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Tama Co. Court News

January 13, 2012
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Tama Co. District Court

Facebook posting incident ends in court fine

Austin Lee Reding, the 20-year-old rural Dysart man who faced a pair of charges over a Facebook claim of being a Waterloo firefighter and paramedic and boasting of his heroics, has been fined $65 and assessed court costs. Reding entered an Alford plea to a charge of disorderly conduct - false report in Tama County District Court in Toledo on Dec. 22 before Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. An Alford plea entered by a defendant generally is not a guilty plea but admits there is probably enough evidence for a court conviction. Facebook is the popular internet social networking site which it says links millions to family and friends. In Reding’s case, he allegedly posted information on Grundy Center radio station KCRR’s Facebook page which identified him as the firefighter who took part in the rescue of a person from the Cedar River who went in the water during a police chase in late March. A charge of impersonating a public official was dismissed against Reding in Black Hawk County District Court on May 9. Assistant Tama County Attorney Niki A. S. Whitacre originally charged Reding with prohibited acts on July 8. On July 28, the Tama County Attorney’s Office cited Reding for acting as an emergency medical care provider without certification as the result of the inter posting on March 30. In other Tama County District Court action:   Before Judge Ian K. Thornhill:

Jaramie Bershell Trumbo, 31, Toledo, was sentenced to spend up to one year in a community correctional facility and placed on probation for four years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. A five-year prison sentence, three two-year sentences and a 90-day sentence were suspended in the case involving a domestic assault which occurred in Toledo on July 20 of last year. He was also fined a total of $2,940.  He pled guilty on Sept. 15 but wanted to withdraw the pleas on Nov. 18. At that time, Judge Marsha A. Bergan denied the motion to change the pleas. Trumbo was charged with going armed with intent for allegedly having two kitchen knives in possession when confronting law enforcement officers who were summoned to a residence in the 1100 block of South Prospect Drive. The other charges were 2nd offense domestic assault involving an alleged physical attack on his live-in girlfriend, two counts of child endangerment filed because minor children were present and one charge of assault on peace officers. The charges were filed by Toledo Police Sergeant Bob Kendall. Nickolas Jay Murty, 24, rural Chelsea, entered a written guilty plea to a charge of child endangerment. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but four days suspended with credit for any time already served and fined $625. Murty was also placed on probation for one year to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and directed to pay the probation enrollment fee. He was charged on July 3, 2011, after found allegedly intoxicated while caring for a child by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Lucas Dvorak. Nicholas Mark Becker, 20, Waterloo, admitted violation of terms of probation and was previously suspended prison and a jail sentence were revoked. Becker was sentenced to two year terms to be served concurrently on charges of 1st degree harassment and assault with a dangerous weapon and 90 days in jail for possession of marijuana. He was also fined a total of 1,565 on the three counts. He as originally charged in dysart on May 14, 2010, following a domestic altercation in which a third person intervened and was threatened. Dysart Police Chief Tim Ruorden filed the charge. Michael Scot Smith, 47, Marshalltown, received a 10-year suspended prison term and was placed on probation for four years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. His driver's license was suspended for 180 days. Smith pled guilty on Nov. 10 to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. He was charged on U.S. Highway 63 near H Avenue on April 28, 2011, with possession of more than seven grams of methamphetamine. court records state Smith was a target of an ongoing narcotics investigation at the time. The charge was filed by a Tri-County Drug Enforcement investigator following a vehicle stop by a state trooper.

Before Judge Fae Hoover-Grinde:

Beau Jason Lasley, 27, rural Tama, pled guilty to domestic abuse assault - penalty enhanced. He received a suspended 180-day jail sentence with credit for 12 days already served, was fined $6325v and placed one-year supervised probation to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Lasley was directed to complete a batterer’s education program and to pay a $300 supervisory enrollment fee. He was charged on May 22, 2011, for allegedly shoving and banging a victim’s head into a wall by Toledo Police Officer Jason Dunagan.

Tama Co. Magistrate Court

Before Magistrate Ann Kuhter:

Luz Maria Verdimez-Garcia, 37, Toledo, failed to appear for trial and was adjudged guilty of assault. She was fined and assessed court costs totaling $194. The charge was field by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office.

Guilty pleas, fines and court costs, agency filing charge-

Gregory Gene Lafever, 50, Tama, no vehicle insurance -accident related $735. Toledo Police Sherrie Deloris Marland, 16, Toledo, no driver’s license $330. Toledo Police Dalton Drahos, 20, Belle Plaine, possession of alcohol under legal age $330. Toledo Police Holly Renee Thovson, 38, Toledo, driving while license suspended, speeding 35 mph in 30 zone $485. Tama Police Dustin John Kriegel, 20, Hartwick,  possession of alcohol under legal age $330. Toledo Police

Before Magistrate Richard Vander Mey:

Guilty pleas, fines and court costs, agency filing charge-  Dale Roger Buffalo, 53, Toledo, public intoxication $148. Toledo Police

 
 

 

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