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en DEPUTY SHERIFF APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 7, 2017 (1) Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:42:06 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/deputy-sheriff-applications-now-being-accepted-through-april-7-2017-1/

Deputy Sheriff Applications Now Being Accepted Through April 7, 2017

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff through April 7, 2017.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, you may apply online at

http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/hr/job-opportunities/.

You may also pick up the application at:

Polk County Sheriff's Office/Administration Division Attn: Jaibre Spargur 2309 Euclid Ave. Des Moines, IA 50310

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  April 7, 2017 @3:00 p.m.

SALARY RANGE: $43,560.00 - $62,007.00 Annually

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2017 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:39:04 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-february-18-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of February 18th through February 24th, 2017

 

Saturday February 18th, 2017

  4200 NW 94th Ave

  4800 NE 3rd St

 

Sunday February 19th, 2017

  3600 NE 46th Ave

  7300 NW 6th Dr.

 

Monday February 20th, 2017

  14900 NE White Oak Dr.

  3200 NE 62nd Ave

 

Tuesday February 21st, 2017

  5600 NW 3rd Ct

  500 NE 80 St

 

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017

  1000 NE 54th Ave

  1500 NE 134th Ave

 

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

  1600 NW 70th Ave

  9000 NE 94th Ave

 

Friday February 24th, 2017

  4400 Delaware Ave

  3800 NE 64th St

  

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

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SINGLE-VEHICLE ROLLOVER FATALITY - FEBRUARY 13, 2017 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:53:41 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/single-vehicle-rollover-fatality-february-13-2017/ Single-Vehicle Rollover Fatality 

 

At approximately 8:30 this morning (February 13, 2017), Polk County Deputies were dispatched to the 100 Block of NE 108th St. on a single-vehicle rollover accident. When Deputies arrived, there was a white Ford pickup with a trailer attached in the south bound ditch on it’s top. Rescue crews began life-saving efforts, but the driver of the pickup died on scene. 

The name of the victim in this event is being withheld pending family notifications. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. 

Runnells Fire, Pleasant Hill Fire, and Life Flight assisted in this event.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2017 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:05:04 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-february-11-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of February 11 through February 17, 2017

 

 Saturday Feb. 11, 2017

  800 NE 50th Ave

  2300 NE 46th Ave

 

Sunday Feb. 12, 2017

  5000 NE 22nd St

  8000 NW 37th St

 

Monday Feb. 13, 2017

  6500 NE 41st Ave

  5600 NE Berwick Dr

 

Tuesday Feb. 14, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

  5700 NW 126th Ave

 

Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  2400 NE Oakhill Dr

 

Thursday Feb. 16, 2017

  300 W Walnut St (Elkhart)

  900 NE 46th Ave

 

Friday Feb. 17, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr

  7100 SE Vandalia Dr

 

 

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

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT - FEBRUARY 10, 2017 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:44 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-february-10-2017/ Traffic Enforcement Project February 10, 2017 

February 9, 2017

POLK COUNTY, Iowa 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers from many Central Iowa jurisdictions will be increasing their presence on Interstate 235 on the morning of Friday, February 10, 2017, for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB).  Officers will be enforcing all traffic laws; however, the main focus will be on speeding drivers and seatbelt usage. 

It is important to remember that using your seatbelt and obeying the posted speed limit, along with driving in accordance to the road and weather conditions, will save lives. Arriving safe to your destination is the ultimate goal of this traffic enforcement event.   

We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely!

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PURSUIT ENDS IN SUBJECT'S ARREST - FEBRUARY 7, 2017 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:41:15 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/pursuit-ends-in-subjects-arrest-february-7-2017/ PURSUIT ENDS IN SUBJECT'S ARREST 

            On Tuesday February 7th at approximately 10:40 p.m., Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a suspicious silver Dodge Stratus vehicle with no license plates at NE 14th street and I-80.  The driver of the Stratus refused to stop and continued onto the westbound ramp of I-80 and onto I-80 westbound.  

As Deputies pursued the vehicle, they observed the driver of the vehicle throw several small baggies out onto the roadway and continue to drive westbound on I-80. 

Several agencies assisted in the pursuit, including Johnston Police Department, Urbandale Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and The Des Moines Police Department. 

The driver of the Stratus continued westbound on I-80 then southbound on I-80/35 until exiting onto eastbound I-235 towards Des Moines.  The driver continued eastbound on I-235 until exiting at E.14th Street.  The suspect went northbound in the southbound lanes of E. 14th until eventually crossing back over to the northbound lanes at E. University.  The suspect then went eastbound on Euclid Ave.  approaching speeds of 90 mph on Euclid Ave. 

The suspect then got on I-235 westbound from Euclid and immediately exited at Guthrie Ave.  As the suspect turned westbound on Guthrie, an Iowa State Patrol vehicle was able to utilize the “Pit Maneuver” to stop the vehicle and bring the car to a stop.  

At this time, officers from The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol were able to take the suspect, later identified as Jacob Harbold of Des Moines, into custody.  

