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Ruthven Pair Arrested After Day-Long Search

September 26, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

A pair of Ruthven residents were arrested by the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office following an incident Thursday that included a day-long search by law enforcement.

According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, the incident began at 9:26 Thursday morning, Sept. 21. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning two individuals who were discovered on property at 5581 350th Street. As a Sheriff's Deputy was responding to the location of the call, the original reporting party notified the Sheriff's Office that the two individuals had fled the property in a black Suburban. The reporting party began following the subjects in the Suburban and gave the locations to the Palo Alto County Communications Center, which relayed the information to the responding deputy.

At 9:39 a.m. the driver of the Suburban attempted to turn west onto 330th Street from 490th Avenue and rolled the vehicle onto it's side at the intersection.

After the vehicle rollover, the two subjects exited the Suburban and entered a cornfield on the northwest corner of that intersection at 490th Avenue and 330th Street. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office was able to set up a perimeter around the field with the assistance of Deputies from the Kossuth and Emmet County Sheriff's Offices, as well as troopers from the Iowa State Patrol, agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, officers of the Emmetsburg Police Department, and the Palo Alto County Emergency Management Office.

Once the perimeter was established, the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office requested aerial assistance from the Iowa State Patrol and drones from the Kossuth County Emergency Management Office. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office also requested assistance from a K-9 unit from the Kossuth County Sheriff's Office.

At 11:30 a.m., the Iowa State Patrol air wing responded to the area with an aircraft to assist in the search for the two subjects. With air observation support in place, at 11:51 a.m. law enforcement officials entered the cornfield and started a foot search for the two subjects. That search continued over the noon hour into the afternoon hours, as at 1:15 p.m., the Kossuth County Emergency Management Agency and an Algona Police Department Officer joined the search effort, supporting officers in the cornfield with the two drones.

The search continued until 5:03 p.m. when the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office received a call from a resident on 330th Street advising that two subjects had exited the cornfield and were running west through a bean field in the 4900 Block of 330th Street. Officials converged on that area and located 31-year old Tracy Maurice McCallum of Ruthven and 34-year old Samie Jean Royster of Ruthven hiding in the bean field.

Both McCallum and Royster were taken into custody and following an investigation at the property at 5581 350th Street, both McCallum and Royster were charged with Second Degree Theft, a Class D Felony; Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief, a Serious Misdemeanor; Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor and Trespassing, a Simple Misdemeanor. Additionally, Tracy Maurice McCallum was also charged with Driving Without a Valid License and Failure to Maintain Control, both Simple Misdemeanors.

During the search, area residents were notified of the situation, as well as officials of the Emmetsburg Community Schools, who cooperated with authorities in altering a school bus route through the search area. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office appreciates the concern and understanding of the affected residents of the area, and also wish to thank all the agencies that assisted with this situation.



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