Press Releases regarding Accidents and Arrests in Cass County, Iowa are posted here.

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Scam
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of a recent scam report we have received. We have received a report of three men working together to reportedly fix lightning rods on a victim’s house. One person talked to the victim while two others went up on the roof. They then reportedly exchanged heavy cables that were on the roof with light-weight cables. Victim paid the subjects $1,400 by check, and the scammers immediately cashed the check and were gone from the area. Please pass the word around to prevent scammers from doing this to any of your friends or loved ones!
Arrest
On February 24, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey Charles Dory, 53, of Anita, IA, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Dory was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
Arrest
On February 23, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roger Allen Ericksen, 55, of Underwood, Iowa, on ten counts of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree, all Class B felonies. The charges stem from acts that allegedly happened with a minor child in 2011. Ericksen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $25,000 cash bond. In December 2012, Ericksen pled guilty in a prior case in Cass County District Court to Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.
Vehicle Accident
On February 20, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Boston Road. A 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Mary McConnell, 55, of Atlantic, IA, was eastbound on Boston Road east of 658th Street when the vehicle’s right front tire hit snow, causing the vehicle lose control and slide into the south ditch. The driver and two occupants were transported via private vehicle to CCMH to be assessed. No citations were issued. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000.
Arrest
On February 20, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marshall Brandon Fischer, 25, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Fischer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance on that charge. He remains held at the Cass County Jail to finish serving previously sentenced jail time.
Arrest
On February 18, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Daniel Mendez on a Pottawattamie County warrant. Mendez was later released to Pottawattamie County authorities.
Arrest
On February 18, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sharadee Ann Witt, 53, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Witt was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $25,000 bond.
Arrest
On February 17, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacob Allen Cochran, 33, of Red Oak, IA, on three district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Cochran was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $90,000 bond.
Vehicle Accident
On February 13, 2015, at 6:33 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on I-80 eastbound at the 51 mile marker. A 2006 Kenworth driven by James Allen Thimmesch, 48, of Aurora, IA, was eastbound on I-80 when he was passed by a 2007 Ford F150 pickup owned and driven by Douglas Duane Wager, 63, of Shelby, IA, which suddenly slowed when it got into the lane in front of Thimmesch’s vehicle, causing Thimmesch to strike the rear of Wager’s vehicle. No accident injuries were reported, although Wager was subsequently transported via Medivac to Cass County Memorial Hospital for a potential medical condition. Damage to Thimmesch’s vehicle is estimated at $1,500; damage to Wager’s vehicle is also estimated at $1,500.
Arrest
On February 12, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua James Mullen, 35, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. After arrest, Mullen was also charged with Assault Causing Injury upon a fellow inmate. Mullen remains held at the Cass County Jail on $20,000 cash bond.
Arrest
On February 10, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric Jason Ostrander, 37, of Council Bluffs, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Ostrander was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held without bond.
Arrest
On February 10, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Danny Allen Elrod, 39, of Council Bluffs, IA, on two district court warrants for Failure to Appear. Elrod was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
Arrest
On February 9, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sharadee Ann Witt, 53, of Atlantic, IA, on two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd or Subsequent and one charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Witt was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on $5000 bond.
Arrest
On February 8, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Martin Chamberlin, Jr, 47, of Atlantic, IA, on two District Court warrants for Failure to Appear. Chamberlin was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.
Arrest
On February 7, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Isaac George VanSickle, 36, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. VanSickle was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
Arrest
On February 7, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Dale Laws, 43, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Laws pled not guilty and was released later that day.
Arrest
On February 4, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ashley Hope Cohrs, 22, of Atlantic, IA, on charges of Sponsoring a Gathering, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cohrs was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.
Arrest
On February 4, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Marie Christensen, 35, of Atlantic, IA, on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Sponsoring a Gathering, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Christensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance. On February 15, 2015, Christensen was again arrested for OWI 2nd Offense, two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and Driving Under Suspension. Christensen was taken to the Cass County Jail where she later posted $25,000 bond and was released.
