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Monday, December 8, 2014

Muscatine County District Court; Dec. 5 and 8, 2014

December 5, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:

LANDON CHAIRES, DOB: 2/10/1991, of Muscatine, was sentenced to serve a sentence of imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. The Court had originally placed CHAIRES on probation on February 15, 2013. Following a hearing the Court determined that CHAIRES violated the terms of his probation.


JUAN RAMOS COLLAZO, JR., DOB: 4/28/1991, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department determined that COLLAZO engaged in a drug transaction with another individual in the 500 block of East Sixth Street. He will be sentenced January 16, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.


CASEY BELL, DOB: 11/14/1971, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Neglect of a Dependent Person. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol showed that BELL was the operator of a motor vehicle when it struck a parked motor vehicle. BELL fled the scene of the collision. BELL’s minor child suffered injuries in the collision and was taken by the child’s mother to the hospital. Hospital staff were led to believe that the child had been injured from falling from a scooter. Upon learning the true history of the injuries hospital personnel discovered that the child had suffered a skull fracture. He was emergently transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he underwent surgery. BELL will be sentenced January 16, 2015, at 9:15 a.m.


GAGE HAKE, DOB: 3/3/1996, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department showed that HAKE participated in the burglary of a rural residence in which property was taken.


BRIAN KEITH TULLY, DOB: 10/26/1961, of Ottumwa, was sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third or subsequent offense. TULLY had been placed on probation on September 26, 2014. He then was arrested in Henry County, Iowa on October 20, 2014, for committing a burglary. He was subsequently sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment for that burglary.


MIGUEL AGUILAR, DOB: 10/19/1994, of Muscatine was sentenced to serve terms of imprisonment for two drug trafficking felonies. AGUILAR had been placed on probation on July 12, 2013. He subsequently absconded from probation supervision.


December 8, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:

TRAVIS VIPOND, DOB: 10/13/1981, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to two separate charges of Theft in the Second Degree. In one case, investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department and the Wilton Police Department showed that he participated in the theft of property from a Wilton Community Schools building. In the other case VIPOND was being treated for injuries suffered in an assault when he took medical equipment from a treatment room at Trinity Hospital in Muscatine. This case was investigated by the Muscatine Police Department. He will be sentenced January 16, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.



SHASTA JOY, DOB: 6/20/1984, of Wilton, pleaded guilty to Failure to Appear. Investigation showed that JOY had been released on bond on charges of Theft in the First Degree. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a suspended term of not to exceed five years to run consecutively to sentences previously imposed on the underlying offenses.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Muscatine man arrested for posting photos of nude minors on Twitter account.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today, December 3, 2014, that criminal charges have been filed in connection with an investigation into an individual who used the Twitter.com messaging service to post photos of nude minors.

Muscatine Police arrested BRIAR JARED TODD, DOB: 9/15/1995, of Muscatine for five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Each offense is a class "D" felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment. TODD was arrested today without incident.

The criminal complaints allege that TODD used an account he created with Twitter.com to post five separate photos of nude female minors. The manner in which the images were posted would allow anyone following the Twitter account to receive the photos. The information on the account identified each minor by name.

TODD's next court appearance will be on December 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Persons seeking resources about internet safety, including information for parents to help children stay safe while online, may find the website NetSmartz411.org to be valuable. "The Internet is a wonderful thing for communication, education, and social networking, " said Ostergren. "It can also be a dangerous place, especially for children. I encourage parents to take an active role in what their children are doing online," he added.

The criminal charges against the defendant are merely accusations. He enjoys the presumption of innocence in court proceedings.

TODD's mugshot:



Post updated 12/4/2014 at 10:25 a.m. to correct birth year as 1995, not 1996.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prison sentence for domestic abuse assault

Today, November 26, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:

DAVID HUERTA, DOB: 12/26/1977, of Muscatine was sentenced after pleading guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault, third offense. The court imposed a prison sentence of not to exceed five years. The defendant must serve one year of incarceration prior to being eligible for parole. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that HUERTA assaulted and caused injuries to his girlfriend. He had two prior convictions for domestic abuse offenses within the previous 12 years.


In other cases:

ANGEL GONZALEZ, DOB: 10/21/1993, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Lascivious Acts with a Child and Indecent Contact with a Child. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that he had been involved in sexual contact with a person under the age of 14. He will be sentenced January 9, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. He faces a maximum of 12 years imprisonment for the offenses.

DANIEL CONSTANTINE BRATCHER, DOB: 3/20/1968, of Muscatine was sentenced after being found guilty at jury trial of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse. The court imposed a prison term of not to exceed two years. The defendant will additionally be required to register as a sex offender for life and will be on parole for 10 years following his prison sentence.

MORRIS ANTHONY NUNN, DOB: 9/24/1966, of Muscatine was sentenced after pleading guilty to Eluding, Operating While Intoxicated, and Driving While Revoked. The Court imposed a prison term totaling six years. The defendant had attempted to elude a Muscatine County Sheriff's Deputy and was intoxicated at the time. He was found on a separate occasion to be driving on a revoked license.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Charges Filed in Armed Robbery

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today, November 20, 2014, that charges have been filed in connection with a robbery on November 19, 2014. Detectives with the Muscatine Police Department today arrested WILLIAM LEE HARTMAN, DOB: 7/10/1979 without incident. HARTMAN has been charged with Robbery in the First Degree and Using a Juvenile to Commit a Public Offense. The charges are punishable by a total sentence of not to exceed 35 years.

The criminal complaints allege that HARTMAN committed a theft in the 200 block of Walnut Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. on November 19, 2014, by assaulting the victim. The complaints further allege that HARTMAN used a juvenile accomplice to commit the offense and that a knife was displayed and the victim was threatened with being killed.

HARTMAN will be held without bond in the Muscatine County Jail pending initial appearance tomorrow morning.

The criminal charges set forth above are merely accusations. The defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence in the criminal justice system.

HARTMAN's mugshot:


Friday, October 24, 2014

Prison sentence for theft of motor vehicle

Today, October 24, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:

JEFFREY ALAN WURR, DOB: 2/1/1981, of Atalissa, was sentenced following his guilty plea to Theft in the First Degree. The Court imposed a prison sentence of not to exceed ten years and ordered the sentence to be served consecutively to a prison sentence in Cedar County of not to exceed seven years.

The prosecution of WURR was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office into the theft of a motor vehicle from near West Liberty, Iowa. Deputies learned that the truck had been used to travel to a truck stop off of interstate 80 near Atalissa where WURR and another subject attempted to commit a robbery.

WURR's mugshot:


Friday, October 17, 2014

Guilty plea in felony domestic abuse case

Today, October 17, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:

DAVID RADA HUERTA, DOB: 12/26/1977, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault, a class "D" felony. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that the defendant struck a female member of his household. Court records show that HUERTA had twice previously been convicted of domestic abuse. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of a maximum term of not to exceed five years with a one year mandatory minimum term when he is sentenced on November 26, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Muscatine County District Court 10/10/2014

Today in Muscatine County District Court:

GARY MONTRAIL GRIFFIN, DOB: 10/27/1988, of Davenport, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for the offense of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that GRIFFIN struck another male subject and caused a broken jaw. GRIFFIN waived time to delay sentencing and was sentenced by the Court to an indeterminate term of not to exceed ten years.

GRIFFIN's mugshot:




MATTHEW PAINTER, DOB: 5/6/1992, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that PAINTER had participated in the burglary of a residence near Moscow, Iowa and took various tools and other property. PAINTER will be sentenced November 21, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.

PAINTER's mugshot: