Oelwein Police Department has recently received reports of a scam that may be affecting our community. As always, the Oelwein Police Department strives to educate and make the citizenry aware of all current or trending scams. Like so many other scams this scam is centered around gaining access to your bank account and or having you, the victim, send money via Western Union. The current computer/virus scam will play out like the following: A person will call you advising that you have a virus on your computer and will tell you that he or she can prove it to you if you press certain keys on your computer key board. Pressing these keys allows the caller to take control of your computer and the caller then manipulates your computer remotely as proof that you have a certain virus. The caller will then offer you several different options, all with different prices, to fix the issue for you. If you receive a call of this nature just hang up on them and don’t press the keys on your computer they tell you to press. If you get to the point that you have already pressed the keys and no longer have control of your computer you can turn your computer off and then back on to regain control.
As always, never give out your personal information or banking or credit card information over the phone unless you know for certain that you are speaking with a reputable business or person. For more information on scams you can visit http://www.fraud.org/.
On October 1, 2013 at 9:45 a.m., Oelwein Officers encountered Aric James Quario, age 17 of Oelwein in the 1 block of 1st Avenue SE in Oelwein. Quario was cited for Possession of Tobacco Underage.
Oelwein Police are investigating a burglary complaint in the 100 block 2nd Ave NW. Oelwein Police received a burglary complaint at 2:46 p.m. on September 29, 2013. This incident remains under investigation.
On September 29, 2013 at 2:07 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 10 block of 7th Street SW in Oelwein. In the course of this stop, officers arrested William Jerome Gibbs, age 36, of Oelwein on a charge of OWI a Serious Misdemeanor.
On September 28, 2013 at 4:35 p.m., the Oelwein Police Department received a request for officers at a business in the 100 block of 2nd Street SE in Oelwein for a shoplifter. Upon investigation, Officers arrested Gerald Michael Speer, age 56 of Oelwein on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On September 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m., Oelwein Officers discovered a vehicle with damage to the front end in the 200 block of East Charles in Oelwein. After field testing, Officers arrested Rachelle Yvonne Kingsley, age 51 of West Union on a charge of OWI 3rd Offense, a Class “D” Felony.
On September 26, 2013 at 10:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to a residence in the 10 block of 5th St NW for a reported assault. Officers arrested James Ryan Block, age 29 of Oelwein, on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor and Child Endangerment , an Aggravated Misdemeanor..
On September 24, 2013 at 2:15 p.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Jeffrey John Becker, age 34 of Fayette on a Fayette County Sheriff’s warrant for the original charge of Willful Injury. Becker was arrested in the 10 block of 1st Ave NE in Oelwein.
On September 24, 2013 at 9:06 a.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Scott Ronald Burke, age 47 of Elgin on a Fayette County Sheriff’s warrant for the original charge of OWI 2nd. Burke was arrested in the 1000 block of South Frederick Ave in Oelwein.
During the weekend, September 21st & 22nd, the Oelwein Police Department received a report of a male subject acting suspicious and randomly approaching citizens in various areas of the community. The reports were that the male subject was displaying unusual behavior and making unrealistic statements. Officers located the male subject, and upon talking with him, placed him in custody for his safety. The male subject had not committed any criminal violations and was therefore transported to an area medical facility for evaluation.
“Normally, these matters don’t make a press release as they are not criminal in nature. Unfortunately, due to speculation and Facebook statements that are not factual, this issue has many citizens concerned” states Chief Jeremy Logan. “Contrary to the social media buzz, this matter was dealt with as it developed and as officers had enough information to proceed with the listed action. Our officers, as the public would expect, properly assessed the situation throughout the investigation while still protecting this individuals rights. Once the matter evolved to where the officers were able to intervene, for the individuals safety as well as citizens peace of mind, they did so.”
On September 23, 2013 at 10:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to a residence in the 700 block of South Frederick Avenue in Oelwein for a reported physical altercation. Upon arrival officers arrested James Stanford Adams Jr., age 20 of Waterloo and Lloyd Wayne Scott Jr., age 26, of Oelwein. Both were charged with Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On September 21, 2013 at 11:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to a business in the 10 block of 1st Avenue SE in Oelwein for a possible intoxicated individual. Upon arrival, officers encountered the suspect in a vehicle. Officers arrested Martin Jerome Wager, age 25 of Marion, and he was charged with OWI 1st Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana, both Serious Misdemeanors.
On September 20, 2013 at 3:45 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 400 block of 13th Ave NW in Oelwein. As a result, Officers cited and released Michael Allan Rickert, age 37, of Oelwein on a charge of Open Container as a Passenger.
Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 800 block of Hwy 150 South in Oelwein on September 20, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. Officers cited Marty Jay Villa, age 47, of Oelwein, for driving while license suspended a simple misdemeanor.
On September 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Erik Dwayne Hardin, age 49 of Oelwein on a Fayette County Sheriff’s warrant for Violation of Pretrial Release with original charges of Going Armed With Intent and Assault With Use or Display of a Weapon. Hardin was arrested in the 200 block of South Frederick in Oelwein.
On September 18, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., Oelwein Officers arrested David Eugene Matthews, age 25 of Oelwein on a Fayette County Sheriff’s warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree. Matthews was taken into custody at a residence in the 10 block of 4th Street NW in Oelwein.
On September 18, 2013 at 4:40 p.m., Oelwein Officers were patrolling the 100 block of West Charles in Oelwein and encountered an individual known to have an active arrest warrant from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Officers arrested Travis Michael Owens, age 22 of Oelwein on the warrant for an original charge of Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. Owens has also been charged with Willful Injury, a Class “C” Felony, stemming from an Oelwein Police Department incident in the early morning hours of September 13, 2013.
As a result of an investigation of suspicious activity occurring in the 200 block of 1st Avenue NE, Oelwein Officers served a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of 4th Avenue NE on September 15, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. This warrant resulted in the arrest of Benjamin John Campbell, age 28 of Oelwein. Campbell was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and Possession of Marijuana, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Being Used, a Serious Misdemeanor.
Oelwein Police are investigating a criminal mischief complaint in the 200 block East Charles St. Oelwein Police received a criminal mischief complaint at 11:46 p.m. on September 15, 2013. This incident remains under investigation.
Oelwein Police are investigating a burglary complaint in the 200 block 2nd St NW. Oelwein Police received a burglary complaint at 12:23 p.m. on September 15, 2013. This incident remains under investigation.
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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