Nashua morning briefing (Oct. 13): Arrest made in food pantry break-in; N-P runners to compete in conference meet today

Good morning, Nashua area readers. It’s Thursday, Oct. 13, and here’s what’s happening in local news.

1. WEATHER — Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 49, and breezy, with a northwest wind increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gust could reach around 37 mph. Tonight, it will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. (Extended forecast)

2. CROSS COUNTY RUNNING — The Nashua-Plainfield boys and girls cross country teams will race at 3:30 p.m. today in the Top of Iowa Conference meet at NIACC in Mason City.

3. WRESTLING— The N-P School Board on Monday approved volunteer coaches Brad Theilen and Jason Fisher for wrestling.

4. PUBLIC SAFETY — Nashua woman charged in August food pantry burglary

An investigation into burglaries at the Nashua Area Food Pantry led to the arrest of a Nashua woman on Friday, Oct. 7, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Desteney Dawn Olson, 42, is charged with third-degree burglary (Class D felony) and fourth-degree criminal mischief (serious misdemeanor). Bond was set at $5,100.00 cash or corporate surety.

Desteney Dawn Olson (Courtesy of the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the criminal complaint, at about 10:15 p.m. Aug. 19, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone was inside the Nashua Area Food Pantry. which was closed. It had been broken into numerous times recently and food was taken, so interior surveillance cameras were placed inside.

A responding deputy didn’t find anyone there, but food had been gathered and bagged up inside the pantry to be taken. The deputy also reported that there was “significant damage done to the exterior of the building to gain entry.” After reviewing the camera footage and follow-up interviews, Olson was arrested and made her initial appearance in Chickasaw County District court on Oct. 7.