May 4, 2016

 On May 2, 2015 at 3:20 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of 1st St SW in Oelwein.  Officers arrested Steven Wayne Lundgren, age 29 of Waterloo, on charges from two Buchanan County Warrants, for Failure to Appear on charges of Driving While License Suspended and Failure to Appear on charges of Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability.

At 2:57 p.m. on May 3, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Jennifer Ann Westendorf, 39, of Oelwein.  Westendorf was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for an original charge of Forgery in the 500 block of Rock Island Road.

 At 6:20 p.m. on May 3, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested David Eugene Matthews, 27, of Hazelton.  Matthews was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for an original charge of Sex Abuse 3rd degree in the 500 block of Rock Island Road.



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On Monday, April 25th, 2016, Mrs. VanDenHul and Mrs. Forsyth's Classes, from Wing's Park Elementary, and the Oelwein Head Start class toured the Oelwein Police Department. Oelwein Officer Chris Hartmann conducted the tour which included showing the inside of a patrol car and explaining the items Oelwein officer's carry on their duty belts. Dispatch Supervisor Kris McGrane showed the classes the Communications Room and explained the "Do's and Don'ts" when dialing 9-1-1.


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May 1,2016

On May 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 10 block of West Charles in Oelwein.  After performing testing on scene and further testing at the Police Department, Officers arrested Elizabeth Sylvia Minnick, age 20, of Hazleton for OWI 1st Offense.  Minnick was also cited for not having a valid drivers license.

April 30, 2016

At 5:22 p.m., on April 29, 2016 Oelwein Police conducted a search warrant at 37 6th ST NW.  The residents of the home are Tammy Lynn Bamford, 44 and Forrest Shane Spitzer, 40.  Bamford and Spitzer were charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine- Class D Felony, Gathering where controlled substances are Unlawfully Used- Class D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-Simple Misdemeanor.  Oelwein Police was assisted by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.  This investigation continues and further charges are pending.

April 28, 2016

On April 27, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. Oelwein Officers stopped a vehicle in the 200 block of East Charles.  Officers arrested the passenger of the vehicle, Katie Jane Irene Snow, age 31 of Oelwein on a Fayette County arrest warrant, original charges of Prohibited Acts, Manufacturing, Conspiracy, Possession of Meth With Intent, and Carrying Weapons and on a Buchanan County arrest warrant, original charge of Probation Violation for Theft 4th Degree.





April 26, 2016

AT 12:19 p.m., on April 26, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Jonathan Joe Jacobsen, 35, of Independence.  Jacobsen was arrested on a Dickinson County warrant for an original charge of Controlled Substance Violation in 100 block of 3rd AV SE.

April 25, 2016

On April 24, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Jeffrey Richard Woods, 51, of Oelwein.  Woods was arrested on charges of Enhanced Public Intoxication- Aggravated Misdemeanor, Disorderly Conduct- Simple Misdemeanor and Interference with Official Acts- Simple Misdemeanor.  This arrest took place following a disturbance in the 200 block 3rd AV SE. 

 Oelwein Police are investigating a criminal mischief complaint.  Oelwein Police received a report of criminal mischief at 7:36 p.m., on April 24, 2016 from the 300 block of 2nd av ne.  This incident remains under investigation

 Oelwein Police investigated a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 12th ST SE and Hwy 150.  A grey 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer collided with a deer.  Initial estimates of the damage were in excess of $1500.

April 24, 2016

Oelwein Police are investigating a theft complaint.  Oelwein Police received a report of a theft at 11:22 a.m., on April 23, 2016 from the 500 block of 6th Av SE.  This incident remains under investigation.

Oelwein PD Helps Fight Prescription Drug Abuse


The Oelwein Police Department is once again teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. It also helps the public prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.


A few years ago, the Rotary Club of Oelwein, Schuchmann’s Pharmacy, the former Don’s Pharmacy and the Oelwein Police Department partnered up to purchase a Med Return Drug Collection Unit. This unit is kept at the lobby of the Oelwein Police Department as a convenient, safe place for citizens to deposit their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Citizens may bring their pills for disposal at the Oelwein Police Department, 501 Rock Island Road, any day between the hours of 7AM and midnight. (We do not accept any liquid medications, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) This is a free and anonymous service, no questions asked.


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30th. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds – more than 2,750 tons – of pills.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

April 11, 2016

At 12:52 p.m., on April 10, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Joshua Paul Kirby, 39, of Oelwein.  Kirby was arrested on a Buchanan County warrant for Domestic Assault causing Injury in the 500 block of Rock Island Road.


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Oelwein Police History

The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903


The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903 as the recognized law enforcement for the City of Oelwein

Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
10 Full Time Police Officers
4 Full Time Communications Operators
1 Administrative Assistant

4 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers


The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.






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