Friday, May 17, 2013
Police Blotter from May 13 to May 17.
A 25-year-old Ames man has been charged with third-degree sex abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor for an alleged ongoing relationship he had with a 14 to 15-year-old girl in 2012. Craig Maggard, of North Oak Avenue, was arrested on the charges Thursday evening, police said. Police spoke with the girl in the summer of 2012 and she admitted to performing sex acts with Maggard and told police that she believed they were in a relationship, criminal complaints said. As part of the investigation, police seized Maggard's cell phone and found a topless photo of the girl, according to complaints. Maggard was charged with third-degree sex abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor. The third-degree sex abuse charge is a Class C felony, punishable…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald has been hospitalized with rare immune disorder.
Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, 58, who was hospitalized with Guillain-Barre` syndrome last week, is expected to make a complete recovery, according to a release from the Story County Sheriff's Office. Fitzgerald was elected as sheriff in 1992. He is currently at Mary Greeley Medical Center, according to the Ames Tribune. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which one's immune system attacks the nerves. If left untreated it can spread causing complete paralysis. No other details about Fitzgerald's condition were available. Guillain-Barre only affects about 1 to 2 out of every 100,000 people, according to the Mayo Clinc. Sign up for Ames Patch's Newsletter/Like Ames Patch on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter: @AmesPatch
James Choate who has been accused of leading Ames police and Story County sheriff deputies on vehicle chases in April and May is expected to be arraigned on charges related to both chases near the end of May.
The 37-year-old man, who Ames police believe led them on a chase in a stolen truck on April 24, and was arrested in Nevada on May 1 after an alleged hour-long chase through and around Nevada, struck an Iowa State Patrol car during the second chase, according to criminal complaints. James Choate faces charges of eluding, a Class D felony; two counts of driving while barred, two counts of second-degree theft, a Class D felony; interference with official acts, reckless driving and a number of traffic violations and a second charge of eluding from both chases. Class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison. Choate will be arraigned on the charges from both the Story County Sheriff and Ames Police May 28 according to court …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police Blotter May 10 to May 13.
Two Ames residents were charged with delivery of marijuana and conspiracy with intent to deliver marijuana Monday. Both Vyagales Shaw, 22, of Billy Sunday Road, and Michele Harris, 20, Coconino Road, face felony charges after an ongoing investigation, according to complaints. Harris was charged with delivery of marijuana for the sale 15 grams of marijuana to another on May 6 and conspiracy to deliver marijuana for the sale of 3.5 grams of marijuana on May 10, according to criminal complaints. Shaw was charged with delivery of marijuana for the sale of 3.5 grams of marijuana on May 10 and conspiracy to deliver marijuana for the sale of 15 grams of marijuana to another on May 6, according to complaints. Both the delivery and the conspiracy …
Tuesday's ceremony in Urbandale was one of scores held across the country as part of National Police Week.
Peace officers from around Iowa came together in somber reflection in Urbandale Tuesday to pay tribute to 138 of their comrades who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. The observance was one of dozens held across the country during Police Memorial Week, a week set aside by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 in recognition of peace officers’ contribution to civilization by enforcing laws that gives citizens “internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presentingly affecting other nations.” Wearing duty uniforms and dress blues, gloves and waistcoats, shoulder cords and visor caps, they filled the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, their stony silence conveying a stronger message than spoken words. A …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chris Degan shot himself while unloading a handgun at Brush Creek shooting range, a DNR report says.
An Ames man accidentally shot himself in the hand Monday evening while at the Brushy Creek shooting range in Webster County, according to a release from the DNR. Chris Degan, 33, was unloading his 9mm handgun when the weapon fired into his left hand about 5 p.m., according to the release. A friend took him to a hospital in Webster City where he was transferred by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The DNR said Degan's injury was believed to be non-life threatening. Sign up for Ames Patch's Newsletter/Like Ames Patch on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter: @AmesPatch
Monday, May 13, 2013
A motorcyclist received minor injuries in an accident with a truck hauling a fertilizer tank Saturday, according to a report
Sign up for Ames Patch's Newsletter/Like Ames Patch on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter: @AmesPatch A Newton man was sent to Mercy Medical in Des Moines for possible injuries Saturday after he crashed into the rear of a fertilizer trailer driven by an Ames man, according to a report from the Story County Sheriff's Office. Jeffrey Longnecker, 52, Ames, told a Story County Sheriff's deputy that he was hauling an empty anhydrous tank south on 620th Avenue when he slowed to turn east on 305th Street and a motorcyclist came up quickly behind him and struck the trailer, according to the accident report. The motorcyclist, Cory Harmon, 24, was unconscious when Longnecker went to check on him, but up and walking around by the time deputies arrived, …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Police blotter May 5 to May 10.
The below information was provided by the Ames Police Department. An arrest doesn't indicate a conviction. To see other charges search for police blotter. May 5 Andrew Brown, 19, E. Lincoln Way, was charged with contempt of court at 9:25 p.m. Lorrie Brown, 46, Lincoln Way, was charged with driving while revoked and failure to prove security against liability at 11:30 a.m. William Coates, 40, Caroll Ave., was charged with possession of a controlled substance at 2:30 a.m. Nathan Filloon, 23, Steinbeck Street, was charged with public intoxication at 2:06 a.m. Gary Kintigh, 32, Polaris Drive, was charged with a parole violation at 8:05 a.m. Christopher Ostheimer, 24, Steinbeck Street, was charged with public intoxication at 2:06 a.m. May 6 …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sgt. Mike Arkovich accepts Outstanding Public Official Award at Iowa Corrections Association Conference.
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Friday, May 10
From a Press Release Members of the Ames Police Department’s Safe Neighborhoods Team received the Outstanding Public Official Award Thursday at the Iowa Corrections Association Conference in Ames. The Safe Neighborhood's Team was formed by the department in 2011 to build positive relationships with the community and neighborhoods. The team focuses on problem solving and quality of life issues in high call volume areas. The team strives to intervene early and work with others to creatively solve many types of problems, said Ames Police CMDR. Geoff Huff. Sgt. Howard Snider who died in a tragic accident in 2012 created and directed the team, and the award is a testament to his legacy, according to the release. Sgt. Mike Arkovich, the team's …
Peace Officers who lost their lives while on duty were honored in a service Friday just before the start of National Police Officer Week.
Who do you call if there's a burglar in your home, if your car has been stolen, if you see a terrible car wreck or just about any situation where you or someone you care about is in danger? Chances are it is the police. It's an often thankless and dangerous job for people, who like us, hope to return home at the end of the work day to see their husbands, wives, kids or parents. The week of May 12-18 has been designated as National Police Week across the country. And on Friday three police officers who lost their lives while on duty were honored and had their names added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial. Stuart Police Department Chief Robert Smith, Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Philip J. Adams, and Floyd County Deputy Levi Bowers …