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March 18, 2019

Authorities Request Assistance in Locating Woman Wanted in Connection with Shooting

DES MOINES, 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 Wapello County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

March 12, 2019

Green Beer and Driving Don't Mix

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Americans have celebrated their Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day for decades.  Sadly, too much green beer can lead to dangerous driving after the celebrating.  Over the last few years there has been a dramatic spike in alcohol and drug impaired driving.  Over the 2017 (the last year in which statistics are available) St. Patrick’s Day holiday there were 59 fatalities nationwide with 37 percent involving drunk drivers. The most dangerous time to be on the road was the early hours of March 18, when 75% of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

March 6, 2019

Storm Lake Man Convicted of Receiving Child Pornography

DES MOINES, 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 United States Attorney's Office. The DCI assisted with this investigation.

February 28, 2019

Earlville Man Charged with Murder

DES MOINES, 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 Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

February 25, 2019

Southbound Interstate 35 to Reopen at Noon Today; Northbound Remains Closed

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, will be reopening southbound Interstate 35 from the Northwood exit south at noon today. Please remember that the roadway will not be bare pavement in most places and you’ll need to use winter driving skills.

February 20, 2019

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Announces New Colonel to Lead the Iowa State Patrol February 22, 2019 UPDATE - Location Change

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The location of the swearing in ceremony for Iowa State Patrol Colonel Nathan Fulk scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. will now take place in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building, 1st floor.  Entrance can be made through the west or south doors.

February 20, 2019

Madrid Woman Faces Lottery Ticket Theft Charges

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Madrid woman faces five theft charges stemming from the theft of lottery tickets at a local convenience store, state investigators say.

February 19, 2019

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Announces New Colonel to Lead the Iowa State Patrol February 22, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Stephan K. Bayens, is pleased to announce the selection of Captain Nathan Fulk as the 17th Chief of the Iowa State Patrol. Captain Fulk was selected following an in-depth and exhaustive selection process. Captain Fulk will be responsible for leading the Iowa State Patrol into the future and ensuring the organization remains committed to the safety of all Iowans by providing courtesy, service, and protection.

February 13, 2019

Iowa State Patrol Public Information Officer Coverage February 15 - February 22, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Lieutenant Troy Bailey will serve as the Public Information Officer for the Iowa State Patrol from Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18, 2019. He can be reached at 515-419-5149 or by email at bailey@dps.state.ia.us for any media inquiries, open records, or general requests.

Trooper Alex Dinkla will serve as the Public Information Officer beginning Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22, 2019. Trooper Dinkla can be reached at 515-443-6644 or by email at dinkla@dps.state.ia.us for any media inquiries, open records, or general requests.

Sergeant Nate Ludwig will resume as Public Information Officer on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

February 13, 2019

Iowa State Patrol to Partner with Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for Tobacco, Alternative Nicotine and Vapor Product Education and Enforcement

SPENCER, Iowa -- The Iowa State Patrol has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of youth. Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the Iowa State Patrol has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

February 11, 2019

Iowa DCI Conducts Burglary Investigation Involving Fairfield Police Officer

FAIRFIELD, Iowa -- During the month of November 2018, the Veterinary Clinic, Fairfield, IA, began to suspect shortages of a Schedule IV narcotic from their inventory.  The Clinic staff began to conduct an internal investigation which culminated in a staff member observing a Fairfield Police Department Officer (later identified as Ryan Mills, 31 years old) enter and leave the clinic prior to business hours.  This information was reported to the FPD Police Chief Dave Thomas who immediately contacted the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Major Crime Unit to conduct the investigation due to the conflict of interest.

January 29, 2019

Arrest Made in Investigation of Body Found in Floyd County in December of 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Floyd County Sheriff’ Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have made an arrest in the homicide of 28 year old Michael Bruce Johns, whose body was found in rural Floyd County in December of 2017.  Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputies and Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Armando Adame III of Waterloo, Iowa on January 29th, 2019.  Adame was taken into custody at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he was serving a sentence on prior unrelated convictions.  Adame has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Possession of a Firearm/Offensive Weapon as a Felon.

