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SHERIFF'S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DETENTION OFFICER THROUGH MAY 12, 2017 (2)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Detention Officer Applications Now Being Accepted Through May 12, 2017

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the position of Detention Officer through May 12, 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/

Salary Range: $42,697.00 - $62,677.00 Annually

 

Closing Date: May 12, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of April 22nd to April 28th      

  

Saturday Apr. 22, 2017

  7200 NW 26th St

  4200 NE 27th St

 

Sunday Apr. 23, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  900 NE 46th Ave

 

Monday Apr. 24, 2017

  400 NW 65th Ln

  3700 NE 80th St

 

Tuesday Apr. 25, 2017

  3900 NE 108th St

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

 

Wednesday Apr. 26, 2017

  800 NE 44th Ave

  200 NW 118th Ave

 

Thursday Apr. 27, 2017

  7300 NW 4th St

  7400 NE 46th St

 

Friday Apr. 28, 2017

  300 W Walnut St (Elkhart)

  800 NE 50th 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 PERSON FOUND SAFE - APRIL 18, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

***Update - Missing Person Found Safe***

 

Karen Pickering has been found and she is safe. Karen has been reunited with her family.  

For the privacy of the family, there is no further information available.  

The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their assistance and concern. 

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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN MISSING PERSON CASE - APRIL 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Missing Person.  

Karen Kimberly Pickering, of Des Moines, was staying at a residence in Bondurant, Iowa. Pickering was discovered missing in the early hours of Saturday, April 15th, 2017. Pickering left behind her wallet and cell phone, among other personal items. Pickering has medical issues that need attention. 

Pickering is 5’3”, approximately 160lbs, with hazel eyes and brownish hair. Pickering is possibly driving a silver/gray 2015 Chrysler 200c license plate IW604. There is currently no clothing description. 

If anyone comes in contact with Pickering, please call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 515-286-3333 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, so that her well-being can be verified. 

Polk County Detectives are actively working the case.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of April 15th to April 21st,      

  

Saturday Apr. 15, 2017

  6700 NW 6th Dr

  4200 NW 94th Ave

 

Sunday Apr. 16, 2017

  5000 NE 22nd St

  7200 NW Fisher Ln

 

Monday Apr. 17, 2017

  300 SE 108th St

  4400 Delaware Ave

 

Tuesday Apr. 18, 2017

  6500 NE 41st Ave

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

Wednesday Apr. 19, 2017

  2400 Oakhill Dr

  1000 NE 54th Ave

 

Thursday Apr. 20, 2017

  8000 NW 37th St

  3200 NE 62nd Ave

 

Friday Apr. 21, 2017

  3100 NE 46th Ave

  2000 SE 72nd St 

 

*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 ENFORCMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of April 8th to April 14th    

  

 Saturday Apr. 8, 2017

  7200 NW 26th St

  1600 NE 70th Ave

 

Sunday Apr. 9, 2017

  1300 NW 66th Ave

  3600 NE 46th Ave

 

Monday Apr. 10, 2017

  300 W. Walnut St  (Elkhart)

  3200 NE 66th Ave

 

Tuesday Apr. 11, 2017

  5600 NE 3rd St

  7400 SE 6th Ave

 

Wednesday Apr. 12, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  3700 NW 118th Ave

 

Thursday Apr. 13, 2017

  1600 NE 70th Ave

  4200 NE 94th Ave

 

Friday Apr. 14, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware 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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UPDATE ON TRIPLE HOMICIDE IN BONDURANT - APRIL 8, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

***Update on Triple Homicide in Bondurant***

Nicholson in Custody at the Polk County Jail

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office booked Chase Marcus Nicholson into the Polk County Jail early this morning after he was transported from Neosho, Missouri. 

Nicholson was booked into the Jail on a valid Material Witness warrant, with a bond of $2,000,000 cash only. Nicholson had an initial appearance on this charge this morning, and the next scheduled court date is a hearing on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, at 10:00am at the Polk County Courthouse. 

There may be additional charges in the future. Included is the current booking photo. 

There is no additional information available at this time.

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UPDATE ON TRIPLE HOMICIDE IN BONDURANT - APRIL 7, 2017 (1)

Friday, April 7, 2017

**Polk County Homicide Update**


The Polk County Sheriff's Office obtained a valid Material Witness Warrant for Chase Nicholson. Sometime around 10am this morning, Nicholson was arrested after turning himself in to Neosho, Missouri, Police. Polk County Detectives are enroute to Neosho, Missouri, to speak with Nicholson and Neosho Detectives. 

