Osage Police Department
432 Main Street
Phone: 641-732-3777
Fax: 641-732-4483
General Inquiries: osagepd@osagepd.org

Press Releases & Consumer Alerts

October 1, 2014 - Press Release

Dewayne Alan Bethke, 48 of Osage was sentenced September 30, 2014 in Mitchell County District Court on two charges from June 2014. Bethke had pled guilty on August 18, 2014 to charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony and Serious Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Judge Chris Foy sentenced Bethke to the following:

Burglary 3rd Degree: 5 years in prison with recommendation for mental health counseling and sex offender treatment program while incarcerated, provide a DNA sample and a $750 fine. Serious Assault: 1 year in prison to run consecutively with sentence imposed on the Burglary and a $315 fine.

September 17, 2014 - Press Release

On Friday September 12, 2014, the combined efforts in an investigation by the North Iowa Drug Task Force, Osage Police Department and the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Jeffery Alan Morrison, 26 years of age of Osage on two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver, one a Class C and the other a Class D Felony.  Morrison is being held at the Mitchell County Jail.

Further charges are pending while the investigation remains active.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

June 13, 2014 - Press Release

Additional charges have been filed on Dewayne Alan Bethke, 48 of Osage. Further investigation and interviews pertaining to the assault that occurred on June 10th led officers to charge Bethke with Failure to Comply with Exclusion Zone-Sex Offender Registry, a Class C Felony.

On June 11th, 2014 a subject reported a burglary of several items from their residence that then were recovered at 314 Oak Street. Investigation by the officers resulted in charging Bethke with Burglary 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony.

Dewayne Bethke continues to be held at the Mitchell County Jail on a now $13,000 bond (cash in defendant’s name only) on all 3 charges.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

June 11, 2014 - Press Release

On June 10th at 2:10pm Osage Police Officers, with assistance of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Jason Lawrence Stepke, 34, of Osage on a Mitchell County Warrant for Contempt of Court for Child Support. Stepke was brought to the Mitchell County Jail to serve his 30 day sentence.

On June 10th at 4:30pm Osage Police Officers arrested Dustin Lee Truax, 34, of Iowa Falls, IA on a Black Hawk County Mittimus Warrant for 2 counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child. He was also seen by Mitchell County Regional Health Center for a dog bite he had received earlier in the day at a residence he was staying at in Osage. Truax was transported to Black Hawk County to begin a 10 year sentence.

June 11, 2014 - Press Release

On June 10th at approximately 11:30a.m. Osage Police Department officers were dispatched to the Harry Cook Nature Trail with a report of a physical assault. Upon arrival and investigation Dewayne Alan Bethke, 48 years old of Osage was arrested and charged with Serious Assault. The victim received minor injuries and did not require medical attention. The Osage Police Department was assisted by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.

Although we believe this is an isolated incident we encourage all those that use the trail to keep a cell phone on them at all times, be aware of your surroundings and have a friend along if possible.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

January 24, 2014 - Press Release

On January 10, 2014 the Osage Police Department arrested Jonathan Robert Thompson, 30 years old of LaGrand, Iowa on 11 counts of Forgery, a class D Felony and 11 counts of Forgery by Credit Card, an aggravated misdemeanor. The Osage Police Department was assisted by the Mitchell County Attorney’s Office in this ongoing investigation. Thompson is being held in the Mitchell County Jail on a $7500 bond.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

December 30th, 2013 - Press Release

At 3:41a.m.on Monday December 30, 2013 the Osage Police Department was notified that there appeared to have been a break-in at Hardee’s Restaurant during the overnight hours. Entry was gained by breaking windows into the building. The subject or subjects left with an undisclosed amount of cash. This is the 3rd such burglary in 3 months. These are ongoing investigations and if you have any information please do not hesitate to contact the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777 or osagepd@osagepd.org.

November 27th, 2013 - Press Release

On November 27th the Osage Police Department along with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at 4 different locations in Osage and Mitchell County.

The search warrants stem from information obtained of possible child pornography involving high school students. Several items such as computers and cell phones were seized as evidence.

