Jefferson Police Report August 21


August 16, 2019

  • An officer assisted the GreeneCounty Ambulance with a medical call in the 600 block of S. Olive Street.
  • Richard Burkhardt spoke with an officer about someone possibly entering his residence at 401 E. McKinley St. Aug. 11 without his permission.
  • A caller reported a dog in a car at 106 W. Washington St. An officer located the vehicle, which was running with the air conditioning on.
  • While conducting a parks check at Kelso Park, an officer located a parked vehicle and spoke to the occupants. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of a 17 year-old-juvenile male for possession of alcohol by a person under. The juvenile was released to a parent. Rachel Suzanne Smith, 30, of Audubon was cited and released for permitting a person under 18 to consume alcohol and open container/driver.
  • Bev Luft reported someone knocking on her windows at 300 S. West St. An officer was busy on another call for service and could not respond.

August 17, 2019

  • John Sturgeon reported someone knocked over three landscaping lights at 503 W. State St. The lights were not damaged.
  • A retail store requested assistance from an officer in locating the owner of a vehicle that was in the parking lot for most of the week. The business wanted the vehicle moved.
  • A collision alarm company reported receiving an alarm from a vehicle involved in an accident near 220th Street and American Avenue. An officer located the vehicle in the parking lot at 777 Wild Rose Lane and spoke to the driver. The vehicle was fine and had not been involved in an accident.
  • Tracy Anderson requested an officer at 606 W. Washington St. to remove an intoxicated female from his residence. Anderson said the intoxicated female walked away from the residence before the officer arrived. He requested the officer locate her and tell her she is not welcome back at this residence. The officer located the female entering a vehicle at 303 N. Elm St. Before the officer exited his vehicle, the female pulled out of the lot and onto Washington Street. The officer performed a traffic stop in the 200 block of W. Washington Street. The officer’s investigation led to the arrest of Melynda Louise Weltha, 43, of Grand Junction for first-offense OWI.
  • A caller reported a vehicle in the ditch near Neola Avenue and 250th Street. An officer determined the vehicle was outside of the city limits and passed the information on to a deputy sheriff.

August 18, 2019

  • While conducting a parks check, an officer located three juvenile males sitting on a table at Russell Park. One juvenile ran from the area as the officer approached them. The officer spoke to the remaining juveniles, who said the male who fled was under 18 and worried about getting into trouble. The officer has the juvenile’s name and is investigating.
  • An officer located an open business door at 1108 N. Elm St. The officer secured the business after finding nothing suspicious inside.
  • An officer went to 606 W. Washington St. to investigate a domestic abuse assault report he received from Melynda Weltha during her OWI arrest on the previous evening.

August 19, 2019

  • Allen Will reported three vehicles travelling at a high rate of speed on Iowa Highway 4 toward Jefferson. An officer set up near the area and ran radar. One vehicle in the group was 5 mph over the posted speed, and the officer performed a traffic stop and warned the driver.
  • A caller advised an officer of a juvenile female who routinely drives without a license. Officers are watching for the reported driver.
  • Ellen Ritter reported a cell phone missing from her parked vehicle in the 200 block of N. West Street.
  • Janet Bryan reported neighbor kids boxing in their yard, and she felt they were hitting too hard.
  • Hayley Lee found a stray dog in the 400 block of N. Vine Street. The animal was placed in the Jefferson Animal Holding Facility.
  • A traffic stop performed in the 700 block on E. Lincoln Way resulted in Martin Torres of Perry being issued a citation for excessive speed.
  • Margaret Martin reported a stray dog running in the 1000 block of W. Lincoln Way. Officers did not locate the animal.
  • A caller advised an officer of the strong odor of marijuana coming from a neighboring apartment. The officer is investigating.

August 20, 2019

  • Officers assisted the Greene County Ambulance with a medical call in the 100 block of W. Washington Street.
  • A retail store reported a male ad passed a counterfeit $100 bill at 1207 N. Elm St. Aug. 19. A suspect was provided to the officer. Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.
  • Jefferson Public Works Department employees located a small baggy of suspected marijuana at Russell Park. An officer field tested the green leafy substance, which tested positive for marijuana. The items will be destroyed by the officer.
  • A caller reported a loud vehicle driving in the 600 block of S. Chestnut Street. Officers were busy and could not immediately respond.
  • Nikki Henderson reported she receiving the IRS phone call scam. She was advised if she did not pay an amount of money to the caller, the IRS would have her arrested. She did not provide any information to the caller.
  • A caller reported a dog tied out without shelter near Oak and Brackett streets. An officer checked on the animal and spoke to the owner. The animal is tied out for short periods but mainly is inside the residence.
  • The Redwood advised of a stray dog at 209 E. Gallop Road. An officer located a name on the animal’s tag and returned it to the owner, with a verbal warning for the animal at large ordinance.
  • Arrest warrants were requested for an Ankeny female after the completion of an investigation that began July 9, 2019, at a local casino. Items were removed from a purse in a vehicle in the parking lot, and the victim’s credit card was used. Warrants were requested for Amanda Ruth Breckenridge, 30, of Ankeny for third-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a credit card anf fifth-degree theft.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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