August 3, 2014

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.


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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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