On August 8, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Oelwein Police Department received a report of suspicious packages located in a railcar that was slated for repair.
Transco Railway reported that workers were performing maintenance on a railcar when they observed suspicious packages in it.
Investigators discovered numerous packages that were concealed in the wall of the railcar and determined that the packages contained marijuana.
Investigators seized 45 packages that totaled in weight of approximately 61 pounds and an approximate street value of $90,000.
“The investigation has led us to believe that Oelwein was not the intended final destination of this product. The railcar was diverted from its original intended destination due to needed repairs” states Chief Jeremy Logan. “We are appreciative of the Transco employees for assisting with ensuring that this product didn’t make it to the street and are proud to have such a good corporate citizen as Transco Railway”.
The Oelwein Police Department is working with other agencies to determine the source and destination of this shipment.
On August 8, 2014 at 1:31 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the area of 5th St SE and South Frederick Ave. Officers arrested Travis Frank Norton, age 20, of Strawberry Pt. on Driving while License Revoked a Serious Misdemeanor, Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor.
On August 7, 2014 at 5:54 p.m., Oelwein officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the area 1st Ave NW and 2nd St NW in Oelwein. Officers arrested Christopher Robert Kosin, age 34, of Oelwein on the charge of Assault causing Bodily Injury a Serious Misdemeanor.
On August 7, 2014 at 1:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a 2 vehicle property damage accident in the 10 block of 1st Ave SE. A 2008 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Mark Wayne Kleppe of Ossian collided with a 2nd vehicle, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade Luxur, driven by Dean Harold Benter of Oelwein. Benter was cited for Improper Lane Change.
Motorcycles and Odd Rods gathered in Oelwein on Saturday, July 19th for the 9th annual Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run. As they cruised throughout NE Iowa, not only did they enjoy the sights and stops along the way, but the satisfaction of knowing they were raising money to help save children. Oelwein Police Officer Brandon DeJong has organized the Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run for the last 9 years, raising money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This year, the group raised $600 which will help continue the hospitals lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. For more information or to donate to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, visit their website at www.stjude.org. The Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run starts and ends in Oelwein each year and anyone is invited to participate. Visit our Community Page or Facebook page for more pictures.
On August 6, 2014 at 1:00 a.m., Oelwein Officers were called to an altercation in the 600 block of 1st Avenue SW in Oelwein. Officers arrested Aric James Quario, age 18 of Oelwein and Troy Lynn Petz, age 18, of Oelwein on charges of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and Trespass, both Simple Misdemeanors.
At approximately midnight on August 3rd, Oelwein Communications received a report of people trespassing in a vacant home on 3rd St NW. Further investigation revealed the individuals to be 16 year old Caylyn Ann Marie Wallace of Waverly and 18 year old Troy Lynn Petz Jr. of Latimer. Both individuals were charged with trespass which is a simple misdemeanor.
Oelwein Police received a report of a domestic abuse that occurred on August 3rd at approximately 11:00 pm. Jesse Joe Vandekieft, 29 of Oelwein was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. This is a simple misdemeanor
Katie Jane Waters, 29 of Oelwein was arrested on a Black Hawk County Warrant on August 3rd. The warrant was for Fourth Degree Theft. This charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.
On August 3rd at approximately 1:30 pm, Oelwein Police were called to the Dollar General store for a report of a shoplifter. Subsequently, Sara Jo Brandenburg, 21 of Oelwein was charged with 5th degree theft which is a simple misdemeanor. Isiah Dean Heidt, 16 of Oelwein, will be referred to Juvenile Court Services. He is also charged with 5th degree theft.
The investigation into a report of a suspicious vehicle resulted in the arrest of Barbara Sue Shaffer on August 3rd. Shaffer, 44 of Oelwein, has been charged with Possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and Possession of paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
On August 3rd, Oelwein Police cited Steven Otis Harvey, 44 of Oelwein with having an open container of alcohol while walking down a public street. This violation is a simple misdemeanor.
