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On July 14, 2015, Danielle Abang-Ntuen, her sister, Beatrice Abang-Ntuen,
and their mother, Wonetah Einfeldt,1 went to the home of Mulika Vinson to resolve
a dispute between Danielle and Mulika. A physical altercation eventually ensued
between Danielle, Beatrice, and Wonetah against Mulika, but the parties dispute
the order of events and who initiated the exchange. Mulika was... More...
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Iowa Court of Appeals

In September 2014 Ihlenfeldt was charged with sexual abuse in the third
degree in violation of Iowa Code section 709.4(2)(c)(4). Ihlenfeldt pled guilty in
March 2015 and was granted a deferred judgment in August 2015. He was placed
on supervised probation for three to five years.
In November 2016, Ihlenfeldt’s probation officer filed a probation-violation
report allegi... More...
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Iowa Court of Appeals

Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the State, the record
shows the following. On July 23, 2015, Franklin and a friend were sitting at a bar
in Dubuque. The friend was smoking a cigarette inside the bar, which is
prohibited. The owner of the bar, David Lorenz, walked up to the friend, took the
cigarette, and threw it out. A verbal argument between the owner,... More...
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On November 23, 2013, Davenport police responded to a 911 call made
by Gahagan’s girlfriend alleging a domestic disturbance at Gahagan’s residence.
Based on comments made by the girlfriend to the officers after they arrived on
the scene, the officers obtained a search warrant to search for drugs in
Gahagan’s home and vehicle. During the search, officers located two plastic More...
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In August 2009, Rick Petro physically assaulted his wife, Suella, in front of
their children. The State charged him with domestic-abuse assault causing
bodily injury, as well as first-degree harassment, based on his threat to kill
Suella. Rick pleaded guilty to the assault charge, a serious misdemeanor, in
violation of Iowa Code section 708.2(2). At the January 2010 sentenci... More...
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In August 2009, Petro was arrested and charged with domestic abuse
assault causing bodily injury. It was alleged Petro had assaulted his wife in front
of their two children. As a result, DHS became involved with the family and a
founded child abuse assessment—for denial of critical care—resulted. The State
filed petitions alleging the children were children in need of assis... More...
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Sex Offender

D.B., a mentally and physically incapacitated woman living at a Des
Moines-area group home, was treated at Mercy Hospital for weight loss, gagging,
and digestive issues. It was discovered D.B. was twenty weeks pregnant. The
pregnancy was terminated per the direction of D.B.’s guardian. Police sought
DNA samples of all males with access to D.B., including Mbonyunkiza, a
... More...
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On November 7, 2011, Taylor was charged by trial information with four
counts of second-degree sexual abuse, class “B” felonies, based on allegations
he committed sex acts with a minor between June 2010 and March 2011. The
matter proceeded to trial on March 13, 2012. After jury selection but prior to the
start of testimony, the State advised Taylor it intended to file additio... More...
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In May 2012, Temple pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the third degree
and proceeded to immediate sentencing. The district court granted Temple’s
request for a deferred judgment and placed Temple on probation for two years.
Temple’s probation agreement required her to, among other things, “obey all
Federal, State and Local laws” and to have a valid driver’s license and l... More...
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Jennifer Beader appeals revocation of her deferred judgment and
imposition of judgment and sentence on her conviction for theft in the third
degree. She claims her admissions that she violated probation by failing to pay
restitution and being out of contact with her probation officer violated her due
process rights because the admissions should have been subject to the same More...
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On October 9, 2012, Jayme Sue Schroeder was charged by trial information with
the crime of possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, a class “D” felony, committed as follows: . . . Schroeder on or about the 24th day of July, 2012, . . . did possess pseudoephedrine and sodium hydroxide with the intent that the products be used to manufacture a controlled substance, in violation of I... More...
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In the early morning hours of Labor Day, September 1, 2014, Officer Brian Cuppy was on patrol in downtown Des Moines when he saw a truck eastbound on Court Avenue stop for a red light in the middle of the intersection with Water Street with its “back tires . . . more than five feet past the cross walk.” Officer Cuppy followed the truck, activated his police cruiser’s flashing lights, and initiate... More...   $0 (06-25-2016 - IA)


Christopher Byers was shot and killed in his living room while selling drugs
to Marquice Morris and Joshua McCoy. Two other men were present at the time
of the homicide: Tanner Harvey and Bobby Page, Byers’ friends. Who killed
Byers and why? According to Page, Morris and McCoy pulled out handguns
during the transaction for the purpose of robbing Byers; either Morris or McCo... More...
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Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Paul R. Huscher,
Judge. Staley began a relationship with Simmons and became pregnant with his
child in Indiana. She moved to her native Alaska, and the child was born in
Alaska in 2003. The couple reconciled, and Staley moved back to Indiana with
the child. Soon Staley left Simmons again; she and the child moved to Iowa.... More...
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Jane and Alan were never married to each other. Jane married Garrett
Schreur in January 2012. They live in Kanawha, Iowa with their two-year-old son
and P.S. Alan lives in Mason City. Both parents enjoy the support of their
extended families in the surrounding area.
Jane and Alan stipulated to joint legal custody in a decree entered in
September 2012. The decree gran... More...
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State of Iowa v. Damion John Seats

