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BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 03, 2015 5:00 AM

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Local woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of stealing money from a fast-food restaurant.

Natalie Pittman, 43, was charged July 27 with second-degree theft.

According to the Coralville police, Pittman was an employee at the Taco John’s in Coralville.

Between May and July 27, she allegedly stole $1,222.44 in cash from the fast food restaurant.

Pittman can reportedly be seen on video stuffing cash into her pocket.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

IC man charged with domestic abuse

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of choking a woman.

Michael Haythorn, 25, was charged July 14 with domestic abuse impeding air/blood flow causing injury.

According to the Iowa City police, Haythorn got into a physical altercation with the woman.

Haythorn choked her until she could not breath and had pain in her neck after the assault.

A witness who observed the fight and took a video of the woman corroborated the information.

The woman reportedly had a swollen right eye and scratches on her neck and chest.

Haythorn and the woman live together and have two children.

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

Coralville man charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of stealing more than $20,000 in cash from a fast-food chain.

Samuel Rainey, 32, was charged March 14 with first-degree theft.

According to the Iowa City police, Rainey was a night manager at Domino’s Pizza and responsible for making the night deposit.

On 22 occasions from Jan. 27 to March 14, Rainey allegedly entered the deposit amount into the store computer but never made the deposit at the bank.

Rainey allegedly took $20,276.12 in cash from the restaurant.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony.

Man faces 3rd OWI charge

Authorities have accused an Amana man of driving drunk in Tiffin.

Andrei Scanlon, 23, was charged Aug. 1 with third offense OWI.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Scanlon was driving by deputies recklessly through Tiffin.

Deputies caught up with him at the PB Auto Shop and observed Scanlon trying to walk away from the car.

Scanlon smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

He has slurred speech and poor balance. He also admitted he was intoxicated.

Scanlon refused a Datamaster test.

Third offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

Man faces felony drug charge

Authorities have accused a West Liberty man of allegedly possessing cocaine while at the Johnson County Jail.

Israel Montelongo, 19, was charged Aug. 1 with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional institution.

According to the Iowa City police, Montelongo was being transported to the Johnson County Jail after being charged with public intoxication and was told that any illegal contraband or controlled substance found inside the jail would result in a felony.

Montelongo was given opportunities to dispose of any contraband before booking.

During booking, a small plastic baggie of white powder was found on Montelongo. He reportedly said it was cocaine.

The total weight of the bag was 2.5 grams.

Possession of a controlled substance in a correctional institution is a Class-D felony.

IC man charged with 3rd OWI after accident

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of fleeing the scene of a car crash because he had been drinking.

Herbert Mather, 53, was charged Aug. 1 with third-offense OWI.

According to the Iowa City police, officers were called to the scene of a car crash, where witnesses were following the fleeing driver.

Mather was caught by police, and he reportedly told them, “I did a hit and run. I didn’t want to get in trouble.”

He admitted to drinking and blew a .143.

Third offense OWI is a Class-D felony.


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