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en SHERIFF'S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DETENTION OFFICER THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 (1) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:01:27 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/sheriffs-office-now-accepting-applications-for-detention-officer-through-september-30-2016-1/ POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES DETENTION OFFICER TESTING

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will be testing for the position of Detention Officer on October 22, 2016. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, you may apply online at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/hr/job-opportunities

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

 

Closing Date: September 30, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

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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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UPDATE:  Polk County Jail Suicide Attempt Investigation

 

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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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2016 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:34:38 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-august-27-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, August 27, 2016: 5500 Oakhill Dr.
6800 NW Toni Dr.
Sunday, August 28, 2016: 500 NE 70th Ave.
3000 NE Aurora Ave.
Monday, August 29, 2016: 3700 NE 80th St.
1000 NE 54th Ave.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
7400 SE 6th Ave.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016: 3100 NE 46th Ave.
5000 NE 22nd St.
Thursday, September 1, 2016: 4600 NW 142nd Ave.
5400 NW Lower Beaver Rd.
Friday, September 2, 2016: 500 NE 80th St.
3200 NE 62nd Ave.

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

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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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WHITEHOUSE 21ST POLICING INITIATIVE - AUGUST 16, 2016 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:23:41 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/whitehouse-21st-policing-initiative-august-16-2016/ Pictured here is West Des Moines Police Chief Shaun LaDue, Urbandale Police Chief Ross McCarty, Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald and Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy's visit to the West Wing of the Whitehouse during the 21st Policing Initiative presentation by Whitehouse Staff on August 16, 2016.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 2016 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:18:27 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-august-20-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, August 20, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
7100 NW 6th Dr.
Sunday, August 21, 2016: 4200 NW 94th Ave.
4800 NE 3rd St.
Monday, August 22, 2016: 6700 SE 60th St.
4400 Delaware Ave.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016: 6500 NE 41st Ave.
4000 NE 46th St.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016: 5700 NW 126th Ave.
8000 NW 37th St.
Thursday, August 25, 2016: 4300 NW Morningstar Dr.
300 W. Walnut St. (Elkhart)
Friday, August 26, 2016: 5800 NE 27th Ave.
2300 NE 46th Ave.

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

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UPDATE: GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION - JULY 25, 2016 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:22:31 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/update-grimes-death-investigation-july-25-2016/ UPDATE:  GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

AUGUST 15, 2016

GRIMES, Iowa

 

On Monday, July 25th the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office completed the autopsy of Mason Wyckoff. Dr. Gregory Schmunk with the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Mason’s cause of death as acute Oxycodone toxicity; Mason’s manner of death was ruled a homicide. 

On Friday, July 29th the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office completed the autopsy of Stephanie Erickson. Dr. Schmunk ruled Stephanie’s cause of death as acute Oxycodone toxicity; Stephanie’s manner of death was ruled a suicide. 

Polk County Detectives along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are in the process of completing their investigation into this incident.  An updated press release will be sent out at the completion of the investigation. 

PCSO 16-4909

 

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2016 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:43:38 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-august-13-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, August 13, 2016: 10000 NW Beaver Dr.
1500 NE 66th Ave.
Sunday, August 14, 2016: 800 NE 44th Ave.
8800 NE 29th St.
Monday, August 15, 2016:

7200 NW 26th St.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016: 5000 NE 22nd st.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016: 1300 NW 66th Ave.
7000 SE Vandalia Dr.
Thursday, August 18, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
3100 NE 46th Ave.
Friday, August 19, 2016: 5700 NW 126th Ave.
5600 NE Berwick Dr.

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

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CITSTF TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT - AUGUST 12, 2016 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:15:14 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/citstf-traffic-enforcement-project-august-12-2016/  

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT AUGUST 12th

 

August 12, 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 eastern Polk County on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.  Officers involved will be focusing on impaired driving.  Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead; if your night involves alcohol, choose a reliable designated driver.  

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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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2016 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:29:03 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-august-6-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, August 6, 2016: 4400 Delaware Ave.
4200 NW 94th Ave.
Sunday, August 7, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
2300 NE 46th Ave.
Monday, August 8, 2016: 4200 NE 94th Ave.
1000 NE 54th Ave.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 4300 NW Morningstar Dr.
11000 NW 121st St.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 500 NE 80th St.
4400 NE 23rd Ave.
Thursday, August 11, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
5000 NE 22nd St.
Friday, August 12, 2016: 9100 NE 46th Ave.
800 NE 50th Ave.

