Clayton County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 22680 230th St, Saint Olaf, 52072 IA
  • Chief:
Phone: (563) 245-2422
Fax: (563) 245-1630

Clayton County Sheriff's Office is located at 22680 230th St, Saint Olaf, 52072 IA. The Clayton County Sheriff's Office phone number is (563) 245-2422.

Clayton County Sheriff's Office News

“What’s New in County 22?” ​The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce we have purchased a speed trailer with the assistance of the GTSB (Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau) grant, used from implementing our STEP wave (Safety Traffic Enforcement Program) programs throughout our area. Most of the city police departments in Clayton County already have these. Speed trailers can be used to slow vehicles down in certain areas while keeping manpower free to answer other calls. The speed trailer we have will be used to let drivers know what the speed limit is and how fast they are going. It also stores data for us to determine what days and times are most violated so we can have a patrol vehicle there at those future days and times to issue tickets. We currently have areas of speeding complaints we plan to use the trailer on. If you believe you have an area you would like a speed trailer at, please give us a call. ​One complaint I hear a lot about this time of year are about people trespassing on other people’s property. Whether they are hunting, fishing, looking for ginseng, or just on your property for no reason. One thing you can do to help prevent this is to put up No trespassing signs. If a No trespassing sign is not up, it still doesn’t mean a person can’t be charged. However, it may help to deter them from entering or coming up with an excuse they did not know where the property line was. Another big help to us is to hide a trail camera somewhere. I cannot say enough how effective these cameras are. Many people have come to us to help identify individuals they have seen on their deer or trail cameras. We use them all the time. If you do not have a camera, we have a few at the office and can possibly help you out. Please use them and contact us or get a hold of your local DNR Officer if you have a problem with trespassers. And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me. Thanks and be safe, Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

To download an application form and the full benefits package, please visit http://claytoncountyia.gov/334/Applications-Forms

Press Release: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On October 1, 2018 at 12:28pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on First Street in Marquette for a traffic violation. Deputies came into contact with 50 year old Benjamin Lechnir of McGregor. Upon further investigation, Lechnir was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with driving while suspended, fail to obey stop sign, no insurance, unlawful use of license, open container of alcohol, defective tires and operation without registration. On October 3, 2018 at 7:05am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a semi rollover on Iris Ave just South of 215th Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Matthew Jones of Leeds, AL was operating a 2016 Freightliner when Jones got too close to the edge of the road. Jones lost control causing the semi and trailer to enter the ditch an overturn causing $10,000 damage. Jones was transported to Central Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Central Ambulance Service and Farmersburg First Responders. On October 5, 2018 at 6:40pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 56 near Delta Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Rick Trebon of Wadena was operating a 2005 Ford Escape when he struck a deer causing $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported. On October 5, 2018 after a several month long narcotics investigation, Clayton County Deputies arrested 37 year old Greg Kirby of McGregor. Kirby was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Delivery of Methamphetamines (Class “C” Felony). Kirby remains in the Clayton County Jail on $10,000 cash bond. On October 8, 2018 at 10:47am Clayton County Deputies responded to a semi rollover on Aspen Ave near Elgin. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Roger Bergan of Hawkeye was operating a 2010 Freightliner when he got too close to the edge of the road. Bergan lost control causing the semi and trailer to enter the ditch and overturn causing $10,000 damage. Bergan was cited for failure to maintain control. On October 8, 2018 at 2:39pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Highway 13 near 318th Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Payton Matthews of Manchester was operating a 2004 Ford Stratus northbound on Highway 13 when the passenger side tired dropped onto the shoulder of the road. Matthews attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway, where he lost control and entered the ditch causing $2,500 damage. Matthews and a passenger, Ryanne Pritchard of Manchester were transported to Central Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Matthews was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted a the scene by Strawberry Point Fire Department and Ambulance and the Iowa DNR. On October 13, 2018, 27 year old Aaron Chapman of Edgewood turned himself into the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office on a Clayton County Warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. Chapman was held in the Clayton County Jail pending an appearance in Court. On October 16, 2018 at 9:00pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Hickory Ave. Upon further investigation, Deputies located marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Deputies arrested 18 year old Ellie Christianson of Guttenberg. Christianson was transported to the Clayton County Jail where she was charged with Possession of a controlled substance marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

