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Monday, February 8, 2016

Guilty plea in hotel robbery

Today, February 8, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court TIMOTHY LEE WADDEN, 36, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to the following offenses:


  • Robbery in the second degree, a class "C" felony;
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, a class "D" felony; and
  • Theft in the third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor.


These offenses were related to a robbery on November 22, 2015, at Hotel Muscatine on Highway 61 in Muscatine. In addition, WADDEN pleaded guilty to the following other offenses:

Harassment in the first degree, an aggravated misdemeanor;
Interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor;
Possession of a controlled substance (third offense), a class "D" felony; and
Theft in the third degree.

The plea agreement calls for sentences on all counts to be run consecutively for a total term of incarceration of not to exceed 26 years and one month. WADDEN will not be eligible for parole until he has served a mandatory minimum term of seven years.

The arrest of WADDEN was the result of investigations by the Muscatine Police Department.

WADDEN will be sentenced March 25, 2016, at 9:45 a.m. He will be held in custody without bond pending sentencing.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Statement regarding officer-involved shooting in Muscatine

STATEMENT OF MUSCATINE COUNTY ATTORNEY ALAN R. OSTERGREN AND MUSCATINE COUNTY SHERIFF C.J. RYAN INTO
INCIDENT ON JANUARY 15, 2016

On January 15, 2016, there was an officer-involved shooting in Muscatine, Iowa involving a Muscatine County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Muscatine Police Department officer. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has led an investigation into the incident.

The DCI investigation shows that Timothy Seefeldt was the operator of a 2008 Hummer H3 which had been stolen earlier that evening in Muscatine. Dep. Eddie Cardenas located the H3 and attempted to effect a traffic stop. He was assisted by Muscatine Police Department Off. Anthony Arnaman. Seefeldt attempted to elude the law enforcement vehicles but the pursuit ended quickly when Seefeldt drove into the parking lot of a motel which was a dead end.

Despite being stopped, Seefeldt refused to obey Dep. Cardenas’s commands. He abruptly placed the H3 in reverse and backed up. He struck Dep. Cardenas’s squad car with the front door of the H3. Dep. Cardenas perceived this action as threatening – both to himself and to Off. Arnaman. Dep. Cardenas fired his duty weapon in response to the threat. Seefeldt then struck four parked cars in the motel parking lot before stopping again. Dep. Cardenas fired his duty weapon again when he believed that Seefeldt was placing the vehicle in drive in order to move forward at him.

Seefeldt sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the upper torso as a result of Dep. Cardenas’s actions. He surrendered to Dep. Cardenas and Off. Arnaman. He was later transported to Trinity Hospital-Muscatine and then to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He left the UIHC against medical advice.

County Attorney Ostergren stated “I have considered the application of Iowa law to the actions of Dep. Cardenas. A person is permitted to use force, including deadly force, to prevent or resist an imminent threat of death or injury to himself or to another. Dep. Cardenas’s actions were reasonable based upon the threat presented by Seefeldt’s actions. I therefore find that the shooting of Seefeldt by Dep. Cardenas was lawful.

“I would like to emphasize that I do not merely find Dep. Cardenas’s actions to meet the minimum standards imposed by the law. In my view he acted bravely during this incident. He was motivated primarily by a desire to protect a fellow officer and the public in general. His actions and demeanor during this incident were in the finest traditions of Iowa law enforcement.”

Sheriff C.J. Ryan stated “I have reviewed Dep. Cardenas’s actions in regard to departmental policy on the use of force. I find that Dep. Cardenas’s actions were in compliance with all applicable policies. I share the view that Dep. Cardenas acted bravely during this incident. A motor vehicle can be just as dangerous as a gun or knife. Dep. Cardenas acted decisively to end the threat. I am proud of him.”


