North Liberty man faces variety of charges

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 01, 2010 7:20 AM

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A North Liberty man faces a slew of charges after a series of incidents that began with a dog bite.

James Richter, 40, North Liberty, was charged with assault causing injury, assault causing injury with display of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and a drug tax-stamp violation.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff's department, the reported female victim told deputies on Sunday she was at Richter's home with her two sons on Nov. 27 around 8 p.m.

Ricther reportedly became angry after his dog bit the victim's son.

He allegedly spit on the female victim and came at her with a gun. He reportedly slammed her against the wall after grabbing her by the throat, reportedly leaving abrasions on her neck.

Ricther allegedly struck her other 9-year-old son with a coffee table he picked up and flipped over.

The boy, along with his other family members, received medical attention for their injuries.

Deputies later conducted a search at Richter's home under a narcotics search warrant at 11:15 a.m. on Monday.

Authorities reportedly found roughly 19 marijuana plants as well as other items associated with marijuana production.

Richter reportedly admitted he owned the plants for medical purposes.

— Nina Earnest

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