Church plans refugee discussion

First Congregational United Church of Christ will host a public meeting to discuss and explore ways to support refugee families and bring them to live in Mason City.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

The public is invited to share ideas, suggestions and support to help refugees have a successful transition and feel welcomed in the community.

For more information, contact Pastor Chuck Kelsey at or 641-530-0351. 

Teen sent to prison for sex crime

CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake teen was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Monday for felony lascivious acts with a child.

Alejandro Kreitlow, 17, pleaded guilty to that charge in January in relation to an incident in October involving an 11-year-old boy, according to Cerro Gordo County District Court documents.

The case was investigated by the Clear Lake Police Department.

After he is released from prison, Kreitlow will be under lifetime supervision by the Iowa Department of Corrections, with eligibility for parole. He also must register as a sex offender.

A $1,000 fine was suspended, but Kreitlow was ordered to pay a $100 surcharge. He also must pay $372 restitution to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. 

A related charge of felony second-degree sexual abuse was dismissed. 

-- Mary Pieper

Jail time for sex assault

MASON CITY | A Thompson man accused of sexually abusing a woman last year in Mason City pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge last week and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

Joshua K. Winders, 39, originally was charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse.

He allegedly forced the accuser to remove her clothing and then performed a sexual act against her will on Aug. 3, 2016, according to the Mason City Police Department criminal complaint

Winders agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor charge of assault (insulting or offensive conduct). He wasn't fined, but was ordered to pay a surcharge and court costs. 

-- Mary Pieper


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