A juvenile offender convicted of first-degree murder appeals his
resentencing to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In this
appeal, we determine the factors a court must use when it sentences a
juvenile offender for first-degree murder. Because the district court did
not have the benefit of this decision when it sentenced the juvenile, we
vacate the sentence and ... More...
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In re the Marriage of Michaelle Nichole Garland Stern and Menachem Medel Stern

A father appeals the visitation provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage. Specifically, the father challenges a geographical restriction in the decree that limits the father’s summer visitation with his son to visitation within the United States until the child is sixteen years old. The father contends he should be able to exercise summer visitation with his son in Israel prior to the ch... More...   $0 (02-11-2015 - IA)

Alex Crabb v. Iowa District Court In and For Polk County

We are asked to decide whether a district court abused its discretion in sanctioning Alex Crabb, an attorney, for making misleading statements in a court filing.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings
The facts underlying the sanctions ruling are lengthy but straightforward. Troy Dowell pled guilty to several crimes, including neglect of a dependent. The sentencing court ordered his imprisonm... More...
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EMILY M. PEDERSON, Petitioner-Appellee, vs. SCOTT H. MEYER, Respondent-Appellant.

Three contempt applications are the subject of this appeal. Emily Pederson filed two applications seeking to have Scott Meyer found in contempt, asserting Meyer willfully violated the terms of a custody decree on a number of occasions by keeping the parties’ child out of preschool during visits with the child in October and November 2012. Meyer filed his own application alleging ten separate con... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - IA)

State of Iowa v. Dontrayius Eugene Carey

Dontrayius Eugene Carey appeals the judgment and sentence entered upon his conviction of possession of a controlled substance, second offense, in violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(5) (2011). He contends the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence seized during a pat-down search of his person because it violated his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable sear... More...   $0 (08-13-2014 - IA)


Russell Severson appeals the district court’s denial of his application to modify the physical care provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Nichole Severson. Russell asserts he should be granted physical care of the parties’ three children due to the children’s expressed desire to live with him, his concerns for the children’s safety, Nichole’s occasional failure to provide h... More...   $0 (03-12-2014 - IA)

In re the Marriage of Richard Herbers and Mary Catherine Herbers

Richard Herbers appeals economic provisions of the dissolution decree and the ruling on the motion to enlarge and amend. Specifically, he appeals the award of spousal support to Mary Herbers. He also appeals the equalization payment and contends the distribution of assets and liabilities was inequitable. He asks that we modify the court’s order disposing of the marital home, requiring Mary to se... More...   $0 (03-12-2014 - IA)

In Re The Marriage of Robert M. Hinnen and Jill M. Hinnen

Jill Hinnen appeals the district court ruling dismissing her application for order to show cause. Jill contends the district court erred in failing to find Robert Hinnen willfully violated the dissolution decree and abused its discretion in failing to impose sanctions. We find the district court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing the application. We affirm.

I. Background Facts and... More...
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In the Interest of and Regarding the Guardianship of D.J.M.

Guardians, Roland and Deanna Martzahn, appeal the district court’s December 20, 2012 order, which disapproved the final report they filed seeking to terminate the guardianship and also sanctioned them in the amount of $300 “for failing to abide by the previous orders of this Court.” They claim their final report should have been approved and the guardianship terminated because the guardiansh... More...   $0 (06-12-2013 - IA)

In Re The Marriage of Karen Ann Pelletier and Paul Jeffrey Pelletier

Paul Pelletier appeals, and Karen Pelletier cross-appeals, from the district court’s decree dissolving their marriage. The parties challenge the ruling as it relates to custody, visitation, support, alimony, property distribution, attorney fees, contempt, and a request for an injunction. Because we agree with the findings and analysis of the district court, we affirm.

I. Background Facts ... More...
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Daryl D. Lang v. Linn County Board of Adjustment

This certiorari proceeding requires us to address the agricultural exemption from county zoning. See Iowa Code § 335.2 (2011). The property owners who brought this action had a lengthy dispute with Linn County over whether houses they had built were subject to the county’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. We are asked to review two separate decisions by the Linn County Board of Adjustment—i... More...   $0 (03-29-2013 - IA)

Gail Bierman v. Scott Weier

This defamation case concerns Mind, Body and Soul, a book written by Scott Weier. In the author’s words, the book is “based on my life.” It discusses Scott’s personal transformation, largely through his relationship with God, following his divorce “on bad terms” from his first wife. Scott’s ex-wife and her father concluded the book falsely accused them of lying, abuse, and suffering ... More...   $0 (01-18-2013 - IA)

Gary Craig v. City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gary Craig appeals the grant of summary judgment on his three tort claims—malicious prosecution, false arrest, and defamation—against his former employer, the City of Cedar Rapids. Craig claims there is at least one disputed fact question for each claim, which should have precluded summary judgment. The City contends the district court was correct on all grounds. We affirm.

