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Wladimir BalentienKeith Kennedy mugshotFormer Major League Baseball player Wladimir Balentien, then 29, was arrested in Florida last January on domestic violence and false imprisonment charges. He and his wife of six years, Karla, were going through a divorce when Balentien forced his way into the couple’s home. He grabbed his wife’s arm and chased her up the stairs into their bedroom and locked the door. Their daughter was home during the altercation. A witness called police, and Balentien was arrested at their Miami-area home.

Keith Kennedy never played for the Reds or the Mariners, but he did have a similar encounter with his significant other. Kennedy, 26, was arrested on Nov. 11 on domestic assault charges. He was taken to the Polk County Jail around 1 a.m. No bail was set.



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This information was obtained from the Polk County Crime Stoppers website. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Des Moines Police Detective Bureau asks that anyone with information on the location or identity of this suspect call 515-283-4864 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

The Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 for information on four serial robberies that began on Nov. 26, 2014. These robberies show similarities in several areas, such as the descriptions of the crimes and suspects, as well as the types of businesses that were robbed (including Amazing Beauty and Jung’s Oriental Store). The most recent case at Jung’s resulted in two victims being shot. Detectives are working this case thoroughly, but request any information that may help further the investigation. If anyone has information regarding any of the cases or any of the suspects in question, they are asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 515-283-4869 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.


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Don’t get mad, get even
On Dec. 26, Rachel Connolly stated to police that her home had been burglarized and multiple items had been stolen from her. Police found no sight of forced entry, but Connolly stated she thought she forgot to lock the back door when she left earlier that day. Dustin Hunter, Connolly’s roommate, believes that an ex-roommate is the suspect in question. Earlier in the week, Hunter stated, the suspect told him he was going to burglarize their home because of a falling out the three of them had. The suspect said he wanted to get even. A neighbor witnessed two men in a white four-door car carry multiple items out of the house.

Not like the movies
Police were notified of a burglary of a car from a passerby at Integrity Automotive Group on Dec. 27. The owner of the business, Rich Evenson, was the last person at the dealership the same day at about 1:30 p.m., and the car was in good condition when he left. The rear passenger side window was broken out, and a mounted DVD monitor was stolen from the ceiling of the car and a DVD/audio monitor was stolen from the dashboard. Evenson couldn’t give authorities the makes and models of the equipment but knew they were worth a couple thousand dollars. Evenson told police his son had more specific information than he did and would be able to report that on the following Monday. Evenson told police he would review his security footage.

Christmas vacation
Renee Lloyd reported to police that her home had been broken into on Dec. 29 while she was on holiday vacation. She left on the Dec. 23,and when she returned on Dec. 29, she found items missing from her home, and her window was broken. The suspect gained entry into the house through a broken back window, and Lloyd’s home had been ransacked. Officers had responded to her home earlier that day but did not make an earlier report because Lloyd was not home. Neighbors didn’t see any suspicious activity. There are no suspects at this time. CV

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