The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Mitchell County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

November 18, 2013 - Press Release

At 4:52am on Monday November 18, 2013 the Osage Police Department was notified by Hardee’s employees that there had been a break-in during the overnight hours. Entry was gained by breaking windows into the building and office area. There had been a previous burglary on September 30th , 2013. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen during both incidents. These are ongoing investigations and if you have any information please do not hesitate to contact the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777 or osagepd@osagepd.org.

August 26, 2013 - Press Release

On August 26th, 2013 at approximately 3:30am, an Osage Police Department officer was called to 415 Ash Street, Apt 1, Osage reference an attempted burglary. Following a brief investigation Dale McFarland, 38years old of 415 Ash St, Apt 2, Osage was arrested and charged with Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

August 16, 2013 - Osage Resident Alert

The Osage Police Department has taken several reports of a subject entering unlocked residences. We have had a couple instances when the homeowner has been there and when the homeowner asks the subject why they are there, they state they are looking for someone and will give a name. When the homeowner says they do not live there or they are not home, the subject leaves without problem.

If this has happened to you please call the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777. If this does happen to you please call 911 immediately. This is another reminder to lock your home and vehicles.

August 15, 2013 - Press Release

Several drug warrant arrests were conducted August 13, 2013 by the Osage Police Department.

*A search warrant we previously reported on March 21, 2013 at Triangle Trailer Park, #24 subsequently led to the following charges:

Matthew Mullen, 25 years old of Osage – Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methylphenidate) and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug. All Serious Misdemeanors.

Charleyann Marie Kling, 18 years old of Osage – Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Second Offense (Methylphenidate) - Both Aggravated Misdemeanors and Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs - Both Simple Misdemeanors.

Kling was also arrested on charges for 2 counts of Forgery by Credit Card resulting from an incident reported and investigated on August 6th, 2013.

*The following charges were a result of a search warrant we had previously reported on at 1202 Ash Street on March 27, 2013:

Tyler Roe, 21 years old of Osage – Possession of Controlled Substance (Cocaine) - Serious Misdemeanor.

Melissa Pinard, 20 years old of Osage – Possession of Controlled Substance (Cocaine) - Serious Misdemeanor.

Phillip Smith, 20 years old of Osage – Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Offense (Cocaine) -  Aggravated Misdemeanor. 

Smith was also arrested on charges for Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Offense (Heroin) -Aggravated Misdemeanor and Possession of Contraband - Class C Felony resulting from an arrest on April 10, 2013.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

August 6, 2013 - Press Release

On Friday August 2nd the Osage Police Department took a report from an Osage Resident of an alleged abduction of her children by a subject offering to take them up town to buy them ice cream.

After an investigation and interviews the Osage Police Department located the individual and determined it was a cause of mistaken identity. The individual thought he was speaking to a neighbor of the reporting family.

We commend the family in reporting it immediately and that the children responded correctly by saying no and going inside of the house and telling their parents. This is a good reminder to stay diligent by noticing and reporting suspicious activity in your neighborhoods. The Osage Police Department can be reached at 911 for emergencies and for non-emergencies at 641-732-3777 or osagepd@osagepd.org.

August 5, 2013 - Resident Alert

We have seen an increase in reports of home burglaries and vandalism. Please remember to lock your home and your vehicles even if you will be gone for a short time. Also do not hesitate to call any time of day or night if you see anyone or anything suspicious in your neighborhood. 641-732-3777

June 17, 2013 - Potential Fraudulent Company

We have received numerous reports of a suspicious letter mailed to residents of Osage. The letter is from "American" stating that you have qualified for 2 round trip airline tickets. They are signed by an "Ali Dunn". All have different handwriting on the letters and envelopes and have been mailed from Phoenix, AZ. This is a Scam!Do not call the number, do not give out any personal information. Please contact us if you have any questions 641-732-3777.

The letters have been sent all over the United States all in the same manner. Some have called the number and this is the information they have received and reported to us:

-Meetings were being set up at the Clarion Inn in Mason City this week and next week at different times.
-Stated they were a new travel agency trying to get started in the area.
-Stated they were selling timeshares.
-Gave a bogus web site address.
-Geared towards couples and if you are a single person they ask that you pass on the letter to a couple and then offer you a different package where you would need to pay all the fees, costs etc.
-Were asked to bring a picture ID and Credit Card to the meeting.