Harbold was charged with Felony Eluding, Operating while Intoxicated- 2nd Offense, Driving while Suspended, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and three outstanding warrants for Probation Violations.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4, 2017 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:06:50 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-february-4-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of February 4th through February 10th, 2017

 

 Saturday, February 4th, 2017

  4200 NW 94th Ave

  1000 NE 54th Ave

 

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

  7300 NW 4th St

  6800 NW Toni Drive

 

Monday, February 6th, 2017

  3700 NE 80th St

  5400 NW Lower Beaver Rd

 

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

  1600 NW 70th Ave

  4200 NE 94th Ave

 

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

  3800 NE 64th St

 

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

  1300 NW 66th Ave

  200 NW 118th Ave

 

Friday, Febraury 10th, 2017

  500 NE 70th Ave

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

 

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

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT - WEEK OF JANUARY 28, 2017 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:59:26 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-week-of-january-28-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of January 28th to February 4th, 2017

 

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

  5000 NW 22nd St

  200 NW 72nd Pl

 

Monday, January 30th, 2017

  1600 NE 70th Ave

  9700 NE 80th St

 

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

  800 NE 50th Ave

  7000 NE 56th St

 

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  8000 NW 37th St

 

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

  9000 SE 32nd Ave

  4000 NE 46th St

 

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

  5700 NW 126th Ave

  800 NE 44th Ave

 

 

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

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT JANUARY 27, 2017 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:49:52 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-january-27-2017/ Traffic Enforcement Project January 27th, 2017 

January 25th, 2017

POLK COUNTY, Iowa 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers from many Central Iowa jurisdictions will be increasing their presence in/around the eastern portion of Polk County on the morning of Friday, January 27th, 2017, for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB).  Officers will be enforcing all traffic laws; however the main focus will be on speeding drivers and seatbelt usage. 

It is important to remember that using your seatbelt and obeying the posted speed limit, along with driving in accordance to the road and weather conditions, will save lives. Arriving safe to your destination is the ultimate goal of this traffic enforcement event.    

We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely!

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UPDATE: KAYAKER RECOVERED FROM THE DES MOINES RIVER IDENTIFIED - JANUARY 23, 2017 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:56:27 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-kayaker-recovered-from-the-des-moines-river-identified-january-23-2017/ UPDATE: KAYAKER RECOVERED FROM THE DES MOINES RIVER IDENTIFIED

 

January 23rd, 2017

Polk County, Iowa

 

The body of a kayaker recovered from the Des Moines River near Sycamore Access has been identified as 70 year old Gary Kingham of Ogden, Iowa. 

The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy on Mr. Kingham today and determined that the cause of death is consistent with fresh water drowning.

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BODY OF A KAYAKER RECOVERED FROM THE DES MOINES RIVER - JANUARY 22, 2017 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:54:12 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/body-of-a-kayaker-recovered-from-the-des-moines-river-january-22-2017/

BODY OF A KAYAKER RECOVERED FROM THE DES MOINES RIVER 

 

January 22nd, 2017

Polk County, Iowa

 

On Sunday, January 22nd, just before 5:30 p.m. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Sycamore Access boat ramp located near NW 26th Street and NW 66th Avenue on a report of an unresponsive kayaker in the Des Moines river. 

Polk County deputies, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Polk County Emergency Management, Saylor Township Fire Department and the Des Moines Fire Department responded to the scene. 

Just after 6:30 p.m. the body of a 71 year old male was recovered from the water.  The cause of death has not been determined and it is unknown if the male had a medical condition prior to his kayak capsizing. 

The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notification.

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UPDATE: SINGLE VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:10:59 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-single-vehicle-fatality-accident/ UPDATE: SINGLE VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT 

 

January 19th, 2017

Polk County, IOWA

 

The passenger of the taxi cab killed in Thursday morning’s accident has been identified as 49 year old Shawn Koltiska of Augusta, Kansas; the surviving passenger, identified as 48 year old Joseph ‘Brian’ Foster of Garden Plain, Kansas remains in the hospital.   

The driver of the taxi cab, 29 year old Mohamed Diriye of Des Moines was treated and released from the hospital.

Diriye was arrested this evening, he has been charged with OWI 2nd, Homicide by Vehicle – (OWI Related), Homicide by Vehicle – (Recklace Driving Related), and two counts of Serious Injury by Vehicle.  Diriye was transported to the Polk County Jail. 

This accident remains under investigation.

 

PCSO 17-424

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SINGLE VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT - JANUARY 19, 2017 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:31:23 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/single-vehicle-fatality-accident-january-19-2017/ SINGLE VEHICLE FATALITY ACCIDENT  

 

January 19th, 2017

Polk County, IOWA

  

Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single vehicle accident leaving one person dead and sending two others to the hospital.  The accident occurred just before 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19th near the intersection of NE 58th Avenue and NE 22nd Street, just south of Ankeny.  

A United Taxi Cab (Ltd.) traveling eastbound on NE 58th Avenue left the roadway at the T-intersection of NE 58th Avenue and NE 22nd Street, entering into a ravine on the east side of NE 22nd Street. 

The driver and a passenger in the taxi were transported to a local hospital.  A second adult male passenger of the taxi was pronounced dead at the scene.  The names and conditions of those involved are not being released at this time pending the notification of family. 

The accident remains under investigation; accident investigators are currently on scene determining the cause of this collision. 

 

PCSO 17-424

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AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS - WEEK OF JANUARY 21, 2017 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:54:50 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicle-locations-week-of-january-21-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of January 21 – January 27, 2017

Saturday Jan. 21, 2017

  5000 NW Beaver Dr

  7300 NW 6th Dr

 

Sunday Jan. 22, 2017

  900 NE 46th Ave

  4200 NW 94th Ave

 

Monday Jan. 23, 2017

  6800 NW Toni Dr

  4400 NE 23rd Ave

 

Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017

  6700 SE 60th St

  4400 Delaware Ave

 

Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017

  3200 NE 62nd Ave

  3600 NE 46th Ave

 

Thursday Jan. 26, 2017

  10600 NE 70th Ave

  1300 NW 66 Ave

 

Friday Jan. 27, 2017

  7200 NW 26th St

  10000 NW Beaver Dr

 

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

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POLK COUNTY JAIL DETENTION OFFICER INJURED DURING ASSAULT - JANUARY 17, 2017 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:27:38 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-jail-detention-officer-injured-during-assault-january-17-2017/ Polk County Jail Detention Officer Injured During Inmate Assault

 

Polk County Jail

January 17, 2017 

A Detention Officer was assaulted by an inmate Tuesday night at the Polk County Jail. 

