Two of a kind?6/10/2015
William Drayton Jr., better known as the quintessential hype-man “Flavor Flav,” was arrested May 21 for myriad charges. After being caught driving nearly 30 mph over the speed limit, cops booked him on DUI, marijuana possession, open container, bogus registration and for a license that had been suspended 16 times. Yeah, boy!
Charlie Stroud also has quite the rap sheet, though he didn’t get it in one sitting like Flav. Stroud’s been picked up 13 times since April 2013. His bookings: disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, assault, probation violation, drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, eluding, open container and public consumption. Most recently, Stroud was picked up for public intoxication around 1 a.m. on May 26. His bail was set for $300.
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.
Des Moines Police need help locating this man. An arrest warrant has been issued for James Matthew Butler Jr., 29, on three counts of attempted murder — a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Butler is accused of shooting at three victims in the 1100 block of 27th Street in Des Moines on May 27 around 10:30 p.m. Both Devan Jones, 33, and Cortez Armstrong, 36, were hospitalized for gunshot wounds. The third victim, Phyllis Smith, 57, was shot at but unharmed. Anyone with information on Butler’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department at 283-4811 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 233-1400.
Blotter — Des Moines
Attempting to break in
Employees at Crisp and Clean Drycleaners reported an attempted burglary around 3 p.m. on June 1. The business had been having issues with homeless people staying in the bushes behind the building. When they went to cut the bushes down, they discovered the back door had been badly damaged, as if being pried open. Estimated damage is $250, but nothing was missing. There are no suspects at this time.
Stealing during shower time
Des Moines Police responded to a report of theft at 1506 Linden Lane at 10:30 p.m. on May 30. Maria Brent, 24, reported her purse missing some time after 1 p.m. It had been placed on a chair near the front door and contained her ID, one credit card, a debit card, two Social Security cards and $150 in cash. Brent recalls hearing her screen door open while she was in the shower sometime before 6 p.m. There are no suspects at this time.
You could have called…
James Holmes, 46, had been renting out his home at 2333 Capitol Ave. to a woman and her daughter until a month ago, when he asked them to move out for trashing his home. They complied but neglected to return to pick up the rest of their belongings. On May 30, Holmes returned to his home to find both the back door to his porch and the door to his home had been kicked in. He believes it was the woman or her daughter, as some of their things were missing. Holmes asked the officer if he could put the rest of their belongings outside, and he obliged.
Because orange is inconspicuous
Police were dispatched to 1434 MLK Parkway after reports of shots fired on May 29 around 3 p.m. Officers met Shanice Rolark, 27, who said that the male suspect had shot at her during an altercation in the driveway. He was seen running down an alley between MLK and Forest Avenue wearing an orange construction vest. He was found shortly after but stated his girlfriend had given him the gun. The female suspect showed up at the scene and changed the story, saying she was the one who shot at Rolark, because the victim pointed a gun with a laser pointer at her first. The female suspect was turned over to detectives. CV