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

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GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION UPDATE - JULY 29, 2016 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:40:33 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/grimes-death-investigation-update-july-29-2016/ UPDATE:  GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

July 29, 2016

GRIMES, Iowa

 

On Thursday morning, July 28th,  Stephanie Erickson was pronounced dead at Methodist Medical Center, her autopsy is scheduled for this morning.  

The cause and manner of death of Stephanie Erickson and Mason Wyckoff are pending the completion of an autopsy and the return of toxicology results. 

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 16-4909

 

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UPDATE:  GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

July 23, 2016

GRIMES, Iowa

 

On Friday, July 22nd at 10:09 a.m. Polk County deputies responded to 303 NW Valley View Drive in Grimes on a call of an unresponsive juvenile male and adult female.  

The juvenile male was pronounced dead at the scene, he was identified as 2 year old Mason Wyckoff.  The unconscious female was transported to a local hospital; she has been identified as 33 year old Stephanie Erickson, the mother of Mason.  Mason and Stephanie both reside at 303 NW Valley View Drive in Grimes. 

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.

 

The cause and manner of death of Mason Wyckoff are pending the completion of an autopsy. 

PCSO 16-4909

 

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GRIMES DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

July 22, 2016

GRIMES, Iowa

 

On Friday July 22nd, 2016, at 10:09 a.m., The Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with Johnston-Grimes Fire and Rescue responded to a residence in the 300 blk of NW Valleyview Drive in Grimes on a call of an unresponsive juvenile and adult female.  Upon arrival, Deputies discovered the body of a deceased male juvenile and an adult female who was unresponsive. 

The adult female was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.  

The Polk County Sheriff’s Detectives along with The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are continuing to investigate. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available and pending notification of family members. Cause of death is pending autopsy results.

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JULY 30, 2016 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:21:19 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-july-30-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHCILE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, July 30, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
4300 NW Morningstar Dr.
Sunday, July 31, 2016: 3200 NE 62nd Ave.
7200 NW 26th St.
Monday, August 1, 2016: 5400 NW Lower Beaver Rd.
5600 NW 3rd Ct.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 4400 Delaware Ave.
7400 SE 6th Ave.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016: 3100 NE 46th Ave.
300 W. Walnut St. (Elkhart)
Thursday, August 4, 2016: 1600 NE 70th Ave.
1600 SE 68th St.
Friday, August 5, 2016: 900 NE 46th Ave.
11200 NW 16th St.

*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 JULY 23, 2016 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:50:25 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-july-23-2016/ Traffic Enforcement Project July 23rd

 

July 23, 2016

POLK COUNTY, Iowa

 

 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers from many Central Iowa jurisdictions will be increasing their presence in/around the Saylorville Lake area on the evening of Saturday, July 23rd 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 impaired drivers and seatbelt usage. 

It is important to remember to arrange for a reliable sober driver if you plan on drinking alcohol.  Planning for a night out should include safe transportation.  Removing impaired and dangerous drivers from behind the wheel is just one way to curb the number of traffic fatalities and injuries. 

 We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely!

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JULY 23, 2016 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:50:42 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-july-23-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, July 23, 2016: 4200 NW 94th Ave.
3000 NE Aurora Ave.
Sunday, July 24, 2016: 7300 NW 6th Dr.
2300 NE 46th Ave.
Monday, July 25, 2016: 1600 NW 70th Ave.
5500 NE Oakhill Dr.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016: 1500 NE 66th Ave.
9000 NE 94th Ave.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016: 5000 NE 22nd St.
14000 NW 58th St.
Thursday, July 28, 2016: 2000 SE 72nd St.
800 NE 50th Ave.
Friday, July 29, 2016: 3100 NE 46th Ave.
6500 NE 41st Ave.

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

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INCREASED CREDIT/DEBIT CARD FRAUD BEING REPORTED - JULY 14, 2016 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:54:17 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/increased-creditdebit-card-fraud-being-reported-july-14-2016/ INCREASED CREDIT/DEBIT CARD FRAUD BEING REPORTED

 

July 14, 2016

Polk County, Iowa

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a significant increase on reports of credit/debit card fraud. Over the past three days we have received over 16 reports of fraudulent activity on debit/credit cards, with a saturation of those reports taking place in the City of Bondurant.

