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 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.

Download News Release 4-25-16 - Sheriff's Statement

On April 18, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ancherson Alvios William, 33, of Anita, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault 2nd Offense (Serious). William was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1000 bond.

On April 20, 2016, at 7:31 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on White Pole Road at the intersection of 650th Street two miles east of Atlantic. A 2003 Ford Mustang owned and driven by Tayler Michael Murphy, 21, of Anita, was westbound on White Pole Road when it was struck by a 2007 Buick Terraza owned and driven by Jacqueline Kay Stetzel, 62, of Audubon, which was eastbound on White Pole Road and attempting to turn left onto 650th Street. No injuries were reported. Damage to Murphy’s vehicle is estimated at $7,500; damage to Stetzel’s vehicle is estimated at $1,000. Stetzel was cited for Failure to Yield.

On April 17, 2016, at 7:35 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Great River Road. A 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Benard McGee, 14, of Atlantic, was southbound on Great River road when the driver lost control going around a curve, causing the vehicle to enter the east ditch and come to rest on its top. McGee and a passenger left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arrival. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2,500. McGee was cited for No Valid Driver’s License and Failure to Maintain Control.

On April 18, 2016, at 5:13 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-semi accident on I-80 westbound at the 59 mile marker. A 2016 Volvo semi driven by James Keith Sullwold, 46, of Waukee, was westbound on I-80 in the left lane when the front driver’s side tire blew out, causing the semi to veer into the right lane and strike a 1995 Kenworth driven by Kirika J. Robinson, 42, of Chicago, IL. No injuries were reported. Damage to Sullwold’s vehicle is estimated at $15,000; damage to Robinson’s vehicle is estimated at $3,500.

On April 14, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Gaston Nickum, 27, on a charge of OWI 3rd or Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Nickum was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $5,000 bond.

On April 15, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott Terrill Remington, 62, of Greenfield, on a charge of OWI 3rd or Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Remington was also cited for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Reckless Driving, Improper Use of Lanes, Following too Closely, and two counts of Open Container. Remington was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on $5,000 bond the following day.

On April 17, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sarah Jo Porter, 20, of Cumberland, on charges of Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication 2nd Offense (Serious), Possession of Methamphetamine (Serious), and Driving While Revoked (Serious). Porter was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

On April 17, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christi Lynn Carpenter, 24, of Omaha, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 5th Degree (Simple). Carpenter was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $300 bond.

On April 14, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Laura Lynn Madden, 32, of Atlantic, on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Assault Causing Bodily Injury (Serious). Later that day, Adrian Duane Hansen, 39, also of Atlantic, turned himself in on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant of the same charge. Both were booked in at the Cass County Jail and subsequently released on $1,000 bond each.

On April 12, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lisa Mae Harper, 35, of Atlantic, and Joshua Michael Lillard, 36, of Atlantic, on one charge each of Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd/Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they remain held on $5,000 bond each.

On April 12, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Barry Dean Schmidt, 56, of Massena, on a District Court Warrant for Probation Violation. Schmidt was also charged with Felon in Possession of Ammunition (D Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense (Aggravated), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Schmidt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $12,300 bond.

On April 12, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Alan Brown, 25, of Elliott, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Brown was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,000 bond.

On April 11, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexander Robert Brooks, 23, of Atlantic, on a charge of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. Brooks was taken to the Cass County Jail where release is pending.

On April 11, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Albert Alexander Johnson, 30, of Atlantic, on charges of Felon in Possession of Firearm/Ammo (D Felony); two counts of Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felonies); two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver (Aggravated); one count of Prohibited Acts (Aggravated); one count of Possession without Prescription (Aggravated); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple); and Olivia Lea Klenda, 19, of Atlantic, on charges of Prohibited Acts (Aggravated) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Both parties were taken to the Cass County Jail. Johnson remains held on $14,000 bond; Klenda was released the following day on her own recognizance.

On April 11, 2016, at 3:34 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car/tractor accident on 690th Street. A 1994 GMC Sierra pickup owned and driven by Cole Andrew Christensen, 31, of Hamlin, was southbound on 690th Street when the driver attempted to pass a southbound International tractor driven by David Crum, 54, of Atlantic. The tractor was attempting a left turn into a farm driveway when it was struck by Christensen’s vehicle, which caused the tractor to flip onto its side. Christensen and a passenger were transported to CCMH via Cumberland Rescue and later transported to Omaha for further medical treatment. Crum was transported to CCMH via private vehicle. Damage to Christensen’s vehicle is estimated at $15,000; damage to the tractor is also estimated at $15,000. The incident remains under investigation.

On April 9, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gunnar Michael Blum, 22, of Kimballton, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Blum was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

On April 6, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bradley Leo Ranney, 46, of Massena, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Ranney was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2000 bond.

On April 6, 2016, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Douglas Fauteux, 22, of Shelby, on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious); Possession of Marijuana (Serious); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Fauteux 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 5-6-16]

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