“What’s New in County 22?” My heart goes out to the families of Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquiin Arozamena. Two college students from the State of Iowa recently and selfishly taken from us. I know this is a hot topic with new students recently going to college for the first time this year so in my article this month I would like to give you some ideas or suggestions on what do if you are running, or even biking, walking or just enjoying the outdoors. I found most of these tips on the internet but have a few I use myself. Share Your Itinerary: Whenever I go out hunting, I tell my wife where I am going even if I know it is not a dangerous climb into a tree stand. Since she does not know the nicknames of the landmarks where I hunt, I usually tell her to call a friend of mine that knows which area or stand I am going to be in and what time I should return. If you are running or walking in town, let someone know what time you are going and about when you should be back. If you do not know the street names, tell them the best route you are going, like by John Doe’s house, around the school, by the park and home, etc. Mix it up: Try to change up your routes as much as possible. Following the same routes every day makes it easier for stalkers to target you. If you cannot change your route, change the times you go, so you are not so predictable. Run in the daylight: Studies show that it is much safer for women to jog or walk when it is light out. It is less likely that attackers will try anything in the daylight. If you want to go on nature trails or jog in secluded areas, make sure to take other people with you. Carry a cellphone: Always carry a cell phone with you and make sure it is easily accessible and fully charged so you can contact someone if you need to. You might even need it if you sprain an ankle or obtain an injury. If you do not have a cell phone carry a whistle or alarm. Limit the Music: Good music can inspire you to push yourself a little harder but music can also shut out the noises around you. Try using one headphone instead of two so you can still hear what is going on around you. This would also be helpful if a motorist is honking to get your attention. Carry Pepper Spray or Mace: A lot of people think only cops carry this but you can buy it at any outdoor store like Cabela’s. Hunters use it for bears and it is not that expensive. They also make some that are attached to key chains for easy access. Do not Run Alone: There is safety in numbers so it is good to go in pairs or more. If possible, take a dog with you. Stay Alert: Try to be aware of what is going on around you. Use your eyes, ears and intuition to warn yourself of possible danger or suspicious behavior. If you have any suspicion of anything unusual, give us a call or at least tell someone else about it. Take A Self Defense Class: One of the most important elements of taking a self-defense class if the confidence building as well as the verbal and physical protection skills. Sgt. Brent Ostrander is a defensive tactics instructor and has training in self-defense. He is willing to teach self-defense for groups of people interested. Please contact our office and ask for him if you would like to set something up. By writing this article, I am not trying to scare anyone or hinder your outdoor activities. I believe we live in a safe community, but taking extra precaution cannot hurt anyone and is not a bad practice to use as you grow old or pass onto your children. And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me. Thanks and be safe, Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

UPDATE: Clayton County 911 landline calls are now working properly. Cellular 911 calls are being forwarded to Delaware County.

UPDATE: The problem has been found to be a cut fiber optic line or a fiber optic line struck by lightning. We will update when it has been fixed. Attention: Our 911 phone lines are currently down. All calls are being relayed to Des Moines State Radio. We are working on the problems and will post an update when the problem has been resolved. Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

Press Release: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All person’s charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On September 6, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 32 year old Kyle Vanderbilt of Prairie Du Chien on a Houston County Minnesota warrant for terroristic threats. Vanderbilt was transported to the Clayton County Jail pending an extradition hearing in court. On September 9, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 47 year old Richard Fuller of Volga for a Sauk County Wisconsin Warrant for Retail Theft. Fuller was transported to the Clayton County Jail pending an extradition hearing in court. On September 10, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 45 year old Nicholas Troendle on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections Warrant for Probation Violation. Troendle was transported to the Clayton County Jail pending an extradition hearing in court. On September 10, 2018 at 8:22pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance in the City of Garnavillo. Upon further investigation, Deputies determined an assault had taken place. Deputies arrested 44 year old Chad Schroyer of Garnavillo. Schroyer was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault and Child Endangerment. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg and Garnavillo Police Departments. On September 13, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 31 year old Sabrina Reisner on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. She was transported from the Fayette County Jail to the Clayton County Jail where she is being held without bond. On September 14, 2018 at 6:30pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Kennedy Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Stephen Beaumont of Garber was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo when he lost control, entered the ditch causing $3,000 damage. No injuries were reported. Guttenberg Police, fire and EMS assisted at the scene. On September 15, 2018 at 7:36pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a traffic complaint in the City of Garber. Deputies observed a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 squealing tires and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies came into contact with 44 year old Shannon Rowland of Guttenberg. Upon further investigation, Rowland was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated -1st Offense. On September 16, 2018 at 3:57am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Glacier Road near Edgewood. Upon further investigation it was determined that Tanner Paul of Greeley was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado when he lost control, entered the ditch and rolled. The vehicle then struck John Deere Farm Chopper that was parked in a field causing $2,000 damage to the John Deere. Damage to Paul’s vehicle is estimated at $7,000. No injuries were reported. Paul was cited for failure to maintain control. On September 18, 2018 at 1:49am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a possible intoxicated driver near the Kwik Star in Monona. Deputies located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on 100th Street. Deputies came into contact with 30 year old Amanda Staake of Postville. Upon further investigation, Staake was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where she was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-3rd Offense, and driving while revoked. Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