We are asking everyone to please pay close attention frequently to your credit/debit card statements and report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Our detectives are working diligently on all these cases and we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JULY 16, 2016 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:34:36 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/locations-for-automated-traffic-enforcement-vehicles-week-of-july-16-2016/ AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, July 16, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
3200 NE 62nd Ave.
Sunday, July 17, 2016: 800 NE 44th Ave.
7400 NE 46th St.
Monday, July 18, 2016: 3700 NW 118th Ave.
3100 NE 46th Ave.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016: 7100 SE Vandalia Dr.
4400 NE 23rd Ave.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016: 4400 Delaware Ave.
300 W. Walnut St. (Elkhart)
Thursday, July 21, 2016: 1000 NE 54th Ave.
3900 NE 108th St.
Friday, July 22, 2016: 4500 NW 78th Ave.
1500 NE 134th Ave.

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IOWA SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES - JULY 8, 2016 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:35:48 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/iowa-sex-offender-arrested-on-human-trafficking-charges-july-8-2016/ IOWA SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES

 

July 8, 2016
Runnells, Iowa

 

Polk County Detectives, along with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (U.S.M.S.) executed a search warrant at a Runnells home which led to the arrest of 50 year old Michael Lee Williams of Runnells, and the filing of arrest warrants for 48 year old Cynthia Mitteness of Mayer, Minnesota. 

On Thursday, July 7th Polk County Detectives received information from a Carver County Minnesota Detective that a sex abuse case occurred in Polk County in early June of 2016 which was discovered by the father of a 9 year female Minnesota resident after seeing alarming social media messages between his wife, Cynthia Mitteness and Michael Williams which led to this investigation. 

Williams is charged with engaging in sexual acts with the victim whom Mitteness had knowledge of and facilitated.  On Friday, July 8th Williams was arrested and charged with Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Lascivious Acts with a Child and Enticing a Minor.  Mitteness, who lives in Minnesota was arrested by Minnesota authorities, warrants for her arrest were filed in Polk County on charges of Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Lascivious Acts with a Child, Enticing a Minor and Neglect/Abandonment of a Dependant. 

Williams is a convicted sex offender on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.  He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail.  

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

 

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PCSO CIVIL DIVISION MOVING - JULY 15, 2016 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:14:19 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/pcso-civil-division-moving-july-15-2016/ PCSO CIVIL DIVISION MOVING

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division will be moving next week into the Justice Center located at 222 5th Avenue in Des Moines.  

The PCSO Civil Office currently located at the Old Jail – 110 6th Avenue will be closed beginning July 14th and will open in the Justice Center on July 15th

The PCSO Civil Office located at Polk County River Place – 2309 Euclid Avenue will be closed beginning July 15th and will be open in the Justice Center on July 18th

All phone numbers for the PCSO Civil Division will remain the same.  If you have any questions please contact 515-286-3800 ext. 1

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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR PUBLIC SAFETY SCHOOL OF POLICE STAFF AND COMMAND GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT - JUNE 14, 2016 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:54:36 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/northwestern-university-center-for-public-safety-school-of-police-staff-and-command-graduation-announcement-june-14-2016/ Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

School of Police Staff and Command Graduation Announcement 

 

June 14, 2016

Polk County, Iowa 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Chief Tim Krum and Chief Kevin Schneider on their most recent accomplishment.  Both recently graduated from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.  This 10 week program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 16,000 students both nationally and internationally. 

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks and additional optional blocks during each session.  The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation. 

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum.  Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 6 units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois 

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.  

Congratulations!

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT IN ALTOONA - JUNE 16, 2016 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:49:05 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/traffic-enforcement-project-in-altoona-june-16-2016/ TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT IN ALTOONA 

 

June 16, 2016

Altoona, Iowa

 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will increase their presence in the Altoona area on the evening of June 16th 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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POLK COUNTY JAIL DEATH INVESTIGATION - JUNE 9, 2016 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:44:58 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-jail-death-investigation-june-9-2016/ Polk County Jail Death Investigation

 

 

June 9, 2016

Polk County Jail

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into the death of 50 year old Linda Spencer of Des Moines, who was in the custody of the Polk County Jail. 

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:19 p.m. Polk County Jail staff members found an unconscious female, identified as Linda Spencer.  Jail staff and medical personnel initiated life-saving measures and were able to revive Ms. Spencer before she was transported by Fire/Rescue.  She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Ms. Spencer was booked into the Polk County Jail on June 9, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.  She was taken into custody earlier that morning by Sheriff’s deputies at the Polk County Courthouse, after she was sentenced to serve 29 days in jail on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.  

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will be working jointly throughout this investigation; more information will be released upon its completion. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Linda Spencer. 

