Happy Fourth of July!
Protecting and serving the citizens of Madison County Iowa.
Happy Fourth of July!
Nationally, during the 2018 July 4th holiday period (the most recent statistics available) 193 people died in motor vehicle crashes and 78 of these fatalities occurred in an alcohol-impaired crash. On the fourth of July in 2018, one person lost their life in Iowa due to an alcohol related crash. On July 4, 2019, Iowa experienced 112 crashes which involved 2 fatalities and 9 serious injuries. These fatalities and injuries are certainly nothing to celebrate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 71 percent of those who died in alcohol related crashes were in vehicles involving a driver with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 or higher, almost two times the legal limit of .08. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies across Iowa will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from July 3 to July 7, 2020.
In an effort to combat impaired driving, officers will be exhibiting zero tolerance for impaired drivers.
• Of all 2018 traffic fatalities in Iowa, 27% involved alcohol-impaired driving. Don’t put others at risk this #FourthOfJuly. #DriveSober or Get Pulled Over.
On Monday June 22, 2020 and at around 4:26PM, the Madison County Sheriffs Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a serious vehicle crash in the 2800 block of State Hwy 92 east of WInterset. Responding Deputies discovered (3) vehicles were involved. Killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene was Abigail Ashby (23) of Indianola. Injured in the crash and transported to a Des Moines Hospital was a 3 year old passenger in Ashby’s vehicle. The exact condition of the child is unknown at this time. Also injured in the crash was Ray Sirdoreus (63) of WInterset. Sirdoreus who was driving his vehicle, suffered serious injuries when his vehicle collided with Ashby’s. Sirdoreus was transported by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital where his exact condition is also unknown at this time.
A preliminary investigation shows that Ashby’s vehicle which was eastbound on State Hwy 92 (2800 block) had crossed the center line and clipped a westbound vehicle. This caused Ashby’s vehicle to spin out and collide with the vehicle driven by Sirdoreus. The investigation into the crash is still on going.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Madison County Medical Examiner’s Office, WInterset Fire Department, Madison County Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and Mercy Air One of Des Moines.
City of Earlham
The Earlham Police Department is accepting applications for Full Time Police Officer.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and meet current Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and department standards. ILEA certification or a degree in criminal justice is preferred, but not a requirement. Sign on bonus for Certified officers.
Visit earlhamiowa.org for more information and a job application, or contact Earlham City Hall at (515) 758-2281. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday July 8th 2020,
Send Cover Letter, Resume and Application to:
Chief Jason Heimdal 140 S Chestnut P.O. Box 518
Earlham, la 50072
Phone (515) 758-2281 [email protected]
A civil service entrance exam and the ILEA physical fitness test will be conducted Saturday, July 11th • 2020, at 9:00 AM at the Earlham High School track (200 block NW 6th). Only those applicants who pass the physical test will be given the written test.
On Saturday June 20, 2020 and at around 10:25PM, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash in the 2400 block of Us Hwy 169 or about (3) miles south of Winterset. Emergency crews arriving on scene learned that the vehicle crash involved a pedestrian. The pedestrian, an adult male was transported by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital with what are believed to be life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle suffered no known injuries and the incident is under investigation. Assisting the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Winterset Police Department, Winterset Fire Department, Madison County Ambulance and the Iowa State Patrol. The exact condition of the male pedestrian is unknown at this time.
Pitzer Road between 165th St. and 170th St. will be closed until Monday due to pavement buckling in the area. Please make arrangements to avoid the area.
We will be patrolling the area, so Bo and Luke Duke don’t even think of it!
Effective Sunday June 7, 2020, the Madison County Jail will resume Sunday visitation for inmates. The Sheriff’s Office will also resume fingerprint services and vehicle inspections for the public effective immediately. Thank you very much for your patience.
Photos from Madison County Sheriff's Office's post
With social distancing and other restrictions still in place from COVID-19, our annual “Zoo with the Blue” trip has been cancelled.
