Des Moines, Iowa – To prevent death and injury, Iowa law enforcement is again asking the motoring public to buckle up, slow down and drive sober. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 6 traffic fatalities during the 4 day Fourth of July weekend last year, three of which were alcohol related.
This year, July 1-7, 2014, over 250 city, county and state law enforcement agencies across Iowa will participate in a special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) in an effort to keep everyone safe as they travel. The sTEP projects are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau through a program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This money enables more officers to work more hours on roadways all across the state during times of the year when travel increases and traffic crashes, injury and death are most probable.
“Too many people still take the attitude that it will never happen to me,” sTEP Coordinator Randy Hunefeld said. “But fatal crashes can and do happen every day. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there are still too many people in Iowa dying because they are unbuckled, speeding, and driving intoxicated or impaired.”
Iowa law enforcement officers need your help and are asking every motorist that gets behind the wheel to buckle up and drive responsibly. Let’s make this 4th of July Holiday, a safe one.
For more information, please visit www.iowagtsb.org - www.stopimpaireddriving.org or contact
Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0248
(515) 725-6124 or (515) 447-8041
On July 2, 2014 at 11:05 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 100 block of 1st Ave SE in Oelwein. Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, Mikeala Lynn Voshell, age 22, of Independence, on a charge of Driving While Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On July 2, 2014 at 2:58 p.m., Oelwein Officers cited Earl Edward McDanniel Jr, age 16, of Oelwein, on a charge of Possession of Tobacco under the Legal Age, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On July 2, 2014 at 1:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a 2 vehicle property damage accident in the 200 block of 2nd Ave SE. A 1993 Buick Century, driven by Myrna Laura Ohl of Oelwein collided with a 2nd vehicle, a 2011 Chrysler 200, driven by Dorothy Jean Briggman of Oelwein. Briggman was cited for Failure to Yield to Vehicle on the Right.
On July 1, 2014 at 12:30 a.m., Oelwein Officers were called to the 400 block of Greatwestern Avenue in Oelwein for a reported disturbance. Officers arrested Daniel Lee Bantz, age 39 of Oelwein on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony.
High winds caused many trees and branches to fall on June 30th, 2014. City crews are working to pick up downed trees and clear roadways. This work will continue throughout this week and into next. First priority is to clear all roadways and then clearing limbs and brush will begin. We ask citizens to place their brush/limbs near the curb and crews will be around for clean-up in the upcoming days. This will take quite a while since much damage was done in a short amount of time, and we are closed on Friday, July 4th, for a long holiday weekend. Crews are not allowed to access brush/limbs/trees on private property, it must be at the curb. -Jamie Letzring, City Administrator.
On June 27, 2014 at 11:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers arrested William Marqess Caston, age 24, of Oelwein on a Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office warrant for the original charges of riot.
Oelwein Police are investigating a theft complaint in the 600 block 7th St SE. Oelwein Police received a theft complaint at 12:52 p.m. on June 27, 2014. This incident remains under investigation.
Oelwein Police are investigating a criminal mischief complaint in the 100 block 8th Ave NW. Oelwein Police received a criminal mischief complaint at 9:12 a.m. on June 27, 2014. This incident remains under investigation.
On June 26, 2014 at 8:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a reported shoplifter at a business in the 100 block of 2nd Street SE. Officers arrested Erick Scott Melendez, age 24, of Oelwein on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On June 26, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a reported shoplifter at a business in the 2100 block of South Frederick Ave. Officers arrested Jenna Beth McLaury, age 21, of Des Moines on a charge of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On June 23, 2014 at 4:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a reported shoplifter at a business in the 100 block of 2nd Street SE. Officers arrested Christian Andrew Varela, age 20, of Oelwein on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On June 22, 2014 at 10:43 p.m., Oelwein officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 300 block of 2nd Ave NE in Oelwein. Officers arrested Nathan Gabriel Kirby, age 27, of Oelwein on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Violation of Domestic Abuse No Contact Order a Simple Misdemeanor.
On June 22, 2014 Oelwein police cited Jacob Daniel Schmidt, 17 of Alta Vista, following a routine traffic stop. Schmidt was charged with driving while license suspended. This charge is an simple misdemeanor.
On June 21, 2014 at 2:35 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 10 block of South Frederick Avenue in Oelwein. Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, Joshua Conrad Avenson, age 23, of Westgate, on a charge of Driving While Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.
On June 15, 2014 at 10:00 p.m., Oelwein officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 500 block of 2nd Street SW in Oelwein. Officers arrested Max Evan Meharry Stone, age 39, of Oelwein on charges of Armed with Intent, a Class “D” Felony and Possession of Marijuana, Serious Misdemeanor. Oelwein Officers were assisted by deputies from both the Fayette County and Buchanan County Sheriff’s Offices.
On June 14th following a routine traffic stop, 44 year old Theresa Lynn Woodson of Oelwein was arrested and charged with 2nd offense OWI. This charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.
On June 13th Oelwein police arrested David Alexander Ames, 23 of Hazleton, following a routine traffic stop. Ames was charged with driving while license barred. This charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
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