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Police log - April 11, 2018

Apr 11, 2018

The police log is supplied by the Washington County Communications center.

An arrest is merely an accusation. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Jail count

Males – N/A

Females – N/A

Work release – N/A

Special needs – N/A

Contract inmates – N/A

Treatment – N/A

Holding – N/A

Other facility – N/A

Total – N/A



Philemon Henry Lewis, 32, of Burlington, was arrested Monday morning in the 2000 block of Highway 218 in Ainsworth on a charge of driving while barred.

Tony David Unternahrer, 25, of Ames, was arrested Monday morning in the 1000 block of West Mamie Eisenhower in Boone on a Washington County warrant for third-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a prescription drug, and fifth-degree theft.


Traffic accident

A caller Monday morning in the 2400 block of 220th Street in Washington reported an SUV or truck with a topper was in the ditch by her residence. She could not tell whether anyone was in the vehicle. An officer responded and was unable to locate the vehicle.

A caller Monday morning in the 1200 block of Highway 218 in Riverside reported that a small red car slid into the ditch. The caller was unsure if anyone was inside or when it had happened. An Iowa State Patrol officer responded. The vehicle was unoccupied and was added to the system.

A caller Monday morning at Monroe Street and Fifth Street in Ainsworth reported being involved in an accident about 20 minutes earlier, at about 7:30 a.m. Both vehicles had left the scene. Information was exchanged. The accident was documented.

A caller Monday night at 320th Street and Redwood Avenue in Wayland reported a car-vs.-deer accident. There was driver-side front-end damage to her 2008 Nissan Rogue, and the vehicle was not drivable. Dispatch contacted a towing service for a tow. Documentation was made for insurance purposes.


Traffic other

A caller Monday morning in the 200 block of East Jefferson Street in Washington reported that possibly on Friday someone pushed his truck – which was parked in the yard – up against a tree, creating a hole in the bumper. The caller suggested that it could possibly have been a utilities company or a street crew. An officer responded. The information was documented.


Disabled vehicles

Dispatch received a report of a female subject who had a flat tire and was not completely off the roadway, Monday morning in the 1200 block of 190th Street in Keota. An officer responded. There were no license plates on the vehicle. They were able to move the vehicle onto Cedar, north of 190th Street. The subject had help coming.

An officer reported being out with an occupied disabled vehicle on the ramp, Monday afternoon at 220th Street and Highway 218 in Ainsworth. It was a black Dodge Viper with no license plates. The subject was fine and was going to be on his way.

An officer reported being out with an unoccupied vehicle Monday afternoon in the 2000 block of Highway 218 in Ainsworth. The vehicle was added to the system.


Fire calls

Multiple calls Monday morning at Highway 218 and 220th Street in Ainsworth reported a semi on fire, north of G36 on Highway 218 in the northbound lanes. The driver was out of the truck. The driver called back and advised that he got most of the fire out with his fire extinguisher. He still needed the fire department to respond to check things out. Officers and Ainsworth Fire responded. An ambulance was discontinued, and there was no response from Ainsworth QRS. A towing service responded to tow the semi.

A caller Monday afternoon in the 1600 block of North Second Avenue in Washington contacted Washington Fire Department for a carbon monoxide detector going off inside the residence. Washington Fire, Alliant Energy, and officers responded. The issue was resolved.


Animal complaint

A caller Monday night in the 3200 block of Orange Avenue in Wayland reported that a white German shepherd came onto their property, jumped onto their vehicle and attempted to get into their garage. An officer responded and advised the owner of the complaint.


Civil dispute

A caller Monday night in the 1700 block of Highway 78 in Brighton requested assistance in retrieving property. Two officers responded. The subject was advised to leave the residence and not to return.



A caller Monday evening in the 300 block of East Main Street in Washington requested to speak to an officer about harassment from a previous landlord. An officer spoke with both parties and the assistant county attorney. The subjects were both advised to contact the county attorney’s office and the office of the clerk of court, to get the matter resolved. The county attorney advised that no charges would be filed.


Suspicious activity

A caller Monday morning in the 2100 block of 285th Street in Washington reported a car in the ditch 2 to 3 miles south of his mother’s residence. At about 4:30 a.m., a male subject had come to his mother’s house, and had rung the doorbell and tapped on the window. The subject had then gone to her car and opened it, and had gone through the machine shed. He was described as a larger man wearing a red coat.



An officer responded and located the vehicle at Kiwi and 290th Street. It appeared from the tracks that the driver had gone to several residences and checked around their property. The officer spoke with a subject who advised that it was his brother who was driving. He was asked to call in and speak with the deputy. A towing service was contacted to tow the vehicle. There were no charges at that time.


All other theft

A caller Monday afternoon in the 1700 block of East Washington Street in Washington reported a gas drive-off of $40.01. The vehicle was a blue van. The license plate number given was not a complete match. Direction of travel was unknown. An officer was advised for documentation.

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