Vehicle Accident
On February 3, 2015, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle road-condition-related accident on Highway 48 at the Griswold High School. A 1999 Chevy Silverado driven by Nolan Ryan Nielsen, 22, of Walnut, IA, was stopped in a line of traffic headed northbound on Highway 48 when a 1994 Ford Mustang driven by Brody Adam Main, 18, of Griswold, IA, who was attempting to exit the parking lot of the high school, slid through the stop sign and struck Nielsen’s vehicle in the driver’s side. No injuries were reported. Damage to Nielsen’s vehicle is estimated at $2,000; damage to Main’s vehicle is estimated at $1,500. No citations were issued.
Report
On February 1, 2015, at 7:12 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an adult female unconscious in a yard between a vehicle and a house in the area of 644th Street and Jackson Road. Upon investigation, 67-year-old Judy Lynn Kay was pronounced deceased from what is believed to be exposure.
Arrests
On 1-29-15 at approx. 6:54 pm a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 92 and 620th Street. During the course of the stop, a Cass County K9 conducted a sniff of the vehicle and indicated to narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle was conducted by Cass County deputies and approximately ½ pound of methamphetamine (with a street value estimated at $20,000), ½ ounce of marijuana, baggies, scales, and paraphernalia were located. Deputies arrested Henry Lewis Degraw. 51, of Bridgewater; Julie Ann Holmes, 32, of Bridgewater; Justin Paul Parker, 33, of Bridgewater; and Samantha A. Jones, 46, of Bridgewater. All four subjects were arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (B felony), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (D felony), two counts of Drug Tax Stamp violations (D felonies), and Prohibited Acts (aggravated misdemeanor). Additional charges are pending at this time.

As a result of the traffic stop, a Cass County deputy obtained search warrants for three residences in Bridgewater. The search warrants were executed simultaneously by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Atlantic Police Department and Greenfield Police Department. Toni Lynn Reese, 63, of Bridgewater, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Adair County jail. Additional charges are pending at this time.
Arrest
On January 27, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Zachary Alan Frank, 32, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Frank was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held until sentence is served.
Investigation and Arrests
On May 28, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the overnight theft of two cattle from Freund Brothers Farms in Lewis, IA. On June 9, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took another report of the theft of four cattle from JW Freund Farms in Lewis, IA. Again, on January 6, 2015, Freund Brothers Farms reported the theft of two more cattle overnight. On January 16, 2015, Cass County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search warrant in Omaha, Nebraska, with the assistance of the Omaha Police Department and the Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office. As a result of information obtained via the search warrant, on January 22, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ervin John Jacob, 57, of Omaha, NE, on three counts of Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony) and one count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct (D Felony) for his involvement in all three thefts. The Cass County District Court has also issued warrants for James Michael Brunzo, 49, of Omaha, NE, for two counts of Theft 2nd for his complicity in the thefts of May 28, 2014, and June 9, 2014; and Amy Louise Springer, 42, of Omaha, NE, for one count of Theft 2nd Degree for her complicity in the theft of January 6, 2015. Investigation of this matter was assisted by Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office; the Omaha Police Department; and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Massena Sale Barn, Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, and citizens, whose tips assisted in the outcome of the investigation.
Vehicle Accident
On January 25, 2015, at 12:15 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident two miles south of Atlantic at 610th Street and Lansing Road. A 97 Chevy K1500 driven by Daylan Gene Kleen, 21, of Audubon, IA, was turning north on 610th Street from Lansing Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned in the east ditch. One passenger, Jayce Marie Nelson, 20, of Audubon, was transported to CCMH via Medivac. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3000. Kleen was cited for Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Maintain Control.
Arrest
On January 23, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Dean Colebank, Jr., 53, of Boone, IA, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Sentence. Colebank was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains until sentence is served.
Arrest
On January 15, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicholas Dean Anderson, 23, of Atlantic, IA, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Anderson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1,000 bond.