On Tuesday, January 17th, just after 10:00 p.m. Detention Officer Marty Knight was assaulted by inmate Steven Asbury while working in a general population, direct supervision housing unit.  Officer Knight radioed for assistance, at which time Polk County Jail Emergency Response Officers entered the unit and secured inmate Asbury. 

Officer Knight was transported and treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. He was released from the hospital Wednesday morning. 

Inmate Asbury was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday morning on a prior Murder 1st conviction.  Inmate Asbury now faces an additional charge of Felony Assault with Intent on Persons Engaged in Certain Occupations for the assault on Detention Officer Knight. 

Officer Knight has been employed as a Polk County Jail Detention Officer since 2008.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2016 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:02:46 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-january-14-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of January 14th to 20th, 2017

 

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr

  1300 NW 66th Ave

 

Sunday, Jan 15th, 2017

  900 NE 46th Ave

  8800 NE 29th St

 

Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

  14900 NE White Oak Dr

  1500 NE 66th Ave

 

Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

  4800 NE 3rd St

  5500 SE 6th Ave

 

Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017

  5700 NW 126th Ave

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017

  300 W. Walnut St (Elkhart)

  5600 NE Berwick Dr

 

Friday, Jan 20th, 2017

  5600 NW 3rd Ct

  5800 NE 27th Ave

 

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

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UPDATE MISSING CHILDREN LOCATED SAFE - JANUARY 7, 2017 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:37:33 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-missing-children-located-safe-january-7-2017/ UPDATE MISSING CHILDREN LOCATED SAFE

At approximately 4 PM this afternoon, Polk County Sheriff's Office Detectives made contact with Mary Purcell and, a short time later, Purcell and the two children, Landon and Morgan Griffin, met with Detectives at Polk County Field Headquarters. The two children were unharmed and Purcell was taken in to custody on a valid Violation of a Custodial Order without incident. Landon and Morgan are currently in the care of DHS. There is no further information available at this time, as this is an on-going investigation.  

The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in resolving this situation. The tips and support during the search for the two boys is much appreciated. 

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MISSING CHILDREN - JANUARY 6, 2017 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:15:25 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/missing-children-january-6-2017/ MISSING CHILDREN

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two children, Landon and Morgan Griffin, who were abducted by their biological mother, Mary Andrea Purcell. Purcell is 5’2”, brown hair and green eyes.  

Mary Purcell has had her parental rights terminated and there is a valid Polk County warrant for Violation of a Custodial Order for her.  

Purcell is believed to be driving a Gold or Brown 2003 Chevrolet Suburban license number CRY371 with a possible destination of the State of Oregon. The children were last seen with Purcell on December 28th, 2016. One of the children does have some medical issues that need on-going attention. 

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (515) 286-3333 or your local law enforcement agency. Polk County Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

MORGAN GRIFFINLANDON GRIFFINGRIFFEN VEHICLE

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JANUARY 7, 2017 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:52:23 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-january-7-2017/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of January 7th to January 13th, 2017

 

Saturday Jan. 7th, 2016

  5000 NE 22 St

  5000 NW Beaver Dr

 

Sunday Jan. 8th, 2017

  1600 NE 70 Ave

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

Monday Jan. 9th, 2017

  10500 SE 56 Ave

  800 NE 50 Ave

 

Tuesday Jan. 10th, 2017

  6700 NW 6 Dr

  200 NW 118 Ave

 

Wednesday Jan. 11th, 2017

  3100 NE 46 Ave

  9000 NE 94 Ave

 

Thursday Jan. 12th, 2017

  300 W. Walnut St (Elkhart)

  800 NE 44 Ave

 

Friday Jan. 13th, 2017

  3800 NE 64 St

  4400 Delaware Ave 

 

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

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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF PHONE SCAMS - JANUARY 4, 2017 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:33:36 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-sheriffs-office-warns-of-phone-scams-january-4-2017/ Polk County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Phone Scams

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public of a telephone scam that is currently happening. Citizens are receiving telephone calls claiming to be from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that state the Chief Judge of Polk County 5th Judicial District has signed a warrant for the persons arrest for not showing up for Jury Duty, and to retrieve $1400.00 and follow further instructions to avoid being arrested. THIS IS NOT THE PROCESS for Jury Duty. 

Also, citizens are receiving telephone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Polk County Sheriff’s Office employees stating that there is a warrant for their arrest and they need to pay a sum of money to avoid being arrested. THIS IS NOT THE PROCEDURE FOR TAKING CARE OF WARRANTS. As a general rule, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office does not discuss or take care of valid warrants over the telephone. 

Citizens do receive correspondence regarding these issues at times that are valid. Take the time to follow-up and call the numbers provided to verify the validity of the requests. 

If you receive calls similar to these, DO NOT follow the instructions given. Please call the Polk County Courthouse Jury Management at (515) 286-3769 to have any Jury Duty questions answered or contact Polk County Dispatch at (515) 286-3333 or your local law enforcement agency to report the receipt of these types of calls. Be diligent and aware that there are individuals that will represent themselves under false pretenses for personal gain.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:00:30 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-december-31-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

ATEV LOCATIONS December 31st to January 6th, 2017

 

Saturday Dec. 31, 2016

1500 NE 66 Ave

8000 NW 37 St

 

Sunday Jan. 1, 2016

7300 NW 4 St

4200 NE 27 St

 

Monday Jan. 2, 2016

4400 Delaware Ave

5600 SE 68 Pl

 

Tuesday Jan. 3, 2016

 4300 NW Morningstar Dr

 11300 NE 64 St

 

Wednesday Jan. 4, 2016

 2400 Oakhill Dr

 1300 NW 66 Ave

 

Thursday Jan. 5, 2016

 5600 NE 3 St

 4600 NW 142 Ave

 

Friday Jan. 6, 2016

 2700 NE 56 St

 10600 NE 70 Ave

 

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

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PCSO OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY - DECEMBER 21, 2016 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:45:20 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/pcso-offices-closed-for-the-holiday-december-21-2016/ PCSO OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY  

 

Certain divisions of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Friday December 23th, Monday December 26th, and Monday January 2nd.   Services that will be interrupted include visitation at the Polk County Jail, the processing of weapons permits, access to public information and records, as well as duties of the Civil Division.  

