A former City of Muscatine finance department clerk received a suspended prison sentence of not to exceed 10 years and a fine of $1,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to first-degree theft. Fifty-four-year-old Diana Fry stole more than $15,000 from the city over a three-year period. Muscatine County attorney Alan Ostergren says she also was ordered to pay $8,500, the city's deductible for its insurance policy. Ostergren says Fry will pay the remainder of the money over the course of her supervised probation. He says if she willfully fails to do so, he will seek to revoke her probation. Fry's restitution obligation also includes a requirement that she pay the city's audit costs of $5,598. Fry stole portions of payments made by tenants in public housing units. She then altered records to cover it up.
One man is dead and another charged in connection with a fight on Thursday night at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park. Davenport Police did not immediately identify the man who died, pending notification of relatives. Officers were called to the park a little after 10 on Thursday night on the report of a disturbance. They found a man on the ground bleeding from his head. He was taken to a Davenport hospital before being transferred to Iowa City, where he died Friday. Police have charged 50-year-old Joseph VanHecke of Davenport with disorderly conduct by fighting. He was released from the Scott County Jail after posting a $300 cash bond. An investigation is being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division, and an autopsy to determine the cause of death has been scheduled for today.
Two people have filed pleas in Muscatine District Court. Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Larue of Muscatine pled guilty to domestic assault, a class "D" felony, and driving while barred. He was arrested by the Muscatine Police Department after an incident on April 10, 2013, in which he assaulted the mother of his minor child. Larue will be sentenced August 3rd.
Twenty-eight-year-old Kelly Haller of Muscatine pled guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force showed that Haller delivered the prescription drug Adderral on two separate occasions. He will be sentenced July 26th.
Shane Orr takes over today as chief professional officer of United Way of Muscatine. The board of directors promoted Orr on Thursday. Orr was hired in 2009 as information and referral specialist. He has been the interim chief professional officer since November 2012.
The West Liberty Public Library kicks off the annual summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, at 10 tomorrow morning at their temporary site, 100 E. 3rd Street. There will be balloon artists, musicians, live animals, big rigs and more. For more information, to register, or for a summary of special performers and events visit their website or stop in the library.