Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s Office

Hours 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

County Sheriff:
Darby McLaren

Employees in Sheriff’s Office:
Chief Deputy:
John Westering

Deputies:
Kyle Quist
Ben Bartholomew
Corey Larsen
Ryan Johnson
Josh McLaren
Bill Ayers
Tyler Shiels

Civil Processor:
Steph Witzman

Sheriff’s Assistant:
Joni Knudsen

Sheriff’s Assistant:
Billie Taylor-McLaren

Cass County Courthouse
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022

Office: (712) 243-2206
Fax:    (712) 243-4736
For All Emergencies, Please Dial 911

Duties of the Sheriff’s Office

  • The Sheriff is the principal peace officer of the county.
  • Summons grand jurors and trial jurors.
  • May call any person to his aid, and when necessary summons the power of the county.
  • Serves subpoenas and other notices and levies on property when a judgment has been secured.
  • Executes and returns all writs and other legal processes issued by lawful authority.
  • Custodian of the county jail and is responsible for all prisoners committed to him until discharged by law.
  • Transport individuals to locations as directed by court order.
History

Cass County was named in honor of Lewis Cass and was organized as a county the first Monday in March, 1853, with County Judge Benedict and three Commissioners. Francis E. Ball was elected as Cass County’s first Sheriff at the time of the organization of the county. He resigned in august of 1853.

The first man hanged in the county was Mike Kelley, who killed a man named Tom Curran in a saloon. A mob took Kelley from the Town Constable and hanged him in a locust tree near Grove City. Iranistan was the first town in Cass County, two and a half miles west of the present town of Lewis. Lewis was started in 1853 and was made the county seat. The jail sat to the southeast of the courthouse in Lewis and housed twenty-two people. The living quarters for the sheriff was a two-story house attached to the jail. Both the jail and the Sheriff’s living quarters have since been torn down. The original courthouse in Lewis has also since been torn down. Lewis remained the county seat until 1882, when the seat was moved to Atlantic.

On March 15, 1932, the fifty-year-old courthouse in Atlantic was destroyed by fire. The county offices moved to the Atlantic Motors Company building at second and Poplar until the new courthouse was opened in 1934. This is the same courthouse in use today. The jail, which held twenty-one inmates, was then on the third floor, along with the living quarters for the sheriff.

In April of 1984, a new 16-bed ground level jail was built on the west side of the courthouse with no living quarters for the sheriff. The old third floor jail was renovated into office spaces.

On March 28, 1988, the largest cocaine seizure in Iowa at that time took place. Grizzley, the county drug dog, was used for probable cause to obtain a search warrant on the stopped California car. After the search warrant was executed, 189.2 pounds of cocaine was seized with a street value of $40,000,000.  Grizzley joined the Department in June of 1986. Grizzley was donated by the Atlantic Elks Lodge #445.

On June 30, 1989, this office was called to the County Home south of Atlantic to help look for a man that had wandered off. Such a call was not out of the ordinary; however, what happened at the end of the afternoon will never be forgotten by the law officers in this area. While a ground search was under way, Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch and Trooper Stan Gerling were in the patrol plane looking for the 66-year-old walk away. At 5:41 p.m., Dietsch radioed Sheriff Jones to say he would make one more sweep before calling it quits. One minute later, Dietsch radioed that he found the man and would circle the area. The next radio message was that the plane had crashed. Dietsch was removed and taken to Cass County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gerling was killed instantly. This was the first plane crash involving a patrol plane that resulted in a fatality.

Rewritten article from the Atlantic News Telegraph, August 7, 1918:”Those who leave this county always feel pride that they came from grand old Cass in preference to the other counties of the state, and are always willing to welcome anyone from the old home county. In everything that makes a land worth living in, Cass County leads. Its roads are kept, its schools are as good as the best of them, and its land is among the most valuable land in America.” That feeling lives on today.

Press Releases

On February 9, 2016, Blake Ted Cooley, 54, of Anita turned himself in on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver (D Felony) and Prohibited Acts (Aggravated). Cooley was booked at the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $7,000 bond.

On February 10, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Matthew VanScoyk, 38, of Council Bluffs on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. VanScoyk was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On February 2, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mickie Gene Weppner, 32, of Plattsmouth, NE, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine (B Felony); Ongoing Criminal Conduct (B Felony); Prohibited Acts (Aggravated); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Weppner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $52,000 bond.