There is no other information available at this time. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office believes there is no longer a threat to the community. 

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UPDATE ON TRIPLE HOMICIDE IN BONDURANT - APRIL 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

***UPDATE on Triple Homicide in Bondurant***

        

Polk County Detectives and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are continuing their investigation of a triple homicide at 9783 NE 88th St in Bondurant Iowa. 

The victims in this case have been identified as the following: 

Mark Alan Nicholson, 58, of Bondurant

Charla Lee Nicholson, 56, of Bondurant

Tawni Alexis Nicholson, 24, of Bondurant.

 

All three victims were residences of the address listed and related. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has identified Chase Marcus Nicholson, 20, of Bondurant, as a person of interest in this case. Chase is 6ft, 175lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Chase is possibly driving a grey 2002 Volkswagen Passat, license number 023ZNW.  

Please use caution if you come in contact with Chase Nicholson and call 911 or Polk County Dispatch at 515-286-3334 immediately.

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POLK COUNTY DETECTIVES CONDUCTING DEATH INVESTIGATION - APRIL 6, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

 

Polk County Detectives Conducting Death Investigation

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a welfare check in the 9700 block of NE 88th St in Bondurant, Iowa, at around 9:30pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017. When Deputies entered the residence, they discovered three deceased individuals inside. 

Polk County Detectives and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are currently processing the crime scene. 

Updates will be provided as information becomes available. 

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF APRIL 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS

Week of April 1st to April 7th, 2017  

  

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr.

  5000 NW Beaver Dr.

 

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

  5000 NE 22nd St

  8000 NW 37th St

 

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

  3800 NE 64th St

 

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

  7300 NW 6th Dr.

  3700 NW 118th Ave

 

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

  5600 NE Berwick Dr.

  2200 NE 80th St

 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  10500 SE 56th Ave

 

Friday, April 7th, 2017

  8800 NE 29th St

  3100 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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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF SWEARING-IN NEW DEPUTIES - MARCH 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Polk County Sheriff Swearing-in New Deputies  

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the swearing-in ceremony for 18 new Deputy Sheriffs.  

Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy will be administering the Oath of Office for 18 new Deputy Sheriffs at 9:00am on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. The new Deputies are a part of the Polk County Master Courts Project that was approved through referendum by Polk County voters on November 5th, 2013.  

Please feel free to help us welcome our new staff members. 

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ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL - MARCH 24, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying an individual that was involved in the robbery of the Git-N-Go convenience store at 2nd Ave and Aurora Ave. 

At around 11:45pm Sunday night, March 26th, 2017, a male subject entered the Git-N-Go and handed the cashier a note stating he had a gun. The suspect left the scene in an unknown silver car, driven by an unknown female with short reddish hair. The suspect was described as a male in his 30’s with facial hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. 

If anyone recognizes the individual in the photo, please contact Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers at (515) 286-3333 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at (515) 223-1400.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

 

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of March 25th to March 31st   

  

Saturday Mar. 25, 2017

  7200 NW 26th St

  7300 NW 4th St

 

Sunday Mar. 26, 2017

  3600 NE 46th Ave

  400 NW 65th Ln

 

Monday Mar. 27, 2017

  1000 NE 54th Ave

  5800 NE 27th Ave

 

Tuesday Mar. 28, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

  200 NW 118th Ave

 

Wednesday Mar. 29, 2017

  6700 SE 60th St

  4000 NE 46th St

 

Thursday Mar. 30, 2017

  900 NE 46th Ave

  9000 NE 94th Ave

 

Friday Mar. 31, 2017

  13800 NE 6th 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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ERRONEOUS EMERGENCY ALERT - MARCH 20, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

***ERRONEOUS EMERGENCY ALERT***

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Centeri n Des Moines, Iowa, has been receiving MULTIPLE calls regarding the attached Emergency Alert. This message was sent in error from a Dispatch Center in eastern Iowa and there is NO current emergency in Polk County. 

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DEPUTY SHERIFF APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 7, 2017 (4)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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 MARCH 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of March 18th to March 24th  

  

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

  5000 NE 22nd St

  8000 NW 37th St

 

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

  200 NW 72nd Pl

  2300 NE 46th Ave

 

Monday, March 20th, 2017

  12400 NW Hugg Dr.

  4400 NE Delaware Ave

 

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

  7100 SE Vandalia Dr.

  800 NE 44th Ave

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

  5400 NW Lower Beaver Rd.

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr.