I. Backgroun... More...
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Ted Joseph White v. The Iowa District Court for Clinton County

Ted White challenges the district court’s finding he was in contempt of a domestic abuse protective order. He claims he cannot be held in contempt because the protective order was void. If not void, he claims the protective order had expired by operation of law and thus, was ambiguous. White also contends the district court erred in finding his conduct was willful and abused its discretion in im... More...   $0 (05-23-2012 - IA)

Upon the Petition of Michael W. Konzen

A mother appeals from the district court’s April 2011 order regarding custody, visitation, and child support of the parties’ two children, and from the June 2011 order denying her motion to reconsider. On de novo review, we vacate all orders and judgments after the October 26, 2010 settlement conference, except the November 2, 2010 order concerning custody and visitation that memorialized the ... More...   $0 (05-23-2012 - IA)

Nasredin Dalil v. Asma Ali

Asma Ali appeals and Nasredin Dalil cross-appeals the decree issued by the district court dissolving their marriage. Upon our de novo review, we affirm in part and modify in part.

I. Background Facts and Proceedings.

Asma and Nasredin were both born and educated in the Republic of Sudan. Nasredin obtained a medical degree in the Sudan in 1995, and he practiced medicine there until 19... More...
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Loren Duane Long v. Danielle Lea Long

Loren Long appeals from the district court’s ruling modifying the physical care provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Danielle Long. He objects to Danielle taking physical care of the couple’s five-year-old daughter. Loren urges us to restore joint physical care or place physical care with him. He also challenges three other aspects of the modification ruling: medical support, ap... More...   $0 (12-21-2011 - IA)

Lisa Schmidt v. Des Moines Public Schools

This case arises out of a contentious and long-running dispute between Lisa Schmidt and her ex-husband over the education and custody of their three minor children. Schmidt brought this action against two separate groups of defendants. The first is the City of Des Moines and police officers Michelle Strawser1 and Matthieu Dahlen (the “City Defendants”); Schmidt alleges that they unlawfully imp... More...   $0 (09-14-2011 - IA)

Christina L. Determann v. Robert L. Determann

Christina Determann appeals the physical care provision of the parties‟ dissolution decree, in which the district court awarded joint physical care of the parties‟ two-year-old son. Considering, among other facts, Robert Determann‟s prior domestic abuse, his repeated violations of the protective order, and the confirmed report of child abuse naming Robert as the perpetrator, we conclude the ... More...   $0 (12-22-2010 - IA)

Estate of Rommy Ray Lyon and Ronda Lyon v. Rodney H. Heemstra

This appeal presents the question of whether, during a refereeship, a senior judgment lienholder may redeem property from a junior judgment creditor who purchased the debtor‟s property at an execution sale. To answer this question we must wade into the murky waters of our state‟s statutory redemption provisions, which our supreme court long ago described as “philological monstrosities, illus... More...   $0 (12-22-2010 - IA)

Anne Hensler v. City of Davenport

The City of Davenport appeals a district court order finding its parental responsibility ordinance unconstitutional. The city also appeals the amount of the attorney fees awarded to the plaintiff. The plaintiff cross-appeals the attorney fee award. On appeal, we find the presumption of failure to exercise reasonable parental control under the Davenport Parental Responsibility Ordinance is unconsti... More...   $0 (11-12-2010 - IA)

Jan Reis and Dean Stowers v. Iowa District Court for Polk County

Jan Reis and Dean Stowers were held in contempt of court for violation of a protective order. They argue the district court lacked jurisdiction to enforce the protective order and lacked substantial evidence to support a finding of contempt. We hold the court properly exercised jurisdiction to enforce the protective order and there was substantial evidence to support the finding of contempt with r... More...   $0 (05-08-2010 - IA)

In Re The Marriage of Jeanie Marie Kloberdanz and Neal Arnold Kloberdanz, Jeanie Marie Kloberdanz, n/k/a Jeanie Marie Dewitt vs. Neal Arnold Kloberdanz.

Jeanie Kloberdanz appeals from an order imposing a monetary sanction on her attorney in connection with filings made in an action to modify a dissolution decree. We reverse.

Factual and Procedural Background.

The marriage of Jeanie and Neal Kloberdanz was dissolved on April 6, 1995. The dissolution decree granted the parties joint custody of their son, Nathan. The decree... More...   $0 (07-30-2004 - IA)

In Re The Marriage of David K. Benson and Nancy A. Benson

David Benson appeals from the district court's order denying his motion to modify the alimony provision of the parties' dissolution (divorce) decree. He contends the court erred in finding no substantial change in circumstance warranted modification of Nancy Benson's alimony. He also contends the court improperly granted relief not requested by Nancy. We review these claims de novo. Dale v.... More...   $0 (11-04-2003 - IA)

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