Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 26, 2013

Criminal case against three Appanoose County men reaches conclusion

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The criminal case against three Centerville men accused of disrupting telephone service to Cincinnati and 911 service to the surrounding area has come to a close.

Clifford Dale Ruckman, 21, was sentenced March 15 by Judge Kirk A. Daily on the criminal charge of second degree criminal mischief, D felony, to a deferred judgment five years probation and fine. One count of first degree criminal mischief, C felony, was dismissed March 15.

The offense date for both charges was June, 6, 2012.

Ruckman owes $1,191.48.

Rhett Tyler Sandner, 23, had one count of first degree criminal mischief, C felony, dismissed Jan. 8, 2013. Sandner had one count of second degree criminal mischief, D felony, dismissed Dec. 21, 2012.

The offense date for both charges was June, 6, 2012.

Sandner owes $425.34.

Timothy John Hatfield, 25, was sentenced Aug. 21, 2012  by Judge Daniel P. Wilson on the criminal charge of first degree criminal mischief, C felony, to 10 years in prison and suspended fine. Hatfield had one count of second degree criminal mischief, D felony, dismissed Sept. 28, 2012.

The offense date for both charges was June 6, 2012.

Hatfield owes $6,064.67.

The Appanoose County Sheriff's office on June 6, 2012 in the 27000 block of Highway 5 reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. At the scene the deputy investigating found a 25 pair telephone line had been cut under a bridge on Highway 5.

The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Sandner, Ruckman and Hatfield.