Press Release: On September 3rd at approximately 5:52 a.m. Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary in process in the city of Marquette. Deputies located two juvenile males attempting to flee the area of 3rd Street in a vehicle but were apprehended. The juveniles were initially found in possession of stolen property related to the burglary complaint. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle discovering stolen property in approximately eight (8) additional vehicle burglaries. Several additional items were recovered and believed to be stolen from unreported burglaries to vehicles, residences, or businesses. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone having missing or stolen items in the area of northeast Clayton County to please contact Investigator Mark Kautman at 563-245-2422 to identify.

UPDATES REGARDING SEALED BID: The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will offer for sale by sealed bid the following listed items. #1- 2003 Chevy Trailblazer 4dr – mileage unknown – vin#1GNES16SX36140838 #2-2001 Chrysler Town and Country –mileage unknown-vin#2C8GP64L51R195858 #3-2010 Ford Crown VIC 4dr-mileage 149,458 (approx. 80,000 miles on engine)-vin#2FABP7BV8AX129750 #4-2002 Pontiac Montana-mileage 116,019-vin#1GMDX03E32D113436 #5-1992 Ford F150-mileage uknown-vin#1GMDX03E3ZD113436 #6-1998 Chevy Tahoe K1500-mileage uknown-vin#1GNEK13R6WJ303679 #7-2008 Ford Focus 4D-mileage uknown-vin#1FAHP35N08W250230 #8-2012 Premier 200 Fishmaster Pontoon boat (motor not included)-vin#PBD01090L112 and 2012 Black Pontoon Trailer #9-single jet ski trailer (no title) ​#10-Good Year Eagle Tires (set of 4) size 245/55/R18 lightly used ​#11-Good Year Eagle Tires (set of 4) size 225/60/R18 lightly used #12-Good Year Eagle Tires (set of 4) size 225/60/R18 lightly used For pictures of the Sealed bid items, please click the following link: https://www.claytoncountyia.gov/DocumentCenter/Index/107 Bids will be accepted at the Sheriff’s Office in person or via mail and must be post marked no later than September 24th 2018, to Clayton County Sherifff, P.O. Box 10, St. Olaf, Iowa 52072. All bids will be opened at the sheriff’s office on September 26th, 2018 at 10:00am. When placing your bid please make sure to indicate which item(s) you are bidding on. Payment and removal of item must be made within 7 business days of being notified of winning bid. All items are sold as is with no warranty expressed or implied. For questions regarding any of the items, please contact Chief Deputy Holst at 563-245-2422 EXT. 128. If you wish to view any of the items, please contact our dispatch at 563-245-2422 to schedule an showing.

Attention Clayton County residents living in the towns of Mcgregor, Marquette, and Farmersburg: Please look to see if anything has happened to your vehicle and/or your residence that is suspicious in nature. A series of thefts occurred the early morning hours of September 3rd, 2018. Stolen property has been recovered and suspects have been identified. Please contact the Clayton County Sheriffs Office at 563-245-2422. Thank you.

