Reports from the Decorah Police and Winn. Co. Sheriff

Decorah Police

Decorah Police and Winneshiek County Deputies were called to disturbance at the Corner Bar, 121 East Water Street, in Decorah on June 10 at approximately 1:43 a.m. After further investigation, it was determined that a fight had taken place inside of Corner Bar. All parties were separated and the individual who started the fight was identified as Andre Shalimar Kashif Richards, 44, of Calmar. Richards was placed under arrest for a violation of Iowa Code Chapter 723.4(1)(a) – Disorderly Conduct. Richards was transported to the Winneshiek County Jail without incident.

Decorah Police officers arrested 38-year-old Lawrence Robbins of Decorah on June 13. Robbins is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor. Robbins was transported to the Winneshiek County Jail, and was later transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is held on a $25,000 bond.  

Decorah Police conducted a traffic stop on Highway 52 June 15 at 5:27 am. Officers arrested 52-year-old Richard Michael Blaess for operating while under the influence, 1st offense. Blaess also received citations for speeding and open container. He was transported to Winneshiek County Jail without incident.

Decorah Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Jefferson of Decorah and 21-year-old Jacob Riniker of Elkader for public intoxication on June 18 at 1:27 a.m. in the 200 block of East Main Street.

Winneshiek Co. Sheriff

A vehicle driven by Lonnie Pierce, 70, of Decorah, was southbound on Highway 52 when a black bull entered the roadway from the east. Investigating officer reported it was a dark, rainy morning, which made the bull hard to see, and the vehicle struck the bull head on. The bull, owned by Darryl Hovden of Decorah, was injured, but walked to the nearest farm. The driver denied medical attention. There was significant damage to the front of the 2017 Ram truck, estimated at $15,000. Damage to the bull was estimated at $1,500. 

Winneshiek Sheriff’s Office was called to an accident involving two vehicles westbound on Charles Street in Calmar on June 8. Mark Schmitt, 77, of Fort Atkinson reportedly hit the brakes of his vehicle for a vehicle in front of him as it was slowing to turn into the Calmar Pool. The driver another vehicle, Kim Bridges, 35, of Fort Atkinson, said the sun was in her eyes and it was difficult to see, and she did not notice the first vehicle braking ahead of her. Her vehicle rear-ended the Schmitt vehicle. Damages totaled $12,000 to Bridges’ 2018 GMC Terrain and $4,000 to Schmitt’s 2017 Ford pickup.

A 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe received $45,000 in damages in an accident June 10 on County Road V64 near Jackson Junction. Winneshiek Sheriff’s Office reported Ronald Jensen, 70, of Cresco, was northbound on V64 north of Jackson Junction when he reportedly had a medical incident causing his vehicle to leave the roadway. The vehicle entered the east ditch, rolled several times over 128th Street, and landed in the ditch on the north side of 128th Street. The Sheriff’s report stated Jensen became entrapped and sustained severe injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Winn Med in Decorah.

Mary Jo Roney, 53, of Postville, was cited for failure to maintain control following an accident June 8. Roney was southbound on Frankville Road. She told investigating officers she had just finished an overnight shift, and she stated she had closed her eyes “for a second” and went off the roadway. The vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the ditch on the east side of the roadway. She woke up and jerked the wheel to the right and the vehicle struck a utility pole. The vehicle totaled and the utility pole was broken at the point of impact. Alliant Energy was notified and sent a crew to secure the pole. The driver was not injured and denied medical attention. Damages totaled $5,000 to the utility pole and $10,000 to the 2003 Buick Park Avenue.

63-year-old Jonathon Hougen of Decorah was cited for failure to obey traffic control device following an accident June 18. Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office reports Haugen was traveling north on Bluffton Road in Winneshiek County, approaching the intersection with County Road A18. Hougen failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection, and his vehicle entered the ditch and slammed into the embankment. Hougen and three of his passengers, Kay Stevens, 58, Cindy Greteman, 66, and Angela Boes, 50, all of Carroll, were transported by Harmony Ambulance and WinnMed Ambulance to WinnMed for non-life-threatening injuries. Damages were estimated at $12,000 to Hougen’s 2014 Ford F-150. Hougen was ticketed for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device.

Winneshiek Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a two-vehicle accident on Lincoln Highway Road June 15.  A 2003 Mack dump truck driven by James Bork, 59, of Postville, was westbound on Lincoln Highway Road and had stopped and was waiting to turn left into a quarry. A westbound 2018 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Wayne Huinker, 66, of Decorah, was traveling at approximately 25 miles per hour and had crested the hill, and was lost in the dust. Huinker swerved to the left, and the back-right quarter panel of his vehicle came in contact with the back-left corner of the dump truck. Huinker’s vehicle sustained $20,000 in damages and was totaled in the accident. There was $100 in damages to the dump truck. Dust on the gravel road was the major contributing factor in the accident. No injuries were reported.

Brendon Denecke, 22, of Genoa City, Wis., was cited for no valid driver’s license following an accident on a dusty gravel road June 14. Denecke’s vehicle was following another vehicle on the gravel road and did not realize the other vehicle was turning or slowing down. His vehicle took the ditch to avoid a hitting the other vehicle. The officer’s report stated there was a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the vehicle, but no items were found inside.

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