BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Daily Record, March 22, 2014

Man steals lottery tickets, attempts to cash them

A Marshalltown man faces felony charges for trying to cash the winnings of three lottery tickets he allegedly stole from his place of employment.

Mark Kuhlers, 23, is charged with lottery fraud, a Class D felony, for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from Fareway, 102 W. Anson St.

According to police, after Fareway employees did an audit they noticed the missing tickets from the weekend of March 15.

The lottery tickets were not eligible once redeemed because they had not been purchased.

Kuhlers was cited then released.

Man forged checks, stole two cars

A Marshalltown man who was accused of forging checks, driving two cars and never returning them, was arrested then posted bond.

Michael Grommet, 29, is charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony, theft, forgery, identity theft and two counts of habitual offender for incidents that took place early in January in Marshall County and Black Hawk County.

According to police, Grommet first obtained checks from someone in Marshalltown, forged the signature and cashed the checks.

Two days later, Grommet took a car from someone in Marshalltown and drove it to Waterloo and never returned the car.

In Waterloo he test drove a car and failed to return it again.

Warrants were issued and he was arrested March 7 in Black Hawk County. He posted bond on all the warrants March 11.

Man involved in fraudulent check investigation arrested

An Omaha, Neb. man who was part of a group of men who allegedly cashed $20,000 worth of counterfeit payroll checks across Marshalltown has been arrested.

Bryan Delong, 21, was arrested then sent to the Marshall County Jail from Omaha Thursday, for the investigation that began in February of last year.

Capt. Mike Hanken of the Marshalltown Police Department, said Delong and a group of other Nebraska men cashed fake payroll checks from Gethmann Construction to banks across Marshalltown sporadically throughout the year.

Delong is charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony.

Warrants have been issued by the Marshalltown Police Department for William M. Patterson, 33, of Omaha, Randy Spangler, 44, of Plattsmouth, Neb., and Cedrick Hatten, 21, of Omaha, who are also suspects in this investigation.

New Arrivals

Saren and Lucas Hauser, of Melbourne, are the parents of a son, Greycen Lee Hauser, born at 10:17 a.m. on March 9 at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20.75 inches in length. Welcoming Greycen home is big brother Lane. Grandparents are Lynda and the late Larry Hauser, of LaMoille, and Becky and Gary Fricke, of Melbourne. Great grandparents are Bob and Shar Fricke, of Marshalltown, and Melva Vint, of Le Grand.

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Matthew and Elizabeth Johnson, of Marshalltown, are the parents of a son, Garrett Evan Johnson, born at 7:52 a.m. on March 12 at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center weighing 7 pounds, 7.5 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. Welcoming Garrett home is big sister Myla Johnson. Grandparents are Dan and Diane Johnson, of Stratford, and Dallas and Laurie Clark, of Marshalltown.

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Chris Fuchsen and Mary McCann Fuchsen are the parents of a son, Collin Christopher Fuchsen, born at 11:24 p.m. at home on March 16. Collin joins big brother, Foster Paul Fuchsen. Grandparents are Ron and Donna Fuchsen, Kathy and Cege Mason and Debbie and Steve McCann.

Marshall County Courthouse

Court

Thursday

Scott Edward Lustyk, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a operating while intoxicated-first offense charge, a no insurance charge, a failure to yield charge and a improper registration plate lamp charge. He will hire his own counsel. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on April 7. Lustyk was released on his own recognizance. The court ordered a substance abuse evaluation to be completed and submitted within 60 days of today’s date.

Darvell Gamblin, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a operating while intoxicated-third offense charge, a eluding charge and a speeding charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on March 31. Bond is set at $5,000 cash or surety. Prior to release, the court ordered that Gamblin be photographed and fingerprinted. A substance abuse evaluation was ordered to be completed and submitted to the court within 60 days of his release.

Larry Robert Prusha, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a public intoxication-enhanced charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on April 7. Prusha was released on his own recognizance. The court ordered a substance abuse evaluation with the results to be submitted within 60 days of today’s date.

