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 November 21, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brady Lee Fulk, 18, of Atlantic, on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious) and Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Serious). Fulk was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On November 21, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Curclund Jackson VanAernam, 19, of Atlantic, on a charge of Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Serious). VanAernam was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On November 22, 2019, Jeffrey Charles Dory, 58, of Anita, turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on two warrants for Violation of Probation. Dory was booked and was released later that day on $4,000 bond.

On November 26, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Korey Linn Cassady, 20, of Panora, on a District Court warrant for Violation of Probation. Cassady was taken to the Cass County Jail and later transferred to Madison County authorities.

On November 26, 2019, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on I-80 at the 52 mile marker in Cass County. A 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Matthew Kim Stein, 24, of Omaha, was on westbound I-80 when the driver lost control due to road conditions, crossing the median and striking an eastbound 2012 Freightliner driven by Faruk Korajcevic, 57, of Tampa, FL. Stein was transported to CCMH via Medivac with minor injuries. Damage to the Toyota is estimated at $8,000; damage to the semi is estimated at $30,000. No citations were issued.

On November 28, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Dean Sharp, 42, of Griswold, on a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury (Serious). Sharp was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

As the result of a traffic stop on November 30, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Morgia Jane England, 40, of Emerson, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth (B Felony), Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felony), Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Serious), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple); and Miles Victor Latham, 55, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession with Intent to Delivery Meth (B Felony), Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Both parties were taken to the Cass County Jail. Latham remains held on $30,300 bond; England remains held on $31,300 bond.

On November 30, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronnie Carl Cardenas, 53, of Omaha, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault (Simple). Cardenas was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.

On November 20, 2019, at approximately 5:34 pm., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Highland Road. A 2004 Chevy Silverado owned and driven by Allen Michael Shampang, 35, of Atlantic, was westbound on Highland Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle entered the north ditch. Shampang was transported via Medivac to Cass County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. No citations were issued. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,000.

On November 20, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bobby Glenn Agan III, 47, of Stuart, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Agan was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.

On November 19, 2019, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a train/semi accident 770th and White Pole Road, east of Anita. A northbound 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor, pulling a 1997 Wilson Grain Hopper Bottom Trailer loaded with corn, driven by Justin Miller of rural Wiota was northbound on 770th Street. At White Pole Road, the semi drove north across the railroad tracks and stopped at the stop sign at White Pole Road. While the semi was stopped, the rear half of the trailer was still across the railroad tracks. The semi failed to see that there was a westbound Iowa Interstate Railroad Train approaching. As a result, the westbound train engine struck the rear half of the grain trailer, causing approximately 500 bushels of corn to be spilled on the ground. No injuries were reported. Damage to the semi-trailer is estimated at $25,000. Damage to the train engine is estimated at $50,000. The accident remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iowa DOT Enforcement, Cass County Roads Department, Anita Rescue, and Richter & Son Towing.

On November 19, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sondra Dee Damewood, 59, of Newton, IA, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order (Simple). Damewood was booked at the Cass County Jail and later released on her own recognizance.

On November 11, 2019, at approximately 9:43 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shot fired in a vehicle parked at Caseys in Griswold. Upon investigation, one female at the scene was found to have a gunshot wound in her hand. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office later arrested the wounded, Jessica Jo McMillen, 39, of Red Oak, on charges of Reckless Use of a Firearm Causing Bodily Injury (D Felony) and Carrying a Weapon While Intoxicated (Serious). At the time of initial investigation, Geoffrey Russell George Elias, 33, of Lake Isabella, MI, was arrested for Public Intoxication (Simple). Elias was released the following day on his own recognizance. McMillen was taken into custody on November 15, 2019, and released later that day on $5,000 bond.

On November 15, 2019, at approximately 6:12 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at Tucson Road and Highway 71. A 2016 Ford Edge owned and driven by Natausha Renee Poore, 27, of Clarinda, was northbound on Highway 71 when her vehicle was struck in the rear driver’s side by a 2007 Mercury Milan owned and driven by Jose Manuel Montalbo, 51, of Omaha, which attempted to turn north onto 71 from Tuscon Road and failed to yield to Poore’s vehicle. Said driver left the scene of the accident. A Sheriff’s Deputy located a vehicle matching the description given by the owner of the other vehicle, and upon attempting a stop upon the vehicle, the driver attempted to elude the deputy. Eventually, the Mercury was disabled using stop sticks near the intersection of 14th Street and Highway 71 in Atlantic. No injuries were reported. Damage to Poore’s vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to Montalbo’s vehicle is estimated at $4,000. Upon investigation, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Manuel Montalbo, 51, of Omaha, on charges of OWI 3rd Offense (D Felony); Eluding (Serious); and Reckless Driving. Montalbo was also cited into court on several non-arrestable offenses. Montalbo was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $6,000 bond.

On November 3, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alex Michael Garside, 28, of Atlantic, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Harassment 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, and Trespassing (all simple misdemeanors). Garside was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on $2,000 bond.

On November 3, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Erin Jean Larson, 33, of Red Oak, on citations for Driving Under Suspension, Fraudulent Use of Registration, and Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device. Larsen was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On November 4, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brittiny Christina Marie Sampson, 30, of Atlantic, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth (B Felony) and Drug Tax Stamp Violation (D Felony). Sampson was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $30,000 bond.

On November 4, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jade Michael Nicholson, 28, of Atlantic, on two district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Nicholson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains in custody awaiting transport to a state correctional facility.

On November 7, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Lee Rasmussen, 26, of Guthrie Center, on a warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. Rasmussen was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $1,000 bond.

On November 8, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Lee Donner, Jr., 55, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Donner was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,000 bond.

On November 8, 2019, at approximately 5:50 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on 650th Street in Cass County. A 2004 Chevy Silverado driven by Cirilo Hernandez Garcia, 50, of Marshalltown, was pulling out a driveway on said road and struck a 2009 Chevy CBT owned and driven by Jeremy Robert Albert, 23, of Kimballton. Albert was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via private vehicle with unknown injuries. Damage to Albert’s vehicle is estimated at $3,000; damage to Hernandez Garcia’s vehicle is estimated at $4,000. Hernandez Garcia was cited for Failure to Yield Upon Entering Through Roadway.

On November 9, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kevin Lee Davis, 27, of Creston, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Davis was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released upon completion of time served.

On November 10, 2019, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Lyle Miller, 33, of Atlantic, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense (Serious). Miller was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance.

On November 11, 2019, at approximately 2:07 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a weather-related accident on eastbound I-80. A 1999 Ford F350 owned and driven by Joshua Wayne Andrews, 33, of Lead, SD, was towing a Volkswagen Jetta I-80 when the driver lost control of the Ford. The towed vehicle jackknifed and struck the Ford on both sides. Vehicles struck a cable barrier facing amd came to rest facing westbound. No injuries were reported. Damage to the Ford is estimated at $2,000; damage to the towed Volkswager is estimated at $1,600.

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 12-13-19

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