January 18, 2019

Missing Teenager Found Unharmed

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Law enforcement is cancelling the previously issued Attempt to Locate for missing Melcher teenager Liberty “Libby” Boley. Through cooperation between law enforcement authorities in Iowa and Texas, Libby was found unharmed this morning in south Texas. Iowa law enforcement, including the Division of Criminal Investigation, Melcher-Dallas Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marion County Attorney’s Office, continue the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Libby’s disappearance. Law enforcement would like to thank the public for their vigilance and commitment to helping locate Libby.

January 18, 2019

Wisconsin Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Beginning in September 2018, law enforcement agencies began responding to numerous burglaries of rural businesses all across the state of Iowa and Minnesota.  The burglar forced their way into business late at night when the businesses were closed.  The burglar would steal primarily cash from these businesses.  Law enforcement agencies across the state have been worked together sharing details of the burglaries and video surveillance to try and identify, locate and arrest the burglary suspect. 

January 17, 2019

Public's Assistance Requested in Missing Teenager Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On Monday, January 14, 2018, 14-year old Liberty Boley was reported missing to the Melcher-Dallas Police Department.  Liberty, a freshman at Melcher-Dallas High School, has not been seen since. Liberty is a 5 foot 7 inch, white female, with light brown hair, blue eyes, and wears glasses. Liberty was last seen at Melcher-Dallas High School at approximately 2:30 p.m, wearing black and white tee shirt, purple sweatshirt, black leggings, and brown Ugg boots. Liberty has medical conditions that require regimented medication and she may be without those medications.

January 17, 2019

Red Oak Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

RED OAK, Iowa -- In October 2017, the Red Oak Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation became aware of firearms violations involving KEVIN DUANE STALEY (then age 39) of Red Oak, Iowa.

January 17, 2019

Lake View Shooting Victim Identified

DES MOINES, 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 Sac County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

January 15, 2019

Iowa State Patrol Makes Arrest in Double Fatality Crash

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On December 29, 2018, Travis Gonzales, 37, of Bondurant, was westbound on I-80 near the 138 mile marker driving at a high rate of speed when the vehicle he was operating rear ended a vehicle containing two occupants. After impact, both vehicles lost control and entered the north ditch of I-80.  The subject's speed was found to be 126 mph in a 65 mph zone. The subject showed several signs of impairment and made several incriminating statements causing troopers to serve a search warrant on the subject for blood. The blood was analyzed at the DCI Crime Lab and a BAC of .219 was returned.

 

January 14, 2019

Iowa State Patrol Responds to Numerous Incidents Over the Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa --The Iowa State Patrol covered 128 crashes in a forty-eight hour period beginning at 12am on Saturday.   State Troopers also responded to 182 calls for service as winter weather provided hazardous travel across the state for a portion of the weekend.

January 10, 2019

Iowa State Patrol Charges Driver in Wrong-Way Crash

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On November 10, 2018, a two vehicle crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near the east mix master. A vehicle driven by Zlatan Vukasinovic, 39, of Des Moines, was travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 and struck a westbound vehicle head-on, driven by Franklin Sylalom, 31, of Des Moines. The head-on crash resulted in the death of Sylalom.  

January 10, 2019

Muscatine County Deceased Female Identified

DES MOINES, 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 Muscatine County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

January 8, 2019

Muscatine County Investigation of Deceased Female Located on Roadside

DES MOINES, 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 Muscatine County Sheriff's Office. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.

January 2, 2019

Webster County Officer-Involved Shooting - UPDATE

DES MOINES, Iowa --The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation determined several law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit and has identified the deceased as Matthew Hurley, age 45, of Wall Lake, Iowa.  The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Aaron Smidt and Calhoun County Deputy Chase Goodman.

January 1, 2019

Webster County Officer-Involved Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On January 1st, 2019, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to assist the Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol with an officer-involved shooting (see previous press release by Webster County Sheriff’s Office below).  The incident started just outside Fort Dodge and ended near the intersection of Highway 175 and Oak Avenue in rural Webster County.

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