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Domestic violence in Iowa: Corn tossing no laughing matter

A 26-year-old Iowa woman is in hot water after having an alleged domestic altercation with her mother. In this domestic violence case, the Waterloo woman is accused of throwing a pot of corn-on-the-cob at her mother. The corn was on the stove cooking at the time. The accused was charged with serious domestic assault, obstructing emergency communication, nonserious child endangerment and interference with official acts, according to police.

The woman got into an argument with her 53-year-old mother while a 2-year-old and 4-year-old watched. After flinging the water and corn-filled pot at her mom, the woman reportedly tried to take the phone away from her while her mother was trying to call police. The mother's hand was scratched during the scuffle. 

Sex crimes: 5th suspect arrested in Iowa sex assault case

A final suspect has been charged in connection with a sex assault in October of last year. Authorities working on the Iowa sex crimes case have already charged four suspects in the alleged sexual abuse of a 18-year-old woman. The 23-year-old man was arrested in Chicago and charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

Police say the man was part of a group of five who purportedly held the woman against her will and sexually assaulted her. Two of the other men arrested were 20 years old, while the others were 18 and 19. In addition to facing second-degree sexual abuse charges, these four are also charged with invasion of privacy. 

Sex crimes: Iowa man accused of assaulting 2 kids

A 36-year-old man has accepted a plea deal in connection with the alleged sexual assault of two children over a period of six years. The Iowa resident maintains his innocence in the apparent sex crimes even though he took the deal offered to him. Felony charges filed against him include two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

The actual ages and genders of the children involved have not been divulged; however, all are 15 years of age or under. In Iowa, being found guilty of one count of second degree abuse can mean up to 25 years in prison. The county attorney is expected to ask that the man's two 10-year sentences should be served concurrently and his name added to a sex offender registry for the remainder of his life. He is also expected to ask that the man pay two $1,000 fines.

Misdemeanor possession: Four Iowa residents facing drug charges

A second of five defendants has recently been sentenced for the part he played in local drug use. The 58-year-old Iowa resident was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and for maintaining a premise for drug use. The other Howard County defendants -- two females and two males -- were arrested after cops searched the home suspected of being used as a place for using drugs. Police allegedly found meth and a number of prescription drugs on the premises during the search.

The 58-year-old was given a $315 fine in addition to two days in the county jail and two years of supervised probation. One of the women pleaded guilty to possession of amitriptyline and meth and received two years of probation and a $315 fine. The conviction will be wiped from her record if she adheres to the rules of her probation.

Elk Point man facing drug charge stemming from car crash

A 40-year-old man is in police custody for charges stemming from a car crash that also injured his passenger. The Iowa resident, who is now facing a drug charge, was apparently driving north on Interstate 29 around 6 a.m. when his vehicle left the road and crossed the median. The car then struck a rail in the southbound lane. The man's 26-year-old male passenger was taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. 

Upon investigation, police officers allegedly found paraphernalia for smoking pot in the vehicle. They also reportedly found a marijuana grinder and loose marijuana in a backpack. The man was arrested and taken to jail, where a methamphetamine pipe was allegedly found on him. The accused apparently admitted to authorities that he had smoked marijuana. 

Drug charge: 3 Iowa residents facing drug crime allegations

Three people were arrested after a recent drug bust. One man and two women are facing more than one Iowa drug charge after the bust. The Iowa residents each have bonds set at thousands of dollars, and they all remain in custody at the moment. Two are from Ridgeway, while the other is from Dubuque. 

Besides not having a drug tax stamp, the man is charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine and marijuana. His bond was set at $30,000 cash. The 26-year-old female from Ridgeway and the 24-year-old female are facing the same charges. Bond for the 24-year-old is also set at $30,000 cash, while bond for the 26-year-old is set at $20,000 cash. 

Former Iowa office manager convicted of fraud, theft

A woman has been put on probation after pleading guilty to two separate charges. The Iowa resident was charged with credit card fraud and first-degree theft. She was accused of stealing $30,000 from her employer, which the judge ordered her to pay back. The judge sentenced the 33-year-old to four years probation. She was the office manager of a trucking company.

The woman apparently used employer checks and credit cards to fatten up her own bank account by thousands of dollars used to pay for personal expenses including dinners out, groceries, home improvements and clothes. Her local fire department and municipality offices benefited from the theft since she also bought them computers with the stolen funds. The woman was taken into custody in August and apparently also turned in fake time cards which gave her an extra $10,000 over a two-year period. 

Drugs, mental health issues fueling felony crimes in rural Iowa

It seems much of rural Iowa is facing an increase in violent crimes. These felony crimes in are being pinned on the increase of not only Iowa residents facing mental health issues, but also on the burgeoning drug problem, especially the use of crystal meth.  Headlines in local papers screaming rape, arson and murder are becoming much more prevalent.

Authorities are noticing the marked increase in these types of serious crimes. In fact, the problem is so widespread that the Department of Corrections has scheduled a summit to address the issues. Those who have moved to rural area with the perception that smaller is safer, have apparently been disappointed in what is taking place -- often in their own backyards. 

Male faces drug charge in connection with pot peddling, growing

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly growing and selling marijuana on his property. The Iowa man is facing a felony drug charge after police say they found 14 pounds of cannabis and pot products during a search by warrant of his residence. Formal charges include the sale and manufacturing of drugs on public property -- in close proximity to a public park, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug tax stamp violation.

Cops say they found about a pound of cannabis in dab form -- or wax slabs, and about 13 pounds in flower form. They also claim to have turned up devices for smoking pot. The actual pot has about a $36,000 street value. The street value of the dabs is estimated by police at about $20,000 since a gram goes for between $40-$60. Police also reportedly found about $2,000 in cash.

Sex crimes: Iowa man accused of assaulting college student

A 20-year-old Sioux City resident has been charged with the sexual assault of a female university student. The assault allegedly took place in the woman's dorm room at Iowa State University in September of last year. In terms of sex crimes, sexual abuse is a serious allegation, and man has been charged with three counts in the third degree. 

It is claimed that the man started sending the woman messages about a week prior to the alleged assault. The man wanted to meet the woman, who told him he could sleep on her sofa, but that she did not want to have sex with him. According to police documents, the two were watching a movie when the man kissed the woman, who supposedly did not reciprocate. 

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