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Des Moines Police — Oct. 2-6
Oct. 2, 6:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Burglary in the 1100 block of
East 40th Street. The victim stated
that she returned home from work
and found a window broken out.
When she went inside, she found
her Playstation 2, video games
and a hair dryer missing. A neighbor
said they saw a red and tan car
in the driveway, as well as two
teenagers walking in the area.
Oct. 4, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Burglary in the 2200 block of
Drake Park Avenue. The victim
stated that the landlord had people
coming into the apartment for
an inspection while the victim
was at work. The victim returned
home and noticed the screen on
the west dinning room window was
cut and leaning against the house.
The victim noticed that his TV
stand had been moved and his 52-inch
RCA flat screen, valued at $3,000,
was missing. The victim also had
$800 in cash hidden under a sofa
cushion, which was also missing.
The victim said the back door
was locked from the inside when
he left for work, but was unlocked
when he returned.
Oct. 6, 11:25 p.m.
Robbery in the 1000 block of Forest
Avenue. The victim was heading
eastbound on Forest Avenue when
he noticed a black female screaming
for help while being chased by
six black males. The victim stopped
to assist the female when the
six males approached him and demanded
that he give them all of his money.
The victim said he didn’t see
a weapon, but the suspects said
they would kill him if he didn’t
give them the money. The victim
gave them his wallet, which contained
$550 in cash, as well as his cell
phone. The victim said the female
and males fled the scene together.
The following is from a recent
ruling made by the Iowa Supreme
Court of Appeals regarding the
case of the State of Iowa vs.
Melvin Laverne Mathis.
“Melvin Mathis appeals his judgment
and sentence for delivery of methamphetamine.
He contends the evidence is insufficient
to support the jury’s finding
of guilt, the State engaged in
prosecutorial misconduct, the
district court erred in overruling
certain evidentiary objections,
the district court should have
granted his motion for a mistrial
and trial counsel provided ineffective
assistance in several respects.
“On appeal, Mathis contends
‘there was no evidence that [he]
had methamphetamine,’ or that
‘he placed methamphetamine in
the area the State’s witness claimed
to have found it in.’ A man named
Joe Privetta agreed to work as
a confidential informant for the
Tama Police Department. In that
capacity, Privetta made several
phone calls to Mathis to arrange
a drug buy. Mathis agreed to sell
Privetta a quarter ounce of methamphetamine
for $400. Police officers fitted
Privetta with a recording device
and Privetta met Mathis to discuss
the purchase. Later that night,
however, Privetta arranged another
meeting with Mathis, who agreed
to sell Privetta an eighth of
an ounce of methamphetamine for
$300. At the designated time and
place, Mathis gave Privetta a
napkin in exchange for $300. Privetta
assumed the napkin contained the
methamphetamine, but it did not.
When Privetta questioned Mathis,
Mathis told him to look in the
roads because he’d be amazed at
what he found. Privetta found
a bag of methamphetamine approximately
twenty to twenty-five yards from
where the money exchange took
“Although Privetta conceded
that Mathis did not hand him the
methamphetamine, a jury reasonably
could have found from this evidence
that Mathis delivered the drugs
to him. Mathis moved for a mistrial.
He argued that this evidence violated
an earlier court ruling granting
his motion to exclude evidence
of a prior conviction. We conclude
the reference was isolated, only
indirectly implicated the prior
conviction, and, in the context
of the entire trial, did not deprive
Mathis of a fair trial. We affirm
Mathis’s judgment and sentence
for delivery of methamphetamine.
We find it unnecessary to address
Mathis’s remaining ineffective
assistance of counsel claims.”
Name: Jeffery Howard
Weight: 185 pounds
Wanted for: Failure to appear
If you know where to find this
fugitive, call Crime Stoppers
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