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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 29, 2013 5:00 AM

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Trial pushed for woman accused of vehicular homicide

The trial for an Iowa City woman accused of accidentally killing a friend after she ran her over with a truck has been rescheduled.

Miranda Lalla was scheduled to go to trial on May 7. According to court records, the 50-year-old waived her right to a speedy trial. Her attorney, Brandon Shrock, requested and was granted a continuance.

Lalla’s trial was reset to Aug. 20. Her final pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Lalla is accused of felony vehicular homicide resulting in the death of Pamela Gross on June 18, 2012. Lalla is accused of a Class-B felony and an aggravated misdemeanor.

According to a police complaint, Lalla took a portable breath test after the incident, and her blood-alcohol level was reportedly 0.093.

— by Jordyn Reiland

Man accused of choking wife for car keys

A local man has been accused of choking his wife after attempting to take her car keys.

Scot Plettenberg, 34, was charged April 27 with domestic assault, impeding flow of air/blood.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officials responded to a report of a domestic fight. Plettenberg allegedly knocked his wife to the ground and choked her while attempting to take her car keys.

The woman received scratches and complained of being choked, the complaint said.

Plettenberg left in a vehicle; police located him at a friend’s house.

Plettenberg and his wife have been married for almost three years and have two boys together.

Domestic assault, impeding flow of air/blood, is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man accused of beating cellmate after booked in jail

A local man has been accused of beating his cellmate after being booked into jail.

Terrence Newman, 36, was charged Sunday with willful injury causing bodily injury.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office complaint, Newman was booked into jail on a warrant and placed in a cell.

Once Newman entered the cell, he allegedly woke up his cellmate and began kicking and punching him. He continued to punch the man even after he had fallen to the floor, the complaint said.

The man then got up and tried to get to the door; however, Newman followed and reportedly continued to assault him.

The man received several cuts to his head that required stitches. He also had a swollen and bruised eye, the complaint said.  Hewas transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Willful injury causing bodily injury is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Woman charged after altering her medication prescription

A local woman was accused of altering her medication prescription.

Christin Schmitt, 27, was charged April 25 with forgery and tampering with records.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Schmitt entered CVS Pharmacy and presented a prescription, which authorized her to receive Adderall medication after April 18.

However after checking the prescription with her doctor, pharmacy officials learned that the original prescription was not authorized until after May 18, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Schmitt allegedly altered her prescription to show that it could be filled after April 18. Schmitt had also already picked up her April prescription on April 12 at another CVS Pharmacy location.

Forgery is an aggravated misdemeanor. Tampering with records is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man accused of holding 13 small bags of marijuana

A local man has been accused of holding 13 small bags of marijuana in his pants pocket.

Richard Davis, 23, was charged April 25 with a controlled-substance violation.

An Iowa City police officer was on patrol when he observed an occupied vehicle running in a parking lot and made contact with Davis and a female subject inside the vehicle, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the officer allegedly observed a strong odor of marijuana. Davis was sitting in the front passenger seat and admitted to having marijuana in his pocket.

The official removed a clear plastic bag containing 13 small bags of marijuana from Davis’ pants pocket. Davis also had $531 in cash in his pocket, the complaint said.

Two small packages of marijuana were reportedly located in a pack of cigarettes in the vehicle as well. According to the complaint, Davis told officials that he gave the marijuana to the female in the driver’s seat.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man accused of making purchases with stolen credit card

A local man has been accused of using a stolen credit card to make multiple purchases.

Antonio Russell, 26, was charged April 20 with two charges of unauthorized use of a credit card.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, a female reported she had lost a credit card at Brothers Bar & Grill, 125 S. Dubuque St. The victim’s bank later contacted her about suspicious charges.

The card was used at a BP gas station and at a Kum & Go. The charges made on the card totaled $97.42, the complaint said.

Russell told officials that he received the card from a male named “Jake,” whom he met at Brothers. However, Russell was unable to provide information to officers on how to contact “Jake.”

According to the complaint, hours after allegedly using the stolen card in Iowa City, Russell was reportedly seen on video at location at Coral Ridge Mall using the card. The total charges made were valued at $1,200.01.

Unauthorized use of a credit card more than $1,000 is an aggravated misdemeanor. Unauthorized use of credit card more than $10,000 is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man accused of possessing two ounces of marijuana

A local man has been accused of possessing two ounces of marijuana.

Joseph Evans, 23, was charged March 22 with possession/delivery of marijuana and possessing/distributing a taxable substance without a tax stamp.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Evans was taken into custody as he exited his residence, just prior to the service of a state of Iowa search warrant.

At the time Evans was taken into custody, officials allegedly located approximately two ounces of marijuana that investigators suspected Evans was about to deliver for a sale to another, the complaint said.

Officials also allegedly located marijuana and currency in Evans’ residence. Tax stamps were not visible on the marijuana reportedly in Evans’ possession.

The marijuana found at Evans residence was later tested and found to have a combined weight of 55.98 grams, the complaint said.

Possession/delivery of marijuana is a Class-D felony. Possessing/distributing a taxable substance without a tax stamp is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man accused of driving while intoxicated

An Iowa man has been accused of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

Terrance Martin, 34, was charged April 26 with third-offense OWI.

Martin was operating a white 1991 Lincoln town car when a Johnson County Sheriff Office official stopped him for reportedly speeding.

According to the complaint, Martin allegedly had watery bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of ingested alcohol.

Martin’s blood-alcohol concentration was .120, the complaint said.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iowa City police investigate Sunday morning stabbing downtown

Iowa City police are investigating stabbings that occurred early Sunday morning in downtown Iowa City.

According to a city press release, Iowa City police officers found two males at 1:57 a.m. Sunday who had been stabbed following an altercation near the intersection of Dubuque and Washington Streets. The two men were taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment, the release said.

The suspect at large was described as a short Asian male wearing a red USA jersey.

The UI issued a HawkAlert shortly following the incident, around 2:20 a.m. Sunday. The suspect was last seen heading eastbound from the location on foot.

A spokesman with the Iowa City police said more information should be available between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

— by Kristen East


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