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 June 9, 2019, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 71 and Keystone Road. A 2010 Ford Edge owned and driven by James Peter Heller, 67, of Manilla, was southbound on Highway 71, when the vehicle struck the left rear of a 2003 Subaru Legacy owned and driven by Shannon Lee Julich, 42, of Harlan, who attempted to make a u-turn at this location and did not see Heller’s vehicle approaching. No injuries were reported. Damage to Heller’s vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to Julich’s vehicle is estimated at $2,000. Julich was cited for Failure to Yield Upon Entering the Highway.

On June 11, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald Allen Dollen, 59, of Griswold, on four Sheriff’s Office warrants for one count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct (B Felony); four counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Hydrocodone (C Felonies); and four counts of Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felonies). Dollen was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $30,000 bond.

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 11:44 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident on Grain Street in Lewis. A 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Morgan Barbara Dvorak, 27, of Griswold, struck a parked 2016 Nissan Maxima owned by Donna Jean Roberts of Lewis. Damage to Roberts’ vehicle is estimated at $7,500; damage to Dvorak’s vehicle is estimated at $6,000. Dvorak was cited for Striking an Unattended Vehicle, Failure to Maintain Control, and Open Container.

On June 13, 2019, Sandra Marie Namanny, 42, of Wiota, turned herself in on two Sheriff’s Office warrants for two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine (C Felonies). Namanny was booked at the Cass County Jail and remains held on $50,000 bond.

On June 13, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Katherine Lynn Coleman, 30, of Corning, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Coleman was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $20,000 bond.

On June 14, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jessica Lee Mack, 25, of Springville, IA, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Mack was additionally charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (Aggravated) and Interference with Official Acts (Simple). Mack was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on her own recognizance.

On June 14, 2019, at approximately 10:05 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car/tractor accident at the intersection of Main and Adair Streets in Griswold. A 2005 John Deere driven by Sidney Rossell, 75, of Atlantic, was backing up on Main Street when it struck a 2006 Buick Lucerne owned and driven by Mary Ann Kirchhoff, 79, of Griswold. No injuries were reported. No damage was incurred to the tractor; damage to Kirchhoff’s vehicle is estimated at $2,500.

On June 7, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office charged Arma Re Roby, 71, of Atlantic, with three charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Hydrocodone (C Felonies); three counts of Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp (D Felonies); and one count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct (B Felony). Roby was already held at the Cass County Jail serving time; she later bonded on $10,000 bond.

On June 7, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Lee Howell, 35, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Howell was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held without bond.

On June 8, 2019, at 3:15 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 83 east of Wiota. A 2010 Ford F150 pickup owned and driven by Terry McCoy, 78, of Atlantic, was eastbound on Highway 83 when the driver attempted to pass an eastbound John Deere tractor driven by Michael Lynn Plagman, 43, of Cumberland, which was attempting a left turn into a field drive. McCoy’s vehicle hit the left front tire of the tractor and lost control, sliding across the highway into the south ditch and coming to rest on its top. The tractor driver was able to complete his turn into the field drive and off the highway. McCoy was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Anita Rescue. Damage to McCoy’s vehicle is estimated at $10,000; damage to the tractor is estimated at $500. The incident remains under investigation.

On June 8, 2019, at 2:08 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident near 4th and Washington Streets in Marne. A 2019 Freightliner driven by Jerry Lee Dargin, 70, of Minden, got caught on the pavement, buckling the trailer in the process. No injuries were reported. Damage to the trailer is estimated at $10,000. No citations were issued.

On June 9, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Todd E. Foster, 28, of Omaha, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Foster was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On May 31, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Douglas Allen Howard, 61, of Council Bluffs, on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Howard was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $10,000 bond.

On June 2, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tray D Anderson, 24, of Exira, on a charge of Domestic Abuse (Serious). Anderson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $1,000 bond.

On June 5, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelly Jeanne Blue, 44, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Blue was taken to the Cass County Jail and will be released upon serving time.

On May 24 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested April Lynn Medina, 30, of Atlantic, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Failure to Appear for violation of Compulsory Education Mediation Agreement 1st.  Medina was taken to the Cass County Jail where she later posted $300 bond and was released.

On May 24, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew James Bruns, 35, of Atlantic, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Violation of No Contact Order-Contempt. Bruns was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on no bond.

On May 26, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office charged Robert John Rasmussen, 60, currently incarcerated in the Cass County Jail, with two additional charges of Controlled Substance Violations (C Felony).  Rasmussen was initially incarcerated on May 10, 2019, on drug possession, drug paraphernalia and drug tax stamp violation charges. He remains held at the Cass County Jail on $75,000 bond.

On May 30, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rob Lee Bent 45, of Grant, on a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bent was taken to the Cass County Jail and was later released on his 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

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 6-17-19

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

 

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 dmclaren@casscoia.us. A link to the Complaint Form is included here as well:

Download Personnel Complaint Form