You might remember the Marshalltown Police Department's public notice a couple weeks back regarding wanted person JACOB LEE CATHERWOOD. He was located and arrested June 23, 2016.
Area graffiti artists have been busy, too busy for Marshalltown businessman Lonnie Hogeland.

The well-known owner-operator of L. Hogeland Auto Plaza learned recently vandals spray-painted a number of new buildings in Le Grand mid-last week.

Hogeland acted.

He donated $200 to Marshall County Crime Stoppers.

"I want to get a handle on graffiti," Hogeland said. "It is frustrating ... someone builds new storage garages in Le Grand and vandals spray-painted them ... Marshalltown has a horrible problem with graffiti too. Perhaps my $200 will motivate others to make donations as well."

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper, who is active with Crime Stoppers, was thrilled.

"We really appreciate Lonnie's generosity," Tupper said. "It is just another example of the great community support existing for public safety. Crime Stoppers and our K-9 program would not exist without generosity and support from the community."

Graffiti applications appear to spike in the summer but Tupper said it is a constant problem in Marshalltown.

The Third Avenue viaduct to commercial/industrial buildings to vacant properties are prime targets.

It ranges from crude obscenities to drawings to giant balloon letters in multiple colors. "This year (graffiti) has been a little bit worse than others," Tupper said. "We are trying to get on top of it ... no doubt someone in the community knows what is going on and can help us through Crime Stoppers."

Ongoing vigilance is another deterrent, said Capt. Mike Hanken of MPD.

"When one sees that they have graffiti, vandalism, or trash, correct those problems right away, so it does not worsen ... becoming an issue that one's neighbors call and report it to us as a nuisance."

He had more advice. "If residents see vandals in the act of applying graffiti, call the police immediately," Hanken said. "Don't wait to see if someone else calls it in, be the first to call."

Information can be submitted confidentially to Marshall County Crime Stoppers line by contacting 641-753-1234 (answered 24/7) texting at 274637marshall (followed by one's message) or going online at Donations to Crime Stoppers are tax deductible, and can be made to MCCS, 112 W. Church St, Marshalltown, IA 50158.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican. June 22, 2016

A Marshalltown man received the maximum sentence of 35 years in prison Monday at the Marshall County Courthouse for the sexual assault and kidnapping of a juvenile female in 2015.

District Court Judge John Haney imposed the maximum sentence of 25 years on a sexual assault charge and 10 years on kidnapping charges against Victor Manuel Angel-Garcia, 26.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Haney followed Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller's recommendations for the maximum sentencing on both counts and the defendant to serve terms consecutively.

"I would ask the court to consider the injury to this young victim in imposing sentence today," said Miller. "There were physical injuries. She had bruises and abrasions from being dragged across the gravel parking lot, bruises on her back from being sexually assaulted on rocky terrain, and injuries sustained during the actual sexual assault itself and fortunately all of those physical injuries have now healed."

However, MIller said the victim is still suffering significant

emotional injuries which may not heal for many years.

"This 7-year old little girl has been in counseling for nearly a year since the incident, sometimes going several times a week. Her counselor indicated there were many months where she could not be around any male without emotionally melting down. She missed school and up until recently had to sleep in her parents bed every night because she was so afraid of being taken again. Certainly they have a long road ahead. This child is still so traumatized she shuts down entirely when asked about what happened."

Miller went to commend the child for her bravery, and her excellent ability to give the Marshalltown Police Department a description of her assailant.

"Without her help we never would have been able to prosecute this dangerous predator and confirm his identity through DNA testing from a sexual assault kit that she submitted to."

Additionally, Miller complimented the MPD for an excellent investigation.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of this case and the sentence handed down by the court," Miller said.

The sentencing closes a case which began in August of last year, when the MPD began an investigation into the sexual assault of the girl who was with her family attending a reception at the Impala Ballroom.

Based on evidence, the victim's accounts, and results from the Department of Criminal Investigation crime lab, Angel-Garcia was arrested in October on first-degree kidnapping, first-degree harassment and second-degree sexual assault.

He was arrested following a pursuit by several law enforcement agencies.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican. June 21, 2016

A Crime Stoppers tip about a loud party in the 400 block of Wauconda Road resulted in the arrests of two adults for supplying alcohol to minors early Sunday morning.

Cheyenne M. Friest, 21, and Austin J. Lovin, 21, of Marshalltown were charged with supplying alcohol to persons under age, according to the Marshalltown Police Department.

Samuel J. Rogers, 19, was also arrested and charged with a social host ordinance violation and possession/purchase of alcohol by person underage.

Additionally, 20 other people, ranging in age from 17-20, were cited for possession/purchase of alcohol by a person under age. They included: Andrew G. Boelman, 18; Brady S. Cox, 18; Dylan A. Diveney; Mary Drummer, 17; Malia M. Durr, 18; Cale M. Friest, 18; Alejandro L. Guido, 18; Seth J. Heinrichs, 18; Nathan E. Henry, 19; Devan Mann, 18; Megan McHenry, 17; Austin C. Moorman, 20; Chad M. Plaehn, 20; Joseph D. Rebik, 18; Dayton C. Slifer, 17; Matthew S. Smith, 19; Matthew F. Thompson, 18; Blair D. VanStaalduine, 19; William J.C. Warner, 18; and Colton J. Williams, 18.

"This was one of the biggest incidents of underage possession of alcohol we have had in quite awhile," said MPD Capt. Brian Batterson.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican. June 21, 2016

The Marshalltown Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jacob Lee Catherwood. Catherwood is a wanted person for the following offenses.


Tips concerning Catherwood’s whereabouts can be submitted to Marshall County Crime Stoppers by calling (641) 753-1234 or via text by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637) or online at All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

The Marshalltown Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Skoky Gene Strohm. Strohm is a wanted person for the following offenses.

• 2 Counts - PROBATION REVOCATION ON ORIGINAL CHARGE OF Prohibited Acts-Mfg, Del, Consp, or Poss w/Int-Meth LT 5 gm.

Tips concerning Strohm’s whereabouts can be submitted to Marshall County Crime Stoppers by calling (641) 753-1234 or via text by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637) or online at All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.