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Police log - Oct. 4, 2013

Oct 04, 2013

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.

Total — 21

Treatment — 0

Male section — 18

Female section — 1

Work release — 1

Holding — 1

Special needs – 0

Contract inmates — 0



Jonathan Leo Beam, 53, of Washington, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Hebron, Neb., for second-degree arson.

Devra Ann Schmelzer, 22, of Washington, was arrested Thursday evening in the 100 block of E Avenue in Kalona for possession of marijuana.


Traffic other

An officer reported Thursday morning being out with a vehicle that had been parked on the shoulder of the road at Highway 1 and West 18th Street in Washington for over 24 hours. The vehicle was towed.


Fire calls

Train tracks were reported on fire in the 500 block of North 12th Avenue in Washington Thursday morning. Washington Fire Department responded. I.C.&E. Railroad was contacted.

A transformer was reported sparking and an electrical wire was reported on fire Thursday evening in the 1400 block of E Avenue in Kalona. Kalona Fire and Alliant responded.



A possible assault was reported Thursday morning in the 700 block of Sixth Street in Kalona. The incident was documented.

A caller in the 500 block of Lincoln Street in Ainsworth reported Thursday afternoon that a child assaulted her child while walking home. Officers spoke with the suspect and his mother. They were advised if another incident occurred juvenile court services would be contacted.

A caller reported Thursday evening being assaulted Thursday morning at Central park in Washington. Officers responded. The subject did not wish to press charges. Officers attempted to contact the suspect. The incident was documented.

A caller in the 700 block of East Second Street in Washington reported Thursday night that her friend was assaulted. Officers spoke with all parties. Subjects gave conflicting stories.



A caller in the 3100 block of 202nd Street in Ainsworth reported debit card fraud Thursday morning. His bank notified him of purchases made on a Web site. The card was cancelled. The incident was documented. The business and the bank will dispute the charges.

A deputy was requested Thursday morning in the 1100 block of Hickory Avenue in Wellman in reference to the caller being scammed out of money while trying to sell a property. Officers spoke with the caller. The incident was documented. Information was forwarded to the Orlando Florida Police and the Florida Attorney General.


All other thefts

Two types of pain medication were reported stolen Thursday evening in the 200 block of South D Avenue in Washington. The incident is under investigation.

Money was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 3000 block of Highway 22 in Riverside Thursday evening. The incident is under investigation.



Several vehicles were reported vandalized Thursday night at East Taylor Street and North 12th Avenue in Washington. The vehicles were spray painted with water-based paint. The incident was documented.


Animal complaints

A caller in the 800 block of South Iowa Avenue in Washington reported Thursday morning that the neighbor’s dogs had dug under his fence again and are in his back yard. Officers and the dogcatcher responded. The dogs went back into their own yard. The neighbor was given a verbal warning.

A dog reportedly knocked down a small child Thursday morning in the 1600 block of South Iowa Avenue in Washington. The owner was given a verbal warning.


Family offense non violent

Two subjects were reported involved in an altercation Thursday evening at North C Avenue and East Fifth Street in Washington. Officers responded.


Runaway/missing person

A caller in the 1900 block of Willow Avenue in Ainsworth reported Thursday morning that her 4-year-old daughter was missing from the residence. Officers, Washington Fire Department, Ainsworth Fire Department, Riverside Fire Department, Iowa State patrol, and Washington County Ambulance responded. The child was located and returned to her mother.


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