Hours 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
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.
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.
All criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in the court of law.
On August 18, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clayton Eugene Henry, 47, of Cumberland, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury (Serious). Henry was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $1,000 bond.
On August 21, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Seth Robert Hart, 27, of Atlantic, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault 1st Offense (Simple). Hart was booked at the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.
On August 7, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronnie Robert Larkin, 55, of Council Bluffs, on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Sex Offender Registry Violation (Aggravated). Larkin was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,000 bond.
On August 14, 2019, following investigation, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office booked and released Beverly Ann Wright, 63, of Carson, on one charge of Ongoing Criminal Conduct (B Felony); three counts of Theft 1st Degree (C Felony); four charges of Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony); one charge of Nonsupport of Dependent Adult (D Felony); two charges of Theft 3rd Degree (Aggravated); one charge of Theft 4th Degree (Serious); and one charge of Theft 5th Degree (Simple).
On August 14, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bennie John Martella IV, 28, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Martella was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.
On July 26, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office cited into court Jeptha Martin Vestal, 45, of Carroll, on a charge of Impersonating a Public Official (Aggravated). Court date is pending.
On July 27, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Joseph Moore, 41, of Walnut, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (D Felony); Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felony); Criminal Mischief 5th Degree (Simple) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Moore was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $6,000 bond.
On July 30, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dustin Lee Jones, 21, Council Bluffs, on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Jones was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $40,000 bond.
On July 31, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tobin Lee Jensen, 40, of Atlantic, on a charge of Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense (Serious). Jensen was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.
On July 31, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stephen Robert Nichols, 39, of Atlantic, on a charge of Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Serious). Nichols was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.
On August 2, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Albert Kevin Barnes, 27, of Atlantic, on a Polk County warrant. Barnes was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released to Polk County authorities.
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 email@example.com for amount needed for service and any additional civil process questions.
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.
K9 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 8-23-19
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
WHO TO REPORT TO
Cass County Jail
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
Sexual Assault Line
300 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Cass County Sheriff’s Office
5 West 7th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
How to Lodge a Personnel Complaint
Complaints may be lodged against personnel of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office by submitting a Personnel Complaint Form, which is available in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. Complaints may also be filed via email directly to Sheriff Darby J. McLaren at firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to the Complaint Form is included here as well:Download Personnel Complaint Form