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 January 16, 2018, at approximately 11:10 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on Walnut Street in Anita. A 2018 Freightliner driven by Travis Leroy Anderson, 40, of Creston, IA, was pulling out southbound from being parked on Walnut Street. A 2002 Buick LeSabre driven by Dana Marie Walker, 30, of Anita, was northbound on Walnut Street and attempted to stop to make room for the tractor-trailer when the vehicle slid on the snow-covered road. The front left tire of the tractor-trailer struck the front right portion of the Buick. No injuries were reported. Anderson was cited for Fail to Yield Upon Entering Thoroughfare. Damage to the Freightliner is estimated at $50; damage to the Buick is estimated at $2,000.

On January 17, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Olivia Lea Johnson, 20, of Kimballton, IA, on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $10,000 bond.

On January 17, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Albert Alexander Johnson, 32, of Atlantic, on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Johnson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On January 19, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ehren Michael Mardesen, 33, of Anita, on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious) and Driving while Revoked (Serious). Mardesen was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $2,000 bond.

On January 19, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffery Lee Carpenter, 34, of Wiota, on charges of False Imprisonment (Serious) and Obstructing Emergency Communication (Simple). Carpenter was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On January 21, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Peter Mualia, 37, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Mualia was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On January 22, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on 590th Street in Cass County. A 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Lacy Jean Christensen, 28, of Council Bluffs, IA, was northbound on 590th when the vehicle lost control, crossing the center line and entering the west ditch, striking signs, trees, and fence. Driver was cited for Driving Under Suspension. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000.

On January 22, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on White Pole Road approximately ¼ mile west of 570th Street. A 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned and driven by Mitchell Terrence Whiley, 29, of Griswold, was eastbound on White Pole Road when the vehicle began to slide on the slushy road surface, entering the north ditch, striking a sign and some small trees and bushes. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $5,000.

On January 10, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Edward Kenshalo, 23, of Atlantic, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Kenshalo was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On January 12, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jodie Ann Tuttle, 48, of Harlan, on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious). Tuttle was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on her own recognizance.

On January 12, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Shane Trotter, 38, of Atlantic, on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd or Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Trotter was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $1,000 bond.

On January 13, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Courtney Lee Jones, 24, of Casey, on a charge of Possession of Meth 2nd Offense (Aggravated). Jones was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on her own recognizance.

On January 13, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Connie Jae Emgarten, 49, of Casey, on a charge of Possession of Meth 2nd Offense (Aggravated). Emgarted was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released on $1,000 bond later that day.

On January 14, 2018, at 8:43 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on I-80 eastbound. A 2017 semi tractor-trailer driven by Joseph R. Urbauer, 40, of Bennington, NE, was eastbound on I-80 when it struck head-on a 1997 Dodge Ram owned and driven by Shaunae Marie Overturf, which had been traveling westbound on I-80 and lost control, entering the eastbound lanes. Overturf and a passenger were transported by Anita Rescue and Medivac to Cass County Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Damage to the semi and trailer is estimated at $10,000; damage to Overturf’s car is also estimated at $10,000. Overturf was cited with Failure to Maintain Control.

Atlantic Woman Sentenced for Involvement in Drug Conspiracy
Council Bluffs, Iowa – On January 5, 2018, Selena Marie Hansen, 21, of Atlantic, Iowa,
appeared in federal court before United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger
and was sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
Hansen, with her co-defendant Michael Beltran, distributed methamphetamine in
Southwest Iowa from January to April 2016. The methamphetamine was imported into the United
States disguised as candy. The investigation of this conspiracy began when a package of “candy”
was delivered to an empty residence in Bedford, Iowa, and was recovered by law enforcement.
During the course of the conspiracy, over 500 grams of methamphetamine was distributed by
Hansen and Beltran in Cass, Mills, Page, and Taylor Counties in Iowa.
This investigation was conducted by the Cass, Mills, Page, and Taylor County Sheriffs’
Offices; Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force; and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The
case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

On January 5, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Craig Allen Griffin, 47, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Griffin was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later that day on $2,500 bond.

On January 8, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kaylee Renae Roach, 19, of Atlantic, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Roach was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $1,300 bond.

On January 8, 2018, as the result of an investigation, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Lyle Williams, 30, of Creston on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Theft 1st Degree (C Felony); Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (D Felony); and Assault Causing Serious Injury (Serious); and Mikel Ann Erickson, 26, also of Creston, on a charge of Child Endangerment (Aggravated). Both subjects were taken to the Cass County Jail. Erickson remains held on $2,000 bond; Williams remains held on $15,000 bond.

On January 8, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Beverly Ann Carroll, 47, of Atlantic, on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Child Endangerment (Aggravated) and Sponsoring a Gathering Where Marijuana Used (Serious). Carroll was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $3,000 bond.

On December 27, 2017, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Robert Fulk, 39, of Atlantic, on charges of Theft 1st Degree (C Felony) and Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Fulk was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $15,000 bond.

On January 2, 2018, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Tyler Jacobs, 27, of Atlantic, on Atlantic Police Department warrants for Harassment 3rd Degree (Simple) and Interference with Official Acts (Simple); and on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Jacobs was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,600 bond.

On January 2, 2018, at approximately 7:20 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident on Olive Street. A 2007 Pontiac G6 owned and driven by Haley Jo Lockard, 17, of Atlantic, was southbound on Olive Street when the driver lost lost control of the vehicle and struck the front end of an oncoming 2016 Ford F150 owned and driven by Todd Paul Sadler, 50, of Mapleton, IA. No injuries were reported. Damage to Lockard’s vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to Sadler’s vehicle is estimated at $10,000. Lockard was cited with Failure to Maintain Control.

On January 3, 2018, at approximately 8:36 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at Memphis Road and 700th Street. A vehicle driven by Gary Steffens, 68, of Wiota, was struck by a vehicle operated by Travis Lee Armstrong, 38, of Cumberland, and both vehicles entered the northwest ditch. No injuries were reported. Damages to the vehicles is not immediately available. Upon investigation, Armstrong was arrested for OWI 1st Offense (Serious) and Driving While Revoked (Serious). He remains held at the Cass County Jail on $2,000 bond.

On December 24, 2017, at 7:15 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on I-80 eastbound at exit 64. A 2000 Chrysler Sebring driven by Jon Dalton Dahlheimer, 20, of Carter Lake, IA, was eastbound on I-80 when the vehicle lost control on the snow and slush covered road, sliding 180 degrees and coming to rest against a cable guard on the south side of the interstate. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,000.

 

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 1-23-18

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