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Police/Fire Reports

Crime Beat

Colfax Police Department

• Richard L. Clark, 54, of Colfax, was charged with fifth-degree theft at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20, after admittedly using jumper cables to bypass an electrical utility service to provide his apartment with power — this after reportedly being shut off by MidAmerican Energy six days prior. According to the Colfax police department, the property owner said Clark was told to vacate the residence, located in the 100 block of South Madison Street, Jan. 10. Clark was still living in the apartment at the time of the violation. Police said the defendant allegedly stole $100 worth of utility services. Clark was released to appear in Jasper County District Court.

• Daniel R. Rainer, 28, of Colfax, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse/assault, second offense, Jan. 15 after allegedly grabbing a female victim by the wrists and causing visible injuries. According to a Colfax police report, officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of North Walnut Street in Colfax at 11:19 p.m. where the female victim showed investigators scratches allegedly caused by Rainer. Police said the defendant was intoxicated during the attack. Rainer has a 2015 domestic assault conviction from Deccater County. He posted a $1,000 bond at the Jasper County Jail Jan. 19 and is scheduled for a pretrial conference Feb. 10 at the Jasper County Courthouse.

• Sean W. Gourd, 33, of Prairie City, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 in Jasper County court to interference with official acts after a foot chase with Colfax Police officers Jan. 22. According to a police report, Gourd ran during a traffic investigation in the McDonald’s parking lot at 1403 N. Walnut St. A Colfax officer found Gourd to have an active warrant out of Polk County while questioning him about his illegally parked vehicle. Police said several officers were dispatched to track Gourd, who was eventually located at 10:41 p.m. hiding in the Colfax Tractor Parts junkyard.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office

• Linda M. Sufficool, 67, of Colfax was arrested and charged with OWI, first offense, after driving a vehicle into a ditch Feb. 1, striking two road signs in the 1500 block of Highway 117 South. According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Sufficool admitted to drinking three glasses of wine earlier in the evening. The deputy reported an odor of alcohol on her breath, and a police reports states Sufficool failed field sobriety testing. A preliminary breath test showed her blood alcohol content at .117. She was taken to the Jasper County Jail and later placed a $1,000 bond. Sufficool is scheduled for an initial appearance Feb. 16 in Jasper County court.

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