Hopefully everything will turn around and we will be able
to do “Shop with a Cop” at Christmas.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado WATCH for Madison County until 8:00pm this evening. Stay weather aware.
Happy Memorial Day!
Today we honor and remember the brave men and woman who have fought for our freedoms and gave the ultimate sacrifice for it.
On May 20th 2015, Officer Kerrie Orozco of the Omaha Police Department tragically was shot and killed in the line of duty.
On May 20th 2020, Canine Orozco was called to assist the Adair County Sheriff's Office in locating a fleeing suspect following a pursuit. Canine Orozco was able to honor the memory of Kerrie Orozco by tracking and apprehending Skeet Miller in less than a minute and a half of being deployed.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
Huge THANK YOU to Emily of West Des Moines for the cookies and for showing her support during national “Law Enforcement Week”.
REMINDER! We have turned many people away and will continue to. If you are a spectator we are SORRY, you can't attend this weekend. Please see the guidelines in the photos below. Thank you for your cooperation!
Thank you to Jill and Herb Elliott of St Charles for the delicious cupcakes for National Police Week. Thank you!
Iowa State Police Association
POLICE WEEK - MAY 10-16, 2020
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This week we honor the life and service of police officers everywhere. Normally, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the Candlelight Vigil are part of the planned events. We thank our local law enforcement professionals for all they do to serve and protect in our communities.
Thank you very much to Pizza Ranch for providing us lunch today!! It was delicious!! Thank you!!
We would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Madison County’s very own Molly Clause, Deb & Mike Kaldenberg, Jeanne & Tony Jacobson and the “Iowa Mask Brigade” for their generous gift of reusable face masks. The masks will help in protecting Madison County Deputies and the public during the pandemic.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our dispatchers, and all public safety communicators, for everything they do. Every single one of you do an amazing job and we are extremely lucky that you have our backs!
Winterset Police Department
We are ready to “scoop the loop”...are you???
Today(4/4/2020) at 1:00pm, there will be a TEST of the Tornado Sirens for all of Madison County.
This is a TEST ONLY!
Our Chief Deputy has postponed inmate visitations until further notice due to the increased threat of COVID-19.
We will continue with visitation once again when it is safe for the staff, visitors and inmates.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the jail at 516-462-3575
On Saturday March 28, 2020, and at around 11:40PM, the Madison County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call reporting a residential fire at 1491 210th Street. Madison County Deputies and the Winterset Fire Department were then dispatched to the above address which is approximately (6) miles west of Winterset. Once fire fighters extinguished the fire, they discovered Debra Robinson (64) of Winterset inside the residence. Robinson who was the lone occupant of the residence was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County Medical Examiner’s Office. The exact cause of Robinson’s death and the exact cause of the fire are still under investigation. Assisting at the scene was the Winterset Fire Department, Madison County Ambulance, Madison County Medical Examiner’s Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
Many people have inquired if the Madison County Jail would be allowing weekend visitation for the inmates as self-isolation is still encouraged in our state. It’s been decided at this time, visitation will be allowed. This is possible because the inmates and visitors are separated by glass and contact doesn’t occur. Visitors will be asked to check in at the front desk, then wait in their cars or outside as opposed to congregating in the front lobby. Both the inmate and visitor will be required to wipe down their respective side of the visitation room to ensure its clean for the next set of people.
Madison County Iowa Emergency Management
❗️⚠️Phishing, Malware, and Fraud Alert!!!⚠️❗️
The SCAM is the offer to help/ fill it out for you/ asking about your banking, social security number, or other personal information.
DO NOT respond to a unsolicited phone call or offers to assist you, QR codes, or emails for the census.
The picture below is the example of what you SHOULD BE USING. It will come in the mail ensure the website you are accessing is https://my2020census.gov/login
You WILL RECEIVE a piece of mail with a unique code (missing in the example picture) requesting you go online https://my2020census.gov/login
and complete the census.
