Perry Police Report April 15


April 13, 2016

  • A man reported “his motor seized up on him” while he was driving home, and it was later found “that the vehicle had no oil in it.” He said he believed someone deliberately drained the oil from his vehicle. He also reported that “recently someone keyed ‘asshole’ on the back of his vehicle,” and he believed the incidents were related. An officer responded and started an investigation.
  • A caller said someone broke into her home in Ogden. The call was transferred to the Boone County Sheriff’s office.
  • A caller from Missouri Valley, Iowa, said she was receiving “harassing text messages” from someone in Perry. An officer responded and told her to report the matter to her local law enforcement agency.
  • A caller said her brother was harassing their mother. She said when she confronted her brother and asked him to stop harassing their mother, he “threatened ‘to break her face in.'” Officers responded.
  • A caller said open burning was occurring inside the city limits of Perry in violation of the city ordinance prohibiting open burning. An officer responded and located the fire. The person tending the fire told the officer it was a recreational fire. The officer “explained recreational fires need to be in some kind of fire pit or container and not on the ground.” The fire was put out.
  • A caller said “the people mowing the lawn out at the Masonic Home broke his truck window.” An officer responded and explained that the incident was a matter for the civil authorities. The caller said he “was able to speak with a No Lawn left Behind employee” and was told a company authority would contact him.
  • Wayne Werner of 1807 Evelyn St. in Perry was issued a citation for fourth-offense dog at large.

April 14, 2016

  • A caller who “was very upset” said a meter reader “pepper sprayed his dog.” An officer responded and found an Alliant Energy Co. employee, who said “while he was reading the meter a large American bull dog ran out the door toward him. He felt threatened and sprayed him.” The employee said “a remote reader” would be installed on the caller’s meter “in a couple of days” in order that “he will not have to enter the yard again.” The officer explained to the caller that pepper spraying a dog “is not illegal” in such circumstances.
  • A caller said “a girl who appears to be between 2 and 3 years of age” and “just wearing a diaper and carrying a couple of buckets” had been found. Officers responded and located the child and her parents. It appeared the child’s caregiver “had fallen asleep” and the child “had slipped out the door.” The Iowa Department of Human Services was contacted.
  • A caller said she accidentally locked herself out of her residence and asked that an officer assist her in reentering. An officer responded “but was not successful in doing so.”
  • Vanessa Joann Osterhout, 29, 1101 Sixth St., West Des Moines, was arrested on charges of first-offense public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

April 15, 2016

  • A caller said two Boxers frequently defecate in her yard and “are getting into people’s garbage.” The caller was advised not to call 911 for such issues but to use the Perry Police Department’s administrative number 515-465-4636. An officer responded.

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


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