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Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 09, 2009 7:26 AM

Woman charged in reported stabbing

An Iowa City woman allegedly stabbed a man in Coralville on Monday.

Jasmaine Wilburn, 20, 2401 Highway 6 Apt. 35, was charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury.

Coralville police were dispatched to 624 12th Ave. after receiving a report of a stabbing at that address, police said.

Upon arrival, authorities found a 25-year-old Iowa City male suffering from a non-life-threatening knife wound to his upper arm, police reports show. The man refused treatment.

Coralville police are still looking into the circumstances that led to the altercation.

Assault with intent to inflict serious injury is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Abe Tekippe

2 charged with animal neglect

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office charged two pet owners with simple misdemeanors Monday, taking 23 dogs for emergency safekeeping.

Joseph Coker, 56, address unknown, and Connie Tresslar, 59, address unknown, were charged with two counts each of animal neglect.

Authorities said they received a report there were a number of dogs not being cared for by their owners. Deputies responded to a call at 1360 Amana Road in Amana, Iowa.

The dogs’ owner said he would correct the problem, but deputies were called back to the scene.

They executed a search on the property and found four dogs locked inside a garage. Nine dogs were locked in the basement, and 10 dogs ran loose on the property, police reports show.

Deputies said the living conditions were unsanitary, with little or no food and water. Many of the dogs had a variety of diseases and health conditions that required medical attention by a veterinarian. The dogs were taken to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

The Sheriff’s Office made arrangements for Coker and Tresslar to turn themselves in to the jail for booking June 20.

Animal neglect is a simple misdemeanor, generally punishable by up to 30 days in jail of a maximum fine of $500.


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