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May 18, 2017

Perry Death Investigation - Press Conference Information

PERRY, Iowa -- On May 12th, at approximately 6:30 PM, Perry police officers and Dallas County Paramedics were called to 1708 1st Avenue in Perry in reference to an unresponsive 16 year old female. 

May 18, 2017

Notice of Press Conference - Perry Death Investigation

PERRY, Iowa – This press conference is in reference to the death investigation of 16 year old Sabrina Ray. Updated information as to the progress of this investigation will be shared. Today at 1:00 p.m., Perry Police Department.

May 18, 2017

Governor Branstad to Recognize National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Winners

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Governor Terry E. Branstad and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Missing Person Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) will honor the winners of the annual Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. 

May 17, 2017

Guthrie Center Fire Investigation

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa -- Law enforcement officials with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, have identified the cousins that died in the May 15th fire in Guthrie Center.  They have been identified as 16 year old Shakiah Cockerham and 12 year old Melanie “Paige” Exline, both of Guthrie Center.

May 17, 2017

Seat Belt Myth Busting

DES MOINES, Iowa -- From May 22 - June 4, 2017, state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation, as well as Iowa, will be stepping up seat belt enforcement.  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer season with many more families on the roads.  Iowa’s seat belt usage rate of 94 percent is one of the highest in the nation, but the remaining six percent of vehicle occupants account for approximately half of all traffic fatalities.  SEAT BELTS ARE THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SURVIVE IN A CRASH.

May 16, 2017

Perry Death Investigation - UPDATE

PERRY, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Perry Police Department. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

May 15, 2017

Perry Death Investigation

PERRY, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Perry Police Department. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

May 15, 2017

Guthrie Center House Fire - Update

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa -- On May 15th at 12:27 AM, the Guthrie Center Fire Department was dispatched to 1005 Main Street in Guthrie Center for a house fire.  They were assisted by the Panora Fire Department, Panora Ambulance and Guthrie County Sheriff’s Deputies. 

May 15, 2015

Guthrie Center House Fire

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Guthrie County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

May 5, 2017

The Mother Road Tour

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A one day commemorative tour celebrating the 82nd birthday of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol (now the Iowa State Patrol) will be held May 7, 2017.  The Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation, the Iowa State Patrol, and Keep Iowa Beautiful are the key organizers of the event.  The tour will be led by the recently-restored 1935 Ford Tudor Sedan State Patrol car along with two other vintage patrol vehicles.

May 5, 2017

Milford Shooting on Sunday, April 30, 2017 - UPDATE

MILFORD, Iowa -- Milford Police Officer Jesse Hoss has been identified as the Officer who fired his weapon after he and another Police Officer from the Arnold’s Park Police Department responded to a call about a domestic situation at 26 Westview Dr. in Milford.  The shooting occurred around 9:00PM Sunday April 30, 2017.  Officers Hoss and the Arnolds Park Police Officer approached the residence of 26 Westview Dr., when a male subject inside the residence who has since been identified as Robert Brunner (age 52) pointed a handgun at the two officers.  Shots were exchanged between Brunner and Officer Hoss. Both officers retreated to safety and requested more backup. Law Enforcement attempted to make contact with Mr. Brunner for several hours in effort to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner.  No contact was ever made with Mr. Brunner.  Law Enforcement made entry to the residence around midnight Sunday and located Mr. Brunner deceased.

 

May 3, 2017

Four Fallen Officers to be Added to Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This Friday, Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim K. Reynolds, and the State of Iowa will honor four officers killed in the line of duty.  Each of these men died while serving to protect and keep Iowa communities safe.

Please join us on Friday, May 5, 2017, to honor these fallen peace officers, as well as the many other Iowa officers who have given their lives in the line of duty over the years.

May 1, 2017

Officer Involved Shooting in Milford

MILFORD, Iowa -- At approximately 9:00PM on Sunday April 30th, the Milford Police Department responded to a report of a domestic situation at 26 Westview Dr. in Milford.  As officers approached the residence, a male subject fired several rounds at responding officers.  A Milford Officer returned fire and retreated to safety.  The male subject then barricaded himself inside.   Several officers from surrounding law enforcement agencies responded as part of the HEAT Team.  Officers evacuated several residences surrounding 26 Westview Dr.

April 13, 2017

Male Arrested for Murder in the First Degree

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

Apri1 12, 2017

Elgin Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm While an Unlawful User of Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI Public Information Officer. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

April 11, 2017

Male Arrested for Sexual Assault of Minor

CHEROKEE, Iowa -- In July 2016, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a sexual assault involving a minor female.  The incident occurred at the residence of EDDIE D. DELONG in Cleghorn, Iowa. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation.  On April 5, 2017 EDDIE D. DELONG (43) was arrested and charged with Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree (C Felony) and Supplying Alcohol to a Minor – Causing Serious Injury (Aggravated Misdemeanor).  DELONG’s bond was set at $10,000.00.  On April 7, 2017, DELONG posted bond, a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 17, 2017 at the Cherokee County Courthouse at 3:00 PM.

