Sheriff's Office responsibilities

  • criminal investigations
  • county jail operations
  • weapon permits
  • civil process such as sheriff's sales, paper service and garnishments
  • warrants, court orders and courtroom security

Purpose Statement

As the only law enforcement office in the nation elected by the people and for the people to constitutionally serve as the supreme law enforcement authority of Winneshiek County, our purpose and mission is to ensure the safety of the public in a friendly, approachable and ethical manner, while always upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

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Date: 1/17/2018
Time: 5:36 PM
Incident/Charge: Aggravated Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
Location: Winneshiek County Jail

Person: Samuel Melver
Address: Cresco, IA
Age: 31

Incident Details: While incarcerated in the Winneshiek County Jail, Samuel Melver intentionally damaged a television remote and a wall mounted telephone. Melver was cited for criminal mischief 3rd degree.

Date: 1/17/2019
Time: 4:30 PM
Incident/Charge: Arrest warrant for violation of probation
Location: Fayette County Jail

Person: Ezekiel Larson
Address: Lime Springs, IA
Age: 19

Incident Details: Ezekiel Larson was transported to the Winneshiek County Jail from the Fayette County Jail on an arrest warrant for violation of probation.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a male subject that has been reported going door to door at night inquiring about residents’ insurance needs and previous claims. Subject has been seen wearing a snowmobile jacket, shiny dress shoes/cowboy boots and driving a car with a loud muffler. Please remember to ask for ID and don’t give out any personal information. If you have any additional information please contact the Sheriff’s Office, or if you feel you are in danger call 911.

The blacktop roads in Winneshiek County are 100% ice covered. State highways are partially covered with ice. Travel is not recommended on county hard surface roads. Please refer to the Iowa DOT website for road conditions across the state.

***Post Expired***This early evening, freezing drizzle continues to work southeast through the area. This has led to slick roads, especially on low traffic streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. Several accidents have been reported. Take it SLOW tonight, if you are traveling.

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