County Releases

By: News Release
Nov 1st, 2019

On October 5, 2019 at 7:00pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a UTV accident on Elm Road in Littleport. Deputies determined that 34 year old Nicole Coonfare of Strawberry Point was operating a 2018 Honda Pioneer when she struck a retaining wall causing $15,000 damage. A passenger, 37 year old Leon Coonfare was transported to Mercy One Elkader and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals for treatment of Serious Injuries. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested Nicole Coonfare for Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense. She is also charged with Failure to Maintain Control and Open Container. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Clayton County Conservation, Littleport Fire Department, Mercy One Ambulance and the Elkport- Garber First Responder’s.

 

On October 6, 2019 at 11:20pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Hilton Road near 375th Street. Deputies came into contact with 74 year old Gerald Ernst of Edgewood. Deputies observed signs of impairment. Upon further investigation, Ernst was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating while Intoxicated-1st offense and open container.

 

On October 8, 2019, Clayton County Deputies arrested and charged 49 year old Leo Knickerbocker Jr of Farmersburg with a Sex Offender Registry Violation. During the investigation, Deputies discovered that Knickerbocker was using a Facebook Account that was unregistered which violates the Iowa Sex Offender Registry laws. Knickerbocker was held pending an appearance in court.

 

On October 9, 2019, Clayton County Deputies arrested and charged 28 year old Anthony Hutchinson of Strawberry Point with a Sex Offender Registry Violation. During the investigation, Deputies discovered that Hutchinson failed to notify the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office of a change of address in violation of the Sex Offender Registry laws. Hutchinson was held pending an appearance in court.

 

On October 11, 2019 at 6:42pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Domino Rd near 278th Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Grace Durnan of Arlington was operating a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox when she struck a deer causing $2,000 damage.  

 

On October 13, 2019 at 7:30pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 18 near Eagle Drive. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Greg Snider of Reinbeck was operating a 2013 Ford F150 when he struck a deer causing $2,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 14, 2019 at 7:50pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 52 near Millville. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Barbara Moose of Colesburg was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer when she struck a deer causing $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 15, 2019 at 4:32pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on 115th Street near Echo Ave. Deputies came into contact with 33 year old Jose Ramirez of Harpers Ferry. Upon further investigation, Ramirez was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Suspended.

 

On October 15, 2019 at 9:14pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Giard for a traffic violation. Deputies came into contact with 36 year old Nicholas Lorenz of Eastman, WI. Upon further investigation, Deputies located marijuana. Lorenz was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with speeding, possession of a controlled substance marijuana and open container.

 

On October 16, 2019, Philip Reed Jr, 38 of Waterville turned himself into the Clayton County Jail on a Clayton County Warrant for Burglary 3rd. Reed was held pending an appearance in court.

 

On October 16, 2019, Clayton County Deputies charged 32 year old Justin Fecht of Potosi, WI with Involuntary Absence from Custody. Fecht was allowed a court ordered furlough from custody, where he failed to return to the Clayton County Jail. Fecht turned himself in to the Clayton County Jail later the following day.

 

On October 17, 2019 at 2:01pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on the Great River Road near Red Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Jerald Stumpner of Sherrill was operating a 2017 Ford CMS southbound when he rear ended a 1978 John Deere 4440 pulling a round baler operated by Joseph Stoffel of Holy Cross. Stoffel was turning into a driveway and Stumpner was unable to see the turn signal due to glare from the sun. No damage was reported to the tractor and baler. Stumpner’s vehicle sustained about $8,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 18, 2019 at 7:50pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 18 near Eagle Dr. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Terence Lerch of Farmersburg was operating a 2019 Ford Escape when he struck a deer causing $5,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 19, 2019 at 3:50pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to 25592 Mississippi Road for a report of harassment. During the investigation the suspect 49 year old Shannon Watt was advised to cease all communication with the victim. A short time later, Deputies were dispatched back to the residence as the suspect continued harassing the victim. Deputies arrested Watt and transported him to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Harassment-3rd degree.

 

On October 19, 2019 at 9:53pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 52 near Kale Ave. Deputies came into contact with 31 year old Philip Blasco of Hazel Green. Deputies observed signs of impairment. Upon further investigation, Blasco was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated- 3rd Offense. (Class “D” Felony)

 

On October 20, 2019 at 7:45pm, Clayton County Deputies arrested 42 year old James Hall of Cedar Rapids for Driving While Barred. Hall was observed driving to the Clayton County Jail to visit an inmate. He was held pending an appearance in court.

 

On October 21, 2019, Clayton County Deputies charged 51 year old Tony Brainard of Farmersburg with Sex Offender Registry Violation after Brainard failed to report a change of address. Brainard was arrested on October 24, 2019 and transported to the Clayton County Jail pending an appearance in court.

 

On October 22, 2019 at 8:38am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Great River Road near Tollgate Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Melissa Koehn of Guttenberg was operating a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze when she struck a deer causing $10,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 24, 2019 at 2:13pm, Clayton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 18 near Dolphin Ave. Deputies came into contact with 33 year old Michael Kirshbaum of West Union. Upon further investigation, Deputies determined that Kirshbaum’s license was suspended. Deputies arrested Kirshbaum. During the arrest deputies discovered that Kirshbaum was unlawfully possessing prescription medication. Kirschbaum was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Driving While Suspended and unlawful possession of prescription medication.

 

On October 24, 2019 at 7:09pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a car vs deer accident on Highway 52 near 390th Street. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Traci Marcum of Lawrence, KS was operating a 2014 Honda Pilot when she struck a deer causing $12,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

 

On October 27, 2019 at 3:16am, Clayton County Deputies responded to a traffic complaint on Highway 52 near Guttenberg. Deputies located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on near North 5th Street and Great River Road. Deputies came into contact with 19 year old Clayton Helle of Guttenberg. Deputies observed signs of impairment. Upon further investigation, Helle was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense and Possession of Alcohol Under 21 years of age. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Guttenberg Police Department.

 

On October 29, 2019, Clayton County Deputies along with the Strawberry Point Police Department arrested 29 year old Travis Blanchard of Strawberry Point on a Winneshiek County Warrant for Probation Violation. Blanchard was transported to the Clayton County Jail and later turned over to Winneshiek County Authorities.

 

On October 30, 2019, Clayton County Deputies arrested 23 year old Geffrey Williams of Cedar Rapids on a Clayton County Warrant for failure to serve jail sentence. Williams was transported from the Linn County Jail to the Clayton County Jail to serve a 6 day jail sentence.

 

On October 30, 2019 at 2:32pm, Clayton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 3 and Littleport Road. Upon further investigation it was determined that 18 year old Jordan Wegmann of Edgewood was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. Wegmann turned left onto Highway 3 from the stop sign at Littleport Road when he was struck by a Westbound 2006 Ford Focus operated by 23 year old Clairissa Kishell of Edgewood. Kishell sustained minor injuries from the accident and was transported to Regional Medical Center. Both vehicle’s sustained about $6,000 damage. Wegmann was cited for failure to yiled upon entering a through highway. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Edgewood Ambulance and Fire Department.



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