Press Release: “ A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On August 19, 2018 at 12:41am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Mississippi Road North of Guttenberg. Upon further investigation, it was determined that 22 year old Geffrey Williams of Hiawatha was operating a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville when he lost control, entered the ditch coming to rest on the railroad track causing $3,000 damage. Williams was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated- 1st Offense, Driving While Barred, No insurance and Failure to Maintain Control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Police Department and CP Rail. On August 21, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 27 year old Brittany Piper of West Union on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Piper was transported from the Allamakee County Jail to the Clayton County Jail where she is being held without bond. On August 23, 2018 at 7:45pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs. deer accident on the Osterdock Road near Osterdock. Upon further investigation it was determined that Edward Cummer of Guttenberg was operating a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado when he struck a deer causing $2,000 damage. No injuries were reported. On August 24, 2018 at 1:47am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to the City of Volga for a harassment complaint. On August 25th, Deputies arrested 26 year old Alex Dettbarn of Volga for disorderly conduct and harassment- 3rd degree. On August 25, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 28 year old Brianna Green of Postville on a Clayton County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Green was transported from the Fayette County Jail to the Clayton County Jail where she was held on $2000 bond. On August 25, 2018 at 8:40pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Bell Road near Volga for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation, 26 year old Zachary McAllister of Manchester was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-2nd Offense. On August 27, 2018 at 2:49pm, Clayton County Deputies took a report of a theft of gasoline from a fuel barrel at 26743 Highway 128. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested and charged 20 year old Tom Shirbroun of Farmersburg for Theft 4th Degree. On August 28, 2018 at 4:51pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a vehicle that struck a building on Ross Street in Farmersburg. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested 29 year old Justin Reuter of Wauzeka for Operating While Intoxicated. Reuter was also charged with failure to maintain control, careless driving, and no insurance. Deputies estimated the damage to the building to be around $8,000. -Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

“What’s New in County 22?” This month I would like to inform the public on a couple of messaging systems used within our county. The first, one for the public, was implemented by Clayton County Emergency Management Coordinator Sarah Moser. Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. The system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system. The system is available, free of charge, to all counties. Alert Iowa allows citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. It is recommended that if you are not directly impacted by minor river flooding do not check the box to receive those notifications. Alert Iowa also gives residents the opportunity to distinguish if somebody in their home has any special needs, such as insulin dependent, bedridden, oxygen dependent. This enables Emergency Management to send information directly to individuals who may be impacted. The best way to receive messages is via text message. Take 60 seconds and get yourself registered for this wonderful notification system. You may register by going to https://entry.inspironlogistics.com/clayton_ia/wens.cfm. Any questions can be directed to the Clayton County Emergency Management office. The second system we are working with now is called eDispatch or eDispatches.com for first responders (Fire, EMS, and police). This system works via a phone app and sends notifications to turn your mobile device into a pager with replay, mapping/routing and live streaming audio of any emergency paging. Basically, it is a secondary notification system that will send messages to first responders’ phones in case they did not hear a page. By using this app you can also notify other members of a responding agency that they received the page and are enroute to the call. Another nice thing about this is if for some reason a radio tower would go down, responders would still get their page with this app. This system also works with our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) software which is mapping and call information so responders know what type of call they are responding to and exactly where to respond to. If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me. Thanks and be safe, Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

For Sale by Sealed Bid: The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will offer for sale by sealed bid the following listed items. #1- 2003 Chevy Trailblazer 4dr – mileage unknown – vin#1GNES16SX36140838 #2-2001 Chrysler Town and Country –mileage unknown-vin#2C8GP64L51R195858 #3-2010 Ford Crown VIC 4dr-mileage 149,458 (approx. 80,000 miles on engine) -vin#2FABP7BV8AX129750 #4-2002 Pontiac Montana-mileage 116,019-vin#1GMDX03E32D113436 #5-1992 Ford F150-mileage uknown-vin#1GMDX03E3ZD113436 #6-1998 Chevy Tahoe K1500-mileage uknown-vin#1GNEK13R6WJ303679 #7-2008 Ford Focus 4D-mileage uknown-vin#1FAHP35N08W250230 #8-2012 Premier 200 Fishmaster Pontoon boat (motor not included)-vin#PBD01090L112 and 2012 Black Pontoon Trailer #9-single jet ski trailer (no title) #10 – Good Year Eagle Tires (8 total) size 245/55/R18 lightly used #11 – Good Year Eagle Tires (4 total) size 22 5/60/R18 lightly used Bids will be accepted at the sheriff’s office in person or via mail and must be post marked no later than September 24th 2018, to Clayton County Sherifff, P.O. Box 10, St. Olaf, Iowa 52072. All bids will be opened at the sheriff’s office on September 26th, 2018 at 10:00am. When placing your bid please make sure to indicate which item(s) you are bidding on. Payment and removal of item must be made within 7 business days of being notified of winning bid. All items are sold as is with no warranty expressed or implied. To see photos and more details please visit www.claytoncountyiowasheriff.com and click on announcements. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1933330606715309&type=1&l=52fc616e67

A train derailment is currently preventing access to the Marquette City boat ramp. We will post an update when the issue has been resolved and access is open again.

