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On the Clock
Des Moines Police — Aug. 14-18
Aug. 14, 1 a.m.
Assault in the 500 block of 5th
Avenue. An officer was dispatched
to the scene and upon arrival
met with the male victim, who
reported he was walking home when
he saw four juvenile black males
in the 800 block of Grand Avenue.
The victim stated the males began
to follow him and he started to
walk faster when the suspects
began yelling obscenities at him.
In the 700 block of Grand Avenue,
the tallest of the four suspects
punched the victim in the face.
He did not fight back and continued
to walk home, upon which the suspects
continued to follow. The victim
looked to see where the suspects
were walking to notify police,
when the suspects saw him looking
at them and they approached once
again. The suspects then asked
for cigarettes. The tallest suspect
stated he would kill him the next
time he saw him. The responding
officer checked the area but was
unable to locate the suspects.
Aug. 14, 1:35 a.m.
Simple assault in the 200 block
of 3rd Street. The victim stated
that while drinking at Tequila
Tom’s, the bartender announced
last call. He was finishing his
beer, when an unknown white male
in his 20s, reached and tried
to take his cup. The victim threw
the cup of beer at the suspect,
at which time the suspect punched
him, knocking him down. The suspect
ran off only to return and take
the victims mesh trucker hat.
Someone at the bar told the victim
that the suspect’s name was “Pete”
and that he was a cage fighter
with the alias of “Crush.” He
was also told he could look the
suspect up on “MySpace.” The victim
refused medical attention.
Aug. 18, 12:38 a.m.
Burglary in the 1000 block of
East Army Post Road. Officers
were dispatched to the Appliance
and Furniture Rentall in reference
to a silent alarm. Upon arrival
to Rentall, the officer found
a window broken with two rocks,
one inside the store and one outside
by the broken window. After continuing
to walk north the officer found
a trail that runs behind some
apartments on Cumming Road. On
the trail, the officer found a
purple stocking hat with two eyes
and a mouth cut out. No cash was
removed from the register and
no other valuable items appeared
to be missing. The manager stated
their were 25 pieces of jewelery
missing, valued at $2,711. The
business has no surveillance cameras
and there were no suspects at
Name: Bradford Richard Olsen
The Story: West Des Moines Police
were dispatched to the Hy-Vee,
located at 1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy.,
about a male adult shoplifter.
The pharmacy manager told police
that on several occasions the
customer would get prescriptions
and exit the store through the
liquor department without paying.
An assistant manager asked a Hy-Vee
employee to change into plain
cloths and follow the customer.
The employee began following the
suspect, later identified as Brad
Olsen, a West Des Moines City
Councilman. The employee said
Olsen picked up some groceries
before picking up his prescriptions.
After obtaining the prescriptions,
Olsen went into the liquor store.
While in the liquor store, Olsen
took the bottles of prescriptions
out of the pharmacy bag and placed
them in his front pocket. Olsen
paid for his groceries and walked
out without paying for the prescriptions.
At that time, the assistant manager
asked Olsen to come back into
the store. Olsen identified himself
and was placed under arrest for
theft in the 4th degree. Olsen
was taken to the West Des Moines
Police Department, identified
and released with a citation.
The following is from a recent
ruling made by the Iowa Court
of Appeals regarding the case
of the State of Iowa vs. David
“A jury found Boll guilty of
possession of ethyl ether with
intent to use the product to manufacture
methamphetamine, possession of
anhydrous ammonia with intent
to use the product to manufacture
methamphetamine, possession of
lithium with intent to use the
product to manufacture methamphetamine,
possession of pseudoephedrine
with intent to use the product
to manufacture methamphetamine,
unlawful possession or transportation
of anhydrous ammonia, possession
of methamphetamine and interference
with official acts.
“On appeal, Boll argues through
appellate counsel that the district
court should not have allowed
the testimony of a State witness
who was not identified until ‘the
trial was well underway.’ Officers
conducting surveillance of the
ditch in which the drug-related
items were found observed bursts
of light in the darkness. As the
light drew closer, they heard
a person approaching. The person,
later identified as Boll, entered
the ditch and headed to the items
that were discovered earlier.
Boll came out of the ditch wearing
black chemical gloves and holding
a bag. The officers turned on
their flashlights and identified
themselves. Boll fled, but was
soon apprehended. Officers went
to the house in which Boll lived
with his parents. During a consensual
search of the home, they discovered
a coffee filter with a white powder
residue in Boll’s bedroom. In
the garage, officers discovered
several feet of plastic tubing,
a cooler, glassware, a razor,
plastic baggies, an aqua pump,
a Coleman fuel can, a coffee pot,
a two-liter pop bottle with tubing
coming out of a hole in the top,
a coffee grinder with white powdery
residue, a one-pound container
of salt, a one-gallon milk jug
containing camping fuel and water,
burnt tin foil, and the byproducts
of methamphetamine manufacturing.
There was testimony about the
steps for manufacturing methamphetamine
using the anhydrous ammonia and
lithium metal method and testimony
that the items found in the ditch
and the garage could, together,
be used to complete the manufacturing
process. In light of this overwhelming
evidence, we conclude Boll could
not prove his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel
claims. We decline to consider
the additional issues raised in
the reply briefs.”
Name: Carl Schmelzel
Weight: 280 lbs.
Wanted for: Bond violation in
connection with drug charges.
Schmelzel is wanted by the U.S.
Marshall’s Service. If you know
where to find this fugitive, call
Crime Stoppers at 223-1400.
784 : The number of female prison
inmates in Iowa.
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