Man leaves toddler home alone
A man who left his 4-year-old child home alone was cited for child endangerment.
Avelino Morales, 51, was cited Friday, at about 9 a.m., after an Alliant Energy employee was notifying customers on the 400 block of Park Street about the power being out and thought a toddler might be home alone.
According to police, Morales left his house to take his other children to school and left his 4-year-old at home because the child didn't want to go. The child's mother was not home during this time.
Around 9:40 a.m., the father came back to the home while police were investigating and they were both taken to the Marshalltown police station.
After speaking with the Department of Human Services, it was decided that the child was allowed to go back with Morales. Morales was cited for child endangerment without injuries and released.
Local man hits toddler, strangles girlfriend
A man who allegedly spanked his 4-year-old and attempted to strangle his girlfriend in front of their four children has been arrested.
Alejandro Lopez, 29, was arrested Monday, when he turned himself in. The alleged incident happened on Jan. 3, after his children left their apartment on the 10 block of West Lincoln Street to call 911.
According to police, Lopez was upset with his 4-year-old for damaging a significant family photo and began to spank the child. When his girlfriend and mother of their children thought his discipline was too much, Lopez became angrier and the two starting arguing.
Lopez then hit her on her lower back, pushed her to the ground and caused her to hit her head. Police say she wanted to call 911 but Lopez took her phone. The children were watching them fight then left the house to call 911 on a different phone.
Lopez had left before police arrived. A child spoke up and told officers they saw their mother get strangled, she said she didn't remember that happening. A warrant was issued for Lopez.
Lopez is charged with domestic abuse assault strangulation without injury, obstruction of emergency communications and given four counts of child endangerment.
Man found with meth, pills, pot
A local man who had marijuana, a scale, prescription pills and several baggies of meth inside his car has been arrested.
Christian Jimenez-Rodriguez, 21, was arrested Saturday, after he was pulled over at 12th and Nevada Street, at about 1:30 a.m., for not having any license plates on his car.
According to police, after they pulled Jimenez-Rodriguez over he didn't show his hands so they asked him to step out of the car. Once he was out of the car, Jimenez-Rodriguez began to resist the officer and ran. The officer ran after him in a short foot chase on ice then used a Taser.
He was taken into custody and the car was searched before it was towed. Inside the car the officer found a scale with residue on it and a prescription pill bottle that didn't belong to him.
They then towed the car and sent it to the impound. An additional search was held and several baggies totaling 10 grams of meth and a gram of marijuana were found inside the glove box.
Jimenez-Rodriguez is charged with possession with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, possession with intent to deliver, a Class D felony, drug tax stamp violation and possession of prescription pills.
Marshall County Courthouse
Christian Jimenez Rodriguez, 212 Pleasantview Drive, made an initial appearance on two counts of a possession with the intent to deliver charge, a tax stamp violation charge and a possession of prescription drugs charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 12. Bond is set at $100,000 cash or surety.
Scott Thomas Imsland, 404 N. Center St. Apt. #3, made an initial appearance on a assault causing bodily injury charge, a trespass causing bodily injury charge and a criminal mischief-fifth degree charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Imsland was released on his own recognizance. A no-contact order was issued for the protected party.
Alejandro Lopez, 608 E. Church St., made an initial appearance on a domestic abuse assault-strangulation without injury charge, four counts of a child endangerment charge and a obstruction of emergency communications charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Lopez was released with supervision through the Department of Correctional Services and is to report to the adult probation office by 4 p.m. today and sign a pre-trial release agreement. The court ordered that Lopez by photographed and fingerprinted by 4 p.m. today at the Marshalltown Police Department. If Lopez owns or possesses any firearms or ammunition, he is to contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Office within 24 hours and make arrangements to surrender them. A no-contact order was issued for the protected party.
Heather-Ruano Dawn Melendez, 12 N. 10th St., made an initial appearance on a warrant for a driving under suspension charge and a driving under suspension charge. She pleaded guilty to both charges. On the warrant charge the fine was $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $87 in court costs for a total of $424.50. The fine on the other driving under suspension charge was $250 with a $87.50 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $397.50. The court allowed for monthly installment payments of $50 beginning March 5 until the debts are paid in full.
Avelino Landeros Morales, 401 Park St., made an initial appearance on a child endangerment charge. Preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Morales was released on his own recognizance.
Jamison Wyatt, of Toledo, made an initial appearance on a credit card fraud charge and a theft-fifth degree charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Wyatt was released on his own recognizance.
Jacob Catherwood, 112 W. Lincoln St., made an initial appearance on a failure to appear for an initial hearing on a driving while barred charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 13. Bond is set at $2,000 cash only.
Josue Correa-Gaona, 10 N. Fifth St., made an initial appearance on a driving while revoked charge. The public defender's office was appointed to handle his case. The preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 21. Correa-Gaona was released on his own recognizance.
Alexandra Berenise Avila, address unknown, made an initial appearance on a driving under suspension charge, a failure to obey a traffic control device charge and a no insurance charge. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and a pre-trial conference is set for 9 a.m. on April 1 in Magistrate Court.
Richard Casali, 204 W. Nevada St., made an initial appearance on a harassment-third degree charge. He pleaded guilty and was fined $65 with a $22.75 surcharge and $60 in court costs for a total of $147.75, due within 30 days of today's date.
Marshalltown Police Department
On Sunday, Jose Sanchez, 104 W. High St., reported the theft of a wallet and contents while at Walmart, 2802 S. Center St. Estimated value of loss was $420.
On Saturday, an employee at JC Penneys, 2500 S. Center St., reported the shoplifting and recovery of five pairs of Levi jeans, an Arizona shirt and a Nike shirt valued at $277.
On Saturday, Sherry Shapley, 408 W. High St. Lot #1, reported the theft of various medications and an inhaler from her mailbox. Estimated value of loss was $120.
On Friday, an employee at Hy-Vee, 803 S. Center St., reported hit and run damage to the rear quarter panel of a customer's vehicle while parked at the store. Estimated value of damage was $400.
On Thursday, Maria Jimenez, 201 N. Second Ave. Apt. #4, reported the theft of two Money Pak Cards in the amount of $304.95, each.
On Wednesday, Eduardo Hernandez, 313 N. 10th Ave., reported the theft of a pre-paid cash card in the amount of $300 through a phone scam.
On Friday, Ricky Lee Otta, of Garwin, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, Avelino Landeros Morales, 401 Park St., was cited for child endangerment.
On Saturday, Christian Rodriguez, 212 Pleasantview Road, was arrested for interference with official acts.
On Friday, Carol Ann Adair, 406 W. South St., was arrested for driving under the influence.
On Thursday, Vanessa Marie Montoya, 207 S. Eighth Ave., was arrested for theft-fifth degree from Walmart.
On Thursday, Sherilynne Rae Allnutt, 712 E. Boone St., was arrested for possession of contraband, theft-third degree from Walmart and possession of drug paraphernalia.