Deputies arrest Maynard man on gun charge, Randalia woman over drugs

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a Maynard man and a Randalia woman on felony charges over the weekend in separate incidents. On Friday, Nov. 18, a deputy arrested Dalton Bunn, 24, of Maynard on a valid Clayton County arrest warrant for charge of felon in possession of a firearm. Bunn was transported to the Fayette County jail and later transported to Clayton County Jail. On Sunday, Nov. 20,a deputy initiated a traffic stop at 12:49 a.m. on 2000 Chevrolet S20 truck for a traffic infraction. After further investigation, the driver Samantha Kay Darling, age 47 of Randalia, was arrested and … Continue reading Deputies arrest Maynard man on gun charge, Randalia woman over drugs

Oelwein and West Union men sent to prison over drug crimes

Men from Oelwein and West Union were sent to prison this week after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in separate cases in Fayette County District Court. Here are some recently concluded felony cases: Thomas Daniel Wilds, 28, of Oelwein, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to the Class D felonies of third-offense possession of methamphetamine and third-offense possession of marijuana and was sentenced by District Court Judge John Sullivan to a pair of concurrent prison terms of up to five years. Four other counts were dismissed. Fines and surcharges, which exceeded $2,000 total, were suspended. Vanessa Lynn Wilson, 38, of Oelwein, … Continue reading Oelwein and West Union men sent to prison over drug crimes

Monona man, 18, charged in West Union burglaries

A Monona man is facing multiple charges related to burglaries reported in West Union in late October. Mason Lee Schroeder, 18, of Monona, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, three counts of attempted third-degree burglary from a vehicle/vessel, and one count each of second- and fourth-degree theft. He made his initial appearance in Fayette County District Court on Oct. 27, and bail was set at $25,000 cash or surety. According to the criminal complaint filed by West Union Police, Schroeder was spotted through security cameras trying to enter two … Continue reading Monona man, 18, charged in West Union burglaries

CC man pleads guilty to 3rd domestic assault, placed on probation

Logan Justin Pfertzel, 29, of Charles City, pleaded guilty Oct. 27 in Floyd County District Court to Class D felony domestic assault. On Nov. 1, District Judge Peter B. Newell placed Pfertzel on three to five years of probation on a suspended prison sentence of up to five years, with credit for time served. A fine of $1,025 plus surcharge was suspended. Pfertzel was ordered to be placed in the Beje Clark Residential Facility until maximum benefits are achieved. There he is to get substance abuse and mental health evaluations and follow through on recommended treatment. The court also ordered … Continue reading CC man pleads guilty to 3rd domestic assault, placed on probation

WV grad sex abuse trial scheduled to begin Dec. 7

A 2022 Wapsie Valley graduate is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 7 in Fayette County District Court on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse. He’s accused of forcing a sex act on a teenage girl at her Fairbank home on March 2, 2022. Holten Taylor Robinson, 19, of Parkersburg, turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office on March 28, 2022, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on the Class C felony charge. His bail was set at a $10,000 unsecured bond, and he was released from custody after a no contact order to protect his … Continue reading WV grad sex abuse trial scheduled to begin Dec. 7

‘Drug house warrants’ lead to 12 arrests in Oelwein, Maynard and Sumner

Nine people from Oelwein and one each from Alpha, Maynard and Sumner were jailed after “drug house warrants” were served Friday night by 15 cooperating law enforcement agencies. According to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement seized drugs, firearms, and about $4,000 in cash. Along with paraphernalia, the drugs seized included 1.25 pounds of marijuana, 70 grams of methamphetamine, and multiple types of prescription pills and packaged pills. Weapons seized included long guns and a a pistol. More than 100 charges have been filed including seven Class B felonies, two Class C felonies, 35 Class … Continue reading ‘Drug house warrants’ lead to 12 arrests in Oelwein, Maynard and Sumner

Oelwein man sentenced to 70 months in federal Prison

An Oelwein man who possessed eight loaded guns and fled from the police was sentenced on Oct. 19 to more than five years in federal prison. Justin James Gallmeyer, 39, of Oelwein, pleaded guilty on April 14 to possessing firearms as a felon. He has a prior federal felony conviction for possessing a firearm as a drug user. According to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern Iowa, evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that Gallmeyer possessed a total of eight guns over the course of about one year. In August 2020, he fled from the police … Continue reading Oelwein man sentenced to 70 months in federal Prison

Sexual harassment lawsuit winner in 2013 now facing unrelated theft charges

An Orchard, Iowa, woman who won a sexual harassment lawsuit against Floyd County in 2013, is facing felony charges based on accusations that she stole more than $21,000 over 10 years from her private law firm employer. Theresa Ann Farmer, 59, of Orchard, Iowa, on Friday waived a preliminary hearing in Floyd County Court regarding charges of ongoing criminal conduct (Class B felony), first-degree theft (Class C felony) and unauthorized use of a credit card. According to criminal complaints, during the years 2012-2022 while employed at Eggert, Erb and Ellington PLC Law Firm in Charles City she took more than … Continue reading Sexual harassment lawsuit winner in 2013 now facing unrelated theft charges

Fayette County District Court update (Oct. 5-17)

Convictions Ethan Lee Palmer, 48, of Oelwein, pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to second-offense possession of methamphetamine (aggravated misdemeanor) and was placed on two years of formal probation on a suspended 10-year prison sentence. An $855 fine plus surcharge was also suspended. Ralph Deangelo Barron, 55, of New Hampton pleaded guilty to a Class C felony manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine and on Oct. 17 received two to five years of probation on a suspended 10-year prison sentence. A $1,000 fine plus surcharge was also suspended. One count of possession of a controlled substance was dismissed. He was ordered to … Continue reading Fayette County District Court update (Oct. 5-17)

Sumner man sent to prison for sexual abuse in Chickasaw and Bremer Counties

After pleading guilty in two sexual abuse cases, Michael Adam Koch, 21, of Sumner, will serve up to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, although he has the possibility of parole. In Chickasaw County District Court, Koch pleaded guilty on Aug. 9 to lascivious acts with a child (a Class C felony) and was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. A $1,370 fine and surcharge were suspended, and second sex crime charge was dismissed, in accordance with the plea agreement reached with prosecution. In this … Continue reading Sumner man sent to prison for sexual abuse in Chickasaw and Bremer Counties

Buchanan County prosecutor reaches plea deal to send Fairbank man to prison

INDEPENDENCE — The Buchanan County Attorney’s Office has reached a plea agreement with Tyler Alan Welter, 27, of Fairbank, that will mark him as a sexual predator of children and send him to prison. Welter agreed today to plead guilty to two Class C felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two Class C felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and three Class D felony counts of enticing a minor. Six additional counts will be dismissed. According to the criminal complaints, Welter exchanged nude photos and attempted to engage in sexual acts with children under the age … Continue reading Buchanan County prosecutor reaches plea deal to send Fairbank man to prison

Lindaman guilty, again, but of a lesser crime

MASON CITY — With help from the Iowa Supreme Court, the state Attorney General’s Office, and an avalanche of his own court filings, Charles City’s Doug Lindaman, 62, has managed to get a felony conviction replaced with an aggravated misdemeanor verdict despite two juries ruling against him. The latest verdict arrived Wednesday in his third trial over alleged sexual abuse in 2011 of a 17-year-old he hired to do farm work. Jurors chose to convict Lindaman of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He was originally charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse. It’s yet to be seen whether he … Continue reading Lindaman guilty, again, but of a lesser crime