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04.18.14 – According to Sheriff Doug Simons, an arrest has been made after an investigation of a dependent adult abuse.  In October of 2013, the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Department of Human Services of the dependent adult abuse of an 89 year old Marathon, IA woman.  The investigation discovered that between May of 2012 and November 2013 over $49,000 worth of checks of the victim were misappropriated by the defendant.  The Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for R. Neal Ruge, age 61, of Marathon, IA. 


On 04-17-14, the Laurens Police Department located Ruge and he was transferred to the custody of the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office. 

Ruge was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail for Dependent Adult Abuse a Class D Felony, and Ruge was held on $5000 Bond. 


The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Laurens Police Department, the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office. 



04.13.14 – According to Sheriff Doug Simons, on 4-12-14 at approximately 4:47PM the Buena Vista County Communications Center received a report of a structure fire located at 5510 50th Ave Alta, IA.  The Alta Fire Department and the Buena Vista Co Sheriff’s Office were dispatched.  Upon arrival Deputies and Firefighters encountered a residence fully engulfed in flames.


The Alta Fire department requested assistance from the Aurelia Fire Department, Storm Lake Fire Department and Peterson Fire Department.


It was determined the property owner had been burning yard debris which had spread to the house.  The property owner was uninjured.


It was determined the residence is considered a total loss.  An estimate of loss will be in excess of $70,000.


Also assisting on the scene was the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center ambulance.

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