Two charged in motel disturbance


Two homeless people were arrested and charged by the Marshalltown Police Department earlier this week after a reported disturbance at a local motel.

Melissa Helen Wade, 21, was charged with interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Marshall County District Court records. Anthony Scott Powell, 31, was also charged with official interference.

A local motel employee concerned about alleged drug use by patrons, as well as their suspected use of a fraudulent credit card, resulted in the initial call to the MPD, said Capt. Brian Batterson.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspects had already departed the motel. After a search of the immediate area, Wade was spotted nearby. When contacted by an officer, she attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended and arrested for official interference. Wade’s purse allegedly contained two glass pipes with burnt residue commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, which resulted in the possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Wade was later taken to Marshall County Jail.

Powell was located near the motel and an officer inquired about the previous incidents at the motel. The suspect then ran away. The officer apprehended Powell, and took him into custody. Powell was charged with official interference. He later plead guilty to the charge in court and Magistrate Judge Bethany Currie ordered him to pay a fine of $250, a criminal penalty surcharge of 35 percent and court costs.