Oelwein Police were called to the 10 block of 5th Ave SE during the overnight hours of August 2nd, for a report of criminal mischief where a windshield of a vehicle was reportedly broken. Upon further investigation, it was found the report was false. Arthur Nelson Fish, 52 of Oelwein, was subsequently arrested and charged with False Report to Communications and Public Safety. This charge is a simple misdemeanor.
The Oelwein Police Dept. teamed up with the Iowa DNR and hosted a free Hunter Education class on July 15th & 16th, 2014 at the new Oelwein Police Dept. Hunter education is a mandatory program for anyone born after January 1, 1972 and is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics. See more pictures on our Community page or on our Facebook page.
Oelwein police are investigating a theft complaint. Police received a report of a theft at 1:50 p.m. on July 29th, 2014 from the 900 block of 1st Ave NE. This incident remains under investigation.
Oelwein police are investigating a theft complaint. Police received a report of a theft at 1:41 p.m. on July 29th, 2014 from the 400 block of 3rd Ave NW. This incident remains under investigation.
Oelwein police are investigating a theft complaint after receiving a report of a theft at 5:25 a.m. on July 29th, 2014 from the 800 block of North Frederick Avenue. This incident remains under investigation.
Oelwein police are investigating criminal mischief complaints after receiving the report at 7:11 a.m. on July 28th, 2014 from the 100-block of 3rd Ave SE and 100-block of 2nd Ave SE. These incidents remain under investigation.
At 10:57 p.m. on July 27th, 2014, Oelwein police charged Alexis Jorden Louise Heidt, age 15, of Oelwein with Disorderly Conduct and Joint Criminal Conduct, both Simple Misdemeanors. This charge was made after a citizen’s complaint in the 400 block of 3rd Ave NW.
At 9:43 p.m. on July 27th, 2014, Oelwein police charged Alexis Jorden Louise Heidt, age 15, and Kenna Claudette Lyons, age 16, both of Oelwein with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Disperse, both Simple Misdemeanors. Michael Malvern Miller, age 39, also from Oelwein, was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor. These charges were made in the 100 block of West Charles Street following a citizen’s complaint.
On July 23rd, 2014 at 3:32 a.m., an Oelwein police officer noticed an open door in the 300 block of 2nd Ave NW. After investigating, officers arrested Aric James Quario, age 18, of Oelwein, for Trespassing, a Simple Misdemeanor.
After receiving multiple reports of subjects lighting off fireworks in the 100 block of 6th St SW on July 23rd, 2014, at 2:21 p.m. Oelwein police charged Nicholas Jean Eickhoff, age 16, of Oelwein for Discharging Fireworks, a Simple Misdemeanor.
Oelwein Police have finished an investigation and have charged Alexis Jorden Louise Heidt, age 15, and Isiah Dean Heidt, age 16, both of Oelwein. Both Heidt’s were charged with Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor. The incident was originally reported to police on July 21st, 2014.
Oelwein Police received a call from the Fareway store reporting a shoplifter in the store. Samuel Stephen Fuller, 18, of Oelwein was arrested and charged with fifth degree theft, a simple misdemeanor.
Oelwein Police are currently investigating a report of criminal mischief at the Redgate Park in the 1300 block of West Charles. The investigation is ongoing.
On July 25, 2014 at 11:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Hwy 150 South in Oelwein. Officers arrested and referred to Juvenile Court Services, the driver of the vehicle, Spencer Michael Fruechte, age 16 of Independence, on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Simple Misdemeanor. Officers arrested the passenger Alexander Michael Joseph Carlson, age 18 of Independence, on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana a Serious Misdemeanor.
On July 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Oelwein officers stopped a vehicle driven by Dennis Benjamin McGonigle, age 35, of Oelwein. McGonigle was arrested and charged with Contributing to Delinquency, a Simple Misdemeanor, in conjunction with an incident happening earlier in the day. McGonigle was also cited for Providing Tobacco to a Minor, stemming from further investigation in reference to a citation issued to a juvenile on July 19, 2014 for a related offense.
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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