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available December 25th, and January 1st.  However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through www.iwebvisit.com

More information is available at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff

               

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THREE TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS AFTER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT - DECEMBER 20, 2016 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:11:49 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/three-transported-to-local-hospitals-after-traffic-accident-december-20-2016/ THREE TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS AFTER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT  

 

     A traffic accident occurred just after 10:00 P.M. Monday, December 19, 2016, in the 6000 block of NE 14th Street, between Des Moines and Ankeny. Two vehicles were involved, a Honda Fit and a Polk County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. Polk County Deputy Ian Cory was responding to a call regarding a residential alarm in the northwest part of Polk County when he crossed NE 14th Street at NE 60th Avenue westbound and collided with a vehicle travelling southbound on NE 14th Street, carrying two women. Both cars came to rest on the southwest corner of the intersection. 

     Fraser Ambulance and Saylor Fire/Rescue were requested to evaluate the individuals involved. All three were conscious and were transported to local hospitals. Deputy Cory was treated and released. Names and conditions of the two occupants of the Fit are not currently available. Iowa State Patrol was asked to investigate the accident. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a review, in accordance with internal guidelines.

 

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT DECEMBER 17, 2016 UPDATE Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:58:45 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-december-17-2016-update/ **Update on the December 17th CITSTF Project**

 

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the CITSTF Project scheduled for December 17th, 2016, has been cancelled.  

 

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT December 17th, 2016 

December 14th, 2016 

POLK COUNTY, Iowa

 

In their efforts to make Iowa’s roads a safer place to travel, law enforcement agencies in central Iowa and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB), have organized a traffic project scheduled to take place in western Polk County on Saturday, December 17th.  Officers involved will be focusing on impaired driving, seatbelts, and speeding motorists.  All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead. If your night involves alcohol, choose a reliable designated driver. Wear your seatbelt and obey traffic laws so that you get to your destination safely.   

A goal of the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), is to decrease the number of vehicle crashes and injuries to motorists.  One way to accomplish this is by removing dangerous drivers from Iowa’s roads.  The safety of Iowans and those who travel through this great state is paramount. Please remember to drive safely, plan ahead, and obey traffic laws. 

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ASKING FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IDENTIFING SUSPECTS - DECEMBER 14, 2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:58:31 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/asking-for-public-assistance-identifing-suspects-december-14-2016/ LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS IN THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance identifying the suspects in the attached photos.  On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, a woman’s purse was stolen from the All Saints Catholic Church at 650 NE 52nd Ave during communion. Security photos from the church are below showing a male subject and a female subject in the area at the time. Also attached is a vehicle that is believed to be associated with the individuals.

Anyone that has information on this case, or recognizes the individuals or automobile in the attached photos, are encouraged to call Polk County Dispatch @ 515-286-3333 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa @ 515-223-1400.

All Saints Susp 1

All Saints Susp 2  All Saints Susp Vehicle

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT - DECEMBER 17, 2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:14:08 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-december-17-2016/ TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT December 17th, 2016 

December 14th, 2016 

POLK COUNTY, Iowa 

In their efforts to make Iowa’s roads a safer place to travel, law enforcement agencies in central Iowa and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB), have organized a traffic project scheduled to take place in western Polk County on Saturday, December 17th.  Officers involved will be focusing on impaired driving, seatbelts, and speeding motorists.  All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead. If your night involves alcohol, choose a reliable designated driver. Wear your seatbelt and obey traffic laws so that you get to your destination safely.    

A goal of the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), is to decrease the number of vehicle crashes and injuries to motorists.  One way to accomplish this is by removing dangerous drivers from Iowa’s roads.  The safety of Iowans and those who travel through this great state is paramount. Please remember to drive safely, plan ahead, and obey traffic laws. 

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UPDATE ON POLK COUNTY HOMICIDE - DECEMBER 13, 2016 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:57:18 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-on-polk-county-homicide-december-13-2016/   ***UPDATE ON POLK COUNTY HOMICIDE*** 

The victim in the homicide on NE Aurora Ave has been identified as Katelynn Rose Gould, 19, of Urbandale. 

Polk County Detectives confirm there was a relationship between the victim and Nickolas Lee Pettinger. 

There is no further information available at this time due to the continuing investigation by Polk County Detectives. 

Please keep the family of Katelynn in your thoughts during this difficult time.

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POLK COUNTY DETECTIVES CONDUCT A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:42:03 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-detectives-conduct-a-homicide-investigation/ POLK COUNTY DETECTIVES CONDUCT A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

At approximately 7am, on Monday, December 12th, 2016, Polk County Deputies were dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance at a residence in the 3200 Block of NE Aurora Ave. Upon arrival, the Deputies made contact with a male subject, who fled the scene on foot. Deputies found a female subject at the residence that needed immediate medical attention and Fire Rescue units from Delaware Fire and Altoona Fire responded to the scene.  

The female receiving medical treatment died at the scene. Polk County Detectives and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are conducting a homicide investigation at this time. 

After a brief search of the area by Polk County K-9 units, and with assistance from the Des Moines Police Department, a male fitting the description given by the Deputies at the scene was located in the area and  taken into custody without incident. The male subject, Nickolas Lee Pettinger, has been charged with Murder 1st and an unrelated Theft 2nd warrant and has been booked into the Polk County Jail. 

The identity of the female victim is not being released due to pending family notifications. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office believes this is an isolated incident and that there is no imminent danger to the community. The investigation is on-going. 

