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May 20, 2016

On May 19, 2016 at 8:10 p.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Jacob David Snay, age 21 of Oelwein, on 2 Fayette County Warrants for Failure to Appear on original charges of Driving While License Suspended.


On May 19, 2016 at 8:20 p.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Jennefer Ann Westendorf, age 39 of Oelwein on a Buchanan County Warrant for Probation Violation OWI 2nd Offense.

May 18, 2016

On May 17, 2016 at 3:02 p.m., Oelwein Police arrested Sean David Reisner, 25, of Oelwein.  Reisner was arrested on charges of Failure to File Sr22 insurance- Serious Misdemeanor and Driving while License Suspended- Simple Misdemeanor.  This arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 100 block of 7th ST SE.

 At 9:19 p.m., on May 18, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested David Russel Watt, 44, of Oelwein.  Watt was arrested on a Blackhawk County Warrant for of Failure to Appear on an original charge of Assault.  This arrest followed officer interaction with the subject in the 10 block of 5th ST NW.

May 17, 2016

 On May 16, 2016 at 1:20 p.m., Oelwein Officers served a warrant in the 700 block of 1st Avenue SE.  Nicholas Jean Eickhoff, age 18 of Oelwein was arrested on a Buchanan County Warrant, original charges of Theft in the Third Degree.

May 15,2016

On May 15, 2016 at 6:20 p.m., Oelwein Officers responded to the 100 block of 4th Avenue SE for a reported disturbance.  Officers arrested Jeffrey Richard Woods, age 51 of Oelwein, on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Simple Misdemeanor; Enhanced Public Intoxication, Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Misdemeanor.

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May 10,2016

On May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 100 block of 1st St NW.  Officers cited and released Melissa Sue Newman, age 30 of Oelwein, for Driving While License Suspended.

Be Safe, Be Buckled!





For Immediate Release:


May 10, 2016


Des Moines, Iowa

Be Safe, Be Buckled!

For many, buckling up in a vehicle is second nature.  However, in 2014, 9,385 people nationwide lost their lives as a result of not buckling their seat belt; and in Iowa in 2014, 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up.   In our rural state, it is important to note that nationally 61-percent of pickup truck fatalities were not buckled.  



Iowa’s seat belt compliance rate is at 93 percent, one of the best in the nation but, still, too many of the state’s traffic fatalities are unbelted.  Those are lives that could have been saved. The consequences of not buckling up are too high, don’t become a negative seat belt statistic, always buckle up!


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day but not enough at night.  The May 23 – June 6, 2016 Click It or Ticket mobilization focuses on seat belt violators 24/7, but a strong enforcement effort will be made between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during that time.


“Law enforcement plays an important role in helping protect the safety of our citizens,” said Pat Hoye, Chief of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.  “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belt.  Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash.” 


As you travel near or far this Memorial Day, remember to buckle up in the back seat as well as in the front.  Rear seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they are unbuckled.  In real life we don’t get a second chance.


Media contact:  Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.

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May 10, 2016

On May 9, 2016 Oelwein Officers took into custody Federico Josue Luna, age 17 of Cedar Rapids for two Linn County Warrants, Violation of Placement for Assault and Violation of Placement for Carrying Weapons, Harassment, and Interference.  Luna was turned over to Linn County Deputies for these warrants.

May 9, 2016

At 1:39 p.m., on May 8, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested JP Williams Jr, 50, of Oelwein.  Williams was arrested on charges of Dependent Adult Abuse- Class D Felony, Theft 2nd Degree x2-Class D Felony and Burglary 3rd Degree- Class D Felony.  This arrest was made following a theft report in the 700 block of South lawn Court.

May 8. 2016

At 9:24 p.m., on May 7, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Brennan Lee Cox, 27, of Winthrop.  Cox was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for Pretrial Violation on original charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Failure to affix Drug Tax Stamp and Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility.

May 7, 2016

AT 9:33 p.m., on May 6, 2016 Oelwein Police arrested Max Stone, 41, of Oelwein.  Stone was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault-Simple Misdemeanor.  This arrest was the result of a disturbance in the 100 block 6th AV SW.  The Oelwein Police Department was assisted by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department.


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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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