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January 3, 2014

Closure for window victims

Centerville business owners and residents victimized July 19-21, 2012 with shattered car windows and storefronts now have some closure.

Centerville police July 21, 2012 arrested two Bloomfield men on multiple criminal charges in relation to intentionally destroyed or damaged windows and storefronts during that three-day period.

One man arrested, Myles Chase McClure, 21, originally was charged with 11 criminal charges including two counts of second degree criminal mischief, D felonies, two counts of third degree criminal mischief, aggravated misdemeanors and seven counts of fourth degree criminal mischief, aggravated misdemeanors.

The court dismissed 10 of those counts.

Judge Rose Anne Mefford on Dec. 6 in Appanoose County sentenced McClure on one of those counts to two years probation no supervision, fine, deferred on the charge of third degree aggravated misdemeanor criminal mischief reduced from second degree D felony criminal mischief.

The criminal complaint affidavit filed by Centerville police on July 23, 2012 states McClure was stopped at the intersection of South 10th and West Prairie streets for a traffic violation on July 21, 2012 at 2:32 a.m. McClure allowed his vehicle to be searched and found were two loaded CO2 pistols, loose BBs and CO2 canisters.

During the police investigation, McClure admitted to shooting out windows during his one-half hour lunch break.

In the petition to plead guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor filed Dec. 6, McClure admitted that on July 20, 2012 he intentionally damaged a storefront window at Johnson Furniture Store on South 18th Street. He also promised to pay $2,840 in restitution to four victims in the case.

The court ordered McClure’s file to be reviewed on Dec. 5, 2014 to see if the defendant has complied and to determine the status of the deferred judgment.

Iowa Courts online shows McClure owes $2,565 for this case.

Centerville police also arrested Derek Mitchell Veatch, 21, of Bloomfield, who was a passenger in the vehicle driven by McClure, but he was never prosecuted in this case.

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