The bandit, captured in security footage.

‘AK-47 Bandit’ Hits Mason City Bank

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities believe a man who used an assault rifle to rob a credit union in Mason City is the “AK-47 Bandit” believed to have held up banks in several states and wounded a police officer in California. Authorities say a man entered the Iowa Heartland Credit Union in Mason City on Tuesday wearing a black ski mask. He was armed with an AK-47 and left with an undisclosed amount of money. A robber matching that description shot and seriously wounded a police officer during a holdup in Chino, California, in February 2012. The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in that case. Continue Reading

Tremaine Perine, who is still at large.

Burlington Police Arrest One, Seeking Second in Robbery Case

Burlington Police have arrested one following an early morning assault and robbery that hospitalized the victim on Thursday. 20 year old Keith Lashun Metz of Opelousas, Louisiana, was arrested after police say he and another man, 36 year old Tremaine “Donald” Dlanod Perine of Alabama assaulted and robbed a man following a dispute over property in the 2300 block of Vogt Street. The men were known to the victim. Metz was charged with 2nd degree robbery. Perine is still at large. Continue Reading

Urealeen Weemas

Woman Arrested, Charged with Robbing Dry Cleaner

Burlington Police have arrested the woman whom they believe is responsible for the July 25th knifepoint robbery of Burke Cleaners on Roosevelt Avenue. 47 year old Urealeen Orlanda Weemas, of Fairfield, allegedly walked in to the store at around 2:00pm wielding a knife and demanding money. She was arrested Wednesday without incident and taken to the Des Moines County Jail, awaiting an appearance in court. Continue Reading

Jessica Harwood

Woman Arrested for LSD Distribution in Fort Madison

Lee County Narcotics Task Force Officials have arrested a woman who they believe has been dealing lysergic acid diethylamide–LSD that is, in southeast Iowa. “We see [LSD] probably a couple of times every two or three years,” said Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber, “We hear it’s out there, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to shut down a dealer.” 32 year old Jessica Ann Harwood was arrested at the Fort Madison Police Department and Charged with Delivery of LSD. If convicted, she could face 25 years in prison. Continue Reading

Brandon Beach. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail.

New Charges for Man Who Ran From Police in Two Separate Car Chases

The man who was arrested following a chase with Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies last week has been hit with new charges stemming from a chase that occurred earlier this month in which he successfully escaped police. 29 year old Brandon Beach was initially arrested by police on the Morning of July 23rd following a short chase, but two weeks earlier, Beach was allegedly involved in another car chase, this one, with West Burlington Police Officers. That chase wound through both Des Moines and Henry Counties before police lost track of Beach after he went into a corn field. In addition to his previous charges, which included traffic violations and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as warrant charges, Beach has 12 new charges related to the chase earlier this month, including a charge of having an open container of alcohol in the car. Continue Reading