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
Jimmy James
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.
WEAPON PERMITS - COVID-19

Weapon Permits

DURING THE CLOSURE OF THE CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, DUE TO COVID-19, YOU MAY STILL APPLY FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY OR A PERMIT TO ACQUIRE.  YOU MAY ALSO RENEW YOUR CURRENT PERMIT, HOWEVER THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION HAS EXTENDED THE EXPIRATION DEADLINE.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL ONLY.

Applications must printed out and completed.  The applications are on the link below noted as Application Forms.  You will need to mail the completed application, along with a copy of your training (if applying for a permit to carry) AND a copy of your driver’s license with your current address.  You will need to remit the fee as noted below in the form of a check or money order.  Do not forget to fill out every section of the form, answer all of the questions, sign and date it.  Any incomplete form will be returned with further instruction.

APPLICATION FORMS:    https://dps.iowa.gov/divisions/administrative-services/weapons-permit

PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS INFORMATION: 

The cost is $50.00 for a plastic permit card. This is a uniform card that will be issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. This card will be mailed directly to the mailing address provided by the applicant.

Must be 21 and a resident of Iowa.

TRAINING REQUIREMENT:

*Handgun safety training course utilizing an instructor certified by a state law enforcement agency;

*Handgun safety training course utilizing an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association;

*Completion of a hunter education program approved by the Natural Resource Commission, if handgun safety training is noted on the certificate of completion.

*Armed forces small arms training (for those released or retired from Active Duty) – requires documentation of honorable discharge OR general discharge under honorable conditions (DD-214, DD-256, NGB-22, or similar).

*Armed forces small arms training (for those on Active Duty) – requires certificate of completion of basic training or similar.

*Handgun safety training course for security guards, investigators, or special deputies, if such course has been approved by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

*TRAINING EXEMPTION – Documentation that applicant holds or held an Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons issued on or after 01/01/2011.

Applicant must apply in county you reside in.

Applicant must have driver’s license or ID with applicant’s current address on it.

Payment must be made at time of application by check or money order.

Permit is good for 5 years.

PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS RENEWAL PROCESS:

Permit holders may apply for renewal within 30 days before or after their expiration date. The application must be filled out again and a $25.00 fee is payable at that time.

When the permit holder is earlier or later than 30 days of expiration, the regular fee of $50.00 applies.

Applicant must renew in county you reside in.

Applicant must have driver’s license or ID with applicant’s current address on it.

Payment must be made at time of application.

Permit is good for 5 years.

PERMIT TO ACQUIRE INFORMATION:

Must be 21 and a resident of Iowa.

The cost is $25.00 for a plastic permit card. This is a uniform card that will be issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. This card will be mailed directly to the mailing address provided by the applicant.

There is no training required.

Applicant must apply in county you reside in.

Payment must be made at time of application.

Applicant must have driver’s license or ID with applicant’s current address on it.

Permit is good for 5 years.

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 August 7, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Michael Miller, 46, of Griswold, on a charge of OWI 3rd/Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Miller was taken to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On August 8, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terry Dean Calhoun, 63, of Anita, on charges of Sponsoring a Gathering where Controlled Substances are Used (D Felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd/Subsequent Offense (D Felony). Calhoun was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released on $10,000 bond.

On August 4, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan James Cook, 41, of Adair, on a charge of Driving While Revoked (Serious). Cook was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On August 4, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Paul Hinton, 32, of Griswold, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Hinton was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $5,000 bond.

On July 27, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler Eugene Worthington, 27, of Casey, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Willful Injury (C Felony). Worthington was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On July 23, 2020, as the result of an investigation, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Suzann Marie Hensley, 18, of Corning, on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Hensley was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $5,000 bond. The following day, Dallas Lee Laible, 27, of Corning, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony) regarding the same investigation. He was released later that day, also on $5,000 bond.

On July 22, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan Joel Castle, 36, of Wabash, Indiana, on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree (C Felony) and Domestic Assault 1st Offense (Simple). Castle was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $11,000 bond.

On July 24, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Seth William Max Stephenson, 18, of Anita, on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Sex Abuse 3rd Degree (C Felony). Stephenson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $10,000 bond.

On July 22, 2020, at 11:05 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of 740th Street and Richland Road. A 2000 Ford F150 owned and driven by Richard Edwin Swain, 43, of Massena, was northbound on 740th Street when the driver ran a stop sign and lost control, flipping into the east ditch and landing on the passenger side. The driver was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital via Massena Fire and Rescue. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $2,500. The incident remains under investigation.

On July 17, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Allen Knutsen, 33, of Atlantic, on a charge of Interference with Official Acts (Simple). Knutsen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released the following day.

On July 19, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jordyn Dell Lavola Swanson, 34, of Exira, on charges of Public Intoxication (Simple) and Disorderly Conduct (Simple). Swanson was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on her own recognizance.

On July 19, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Richard Tasto, 43, of Atlantic, on a charge of Violation of a No Contact Order (Simple). Tasto was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On 07-19-20 at approx. 4:39 A.M.  A Cass County Deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 80 at the Cass Adair line.  The vehicle was originally called in by a citizen as being an impaired or tired driver.  The odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle.  When the deputy asked the driver, Eric B. Fallah, 26, of Brooklyn Park, MN to exit the vehicle, the driver took off from the stop in his vehicle eastbound on interstate 80. The driver pulled over after a short pursuit and would not exit the vehicle.  The vehicle took off again and led law enforcement on another pursuit.  The vehicle exited at the Adair 75 exit.  The driver wrecked the vehicle off the curve in the exit due to excessive speed.  The driver again would not follow orders from law enforcement and a stand off with the subject followed.  He began tossing numerous packages and containers of narcotics from the vehicle as law enforcement from surrounding agencies responded.  A Shelby County Sheriff K9 unit was deployed at the scene and the subject was taken into custody.  The subject was transported to CCMH by Adair Fire/Rescue and later transferred to Omaha.  Multiple charges are pending at this time, some of the charges include: delivery of controlled substance, drug tax stamp, prohibited acts, and eluding.

On July 12, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelsey Deann Schmidt, 33, of Massena, on charges of Assault (Simple) and Criminal Mischief 5th Degree (Simple); and Brian David Krauth, 42, also of Massena, on a charge of Assault (Simple). Both parties were taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On July 13, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joel Shawn Thomas White, 26, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. White was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held to serve time.

On July 16, 2020, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Michael John Miller, Jr., 34, of Carter Lake, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony). Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On July 10, 2020, at 1:17 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a one-vehicle accident in Marne. A 2018 Ford Escape owned and driven by Tylor Grace Thompson, 22, of Lewis, was southbound on 560th Street and lost control. The vehicle exited the road into the west ditch, striking a utility pole and coming to rest facing south. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to the power pole is also estimated at $5,000. Thompson was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

On July 12, 2020, as the result of a reported bar fight in Griswold, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Allen Schoemann, 39, of Harlan, on charges of Assault Displaying Weapon (Aggravated); Public Intox (Simple) and Disorderly Conduct (Simple). No injuries were reported. Schoemann was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $2,600 bond.

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.

Inmate Roster 8-11-2020

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