April 4, 2017

Male Arrested on Multiple Charges Across Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - On November 16, 2016, Jeff Lee Altmayer, 57, of Ankeny, IA, was arrested and charged with three (3) counts of Enticing a Minor, a Class C Felony; one (1) count of Impersonating a Public Official, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; one (1) count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor and one (1) count of Possession of Prescription Drug or Device without a Prescription. These charges stemmed from a November 16th incident in Monona County, IA, in which he attempted to lure a child into his vehicle.


March 28, 2017

FirstNet Board Approves Resolution to Finalize Contract Award

DES MOINES, Iowa (03/28/2017) - Today during a special board meeting, the FirstNet Board unanimously approved Board Resolution 84 to finalize the contract award to build the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) across the United States.  For over four years, the State of Iowa has been involved in the FirstNet process by conducting outreach to all 99 counties, educating public safety on the FirstNet initiative, collecting data on Iowa’s public safety sector, and holding FirstNet Public Private Partnership Summits to provide the opportunity for public and private industry representatives to discuss the status of the FirstNet process and what it means for Iowa. 

March 25, 2017

Name Released in Cerro Gordo County Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- The Cerro Gordo County inmate found unresponsive in the detox cell on March 23, 2017, has been identified as Taras Devlin Roan, 54, of Mason City, Iowa.  Roan had been arrested on the evening of March 22, 2017, by the Mason City Police Department for assault and public urination.  Roan was the lone occupant in the detox cell, which is video monitored.

March 24, 2017

Child Endangerment Causing Death Arrest

KEOSUAQUA, Iowa - On Thursday, July 7, 2016, at approximately 3:28 a.m., Angel Poole (23) of 155 West Cedar Street, Apt. #4, in Birmingham, Iowa called 911 stating her 67-day-old son, Judah Wessels was having difficulty breathing.  Judah Wessels was transported to the Van Buren County Hospital (Keosauqua, Iowa) via ambulance and pronounced dead at approximately 4:40 AM.  Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (VBSO) launched an investigation and requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

March 23, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Inmate's Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- On March 23, 2017, at approximately 4:25 AM, a Cerro Gordo County inmate was found unresponsive in his detox cell. Jail staff started life saving measures, Mason City Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and transported the man to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa where he was pronounced dead.

March 14, 2017

Iowa Department of Public Safety Announces New Public Information Officer

DES MOINES, Iowa – Effective today, Sergeant Scott Bright will serve as the Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Please direct all media inquiries, Iowa State Patrol general questions and any open records requests to any of Sergeant Bright.

March 10, 2017

Clinton Double Death Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa –  On March 6th, 2017 at 3:08 p.m., the Clinton Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive person at 114 N. 5th Street.  Upon investigation, officers discovered two adult males, both deceased, inside the residence.  The deceased were transported to the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner, where autopsies were conducted.  The Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner has confirmed the identification of both individuals.

March 8, 2017

Additional Firefighters Affected by Improper Scoring

DES MOINES, Iowa –  As part of the ongoing review of testing procedures at the Fire Service Training Bureau, The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has obtained additional information from a State Fire Marshal database system which identified the existence more firefighter tests that were improperly scored.  

 

March 8, 2017

Film Production Company Owner Sentenced on Sex-Related Charges

OSAGE, Iowa – This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Osage Police Department. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigaiton. The Osage Police Department is handling all media inquiries.

 

March 7, 2017

Newly Appointed Colonel Ritzman Meet and Greet with Media

DES MOINES, Iowa – Newly appointed Colonel Jeff N. Ritzman will be available for media interviews on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Oran Pape State Office Building (DPS Headquarters), Room 125.  Colonel Ritzman feels it is important to address the media in his first days as leading the Iowa State Patrol.

March 6, 2017

Murphy Departing from the Iowa Department of Public Safety

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) Public Information Officer, Alex Murphy, will be leaving the Department on Thursday, March 9, 2017, to take a similar position with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

 

March 2, 2017

DPS Commissioner Ryan Names Next Iowa State Patrol Colonel

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today, Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan announced that Iowa State Patrol Captain Jeff Ritzman will be named to head the Iowa State Patrol.  Captain Ritzman will take the rank of Colonel and replace Colonel Michael Van Berkum who officially retired today.

February 23, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Sumner

SUMNER, Iowa -- On February 22, 2017, at 7:57 am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from 17486 T Avenue in Sumner, Iowa on the report of an unresponsive male lying at the end of the driveway of the residence. 

