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Mason City man arrested for punching woman

Mason City man arrested for punching woman

MASON CITY — A Mason City man is accused of punching a woman in the head last weekend.

Justice Andrew Noling, 31, is charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault, injury—first offense after an incident Saturday.

About 12:06 a.m., Noling allegedly punched a known woman on the side of her head, causing her pain. The incident was reported at a residence in the 1000 block of 16th Street Northeast.

He was arrested and released on his own recognizance Monday. Noling is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Mar. 23.

A no-contact order was issued Monday.

— Courtney Fiorini

Woman arrested for meth in rural Cerro Gordo County

MASON CITY—A North Iowa woman has been arrested for meth after deputies checked out a “suspicious vehicle” in rural Cerro Gordo County.

Darlene Gladys Barr, 36, of Alexander, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine—first offense.

About 2:16 a.m. Feb. 26, court documents said Barr was identified by a Cerro Gordo County deputy as the driver of a suspicious vehicle on private property in the 14000 block of 230th Avenue, southeast of Mason City.

The deputy began to investigate the suspicious activity and gained consent to search the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Upon search, the deputy allegedly found a meth pipe and hypodermic needle.

“After questioning, Miss Barr pointed out some meth in a baggie that she had placed behind the driver’s seat where she was located,” the criminal complaint said.

Barr posted $1,000 bond Feb. 26 and promised to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Wednesday.

— Courtney Fiorini

Man arrested after fighting, injuring police officers

MASON CITY — A Rockwell City man has been arrested after fighting with three police officers Monday.

Mark Edward Christnagel, 49, is charged with interference with official acts resulting in serious injury following an altercation with Mason City Police officers at Linden and Beaumont drives in Mason City.

The location listed in court documents is an intersection just outside Mercy Medical Center—North Iowa. It is unclear why Christnagel was being arrested.

About noon Monday, Christnagel, who stands at 6 feet, 1 inch, allegedly resisted three uniformed officers while they were attempting to arrest him. Two officers received lacerations in the altercation, according to the criminal complaint.

Christnagel was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and later released on his own recognizance after his initial court appearance.

He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 23.

— Courtney Fiorini

Plymouth woman arrested for trying to kick, bite nurses

MASON CITY — A Plymouth woman has been arrested after trying to kick and bite two nurses early Tuesday morning.

Melissa Jo Hauge, 41, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault on persons in certain occupations after an incident at the Mercy Medical Center—North Iowa emergency room.

About 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, Hauge allegedly tried to kick and bite two nurses while she was in the emergency room for treatment.

According to court documents, Hauge bit one nurse’s arm but did not cause injury, while the other was in fear of “immediate physical contact which would be painful or injurious.”

Hauge was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and later released on her own recognizance after her initial court appearance.

She is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 23.

— Courtney Fiorini

Local state representatives to host listening post

State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman will be in town Saturday to answer questions and update the public on the current legislative session.

The two will host a listening post at the Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St. SE, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The event is open to the public.

Those in attendance can ask Ragan and Steckman questions about state political issues.

—Steve Bohnel

Police: Woman arrested after threatening to kill man

MASON CITY — A Dumont woman is accused of harassing a Mason City man by threatening to kill him.

Valerie Ann Clayton, 55, is charged with first-degree harassment following an incident Feb. 27.

About 4:37 p.m. in the 100 block of Fourth Street Southwest, Clayton allegedly told a man she knew that she would show up at his home to kill him if he called the police.

Clayton was booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail and later released under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services following her initial court appearance.

A no-contact order was issued Feb. 28. Clayton is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Mar. 20.

— Courtney Fiorini

Woman accused of slashing tires charged with OWI, drugs

CLEAR LAKE — A Manly woman charged with intentionally hitting a known man’s home in January has been arrested again for operating while under the influence and drugs.

Jody Lynn Cheney, 49, is charged with operating while under the influence first offense, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana—second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

About 5:55 p.m. March 3, an Iowa State trooper stopped a 1997 white Ford Explorer driven by Cheney for a speeding violation at North 40th Street and Highway 122 in Cerro Gordo County.

Cheney allegedly did not have insurance with her.

