Parents smoke pot around infant
A Marshalltown man and woman face child endangerment and drug charges after officials with the Department of Human Services found marijuana within reach of their 6-week-old child.
Arturo G. Ramirez, 20, and Krystal Diver, 21, were arrested at their apartment Monday, at 301 S. Fourth Avenue #4, when a baggy of marijuana and a pipe were found on the floor of the bathroom.
Capt. Brian Batterson, of the Marshalltown Police Department, said after DHS contacted police the child was taken to crisis care and the parents were taken to jail.
One week before the incident, Diver was charged with fifth-degree theft from Family Dollar, 327 S. Third Ave., after she was caught by a store employee with a drink mix valued at $2. Ramirez, who was with her, stole socks from the store, but left by the time police arrived.
Woman assaults husband in car
A dispute between a local couple ended with a woman being charged with serious domestic assault Monday.
Diana Firestone, 43, was arrested on the 600 block of West Main Street, after an argument with her husband led her to allegedly assault him.
According to police, Firestone wanted to discuss their divorce in her car. The two began to argue and as he was getting out of the car during the argument she started to hit his face and neck.
In the middle of a swing hot coffee spilled on his lap. Police say Firestone also bit his hand.
The victim had minor scrapes but did not require medical attention.
Firestone was seen and released at the courthouse that day. A no-contact order was issued.
Man arrested with weed in mouth
Two Marshalltown men face drug charges after they were found with marijuana.
Luis F. Ordaz-Ochoa, 20, and Juan Pantoja-Aguilera, 19, were arrested Saturday, at Casey's General Store, 1402 S. 12th Ave., after police pulled them over for a broken tail light and then smelled burning marijuana.
Capt. Brian Batterson, of the Marshalltown Police Department, said police asked Ordaz-Ochoa, the driver to step out of the car, after smelling marijuana, and he refused. After several attempts to get Ordaz-Ochoa out of the car he was pulled out and resisted while being placed in handcuffs.
Police searched Ordaz-Ochoa and found about a gram of marijuana in his pocket. Pantoja-Aguilera, who was the passenger, was also searched for drugs.
During his search, police found marijuana around his mouth. In the car, police found rolling papers, a glass pipe and chewed up marijuana in between the pages of a magazine.
Ordaz-Ochoa is charged with interference with official acts, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pantoja-Aguilera is charged with possession of marijuana.
Woman cuts boyfriend with knife
A Marshalltown woman is charged with serious domestic assault after she allegedly cut her boyfriend with a kitchen knife.
Jasmine Kincade, 22, was arrested Saturday, on the 100 block of South 11th Street, after the victim, who suffered a wound to his finger, called police.
According to police, Kincade was upset over her the victim's Facebook status and the two, who lived together, were arguing about it for awhile. The arguments led to the victim wanting to move out.
As he was packing his belongings in his bedroom, Kincade came from the kitchen, held a knife at him, then cut him with it.
Marshall County Courthouse
Heath Moore, of Ames, made an initial appearance on a operating while intoxicated-narcotics charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on May 9. Moore was released on his own recognizance. The court ordered a substance abuse evaluation with the results to be submitted within 60 days of today's date.
Heather Walshingham Thompson, 510 W. Main St. Apt. #2, made an initial appearance on a accessory after the fact charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle her case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on May 9. Walshingham Thompson was released on her own recognizance.
Jessica Wenner, 508 S. Second St., made an initial appearance on a warrant charging her with dog at large. She pleaded guilty and was fined $65 with a $22.75 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $147.75 plus a service charge for the warrant. The court allowed for monthly installment payments of $50 beginning May 19 until the debt is paid in full.
Enoc Ocampo, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a operating while intoxicated charge, a failure to obey a traffic control device charge and a no insurance charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on May 9. Ocampo was released on his own recognizance. The court ordered a substance abuse evaluation with the results to be submitted within 60 days of today's date.
Shayne Dale Turner, 601 E. Main St. Apt. #4, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge, a no insurance charge and a operation without registration charge. The driving under suspension charge was amended to a expired driver's license charge and he pleaded guilty. He was fined $50 with a $17.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $127.50. The no insurance charge was dismissed with court costs of $60 assessed when proof of insurance was provided the court. He pleaded guilty to the operation without registration and was fined $50 with $17.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $127.50. All payments are due within 30 days of today's date.