The Muscatine County attorney has reviewed a Monday night pursuit and the use of deadly force by a Muscatine County Sheriff’s deputy. Alan Ostergren says he is satisfied the force used was appropriate and lawful. He says law enforcement personnel acted bravely to bring a highly dangerous situation to an end without any injuries to the public, themselves or the suspect. Thirty-one-year-old Elizabeth Anna Dietenberger of Iowa City has been charged with eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor, and numerous traffic violations. She is in custody and will make an appearance before a judge today. It started with a 911 call reporting a vehicle traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 61. A Muscatine Police officer and a Muscatine County Sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle at about the same time in the 1600 block of South Grandview Avenue. The driver stopped but then fled. The pursuit continued to the 600 block of Mississippi Drive, where the vehicle pulled over for a second time, then pulled away abruptly. The deputy then fired one shot from his service weapon at a tire on the vehicle and it turned northbound on Iowa Avenue. The vehicle then fled westbound on Fulliam Avenue. A deputy struck the pursuit vehicle in a maneuver intended to end the pursuit, but the driver pulled away. The deputy then fired his service weapon a second time at the vehicle to disable it. The driver of the pursuit vehicle then continued across a field adjacent to the intersection of Duncan Drive and Fulliam Avenue toward the parking area of a building at 3210 Harmony Lane. The deputy’s squad car struck the pursuit vehicle again and pinned it against a fence post, ending the pursuit.
It’s called Kid Zone Day Camp, and the Muscatine Salvation Army is now accepting applications for it. The camp is for kids ages 6 to 12 and features trips and a variety of activities. It runs 9 to 4 June 10th through August 2nd at the Salvation Army. Those attending will receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Camp fees are $50 per week for one child. Each additional child will be $30 per week. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged at the Salvation Army.
The Muscatine County Civil War Roundtable will be hosting a power point presentation that features the lives of the “Six Littleton Brothers” who fought and died during the American Civil War. Ed Bayne and Tom Woodruff with the Louisa County Historical Society will make the presentation at 7 on Tuesday night, April 23rd, in Room 27, Strahan Hall, Muscatine Community College. The public is invited at no cost.
The staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch needs volunteers on Saturday, April 20th, to help spruce up fences, paths and plantings around its historic buildings; replace signs along its boundary fence; and clean up a creek bed. They’ll meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 on the 20th to get signed up. Work will be from 9 to noon. Volunteers interested in helping may call (319) 643-2541.