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Tama County District Court

October 13, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Before Judge Paul D. Miller in Tama County District Court in Toledo:

Jessica Evelyn Merical, 35, rural Gladbrook, pled guilty to charges of serious assault and assault with a dangerous weapon. She was fined $315 on the assault charge and $625 on the weapons violation. Merical was sentenced to four days in jail on each charge to be served concurrently and given credit for one day already served. She was directed to pay up to $60 daily for sheriff's jail fees.

Merical was charged on May 28 following an incident outside the Legion Bar in Garwin in which she allegedly drove a vehicle into the driver's side of a sports utility vehicle occupied by her husband. The charge was filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Lucas Dvorak.

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LonnieDouglas Poweshiek, 45, rural Montour, pled guilty to charges of driving while barred and 3rd offense public intoxication.

He received suspended two-year prison terms with all but seven days suspended on each charge. The jail time is to be served concurrently. He was also assessed $625 fines on each charge which were suspended. Poweshiek was placed on self-supervised probation.

Charges of 1st offense drunken driving and assault were dismissed in plea agreements.

Poweshiek was charged on March 30, 2011, for driving while barred and drunken driving at the Meskwaki Trading Post by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Casey Schmidt.

He was charged with public intoxication and aggravated assault on Nov. 14, 2011, at Aqui Te Espero Bar and Grill by Tama Police Officer Kimberly Schwartz. He allegedly "punched" another patron in the face at the bar according to the court information.

Jared Lee Metz, 35, rural Toledo, pled guilty to 4th degree criminal mischief. He was fined $315 and will be allowed to perform community service in lieu of paying the fine. He was directed to pay $500 restitution to Karin Wobeter, rural Toledo.

Metz was charged on Nov. 14, 2011, for allegedly vandalizing a 2009 Camry Hybrid by scratching the sides and front. The charge was filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Chad M. Hansen



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