We encourage you to be diligent not only in this case but with all unwanted solicitations of prizes that you have won and anyone asking for personal information. Contact your local police department with any suspicious mail, calls or emails.

May 30, 2013 - Press Release

Several drug warrant arrests were made over the Memorial Weekend by the Osage Police Department.

*Stemming from a search warrant we had previously reported on at 602 Chase Street on February 24, 2013:

May 24th - Heather Martin, 23 years old of Osage – Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana (Both Serious Misdemeanors) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).

May 24th - Cassandra Watson, 24 years old of Osage – Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Cocaine (Both Serious Misdemeanors).

May 27th - Justin Bielefeld, 24 years old of Osage – Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense (Methamphetamine - Class D Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense  (Cocaine - Class D Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense (Marijuana- Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).

Bielefeld was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container at the time of his arrest.

*Stemming from a previous arrest on February 19, 2013:

May 24th - Diane Baldwin, 47 years old of Osage – Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense (Methamphetamine- Class D Felony)

May 16, 2013 - Press Release

With the kick off of warm weather and school dismissing soon for the summer the Osage Police Department is reminding homeowners who have swimming pools with a depth of 18 inches or more of the Osage City Ordinance requires a fence of at least five (5) feet surround the pool, to keep children from wandering and/or playing in the pool without adult supervision.

Please take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our children. Drowning is the leading cause of death in young children and, nationally, ranks 2nd only to automobile accidents, claiming lives of approximately 4,000 children each year and leaving 12,000 with some form of permanent brain damage.

If you have any questions or concerns reference this ordinance please contact the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777.

March 27, 2013 - Press Release

On March 27, 2013, two arrest warrants were served by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Osage Police Department on Osage residents, Tyler Lee Roe, age 21 and Phillip John Smith, age 20. Both were arrested for Robbery in the First Degree stemming from an armed robbery in Elma, Iowa.

Two search warrants were also executed at 1202 Ash Street, Osage, Iowa.  Assisting the Osage Police Department with the search were the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol. Additional charges and arrests were filed.

Tyler Lee Roe – Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Phillip John Smith – Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Melissa Ann Pinard, age 19 – Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Additional charges are pending and subjects are being held at the Mitchell County Jail.

Arrests are not an indication of guilt.

March 21, 2013 - Press Release

On March 21, 2013, a search warrant was served at Triangle Trailer Park, #24, Osage, Iowa. The search warrant stemmed from an investigation by the Osage Police Department and the Mitchell County Attorney’s Office. Assisting with the search were the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and their K9.

Arrested and charged were:

Matthew Mullen, age 24 of Osage, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

CharleyAnn Marie Kling, age 18 of Osage, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jessica Mauer, age 31 of Mason City, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

Christopher Servantez, age 32 of Mason City, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Additional charges are pending.

March 1, 2013 - Press Release

On March 1, 2013 the Osage Police Department with the assistance of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 321 N 10th Street. Tim Klemesrud, 56 years old, was arrested and charged with two counts of Harassment. The investigation continues with further charges pending.

February 25, 2013 - Press Release

On February 24, 2013, two search warrants were served at 602 & 602 ½ Chase Street, Osage, Iowa. The search warrants stemmed from an investigation by the Osage Police Department and the Mitchell County Attorney’s Office. Assisting with the search were the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations Group and the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and their K9.

Charged were Cassandra Watson, age 24 of Osage, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Devon Adams, age 18 of Osage, Possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending.

The narcotics investigation is ongoing with the potential for additional charges

February 20, 2013 - Press Release

An investigation by the Osage Police Department continues at the Osage Community High School. Two male juveniles, ages 14 and 16 have been referred to Juvenile Court with counts of Burglary, Theft and Weapon on School Grounds violations. Students were never in any danger at the school and the weapon was recovered and is in police custody. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

October 8, 2012 - Press Release

An investigation by the Osage Police Department led to the arrest of Josey Iverson, 19 years old of Bassett, Iowa. Iverson was charged with 1st Degree Harassment an aggravated misdemeanor and 2 counts of Carrying a Weapon on School Grounds, Class D Felonies. Iverson is being held at the Mitchell County Jail. The investigation continues with possible additional charges.