On February 4, 2016, Ehren Michael Mardesen, 31, of Anita, IA, turned himself in at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Violation of a Protective Order (Simple). Mardesen was booked and released on his own recognizance.

On February 5, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Selena Marie Hansen on two Cass County District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Hansen was also charged with Interference with Official Acts (Simple); Driving Under Suspension (Simple); and various traffic citations stemming from an attempted traffic stop on January 13, 2016. Hansen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $7,400 bond.

On February 5, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicole Amaris Bittner, 29, of Avoca, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Bittner was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $2,000 bond.

On February 5, 2016, as the result of a traffic stop, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melaney Lynn White, 29, of Council Bluffs, on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance (Aggravated); Possession of a Controlled Substance (Serious); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Samuel Lavern Huffman, 29, of Anita, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Aggravated) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Both subjects were taken to the Cass County Jail. White was released the following day on her own recognizance; Huffman was released on $2,000 bond.

On February 5, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Henry Herman Miller, Jr., 54, of Atlantic, IA, on charges of Sponsoring a Gathering (D Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance (Serious); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On February 6, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office charged Eric Allen Smith, 38, of Council Bluffs with OWI 3rd Offense (D Felony).  Smith was also charged by the Atlantic Police Department with Assault (Serious) and Assault (Simple). Smith was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $3,000 bond.

On February 7, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Angel Nicole Knowles, 20, of Elk Horn, IA, on a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and an Audubon County warrant. Knowles was also cited with Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Knowles was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day.

On January 30, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tamar Nels Foley, 38, of McCallsburg, IA, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Foley was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On January 31, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Alexander Jensen, 21, of Walnut, IA, on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious), Possession Controlled Substance Adderall (Serious), Possession Controlled Substance Marijuana (Serious), and Driving While Revoked (Serious). Jensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On January 28, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’ arrested James Robert Fulk, 37, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Fulk was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $50 bond.

On January 28, 2016, Adrian Duane Hansen, 38, of Atlantic, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation. Hansen was booked and released later that day on $10,000 bond.

On January 25, 2016, at 10 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Adams Street in Griswold. A Honda Accord owned and driven by Dillon Lee Foote, 22, of Griswold, was southbound on Adams Street when the driver lost control and struck a guide-wire, causing the vehicle to flip onto its top. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,500. Foote was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense (Aggravated) and cited with Failure To Maintain Control. Foote was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On January 22, 2016, Christain Michael Collins, 24, of Lewis, IA, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Collins was booked and released later that day on $1,000 bond.

On January 22, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patrick Lee Schultz, 19, of Atlantic, IA, on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Schultz was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $5,000 bond.

On January 22, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Logan Roger Dean Nielsen, 19, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Nielsen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

On January 20, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Juan Manuel Anaya Mendez, 33, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Anaya Mendez was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on $5,000 bond the following day.

On January 20, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dana Lee Charles, 47, of Atlantic, IA, on a warrant for Failure to Appear. Charles was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held pending serving jail sentence.

On January 21, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Marie Christensen, 36, of Atlantic, IA, on District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Christensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $50,000 bond.

On January 16, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Alexander Jensen, 21, of Walnut, IA, on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Jensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On January 17, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Adrian Duane Hansen, 38, of Atlantic, IA, on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault (Serious), False Imprisonment (Serious), and Obstruction of Emergency Communications (Simple). Hansen was booked into the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $2,300 bond.

On January 17, 2016, as the result of a traffic stop, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Collin Christian Baker, 18, of Atlantic, and Logan Roger Dean Nielsen, 19, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (D Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Baker was also charged with OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Both men were taken to the Cass County Jail. Baker was released later that day on $6,300 bond; Nielsen was released the following day on $5,300 bond.

On January 19, 2016, the Cass County Jail booked Jeffrey Leon Lillard, 51, of Wiota, on a Sheriff’s Office charge for Domestic Abuse Assault (Serious). Lillard was released afterward on his own recognizance.

On Monday, January 18, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office will be closed due to plumbing repair. We anticipate being open again on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

On January 12, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kim Lavere Hester, 52, of Casey, on charges of OWI 3rd Offense (D Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Serious), Driving Under Suspension (Simple), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Hester was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $5,000 bond.

