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Clarksville teen identified as victim of gun accident

CLARKSVILLE — A 15-year-old boy who was a freshman at Clarksville High School has been identified as the victim of a gun accident Thursday evening.

In an obituary on the Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home site in Clarksville, Kain Allen Schild died of an accidental shooting at Norton’s Pond in rural Clarksville. Authorities haven't released details of what happened. 

Kain was the son of Scott and Ginger Schild of Clarksville, and was an avid outdoorsman, according to his obituary and his Facebook page. His family said his favorite times were when he could hunt, fish and trap.

In the obituary, the family encourages those interested in weaponry to take gun safety classes.

Butler County sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call about the accident at 4:44 p.m. Thursday, and authorities found three minors at the scene. A boy at the scene had a fatal gunshot wound, deputies said.

Other agencies responding to the call included Clarksville EMS, Waverly Paramedics, Clarksville Police and the Iowa State Patrol.

The case remains under investigation.

Clarksville Community Schools is offering grief counseling to students and staff, according to a statement on the district’s Twitter account.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family today,” the statement reads.


Today in History

In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and a small band of soldiers landed on the northwestern coast of Peru.

In 1703 (Old Style calendar), the Russian city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great.

In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.

In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.

In 1946, the Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley, opened on Broadway.

In 1948, CBS News correspondent George Polk, who had been covering the Greek civil war between communist and nationalist forces, was found slain in Salonika Harbor.

In 1953, Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis was released by communist authorities in Czechoslovakia, where he had been imprisoned for two years after being forced to confess to espionage while working as the AP's Prague bureau chief.

In 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical as well as deadly reform movement aimed at purging the country of "counter-revolutionaries."

In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in California v. Greenwood, ruled that police could search discarded garbage without a search warrant. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.

In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress as she lauded U.S.-British cooperation in the Persian Gulf War.


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Three accused of damaging car during fight over social media issue at Mason City skate park

MASON CITY - Three people from Mason City were arrested Saturday for harassment and criminal mischief after damaging a car and threatening a woman over a social media disagreement.

Elizabeth Rene Green, 20, Devin Isaac Ward, 18, and Mikalia Ranae Kohler, 18, were each charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief and third degree harassment following an incident at the Ray Rorick Skate Park, 1090 15th St. S.W. in Mason City.

At about 4:56 p.m. April 19, the three were at the park and began yelling at another woman “in attempt to start a fight over a post made on social media,” court documents said.

The woman remained in her vehicle while the three yelled at her to get out. Then the three “friends began damaging (woman’s initials) vehicle," police wrote in charging documents.   

Ward punched the windshield, court documents said, causing it to crack.

According to court documents, the cost to replace the vehicle is $345 while the cost to repair the windshield is $460.

Kohler admitted to a Mason City Police officer that she hit the vehicle, court documents said.  

All three were booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail Saturday and posted $1,300 bond each the same day.

Ward, Kohler and Green are scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court May 25.