Sheriff's Office

Posted on: December 25, 2017

Press Release 10/31/17

“A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

On October 26, 2017 at 7:32am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a car vs deer accident on Highway 13 near Dogwood Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Vance Knutson of Elkader was operating a 1990 Ford F250 when he struck a deer causing $1,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

On October 27, 2017 at 9:20am, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a car vs deer accident on Pleasant Ridge Road near Spook Cave Road. Upon further investigation, it was determined that L’dean Henkes of Monona was operating a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox when he struck a deer causing $10,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

On October 27, 2017 at 2:01pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on the Gunder Road west of Gunder. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Kathrine Koresh of Elkader was operating a 2005 Chrystler Town & Country van when she lost control due to a mechanical failure with the vehicle. The vehicle entered the ditch and overturned causing $6,000 damage. Koresh and a passenger, Jennifer Francis of Elkader were transported to the Central Community Hospital by the Central Ambulance Service for non-life threatening injuries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Saint Olaf Fire Department and Central Ambulance.

On October 28, 2017 at 12:22pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a car vs deer accident on Highway 128 near Granite Ave. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Mark Glawe of Garber was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger when he struck a deer causing $5,000 damage. No injuries were reported.

On October 29, 2017, Clayton County Deputies arrested 19 year old Ethan Billmeyer of Guttenberg on a Clayton County Warrant for failure to appear on a probation violation. Billmeyer was transported to the Clayton County Jail awaiting an initial appearance in court.

On October 30, 2017, Clayton County Deputies took custody of 31 year old Belehel Rechirei of Postville from Allamakee County authorities on a Clayton County Warrant for probation violation. Rechirei was transported to the Clayton County Jail where he is being held without bond.

On October 30, 2017 at 6:48pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a car vs deer accident on Highway 56, 2 miles west of Elkader. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Gerald Schmidt of Hawkeye was operating a 1995 Chevrolet 2500 when he struck a deer causing $3,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

On October 30, 2017 at 7:38pm, Clayton County Deputies were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Mississippi Road near Frenchtown. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Kirisa Kephart of Garnavillo was operating a 2003 Ford Focus when she failed to negotiate a curve. Kephart lost control of her vehicle and entered the ditch causing $3,500 damage. Kephart received minor injuries and refused medical attention. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

-Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

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