Deputies investigate a myriad of incidents
Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s office recently investigated an accident, several complaints and a report of a stolen motor vehicle.
A report was received Nov. 17 of a noise complaint in the 100 block of East Market Street in Rome.
A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle matching the description provided in the complaint. Following the traffic stop, Moranda Ledbetter, 22, Rome, was charged with driving with a suspended license, a simple misdemeanor.
Authorities took a report of a stolen motor vehicle Nov. 16 from the 1500 block of Henry Washington Street, rural Wayland. After an investigation, the subject, Hollie Brake, 28, Mt. Pleasant, was located along with the vehicle.
Brake was arrested and charged with operating without the owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. The vehicle — a 2008 Ford — was not damaged during the incident.
On Nov. 12, the sheriff’s office received a complaint that a Nissan Altima had left the roadway, sustained minor front-end damage and continued driving south from the 53 mile marker on U.S. Highway 218.
Deputies responded to the area and located a person walking on the northbound shoulder of Highway 218. Deputies conducted a welfare check on the man, identified as Alex Brown, 25, Ottumwa.
During the investigation it was learned that a Nissan Altima was registered to Brown. The vehicle was located in the 1500 grid of southbound Highway 218. Brown was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor.
A motor vehicle accident, involving Mt. Pleasant Chief of Police Ron Archer was investigated on Nov. 10. The accident happened at the intersection of Saunders and Main streets in Mt. Pleasant.
According to the accident report, Archer was traveling north on Main Street in a police vehicle while a Dodge Caravan, driven by Brooklyn Fraise, was traveling west on Saunders Street.
At the intersection of the two streets, the Caravan failed to yield after coming to a stop at the intersection and collided with the police vehicle, a Dodge Charger. The Caravan sustained minor damage while the police vehicle sustained disabling damage.
No injuries were reported. Fraise was issued a citation for failure to obey a stop sign, a simple misdemeanor.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.