Agencies involved in the incident include the following: 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Des Moines Police Department

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

Altoona Fire and Rescue

Delaware Fire and Rescue

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHORT VEHICLE PURSUIT - DECEMBER 6, 2016 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:10 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/man-arrested-after-short-vehicle-pursuit-december-6-2016/

MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHORT VEHICLE PURSUIT

  

December 6, 2016

Polk County, Iowa

Polk County deputies arrested the driver after a short vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash near N.E. 14th and Washington.  On Tuesday, December 6th at 7:40 p.m. a Polk County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a black Nissan Maxima near N.E. 43rd Ave. and N.E. 3rd Street.  

The driver of the Maxima refused to stop and began eluding deputies at speeds that reached nearly 100 mph.  The suspect was observed throwing objects from the vehicle as he was pursued by deputies.  Due to the speeds, Deputies called off the chase near N.E. 14th and Ovid Ave.  The suspect then reportedly collided with another vehicle at N.E. 14th and Hull and continued south on N.E. 14th street.  The vehicle that the suspect collided with did not stop and continued driving.  The suspect vehicle then lost control turning westbound onto Washington and collided with the embankment at N.E. 14th and Washington Ave.  The driver took off running on foot.  A female passenger remained in the vehicle.  The driver was caught and taken into custody a short distance from the vehicle.  

The suspect, identified as 26 year old Alexander Brunker of Des Moines was arrested and charged with Eluding, Driving while Revoked and Carrying Weapons. Deputies are continuing to investigate this incident. 

The female passenger was not charged and was released at the scene. 

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GREENE BOOKED INTO THE POLK COUNTY JAIL - NOVEMBER 3, 2016 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:23:32 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/greene-booked-into-the-polk-county-jail-november-3-2016/ Greene Booked into the Polk County Jail

 

At approximately 3:45pm on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, Scott Michael Greene was booked in to the Polk County Jail on two (2) counts of Murder in the 1st Degree. Greene will be held without bond until his initial appearance at the Polk County Jail on Friday, November 4th, 2016, at 8:30am. 

The Booking Photo for Greene’s current charges is on the right.

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UPDATE MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ACCIDENT - OCTOBER 31, 2016 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:12:43 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-motorcycle-fatality-accident-october-31-2016/ UPDATE MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ACCIDENT

 

October 31, 2016

The driver of the motorcycle killed in Saturday’s crash has been identified as 57 year old Joseph Anthony Davis of Des Moines. 

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the accident and any related charges would be filed by the Iowa State Patrol.

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MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ACCIDENT - OCTOBER 29, 2016 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:54:29 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/motorcycle-fatality-accident-october-29-2016/ MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ACCIDENT

 

            On Saturday October 29th, 2016, at approximately 5:25 p.m., Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a personal injury accident involving a motorcycle and minivan in the 10300 block of Polk City Drive.  Polk County Sheriff Deputies along with Polk City Police, Ankeny Fire and Rescue, Polk City Fire and Mercy Air Life were dispatched to the scene.  

Witnesses stated that two motorcycles were travelling north on Polk City Drive in a construction zone when a vehicle attempted to pass them as the road opened back up to two lanes.  According to witnesses, the victim was unable to get over into the proper lane as this vehicle passed and was forced to lay his motorcycle down and then collided with a stopped vehicle waiting to travel south on Polk City Drive. The victim died at the scene as result of his injuries. 

 There were no injuries to any passengers in the minivan.   

Polk County Sheriff Deputies will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident. 

Additional information will be released as soon as it comes available. 

PCSO 16-7472

 

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POLK COUNTY DETECTIVES RECEIVE RECOGNITION Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:26:05 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-detectives-receive-recognition/ Polk County Detectives Receive Recognition

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jake Hedgecock and Detective Ryan Evans received a certificate of recognition today from Sheriff Bill McCarthy for their dedication to the citizens of Polk County and their continuous efforts to keeping the community safe.  

Jake and Ryan have been with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years.  They were initially hired as Detention Officers, starting their career downtown in the Polk County Jail.  Jake and Ryan were later hired as Sheriff’s Deputies and with hard work and dedication to their job, both were promoted to Detective. 

Detective Hedgecock and Detective Evans are currently assigned to the United States Marshals Southern District of Iowa Violent Fugitive Task Force. This Task Force is assigned to track down and apprehend violent fugitives. Detectives Hedgecock and Evans, under the direction of Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy have also been assigned the task of assisting local agencies with sex offender compliance checks which includes apprehending wanted sex offenders. 

The Scott County Sheriff reached out to Deputy Hedgecock and Evans to assist in a Scott County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance check of 360 sex offenders.   Scott County has the second highest registered sex offenders in the state of Iowa, second to only Polk County which has 663 registered sex offenders.  Both were tasked with making sure all teams and resources were available for a successful operation. 

During the month of July 2016 Detective Hedgecock and Evans worked on a Polk County Human Trafficking case that originated in Runnells, Iowa.  They located and arrested a suspect in Runnells, and were able to locate another suspect and victim in Carver County, Minnesota.  Detectives Hedgecock and Evans conducted a search warrant and gathered numerous electronic devices, submitting them to the Iowa Crimes against Children (ICAC) lab for forensic review.  

During the month of August, Detective Evans worked with the United States Attorney’s Office to transfer the Human Trafficking case from state to federal jurisdiction.  Detective Hedgecock and Evans assisted the families by attending the Child Protection Center interviews to ensure the children’s safety. 

Between the months of August and October Detective Hedgecock and Evans assisted with locating and apprehending 98 federal fugitives and 53 state fugitives.  

Detective Hedgecock and Evans are members of the Iowa Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task force. 