“I observed a marijuana pipe and marijuana in the center console,” the trooper said in the criminal complaint. “The defendant gave me the marijuana pipe and marijuana upon my request.”

Cheney allegedly failed sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. She was transported to Cerro Gordo County Jail.

According to court documents, Cheney refused chemical testing because she was “screwed either way.”

Cheney posted bond March 3 and is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 14.

In February, Cheney was charged with misdemeanor third-degree criminal mischief after an incident in in rural Mason City.

She is accused of driving her vehicle through a garage door and slashing a tire on a man’s vehicle, according to law enforcement. A jury trial for that case is scheduled May 8.

Mason City woman arrested for shoving woman into wall

MASON CITY — A Mason City woman is accused of assaulting an older woman she knew.

Jenna Lorraine Giese, 37, is charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury.

About 5:19 p.m. Monday, Mason City Police officers were dispatched to a dispute at the Deville Apartments in the 1000 block of Fourth Street Southeast.

While on scene, officers learned that Giese had allegedly pushed a woman against the hallway wall. The woman had bruising and red marks on her back, according to court documents.

Police said Giese admitted to pushing the woman.

Giese was arrested and booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance following her initial court appearance.

Giese is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 23.

— Courtney Fiorini

Iowa House GOP committee chair blocks public from immigration debate

DES MOINES — Iowa House Republicans used their clerks to limit opponents of a “sanctuary cities” bill from being present while it was under consideration this week. 

House Public Safety Committee Chairman Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, reserved nearly all the seats in the Capitol’s Ronald Reagan meeting room for clerks who work for GOP representatives. Typically, though, clerks do not attend the meetings.

He asserted it was an attempt to maintain order while the committee discussed legislation threatening to withhold state funds from cities deemed to not have cooperated enough with federal immigration authorities.

“I threw 11 people out of here one at a time,” Baudler said about the committee discussion of similar legislation last year. “We don’t want a repeat.”

Three Iowa State Patrol troopers were on hand to maintain order, but there were no attempts to disrupt the proceedings.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Mitch Henry of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa said about the clerks’ reserved seats.

He estimated that only five or six from the public — in addition to media — were allowed in the room where about 100 people had attended a subcommittee hearing on the bill in January.

“We know there is a lot of opposition against the bill,” Henry said. “When you just get five or six dissenters, you know, it looks like everyone is supporting it and that’s not true.”

Of the 130 lobbyists registered on the bill, 76 — including church-related and civil rights groups, law enforcement and local governments — are opposed. Only the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps supports it. The others are neutral.

When the committee reconvened later to pass the bill 11-10 with Rep. Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake, joining Democrats in opposition, it was in a larger meeting room with more than 30 members of the public present. There were no reserved seats.

“I guess there were enough complaints from the media, if you will, so we reversed that and let the representatives’ secretaries or clerks go,” Baudler said after getting guidance from House Republican leadership.

The bill is necessary, Baudler said, because “the rule of law and the voluntary compliance to the rule of law is one of the most important parts of our society. If we don’t adhere to that we are going to have chaos and I don’t want to live in a place with chaos.”

Bill manager Rep. Steve Holt, R-Denison, cited a 2017 resolution by the Iowa City Council as being “in defiance of the rule of law” as evidence of the need for the bill.

That resolution said, in part, “Except as necessary to promote public safety as determined by the police chief … Iowa City Police Department shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented people …”

That means there is the “potential for a San Francisco right here in Iowa,” Holt said.

Iowa City has said it is not a “sanctuary city” but that police need to have good relationships with immigrants so crimes get reported and can be solved.

The committee approved an amendment to remove county attorneys from investigations of local governments not following SF 481. The amendment also added a requirement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for local law enforcement to detain jail inmates suspected of being in the country illegally be made in writing.

“That answers concerns of sheriffs and deputies and county attorneys so we believe it has potential to change their position on the bill,” Holt said.

However, former police officer Rep. Wes Breckenridge, D-Newton, said the Legislature would be putting local law enforcement in a tough position if the detainer requests are not signed by a judge or magistrate as well.

If they release an undocumented person, they may be risking the loss of state funds. However, they risk a lawsuit if they hold the person after all other requirements for release have been met.