August went out with a bang. Each month I say we were busy and we are. This month was even busier. We did two search warrants, one for narcotics one for stolen property. We were successful on both. We filed child endangerment charges on a couple who left their kids in a vehicle while in a local merchant. We also investigated a 2 year-old who fell out a second story window. No charges resulted in that event as the child was supervised and running around. The child ran into a screen which came out of the window. The child was unhurt. We had a lady struck by a vehicle in a parking lot after a child bumped the gear shift. We investigated a burglary where a large number of tires were stolen, assisted the Iowa State Patrol and Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle chase that came through town, recovered 2 stolen vehicles, one from Des Moines the other from Madison County. Further investigation into the vehicle stolen from Des Moines resulted in the arrest of our subject by Windsor Heights PD as our guy had stolen a vehicle there as well. We also had a vehicle stolen. This vehicle was observed in Pella by the State Patrol who gave chase but lost it. The patrol totaled one of their cars. Our vehicle was again seen by law enforcement in Monroe County who gave chase assisted by the Patrol and Albia PD. Albia lost a car but the suspect was arrested. We are waiting on charges from Monroe County to clear before we extradite him back here.
Speaking of extradition, Chad West, the individual who robbed at knife point the BP last November was arrested on our warrant in Texas. Washington County also had a warrant for the same thing that occurred over there. Washington Co and us have secured the services of a transport company who will return Mr. West to Iowa.
Finally, one of our Fords has been diagnosed with something terminal and will be receiving a new engine. This is under warranty. The Tahoe lost an alternator but has been repaired.
Statistically, the officers answered 562 calls for service in August. This represents 18 calls per day, every day. We have been inching toward this for quite some time. Remember as Osceola grows in population so too will our calls.
Officers issued 39 citations and 29 warnings. Officers arrested 32 people on 41 charges. Officers responded to 18 accidents.