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.

OPD Helps With Car Seat Check-Up

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.

To enroll in the DPS E-mail Notification system simply log on to https://dpsemailnotify.iowa.gov and follow the instructions to enroll as a new user.


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.

May 6, 2016

On May 5, 2016 at 9:25 p.m., Oelwein Officers stopped a vehicle in the 10 block of West Charles in Oelwein.  Officers arrested Nathan William Rolfes, age 31, of Oelwein for a Black Hawk County Warrant with original charges of Failure to Appear for an Assault charge. 

Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree & Criminal Transmission of an Infectious Disease

The Oelwein Police Department has concluded an investigation of an incident that occurred in March of 2016. In relation to that investigation an arrest warrant was issued.

On May 4, 2016, the Hampton Police Department served the arrest warrant upon Ismael Illescas Alfaro, 33 years old, of Hampton, Iowa.

Ismael Alfaro has been charged with:

Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree – Class C Felony & Criminal Transmission of an Infectious Disease – Class B Felony

Mr. Alfaro was transferred to the Fayette County Jail pending an initial appearance.

Search Warrant Executed - Arrests Made

On Friday, April 29th, 2016, the Oelwein Police Department executed a search warrant at 37 6th St NW in Oelwein. This search warrant was the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation. As a result, Oelwein Police arrested Tammy Lynn Bamford, age 44 of Oelwein. Bamford was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine (Class C Felony), Gathering where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used (Class D Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).

In connection with the search warrant, Oelwein Police issued an attempt to locate on a male and vehicle in connection to the residence. A Buchanan County Deputy later located the male and vehicle on West Hayes St in Hazleton and notified Oelwein Police. As a result, Oelwein Officers and Buchanan Deputies located and seized a quarter pound of Methamphetamine, which holds a street value of approximately $14,000. Subsequently, Forrest Shane Spitzer, age 40 of Oelwein, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine exceeding 5 grams (Class B Felony), Possession with Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine (Class C Felony), Failure to Affix Iowa Drug Tax Stamp (Class D Felony), Gathering where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used (Class D Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).  Richard Ernest Thompson Sr, age 56 of Hazleton, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine exceeding 5 grams (Class B Felony), Failure to Affix Iowa Drug Tax Stamp (Class D Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor). 

This is investigation is ongoing. The Oelwein Police Department was assisted in these operations by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.


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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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