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Police log - May 3, 2017

May 03, 2017

The police log was 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.


Total — 28

Treatment — 0

Male section — 18

Female section — 0

Work release — 0

Holding — 0

Special needs – 0

Contract inmates — 10

Other facility — 0


Traffic accidents

A two-vehicle accident with no injuries was reported Monday afternoon in the 300 block of West Madison Street in Washington. The vehicles were pulled off the roadway. A juvenile was cited for failure to stop at a safe and assured distance. Over $1,500 damage was reported. There was a minor personal injury but the subject refused treatment.


Disabled vehicles

An officer reported Monday afternoon being out with a vehicle along the side of Highway 218 at 192nd Street in Ainsworth. The subject was using a computer. No problem.

An occupied disabled vehicle was reported Monday evening at Highway 218 and 135th Street in Riverside. An officer responded and advised they have a tow truck on the way.


Traffic other

Two trucks were reported stuck on a dirt road at Yucca Avenue and Old White Way in Ainsworth Monday morning. An officer responded. The two vehicles slid off the roadway into the ditch. The roadway had standing water. The incident was documented.

A vehicle was reported stuck on the dirt Tuesday morning in the 3300 block of Juniper Avenue in Brighton and they had been revving the engine for about 30 minutes. An officer responded. The incident was documented.


Sex offender

A new sex offender registry was reported Monday evening in the 100 block of North Knisel Street in Riverside.


All other thefts

Two unicycles were reported stolen from a residence in the 600 block of West Madison Street in Washington Monday afternoon while the caller was home. A bike was also taken but left nearby.

A theft of mail and UPS packages was reported Monday afternoon in the 800 block of South Fourth Avenue in Washington. Officers responded. Charges are pending on a juvenile for theft. A report will be filed. The juvenile was released to his parents.

A caller in the 500 block of North Iowa Avenue in Washington reported Monday afternoon locating her stolen items in her neighbor's apartment. An officer responded and spoke with both parties. The caller did not wish to press charges.

A set of wireless headphones worth $150 was reported stolen Monday night in the 2400 block of Highway 92 in Washington. Officers responded. The incident was documented.



A caller in the 500 block of South 11th Avenue in Washington reported Monday morning his son was refusing to go to school. An officer responded and transported the juvenile to school. The juvenile was later transported to Agency Shelter Care.


Barking dog

A barking dog was reported Saturday morning in the 400 block of South Seventh Avenue in Washington. An officer responded and was unable to hear any barking dogs.

A barking dog was reported Sunday evening in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue in Wellman. An officer responded.



An intoxicated subject was reported Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of South Marion Avenue in Washington screaming and yelling. Officers responded.


All other offenses

A caller at 250th Street and Kiwi Avenue in Washington reported Friday afternoon someone was unbolting road signs and turning them upside down. The incident was documented.

A caller in the 100 block of East Washington Street in Brighton reported Saturday afternoon a subject inside a residence she owns would not remove himself. An officer responded. It was a civil issue.

A caller in the 400 block of West Third Street in Washington reported Sunday morning her sister would not let her pick up her child. An officer spoke with both parties. The issue was resolved.

A subject reportedly wouldn't leave a residence in the 3200 block of Orange Avenue in Wayland. Officers responded and gave the subject a ride to a friend's residence.

A caller in the 1400 block of North Eighth Avenue in Washington reported Monday evening his ex-girlfriend was threatening to give his belongings to Goodwill. An officer spoke with the caller. The caller requested a civil standby o Friday to get his belongings from the residence.


Family offense non violent

A caller in the 3000 block of Highway 22 in Riverside reported Friday morning her daughter left her at the location. An officer responded and transported the subject to Hills.

A caller in the 300 block of West Madison Street in Washington reported Saturday evening being in a verbal argument with his mother. An officer responded and advised the caller he needs to obey and listen to his mother.

A caller in the 100 block of East First Street in Riverside reported Sunday night the father of her children was at the residence trying to take custody of the children. An officer responded. The subject will stay at the residence for the evening. No further problems.


Runaway/missing person

A caller in the 1700 block of 260th Street in Washington reported Sunday morning his son was missing. The mother later called and reported the son was at her residence.


Suspicious activity

A caller in the 800 block of West Monroe Street in Washington reported Friday afternoon someone dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt tried to get into the north fire exit. An officer responded and checked the area.

A caller on Parkside Estates Road in Washington reported Saturday morning hearing someone knocking on her window. An officer was unable to locate anyone.

A caller in the 3200 block of Dogwood Avenue in Brighton reported Saturday evening two suspicious subjects were fishing in his pond. Officers were unable to locate.


Welfare check

A welfare check was requested Sunday night on a subject in the 3000 block of Highway 22 in Riverside. Officers responded. The subject was fine.


Civil standby

A civil standby was requested Monday morning in the 1000 block of Second Street in Wellman while the caller gathers his belongings. An officer responded. The items were retrieved without incident.


Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 03, 2017 22:24

Two years ago this summer, prisoners at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison made the big move to a brand new maximum security correctional center. And for the first time ever, Iowa's Department of Corrections will soon offer the public a chance to go inside the walls of a now-closed historic facility.

Read more at KCRG.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 03, 2017 21:31

Plea deal ends Fairfield Little League theft case | KTVO

Fairfield Woman Charged for Embezzlement from Little League

Monday, February 6, 2017

Police say that a Fairfield woman embezzled thousands of dollars from the Fairfield Little League over a three year period.
A criminal complaint filed in the Jefferson County Courthouse says that Catherine Lynn Schafer of Fairfield stole more than $13,000 from the Little League.

The case is being handled by the Washington County Attorney due to a conflict of interest at the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
Court documents say that between November 26th, 2013 and October 6th, 2014 Schafer submitted “24 claims totaling approximately $13,817.96 for reimbursement mainly to either her name or Jack [Schafer]’s name (her husband) for financial gain.”

The documents say that other Little League members couldn’t account for the purchased equipment or have never seen it. Many of the 24 claims do not have invoice documentation.
Some claims did have invoices filed. Police found that several of the companies represented on the submitted invoices do not exist. In one of those invoices, Schafer was reimbursed $525 for pitching machine balls. She submitted an invoice from 7th Inning Stretch of Cedar Rapids. The company does not exist.

In another incident on March 13th, 2014, Schafer requested reimbursement for $2,500 for Turface, a soil conditioner. Initially, Schafer did not submit an invoice. After being told an invoice was required, she later submitted an invoice from Field of Dreams of Monaca, PA. Police say the company does not exist and the phone number comes back to a call service. Schafer apparently admitted during an interview that this was “a fraudulent invoice she just made up.”

Schafer’s alleged scam came not long after her husband, Jack Schafer was ordered to pay more than $60,000 in restitution for an ID Theft case.

In 2009, Jack Schafer pleaded guilty to forging checks in the name of James Millard totaling more than $20,000. Following the guilty plea, the Van Buren District Court ruled that Jack Schafer’s actions amounted to identity theft.

Iowa law allows a person suffering monetary loss as a result of identity theft by another person to bring action and recover three times the damages. The Iowa Law was designed to discourage the growing crime of Identity Theft and to reimburse victims for the hassles created.
Jack Schafer has not been charged in relation to the alleged Little League scam.
Catherine Schafer is being charged with ongoing criminal conduct and commission of specified unlawful activity, a class B felony; first degree theft, a class C felony; and two counts of forgery, an aggravated misdemeanor.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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