You may also have a person come to your door regarding the census, ask to see their CREDENTIALS before talking or giving information.
Read the example paper below.
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Winterset Police Department
General Census Website
Census Fraud Information
DRINKING GREEN BEER? CALL A DESIGNATED DRIVER!
If you are heading out to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year, make sure you have more than just the luck o’ the Irish on your side. This holiday, March 17, 2020, is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year and this, unfortunately, means more impaired drivers on the roads. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle related fatalities in the United States. Nationally, in 2018 alone, 73 people (39% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period and 33% of the pedestrians aged 16 and older killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08. In 2019 in Iowa, there were two crashes over the holiday which killed four people.
To combat the increased impaired driving around the holiday local law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17, 2020. Officers will especially be watching for drunk and drugged drivers and anyone not wearing seat belts.
Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, pedestrians, or other drivers and passengers nearby. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly!
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you, driving while impaired is illegal!
If you feel different, you drive different!
Madison County Iowa Emergency Management
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Truro Fire & Rescue
Winterset Police Department
City of Winterset
Madison County and surrounding counties have been placed on a Fire Watch. Please use extreme caution.
It’s that time of year!!!!!
With the weather warming up this weekend, if you plan on having a CONTROLLED BURN, please contact the Sheriff’s Office to let us know! That way the Fire Department won’t come and put out your fire. 515-462-3575 option 8.
Enjoy the weather!
Winterset Fire Dept.
Earlham Fire & Rescue
St. Charles Fire Department
Truro Fire Department
Peru Fire Department
A huge thank you to the SWCC Criminal Justice program for inviting Deputy Little and Officer Wood from the Winterset Police Department to speak about law enforcement.
Thank you to Officer Wood of the Winterset Police Department & Deputy Little of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for coming to morning classes. Both officers discussed their careers, answered questions, walked students through different scenarios and showed students handcuffing techniques. We appreciate all that you do for the community, and thank you for taking the time to talk to students. @swcciowa @ Southwestern Community College Madison County Sheriff's Office Winterset Police Department
On February 23, 2020 and at 11:20AM, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle vs truck collision at the intersection of Clark Tower Rd & Peru Rd south of Winterset. Kim Ferry (68) of Earlham was driving his motorcycle northbound on Clark Tower Rd when he struck a pick-up truck driven by Ricky Kimmel (56) of Peru that was southbound and turning east onto Peru Rd. Ferry who was injured in the collision was transported by ambulance to the Madison County Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The Winterset Fire Department, Madison County Ambulance and Iowa State Patrol assisted the Madison County Sheriffs Office at the scene.
Last April we asked for the public’s assistance in identifying (2) individuals captured on video surveillance in a building that had been burglarized. Several people contacted us with leads and we're happy to say that through DNA evidence, we’ve identified both subjects.
On February 19, 2020, Deputies arrested Deborah Jean Kimzey (22) of Des Moines, Iowa who was charged with “Burglary 3rd”. A second arrest warrant for the male subject has also been issued.
**ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL FOUND GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW**
Sergeant Kory Heckstein and Deputy Don Kinney of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office speaking to the faculty & staff of I-35 schools on critical incidents that schools can face.
On February 13, 2020, the Madison County Sheriffs Office assisted the Winterset Police Department with the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that ran from Winterset Police Officers. The pursuit went north out of Winterset on Us Hwy 169 into Dallas County before ending on Interstate 35 in Warren County after the tires were punctured with stop sticks. An adult male identified as Neil Lynch (20) of Des Moines was taken into custody by Winterset Police. (5) juveniles were also taken into custody with additional charges pending. Lynch has been booked into the Madison County Jail and no injuries were reported. Assisting in the pursuit was the Earlham Police Department, Desoto Police Department, Van Meter Police Department, West Des Moines Police Department, Dallas County Sheriffs Office, Warren County Sheriffs Office, Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.
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