Nathan Michael Gerads, 318 Thomas Drive, made an initial appearance on a theft-fifth degree charge. He pleaded not guilty and a pre-trial conference is set at 9 a.m. on April 22 in Magistrate Court. Gerads will hire his own counsel. Bond will continue as posted until the conclusion of this case.

Edward Stokes Jr., 402 Washington St., made an initial appearance on a violation of a no-contact order/contempt charge. The court appointed Aaron Vaughn as counsel. The contempt hearing is set for 3 p.m. on March 26. Bond is set at $1,000 cash only. A new no-contact order was issued for the protected party.

Friday

Diana Bustamonte, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to deliver charge, a failure to affix a drug tax stamp charge, a child endangerment charge, a driving while barred charge and a prohibited acts charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle her case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on March 31 in District Court. Bond is set at $100,000 cash only.

Michael Grommet, 1101 S. Third Ave., made an initial appearance on a theft-first degree charge, a habitual offender charge, a theft charge, a forgery charge, an identity theft charge and a habitual offender charge. Grommet will hire his own counsel. The preliminary hearing is set at 1 p.m. on April 10 for the theft-first degree charge. All other charges will be seen next at a scheduling hearing at 1 p.m. on March 24. Bond will continue as posted until the conclusion of this case.

Bryan Delong, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a ongoing criminal conduct charge. The public defender’s office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on March 31. Bond is set at $25,000 cash or surety.

Lindsey Jo Lee, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge, a improper registration charge, a no insurance charge and a no driver’s license charge. She pleaded guilty to all charges. On the driving under suspension charge and no insurance charge the fines were $250 for each with an $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50 on each charge. The fines on the improper registration and no driver’s license were $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330. All payments are due within 30 days of today’s date.

Jorge Perez-Derreza, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge and a violation of a restricted license charge. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and a pre-trial conference is set for 9 a.m. on April 29 in Magistrate Court.

Sierra Price, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge, a muffler violation charge, a no license charge and a no insurance charge. She pleaded not guilty and a pre-trial conference is set for 9 a.m. on April 29 in Magistrate Court.

Marcos A. Vargas, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge and a no driver’s license charge. He pleaded guilty to both charges. On the driving under suspension charge the fine is $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50. The fine on the no driver’s license was $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330. All payments are due within 30 days of today’s date.

Gina Marie Battista, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. She pleaded guilty and was fined $65 with a $22.75 surcharge, a $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $272.75, due within 30 days of today’s date.

A 15-year-old male made an initial appearance on a curfew violation charge and a spitting in a police vehicle charge. He pleaded guilty to both charges. On the curfew violation charge the fine was $50 with a $17.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $127.50. The court allowed for 10 hours of unpaid community service in lieu of the fine and surcharge plus paying the court costs of $60 to be completed by June 1. The fine on the spitting charge was $65 with a $22.75 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $147.75, due within 30 days of today’s date.

Jose Ramirez Cardenas, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a no insurance charge, a driving under suspension charge, a speeding 72 in a 55 mile per hour zone charge and a no license charge. He pleaded guilty to all charges. On the no insurance and driving under suspension charges the fines were $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50. The fine on the speeding charge was $90 with a $31.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $171.50. On the no driver’s license, the fine was $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330. All payments are due within 30 days of today’s date.

Robert Lee Weishaubt, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge and a no driver’s license charge. He pleaded guilty to both charges. On the driving under suspension charge the fine was $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50. The fine on the no driver’s license is $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330. All payments are due within 30 days of today’s date.

Travis Scott Branon, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge, a no insurance charge, a no license charge and a speeding 60 in a 55 mile per hour zone charge. He pleaded guilty to the driving under suspension, no driver’s license and speeding charges. On the driving under suspension charge the fine was $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50. The fine on the no license was $200 with a $70 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $330. On the speeding charge the fine was $20 with a $7 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $87. All payments are due within 30 days of today’s date. Branon pleaded not guilty to the no insurance charge and a pre-trial conference is set for 9 a.m. on April 29 in Magistrate Court.