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UPDATE: DEATH INVESTIGATION - AUGUST 23, 2016 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:02:34 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-death-investigation-august-23-2016/ UPDATE:  DEATH INVESTIGATION

October 13, 2016

Saylor Township, Iowa

 

On Tuesday, August 23rd, shortly after 4:00 p.m. Polk County deputies responded to 320 NW 54th Avenue on a death investigation of a man and woman, along with a dog who were all found deceased inside the home during a welfare check. 

The male was identified as 26 year old Raymond Lee Silbaugh III of Des Moines; the female was identified as 42 year old Alicia Marie Arpy of Des Moines. 

The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled on the manner and cause of death for Raymond Silbaugh and Alicia Arpy; the manner of death was ruled as an accident, the cause of death was ruled as inhalation of products of combustion – with elevated Carbon Monoxide levels. 

The home at 320 NW 54th Avenue did not have electricity; Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives located a generator inside the residence during their investigation which may directly be linked to the cause and manner of death of Silbaugh and Arpy.

 

PCSO 16-5719

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UPDATE - FATALITY ACCIDENT - OCTOBER 13, 2016 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:35:05 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-fatality-accident-october-13-2016/ UPDATE: FATALITY ACCIDENT  

 

OCTOBER 13, 2016

Polk County, IOWA 

The passenger of the Nissan Altima killed in Tuesday’s crash has been identified as 28 year old Stephen Graber of Pleasant Hill; the driver, 23 year old Dylan Winker of Waukee remains in the hospital. 

The driver of the Nissan Pathfinder, 72 year old Brownnie Polley and his passenger 70 year old Cheryll Polley also remain in the hospital. 

This accident remains under investigation; charges are pending in this case. 

PCSO 16-6998

 

 

 

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CENTRAL IOWA TRAFFIC SAFETY TASKFORCE - OCTOBER 14, 2016 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:35:30 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/central-iowa-traffic-safety-taskforce-october-14-2016/ TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT OCTOBER 14TH IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY

 

October 14, 2016

Polk County, Iowa 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will increase their presence in the area of eastern Polk County on the evening of October 14th for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB). 

Law Enforcement Officers from many central Iowa jurisdictions will be enforcing all traffic laws while paying close attention to seatbelt usage and speed awareness.  

Statistics show that wearing seat belts saves lives and following traffic laws reduces the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents.  These projects are intended to raise awareness of safe driving habits in order to save lives.

 

We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely!

 

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FATALITY ACCIDENT - OCTOBER 11, 2016 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:37:43 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/fatality-accident-october-11-2016/ FATALITY ACCIDENT

 

OCTOBER 11, 2016

Polk County, IOWA

 Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a two vehicle head-on collision leaving one person dead and sending three others to the hospital.  The accident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11th near the 7100 block of NE University Avenue, just east of Pleasant Hill.  

Witnesses stated that a Nissan Pathfinder traveling westbound was struck head-on by a Nissan Altima traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes near the 7100 block of NE University Avenue. 

The driver and a passenger in the Pathfinder were transported to a local hospital.  The driver of the Altima was also transported to the hospital, his adult passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  The names and conditions of those involved are not being released at this time pending the notification of family. 

The accident remains under investigation; accident investigators are determining whether alcohol played a role in this collision.  

Additional information will be released as soon as it is available. 

PCSO 16-6998

                       

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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR CREATING AN IOWA NOBLE CHAPTER Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:05:27 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-sheriffs-office-announces-plans-for-creating-an-iowa-noble-chapter/

Polk County Sheriff’s Office supervisors, under the direction of Sheriff Bill McCarthy and NOBLE Region IV Vice President Brenda G. Andrews, are in the beginning stages of creating a NOBLE chapter here in Iowa.  Polk County Sheriff’s Sergeant Keith Onley, Sergeant Amos Holt, Captain Robert Stanton, and Iowa 5th Judicial District Division Manager Art Rabon are working together in a joint effort to create a NOBLE chapter here in Polk County, Iowa. 

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is an international organization that represents African-Americans in law enforcement. NOBLE is committed to making a difference worldwide with Justice by Action. NOBLE is an organization that has been called on by the Executive Branch of government to be a leader on many initiatives in the area of law enforcement, corrections, and even social issues throughout the country. 

NOBLE is directed towards African-Americans in law enforcement; however diversity is a key issue; NOBLE memberships span all races, cultures, and religions. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters, represents over 3,000 members worldwide and serves more than 60,000 youths. 

A NOBLE chapter here in Polk County would assist in recruitment efforts and vastly increase diversity within the Iowa Law Enforcement community.  NOBLE also helps train law enforcement officers, bridges racial divides, and helps create strong voices within our communities. 

“I'm extremely proud that Sheriff McCarthy sees the value of this organization and what it brings to the table for all law enforcement agencies and their communities.”, says Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Keith Onley. 

For more information about NOBLE or to become a member, please visit http://www.noblenatl.org/home.aspx.

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UPDATE: MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK - SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:45:13 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-man-in-custody-after-striking-two-people-with-truck-september-20-2016/ UPDATE: MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK AT HIGHLAND PARK LITTLE LEAUGE COMPLEX

  

September 20, 2016

Polk County, IOWA

 Chad Winninger, the driver of the truck involved in Sunday’s vehicular assault was released from the hospital Monday evening.  He was transported to the Polk County Jail and is scheduled for an initial court appearance today at 8:30 a.m. on charges of Willful Injury causing Serious Injury, Willful Injury causing Bodily Injury, Criminal Mischief 1st degree and three (3) counts of Interference with Official Acts causing Bodily Injury. 

PCSO 16-6349

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UPDATE: MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK - SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:09:14 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-man-in-custody-after-striking-two-people-with-truck-september-19-2016/ UPDATE: MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK AT HIGHLAND PARK LITTLE LEAUGE COMPLEX

 

 

September 19, 2016

Polk County, IOWA 

On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, just before 9:00 a.m. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Highland Park Little League Complex located at 4700 NW Morningstar Drive on what was discovered to be a vehicular assault on two men. 

