600 NE 6th Street
     
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014:   5500 NE Oakhill Drive
    4200 NE 94th Avenue
     
Friday, October 3rd, 2014:   1500 NE 66th Avenue
    1300 NW 66th Avenue

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

 

 

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, September 20th, 2014:   NO DEPLOYMENT
    NO DEPLOYMENT
     
Sunday, September 21st, 2014:   NW 66th Avenue/NW 2nd
    900 NE 46th Avenue
     
Monday, September 22nd, 2014:   7100 NW 6th Drive
    2200 NE 80th Street
     
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014:   1600 SE 68th Street
    3100 NE 46th Avenue
     
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014:   10400 SE 32nd Avenue
    4700 NE 29th Street
     
Thursday, September 25th, 2014:   1500 NE 51st Avenue
    4800 NE 27th Avenue
     
Friday, September 26th, 2014:   8000 NW 37th Street
    7200 NW 26th Street

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, September 13th, 2014:   5000 NE Delaware Street
    1500 NE 66th Avenue
     
Sunday, September 14th, 2014:   500 NE 70th Avenue
    3100 NE 46th Avenue
     
Monday, September 15th, 2014:   1500 NE 51st Avenue
    3200 NE 62nd Avenue
     
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014:   6500 NE 41st Avenue
    1500 NE 64th Street
     
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014:   4800 NW Beaver Drive
    1300 NW 66th Avenue
     
Thursday, September 18th, 2014:   600 NE 142nd Avenue
    1500 NE 118th Avenue
     
Friday, September 19th, 2014:   300 W Walnut Street (Elkhart)
    900 NE 46th Avenue

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES- WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, September 6th, 2014:   7200 NW 26th Street
    1600 NE 70th Avenue
     
Sunday, September 7th, 2014:   500 NE 70th Avenue
    3100 NE 46th Avenue
     
Monday, September 8th, 2014:   11500 NW 121st Street
    3000 NE Aurora Avenue
     
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014:   5600 NE 6th Street
    1500 NE 64th Street
     
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014:   7100 SE Vandalia Rd.
    4500 NW 6th Drive
     
Thursday, September 11th, 2014:   4800 NW Beaver Drive
    4400 NE Delaware Street
     
Friday, September 12th, 2014:   1000 NE 54th Avenue
    1500 NE 66th Avenue

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 30, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS* 

 

Saturday, August 30th, 2014:   4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
    7000 NE 70th Avenue
     
 Sunday, August 31st, 2014:    NW 66th Avenue / NW 2nd
     900 NE 46th Avenue
     
 Monday, September 1, 2014:   1300 NW 66th Avenue 
    5000 NE Delaware Street
     
 Tuesday, September 2, 2014:   5600 NE 6th Avenue 
    5800 NE 27th Avenue
     
 Wednesday, September 3, 2014:    5500 NE Oakhill Drive
     5600 NE Berwick Drive
     
 Thursday, September 4, 2014:   9000 NE 94th Avenue 
    11100 NE 134th Avenue
     
 Friday, September 5, 2014:   4200 NE 94th Avenue 
    800 NE 50th Avenue

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014:    1300 NW 66th Avenue 
    5000 NE Delaware Street
     
 Sunday, August 24th, 2014:   NOT DEPLOYED
    NOT DEPLOYED
     
 Monday, August 25th, 2014:   13800 NE 6th Street 
    5600 NE 6th Street
     
 Tuesday, August 26th, 2014:   2200 NE 80th Street 
    1500 NE 64th Avenue
     
 Wednesday, August 27th, 2014:   200 NE 134th Avenue 
    4800 NW Beaver Drive
     
 Thursday, August 28th, 2014:   11000 NW 107th Street
    1500 NE 118th Avenue
     
 Friday, August 29th, 2014:   500 NE 80th Street 
    500 NE 64th Street
     

 *Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY - AUGUST 8, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT AUGUST 8 IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY

 

     Law enforcement will increase their presence in eastern Polk County the evening of August 8, 2014, for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB).

 

     Officers involved will be focusing on impaired drivers. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead; if alcohol may be served during an event, choose a reliable designated driver who will refrain from consuming alcohol. In an effort to promote safety on Iowa’s roads, law enforcement involved in all CITSTF and GTSB projects will enforce all traffic laws. Drivers are reminded to plan ahead, obey traffic laws, and drive safely.

 

 

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PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST FOR FELONY WARRANTS - AUGUST 6, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST FOR FELONY WARRANTS, AS WELL AS OTHER CHARGES

 

Larry Gowin was arrested tonight and charged with Attempted Murder, Felony Eluding, and three felony warrants, (for Escape from Work Release Center, Escape, and Sex Offender Registration Violation.)

At 5:26 p.m. at E. 14th Street and Douglas a Polk County Deputy activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the Chevrolet Venture that Gowin was driving, due to the warrants.  Gowin attempted to elude the deputy, making numerous turns and circling several city blocks in the area between E. 14th Street and NW 2nd near Euclid.  The pursuit ended about 6 minutes later at NW 2nd and Seneca when Gowin ran a stop sign causing the Venture to be struck by another vehicle, (no injuries were reported.)

As much as law enforcement agencies try to avoid pursuits, this subject was deemed too dangerous to let him go free.  With three felony warrants, plus the eluding charge tonight, Gowin needed to be apprehended as soon as possible.  After the Venture was struck, it spun around and stopped which is when Gowin directed the van toward the deputy's vehicle and rammed it head-on.  Both the deputy and Gowin sustained minor injuries.  Gowin was taken to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire/Rescue.  He was released a short time later and taken to the Polk County Jail on the charges listed above.  The Deputy was treated at the scene.

Gowin is a 64-year-old Des Moines resident.