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ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION REPORTED - June 8, 2016 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:24:58 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/attempted-abduction-reported-june-8-2016/ ***ADVISORY ALERT***

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION REPORTED

 

 

June 9, 2016

Des Moines, Iowa

 On Wednesday, June 8th Polk County Deputies took a report of a possible attempted child abduction that occurred near the 5300 block NW Meredith Drive in Des Moines at around 8:00 p.m.  The 14 year old female victim told deputies that while she was walking east near the intersection of NW Meredith Drive and NW 53rd Court a black male jumped out of a gray car and started chasing her.

The 14 year old girl ran into a house and told the occupants to call the police.  At that time the suspect quit running after her and was seen fleeing north on NW 53rd Court in the gray car. 

The suspect is only described as a black male, 25-30 years old, bald, wearing a white shirt.  The suspect was driving an unknown make/model gray car with no hood and a loud or defective muffler. 

If anyone witnessed this incident or has any information related to this case please contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400 or at www.polkcountycrimestoppers.org

The Sheriff’s Office is asking everyone to stay vigilant – Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  Parents – Please remind your children what to do if they are approached by a stranger.  

If you witness any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please report it to local law enforcement officials. 

 

PCSO Case 16-3834

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TRIATHLON ROAD CLOSURES - JUNE 26, 2016 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:57:54 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/triathlon-road-closures-june-26-2016/ TRIATHLON ROAD CLOSURES

The Copper Creek Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 26 and temporary road closures will be necessary to ensure the safety of the cyclists/runners during the event.

Click the link below to see the road closures.

http://pleasanthilliowa.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=250

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CREDIT CARD SKIMMER FOUND AT GRIMES GAS STATION - JUNE 2, 2016 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:49:43 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/credit-card-skimmer-found-at-grimes-gas-station-june-2-2016/ CREDIT CARD SKIMMER FOUND AT GRIMES GAS STATION

Credit card skimming devices were discovered inside two Grimes gas pumps this afternoon.  The devices were plugged into a card reader inside the gas pumps at the BP gas station located at 1905 SE 37th Street in Grimes, just off Highway 141.  A pump technician discovered the device while doing maintenance, immediately reporting it to law enforcement.  

Customers that used a credit or debit card at the Grimes BP are being asked to check their bank statements immediately for any discrepancies. 

These devices are becoming more and more difficult to detect, as some skimmers are being placed inside the gas pumps instead of fitting over the outside of the pump card reader.  If you must pay at the pump, check the tamper-proof stickers on the gas pump panel to ensure that they are unbroken.  Always check your bank statements regularly for unfamiliar charges. 

A similar device was discovered in a Bondurant Git n’ Go gas pump on Tuesday. 

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CREDIT CARD SKIMMER FOUND AT BONDURANT GAS STATION - MAY 31, 2016 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:46:22 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/credit-card-skimmer-found-at-bondurant-gas-station-may-31-2016/ CREDIT CARD SKIMMER FOUND AT BONDURANT GAS STATION

  

A credit card skimming device was discovered inside a Bondurant gas pump on Tuesday afternoon.  The device was plugged into a card reader inside one of the gas pumps at the Git n’ Go gas station located at 3207 Henry Street in Bondurant, just off Highway 65.  A pump technician discovered the device while doing routine maintenance, immediately reporting it to law enforcement. 

Customers that used a credit or debit card at the Bondurant Git n’ Go within the last two weeks are being asked to check their bank statements immediately for any discrepancies.

These devices are becoming more and more difficult to detect, as some skimmers are being placed inside the gas pumps instead of fitting over the outside of the pump card reader.  If you must pay at the pump, check the tamper-proof stickers on the gas pump panel to ensure that they are unbroken.  Always check your bank statements regularly for unfamiliar charges.

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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016 Fri, 27 May 2016 08:25:12 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/polk-county-sheriffs-office-closed-on-monday-may-30-2016/ Polk County Sheriff's Offices Closed May 30, 2016

Certain divisions of the Polk County Sheriff's Office will be closed Monday, May 30, 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 May 30, 2016.  However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through http://www.iwebvisit.com/.

All offices will be open on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  More information is available at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff.

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SENIORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER MEETING - MARCH 15, 2016 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:50:36 GMT /sheriff/news-press-releases/seniors-and-law-enforcement-together-meeting-march-15-2016/ S.A.L.T

Seniors and Law Enforcment Together

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR MARCH S.A.L.T. MEETING

The topic of discussion will be FINANACIAL ABUSE in the older adult community.  This training will be presented by the Polk County Attorney’s Office.

 

Polk County Northside Senior Center

Park Fair Mall

100 E Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

12:30 P.M.

 

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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.

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

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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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