August 10, 2012 - Press Releases

 The Osage Police Department would like to remind pet owners of either dogs or cats that there is a City Ordinance (55.08) which prohibits animals from running at large. All animals shall be restrained by a leash or chain. If animals are found to be at large they will be seized and impounded and/or the owner will be presented with a summons to appear before the courts. Having your animals at large is a danger to the animals and to the general public as your normally docile pet may become aggressive because it is scared or feel threatened. Please be a responsible pet owner by leashing your pet at all times outside of your house. If you have any questions regarding the ordinance please call the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777.

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Osage Police Department officers were notified of a 911 call around 2:48am on August 5th that there was a subject with a knife and that he had assaulted several people at the fairgrounds. Upon arrival officers found two subjects that had been injured and one that admitted he had caused those injuries. Robert Neil Killens of Des Moines was arrested for Serious Assault, Simple Assault and 3 counts of Going Armed with Intent.  Also arrested was Patrick Henry Joyce of Mason City for Possession of a Controlled Substance. All parties involved were employees of Smith Amusements and the altercation was contained to their camping area. The Osage Police Department was assisted by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.

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A multi-jurisdiction investigation including the St. Ansgar Police Department, Osage Police Department, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Mitchell County Attorney’s Office resulted in several arrests. Taylor Ann Toothman and Kaleb Wright of Osage and the two male juveniles were all charged with 30 counts of 3rd Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglary Tools and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Toothman and Wright were also charged with 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors. The investigation continues as officers are trying to identity owners for the property that was found in their possession or had been pawned. 

 The Osage Police Department encourages citizens to continue to their diligence in locking their vehicles on a regular basis and to report all suspicious activity immediately.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to call the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777.

July 16, 2012 - Press Release

On July 14th, 2012 at approximately 5:35pm the Osage Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident in the 1100 block of Main Street. The driver lost control of the vehicle and flipped the vehicle on its roof resulting in minor injuries to several of the five occupants. The driver, Bianca Watson, 21 years old, was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 1st offense, Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to have Insurance. The investigation continues. The Osage Police Department was assisted on scene by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the MCRHC Ambulance.

June 20, 2012 - Press Release

The Osage Police Department would like to remind Osage Citizens of a telephone scam that has been occurring on a frequent basis and to primarily the elderly.

Residents receive calls from individuals stating that they are a relative in dire need of monetary assistance (accident, theft, etc) and that they can send money by a facility such as Western Union or as cash.  The scam artist can be very convincing by using names which can be obtained through internet sources or relying on the victim to fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, we have had a citizen send and therefore lose their money to these criminals.

Do not play their games! If you do not recognize the number, don’t pick up. If the subject asks for money, hang up. Question them on personal details.  But above all it is your right to hang up on any call that is suspicious. Contact the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777 or through our website www.osagepd.org with any questions or concerns.

March 29, 2011 - Press Release

The Osage Police Department would like to remind Osage Citizens of a telephone scam that has occurred more than once to residents.

Residents have received calls or emails from an individual stating that they are a relative in dire need of monetary assistance (accident, theft, etc) and that they can send the money by a facility such as Western Union.  The scam artist can be very convincing and even use names that they have obtained through internet searches.  Luckily, no one has lost their money by sending it to the subjects yet.

Please make sure to question any caller thoroughly that is asking for money and hang up from the call if you have any suspicions. Contact the Osage Police Department at 641-732-3777 or through our website www.osagepd.org with any questions or concerns.

It's Probably a Scam if......

~You get a call or an email out of the blue.
~The English is shaky, at best.
~There's a promise of lots of money for minimal effort.
~The e-mail is from someone in Eastern Europe, Asia or Nigeria.
~It involves depositing a check, then sending money somewhere through a wire-transfer service.
~You must "act now".
~It sounds too good to be true.

H1N1 Fraudulent Email - 12/02/2009

The CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.

The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov site.

CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on www.cdc.gov. Users that click on the e-mail are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:

•Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.

•Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.

•Use caution when entering personal information online.

 

 

 

 

 

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