  4600 NW 142nd Ave

 

Friday, March 24th, 2017

  5600 NE Berwick Dr.

  1500 NE 66thAve 

*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 FOR MARCH 13, 2017 CANCELLED

Monday, March 13, 2017

***CITSTF Traffic Project Cancelled***

 

The Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force enforcement project scheduled for today in Polk County has been cancelled due to the current weather conditions. Please use caution while driving in winter road conditions and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROECT IN CENTRAL POLK COUNTY - MARCH 13, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT MARCH 13TH IN CENTRAL POLK COUNTY 

March 12, 2017

Polk County, Iowa 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will increase their presence in the area of central Polk County on Monday, March 13th 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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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of March 11 to March 17, 2017   

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

  7300 NW 6th Dr.

  4200 NE 27th St.

 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

  1300 NW 66th Ave.

  4800 NE 3rd St.

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

  12400 NW Hugg Dr.

  1000 NE 54th Ave.

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

  3100 NE 46th Ave.

  5800 NE 27th Ave.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  5000 NW Beaver Dr.

  900 Boone St. (Sheldahl)

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

  1600 NE 70th Ave.

  10600 NE 70th Ave.

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

  8800 NE 29th St.

  14900 NE White Oak Dr. 

 

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

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VEHICLE DISCOVERED IN FOURMILE CREEK - MARCH 5, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

UPDATE: VEHICLE DISCOVERED IN FOURMILE CREEK

 

March 6th, 2017

Polk County, IOWA 

The body of an adult female discovered in a vehicle that was located in Fourmile Creek yesterday morning has been identified as 46 year old Jody Ponxs of Des Moines. 

This accident remains under investigation.  Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

 

PCSO 17-1509

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VEHICLE DISCOVERED IN FOURMILE CREEK  

 

March 5th, 2017

Polk County, IOWA 

Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in Fourmile Creek today just before 8:00 a.m.  A bicyclist discovered the vehicle resting on its top while riding on a nearby bike trail located near the intersection of NE 54th Avenue and NE Berwick Drive.  

The four door sedan discovered in the creek was believed to be traveling northbound on NE 38th Street before leaving the roadway at the intersection of NE 54th Avenue and NE Berwick Drive, entering into Fourmile Creek on the north side of the NE 54th Avenue Bridge. 

Polk County Deputies, Delaware Township Fire/Rescue and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.  An adult female discovered in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her name is 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 17-1509

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of March 4th to March 10th  

 

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

  800 NE 44th Ave

  800 NE 50th Ave

 

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

  5000 NE 22nd St

  3600 NE 46th Ave

 

Monday, March 6th, 2017

  7200 NW 26th St

  5700 SE 66th Pl

 

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

  3200 NE 62nd Ave

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr.

 

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

  11300 NW 44th St

  800 NE 50th Ave

 

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

  500 NE 70th Ave

  4400 NE 23rd Ave

 

Friday, March 10th, 2017

  4400 NE Delaware 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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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Week of February 25th to March 3rd

  

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

  4300 NW Morningstar Dr.

  3600 NE 46th Ave

 

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

  1500 NE 66th Ave

  7400 NE 46th St

 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

  4200 NE 94th Ave

  6700 NW 6th Dr.

 

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

  5600 NE 3rd St

  2400 NE Oakhill Dr.

 

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

  3000 NE Aurora Ave

  11000 NW 121st St

 

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

  4400 Delaware Ave

  9000 SE 32nd Ave

 

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

  3100 NE 46th Ave

  3900 NE 108th St 

 

*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 VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, February 9, 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

Thursday, February 9, 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

Wednesday, February 8, 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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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT JANUARY 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 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

Tuesday, January 24, 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

Monday, January 23, 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

Friday, January 20, 2017

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

Thursday, 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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POLK COUNTY JAIL DETENTION OFFICER INJURED DURING ASSAULT - JANUARY 17, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 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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UPDATE MISSING CHILDREN LOCATED SAFE - JANUARY 7, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 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

Friday, 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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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF PHONE SCAMS - JANUARY 4, 2017

Wednesday, 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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PCSO OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY - DECEMBER 21, 2016

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, December 16, 2016

**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

Wednesday, 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

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT - DECEMBER 17, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, December 12, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 7, 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

Friday, November 4, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, October 31, 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

Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Thursday, October 13, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, October 12, 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

Wednesday, October 12, 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

Friday, October 7, 2016

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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OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 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)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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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Polk County Sheriff
1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50313

Administration: (515) 286-3814
Civil
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Communications
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Jail: (515) 323-5400
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