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Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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CR man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of driving while intoxicated.

Christopher Fischels, 37, wax charged Aug. 28 with third-offense OWI.

According to online court documents, as Fischels was driving a dark green 1999 Cevrolet Lumina southbound on Interstate 380, another driver called authorities about a possibly intoxicated driver.

The caller reported Fischels was driving all over the road.

An North Liberty police officer stopped Fischels on Highway 218.

Fischels reportedly admitted to authorities that he was intoxicated, and alcohol containers were present in his car.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony,

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with sexual abuse

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of assaulting a woman.

Justin Bergman, 31, was charged Jan. 24 with third-degree sexual abuse.

According to online court documents, on Jan. 24 a woman fell asleep, intoxicated, in her brother’s apartment.

She woke up to Bergman having sexual intercourse with her. She told Bergman to stop, pulled her pants up, and went back to sleep.

The woman woke up again to Bergman having sexual intercourse with her. She pushed him away and attempted to pull her pants up, but Bergman continued to try to pull them down.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with domestic abuse

Authorities have accused a local man of slapping his wife.

Jason Northam, 43, was charged Aug. 28 with third-or-subsequent domestic abuse.

According to online court documents, Northam and the woman were engaged in an argument.

An hour earlier, Northam reportedly woke the woman up by screaming at her and waking the children.

During the argument, Northam allegedly jumped close to the woman’s face and yelled at her, calling her “stupid” as he slapped her on the right side of her face with his left hand causing pain.

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

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged in check case

Authorities have accused a local man of cashing fraudulent checks.

Francis Granger, 50, was charged Aug. 28 with forgery.

According ton only court documents, authorities were called on Aug. 28 to First Trust and Savings bank for a forgery investigation.

On Aug. 27, the Coralville and Oxford branches cashed two bad checks form Carter Ford Inc.

Granger entered the Coralville branch on Aug. 28 with a similar bad check. The check was made out to Granger for $2,287.14.

Granger said he was given the check by two unknown suspects and was told he would receive $100 for cashing checks.

He reportedly told authorities he knew the check was bad.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with domestic abuse

Authorities have accused a local man of smashing his girlfriend’s head against a table.

Larry Roe, 42, was charged Aug. 30 with domestic abuse impeding air/blood flow.

According to online court documents, Roe and his live-in girlfriend got into a physical fight.

A witness told authorities the door was open and they saw Roe hitting the victim’s head on a wooden table and attempting to strangle her with a phone cord around her neck.

The woman had some bruising on her face, as well as marks on her neck.

Domestic abuse impeding air/blood flow is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with drug violations

Authorities have accused a local man of popssessing chocolates with THC.

Fredrick Jones, 20, was charged April 28 with controlled-substance violation and failure to affix a drug stamp.

According to online court documents, on April 28, Jones was driving a 1999 Chevy Cavalier, which was stopped for a brake-light violation.

There was a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and after an open-air sniff and positive alert by a K9, the documents said.

A bag containing 14 individually wrapped chocolates were located.

Jones reportedly admitted to authorities that the chocolates contained THC and were packaged for sale.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony. Failure to affix drug stamp is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces drug charges

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of selling more than a gram of marijuana.

Clifton Carter, 26, was charged March 3 with a controlled-substance violation and possession of marijuana.

According to online court documents, on March 4 members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force used a confidential source to conduct a controlled purchase of marijuana from Carter.

The marijuana purchase from Carter was later tested, and the results reportedly confirmed the presence of 1.66 grams of marijuana.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony. Possession of marijuana is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of speeding while intoxicated.

Mickey Harris Jr., 29, was charged Aug. 30 with third-offense OWI.

According to an Iowa State Patrol complaint, an officer was traveling northbound on Highway 965 when a silver passenger car passed the officer at a high rate of speed.

Harris was traveling at 75 mph and had failed to turn off his turn signal.

The officer made contact with Harris, who reportedly smelled strongly of beer and had very slurred speech.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces weapon charges

Authorities have accused a local man of putting a knife to a man’s throat because of the music he was listening to.

Terrill Wiges, 63, was charged Sept. 1 with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and going armed with intent.

According to online court documents, authorities responded to 2401 Highway 6 E. after receiving a call of Wiges yelling at neighbors.

Upon arrival, several witnesses told police they saw Wiges confront a man and threaten to kill him with a knife because of the music he was playing.

Wiges stated he did not have any interaction and was inside his house listening to the radio.

The man and witnesses told authorities Wiges put the knife to the man’s throat and asked him if he was ready to die, then threw the victim’s phone.

Assault while displaying a dangerous weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor. Going armed with intent is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin


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