Criminal charges against Seefeldt are pending.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Two Muscatine County sexual abuse cases affirmed on appeal

The Iowa Court of Appeals decided on December 23, 2015, two appeals of sexual abuse convictions prosecuted in Muscatine County. The court affirmed the convictions in both cases. The cases were:

State of Iowa v. Joshua Corwin. Corwin was found guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree, willful injury, and theft in the second degree. The appeals court rejected his claim that there was insufficient evidence to convict him. Corwin was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

State of Iowa v. David Rickey. Rickey was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second degree. The appeals court rejected his claims that the trial court made errors in rulings on the admission of certain evidence and other decisions during trial. Rickey was sentenced to a prison sentence of not to exceed 25 years. He must serve 17.5 years before being eligible for parole.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Second subject arrested in connection with robbery of Muscatine hotel

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren provided the following update to the investigation of the robbery of a hotel in Muscatine on November 22, 2015:

Muscatine Police Department detectives arrested TIFFANY MICHELLE WILLIAMS, 39, of Muscatine for the offense of Robbery in the First Degree. This is a class "B" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years.

WILLIAMS appeared before a judge this morning. Her bond was set at $250,000 cash only. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing December 4, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

The charge against WILLIAMS is merely an accusation. She is presumed to be innocent.

WILLIAMS's mugshot:


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Arrest made in robbery of Muscatine hotel

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren provided the following update to the investigation of the robbery of a hotel in Muscatine on Sunday, November 22, 2015:

Last night, November 23, 2015, detectives with the Muscatine Police Department arrested TIMOTHY WADDEN, 35, of Muscatine in connection with the robbery investigation. WADDEN has been charged with robbery in the first degree, a class "B" felony. The offense is punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years. The criminal complaint alleges that WADDEN brandished a firearm at the hotel front desk clerk and demanded money.

"I would like to thank the many members of the public who provided information to the police," said Ostergren. "Tips came in rapidly after the Muscatine police put information on Facebook about the robbery. This is a great example of using social media in a positive way."

WADDEN appeared before a judge this morning for initial appearance. The Court set his bond at $750,000 cash only. He remains in the Muscatine County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

The investigation into the robbery is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time. The criminal charge against WADDEN is merely an accusation. He is presumed innocent.

WADDEN's mugshot:


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prison sentence for multiple burglaries and theft

On Friday, October 9, 2015, in Muscatine County District Court:

MARTY STANBRO, 50, of Muscatine was sentenced after pleading guilty to five counts of burglary in the third degree as a habitual offender. The court imposed a total sentence of prison for a term not to exceed 30 years. In addition, STANBRO will be required to pay victim restitution for numerous other burglaries which he had also committed. The arrest and prosecution of STANBRO was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine Police Department.

STANBRO was also sentenced in a unrelated case for the offense of theft in the second degree as a habitual offender. He received a prison sentence of a term not to exceed 15 years. This sentence will be served consecutively to his burglary case for a total term of not to exceed 45 years. This case was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office.

STANBRO's mugshot:


Also, GREGORY WAYNE MYERS, 57, of Davenport was sentenced after pleading guilty to eluding and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm - all as a habitual offender. The court imposed a prison sentence of not to exceed 15 years. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office. MYERS faces a parole revocation proceeding and numerous warrants for burglary cases in other jurisdictions. He will be turned over to other law enforcement authorities before beginning his prison sentence.

MYERS's mugshot:


Monday, October 5, 2015

Guilty plea to sexual abuse of mentally incapacitated adult

Today, October 5, 2015, in Muscatine County District Court:

RUSSELL PURVIANCE, JR., 46, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that PURVIANCE had sexual intercourse with an adult female who was mentally incapable of giving consent due to her intellectual disability.

PURVIANCE faces a mandatory sentence of incarceration for a term not to exceed 10 years when he is sentenced November 13, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. In addition, when his sentence is served he will be on supervised release as if on parole for the remainder of his life. He will be required to register as a sex offender. The court revoked the defendant's bond pending sentencing. He is being held in the Muscatine County Jail.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of this case," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. "The offender is going to prison and the victim can look forward to getting on with her life without having to testify in court. I would like to especially thank Muscatine Police Department detective Joe Roseman for his work on this case. He got me the evidence I needed for a successful prosecution," he added.

PURVIANCE's mugshot: