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Thursday Afternoon News, March 7th


Woman Charged For Stealing Money From Retail Store

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’ve charged a Nebraska woman who stole $400 on the first day she worked at Sioux City store and stole $1,000 on the last day she worked there.
Woodbury County court records say 39-year-old Sandra Martinez, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is charged with theft. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
Martinez worked at the Sears store from Jan. 4 through March 2. Investigators say she would place money from her cash register into a store cash bag and then secret the bag up a
sweater sleeve. Investigators say she took a total of $3,200.



18 Year Old Charged With Sex Extortion

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Court records say an 18-year-old from Mason City has been accused of sex extortion schemes in three Iowa counties.
The records show Christian Gossweiler already has been given two years of probation and a five-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty in Story County. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that authorities say Gossweiler targeted an Iowa State University student he met online when
he was using an assumed name. The records say she sent him a nude photo and he later threatened to show the photo to her friends and family if she didn’t do what he wanted or blocked him on social media.
The records say he’s scheduled to go on trial April 16 in Black Hawk County, where authorities say he threatened to release another woman’s photos and videos if she didn’t have sex with him.
He’s also charged with extortion in Scott County, accused of using threats to collect more photos from the woman involved in the Black Hawk County case.



Woman Given Probation After Stealing From Nursing Home

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) – A woman accused of stealing from the account of a central Iowa nursing home resident has been given three years of probation.
Jasper County District Court records say 36-year-old Christan Maddison was granted a deferred judgment at her sentencing Monday in Newton. A deferred judgment allows Maddison’s conviction to be removed from court records if she fulfills her probation terms.

Maddison also was fined $750 and was ordered to pay restitution. She’d pleaded guilty to dependent adult abuse.
A criminal complaint says Maddison, of Pella, was granted a power of attorney to handle the nursing home resident’s finances. Nearly $195,000 in annuities, investments and Social Security payments were deposited into an account managed by Maddison over 14 months.
Newton police say nearly $81,000 did go to the elderly woman’s care, leaving nearly $114,000 missing. Police say the woman’s bank noticed a change in disbursements from the account, such as $15,500 for plastic surgery and payments for tattoos.