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 May 20, 2016, at 6:15 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 83 approximately ½ mile north of Glacier Road. A 2008 GMC K1500 pickup owned and driven by Robert Joseph Dambra, 43, of Atlantic, was northbound at the curve when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which rolled twice in the north ditch and came to rest on its wheels. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Medivac. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $12,000.

On May 19, 2016, at 11:21 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle roll-over accident at Highway 48 and 550th Street in Griswold. A 1978 GMC pickup driven by Robert Michael Daugherty, 19, of Atlantic, was southbound on Highway 48 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled into the east ditch, coming to rest on its top. Daugherty was transported to CCMH via Griswold Fire and Rescue. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2,500; damage is yet to be determined to the grounds at Griswold Community Schools. The incident remains under investigation.

On May 15, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Todd Edward Kimpson, 43, of Corning, on a charge of Violation of a Protective Order (Simple). Kimpson was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $300 bond.

On May 19, 2016, Jenna Marie Smith, 27, of Atlantic, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on Atlantic Police Department warrants for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony) and Forgery (D Felony). Smith was booked and released later that day on her own recognizance.

On May 19, 2016, Laura Michelle Rossell, 40, of Lewis, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s Office charge of Domestic Abuse Assault (Serious). Rossell was booked and released later that that day on her own recognizance.

On May 19, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Karl John Schmidt, Jr., of Rockwell City, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Burglary 3rd Degree (D Felony) and Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Schmidt was booked at the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On May 19, 2016, Brian John Beard, 35, of Atlantic, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Assault (Serious). Beard was booked at the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

Beginning Monday, May 23, 2016, and ending Sunday, June 5, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Atlantic Police Department are participating in the sTEP program, which will lead to elevated presence throughout Cass County. Be aware, buckle up, and go the speed limit!

On May 9, 2016, Amanda Lynn Cooper, 20, of Lewis, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Cooper was booked at the Cass County Jail and remains held on $1,000 bond.

On May 9, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stanley Oral Rossell, 45, of Lewis, on a charge of Domestic Abuse (Serious). Rossell was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released the following day on $1,000 bond.

On May 10, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Richie Vais, 37, of Anita, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Vais was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,500 bond.

On May 10, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Lavern Huffman, 29, of Anita, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Huffman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $4,000 bond.

 

On May 14, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Kenneth Green, 54, of Omaha, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Green was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On May 7, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Lee Archibald, 41, of Exira, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense (Aggravated). Archibald was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On May 7, 2016, Kenneth Lee Klindt, 48, of Griswold, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation. Klindt was booked at the Cass County Jail and remains held without bond.

On May 6, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Curtis Lee Rykhus, 32, of Winfield, KS, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Rykhus was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

On May 2, 2016, the Tabitha Lynette Clark, 35, of Atlantic, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth. Clark was booked at the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $10,000 bond.

On May 3, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kasandra Rose Mesa, 27, of Madison, SD, on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Use of Minor in Drug Trade (C Felony) and Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine (C Felony). Mesa was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $20,000 bond.

On May 3, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Anthony Walling, Jr., 33, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Walling was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On May 4, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony James Krum, 28, of Omaha, NE, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 1st Degree (C Felony). Krum was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On April 30, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Boyd Williamson, 38, of Wiota, on a charge of OWI 3rd or Subsequent (D Felony). Williamson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $5,000 bond.

On April 21, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Leon Bomer, 32, of Atlantic, on a charge of Driving While Barred (Aggravated). Bomer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.

On April 23, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Lee Klindt, 48, of Griswold, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault (Serious). Klindt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On April 24, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Casey Charles Sampson, Jr., 28, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine 1st Offense (Serious), Driving while Revoked (Serious), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Sampson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,300 bond.

On April 25, 2016, Aaron Robert Gerald Cole, 21, of Atlantic, turned himself in at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Use of a Minor in Drug Trade (C Felony) and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (D Felony). Cole was booked at the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On April 25, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Duane Tye, 30, of Griswold, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Tye was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day 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 - 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 5-24-16

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