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2017 Annual Report

See Attached - 2017 Annual Report 

Scheduled 9-1-1 Outage


On Thursday, November 2nd at 11:00pm and until 4:00am, landline phone service along with internet service in Ida Grove, Battle Creek and Holstein will be interrupted due to planned upgrade by Frontier Communications.  This will also result in a complete outage of landline 9-1-1 service for all of Ida County.  Wireless 9-1-1 calls will still function normally.  Customers in Ida Grove can continue to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 712-364-3146. 

During this time, if you need assistance please use a cellular phone to dial 9-1-1. 

Scam alert

The Ida County Sheriff's Office has received several calls from county residents over the past three-days about an active on-going scam.

Citizens are receiving calls from individuals claiming to be IRS agents, or someone working for the IRS. They are told that a warrant has, or will be issued for their arrest, if they do not call a 1-800 number to get information.

This is a scam!  The IRS and no other government entity would contact you by phone and ask you to call a number back.

If you receive this call simply hang up and please contact the Sheriff's Office to report it. 

Narcotics arrest

On February 22, 2017 the Ida County Sheriff's Office arrested two Colorado men for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana following a traffic stop on highway 20 in rural Ida County.

The vehicle they were traveling in was pulled over at 3:15 a.m. for a minor traffic violation. Deputies smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle upon approaching.

Ida County K-9 Anou was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed over 4.5 pounds of marijuana and a 1/4 pound of cocaine hidden in the vehicle in several packages.

Deputies seized the narcotics and a large amount of U.S. currency that was also sealed in a package and is believed to be

Arrested at the scene were:

John Wesley Reed, 42 and Michael Christopher Taylor, 33 both of Aurora, Colorado.

Both men were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine and drug tax stamp violations. Both were transported to the Ida County jail.

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Search Warrant/Ida Grove

On February 2, 2017 the Ida County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 201 Court Street in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Deputies had been at the residence earlier in the day to a conduct a child welfare check. While at the residence deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the residence.

A search warrant was obtained and the Sheriff's Office executed the warrant shortly before noon. The Sheriff's Office seized several drug paraphernalia items and a green plant like material believed to be marijuana.

Charges are pending on the homeowner based upon results from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Trespass Arrest

The Ida County Sheriff's Office made an arrest on January 31, 2017 following a joint investigation with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office arrested Trenton Lee Matthews, 19 of Danbury, Iowa and charged him with attempted burglary for an incident that occurred at Sparky's in Battle Creek, and with criminal mischief in the 3rd degree and trespass for an incident that occurred at the Catholic Church in Ida Grove.

The Sheriff's Office also filed the same charges on two Danbury juveniles who were also involved.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges in Ida County are possible. Woodbury County will be filing charges in connection with their investigation involving the same individuals that occurred in Danbury, Iowa.

A search warrant was executed by deputies from Ida County and Woodbury County in Ida Grove, Iowa in connection with the Danbury incident in the early afternoon of January 31st and items connected to the Danbury incident were recovered and seized by the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.


Permit to Carry Class

Permit To Carry Class
October 26th, 2016
6:00 PM
Ida Grove Rec Center
$25.00 (check or exact change)

must be 21 or over
bring photo ID; Call 712-364-3146 to register.

Ida County Sheriff's Office Updates Text Alert System on Website

The Ida County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of Ida Sheriff IA. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.

The Ida County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 712-364-3146.

As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.


Sheriff Wade Harriman

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Permit to Carry Class

 Permit To Carry Class

November 10, 2016
6:00 PM
Galva, IA - Meeting Place

(please bring exact change)

must be 21 or over, bring photo ID

Call 712-364-3146 to register

GTSB Results

The Ida County Sheriff's Office has released numbers from the Special Traffic Enforcement Project conducted May 23rd through June 5th in conjunction with the Memorial Day Holiday.

Several times each year the Sheriff's Office partners with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to ensure the safety of the traveling public as they operate motor vehicles along Iowa's highways.

The Sheriff's Office receives grant money from GTSB each year to purchase traffic related equipment such as in-car video cameras, radar units and preliminary breath test machines.

This equipment is essential for any law enforcement agency.  Sheriff Harriman stated, "These necessary pieces of equipment make our agency more efficient and effective in terms of traffic enforcement. I am proud of the fact that we can purchase these items without asking local taxpayers to foot the bill."

From May 23rd through June 5th the Sheriff's Office made 145-contacts with motorists.  Highlights from the 2-week project included:

Two (2) arrests for operating vehicles while intoxicated; sixteen (16) citations issued for speeding violations, and eighty-two (82) warnings for speeding; two (2) arrests for driving on a suspended or revoked license; eight (8) warnings issued for use of electronic devices by teenage drivers; and eighteen (18) warnings for motorists not carrying their proof of insurance cards.

In addition, the Sheriff's Office served three (3) arrests warrants and arrested one (1) person on a felony charge of narcotics possession.

The Sheriff's Office also conducts seat belt surveys during these traffic projects. Of the 235 motorists surveyed over 90% of them were wearing seat belts. 



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