On January 12, 2016, at 8:55 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on Marne Road near Atlantic. A 1970 Chevy pickup driven by Leroy Merel Osbahr, 64, of Avoca, was northbound on Marne Road when the brakes locked, sending the vehicle into the northbound lane, where it struck a southbound 2016 Chevy Equinox driven by Stacie Rae Hansen, 35, of Atlantic, on the driver’s side. Hansen was transported to CCMH via Medivac; Osbahr was not injured. Damage to Hansen’s vehicle is estimated at $7,000; damage to Osbahr’s vehicle is estimated at $2,000.

On January 8, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua James Mullen, 36, of Atlantic, on a District Court charge of Probation Violation. Mullen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $50,000 bond.

On January 8, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Lavern Huffman, 29, of Anita, on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious), Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense (Serious), Driving While Revoked (Serious), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Huffman was also arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Huffman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $6000 bond.

On January 9, 2016, at 11:15 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident at Casey’s in Anita. A 1991 Ford Escort driven by Jacob Allen Worthington, 14, of Anita, attempted to park in front of the Casey’s General Store in Anita when the driver pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake, striking the building. No injuries were reported. Damage to the Ford Escort is estimated at $2,000; damage to the Casey’s store is estimated at $10,000.

On January 4, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Philip Reed Thompson, Jr., 21, of Lewis, IA, on a charge of Domestic Abuse 3rd or Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Thompson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On January 7, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shaun Allen Williams, 30, of Fremont, NE, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Williams was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000.

On January 8, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ashly Marie Rollins, 23, of Atlantic, IA, on two District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Rollins was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $6,000 bond.

 

Civil Division

Please contact the Sheriff’s office prior to faxing or emailing documents for service. Advance fees are required prior to service being provided. You may contact the Sheriff’s office at 712-243-2206 or email switzman@casscoia.us for amount needed for service and any additional civil process questions.

K-9

Kyle - Vader1K9 Vader, a German Shepherd, was purchased with money seized from drug forfeitures. Vader is a dual-purpose K9 certified in narcotics detection, suspect apprehensions, handler protection, building and area search, tracking, and evidence searching. Deputy Kyle Quist is Vader’s handler. K9 Vader replaced K9 Kane after Kane suffered a career-ending injury. K9 Kane was highly awarded in his time with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Quist and Vader have already won several awards in their time together. Vader has had numerous narcotics finds and apprehensions of offenders.

Deputy Quist has been part of several K9 teams in his career and is a Certified Trainer who trains the Cass County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Units.

 


 

 

tyler - Mufasa 1K9 Mufasa, a German Shepherd, is part of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office crime-fighting force. Deputy Tyler Shiels is Mufasa’s handler. Mufasa was purchased with money seized from drug stops in Cass County. Mufasa is a dual-purpose K9 trained in tracking, area and building searches, handler protection, suspect apprehension, and narcotics location.

Cass County Jail/Current Inmates/PREA Compliance

The Cass County Jail is located at 5 West 7th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022. Inmates can receive mail correspondence at this address. The jail can be reached 24 hours a day at (712) 243-6960. Please click the link below for the current inmate list.

Download Inmate Roster 2-12-16

DISCLAIMER:
Record of an arrest is not an indication of guilt. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office does not provide case disposition.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office provides this roster as a public service. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office does not expressly or by implication warrant that the information or data accessed by the customer is accurate or correct. The Sheriff is not liable for any loss, cost, damage or expense arising directly or indirectly in connection with this access. In no event shall the Sheriff be liable for any special or consequential damages or for any direct damages resulting from the customer’s use or application of the information obtained as a result of using this web site.

Individuals obtaining information from this web site should verify accuracy through the arresting agency or Iowa Courts Online.

THIS AGENCY IS PREA COMPLIANT
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County Jail have zero-tolerance of sexual misconduct of inmates (by inmates, staff, volunteers, contractors).

HOW TO REPORT
-In Person
-Phone Call
-Letter
-Anonymously

WHO TO REPORT TO
-Sheriff
-Jail Administration
-County Attorney
-Public Defender
-Phoenix House

CONTACT INFORMATION
Cass County Jail
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
712-243-6960

Phoenix House
Sexual Assault Line
300 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
1-888-612-0266 (toll-free)

Cass County Sheriff’s Office
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
800-233-3336 (toll-free)
712-243-2206