For Immediate Release: On August 22,2018 at approximately 8:07pm the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of airplane that crashed in a field off of Greenfield Ave near the Monona Airport. No injuries were sustained in the crash. The cause remains under investigation. Additional details will be released tomorrow afternoon. Image

Press Release: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All person’s charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On August 5, 2018 at 10:08pm, Clayton County Deputies along with the Guttenberg Police Department were dispatched to Casey’s in Guttenberg where a suspect vehicle was located pertaining to a vandalism that had occurred on Leaf Road. Upon further investigation, Trevor Harbaugh, 29 of Garnavillo was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense. On August 6, 2018 at 10:08am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Bixby Ave near Volga. Upon further investigation it was determined that Michelle Krapfl of Volga was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox when she lost control due to an equipment failure on the vehicle and entered the ditch causing $3,000 damage. No injuries were reported. On August 7, 2018 at 5:14am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Grandview Road near Elkport. Upon further investigation it was determined that Steven Belinsky of Strawberry Point was operating a 2010 Ford Fusion when he swerved to miss a deer, lost control and entered the ditch striking a tree causing $6,000 damage. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Garber Fire Department, Garber First Responders and the Elkader Ambulance. On August 7, 2018 at 1:18pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Harness Road. Deputies came into contact with 38 year old Shaun Pitzer of Prairie Du Chien. Upon further investigation, Pitzer was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Suspended. On August 10, 2018 at 10:45pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Grape Road near Elkader. Upon further investigation it was determined that Cassie Tuecke of Monona was operating a 2002 Buick Century when she lost control and entered the ditch causing $1000 damage. Tuecke was cited for failure to maintain control. On August 12, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 62 year old Jay Connell of Garnavillo on a Clayton County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Connell was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he is being held of $5,000 bond. On August 12, 2018 at 5:33pm, Clayton County Deputies along with MarMac Police Department responded to a one vehicle accident on Highway 76 North of Marquette. Upon further investigation, 33 year old Mark Ehlers of Urbandale was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-3rd Offense (Class “D” Felony) and failure to maintain control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by MarMac Rescue. On August 13, 2018, Clayton County Deputies took a report of a no contact order violation at 36679 Eagle Ave, Strawberry Point. Deputies charged 27 year old Aaron Chapman of Manchester for Violation of a protective order. Chapman was arrested on August 21st and transported to the Clayton County Jail. On August 15, 2018 at 10:02am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance at 12085 Apricot Road near Postville. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested 18 year old Braden Nelson of Postville for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies also charged 18 year old Sierra Boardman of Postville with Possession of Alcohol under 21 years of age. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa DNR. On August 17, 2018 at 2:50am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a vehicle in the ditch on the Great River Road near McGregor. Upon further investigation, 32 year old Steven Kessler of Garnavillo was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense and Failure to Maintain Control. On August 20, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 49 year old Loren Trappe of Monona on a Clayton County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Trappe is being held on $2,000 bond. On August 20, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 53 year old Jeffrey Klein of Monona on a Clayton County Mitimus for failure to serve jail sentence. Klein was transported to the Clayton County Jail to serve the 30 day jail sentence imposed. On August 21, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 38 year old Jon Moreland of McGregor on a Clayton County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Moreland is being held on $750 bond. Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

The winners of the Clayton County Fair bike drawings have been drawn and awarded! The winner of the Boy’s bicycle giveaway by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at the Clayton County Fair booth was 4 yr. old Gannen Fritz. Gannen is the son of Tasha and Chad Fritz, Garnavillo. He is pictured with his mother Tasha, sisters Brynlee, Evelyn and Sheriff Mike Tschirgi. The winner of the Girl’s bicycle giveaway by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at the Clayton County Fair booth was 7 yr. old Ayva Prince. Ayva is the daughter of Shyan and David Prince, Guttenberg. She is pictured with Sheriff Mike Tschirgi.

