Daily Record, March 7, 2013

Local woman accused of endangering 1-month-old

Police charged a local woman with child endangerment Tuesday for allegedly holding her 1-month-old daughter after sliding her down a small hill in a car seat.

Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said Mariah Tufte, 20, got into a verbal dispute with her boyfriend over who was going to look after the girl Monday night. When the couple couldn’t agree, Tufte yanked the infant’s car seat from her boyfriend.

The child was outside in the cold wearing only a diaper at the couple’s home on the 300 block of Melody Lane, according to the police report.

Hanken said there some discrepancy as to whether Tufte fell and consequently dropped the car seat or purposely slid it down a small hill. Afterward, Tufte allegedly held the girl while she and her boyfriend continued to argue.

Police charged Tufte with child endangerment without injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Marshall County Sheriff


On Sunday, Mitchell Ruiz, 2658 Reed Ave., was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, operating while intoxicated-third offense, driving while barred, driving under suspension and control of vehicle.

On Saturday, Bernard Arlo Brooks, 202 N. 4th Ave. Apt. #1, was arrested for robbery-first degree, theft-second degree, going armed with intent and interference with official acts.


On Monday, a dump truck driven by Forrest Allen Huston, 3153 200th St., was northbound on Yetley Street when it slid into the rear of a minivan parked along the side of the road. No injuries were reported. Damage to the minivan was estimated at $1,500.

On Monday, a vehicle driven by Celia Sally Riedell, of Lake View, was westbound on Highway 30 from Iowa Avenue West when it slid on the road, driver attempted a correction and it went out of control, rolled twice and came to rest in the median. No injuries were reported. Damage to the Riedell vehicle was estimated at $1,500.

On Feb. 27, a pickup driven by Roseann Lea Nymeyer, 2660 300th St., was southbound on Reed Avenue when it went out of control on the snowy roadway, entered the east ditch and struck a tree causing minor damage to the front end. No injuries were reported. Damage to the Nymeyer pickup was estimated at $2,500.

On Jan. 7, a minivan driven by Michael Alan McDowell, of Rhodes, was northbound on Cooper Avenue when in the attempt to pass a vehicle driven by Brice Wade Stevenson, 208 Pine St., which had signaled to turn right, it collided with the Stevenson vehicle as it changed course and turned left. No injuries were reported. Stevenson was cited for failure to give a continuous signal while McDowell was cited for defective brakes as he had tried to stop and received no response from braking. Damage to the McDowell minivan was estimated at $4,000 while the Stevenson vehicle received an estimated $1,500 in damage.

Marshall County Courthouse



William Ray Rhoades III, of Cedar Rapids, made an initial appearance on a probation violation charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle his case. The probation revocation hearing is set for 9 a.m. on March 22. Bond is set at $2,000 cash only.

Jason Allen Smith, 104 E. Lincoln St., made an initial appearance on a possession of marijuana charge, a interference with official acts charge and a failure to appear for a contempt hearing for failing to attend a Batterer’s Education Program charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle the possession of marijuana charge and the failure to appear charge. The interference with official acts charge will be seen at the same time as the possession charge. A preliminary hearing is set for the possession of marijuana and interference with official acts charges at 1 p.m. on March 15. The contempt hearing is rescheduled for 10 a.m. on March 13. Bond is set at $2,000 total cash or surety. If bond is made the court ordered that Smith obtain a substance abuse evaluation and submit the results to the court within 60 days of the date of release.

Gabriela Magana Contreras, 104 N. 14th Ave., made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension-unpaid fine charge. She pleaded guilty and was fined $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50, due immediately. The court allowed for either $50 monthly installment payments beginning April 4 until the debt is paid or in lieu of the fine and surcharge she may do 46 hours of community service plus pay court costs to be completed by Sept. 15.


Jared Thomas to Tara Hrdina

Mario Glass to Micah Donelson

Marshalltown Police Department


On Tuesday, an employee with Walmart, 2802 S. Center St., reported the theft of a package of baseball cards and miscellaneous merchandise valued at $197.83.

On Monday, Micki Lynn Stonewall, 3182 270th St., reported the theft of a Motorola Electrify cell phone while at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, 108 Washington St.

On Jan. 26, Jesus Rios, 810 S. 9th Ave., reported hit and run damage to the driver’s side door and mirror on a 2006 Pontiac G6 while parked at 10 E. Linn St. Estimated value of damage was $800.


On Feb. 23, Justin Alan Hartwig, 409 May St., was cited for theft-third degree.


On Tuesday, Sondra Ragen Wanatee, 1501 Summit St., was arrested for theft from building.

On Tuesday, Jessica Ann Hartwig, of Melbourne, was arrested for shoplifting and theft-third degree.

On Monday, Michelle Lynne Stanley, 503 N. 12th Ave., was arrested for bad checks-closed account.

On Monday, Mariah Suzanne Tufte, 304 Melody Lane Apt. #3, was arrested for child endangerment.