 

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NEW DRUG DROP OFF BOXES ACROSS POLK COUNTY - JUNE 24, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NEW DRUG DROP OFF BOXES ACROSS POLK COUNTY

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with local city Governments are offering residents a new way to help dispose of unwanted prescription medications that could otherwise end up in the wrong hands or in local landfills, or being flushed down toilets.

Prescription drug drop offs give people an easy way to keep drugs out of the hands of those that should not have them. It is more secure than disposing of them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. These methods raise concerns because people who are desperate enough can go through people’s garbage for drugs, and flushing drugs down the toilet can contaminate the water supply.

The City of Bondurant will have a new drop off box placed in the Bondurant City Hall lobby starting on June 24, 2014. 

The City of Grimes will also have a new drop off box placed in the Grimes City Hall lobby starting on June 24, 2014. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will offer a centralized location at our Field Headquarters lobby at 6023 NE 14th Street in Des Moines, with a new drop off box as well. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will ensure that all accepted items will be properly disposed of.  

Items that are acceptable are prescription medications in the form of pills, tablets, ointments, creams, powders, inhalers, nebulizer solutions, liquid medications, vitamins and supplements, and pet medications. All items must be placed into a sealed zip up baggie prior to dropping them into the containers.

Items that are unacceptable for drop off are sharp objects, syringes with needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, aerosol cans, Hydrogen Peroxide or Rubbing Alcohol.

The service will be available at all locations weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions in making the drop boxes possible- The U.S. Postal Service, ACME Signs, and Ted’s Body Shop.  

    Drug Drop Box Pictures                     Drug Drop Box Pict 2Drug Drop Box Pict3

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NO VISITATION AT THE POLK COUNTY JAIL ON MAY 26TH 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NO VISITATION AT THE POLK COUNTY JAIL

 ON MAY 26TH, 2014

 

            In honor of Memorial Day, The Polk County Jail will not have any lobby visitation on Monday May 26th, 2014.  Remote visits are still available thru www.iwebvisit.com. Visitation will return to a normal schedule on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014.

In addition, all Administrative Offices for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Monday May 26th, 2014.       

   

    

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FATAL SHOOTING IN GRIMES - MAY 8, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

 

FATAL SHOOTING IN GRIMES

 

On Thursday May 8th, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a person had been shot at 409 SE Jacob Street in Grimes, Iowa.

 Polk County deputies arrived on scene along with Grimes Fire and Rescue where they found an adult male who had been shot and fatally wounded inside the home.  Polk County Sheriff’s detectives along with the Department of Criminal Investigations responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation at this time.

 This appears to be an isolated incident and does not appear to a random act.  We do not believe that the public is in any danger at this time.

 Witnesses were transported from the scene to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for interviews.

 There are no known suspects at this time.

 The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the family.

 Further information will be released when it becomes available.

 UPDATE- May 8, 2014- 21:15 *

 

The victim has been identified as 30 year old – Justin Clay Michael of Grimes.

 With the cooperation of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Criminal Investigations, our investigation led us to the arrest of 26 year old David Joseph Moffitt of Pleasant Hill.  Moffitt was charged with one count of First Degree Murder and is being held at the Polk County Jail at this time.  

 The Michael family does not wish to speak to the media, please respect their privacy in this difficult time. 

  Please note that a criminal charge is an accusation and that a defendant is not guilty until determined by a court of law.

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FRAUD CASE DEMANDING PAYMENT USING SHERIFF'S OFFICE NAME - MAY 5, 2014

Monday, May 05, 2014

FRAUD CASE DEMANDING PAYMENT USING SHERIFF'S OFFICE NAME

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was made aware once again of a fraudulent phone scam demanding payment that was due to pay fines that were incurred for not showing up for jury duty. Phone calls have been received by victims around the metro area.  The caller stated that they have sent out numerous certified letters for them to report to jury duty. Their failure to do so has incurred a substantial fine. They are instructed to get that fine in cash, or on a pre-paid card and then call them back at numbers that appear to be local numbers and when called give the appearance to be that of local law enforcement recorded messages. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office does not operate in this manner and would not demand money payment by phone for fines incurred.  If you ever doubt the validity of any claims for payment- ask the caller for his/her name and phone number and call your local law enforcement agency to verify any claims.  Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating these incidents and will continue to follow up on these incidents.

      Similar requests claiming to be made by representatives of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are indeed false and should be reported to local law enforcement.  This type of activity is a crime and will be investigated and taken very seriously.

 

 

 

    

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GRIMES BICYCLE SAFETY DAY - MAY 17TH, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GRIMES BICYCLE SAFETY DAY

 

On Saturday May 17th, 2014, The Grimes Public Library and The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Bicycle Safety Day at the Grimes Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  The Bicycle Safety day is for all ages and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Please bring your bike and helmets and meet in the Library parking lot. 

 

You will have an opportunity to have your bike and helmet safety inspected, you will learn safe riding tips, complete a bicycle obstacle course, meet DAREN the D.A.R.E. Lion, see the Polk County Sheriff’s Office ATV mule, meet Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and so much more..

 

Contact the Grimes Public Library with any questions- www.grimes.lib.ia.us  (515) 986-3551

 

 

 

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VISITING HOURS TO CHANGE AT POLK COUNTY JAIL EFFECTIVE MARCH 2, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

             VISITING HOURS TO CHANGE AT POLK COUNTY JAIL

 

Effective March 2nd, 2014, the visiting hours at the Polk County Jail will make the following changes:

 

                              Monday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                              Tuesday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                              Wednesday: No On-Site Public Visitation

                              Thursday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                               Friday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                               Saturday: 8:30-10:30

                               Sunday: 12:30-3:00

 

 **Remote visits through www.iwebvisit.com are available daily

(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ; 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

 

 

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313

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