Edward Louis Polaco, the California car salesman who took over a Toledo Chevrolet car dealership in 2007, was cleared of all but one count of theft in Tama County District Court on May 14. He originally faced three 1st degree theft charges, five 2nd degree theft, six 3rd degree theft and four 4th degree in connection with vehicles sold or traded before his dealership shut down in March, 2010.
On a single charge of 3rd degree theft, Polaco entered an Alford plea which is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment there is likely enough evidence to obtain a conviction in a court of law.
Judge Nancy Baumgartner sentenced Polaco, 44, of Marion, to a deferred judgment and placed him on probation for two years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. A $625 civil penalty was suspended.
Edward Louis Polaco
He was ordered to pay victim restitution to Tyler Michaelsen of Dike, Iowa, in the amount of $2,544.
Court records only note the dismissal of the other charges and do not make clear the disposition of all the other charges.
Polaco's Family Auto dealership at the junction of U.S. Highways 63 and 30 in Toledo was one of about 1,000 dealerships nation-wide General Motors had announced it was closing in mid-2009 as part of the company's restructuring plan.
But soon after, Polaco credited an "aggressive community effort" on the part of Tama-Toledo for aiding in saving his franchise reported in a story in The Toledo Chronicle.
But shortly thereafter the dealership abruptly closed and 10 employees lost their jobs.
Also before Judge Baumgartner:
Cody Jay Hennings, 22, rural Traer, pled guilty to 2nd offense drunken driving and operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. He was fined $1,875 on the drunken driving charge and $625 on the vehicle charge. He was also sentenced to concurrent 25-day jail sentences on each charge with credit for 25 days already served.
Hennings was directed to complete Drinking Drivers School.
He was charged on March 8 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker.
Jeremy Michael Monat, 34, rural Traer, pled guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was fined $1,250 and is to serve 48 hours in jail or complete the OWI Weekend Program.
He was charged on Feb. 26 at 160th Street and QQ Avenue by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Wes Sebetka.
Norik Devan White, 36, Tama pled guilty to assault causing bodily injury- domestic abuse. He received a deferred judgment and was directed to pay a $300 supervisory fee and a $315 civil penalty. He is also to complete an Iowa domestic Abuse Program.
White was charged on Aug. 17, 2013, for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend by striking her in the face at a residence in the 400 block of 14th Street in Tama by Tama Police Officer Barnette Curry.
Jonathan Thomas Cowles, 24, Tama, pled guilty to keeping a drug house. He was fined $625 and sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days suspended. Cowles was placed on self-supervised probation and directed to pay a $300 supervisory fee.
He was charged on March 7, 2013, in the 1400 block of Siegel Street after a search warrant was executed and drug related paraphernalia was found in the ceiling of the basement of the residence. The charge was filed by Tama Police Officer Jason Bina.
Tanya Louise Bradbury, 32, Montour, pled guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. she was fined $1,250 and received a 48-hour jail sentence. She was also directed to complete Drinking Drivers School.
Bradbury was charged on Dec. 14, 2013, with operating while intoxicated while drugged by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bruce Rhoads.
Gregory Michael Whalen, 30, North Liberty, pled guilty to possession of marijuana. He received a deferred judgment and was directed to pay a $325 civil penalty and $300 supervisory fee.
Whalen was charged on Dec. 11, 2013, by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Brian Northland.
Dale Allen Blackcloud, 31, rural Tama, pled guilty in a plea deal to a charge of public intoxication. he was fined $200.
Blackcloud had faced a charge of intoxication in a public place, 2nd offense filed on April 18 by Tama Police Officer Mark Bear.
Before Judge Marsha A. Beckelman:
Jeremy Lee Maltas, 23, Deep river, was sentenced to five years in prison with all but 30 days suspended, fined $3,125 and had his drivers license revoked for six years. He was also placed on probation for three years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and directed to pay the enrollment fee.
Maltas was found guilty in a jury trial of 3rd offense drunken driving on Feb. 11.
He was charged on Sept. 14, 2013, in the 3300 block of Tama County Road T47 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.