Press Release Week of April 19-25, 2020

Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office
Press Releases for week of Apr. 19-25, 2020

PRESS RELEASE
On Sunday, April 19, 2020 at approximately 3:40 pm, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the 2500 blk Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd.  According to the investigation, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica operated by Lisa Dudley of Winthrop was traveling northbound on Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd when a 13-year-old male juvenile riding a bike entered the roadway from the ditch and struck the passenger side of Dudley’s vehicle as it went by.  Dudley was uninjured.  The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Buchanan County Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Quasqueton Fire Department and Area Ambulance Service.

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PRESS RELEASE
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 at approximately 2:40 am, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Raquel Virginia Bowser, 31, and Dru Joel Bowser, 24, both of Oelwein.  Raquel was charged with second degree Theft (class D felony), third degree Burglary (aggravated misdemeanor), fifth degree Criminal Mischief (simple misdemeanor) and Trespass (simple misdemeanor).  Dru was charged with second degree Theft (class D felony), third degree Burglary (aggravated misdemeanor), fifth degree Criminal Mischief (simple misdemeanor), Trespass (simple misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).  These arrests were made in the 100 blk First Street North in Hazleton.

PRESS RELEASE
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 at approximately 9:10 pm, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the 200 blk North Main Street in Hazleton.  According to the investigation, a 2014 Hyundai Elantra operated by Renee Lynette Ohl, 37, of Independence, was traveling southbound on North Main Street (Hwy 150) in Hazleton when Ohl lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle spun out and struck a tree and a house before coming to rest in a residential yard.  Ohl was uninjured in the accident was subsequently arrested.  She was charged with second offense Operating While Intoxicated/Drugged (aggravated misdemeanor), second offense Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana (aggravated misdemeanor), Driving While License Suspended (simple misdemeanor), Failure to Have SR22 Insurance as Required (simple misdemeanor), and was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Open Container and Unlawful Possession of Driver License.  The Buchanan County Sheriff’ Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol and Hazleton Fire Department.

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PRESS RELEASE
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 at approximately 2:40 am, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Christopher John Lee Melka, 24, of Dubuque.  Melka was arrested on active arrest warrants out of Buchanan County for Failure to Appear and Probation Violation.  This arrest was made in the 1100 blk Second Street NE in Independence.  The Independence Police Department assisted in this arrest.

NOTICE: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.