The driver of the truck remains hospitalized; he has been identified as 40 year old Chad Winninger of Monroe.  Winninger is facing charges of Willful Injury causing Serious Injury, Willful Injury causing Bodily Injury, Criminal Mischief 1st degree and three (3) counts of Interference with Official Acts causing Bodily Injury. 

The two victims struck by the truck have been identified as 49 year old Dean Bradham of Sioux City and 56 year old Edwin Sullivan of West Des Moines.  Bradham was treated and released at the scene.  Sullivan remains in critical condition at a local hospital. 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are currently investigating this incident.  Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time.  

PCSO 16-6349

 

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MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK - SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:05:57 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/man-in-custody-after-striking-two-people-with-truck-september-18-2016/ MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STRIKING TWO PEOPLE WITH TRUCK AT HIGHLAND PARK LITTLE LEAGUE

 

 

September 18, 2016

Polk County, IOWA

 

One man is in custody after striking two men with his truck at the Highland Park Little League. 

On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, just before 9:00 a.m. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Highland Park Little League located at 4700 NW Morningstar Drive reference an accident involving a truck that had collided with a concession stand.   While responding to the scene deputies discovered that the truck hit two men before colliding into the concession stand. 

The driver of the truck was seen walking in the middle of Morningstar Drive away from the scene.  When deputies approached the suspect, he began fighting with officers.  With the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol and the Des Moines Police Department, deputies were able to take the man into custody.  The driver was transported to a hospital to be examined. 

One victim was treated and released at the scene, while the other victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital. 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are currently investigating this incident.  Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time.  

An updated press release, including the names of the parties involved will be sent out tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

 

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FATALITY ACCIDENT IN NORTHEASTERN POLK COUNTY - SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:39:34 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/fatality-accident-in-northeastern-polk-county-september-5-2016/ FATALITY ACCIDENT IN NORTHEASTERN POLK COUNTY

 

September 5, 2016

Polk County, IOWA

 

Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a two vehicle fatality collision Monday night involving a car and a motorcycle.  The accident occurred just before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5th near the 14200 block of NE 74th Street.  

Witnesses stated that a Nissan Juke was traveling northbound on NE 74th Street when it was struck head-on by a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle.  The Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on NE 142nd Avenue rounding a curve southbound on NE 74th street when it entered the northbound lane before striking the Nissan.  

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver and two occupants of the Nissan were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Names are not being released at this time pending the notification of family. 

This accident remains under investigation; additional information will be released as soon as it is available. 

 

PCSO 16-6009

 

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UPDATE: FATALITY ACCIDENT IN NORTHEASTERN POLK COUNTY

 

September 7, 2016

Polk County, IOWA

 

The driver of the motorcycle killed in Monday’s crash has been identified as 50 year old Gene Romero of Bondurant.  

The driver of the Nissan has been identified as 46 year old Jade Robinson.  Ms. Robinson, along with her two occupants, 31 year old Noah Reyman and a 5 year old child, all from Nevada have been treated and released from the hospital. 

This accident remains under investigation.  No charges have been filed in this case. 

PCSO 16-6009

 

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UPDATE: POLK COUNTY JAIL SUICIDE ATTEMPT INVESTIGATION - AUGUST 26, 2016 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:52:58 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-polk-county-jail-suicide-attempt-investigation-august-26-2016/

UPDATE:  Polk County Jail Suicide Attempt Investigation 

August 26, 2016

Polk County Jail

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into the attempted suicide of 30 year old Tony Allen of Des Moines, who was in custody at the Polk County Jail.

On Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. staff members of the Polk County Jail, as well as on-site medical staff responded to a radio transmission requesting assistance from an officer who found an unconscious adult male.  Jail staff and medical personnel initiated life-saving measures and called for an ambulance. 

Mr. Allen was transported to Mercy hospital by Des Moines Fire/Rescue; he later died on Friday, August 26th at 3:44 p.m.

Mr. Allen was booked into the Polk County Jail on August 22nd, 2016, at 1:41 a.m. on charges of Domestic Assault 3rd Offense and Interference with Official Acts.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Allen.

Polk County Detectives, along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating this incident.  Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time.

When additional information becomes available an updated press release will be sent out.

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August 26, 2016

Polk County Jail

 

The male who was found unconscious in the Polk County Jail on Thursday, August 25th remains in critical condition; he has been identified as 30 year old Tony Rene Allen of Des Moines. 

Mr. Allen was booked into the Polk County Jail on August 22nd, 2016, at 1:41 a.m. on charges of Domestic Assault 3rd Offense and Interference with Official Acts. 

Polk County Detectives, along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating this incident.  Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time. 

When additional information becomes available an updated press release will be sent out. 

 

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POLK COUNTY JAIL SUICIDE ATTEMPT INVESTIGATION - AUGUST 25, 2016 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:51:10 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-jail-suicide-attempt-investigation-august-25-2016/ Polk County Jail Suicide Attempt Investigation

 

 

August 25, 2016

Polk County Jail

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into the suspected attempted suicide of an adult male who was in custody at the Polk County Jail. 

On Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. staff members of the Polk County Jail, as well as on-site medical staff responded to a radio transmission requesting assistance from an officer who found an unconscious adult male.  Jail staff and medical personnel initiated life-saving measures and called for an ambulance.  

The patient was transported to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire/Rescue, his name and condition has not been released pending the notification of family. 

Currently, a joint investigation is being conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  The State Jail Inspector was also notified. 

Due to the continuing investigation, no further details are available at this time.  When additional information becomes available an updated press release will be sent out..

