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BY DI STAFF | MAY 12, 2014 5:00 AM

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Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused a local man of possessing a large amount of marijuana.

Austin Tomash, 21, was charged May 8 with a controlled-substance violation.

The Johnson County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 1118 Pine St., according to a University of Iowa police complaint.

Tomash, who lives at the address, was present. In the residence, authorities allegedly found a large amount of marijuana, scales, packaging material, and large empty bags commonly used to transport a large amount of marijuana.

A controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Colorado man faces drug charges

Authorities have accused a Colorado man of having more than 600 grams of marijuana in his vehicle.

Thomas Lueders, 55, was charged May 8 with failure to affix a tax stamp and possession/delivery of marijuana.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office complaint, authorities were dispatched after a “possible intoxicated driver” in a Blue Chevy Cruze threw out beer cans at a Kum and Go.

The vehicle was located going west on Interstate 80. Upon stopping the vehicle, authorities reportedly smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, the complaint said.

Authorities also observed a green, leafy substance identified as a marijuana bud in the center console of the Chevy. A search of the vehicle was conducted and resulted in authorities finding nearly 602 grams of numerous dry marijuana plants.

Failure to affix a tax stamp is a Class-D felony. Possession/delivery of marijuana is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with controlled-substance violation

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of having more than 30 grams of marijuana.

Anthony Werner, 18, was charged May 10 with a controlled-substance violation.

According to a University of Iowa police complaint, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, and Werner was the front-seat passenger.

A K9 sniff was conducted on the vehicle. After a positive hit from the K9, authorities searched the vehicle.

Officers reportedly found a black bag belonging to Werner that contained a bag of nearly 37.4 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was packaged into 20 individual packets. A scale used to weigh marijuana, two pipes used to smoke marijuana, and a prescription bottle containing a small amount of marijuana was also found.

Werner allegedly admitted to owning all the items and to occasionally sell marijuana to “close friends.” He also admitted to using the two pipes to smoke marijuana and stated he purchased the marijuana in Cedar Rapids for $175.

A controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused a man of strangling a woman.

Timothy Washington, 26, was charged May 10 with domestic-abuse assault impending air/blood causing bodily injury.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers were called because Washington threatened a woman with a knife. She said she got into an argument with Washington about a cell phone.

Washington allegedly grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground, punched her in the face and head, before strangling her to a point that she felt as if she would pass out.

The woman grabbed a knife, and she and Washington fought over the knife before being separated.
Domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood causing bodily injury is a Class-D felony.

— by Stacey Murray

Man charged with 3rd domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused a man of assaulting his fiancée.

Michael Vela, 33, was charged May 6 with third or subsequent offense domestic-abuse assault.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, police officers arrived at the woman’s apartment, where she had visible injuries on her nose and forehead. The woman reportedly said Vela, her fiancé and the father of her two children, became intoxicated and screamed at her after she woke him up. 

The woman said he punched her in her face, and she immediately called 911. Vela ended the call before she could request for help.

Vela has two previous convictions domestic-abuse assault from 2003.

Third or subsequent offense domestic abuse assault is a Class-D felony.

— by Stacey Murray


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