Arrest
On January 14, 2015, Jeremy Eugene Jameson, 41, of Anita, IA, turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a Pottawattamie County warrant. He was transferred to Pottawattamie County authorities later that day.
Arrest
On January 13, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacob Allen Cochran, 33, of Red Oak, IA, and Jodi Lynn Brookshire, 26, of Atlantic, IA. Cochran was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Brookshire was charged with Driving While Barred. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were released the following day on their own recognizances.
Arrest
On January 13, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua James Mullen, 35, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Violation of Probation. Mullen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond.
Arrest
On January 11, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Anthony Jason Castillo, 28, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of Driving While Barred. Castillo was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.
Arrest
On January 10, 2015, as the result of a traffic stop by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources office, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richard Joseph Foley, 56, and Kenneth Paul Foley, Jr., 55, of Carroll, IA. Kenneth Foley, Jr., was charged with OWI 2nd Offense, and also charged by the Department of Natural Resources for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Richard Foley was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband within a Jail Facility. Both men bonded the following day on $5,000 bond each.
Vehicle Accident
On January 4, 2015, at approximately 6:02 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 71 near the intersection of Highway 91. A 1999 Chevy Lumina owned and driven by Neil Schmidt, 50, of Griswold, was southbound on Highway 71 and attempted to turn left into a driveway shortly before the intersection of Highways 71 and 92, when it was struck in the rear by a 2001 Ford Focus owned and driven by Pamela Alberta Heiny, 44, of Massena, IA. Both parties refused medical attention. Damage to Schmidt’s vehicle is estimated at $750; damage to Heiny’s vehicle is estimated at $3,000.
Arrest
On January 4, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ryan David O’Leary, 28, of Carroll, IA, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Time. O’Leary was taken to the Cass County Jail where he will remain held until service of his court ordered jail time was completed.
Arrest
As the result of a traffic stop on January 3, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terry Lee Ranney, 56, of Massena, IA, and Ronald Eugene Keller, 52, of Massena, IA, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were released the following day on their own recognizances.
Arrest
On January 3, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alexander Paul Dvorak, 25, of Atlantic, IA, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Dvorak was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond.
Arrest
On January 3, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith E. Zarbano, 40, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Zarbano was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.
Arrest
On January 2, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Benjamin Jesse Galles, 23, of Atlantic, IA, on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Galles was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.
DEER, ANTLERS AND WILDLIFE SEIZED FROM CASS COUNTY RESIDENCE

ATLANTIC, Iowa - Two Cass County men are under suspicion for allegedly possessing deer and other wildlife illegally after officers followed a trail that began with an illegal dumping complaint.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a call on December 29 about someone dumping litter on the side of a level B road. During the investigation, deputies found hides from four deer, a raccoon and badger carcass.
Information uncovered from the trash pointed officers to Sean Chamberlin, 23, and John Chamberlin, Jr., 47, of rural Atlantic.
The Sheriff and an officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources were granted access to the property on Dec. 30, and seized 111 deer, including an untagged deer; a badger and a raccoon, all allegedly taken illegally, and a bow and an unfilled archery deer tag as evidence.
Most of the deer that were seized were deer antlers. The case remains under investigation and charges are pending. Wildlife violations are simple misdemeanors.
“This is a good example of the public helping law enforcement by making a simple phone call, and different agencies working together in order to make a case,” said Sheriff Darby McLaren.
State Conservation Officer Brian Smith said the person who made the initial phone call deserves thanks.
“We would not have had the opportunity to make this case without that phone call,” Smith said.
The Atlantic Police Department assisted with the investigation.

MEDIA CONTACT: Darby McLaren, Sheriff, Cass County, 712-243-2206. For wildlife questions, contact Brian Smith, State Conservation Officer, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-520-0121.
Arrest
On January 1, 2015, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason William Sheldahl, 43, of Boone, IA, on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Sheldahl was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.