 

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UPDATE: DEATH INVESTIGATION Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:24:34 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-death-investigation/ UPDATE:  DEATH INVESTIGATION

August 24, 2016

Saylor Township, Iowa

 

On Tuesday, August 23rd, shortly after 4:00 p.m. Polk County deputies responded to 320 NW 54th Avenue on a death investigation of a man and women, along with a dog who were all found deceased inside the home during a welfare check. 

The male has been identified as 26 year old Raymond Lee Silbaugh III of Des Moines; the female is identified as 42 year old Alicia Marie Arpy of Des Moines. 

The cause and manner of death are pending the completion of an autopsy which is scheduled for Thursday.  During the preliminary investigation no obvious signs of trauma were discovered and there is no threat to the community in this case. 

Polk County Detectives along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating this incident.  When additional information becomes available an updated press release will be sent out. 

PCSO 16-5719

 

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DEATH INVESTIGATION - AUGUST 23, 2016 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:12:12 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/death-investigation-august-23-2016/

DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

August 23, 2016

Saylor Township, Iowa

 

On Tuesday, August 23rd, shortly after 4:00 p.m. Iowa State Patrol officers were flagged down reference a welfare check at 320 NW 54th Avenue in Saylor Township.  When they arrived at the home they observed an individual inside through a window who was non-responsive. 

At that time officers entered the home to render aid when they discovered a deceased adult male, a deceased adult female, along with a deceased dog. 

Polk County Detectives along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating this incident.  When additional information becomes available an updated press release will be sent out.

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REMINDER - FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAMS REPORTED ACROSS POLK COUNTY - AUGUST 18, 2016 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:30:19 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/reminder-fraudulent-phone-scams-reported-across-polk-county-august-18-2016/ FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAMS REPORTED ACROSS POLK COUNTY

 

 

August 18, 2016

Polk County, Iowa

 

 

There has been a SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in fraudulent phone scams being reported across Polk County over the past year.  We at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are seeing multiple people fall victim to a variety of phone scams, predominantly victimizing our senior citizens. We want to remind everyone to be aware of these scams and to be watchful for what is occurring.  The exact number of different scams out there is unknown however they all seem to revolve around one nexus; in most cases the criminal involved in these scams are threatening immediate action or arrest unless immediate payment is made over the phone. 

Here are a few of the more popular scams being reported:

 

FAMILY MEMBER IN JAIL PHONE SCAM

This phone scam involves a criminal who identifies themselves as a family member and/or Law Enforcement Officer requesting money.  The suspect in this case states that a family member has been involved in an accident or has been arrested for a crime and needs money to be released from jail and/or the hospital.  

The suspect informs the victim to send a MoneyGram for a sum of money (i.e. $2,000) to an unknown individual.  A short time after the victim sends the money to the suspect, the suspect calls and requests additional money stating someone was injured/died as a result of the accident/arrest, or for additional medical or for the purchase of a rental vehicle. 

This is a scam that has been going around for a few years.  If you received calls of this nature please report them to your local law enforcement agency.

 

IRS PHONE SCAM:

This scam involves a criminal who identifies themselves as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The suspect in this scam tells the victim they owe back taxes, and immediate payment is required to avoid arrest. 

If you receive calls of this nature hang up and do not call the given number back.  Please contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page:

 (https://apps.irs.gov/app/scripts/exit.jsp?dest=https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml).

You can also call 1-800-366-4484.

JURY DUTY PHONE SCAM:

This scam involves a criminal who identifies themselves as Polk County Deputy “Jim Lewis”.  The suspect in this case advises the victim(s) that they owe money ($2,500) for failing to show up for jury duty.  The victims are threatened with a fine ($400/day) until the money is paid in full. 

Neither the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, nor any of its employees will call any citizen by phone demanding money.  If you received calls of this nature please report them to your local law enforcement agency.

 

UTILITY PHONE SCAM:

This scam involves a criminal who identifies themselves as a utility employee.  The suspect in this case tells the victim(s) that they are late in making their monthly utility payment.  The suspect demands immediate payment over the phone or their utility service will be disconnected. 

If you receive a call of this nature please hang up and contact your utility service at the listed number published in the phone book or on their website to verify.

 

LAWSUIT PHONE SCAM:

This scam involves a call from a recorded service stating that a federal law suit will be filed and that the County Sheriff will come and arrest you if you do not take action immediately and call the listed number back.  The number given in the reported calls is a (804) area code, however this number could change. 

If you receive this type of call hang up and do not call the given number back.

These incidents, along with any similar incidents are indeed false. 

This type of activity is a crime and will be investigated and taken very seriously.  Anyone receiving this type of telephone notification should not comply with payment. If a call like this is received, don’t offer revealing personal information and ask specific questions. Anything suspicious in nature should be reported to local law enforcement. 

Please be vigilant and spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers.

 

 

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OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:47:26 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/offices-closed-for-the-holiday-monday-february-15-2016/ POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY

Certain divisions of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016. Services that will be interrupted include visitation at the Polk County Jail, the processing of weapons permits, access to public information and records, as well as duties of the Civil Division.

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available February 15th. However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through www.iwebvisit.com.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DETENTION OFFICER THROUGH APRIL 15, 2015 (1) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:38:18 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/sheriffs-office-now-accepting-applications-for-detention-officer-through-april-15-2015-1/ PolkCounty Government

 Des Moines, Iowa

  

Detention Officer

 

Polk County Sheriffs Office

 

Salary Range:  $39,610.00 - $56,371.00 Annually 

Under general supervision ensures the protection, welfare, safety, custody and control of inmates incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Detention Officer. Applications will be accepted now through April 15, 2015.   A complete, detailed job description for this position is available on the Polk County Human Resources website: http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/hr/job-opportunities/

 

DEADLINE: Applicants must submit an online application and required documents by April 15, 2015. 

CONTACT INFO:

Polk County Human Resources

111 Court Avenue Suite 390

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Office: (515) 286-3200

Website: humanres@polkcountyiowa.gov

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

 

 

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