Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 5, 2013

Courthouse Updates


The Journal Express

---- — Simmons casesscheduled for April 11

Kirk D. Simmons, 40, and Sarah Mae Simmons, both of Knoxville, are scheduled to be back in court on April 11. A search warrant executed Dec. 14, 2012, at the couple’s home led to charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia against Kirk and a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charge against Sarah. A hearing on a motion to suppress in Sarah’s case is scheduled, as well as a pretrial conference in Kirk’s case on that date.

Sarah’s motion to suppress is based on a lack of probable cause upon which the search warrant was granted. In the motion, it is stated that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

Guiter hearingcontinued

Scott Joseph Guiter, 42, of Knoxville, has pled not guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal mischief. Guiter is accused of keying the side of a vehicle on June 19, 2012, causing $1,140.94 in damage. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Stice court appearance set for April 5

Brian Dean Stice, 50, of Pella, is scheduled to be in court on April 5. Stice has two cases pending against him.

The first stems from a Dec. 10, 2012, arrest made after police reviewed his phone records after obtaining a subpoena. The phone records indicated that Stice had conspired with two other individuals, identified in court documents only by initial, to manufacture methamphetamine. He has pled not guilty to this charge.

While this charge was pending, Stice was pulled over in Pella on Feb. 28. During the traffic stop, an officer searched his vehicle and allegedly found two bags with a total of 1.7 grams of methamphetamine. Stice was charged with possession of less than five grams of meth with the intent to deliver.

Kingma sentenced

John Earl Kingma, 58, of Pella, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on March 22. Kingma was found guilty of first-degree theft after stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a car wash over a period of five years.

His prison sentence was suspended and he will be on probation for three years. He was ordered to pay restitution.

Piersel pleads not guilty

Keith Wayne Piersel, 49, of Oskaloosa, pled not guilty to stalking and five counts of violating a no contact order in Marion County District Court. On March 5, Chad Hardman of the Pella Police Department responded to a call from Piersel’s wife, in which she indicated that Piersel had called to speak with her and made threats. A no contact order was already in place, intended to keep Piersel from the victim, which he allegedly violated on multiple occasions.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 5 at 11 a.m.

Shaffer hearingcontinued

Danny Lee Shaffer, 53, of Knoxville, has pled not guilty to a charge of willful injury. He is scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial conference on April 26 at 9:30 a.m.

According to court documents, Shaffer got into a fight with another man on Oct. 14, 2012. The alleged victim reportedly suffered a broken jaw and a fractured neck, injuries sustained in the fight. When asked about the incident, Shaffer allegedly told a Knoxville policeman that he broke the man’s neck with his bare hands, and bragged about the fight in a profane manner.

Shaffer contacted the Journal-Express after an initial story ran, in which he indicated that the other man in this incident came at him with a knife.

The issue was sent to the Marion County Attorney for further review. The office determined that willful injury is an applicable charge, because Shaffer could have gone for help or reported the alleged victim’s injury. The charge was filed on Jan. 13.

Cowman, Smith to be arraigned

Sexual exploitation of a minor suspects Jordan Donovan Cowman, 19, and Jake Christian Smith, 19, are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. The two are charged in connection with a video that depicts a sex act involving a 15-year-old girl. Smith is allegedly the man in the video and Cowman is alleged to have recorded the act on his laptop computer.

Ross pleads not guilty

A search warrant executed by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) drug task force on Aug. 10, 2012, has led to charges being filed against Wilson Ross, 62, of Pella.

According to court records, the search was executed at Ross’ residence. During the search, officers allegedly found 55.2 grams of marijuana, separated into bags with 3.8-3.9 grams of the substance in each one. Ross has been charged with failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ross has pled not guilty to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Minard pretrialconference scheduled

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Friday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m., in the third-degree burglary case against Nathan Lee Minard, 28, of Knoxville.

On Feb. 24, Knoxville police took a report from a man who claimed someone had stolen tools and winning lottery tickets from his residence. The tickets, which had been signed by the alleged victim, were allegedly cashed in by Minard at the Knoxville 66. The tickets were worth $70, the exact amount described by the victim. The clerk told police the individual who cashed the tickets in was named Nathan, which led them to Minard.

Trial set for Leavengood

Miles Richard Leavengood, 33, of Newton, is scheduled to go on trial Monday, June 24, for allegedly trying to bring a knife into the Marion County Jail. Leavengood was being booked into the jail on Feb. 15 when the knife was discovered on his person. He is charged with possession of contraband. A two-day trial is scheduled.

Robbery suspect faces additional charges

Jack Dylan Konz, 18, of Clive, is already facing a charge of first-degree robbery, but as he sat in the Marion County Jail, awaiting trial, he has accumulated more charges.

According to court records, during a routine search of his cell at the jail on March 16, jail staff discovered three white pills identified as Tramadol, which is used in pain relief, according to drugs.com. The pills were allegedly hidden in a salt container under his mattress. Konz allegedly admitted to not having a prescription for the medication. He has been charged with possession of contraband and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

The case at the jail remains under investigation.

Konz was already facing a possession charge filed by the Pella Police Department on the day he is also accused of robbing MidWestOne Bank in Pella (Feb. 21). He is scheduled to appear in court on all four charges on Friday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m.

The other suspect in the Pella robbery, Christian Michael Latshaw, is also scheduled to be in court on Friday, April 5.