PRESS RELEASE: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All person’s charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On July 25, 2018 at 2:14pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Dolphin Ave for a traffic violation. Deputies came into contact with 31 year old Ashley White of Clermont. Upon further investigation, the Clayton County K9 was deployed and indicated to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Deputies located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Deputies also located several grams of methamphetamine concealed on White’s person. White was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where she was charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine (Class “B” Felony). On July 26, 2018 at 6:51am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Clayton Rd and 232nd Street. Upon further investigation it was determined that Lonnie Davis Jr of Elkader was operating 1991 Dodge Dynasty on 232nd Street. Davis entered the Clayton Rd and did not see a southbound 2001 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Kobe Yoder of Strawberry Point. Both vehicle collided causing $8,500 damage. Davis was cited for failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way. On July 27, 2018 at 8:59am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Canoe Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Dane Schroeder of Saint Olaf was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado when he struck a deer causing $20,000 damage. On July 27, 2018, Clayton County Deputies took custody of 20 year old Seth Boardman of Colesburg from Dubuque County Authorities on a Clayton County warrant for Probation Violation. Boardman was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was held without bond. On July 28, 2018 at 8:04am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of the Great River Road and Mississippi Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Chad Clinton of Colesburg was operating a 2013 Victory Cross Country Motorcycle Northbound on the Great River Road when a 2011 John Deere Skid loader operated by Leroy Bries of Garnavillo entered the roadway from Mississippi Road striking Clinton’s motorcycle causing $16,000 damage. Clinton was transported to the Guttenberg Hospital for treatment of injuries. Bries was cited for failure to yield right of way. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Ambulance, Guttenberg Fire Department and the Guttenberg Police Department. On July 29, 2018 at 1:53pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a motorcycle vs. deer accident on the Great River Road near Ridge Ave. Upon further investigation it was determined that Carolyn Rude of Mount Morris IL was operating a 2014 Honda Goldwing when she struck a deer causing $4,000 damage. Rude and a passsenger, Trudy Zak of Sycamore, Il were transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for treatment of injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Police Department and Holy Cross Ambulance. On August 1, 2018 at 3:54pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 13 near Highway 128 for a traffic violation. Deputies came into contact with 21 year old Louis Gnida of Solon. Upon further investigation, K9 Raven was deployed and alerted to the presense of narcotics in the vehicle. Deputies located marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication within the vehicle. Gnida was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a controlled substance 1st offense, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and ulawful possession of a prescription drug. On August 4, 2018 at 6:33am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle sitting in the middle of the road on Crystal Road near St. Sebald Rd. Deputies came into contact with 23 year old Samuel Debes-Reuter of Strawberry Point. Upon further investigation, Debes-Reuter was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with operating while intoxicated-1st offense. On August 4, 2018, Clayton County Deputies took custody of 29 year old Nicholas Ostrander from Dubuque County Authorities on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Ostrander was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he is being held on $750.00 bond. On August 6, 2018, Clayton County Deputies took custody of 22 year old Trevor Moon from Fayette County Authorities on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Moon was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he is being held without bond. -Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

“What’s New in County 22?” It seems a lot of the time when people ask me what is going on at our office I usually say we are busy. This time I would have to say we have been really, really, busy. Every weekend it seems there are multiple events going on. We usually start the summer out with Strawberry Days and helping with all the city summer events, directing traffic for tractorcades, motorcycle rides or rallies, car cruises, etc., while still responding to calls and car accidents. I normally have the patrol deputies pay special attention to the areas where the events are taking place during the evening, in case city officers need back up. Drivers need to slow down and pass with care when they approach a Tractorcade. These vehicles are driving probably half the speed you are on the highway, and you do not want to run into the back of one. They should have a SMV “slow moving vehicle” sign on the back to alert you they are there. Most of the Tractorcades I have gotten behind will pull over for you on the straight stretches of road so you can pass safely. Please do not pass a tractor at an intersection. If the tractor fails to signal a left turn, they could turn into you. Motorcycle rallies and Car cruises are usually going the same speed as you but the motorcycles are harder to see. Some of the newer bikes have better lighting but do not take that for granted. Same as tractors please do not pass at an intersection. In addition, when I pull up to an intersection I usually take a double look both directions. The first time you look, you might be looking right through a motorcycle coming up to the intersection you did not see. The second time you look you just might see them so I always double check. If it is a busy intersection, I will even look more. All these folks have just as much right to the road as you do. When asked, we usually provide support by assisting with traffic control for these events at dangerous intersections, provided I have enough manpower to do so. No one wants to see an accident. If you have an event you would like some help with, please give me a call at the sheriff’s office (563)245-2422 ext.4, and I will do what I can to assist you. We are currently planning and scheduling to get ready for the Clayton County Fair. It sounds today like the weather should be nice and hopefully they have a good crowd. We are also scheduling for the Volga Truck cruise later this month. They are trying to break the Guinness Book of World records for longest truck cruise. I believe they are trying to get over 2000 trucks for the cruise. We have asked for help from the State Patrol on both events with traffic control. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me. Thanks and be safe, Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

