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BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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Man faces drug charges

Authorities have accused a local man of possessing marijuana after smoking it outside of Field House Bar.

Devwon Bledsoe, 28, was charged Aug. 1 with two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and controlled-substance violation.

According to online court documents, officers observed Bledsoe standing in the alley next to the Field House Bar.

Bledsoe had a cigar opened, and the tobacco had been taken out.

When authorities approached Bledsoe, he ran away and officers stopped him. Officers reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana.

Bledsoe admitted to having marijuana on him, the documents said.

Four bags of marijuana and a large amount of cash were found.

Authorities also allegedly found prescription pills in Bledsoe’s pocket.

Unlawful possession of prescription drugs is a serious misdemeanor. Controlled substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with criminal conduct

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of soliciting a third party to cash stolen and forged checks.

Nathaniel Matiyabo, 28, was charged May 9 with ongoing criminal conduct and 22 counts of conspiracy to commit non-forcible felonies.

According to online court documents, between May 9 and May 28, Matiyabo committed conspiracy to commit forgery for financial gain on a continuing basis.

Matiyabo acted with a codefendant to solicit an innocent third party in order to have the third party cash numerous checks that Matiyabo and his partner had stolen and forged.

Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class-B felony. Conspiracy to commit non-forcible felonies is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces many driving charges

Authorities have accused a Minnesota man of driving a stolen vehicle.

Aaron Tyler, 20, was charged Aug. 3 with second-degree criminal mischief, OWI, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

According to online court documents, authorities came in contact with Tyler as he drove on North Dubuque Street in a black Ford.

After making contact, authorities determined Tyler did not have permission to operate the vehicle.

He later reportedly told authorities he took the vehicle without consent, the documents said.

Tyler had also been taken into custody the previous day after allegedly breaking a window.

Tyler told authorities he kicked windows on Dubuque Street to distract police from his friends at Sigma Nu fraternity who were drinking underage and were smoking marijuana.

Court documents also said Tyler tore a camera screen of the inside of a police vehicle. There was damage to the wiring and the screen, and blood was left on the inside of the vehicle, which required special cleaning.

Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class-D felony. OWI is a serious misdemeanor. Operating a vehicle without an owner’s consent is an aggravated misdemeanor. Fourth-degree criminal mischief is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces numerous charges

Authorities have accused a local man of beating up a woman and possessing a gun.

Freddie Mabane, 25, was charged July 31 with control of a firearm/offensive weapon by a felon, going armed with intent, carrying weapons, and interference with official acts.

According to online court documents, Mabane got in an argument with the woman, which escalated to Mabane allegedly striking her numerous times, which caused swelling and bruises.

The woman told authorities Mabane had a gun. Authorities recovered a Colt match target .22 pistol from a vehicle Mabane has access to.

Mabane reportedly admitted to touching the gun earlier in the night, documents said. However, he denied possessing the gun at the time of the assault.

He admitted to pushing the victim.

Authorities attempted to contact Mabane, who was inside an apartment. Officers entered the apartment with permission of the leaseholder.

Mabane was found crouched inside the bathtub behind the curtain.

He told authorities he did not come to the door because he did not want to be arrested, documents said.

Mabane has felony convictions in Illinois.

Control of a firearm/offensive weapon by a felon is a Class-D felony. Going armed with intent is a Class-D felony. Carrying weapons is an aggravated misdemeanor. Interference with official acts is a simple misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused an Illinois woman of stealing a pickup truck.

Jennifer Link, 30, was charged June 26 with second-degree theft.

According to online court documents, Link was a suspect in a motor-vehicle theft from a residence on Anderson Avenue.

Link went on the victim’s property, allegedly removed the vehicle’s keys from the residence, and fled the property in the vehicle, which was a red 2006 Chevy Silverado.

Iowa State Patrol troopers found Link on Highway 218.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

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