CRIME & SAFETY
What Cheer Woman Arrested on Washington County Charges
On Wednesday, September 20th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Keokuk County that they located a subject wanted in Washington. The Sheriff’s Office responded and arrested 34-year-old Teresa Moore of What Cheer on a violation of probation on the original charge of possession of contraband in a correctional institution, a Class D Felony. Moore is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond.
Washington Man Arrested for Theft and Forgery
On Wednesday, the Washington Police Department arrested 40-year-old Billy Edward Stage of Washington on the charges of burglary in the third degree, a Class D Felony, and two counts of forgery, both Class D Felonies. According to court documents, video and photo evidence placed Stage at the scene of a storage unit robbery that occurred on September 13th in the 1000 block of West Madison Street in Washington. Stage was also caught on video of the June 9th robbery of Mi Pueblo Real Restaurant in Washington. After later securing a search warrant for his residence Police were able to locate the stolen merchandise inside. Stage is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on a $12,000 cash only bond. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.
Keota Man Receives Prison for Drunk Driving Collision
Joshua Pappas, 42, of Keota was sentenced to prison for up to fifteen years on September 7,, after having pled to three Class D Felony offenses earlier this year. Pappas pled guilty in April to Operating While Intoxicated, Third or Subsequent Offense, and to two separate counts of Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle. Each count was punishable by up to five years in prison. At sentencing, Judge Daniel Kitchen determined that all three offenses would be run consecutively for an indeterminate term not to exceed fifteen years. According to court documents, charges were filed in early 2022 stemming from a motor vehicle accident on December 6, 2021 where the defendant’s vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of 190th Street and Highway 1 north of Washington. A vehicle driven by Pappas struck another vehicle, causing serious injuries to two of the occupants. Pappas was found to have a blood alcohol level of .191. The Washington County Attorney’s Office argued for consecutive sentences, citing the multiple victims affected and the need to protect the community from further offenses by the Defendant and others who choose to drive drunk, putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk.