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Tama Co. Court News

December 28, 2012
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Tama County District Court

Suspended prison and jail time has been granted Justin Lee Anderson, 18, Tama, on five counts of arson. The sentences were handed down on Dec. 14 by Judge Fae Hoover-Grinde in Tama County District Court in Toledo. He has been placed on probation to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for three years. Anderson pled guilty on Sept. 27 to three charges of 2nd degree arson and two charges of 3rd degree arson in connection with a series of fires which occurred in March, April and May of this year in the rural Tama area. Anderson, a member of the Tama Volunteer Fire Department at the time is the son of Tama Fire Chief Rodney Anderson. Joshua Robert Weiermann, 18, Chelsea, also faces two counts of 2nd degree one count of 3rd degree arson in connection with some of the cases. Weiermann is a member of the Chelsea Volunteer Fire Department. Anderson was sentenced to 10 years in prison to be served concurrently on the three 2nd degree charges and one—year jail terms on the 3rd degree charges. Judge Grinde suspended all but 30 days of the jail time. Anderson may serve that time on weekends or work-release if approved by Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera. Fines of $1,000 on the 2nd degree and $6245 on the 3rd degree charges were also suspended. Under the probation agreement, Correctional Services will evaluate the risk to public safety and determine the level of supervision which could include placement in a residential correctional facility according to the court order. A hearing to determine restitution to the property owners is set for Jan. 17 in District Court in Toledo. Anderson pled guilty to 2nd degree arson for a fire on April 24 involving a house at 3510 H Avenue owned by Randy Higginbotham;and two 2nd degree counts for fires on May 13 involving a house and a barn at 3400 G Ave. owned by Vicki Lacina. The 3rd degree pleas were for a March 18 grass fire at Duffus Landing on property owned by the State of Iowa and a grass fire on April 4  at 1740 340th St. In pronouncing the sentences Judge Grinde noted Anderson had met pre-trial release requirements and was employed. He had been free on $10,000 cash bond. Also before Judge Hoover-Grinde: Joshua Robert Smith a / k / a Joshua robert Potter, 22, Marshalltown pled guilty to 2nd degree burglary. He received a suspended 10-year prison sentence and a $1,000 fine was also suspended. He was placed on probation fro three years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Smith was also directed to reside at the Gerald Hinzman Center for 365 days or until maximum benefits are achieved. His custody was placed with the Tama County Sheriff until space was available at the center. Smith was originally charged with 1st degree burglary by Tama Police after kicking in the door of a residence in the 1300 block of Harding in the early morning hours of Feb. 18.  After gaining entry he allegedly kicked a sleeping occupant and an accomplice stole an XBox 360 game device and a game.  Smith was directed to pay $479 restitution to Jonathan Thomas Cowles of Tama. Joshua David Todd, 25, Toledo, pled guilty to 2nd offense  possession of marijuana and two counts of child endangerment. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail with credit for 10 days already served on the possession charge and to suspended two-year prison terms and $625 fines for child endangerment. Todd was placed on probation for one year to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.  Charges of maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia, 1st offense possession of marijuana and two counts of neglect of a dependent person were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Todd was charged after a search warrant was executed at his residence on Dec 2 by Toledo Police Officer Daniel Quigley. Rick William Schlitter, 56, Vinton pled guilty to 2nd offense drunken driving and 1st degree harassment. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but seven days suspended and fined $1,875 for drunken driving. For harassment, he was sentenced to a concurrent 180 jail term with all but seven days suspended and a $625 fine was also suspended. Schlitter was charged on Sept. 14 at Iowa Highways 21 and 8 at Dysart on the drunken driving charge. He was cited on July 7 for  harassment for which court records state he had previously bee convicted three or more times previously on harassment charges. The charges were both filed by Dysart Police Officer Blake L. Waldrop. Tyler James Stevenson, 22, Toledo, pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. He received a deferred sentence, was placed on probation to the 6th Judicial Department of Correctional Services for two years and assessed a $315 civil penalty. Stevenson was charged on July 15 by Toledo Police Officer Daniel Quigley. Fernando Galves-Cardenas, 37, Toledo, pled guilty to assault causing bodily injury. He was fined $315/ He was charged on Aug. 3 for striking the victim causing pain and bleeding from the mouth. The charge was field by Toledo Police Officer Joe McMillen.

Tama County Magistrate Court

Before Magistrate Ann Kuhter:

Amanda Ann Anderson, 22, Tama, failed to appear, was adjudged guilty of driving while license suspended and was fined and assessed court costs totaling $398. Tama Police filed the charge. Seger Tyrone Brown, 34, Tama, failed to appear and was adjudged guilty of 5th degree theft of a cellular telephone. He was fined and assessed court costs totaling $318 and directed to pay restitution to the victim with the amount to be determined by Toledo Police who filed the charge.

Guilty pleas, fines and court costs, agency filing charge(s)- Benjamin Lee Jefferies, 25,  Waterloo, disorderly conduct, deferred judgement, $65 civil penalty and $58 court costs. Tama County sheriff’s Office. Anthony Alexander Perry, 43, Tama, public intoxication, $442. Tama Police Clinton James Edwards, 24, Garwin, leave scene of accident, striking fixtures on highway, no vehicle insurance-accident, fail to yield one-half of roadway $1,236. Tama County Sheriff’s Office Melinda Jane Reger, 46, Ottumwa, 5th theft- bad check $273 and $85 restitution to Fareway, Toledo. Toledo Police Kelsey Lyn Schmocker, 22, dysart, unlawful passing school bus $457. Iowa State Patrol

Before Magistrate Richard Vander Mey:

Guilty pleas, fines and court costs, agency filing charge(s)- Timothy H. Foos, 43, Gladbrook, interference with official acts $167. Tama County Sheriff’s Office Jessica Jane Huston, 26, Elberon, did not appear on charge of domestic abuse assault - $148 and two days in jail. Tama County Sheriff’s Office Isaias Flores, 56, Tama, public intoxication $148. Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police



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