Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 28, 2014

Court settles with defendants

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Three Centerville residents accused of multiple counts of burglary and theft from 2011 had their cases adjudicated. The case against two of them was dismissed while the third had his case decided last year.

If you lived in the 700 block of North 11th Street in Centerville on Sept. 18, 2011 then you may have been affected. The Centerville police department would go on to file 57 charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property allegedly committed by the three defendants during the mid-morning hours of that day in Centerville.

Patrick John Terrell, 20 and Megan Lynn Bills, 23, both had charges stemming from this criminal case dismissed by the court on Feb. 14, 2014.

Terrell had two counts of second degree burglary, class C felonies, six counts of third degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle, aggravated misdemeanors, one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony and two counts of fourth degree theft, serious misdemeanors, dismissed.

Terrell was ordered to pay $308.25 and he still owes the same amount.

Bills had two counts of second degree burglary, class C felonies, seven counts of third degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle, aggravated misdemeanors and two counts of fourth degree theft, serious misdemeanors, dismissed.

Bills was ordered to pay $100 and she still owes the same amount.

The only case adjudicated where the defendant faced a judge was against Claude Alexander Breese, 21. And his case was settled last year.

Judge Rose Anne Mefford on Dec. 20, 2013 sentenced Breese to five years in prison, suspended, to three years probation and a fine on the reduced charge of third degree burglary, a class D felony. Breese was originally charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony.

The court on Jan. 6, 2014 dismissed 10 counts brought against Breese: One count of second degree burglary, class C felony, seven counts of third degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle, aggravated misdemeanors and two counts of fourth degree theft, serious misdemeanors.

Breese was ordered to pay $1,943.15 and he still owes the same amount.

The Centerville Police Department issued a press release on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 that addressed their investigation into what would be multiple criminal charges allegedly committed during the mid-morning hours in the 700 block of North 11th Street. Police ultimately located numerous items that had been reported as stolen by the victims of the crimes during a search of the residence at 719 N. 11th St., where Breese, Bills and Terrell lived.

In an unrelated criminal case against Breese, Judge Mefford on Dec. 20, 2013 sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to five years probation and a fine for the charge of controlled substance violation, a class D felony. The criminal charge’s offense date was June 29, 2013.

On Jan. 6, 2014 the court dismissed one count of failure to affix a tax stamp, a class D felony.

Breese was ordered to pay $1,405.25 and he still owes the same amount.