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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Muscatine County Attorney announces results of investigation into officer-involved shooting.

PRESS RELEASE – June 24, 2015

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren released the following statement regarding an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer:

On June 9, 2015, Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy David Perley was involved in a pursuit of a motor vehicle being operated by Richard Spurling. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Fruitland Road and Crimson Avenue in Muscatine County. Deputy Perley approached Spurling’s motor vehicle. Spurling drove his vehicle in the direction of Deputy Perley. Deputy Perley fired his service weapon in the direction of the operator of the vehicle. Spurling was struck once in the upper torso. He received medical attention and was transported to the hospital. He has subsequently been released from the hospital.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has conducted an investigation of the incident and shared the results of that investigation with the Muscatine County Attorney. After a review the Muscatine County Attorney has determined that the use of deadly force by Deputy Perley was lawful. This decision has been communicated to the Iowa DCI, the Louisa County Sheriff and to Deputy Perley.


Criminal charges related to the pursuit are currently pending in Louisa County against Spurling. No further information will be released at this time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Guilty plea in burglary, robbery case

Today, May 13, 2015 in Muscatine County District Court:

DOMINIC CLESTER, DOB: 5/4/1992, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Robbery in the Second Degree and Burglary in the First Degree. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that on February 21, 2015, CLESTER was in an apartment in downtown Muscatine and refused to leave when told to by the resident. CLESTER assaulted the victim and stole property from her. In the course of the incident the victim was injured. CLESTER will be sentenced July 2, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. He will be held without bond in the Muscatine County Jail until that date.

CLESTER'S mugshot:



In other recent court matters:

JOSE ANTHONY TAPIA, DOB: 10/15/1996, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance, cocaine. Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force showed that TAPIA sold approximately 3/4th of an ounce of cocaine to an informant. TAPIA will be sentenced June 19, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.

TAPIA'S mugshot:



JOVANY JACQUES, DOB: 112/21/1985, of West Liberty, pleaded guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance, cocaine. Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force showed that JACQUES sold approximately 1/8th of an ounce of cocaine to an informant. JACQUES will be sentenced June 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

JACQUES'S mugshot:



EDUARDO MANUEL GONZALEZ, DOB: 5/4/1991, of Muscatine, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that GONZALEZ sexually abused an adult female at a rural Muscatine County residence. GONZALEZ was sentenced to serve an indeterminate prison sentence of not to exceed 10 years. In addition he will be on lifetime supervised release as if on parole and will be required to register as a sex offender.

GONZALEZ'S mugshot:


Friday, February 20, 2015

Prison sentence for meth lab fire, other felony dispositions

Today, February 20, 2015, in Muscatine County District Court:

DAVID REINIER, DOB: 6/28/1984, of Muscatine, was sentenced after pleading guilty to Arson in the First Degree, a class "B" felony. The Court imposed a prison sentence of not to exceed 25 years. The charge was the result of an investigation into a fire caused by a methamphetamine lab in a building being used as a residence by REINIER and his co-defendant. Two minor children were present in the structure when the fire broke out. The case was investigated by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Fire Marshall.

REINIER's mugshot:



REINIER's co-defendant, AMY LORETTA LYNN HARMON, DOB: 6/4/1990, of Muscatine, was also sentenced today for her role in the fire. She received a suspended ten year prison sentence for Manufacture of a Controlled Substance. She was placed on supervised probation for a period of four years.

HARMON's mugshot:



In three other cases (click the link to read more):


Friday, January 23, 2015

Prison sentence for burglary and weapons charges

Today, January 23, 2015, in Muscatine County District Court ZACKARY MARVIN JONES, DOB: 4/30/1993, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for the offenses of burglary in the third degree and carrying weapons. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that JONES had participated in the burglary of a residence in which property, including a firearm, was taken. The Court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed five years.

JONES' mugshot:



In other dispositions:

CURTIS CHARLES FARRAR, DOB: 7/19/1988, of Wapello, admitted to a probation violation in a prior drug case as well as a new operating while intoxicated, second offense charge. The Court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed five years.

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VERONICA NUNEZ-GARCIA, DOB: 10/27/1972, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, to wit: cocaine. Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force revealed that NUNEZ-GARCIA delivered approximately one gram of cocaine to an informant in August, 2014. NUNEZ-GARCIA has a criminal history of prior felony drug trafficking and money laundering convictions. She will be sentenced January 29, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Guilty pleas in meth lab related structure fire

Today, January 9, 2015, in Muscatine County District Court:

DAVID REINIER, SR., DOB: 6/28/1984, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Arson in the First Degree, a class "B" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years. On January 8, 2015, his codefendant, AMY LORETTA LYNN HARMON, DOB: 6/4/1990, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, a class "C" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed ten years.

Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Fire Marshall showed that REINIER and HARMON had been involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine when they caused an accidental fire which destroyed the structure they had been using as a residence.

Both will be sentenced February 20, 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m.

REINIER's mugshot:


HARMON's mugshot:





Also occurring today, January 9, 2015:

ANGEL GONZALEZ, DOB: 10/21/1993, of Muscatine, was sentenced after pleading guilty to Lascivious Acts with a Child and Indecent Contact with a Child. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that GONZALEZ had sexually related contact with a minor on two occasions. GONZALEZ was sentenced to a total term of not to exceed 12 years imprisonment. Following completion of his term of incarceration he will be on the sex offender registry and lifetime parole.

GONZALEZ's mugshot:



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.