Emmet County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Emmet County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 114 North 6th Street, Suite #2, Estherville, 51334 IA
  • Chief:
Phone: 712-362-2639
Fax: 712-362-7271

Emmet County Sheriff's Office is located at 114 North 6th Street, Suite #2, Estherville, 51334 IA. The Emmet County Sheriff's Office phone number is 712-362-2639.

Emmet County Sheriff's Office News

Two local men were arrested November 1st as the result of a traffic stop early Thursday morning. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens shortly after midnight a sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Wallingford conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing one of the occupants littering upon the highway. Upon initiating the traffic stop in the 1900 block of highway four and making contact with the occupants of the vehicle it was determined that two of the three occupants were wanted in regard to outstanding arrest warrants. As a result Joshua Hoferman age (20) of Jackson, Minnesota and Ian Kramer age (19) of Estherville were placed under arrest. Hoferman was wanted by Palo Alto County authorities in regard to an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of probation, while Kramer was wanted on three separate arrest warrants from Dickinson County, Floyd County and Emmet County for failure to appear. Additional investigation by the sheriff’s office at the scene discovered 121.69 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana, a scale and drug paraphernalia. As a result of this discovery, Kramer was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a class (D) felony, failure to affix a tax stamp a class (D) felony and possession of drug paraphernalia (a simple misdemeanor). Kramer was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked on the charges and Hoferman was transferred to Palo Alto County authorities.

A Cherokee man was arrested as the result of a traffic stop in rural Emmet County recently. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens a sheriff’s deputy on patrol Tuesday October 30thobserved a vehicle driving erratically on 210th Street shortly before 4:30pm and initiated a traffic stop approximately 3 miles Southeast of Estherville. Upon making contact with the driver, the deputy discovered the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation at the scene found that the driver was in possession of 3.8 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana. As a result the driver Zachary Dodd age (26) of Cherokee was placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and operating while under the Influence (drug related).

A Fairmont, Minnesota man faces drug charges as the result of a traffic stop by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office last Saturday afternoon. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens on October 27th at 5:30pm a sheriff’s deputy on patrol observed a northbound vehicle traveling 88 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone on the north side of Estherville. The sheriff’s deputy then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of highway four north of Estherville. Upon investigation at the scene drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be marijuana were seized. The driver of the vehicle Jeffrey Heupel age (63) of Fairmont, Minnesota was placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

A traffic stop South of Wallingford in Emmet County resulted in the arrest of a local woman on drug charges. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, on October 14th shortly before midnight, a sheriff’s deputy observed an equipment violation on a vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the 2600 block of highway four. Upon investigation at the scene drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be marijuana was discovered in the vehicle. As a result of the investigation Carrey Ross age (21) of Estherville was placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail where she was booked for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help locating a vehicle that struck a bicyclist Saturday evening. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, the sheriff’s office received a report of a traffic accident involving a bicyclist that had been struck by a vehicle on 170th Street West of Armstrong at 6:06pm. Upon investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office it was determined that a westbound bicycle was struck by a vehicle traveling the same direction on 170th street and continued westbound without stopping after striking the bicyclist. The bicyclist, Gary Isenberg age (71) of Swea City was treated on the scene and then transported to the Fairmont Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries by the Armstrong Ambulance Service. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a light colored 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt that is missing the passenger side rear view mirror and was being driven by a female with blonde hair and approximately 20 years of age. If anyone has information about the identity of the driver or the vehicle you are asked to contact the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office at 712-362-2639 your identity is not necessary.

The investigation into a domestic dispute resulted in the arrest of two people late Wednesday night by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens a sheriff’s deputy observed what appeared to be a domestic dispute in a vehicle sitting at the intersection of 360th Avenue and 170th Street west of Estherville shortly before midnight. Upon investigation at the scene Abria Destiny Monique Camphor age (21) and Clarence Donelle Blanchard both of Estherville were placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail. Camphor was charged with no valid license, having an open container of alcohol on a public roadway, interference with official acts, public intoxication and providing false information to a peace officer. Blanchard was charged with public Intoxication, open container and littering. Both were released the next morning following their initial appearance before a magistrate judge. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Estherville Police Department.

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that one person was taken into custody and another charged as the result of the execution of two Palo Alto County arrest warrants in Gruver Saturday September 22nd. According to Sheriff Martens, sheriff’s deputies received information that Blake Gibson age (24) who was wanted on arrest warrants for Violation of Probation from Palo Alto County was at the residence at 105 2nd Avenue in Gruver. When deputies arrived at the residence contact was made with Kayla Dyer age (25) of that address who advised the sheriff’s deputy that Gibson was not at the residence and she did not know where he was at. Meanwhile, the other deputy on scene located Gibson hiding in the backyard where he was taken into custody without incident. Gibson was transported to Palo Alto County line and turned over to Palo Alto County authorities. Dyer was charged with Interference with Official Acts of a Peace Officer and released on a citation to appear in court.

On 08-28-2018 Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens announced a new traffic safety initiative within rural Emmet County. The initiative is referred to as “STOP” (Special Traffic Offender Project). “STOP” was created after the recent investigation of three separate rural stop sign related motor vehicle crashes which resulted in personal injuries during the summer of 2018. Beginning this week the sheriff’s office will be providing additional enforcement efforts at specific rural intersections to deter vehicle crashes from occurring and people from being injured in Emmet County.

Update: The gas leak has been contained and the roads are now open. There has been a gas line cut in Armstrong at 1st Ave and 3rd Street. Main street is closed. Please avoid travel in the west part of town.

The investigation into a traffic hazard resulted in the arrest of an Estherville man on drug charges. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens on July 31st shortly before 9pm, a sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle that was stopped on the roadway south of the intersection of Highway 9 and 430th Avenue. During the investigation at the scene marijuana and drug paraphernalia were discovered. As a result the driver of the vehicle, Anthony Helmick age (26) of Estherville was placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance 1st offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Update: 8/1/18 7:30 pm. 911 landlines in the Dolliver area are back in service. At this time landline based 911 telephone service in the Dolliver area has been interrupted due to a telephone cable being cut. Crews are on scene at this time working to restore service. In the interim it may be necessary to use a cellular phone to reach 911 services in the affected area.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office has donated an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) to Iowa State Extension for Emmet County. The defibrillator was one of four recently replaced by a grant obtained by the Emmet County Public Health Nurse’s Office to replace some of the aging defibrillators in the sheriff’s office fleet. An AED is utilized to apply an electrical shock to a victim of cardiac arrest to restart their heart. The sooner that this can occur will help to increase the chances of the victim’s survival. The AED will be available at the Emmet County Fair Office during the fair and also at the extension office building when the fair is not underway. Pictured below L to R is: Sheriff Mike Martens, Office assistant Missy Danner, Program Director Brittany Rosburg, County youth coordinator Morgan Mathews and summer intern Katie Fell.

The investigation into a traffic accident sent one person to the hospital June 21st and resulted in the arrest of a local man. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens the sheriff’s office was dispatched to what was reported to be a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 410th Avenue and 180th Street shortly before 8pm on June 21st. Upon arrival at the scene, sheriff’s deputies determined that a Southbound 2008 Dodge registered to Amanda Richard and driven by Kyla Hansen age (15) both of Estherville had been struck in the driver’s side by a small red pickup truck traveling westbound on 180th Street. After being struck the 2008 Dodge rolled several times and entered the east ditch coming to a stop on its roof. The red pickup that struck the southbound Dodge fled the scene Westbound on 180th Street. Hansen was transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital by the Estherville Ambulance Service for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. During the investigation at the scene, the sheriff’s office recovered vehicle parts and a license plate which were consistent with the description of the suspect vehicle. A short time later this vehicle, a 1994 Chevrolet registered to Janet Helmick of Armstrong was located in Estherville by the Estherville Police Department and Iowa State Patrol. Upon investigation at the scene, the driver James Helmick age (47) of Armstrong was placed under arrest by a sheriff’s deputy and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked. As a result of the event, Helmick was charged with: Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, Obstructing Prosecution, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance and a stop sign violation. Hansen was cited for violation of the conditions of a school license.

Two people were arrested June 15th 2018 on drug charges in Emmet County as the result of the investigation of suspicious activity. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol shortly before 2pm observed a suspicious vehicle 3 miles north of Armstrong on Highway 15. Upon investigation it was determined that the occupants were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The two men Kent Elvine age (20) of Wyoming, Minnesota and Jorden Ford age (19) of Mankato, Minnesota were placed under arrest by the sheriff’s deputy and transported to the Emmet County Jail where they were booked for Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also assisting at the scene was the Armstrong Police Department.

A traffic accident in rural Emmet County on Monday morning injured three people. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens at 11:04am a caller reported that a semi-truck and pickup truck had collided in the intersection of 410th Avenue and 130th Street. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that a southbound 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ethan Crees age (18) of Estherville entered into the path of an Eastbound 2012 Mack semi tractor-trailer combination driven by Kenny Dietrich age (67) of Fairmont, Minnesota. As a result of the collision, both vehicles entered the South ditch where the pickup truck overturned trapping the passenger Lincoln Coakley age (17) of Estherville in the vehicle. Coakley had to be extricated by the use of the “jaws of life”. All three were transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Coakley was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for treatment of life threatening injuries. Crees was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for treatment of his injuries while driver of the semi-tractor was treated and released. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Estherville Fire and Rescue, Emmet County Emergency Management, Emmet County Secondary Roads, The Iowa Department of Transportation Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division and Estherville Ambulance Service.

A traffic stop in rural Emmet County Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of two people according to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens. On June 9th at approximately 2pm a sheriff’s deputy on patrol observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed approximately 3 miles north of Graettinger on Highway 4 in Emmet County. The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Highway 4 and upon investigation at the scene a substance believed to be marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol were discovered in the vehicle. As a result of the investigation the adult passenger 21 year old Destine Robinson age (21) of Windom, Minnesota was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing an open container of alcohol on a public roadway. A 17 year old male juvenile was also charged with Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was transported to the Emmet County Jail where she was booked and the juvenile was referred to Juvenile Court Services and released to a parent. The driver of the vehicle 20 year old Kelvin Higgins of Burlington, Wisconsin was cited for speed and released.

Two people were charged as the result of a traffic stop in rural Emmet County. Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that a sheriff’s deputy on patrol initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a registration violation in the 3500 block of Highway 9 shortly after noon Wednesday. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that the driver 25 year old Brennen Roth of Hartley was driving with a suspended driver’s license. Upon further investigation substances believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana as well as a scale and drug paraphernalia were discovered in the vehicle. As a result, the driver and a passenger in the vehicle, 27 year old Tessa Bendlin of Spencer were both placed under arrest and transported to the Emmet County Jail where they were booked. Roth was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver(a class (C) felony), possession of marijuana with intent to deliver (a class (D) felony), possession of a controlled substance (3rd and Subsequent Violation)(a class (D) felony), Operating while Intoxicated 2nd Offense (an aggravated misdemeanor), possession of drug paraphernalia and theft in the 5th degree.(both simple misdemeanors) The theft charges resulted from additional investigation by sheriff’s deputies who determined that Roth had stolen two pairs of jeans earlier this same day from an Estherville business. It was also determined that Bendlin was found to been in possession of the controlled substance (Alprazolam) while in the Emmet County Jail. As a result she was charged with Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Institution (a class (D) felony), Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver (a class (C) felony) , Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (a class (D) felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and allowing operation of an unregistered vehicle both simple misdemeanors. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety for Bendlin and $5,000 cash for Roth.

A traffic accident on the west edge of Gruver 04-02-2018 sent three people to the hospital according to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens. At 12:36pm this same day the Emmet County Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle traffic accident at 1st Avenue and County Road N40 on the west edge of Gruver. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that a 2015 Arctic Cat UTV was traveling Westbound on 1st Avenue in Gruver when it attempted to turn North onto N40. The driver of the UTV lost control of the UTV and it entered the East ditch and overturned, ejecting the driver and two passengers from the vehicle. All three were treated at the scene and transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville for further treatment of their injuries by the Estherville Ambulance Service. Further investigation into the event determined that the UTV had been stolen from a storage shed in Gruver by the victims who had been earlier reported to authorities as runaways from the Forest Ridge School in Gruver. The 2015 Arctic Cat registered to Tyson Enerson of rural Estherville received approximately $5,000.00 damage in the crash. The Juveniles have been charged in connection with the event and referred to juvenile authorities.

Two people were arrested as the result of a traffic stop recently in Emmet County. Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reported that on April 8th 2018 shortly after midnight a sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation in the 2300 block of Highway 4 South of Wallingford. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that the occupants of the vehicle had a valid No-Contact order in place between them. As a result, the driver Nora Caraveo age (32) and the passenger Gabriel Vera both of Estherville were both placed under arrest for violation of the no-contact order and were transported to the Emmet County Jail where they booked. Vera was additionally charged with having an open container of alcohol on a roadway.

One person was injured Monday morning shortly after 0800am as the result of a two vehicle accident South of Estherville. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens the accident occurred when a Northbound semi-tractor trailer was preparing to turn east onto 200th street from Highway 4 when a Northbound GMC Acadia driven by Teresa Gregory of Wallingford struck the rear of the semi-tractor trailer. A 7 year old female passenger in the Gregory vehicle was transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. Damage to the Gregory vehicle was estimated at $6000.00 while damage to the tractor trailer was estimated at $1,000.00. The driver of the semi Timothy Bunda of Emmetsburg was not injured. Gregory was cited for Failure to use a child restraint device and following too close. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Estherville Ambulance Service and the Wallingford Fire Department and First Responders.

An Estherville woman was taken into custody Saturday evening as the result of a traffic stop in rural Emmet County. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens a sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle traveling Northbound on 350th Avenue when a traffic stop was initiated for an equipment violation. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that the passenger in the vehicle Hunter Origer age (23) of Estherville had a valid arrest warrant from Emmet County. Origer was subsequently taken into custody at the scene and transported to and booked into the Emmet County Jail. Origer was released from custody 04-23-18 after the posting of bond.

On 04-18-2018 at 10:44 am during the most recent heavy snowfall event the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a loaded semi-tractor and livestock trailer that had overturned in the road ditch on Highway 15 east of Ringsted in Emmet County. Investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office determined that the driver of the vehicle Larry Waugh age (71) of Whiting, Iowa lost control of the vehicle with the blowing snow conditions. The livestock trailer containing 168 market hogs had to be off loaded before the vehicle could be up righted and pulled from the ditch. This required the construction of temporary corral and loading facilities to be fashioned at the scene in addition to other livestock trailers being brought to the scene to transport the rescued hogs. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $1500.00 while clean up at the accident scene took over 5 hours to complete. Six hogs died as a result of the accident. The sheriff’s office reminds motorists to heed weather and travel warnings before venturing out. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Mitch’s towing of Swea City.

Electricity remains out in the city of Wallingford and as a result land lines are out of service. Anyone needing emergency services will need to seek cellular service.

Immediate Opening for combination Jailer/Dispatch Operator. Application packet is attached. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2Nlkvux4v-wSzBSVmNqeGdfQ1FZcVhHNGhkdVBmWTI2RHhz

The Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens would like to recognize the Future Farmers of America during National Future Farmers of America Week February 17th-February 24th 2018. It is important for citizens to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the lives of everyone who lives in our community as well as its role in the education and development of our future leaders. Whether an FFA member continues their life directly engaged in agriculture or not they will bring with them qualities that will serve them well in their chosen profession.