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
Josh McLaren
Bill Ayers
Tyler Shiels
Tim Olsen

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

All criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in the court of law.

On September 15, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jessica Leann Blumberg, 31, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Blumberg was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.

On September 16, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crystal Kay Namanny, 35, of Atlantic, on charges of Assault with Intent to Do Injury (C Felony) and Assault with Intent to Commit Bodily Injury (Aggravated).

On September 17, 2018, as the result of a traffic stop, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Lane Charles, 33, listed as homeless, on charges of Possession of Marijuana 3rd Offense (Aggravated) and OWI 1st Offense (Serious); and Kai Anthony Merritt, 27, of Apple Valley, CA, on a charge of Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Serious). Both men were taken to the Cass County Jail. Both men were released the following day, Merritt on $1,000 bond and Charles on $2,000 bond.

On September 18, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Chantel Sue Dewall, 45, of Villisca, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Child Endangerment (Aggravated) and OWI 1st Offense (Serious). She was released the following day on $3,000 bond.

On September 2, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael David Clousing, 32, of Griswold, on an Ida County warrant. Clousing was held at the Cass County Jail and released to Ida County authorities later that day.

On September 3, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office charged Ryan Mark Biensen, 35, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession of Meth 1st Offense (Serious) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Biensen was also arrested by the Atlantic Police Department on a charge of felony Forgery. Biensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $6,000 bond.

On September 10, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dylan Scott Gaines, 22, of Union, NE, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Gaines was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On September 13, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mikel Ann Erickson, 27, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Erickson was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $50,000 bond.

On September 13, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michelle Lee Dougherty, 28, of Atlantic, on three District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Dougherty was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $30,000 bond.

On September 13, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Garry Wayne Cook, 64, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Cook was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $5,000 bond.

As the result of an ongoing investigation, Devin Joel Hilliard, 18, of Griswold; Jacob Christian Steffen, 18, of Griswold, and a 16-year-old juvenile male, also of Griswold, were all charged with Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony), Conspiring to Commit a Nonforcible Felony (D Felony), and Burglary 3rd Degree (D Felony). The juvenile male was transported to Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs, and Steffen and Hilliard were both taken to the Cass County Jail where they remain held on $15,000 bond each.

On August 30, 2018, Robert D. Koppert pled guilty to a charge of Activited Re: Material Constituting/Containing Child Pornography in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the US Courthouse in Council Bluffs, IA.

On August 22, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Craig Robert Olson, 39, of Griswold, on a charge of Trespass (Simple). Olson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released on his own recognizance later that day.

On August 26, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Melanie Marie Morris, 33, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Morris was released later that day on her own recognizance.

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 - Vader1

K9 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

Download Inmate Roster 9-20-18The 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 9-24-18

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