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January 27, 2012
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Former Meskwaki Police Chief faces charges

By John Speer Central Iowa Press

Christopher Knouse, who had been serving as chief of Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police, faces charges of nonfelonious misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor, and unlawful transfer of a firearm, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is also accused of 5th degree theft. The charges were filed on Jan. 12 in Tama County District Court in Toledo by Ron Pexa, identified on the the department website as interim Tribal Police Chief.   Knouse posted a $3,300 bond on Jan. 12 and was released from custody, court records show. Knouse, 45, rural Toledo, is accused of “unlawfully and willfully transferring ownership of a pistol (to a person) who did not have an annual permit to acquire pistols or revolvers.” The action leading to the charges apparently occurred on Dec. 5, 2011, according to court documents. The theft charge stems from allegedly “misappropriating several firearms placed in his (Knouse’s) trust by use or disposal of in a manner inconsistent with the trust,” court documents state. Maurice Johnson, the Sac and Fox - Meskwaki Tribe Attorney General said Knouse is “no longer employed by the Tribe”  but he would have no other comment. Christina Blackcloud-Garcia, executive director of the Meskwaki Tribe,  declined comment saying it was an “employee matter.” The Tribe has had its own police force to patrol the Settlement located west of Tama and Toledo and near Montour since 2006. Prior to that time, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office was contracted to provide protection.

Tama Co. District Court

Before Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. in Tama County District Court in Toledo:

Corey Adam Levesque, 18, Tama, pled guilty to charges of criminal mischief and tampering with a witness. He was given deferred judgments and placed on probation for two years to the Department of Correctional Services. Civil penalties totaling $940 were assessed on the two charges and Levesque was directed to pay a $300 probation supervisory fee and $120 for court appointed attorney fees. He was charged in a county attorney’s information with breaking the a window in a vehicle on July 2, 2011, and later for allegedly improperly trying to influence a witness in the case. David John O’Brien, 61, Marshalltown, pled guilty to 2nd offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail with seven suspended and fined $1,875. O’Brien was also placed on probation to the Department of Correctional Services, directed to pay a $300 supervisory fee and to complete drinking drivers school. O’Brien was charged on Oct. 21, 2011, at U.S. 30 and AA Avenue by Tama county Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker. Charges of driving on the wrong side of the highway, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Lauren Puentes, 43, Montour, pled guilty to driving while license denied or revoked. She as fined $1,000. Puentes was charged on Aug. 23, 2011, at U.S. Highway 30 and Tama County Road T47 north by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.

Tama County Magistrate Court

Before Magistrate Ann Kuhter:

Autumn Blackcloud, 34, Marshalltown, entered an Alford plea to a charge of 5th degree theft. She was charged by Toledo Police after allegedly ordering a Marshalltown-based cab company to pick her up in Toledo on Oct. 1, 2011. Court records state when the cab arrived, Blackcloud told the driver she would return with the cab fare but failed to do so.  An Alford plea is commonly not an admission of guilt but recognition a conviction based upon evidence likely will be obtained at trial. Blackcloud was assessed a fine and court costs totaling $298 and directed to pay restitution to the cab company of $48.    Guilty pleas, fines and court costs, agency bring charge-

Jesse Dean Samec, 19, Traer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to use headlights when required, reporting false information to law enforcement, driving while license suspended, interference with official acts, two stop violations $1,638. Tama County Sheriff’s Office Joseph Brian Thompson, 39, Tama, failure to maintain registration plate $87. Iowa State Patrol Kavila Jared Clark, 37, Tama, driving while license suspended $398. Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Christopher Paul Back, 40, Traer, no vehicle insurance $398. Toledo Police Dean Eugene Smith, 42, Waterloo driving while license suspended $398. Tama County Sheriff’s Office Letty Balera Viramontes, 19, Marshalltown, no driver’s license, report false information to law enforcement $551. Tama County Sheriff’s Office

Tama County Small Claims

Midland Funding LLC, Des Monies vs. Kilburn Taylor, Tama $982 Douglas Clayton Sienknecht, rural Gladbrook vs. Cody Langan d / b / a Concreative Designs, Waterloo $969 AJO Investments, Cedar Rapids vs. Ray C. Anderson, Garwin $1,262 AJO Investments, Cedar Rapids vs. Jeffrey S. Moore, Melissa L. Moore, Tama $1,866 Hills Bank and Trust co., Hills, Iowa, vs. Timothy A. Miller and Jill Marie Sturtz, rural Elberon $881



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