In Clayton County, an arrest warrant search can be quickly initiated by merely looking at the most wanted list offered on the sheriff’s department’s website. This is a generic list issued at regular intervals, and it contains information on the more dangerous and habitual criminals who have managed to evade arrests.
It has details on the crime that these suspects are being accused of, the active warrant issued in their name, personal identifiers like the name, date of birth, etc., and a picture. Although the information can come in handy, you won’t always find your subject’s name in the most wanted list. Mainly, if you seek information on a person who was at the most accused of a petty misdemeanor, this will not be included on the page.
The most wanted list is available at http://www.claytoncountyia.gov/gallery.aspx?AID=2.
You can also look for outstanding warrants and arrest records from Clayton County by visiting a state agency in charge of keeping crime history data. Locally, this would mean the sheriff’s office, the county clerk’s department, and the magistrate’s court. Of these three, the clerk of court can offer information on civil as well as criminal matters. These agencies work out of:
- The sheriff: 22680 230th Street, St Olaf, Iowa 52072
- The magistrate: 111 S High St, Elkader, IA 52043
- The clerk of court: PO Box 278, Elkader, Iowa 52043
Clayton County, Iowa, also figures in the list of the state’s areas with the lowest crime rates with an annual incident average of fewer than 100 cases. Of the complaints taken to the police, about 12% are filed in matters about violent crime. Since 2003, reported criminal activity has plunged by almost 50%, but the rate of violent crime has increased by over 15%.