Muscatine County District Court handled three cases on Friday:

* Thirty-one-year-old Tonya Brase of Wilton received suspended prison sentences after pleading guilty to theft in the second degree and theft in the third degree. Brase stole jewelry from a Wilton residence and pawned it.

* Twenty-seven-year-old Eric Gray of Chicago pled guilty to first-degree theft and eluding. He stole a vehicle and when Muscatine Police attempted to pull him over while driving it, he attempted to elude them. Gray will be sentenced June 7th.

* Twenty-eight-year-old Steven Borges of Grandview pled guilty to four counts of third-degree burglary. Investigation by the West Liberty and Muscatine Police departments showed that Borges had been involved in numerous commercial and residential burglaries. He was sentenced to four consecutive prison terms not to exceed 20 years.


Some Muscatine people who have partnered to form a dog park committee will meet at 6 on Wednesday night, May 8th, in the City Hall Council Chambers. That's according to Erin Dindinger. 

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be in the area in coming days. At 3:30 on Thursday, May 2nd, they’ll attend and address an Iowa Workforce Development Skilled Iowa event at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. They’ll tour Main Street in Mediapolis, beginning at the Mediapolis News at 4:30 on Thursday. At 5:30   Branstad and Reynolds will address the Louisa County Economic Development Annual Dinner at the Morning Sun Community Center. At 9 Friday morning, they’ll hold a Henry County “Our Opportunity. Our Iowa” town hall meeting at the Henry County ISU Extension in Mount Pleasant, Iowa


The Vision Iowa Board has approved a $37,000 Community Attraction and Tourism grant for the Louisa County Fair Youth Center in Columbus Junction.  that's according to State Sen. Tom Courtney’s blog. The project includes the construction of a Youth Learning Center at the fairgrounds.


The Muscatine County Conservation Board is holding an old-time fishing event from 6 to 7 on Tuesday night at Discovery Pond, the front pond in Discovery Park, Muscatine. A short introduction to fishing with cane poles will be presented. Then those attending will fish with cane poles – no rods and reels are allowed. There is no charge for the program but anyone 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. For more information call 264-5922.


Representatives from two Muscatine auto dealers have been elected leaders of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, a trade association representing more than 300 car and truck dealers in the state. Doug Krieger of Krieger Motor Co. was elected to the board of directors. Jeff Weber of Toyota of Muscatine was elected secretary.


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