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No prison for arsonist
The 29-year-old Carroll man who started a fire in his neighbor's apartment in 2012 was sentenced Monday to five years of probation - in lieu of prison - and ordered to undergo drug-abuse evaluation and treatment, according to court documents.
Sibenaller might avoid felony conviction
The Roselle man accused of fraudulently depositing a $56,000 check meant for his former employer into his personal bank account might avoid a felony conviction next month as part of a plea deal, according to court documents.
Sibenaller to plead guilty for forgery case
The Roselle man accused of taking a $56,000 check from his former employer - a West Des Moines company that insures religious institutions - and later making threats to former coworkers will plead guilty next month to an unspecified criminal charge, court records show.
No prison for beaten man found with drugs
The 28-year-old Lanesboro man who was severely beaten and disfigured in a September brawl in his house - and, after the months-long investigation of that incident, was charged with possession of drugs on the same day the felony assault and burglary charges against his alleged assailants were dismissed - avoided prison this week with a plea deal with the Carroll County attorney.
Aschinger pleads not-guilty to perjury
Elizabeth Aschinger, whose sex affair with her father-in-law was at the heart of an extortion scheme last year, gave written pleas of not-guilty Tuesday to perjury, a felony, and obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor.
Loew will remain jailed for mental help
An accused drug dealer who needs psychiatric treatment before he can adequately defend himself against numerous felony charges will get the treatment in an eastern Iowa prison, a judge ruled Thursday.
Aschinger charged with perjury
Elizabeth Aschinger deleted an extortionist's text messages from her father-in-law's cellphone last year because she thought the messages were part of a bogus scheme the father-in-law concocted to harass her, according to Aschinger's interviews with law officers and lawyers.
Co-op manager gets 4 years prison for fraud, must pay $2.5M
A former West Central Cooperative sales manager - a gambling addict who said he took more than $479,000 of bribes from a Sac County farmer in exchange for steep discounts on crop seed and other products - was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in a federal prison for wire fraud, according to court records.
Farmer claims slander by co-op executive
The Sac County farmer accused of paying more than $479,000 worth of bribes to a former West Central Cooperative sales manager for steep discounts on crop seed and other products alleges that he was slandered and defamed by the cooperative's chief executive in a series of stockholder meetings in 2011 after the alleged bribes were uncovered.
Alleged drug dealer 'not competent' to stand trial
A former Carroll man charged with numerous drug-related felonies needs treatment for an unspecified mental disorder that prevents him from defending himself against the allegations, a psychiatrist determined last week.
Andrew Menken speaks
I would first like to thank God for standing beside me throughout this grueling, gut wrenching 10 months of a personal hell I have endured.
Menken trial witness faces prison for perjury

The former Carroll woman who had agreed to testify against Andrew Menken in his extortion trial this week reversed her testimony five days before the trial was set to begin, which violated a plea deal in which she received a deferred judgment for her role in the extortion, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith alleged in court documents filed Thursday.

Two words made Andrew Menken, a hulking man who said he was wrongly entangled in the extortion of a Lake View farmer, sob on Wednesday.
Friend says Menken was willing participant in blackmail scheme
Andrew Menken did not know about his best friend's scheme to blackmail a Lake View farmer until the night the farmer was set to make a cash payment, the friend confirmed today in court during the second day of Menken's felony extortion trial.
Carroll man claims friend duped him into scheme
A former Carroll County juvenile court officer accused of a blackmail scheme that sought $55,555 from a Sac County farmer last year was betrayed by a former best friend who tricked him into participating in the scheme, his attorney alleged this morning at the man's trial.
Sex offender will not be confined for treatment

A Carroll man who molested a 5-month-old girl in 2008 and - after he was incarcerated for the crime - allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a minor and possessed child pornography does not suffer from a mental abnormality that makes him likely to commit future sex crimes, according to a psychiatrist who evaluated the man.

Judge OKs psych evaluation for alleged drug dealer
Dean Loew might suffer from a mental disorder that prevents him from being able to defend himself from the seven felony drug charges he faces in Carroll County, a judge ruled Wednesday.
No new attorney for alleged cop killer
A judge denied the request for a new attorney for the Rockwell City man who claimed this month that his current defense attorneys are "emotionally attached to the alleged victims" of the September shooting death of a local police officer, court records show.
Arson plea deal avoids prison
A 29-year-old Carroll man will plead guilty to felony arson next month for a series of fires he allegedly ignited near his apartment over the course of a year, court documents show.
Alleged drug dealer asks to 'fire' his attorney
The former Carroll man accused of dealing high-purity methamphetamine claims his court-appointed defense attorney is aiding prosecutors.
Alleged drug dealer might have 'diseased or deranged' mind
A former Carroll man accused of selling high-purity Mexican methamphetamine might not have known that dealing illicit drugs is a crime because of his own drug abuse, the man's attorney wrote to a judge last week in a request for a state-paid psychiatric evaluation.
Man charged for slain officer wants new attorney
The Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during an overnight standoff in September accused his court-appointed attorney of having "preconceived notions about my guilt" and aiding prosecutors, according to Trott's request for a new attorney that was filed today.
Arson suspect to plead guilty
The 29-year-old Carroll man accused of torching an apartment in September 2012 and igniting a series of fires over the past year near his apartment plans to plead guilty next month to at least one criminal charge, according to court records.

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