Press Release: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All person’s charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” On June 29, 2018 Clayton County Deputies arrested 45 year old Shane Marcov of Dubuque on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Marcov was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond. On June 30, 2018 at 12:28am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle near Motor Mill. Deputies located the vehicle parked on the Motor Mill Bridge. Deputies came into contact with 24 year old Dustin Wegmann of Strawberry Point. Upon further investigation, Wegmann was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-2nd Offense. On June 30, 2018 at 1:45am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 13 near Granite Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that John Shinn of Oelwein was operating a 2004 Jeep Cherokee when he struck a deer causing $3,500 damage. No injuries were reported. On July 1, 2018 at 3:01am, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Harness Road near Farmersburg. Deputies came into contact with 27 year old Bryton Rentschler of Elkader. Upon further investigation, Rentschler was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense. On July 1, 2018 at 9:42pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a car vs deer accident on the Colesburg Road near 372nd Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Fred Schaffer of Edgewood was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox when he struck a deer causing $6,000 damage. No injuries were reported. On July 2, 2018 at 1:14am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Osterdock Road. Deputies came into contact with 44 year old David Breeding of Dyersville. Upon further investigation, Breeding was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense and Failure to Maintain Control. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Police Department. On July 2, 2018 at 10:03pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on the Gunder Road near Depot Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Mark Glawe of Garber was operating a 2002 Ford Ranger when he struck a deer causing $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported. On July 4, 2018 at 2:17am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 13 near Granite Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Anne Allsup of Lamont was operating a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier when she struck a deer causing $1,500 damage. No injuries were reported. On July 4, 2018 at 8:28pm, Clayton County Deputies along with the Garnavillo Police Department were dispatched to a traffic complaint in the City of Garnavillo. Deputies located the vehicle and the driver fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit the driver, 25 year old Gage Wood was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-3rd Offense (Class D Felony), Driving While Barred, and interference with official acts. On July 5, 2018 at 2:29pm, Clayton County Deputies arrested 25 year old Jamie Edge of Garnavillo for Driving While Revoked after she was observed driving to the Clayton County Jail earlier that day. On July 5, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 29 year old Craig Hogue of Hobart, IN on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Hogue was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he is being held without bond. On July 8, 2018 at 7:39pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a stolen vehicle report in the City of Farmersburg. At 9:25pm, the MarMac Police Department located the stolen vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 18. Deputies along with the MarMac Police Deparment arrested 19 year old Jesse Kellogg of Boscobel. Kellogg was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a controlled substance marijauna, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation without owner’s consent. On July 9, 2018 at 12:10am, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 13 near Forrest Rd. Deputies came into contact with 46 year old Matthew Cunningham of Elkader. Upon further investigation, Cunningham was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense. On July 9, 2018 at 9:19pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Grandview Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Jacob Skarie of Volga was operating a 2004 GMC Sierra when he struck a deer causing $2,000 damage. No injuries were reported. On July 10, 2018 at 8:58pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a motorcycle vs. deer accident on the Garber Road East of the Osterdock Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Paul Malli of Cresco was operating a 1992 Kawasaki when he struck a deer causing $2,000 damage. Malli was transported to the Guttenberg Hospital by the Guttenberg Ambulance for treatment of injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Police Department, Guttenberg Ambulance Service and the Guttenberg Fire Department. On July 11, 2018 at 7:16pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in Osterdock. Deputies located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 27 year old Jordan Zehr of Dyersville. Upon further investigation, Zehr was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while revoked. -Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

