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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Muscatine man found guilty after jury trial


Jose Manuel Martinez, 37, of Muscatine, Iowa was found guilty today by a Muscatine County jury of three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, cocaine, and three counts of violation of the Iowa Drug Tax Stamp Act. Evidence at trial showed that on three occasions in 2014 Martinez sold more than seven grams cocaine to an informant and on each of those occasions there was not a drug tax stamp affixed to the cocaine.
Martinez faces a prison term of not to exceed 45 years. He will be sentenced November 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Martinez was taken into custody pending sentencing.

The case was tried by First Assistant Muscatine County Attorney Korie L. Shippee.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Muscatine man sent to prison for firearms offenses

August 31, 2016

MARCUS FRY, age 28, of Muscatine, was sentenced for the offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, trafficking in stolen weapons (second offense) and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine (second offense). The Court imposed a total sentence of not to exceed 17 years. The court also revoked probation sentences in other cases which had previously been imposed. FRY was transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to begin his sentence. The prosecution of FRY was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, Muscatine Police Department, and Muscatine County Drug Task Force in which FRY was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun and methamphetamine.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Guilty plea to burglary and felon in possession of firearm

Today, August 25, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court DILLAN SCOTT FROEHLICH, age 23, of Marion, Iowa, pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree and felon in possession of a firearm, each a class "D" felony. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that FROEHLICH broke into an apartment and took property. The stolen property included a pistol. FROEHLICH had been convicted in 2013 of the felony offense of extortion. FROEHLICH will be sentenced November 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guilty pleas in home invasion

Today, August 24, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court the following individuals pleaded guilty in connection with a home invasion on July 5, 2016, in Fruitland:

DEVIN GANZER, age 21, of Walcott, pleaded guilty to robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first degree. His plea agreement calls for a total term of incarceration for a term not to exceed 35 years. He will be required to serve seven years before being eligible for parole. He will be sentenced October 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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LANCE KRYSTOFER MOELLER, age 25, of Wilton, pleaded guilty to the same offenses as GANZER as well as a new charge of tampering with a witness. The tampering with a witness charge related to MOELLER contacting a prosecution witness and using harassment in an attempt to encourage that witness to not cooperate with the case against MOELLER. MOELLER waived his right to a delay and proceeded to immediate sentencing. He was sentenced to a total term of incarceration for a term not to exceed 37 years. He will be required to serve seven years before being eligible for parole.

MOELLER's mugshot:




"I am very pleased with this outcome," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. "This was a serious crime which had a high risk of physical harm to the victim. To invade a person's home and steal by force is a terrifying and brutal crime. The Muscatine Police Department did an outstanding job investigating this case. Their great work is why we were able to get such a great result in court," Ostergren continued. Ostergren added, "I would particularly like to compliment the work of the lead investigator on this case, Det. Joe Roseman."

The charge against the third charged individual, PAIGE MARIE FRANTZ, remains pending.

Updated 8/25/2016 with cities of residence for Ganzer and Moeller and to correct a spelling error.

Other criminal dispositions today were the following:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Muscatine Police arrest subject in possession of three stolen firearms

July 8, 2016, Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today that the Muscatine Police Department arrested EMMANUEL BIOH WYLIE, age 20, of Muscatine and charged him with theft in the second degree, three counts of trafficking in stolen weapons, and possession of a controlled substance, to wit: marijuana.

Criminal complaints allege that Muscatine police found WYLIE in possession of a rifle and two handguns which had been reported stolen. The firearms had partially-obliterated serial numbers. The criminal complaints further allege that he was in possession of a personal-use quantity of marijuana.

WYLIE posted bond after arrest. His next court date is July 11, 2016, at 8:15 a.m. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent.

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Muscatine Police make arrests in robbery and burglary investigation

July 8, 2016. Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today that three subjects have been arrested after an investigation into a burglary and robbery committed in the 100 block of Center Street, Fruitland, Iowa on July 5, 2016. The individuals charged are:

PAIGE MARIE FRANTZ, age 26:

LANCE KRYSTOFER MOELLER, age 25:


DEVIN GANZER, age 21:


Each defendant is charged with robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree. Each charge is a forcible felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years on each count. The criminal complaints allege that the defendants forced entry into a residence and brandished a firearm at the resident. The complaints further allege that the defendants took approximately $1,000 in U.S. Currency. 

Each defendant was seen in court for initial appearance this morning. The court set bond on Frantz and Ganzer at $200,000 cash or surety. Moeller’s bond is $250,000 cash or surety. Each defendant’s next court date is a preliminary hearing on July 18, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

The charges are merely accusations and each defendant is presumed innocent.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Guilty plea to lascivious acts with a child

Today, June 24, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court:

QUINN THOMAS MAHR, 24, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to lascivious acts with a child and indecent contact with a child. The arrest of MAHR was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine Police Department. He will be sentenced August 5, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.

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In other cases:

STEVEN GRANT BATTEAU, 49, of Muscatine, was sentenced after pleading guilty to theft in the second degree. He received a sentence of imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that he stole money from a Muscatine business by transacting a fraudulent check there.

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MARGARET HEATHER ACOSTA, 36, of Muscatine, was sentenced after pleading guilty to four counts of forgery and one count of theft in the third degree. She also admitted that she was a habitual offender due to her prior felony convictions. The Court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed 15 years. Her arrest was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine Police Department which revealed that she had forged checks which had been stolen from another individual. ACOSTA transacted the checks at a Muscatine business.

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ANGELA MARIE MATHIS, 37, of Muscatine, received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to obtaining a prescription drug by fraud and tampering with records. An investigation by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that MATHIS, a nurse at a Muscatine nursing facility falsified records to obtain prescription medication for her own use. The Court placed her on supervised probation.

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