February 17, 2017

Lake Mills Man Arrested for On-Going Criminal Conduct

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Iowa -- On Friday February 17, 2017, Randall Alan Finer, age 53, of Lake Mills, Iowa was arrested for on-going criminal conduct a class “B” felony, in violation of Iowa Code §706A.1 (5) & 706A.2 (4).  The arrest stems from a two year investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

February 15, 2017

Former Office Manager Arrested, Charged with Theft

BENTON COUNTY, Iowa -- Around 12:00AM, February 15, 2017, Amber Bonlander was arrested in Knox County, Illinois, by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for Theft in the First Degree.

February 14, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa -- On Sunday, February 12, 2017, at approximately 2:48pm, Waterloo Police Officers were dispatched to a Kwik Star convenience store located at 707 Broadway Street in Waterloo, Iowa, on a report of a male with a gun. 

February 13, 2017

Update: Death Investigation in Wever

WEVER, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI Public Information Officer. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigaiton. Please note: no further information will be released at this time. Once information is available, it will be sent out.

February 3, 2017

Camanche Shooter Identified

CAMANCHE, Iowa -- The individual identified for shooting Nicholas Luskey has been identified as Derick Carroll, 25, of Clinton, Iowa.  Carroll has cooperated with investigators and the investigation is ongoing.  No arrest has been made in this investigation. 

February 2, 2017

Camanche Death Investigation

CAMANCHE, Iowa -- On February 1, 2017, Camanche Police Department was dispatched to 616 5th Avenue reference shots being fired in the vicinity.  Upon arrival, law enforcement found Nicholas Luskey (22) lying near a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound to the mid torso.  Luskey was transported to Mercy Medical Center and subsequently to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where he was pronounced dead at approximately 2:44 PM. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called in to assist with the investigation.

February 1, 2017

Tow to Go Launches in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is a press release in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), AAA and Budweiser.

February 1, 2017

Victim Identified in Keokuk Homicide

KEOKUK, Iowa – Lori Lynn Williams, 54, has been identified as the victim of the homicide currently being investigated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Keokuk Police Department.

January 31, 2017

DPS to Hold Press Conference on New Tow to Go Program

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is a press release in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), AAA and Budweiser.

January 31, 2017

Keokuk Man Charged with Murder

KEOKUK, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI Public Information Officer. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

January 27, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Emmet County

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa – On January 25, 2017, a Dickinson County Sheriff’s deputy observed a subject, later identified as Alexander Lee Graves, 19, of Kansas City, MO, driving a vehicle that had been previously reported as stolen out of Sac County, IA.  The deputy attempted to initiate a stop, but Graves fled in the vehicle.

January 27, 2017

Victim Identified in Hartford Fatal Fire

HARTFORD, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and DPS's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM). This is a press release being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI/SFM Public Information Officer on behalf of the Warren County Attorney's Office. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigaiton.

January 24, 2017

Report Released on Fire Services Training Bureau

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, January 24, 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Safety is releasing a report sent to the Commissioner on the findings of the internal investigation surrounding the improper scoring of tests at the DPS’s State Fire Marshal Division’s (SFM) Fire Services Training Bureau (FSTB).

January 22, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Narcotics Related Shooting in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa -- On January 22, 2017, at about 7:20 am, law enforcement officers with the Tri-County Drug Task Force in Waterloo conducted a narcotics transaction at the Awesome Car Wash at 2180 Logan Avenue in Waterloo, Iowa.  During the transaction, two suspects from Minnesota arrived at the location to deliver narcotics to undercover officers.

January 20, 2017

Iowa DCI, SFM & IOSME Assisting with Fire, Death Investigation

HARTFORD, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and DPS's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM). This is a press release being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI/SFM Public Information Officer on behalf of the Warren County Attorney's Office. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigaiton.

January 12, 2017

Update on Sumner Home Invasion Investigation

SUMNER, Iowa -- On Friday, January 6, 2017, at about 10:55 pm, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 1359 Whitetail Avenue in Sumner, Iowa, reporting that someone at the residence had been shot.  Deputies responded and located one person who had been injured and another person who is deceased.   The deceased subject was identified as Steven Anthony, 46, of Davenport, Iowa.

January 10, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting in Maquoketa

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Maquoketa Police Department being posted and disseminated by the Iowa DCI Public Information Officer. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

January 8, 2017

Iowa DCI Investigating Home Invasion, Death

SUMNER, Iowa -- On Friday, January 6th, 2017, at about 10:55 pm, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 1359 Whitetail Avenue in Sumner, Iowa, reporting that someone at the residence had been shot.  Deputies responded and located one person who had been injured and another person who is deceased.   The deceased subject was identified as Steven Anthony, 46, of Davenport, Iowa.

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