Press Release: " A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All person's charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law." On June 14, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 35 year old Felecia Flores of Lansing on a Clayton County Warrant for Parole Violation. Flores was transported to the Clayton County Jail where she was held without bond. On June 14, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 31 year old Thomas Cummings of Cedar Rapids on a Clayton County Warrant for Probation Violation. Cummings was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was held without bond. On June 20, 2018, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office and the Guttenberg Police Department arrested 46 year old Robert Fischer of Independence, MO on a Dubuque County Warrant for Failure to Appear. Fischer was turned over to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office. On June 21, 2018 at 8:02am, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Ironwood Rd and 250th Street. Deputies came into contact with 31 year old Nicholas Meyer of Garnavillo. Upon further investigation, Meyer was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with driving while revoked and driving while suspended. On June 21, 2018 at 10:49am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a assault at 21982 Pleasant Ridge Road. Deputies determined that an assault had taken place the night before. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested 66 year old William Johanningmeier of Monona. Johanningmeier was charged with domestic abuse assault. On June 22, 2018 at 10:00pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Littleport Road. Upon further investigation it was determined that Wreece Marner of Cedar Rapids was operating a 1998 Toyota Corolla when he swerved to miss a deer, lost control entering the ditch causing $3,000 damage. No injuries were reported. On June 22, 2018, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office along with the Elkader Police Department arrested 31 year old John Gager Jr of Elkader on a Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation. Gager was transported to the Clayton County Jail and later released to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. On June 24, 2018, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office arrested 51 year old Scott Timmerman of Cresco on a Clayton County Warrant for failure to appear. Timmerman was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was held on $2,500 bond. On June 25, 2018, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 56. Deputies came into contact with 58 year old Steven Andrews of Elkader. Upon further investigation, Deputies located marijuana. Andrews was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Operating while intoxicated. On June 26, 2018, Clayton County Deputies arrested 35 year old Dillan Boydston of Decorah on a Clayton County Warrant for Assault causing bodily injury. Boydston was transported to the Clayton County Jail where is being held on $1,000 bond. On June 27, 2018, Clayton County Deputies along with the Guttenberg Police Department arrested 22 year old Cody Hartfield of Guttenberg on a Johnson County Warrant for assault. Hartfield was transported to the Clayton County Jail and later released to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. -Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

What's New in County 22? This month in my article, I would like to inform the public of a couple of fund raising events our office will be involved with. The first one is the Annual Garnavillo Firecracker Run/Walk event that is held in Garnavillo each year on the 4th of July to support funding for the Clayton County K-9 Unit. Raven has been with us for 4 years and does tremendous work in locating narcotics and searches. The Run/Walk starts at 7am and costs $25 per person that includes a t-shirt. If you have an interest in joining us for the Run/Walk or would just like to donate, please contact K-9 Deputy Matt Moser at (mmoser@claytoncountyia.gov). The second event is a “Driving Out Sexual Violence” Golf Outing. This event is being held July 28th, 2018 at the Guttenberg Golf course and hosted by the Clayton County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). It is an 18 Hole - 4 person best shot with lunch and prizes. Tee off at 10am. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. Contact Sgt. Brent Ostrander at (bostrander@claytoncountyia.gov) or call him at (563)880-9093 if you have an interest in joining or would just like to donate. Areas of fundraising focus: • Provide a better response to survivors of sexual assault and abuse through core team training • Provide education, training and prevention to local school districts, businesses and organizations • Provide hotel stays to survivors fleeing to safety • Provide resources to ensure a survivor maintains their dignity through the entire process • Provide specialized equipment for responders Local Statistics: • 88 reported crimes of sexual abuse and solicitation of a child/minor in past 5 years • 63% of all cases involve a child 15 years of age or younger • 33% of reported cases result in criminal charges • Over 85% successful prosecution rate National Statistics: CDC 2010 National Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: • 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime. • 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. Sexual violence victimization other than rape (coercion or unwanted sexual contact) • Nearly 1 in 2 women (44.6%) • 1 in 5 men (22.2%) Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at mtschirgi@claytoncountyia.gov, or stop by to see me.