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News of record: April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012
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Man charged with driving while barred

MALLARD - A 21-year-old Mallard man was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop and charged with driving while barred.

Matthew M. Gagen was also charged with driving while suspended for violation of probation, driving without insurance and operating a non-registered vehicle, according to a press release from the Palo Alto County sheriff's office.

Driving while barred is an aggravated misdemeanor.

Gagen was stopped in the 4600 block of 510 Avenue in Palo Alto County. He was taken to the Palo Alto County jail.

Man charged with making threats

Fort Dodge police have arrested a Webster City man after he allegedly made threats to employees at a local store.

Craig A. Ohlert, 51, has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and first-degree harassment.

On April 6, Ohlert allegedly went to Menards and began yelling at the employees there. According to the criminal complaint filed with the Webster County attorney's office, Ohlert threatened to get a gun and return to the store to "get everyone."

Ohlert made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Thursday. Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered him held on $7,000 bond after learning Ohlert has two prior convictions from the mid-90s relating to harassment of peace officers.

Kersten also told Ohlert that if he's released from jail, he must stay away from Menards. He also said Ohlert must turn over all his guns to the Webster County Sheriff's Department. Ohlert said he doesn't own any guns.

Kersten scheduled Ohlert's preliminary hearing for April 20.

Magistrate Court



Violation of probation - Bryce A. Garrels, 18, Stratford, sent to District Court.

Failure to appear - Detrick L. Pettigrew, 33, Story City, sent to District Associate Court.

Operating while intoxicated, first offense - Ruth A. Dyer, 44, 439 N. 26th Place, sent to District Court.

Improper use of lanes - Ruth A. Dyer, 44, 439 N. 26th Place, continued 180 days.

Fifth-degree theft - Daniel R. Kemnitz, 20, 902 Wraywood Drive, No. 135, deferred judgment and $250; Raquel A. Elliott, 20, Webster City, deferred judgment and $250.

Discharging firearm in city - Tracey A. Edgerton, 39, Otho, trial set for May 4.

Driving under suspension - Roger D. Powell, 20, 1215 N. 25th St., $397.50.

No driver's license - Steven F. Ruddy, 58, 419 E St., $195; Kim M. Butts, 50, 1306 Eighth Ave. S., $195.

No insurance - Steven F. Ruddy, 58, 419 E St., case dismissed, fined $60 in court costs.

Failure to yield - Kim M. Butts, 50, 1306 Eighth Ave. S., $107.25.

Registration violation - Kim M. Butts, 50, 1306 Eighth Ave. S., $73.50.

No insurance, accident-related - Kim M. Butts, 50, 1306 Eighth Ave. S., $735.

Police Log



Justin Deery and Shimkat Motors each reported criminal mischief.

Ryan Andrews reported a fire.

Daniel Cormeny reported identity theft.

Casey's reported a forgery.

Culvers, Suzoln Wind Energy and Bruce Alexander each reported a theft.

A domestic assault was reported.



REUTER- Jon and Anne, Manson, a boy, Sunday, April 8, 2012.

BENZ- Jaron and Courtney, Algona, twin girls, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

ANDREWS- April and Mike, Fort Dodge, a boy, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

WILSON- Tiyesha, Fort Dodge, a girl, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

MOORE- Amanda and Zach, Fort Dodge, a girl, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

RIAL- Lyndsey and Mark, Fort Dodge, a boy, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.


SLINKER - Jason and Allie, Lehigh, a girl, Jaylie Geraldine Slinker, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Grandparents are Donald and Jodi Arends, Duncombe, and Jack and Kathy Slinker, Indianola.



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